How to become a Make-up Artist

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Make-up artists typically trade on a freelance basis, carrying out make-up application at clients' homes or at TV, film and other media production venues including on location. Some also rent a chair in a hair and beauty salon or health spa.

Key areas of work include bridal and special occasion make-up, fashion/editorial make-up for magazine photo shoots and runway events, theatrical make-up for stage productions, camouflage skincare to conceal scars and skin conditions, and special effects (FX) make-up, such as trauma make-up and the application of prosthetics.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a make-up artist. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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