Make-Up Artist



OFO No: 514205





Other names for Make-up Artist:

  • Make Up Consultant
  • Stage Beautician

What is a Make-up Artist?

A Make-up Artist works in different fields including applying make-up:

  • in beauty salons (eg wedding make-up etc)
  • on movie and television sets (eg celebrities as well as on ‘extras’)
  • in photographic studios (eg on individuals for portraiture or on fashion models). 

Some Make-up Artists are also Hair Stylists.  This is an added advantage when looking for work.

What does a Make-up Artist do?

  • meets with clients and talks about what they want
  • finds out if clients are allergic to any products
  • stocks up on equipment and supplies
  • maintains good, hygienic habits – equipment and products
  • makes appointments and arrives on time
  • researches current fashion trends in make-up
  • constantly practises new techniques

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about make-up and fashion?
  • good with people?
  • comfortable being up close and personal with people?
  • a person with good communication skills?
  • good with colour?
  • neat and organised?
  • good at time management?

How do I become a Make-up Artist?


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

There are some courses you can take to skill yourself up in the art of becoming a Make-up Artist.  Here are a few examples:


Offers a course in make-up and hairstyling.


Offers a 6-12 month introductory course in Make-up Application.  You need to be over 16 years of age. 


Offers a 6 month course in Basic Make-up Application. 


A 6-month, online, course for an International Diploma in Fashion & Photographic Make-up


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Hairdresser … or … Day Spa General Manager

Is becoming a Make-up Artist the right career choice for me?