TV Makeup Artist Career Profile, Salary, & Job Outlook
What does a TV Makeup Artist do?
TV makeup artists enhance actors’ appearance using cosmetics. Depending on the script’s demands, the type of makeup can range from understated, natural looks to beauty makeup or special effects makeup.
How much does this career make?
According to Ziprecruiter, TV Makeup Artists make a national average of $42,379 or $20.37 an hour (as of March 2022). Entry-level artists make around $24,500 annually, with senior-level artists making $48,500 a year. This wide range also depends on skill, seniority, company, and location.
What is the job outlook for this career?
Analysts forecast that television revenue will grow to $231 billion by 2024. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities in the cosmetology field (including Makeup Artists) are expected to increase by 19% during the 2020-2030 decade.
How to kick off your career:
- Practice makeup techniques.
- Volunteer to do makeup on a short film or a student film.
- Get licensing credentials in cosmetology.
- Explore the NYU x Rolling Stone x IndieWire Film + TV Industry Essentials online course.
- Download Yellowbrick’s Ultimate Television Career Guide.
Also, feel free to check out all our courses to take the first step towards achieving your goals in the career of your dreams!
Maisha Closson, Film & TV Industry Essentials contributor,
Executive Producer of The L Word: Generation Q
Hair Stylist | Assistant Makeup Artist | Costume Designer | Special & Visual Effects Artist | Wardrobe Stylist