Theatrical and performance makeup artists use makeup to ensure performers meet the needs of the theatrical or performance piece in which they are working. They must work with a director or other manager to determine makeup-related needs, as well as determine the supplies necessary to carry out this vision. These professionals must plan how they will apply the makeup, which must account for the performers' skin tone, sensitivities and other factors; they also need to prepare for events during the performance that may affect makeup, as well as create models or drawings for planning purposes.
Before the performance, the makeup artist applies the necessary makeup; during the performance, they may need to reapply makeup or perform touch-ups. Other tasks performed by these professionals include acquiring any needed tools or supplies, preparing and remaining within a budget, working with hairstylists to discuss appropriate hairstyles and resetting wigs as necessary. Additionally, the theatrical and performance makeup artist may design and apply prostheses, which must look realistic and fit the performances' needs.
Generally, theatrical and performance makeup artists must have experience applying makeup specifically in a theatrical or performance context. Additionally, some production companies and theaters require a cosmetology license from an accredited program. Theatrical and performance makeup artists generally work in the performing arts - such as a theater, movie set or TV set - and their hours vary depending on the specific position.
Makeup Artist, Theatrical and Performance Tasks
Apply makeup to meet specific lighting and acting situations.
Maintain inventory and workspace.
Interact with directors, actors and staff to meet expectations.