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Responsible for all facial and body makeup, including bruising and wounds, and facial hair on the performers. They are also responsible for any prosthetics required for special effects.

The Make-Up department works with the director(s) and performers to develop the desired look for each character. Special Make-Up effects includes prosthetics and other make-up effects such as airbrushing.



Entry Level


Entry Level & In-demand

What kind of jobs are available?



What those who work in this department usually bring to the work.


  • Make-up training from accredited school with a portfolio demonstrating skills in various make-up forms: corrective, glamour and effects.
  • Knowledge of applying make-up to diverse skin tones


  • Make-up work experience with diverse skin tones.
  • Work experience in make-up for stage, film, television or commercials.

Special Makeup Effects Artist

Assistant Makeup Department Head

Makeup Department Head

Make-Up Artist

Assistant Make-Up

2nd Assistant MakeUp Artist

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