Makeup Artist

Job Description

A make-up artist is a professional artist that uses mediums applied to the skin to transform or enhance the appearance of a person. Make-up artists are often referred to as cosmetologists or beauticians, but are different in that they specialise only in make-up and typically do not offer other services such as hair or nails.

Careers Ladder

Salary Pay Range

Dependant on qualifications, skill level and experience.


While you don’t need formal qualifications to work as a Makeup Artist, undertaking a qualification to learn the theory behind Makeup Artistry is an advantage.

Consider undertaking a vocational qualification through TAFE or a registered training organisation, such as a Diploma of Beauty Therapy.


  • Autonomy
  • Confident
  • Creative
  • Customer Orientated
  • Focused
  • Flexible
  • Interpersonal
  • Punctual
  • Receptive
  • Self-Motivator

Key Skills

  • Skin Analysis
  • Sales
  • Colours & Technical Applications
  • Make-Up & Facial Knowledge

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;