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.