Make Up Artists design and apply make up to actors, presenters and other performing artists.

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in make up or beauty services is needed to work as a Make Up Artist. Traineeships may be available.

    Tasks

    • Applies and retouches make up during shootings and performances, including special effects make up such as scars and wounds.

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    • $1,327 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Make Up Artists

    • 2,500 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 30% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 28 years Average age
    • 97% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Make Up Artists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Make Up Artists work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Information Media and Telecommunications.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (30%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 28 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (34%).
    • Gender: 97% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services40.9
    Retail Trade38.0
    Information Media and Telecommunications8.0
    Arts and Recreation Services4.9
    Other Industries8.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMake Up ArtistsAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.931.6
    VIC28.325.6
    QLD19.320.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA8.910.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT0.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMake Up ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-196.2-5.05.0
    20-2427.4-9.39.3
    25-3437.9-22.922.9
    35-4417.7-22.022.0
    45-548.4-21.621.6
    55-591.4-9.09.0
    60-640.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMake Up ArtistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma38.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV27.6-21.121.1
    Year 1218.1-18.118.1
    Year 112.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.7-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in make up or beauty services is needed to work as a Make Up Artist. Traineeships may be available.

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Performing Arts Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    1. Fine Arts

      61% Skill level

      Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      58% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Administration and Management

      53% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    4. Education and Training

      49% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Psychology

      47% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

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    2. Physical Proximity

      95% Important

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    3. Contact With Others

      94% Important

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      94% Important

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    5. Telephone

      93% Important

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-5091.00 - Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance.

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