Profession make-up artist

Make-up artists give facial beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and make-up and give other kinds of treatment to individuals in order to improve their appearance.

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Personality Type

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

Related professions hair, beauty, cosmetics

Knowledge

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

  • Cosmetics

    The various types of substances used to enhance the appearance of the human body.

  • Skin types

    The different skin types, such as dry, normal, oily, and sensitive.

  • Make-up techniques

    The various techniques and tools for applying make-up.

Skills

  • Contextualise artistic work

    Identify influences and situate your work within a specific trend which may be of an artistic, aesthetic, or philosophical natures. Analyse the evolution of artistic trends, consult experts in the field, attend events, etc.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Contribute to a safe working environment

    Apply basic safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the risks to you and your colleagues.

  • Determine skin type

    Determine what type of skin a person has in order to use the right make-up for that particular skin type.

  • Analyse the need for technical resources

    Define and make a list of the required resources and equipment based on the technical needs of the production.

  • Analyse a script

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

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Perform quick make-up changeovers

    Quickly apply changes to a performer's make-up during the performance.

  • Adapt to artists' creative demands

    Work with artists, striving to understand the creative vision and adapting to it. Make full use of your talents and skills to reach the best possible result.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

  • Work safely with chemicals

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

  • Make up performing artists

    Use cosmetics on artists for stage performances.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • Test make-up

    Perform routine tests to determine if make-up products are adequate.

  • Repair prostheses

    Repair damage to prostheses for stage performances.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • 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.

  • Define artistic approach

    Define your own artistic approach by analysing your previous work and your expertise, identifying the components of your creative signature, and starting from these explorations to describe your artistic vision.

  • Follow environmentally-sustainable work practices

    Apply principles, policies and regulations aimed at environmental sustainability in the workplace.

  • Gather reference materials for artwork

    Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Ensure continuity in the styling of artists

    Ensure that artists are consistently styled during the production of a motion picture. Make sure that their look remains the same.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

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

Optional knowledge and skills

develop educational resources decide on make-up process develop professional network keep personal administration attend rehearsals participate in artistic mediation activities develop artistic project budgets repair wigs create lifecasts lighting techniques work with the camera crew promote yourself plan art educational activities advise client on technical possibilities draft styling schedule document your own practice apply body paint present exhibition work with the lighting crew design make-up effects develop educational activities work with the director of photography photography draw make-up sketches maintain prostheses manage consumables stock prevent fire in a performance environment

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