Applying make-up is not that easy and when it comes to the make up of artists in TV shows or films the work is even harder. That is why make-up artist duties are so challenging in many cases. Usual make-up artist duties include applying makeup and even arranging the hair of photographic models, actors and other presenters involved in the process.
In most cases all the make-up artist duties can be performed in the following sections. Of course, the first and main task is to prepare the kin for the future make-up (in some cases make-up can be so complex that this first stage takes hours). Then goes the actual application of make-up - in most cases special professional make-up products are used. Then wigs, beards or masks are applied as necessary for the character. Giving special pieces of advice to the hairdresser is also a part of make-up artist duties. And, of course, during the entire process of filming a TV show or film, make-up artist duties involve maintaining or altering the make-up of the performers as necessary.
There is no doubt that there are much easier job positions for makeup artists with simpler make-up artist duties. For example, many beauty centers and salons need specialists to apply make up on clients. As long as in this case make-up artist duties are performed in the beauty salon there is no need to go to a film or TV show location as in case of film make-up artist duties.
Becoming a professional make-up artist is not that easy as in most cases it is necessary to take a special full-time course in one of the available schools to master all the possible make-up artist duties. Course curriculum and entry requirements can vary greatly depending on the future specialty of the make-up artist. Of course, all the programs include courses on make-up theory and application. And in many cases there are special courses like beauty therapy, for example. Programs in some schools and colleges include different medical disciplines as long as make-up artist works with the skin - and some of the film make-up can be very complex and even aggressive for the actor. A strong medical background will allow the make-up artist to avoid different problems that can arise on the set. Courses that are related to the make-up profession, like hairdressing for example, are also valuable.
And if you have decided to become a make-up artist you need specific personal qualities. The main thing is, of course, creativity - that is a crucial quality for any make-up artist no matter where he/she works at beauty salon or TV show. Great communicative skills are also necessary because it is pretty important to help actors in makeup artist's chair to relax and feel comfortable - that will affect the result of the makeup.
As for the job opportunities of the make-up artist there are many different positions available. Highly qualified professionals will find a job on TV or film production easily. The number of beauty centers in need for good make-up artists is also quite large. And many make-up artists are self-employed. Of course, it is a little harder and your earnings will be small at first but it gives a wonderful opportunity for future development in this sector of the professional make-up industry.