The average hourly pay for a Makeup Artist is $17.87.
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Job Description for Makeup Artist
Makeup artists use cosmetic products to enhance natural beauty and create attractive looks that meet clients' needs. They work in a number of settings, such as demonstrations at makeup counters and trade shows, high-fashion makeup for runway models, theatrical makeup for film and stage productions, and movie special-effects makeup design. Depending on the makeup artist's niche, they may based in one location (such as a salon or makeup counter) or travel regularly to different locations. Makeup a…Read more
Makeup Artist Tasks
- Consult with clients, perform makeup demonstrations, and provide skin care consultations.
- Sell makeup and cleansing products, and provide information and advice on cosmetic application.
- Select makeup shades and products for individuals.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Makeup Artist
The top respondents for the job title Makeup Artist are from the companies Sephora Inc., Sephora Usa, Inc and M.A.C. Cosmetics. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $35.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Nordstrom, Inc. and Estee Lauder Companies Inc, earning around $19.38 and $19.00, respectively. Sephora Inc. pays the lowest at around $12.42. Sephora Usa, Inc and M.A.C. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $14.35 and $17.06, respectively.
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Pay by Experience Level for Makeup Artist
An entry-level Makeup Artist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $15.34 based on 32 salaries. An early career Makeup Artist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.36 based on 316 salaries. A mid-career Makeup Artist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.15 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Makeup Artist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.16 based on 116 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $24.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Makeup Artist in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 21.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (14.6% more) and New York, New York (12.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Diego, California (2.2% less).
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