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.
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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.
There are no specific secondary education requirements, but visual art, media studies or drama and theatre studies are useful.
Make-up artists need to be:
- able to relate well to people
- good listeners
- good at time management.
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.
View information on courses in the course database
Find out more about training
- Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation
- (04) 499 1180 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.hito.org.nz
- The Association of Beauty Therapists of New Zealand Inc
- (09) 918 6347 - email@example.com - www.beautynz.org.nz
- The Makeup School
- 09 376 6660 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.the makeupschool.co.nz
year of training usually required
Updated 26 Nov 2013