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Make-up ArtistAlternative titles

Kaitoi Whakapaipai Kanohi

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Cosmetic Consultant
Make-up Assistant

Make-up artists apply make-up to people to enhance or alter their appearance.

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements for becoming a make-up artist, but some employers may prefer you to have a qualification from a polytechnic or a make-up school.

Make-up artists gain many skills on the job. They need to keep up to date with trends in the fashion industry and the latest products through reading fashion and make-up magazines, and watching movies and theatre productions.

Secondary education

There are no specific secondary education requirements, butĀ visual art, media studies or drama and theatre studiesĀ are useful.

Personal requirements

Make-up artists need to be:

  • friendly
  • able to relate well to people
  • good listeners
  • reliable
  • good at time management.

Useful experience

Useful experience for make-up artists includes:

  • work as a beauty therapist or beautician
  • cosmetic counter work
  • working backstage at amateur theatre productions
  • hairdressing work
  • pharmacy work.

Creating a portfolio that shows your ideas and style can also help get employers to notice you.

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation
(04) 499 1180 - enquiries@hito.org.nz - www.hito.org.nz
The Association of Beauty Therapists of New Zealand Inc
(09) 918 6347 - info@beautynz.org.nz - www.beautynz.org.nz
The Makeup School
09 376 6660 - enquiries@themakeupschool.co.nz - www.the makeupschool.co.nz


year of training usually required

Natalie Young putting make-up on a customer in a salon

Make-up artists gain many skills on the job

Updated 26 Nov 2013