Profession make-up and hair designer

Make-up and hair designers develop a design concept for make-up and hair of performers and supervise the execution of it. Their work is based on research and artistic vision. Their design is influenced by and influences other designs and must be conform with these designs and the overall artistic vision. Therefore, the designers work closely with artistic directors, operators and the artistic team. Make-up and hair designers develop sketches, design drawings or other documentation to support the workshop and performance crew. Make-up designers sometimes also work as autonomous artists, creating make-up art outside a performance context.  

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising
  • Enterprising / Realistic

Skills

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Work safely with chemicals

    Take the necessary precautions for storing, using and disposing chemical products.

  • Adapt existing designs to changed circumstances

    Adapt an existing design to changed circumstances and ensure that the artistic quality of the original design is reflected in the final result.

  • Draw make-up sketches

    Sketch make-up designs to develop the concept and share with others.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Analyse the scenography

    Analyse the selection and distribution of material elements on a stage.

  • Analyse the artistic concept based on stage actions

    Analyse the artistic concept, form and structure of a live performance based on observation during rehearsals or improvisation. Create a structured base for the design process of a specific production.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Develop design ideas cooperatively

    Share and develop design ideas with the artistic team. Conceptualise new ideas independently and with others. Present your idea, gain feedback and take it into account. Make sure the design fits with the work of other designers.

  • Research new ideas

    Thorough research for information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production based.

  • Design make-up effects

    Develop and apply special make-up including effects.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Monitor sociological trends

    Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.

  • Develop design concept

    Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.

  • Update design results during rehearsals

    Updating the design results based on observation of the stage image during the rehearsals, especially where the different designs and the action are integrated.

  • Propose improvements to artistic production

    Assess past artistic activities with a view to improving future projects.

  • Monitor developments in technology used for design

    Identify and explore recent developments in technology and materials used in the live performance industry, in order to create an up-to-date technical background for one’s personal design work.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Analyse score

    Analysing the score, form, themes and structure of a piece of music.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Present detailed design proposals

    Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.

  • Decide on make-up process

    Define the make-up materials and methods you willl use.

  • Verify feasibility

    Interpret an artistic plan and verify whether the described design can be executed.

  • Coach staff for running the performance

    Give instructions to all team members about how they should run the performance.

  • Decide on wig making process

    Decide on what materials and techniques to use for performance wigs, and document the decision.

Optional knowledge and skills

create wigs test make-up lead a team provide documentation prevent fire in a performance environment organise resources for artistic production document your own practice keep personal administration create lifecasts analyse the need for technical resources update budget draw up artistic production dye wigs copyright legislation work with respect for own safety use personal protection equipment labour legislation