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Makeup artists are needed on photo and film shoots, on television sets, at fashion shows, at concerts and in theatre to plan and apply the makeup of models, actors and presenters. Depending on the scale of the production, a makeup artist might work either alone or in a large team of stylists, along with hairstylists and wardrobe stylists.
On fashion shoots and shows, the makeup artist will apply the model or models’ makeup in line with the requirements of the client – the designer, art director or photographer. The makeup artist will sometimes sketch ideas or try out concepts on a live model before getting the approval of the client. They will have to keep a close eye on models in able to react quickly in case a touch-up is needed.
Similarly, on film and television sets and in theatre, the artist will be responsible for creating the look of an actor or actress’ makeup that best suits the character being portrayed. They may also specialise in special effects makeup and prosthetics.
Singers and performers will usually have a makeup artist or a team of artists to do their makeup before appearing on stage.
Some celebrities, wealthy and high-profile people hire personal makeup artists or stylists who can do both their hair and makeup.