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Make-up Artist

Make-up Artist

“If you enjoy fashion, hairdressing and cosmetics, and love using your imagination, this could be a perfect career for you.”

Make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. They can work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows. Work can often be found in beauty salons working with brides or people attending special occasions.

Most make-up artists start by taking a specialist course in make-up or beauty therapy and building up their practical experience.

As a make-up artist, you might create anything from a straightforward natural look to one using historical wigs and make-up. You could also create special effects such as scars and artificial pieces (prosthetics).

Determination and hard work are required in this highly competitive industry.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • creativity and imagination
  • body and nail art
  • colouring and cutting techniques
  • dressing hair
  • working to a theme and interpreting a brief
  • improved communication and people skills

Your future

  • over 80% of culture, media and sports occupations will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • arts and entertainment jobs are expected to expand by 37% across the South West by 2020
  • 199,000 new jobs will be created nationally by 2020 in the arts and entertainment sector - a 23% increase on 2010 job totals. 1,055,000 in total
  • 99% of Beauty and Complimentary Therapies students moved forward into a positive destination, including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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