Make-up Artist

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Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for performers on television, film or theatre. They also research and design make-up and hair styles and create special effects for dramatic productions and fashion shows.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) lays down guidelines for pay rates for make-up artists working on different kinds of productions based on a 10-12 hour day. Some examples below.

Pay for 12 hour day


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Getting In

There are jobs in fashion, editorial, theatre, television and in film and video production companies. Most make-up artists working in the UK are freelance and competition for jobs is intense.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

Most jobs for make-up artists are in or around London. Most Scottish make-up artists are based in Glasgow or Edinburgh and travel throughout the UK, and sometimes overseas. Look for vacancies in the Mandy website as well as in trade journals such as Broadcast and Stage, Screen and Radio Magazine.


Courtesy of ScreenSkills


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority)
Tel: 08452 306080
Twitter: @Habia_SSB

Tel: 020 7713 9800
Twitter: @UKScreenSkills

ScreenSkills (formerly Creative Skillset) works with the UK’s screen-based creative media industries to develop skills and talent from classroom to boardroom.

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