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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:

Pay

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 ten-hour day. Recommended rates range from £100 to £120 for a trainee, £180 to £250 for a junior, up to £350 to £380 for an experienced contract make-up artist.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4194
4.3 %
RISE
2023
4376
  United Kingdom
2018
53569
3.2 %
RISE
2023
55267

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:

Training

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 websites Mandy and Stagejobspro as well as in trade journals such as Broadcast and Stage, Screen and Radio Magazine.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative Skillset Scotland
Tel: 020 7713 9800
E-mail: info@creativeskillset.org
Website: http://creativeskillset.org/
Twitter: @SkillsetSSC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creativeskillset

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

Habia (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority)
Tel: 08452 306080
E-mail: info@habia.org
Website: http://www.habia.org
Twitter: @Habia_SSB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HabiaUK

National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers (NASMAH)
Tel: 01932 660935
E-mail: info@nasmah.co.uk
Website: http://www.nasmah.co.uk
Twitter: @NASMAH_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASMAH.UK

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