Artistic Make-up….Yes Please!
Artistic Make-up….Yes Please!
Article by Leanne Kemp
To look attractive is a never ending desire from the ages for the human beings. Make up provided the solutions to this problem. It enhances the positive parts of your beauty and hides the ugly part cleverly. As the desire to show the beauty and attraction in different perspectives the demand for good make up artists began to trickle in. There are different demands for different occasions, like daily make up, natural make up, party make up, bridal make up, Stage make up, make for photography and modeling and movie and television make up.
The word “Make up Artist” gained its relevancy in the 1930s when professional movie production houses felt the need to give the artists a perfect look for the character they were playing. Usually make-up artists apply make-up and style hair for performers and presenters appearing on film, stage and television (they also help you with the day-to-day or special occasion or bridal make ups). The style varies from straightforward, contemporary make-up and hairdressing to more creative and specialist techniques.
Make-up artists play a large role, with important tasks which includes selecting and purchasing supplies, doing ‘corrective’ make-up and hair tidying, as well as applying full make-up, discussing with individuals/ directors / lighting departments the overall effect that they wan. This also includes lots of research for styles of hair and make-up, how to add prosthetics such as false noses and scars, wigs and hair decorations while doing the make up for movie, television and theatre production houses. For the professional make up artists working hours are long and irregular, and include evenings, weekends and public holidays. The work area is mainly restricted to indoors.
The job of a make up artist is very challenging. To become a good make-up artist he or she should be knowledgeable about a range of make-up and hair products, most important of all is that the make up artist should be innovative, artistic, creative, imaginative and resourceful. The make up artist should be diplomatic and tactful and should be able to cope with nervous individuals and performers and above all make up artist should enjoy working with a variety of people.
Good make-up artists must be artistically inclined and must possess a well-developed sense of colour and form. Imagination, initiative and originality are important qualities they should possess. Manual agility is absolutely essential. Since make-up artists work with many people, friendliness, patience and tact are essential qualities they must possess. Make-up artists must be dedicated to their job and be keen to learn and experiment with original and creative ideas. Make-up artists can specialize in more than one field such as model make-up, old-age make-up, fantasy make-up etc.
The make-up artist first analyzes the faces of their clients, before they start applying the makeup. They consider the shape, bone structure, eye shape and complexion of the clients and the outcome they have to produce out of it. Make-up sessions can be very time-consuming, especially when special effects have to be created, and make-up artists have to stand on their feet for long periods. It could be expected of them to work any time of the day or night.
Most make-up artists are freelance so there is intense competition for individual contracts. Artists skilled in both make-up and hair styling have better prospects. Make-up artists usually enter the profession through make-up/beauty therapy courses and begin their career in beauty salons. Many of them start their career in film, stage or television as an assistant. Training for the make up artists is mainly on the job. For freelance make-up artists, advancement depends on establishing a reputation in the business and progressing onto more high profile productions.
About the Author
Leanne Kemp is the Managing Director for Wotaboutme. Look online to find a day spa, haircut, aromatherapy massage anywhere in Australia. Perfect for gifts for him or gifts for her. For updates, check out the Wotaboutme Blog