A makeup artist applies makeup to create a perfect look for desired character. Different types of makeup artists work in different arena including television, films, theatre, fashion magazines, ramp walks, modelling, fashion shows and various promotional activities. With the use of technology, different types of makeup artists bring creativity to the fore through respective media. You can become a professional makeup artist after pursuing makeup artistry courses.
Read on to identify your interest and area of specialisation (choice of platform or medium) to work as makeup artist.
TYPES OF MAKEUP ARTIST
Enhancing facial features through makeup application is a perfect start for makeup artists of this category. You can work as a staff or employee at renowned salon, cosmetic brands and salient parlours in the city. After gaining experience and working over a period you may join a film or theatre production. You may also apply to become a personal makeup artist of celebrities and models.
This medium is meant for those interested in dabbling in the world of fashion work with models and celebrities. They are considered most sought after artists. They work behind the scene, do touch-ups with the help of photographers’ suggestions on camera lights. These makeup artists must be in sync with fashion trends. They are believed to be the most creative possessing a knack to create a particular look.
The growing television industry has created a prolific demand of makeup artists. They add ‘life’ to the character through makeup and looks; be it reality shows, daily soaps, dance contests, drama, programmes based on epics and mythical stories.
Special effects (Body and face painting)
For these artists human body is the canvas. They use special techniques, including use of prosthetics and plaster casting, and effects to create a desired look. They are considered specialists to jazz up a show based on fantasy or some sci-fi series. Some makeup artists also specialise in body and face painting, creating tattoos and give certain imaginary looks.
Makeup artists in theatre production
The world of stage, props and lights also require necessary makeup to enhance visuals and give a shape to characters. Theatre makeup artists possess a particular skill set as the audience watch actors from a distance. So the entire look and makeup should be visible to the audience in the hall. Theatre makeup artists should have a fair knowledge of creating complete appearance, including wigs and facial hair.
Makeup artists in films
These makeup artists prepare actors for defined characters. They sometimes create special effects and use makeup techniques for actors working under arc lights. These makeup artists work closely with directors and screen writers to glam up actors and transform them into a graceful female icon, charismatic personality and so on depending on the needs of the storyline. These makeup artists tactfully help actors to deliver emotional scenes.
Makeup artists for special occasions (Personal services)
These makeup artists create desired looks for special occasions such as wedding, dance show, corporate or official hoots, family albums, social events and award functions.
To sum up, makeup artists have different media to explore and make optimum use of creativity, talent and skills. They have ‘limitless’ opportunities.