Makeup artists are professionals with artistic skills in the use of makeup to transform or enhance the appearance of private clients, actors, presenters, performers, and others.


Do you need a qualification to work as a Makeup Artist?

To work as a Makeup Artist a person should have a qualification or experience in the makeup industry or beauty service. Beauty Training courses are available.


What does a Makeup Artist do?

Skillfully applies and touchups the client or performer prior to set event. They also create special effects and hide disfigurations or improve appearance.


How much is a Makeup Artist salary?

According to joboutlook.gov.au a makeup artist can earn around $1,327* in weekly pay. The job has stable growth with 30% of employees working full time. The average age of a makeup artist is 28 years and 97% are female.



As an occupation, the size of people working is quite small. Makeup artists work all over Australia due the flexibility available with the role.


Thinking about studying or training to become a Makeup Artist?

Please find some Makeup Artistry courses listed on CareerProgress.com.au:

Diploma Of Screen And Media (Specialist Makeup Services) by The Institute of Makeup Artistry

Certificate IV In Beauty Therapy by Open Colleges

Certificate Course In Professional Makeup Artistry By Institute of Makeup Artistry

Certificate III In Nail Technology By Open Colleges

Prior to starting any course, always ensure the qualification is what is needed in your situation.


What skills do you need as a Makeup Artist?

Fine arts, customer service and admin are the top three knowledge topics required.

Active learning is the top skill required.

You need to be comfortable with face-to-face interactions and working with people up close in order to work as a Makeup Artist.



*References made as per joboutlook.gov.au on the 22nd of April 2020.