Hair and Make-up Artist

Needed competencies and skills

  • Manual dexterity required for the application of make-up and hair products and effects
  • Ability to understand others' ideas and concerns whilst trusting their own opinions and instincts
  • Ability to translate abstract ideas into practical applications, quickly and efficiently
  • Ability to oversee their entire department
  • Creative flair
  • Strong sense of colour, design and drawing
  • Good eye for detail
  • Large cultural knowledge base in terms of period make-up and hair, and also with regard to Costume, Art literature, and social and cultural history
  • Understanding how lighting can affect make-up and of the differences between the effects of film, digi beta, high definition, etc. 
  • Keep up to date with the latest products, equipment and techniques
  • Artistic and technical skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Must be tactful, sensitive, patient and able to put people at ease
  • Self assurance and confidence
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work long hours

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

All Make-up and Hair Designers should have achieved at least a Level 6  vocational qualification or an ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma , and City & Guilds NVQ level 3 Hairdressing and Barbering Advanced full certificate or the equivalent of two years experience.

As it is essential that all Make-up Artists keep up to date with new methods and materials further qualifications and skills may be acquired by attending specialist, industry approved short courses.  Make-up and Hair Designers should also have recognised Health and Safety qualifications, and must be able to carry out risk assessments.  A full EU driving licence is essential.

More information (links to materials)

Post-leaving Certificate Courses: