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The Television Makeup Artist

Make-up artist at work

The makeup artist is responsible for any makeup or other decorations which are applied directly to the skin or hair. Hairstyle is included.

Television makeup is used to:

In drama, the makeup artist will consult with the director, wardrobe and actors about the look and feel of characters.

Makeup must be kept consistent from scene to scene — this can involve a lot of organization for out-of-sequence shooting.

In live/studio television, the makeup artist is often seen on set during breaks to perform touch-ups.

Required Skills

Formal qualifications are not always required, but it would help to have completed a course in film and television makeup.