Theatrical and Makeup Artistry

If you love creating dramatic looks and being able to experiment with bringing the idea of a look to life, then you may want to consider a degree in Theatrical and makeup artistry. Students who pursue careers in Theatrical and Makeup artistry will apply makeup to performers in order to reflect a certain period, setting or the situation of their role. This can range from simple yet dramatic makeup of a runway all the way to special effects monster makeup.

Educational Requirements

In order to become a theatrical and makeup artist, one should look into attending either a cosmetology program or finding a school that exclusively does makeup artist training for special effects. Because special effects schools can be few and far between, it is highly recommended that students attend a cosmetology program as it will give students the foundation and extra skills that may be needed to set themselves apart from other potential employees who have no formal training. Once students have completed their educational training they will need to begin building their portfolio. This can be done through freelancing and volunteering your skills to fashion shows, hair competitions, local theatre and School Theater. A portfolio showcasing a student’s work will be one of the primary things a future employer will look at and base their decision off of.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, theatrical and performance make-up artists earned a yearly median salary of $47,210 as of May 2013 ( Employment positions were predicted to rise 3% from 2012-2022.

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