A make up artist does everything from make Cameron Diaz look completely flawless to turning Arnold Schwartzeneggar into a Terminator. It is an essential part of the entertainment industry as it helps breathe life into a character by making them more three dimensional.
An actor has a much easier time being able to commit to a role if they truly believe that they have been transformed into the character they are playing. This belief is mandatory for the audience as well. For us to by the story, we need to believe that there is actually a robot under Schwartzenggar's skin, or that Jennifer Lopez has bruises on her face, or whatever.
Key Make Up Artist: They are in charge of the make up department. They actually design the make up for each actor/actress and assign individual make up artists to apply it.
Make Up Artist: These are the individuals who actually apply the make up to the actor.
Make Up Assistant: They help with some of the lesser tasks like body make up and organization.
- Make Up Effects Artist: They design and create special make up effects using prosthetics, latex and animatronics.
Skills & Education:
Becoming a make up artist is no easy task. Especially depending on where you want to work. Many make up artists get their start by first working as assistants on a movie set or television show. Their first gigs are usually on student films, low budget features or television which are the perfect training ground. Many actors and actresses develop relationships with make up artists and often request them by name at the beginning of a project.
A good make up artist is creative with their craft, but also listens to the directors, actors and producers so that they can achieve the desired results. You must be a people person and it helps to have a great personality. The hours are often quite long and initially, the pay may be extremely low, but if you remain tenacious, you will achieve your goals.