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Make-up artist

What do makeup artists do?

The show must go on! But little goes without a make-up artist. They are particularly indispensable for stages, operas, musicals, film, television, photo and show producers. Depending on their needs, they put make-up on actors sometimes on young, sometimes on old; cute today, bizarre tomorrow. From the bitter face to the eternally grinning honey cake horse, every mask has to fit. After their training, make-up artists are able to develop design concepts for the creation of the mask and to calculate the costs for them. They sketch designs, make mask images, design character types and create special effects. Applicants should therefore have perseverance and artistic skill. Exact representations from different epochs through to animal and fantasy figures also require technical, art-historical and cultural knowledge.

Make-up artists

  • develop design concepts for the creation of make-up images
  • plan, calculate and organize their work
  • design and manufacture the components necessary for the mask images, in particular wigs, hairpieces, beards, plastic parts and masks
  • make mask pictures using masks, hair, make-up, bald heads and plastic materials
  • create character types, historical and contemporary personalities - also taking into account ethnological (ethnological) characteristics - as well as fantasy and animal figures
  • design and implement special effects such as skin changes, injuries and deformations
  • make sketches and drafts

Who is the job for?

Applicants should ...

  • be able to see clearly in terms of space and color
  • be able to work independently and creatively and at the same time according to specifications
  • be talented in drawing and design
  • good at dealing with people
  • be interested in art history and culture

What is particularly good?

  • to work creatively
  • to participate in the success of a performance
  • working with directors and artists

How is the training structured?

Entry requirements

In principle, no specific previous education is required for the start of training. Most companies, however, expect a secondary school diploma or a technical college entrance qualification (Mittlere Reife). The training lasts three years.

Training allowance

The amount of the training allowance varies greatly depending on the economic sector and region, sometimes even depending on the company. The respective collective bargaining partners, i.e. the employers' associations and unions, agree on how much you will earn during and after your training. They can give you precise information. You can find out which employers' association or trade union is responsible for your training occupation from your Chamber of Commerce and Industry, from the professional association or from the local employment agency.

What can I do with my job later?

Vocational training is the first step towards professional life. Then it goes on, for example as a state-certified designer. The goal can of course also be professional independence. One thing is clear: nobody has to do the same thing in the same job all their life. On the contrary: Those who want to have good chances on the job market or as a self-employed entrepreneur today have to be flexible and receive regular further training. For example, further training to become a trainer (responsible for training apprentices) is possible. For people with a (technical) high school diploma, there is also a degree in make-up and costume designers.

Brief info

Makeup artist ...

... produce wigs, hair pieces, beards, plastic parts and masks and create character types, fantasy and animal figures, and create special effects such as skin changes, injuries and deformations

Particularly good is ...

... the creative work to participate in the success of a performance, the collaboration with directors and artists

Applicants should ...

... be able to see three-dimensionally and in terms of color, be able to work independently and creatively and at the same time according to specifications, have a talent for drawing and design

Duration of training?

3 years

Initial earnings in the job

Information on this is provided by the chamber, employment office, professional association, employer association and trade union

Who is training?

Stages, operas, musicals, television and film, photo and show producers