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Theatrical Makeup Artist


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We are looking for a talented and experienced Theatrical Makeup Artist to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the arts and a keen eye for detail, ensuring that each performer looks their best under the stage lights. As a Theatrical Makeup Artist, you will be responsible for designing and applying makeup that enhances the characters and themes of various productions. You will work closely with directors, costume designers, and performers to create looks that are both visually stunning and true to the vision of the production. Your role will involve researching historical and contemporary makeup styles, selecting appropriate products, and applying makeup in a way that withstands the rigors of live performance. You will also be responsible for maintaining a clean and organized workspace, managing makeup supplies, and ensuring that all makeup is applied safely and hygienically. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, and a strong understanding of color theory and facial anatomy. You should be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and be comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. If you have a creative flair and a dedication to bringing characters to life through makeup, we would love to hear from you.


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  • Design and apply makeup for theatrical productions.
  • Collaborate with directors and costume designers to create cohesive looks.
  • Research historical and contemporary makeup styles.
  • Select appropriate makeup products and tools.
  • Apply makeup that withstands the rigors of live performance.
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace.
  • Manage makeup supplies and inventory.
  • Ensure all makeup is applied safely and hygienically.
  • Provide touch-ups and adjustments during performances.
  • Remove makeup and assist with cleanup after performances.
  • Stay updated on industry trends and techniques.
  • Train and mentor junior makeup artists.
  • Create special effects makeup as required.
  • Work within budget constraints.
  • Document makeup designs and processes for future reference.


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  • Proven experience as a theatrical makeup artist.
  • Strong portfolio showcasing a range of makeup styles.
  • Excellent understanding of color theory and facial anatomy.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Attention to detail and a keen eye for aesthetics.
  • Knowledge of makeup products and tools.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Understanding of hygiene and safety standards.
  • Creative flair and artistic ability.
  • Ability to follow instructions and adapt to feedback.
  • Experience with special effects makeup is a plus.
  • Formal training or certification in makeup artistry is preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Potential interview questions

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  • Can you describe your experience with theatrical makeup?
  • How do you approach designing a makeup look for a character?
  • Can you provide examples of your work?
  • How do you handle working under pressure during live performances?
  • What is your process for researching and selecting makeup styles?
  • How do you ensure makeup is applied safely and hygienically?
  • Can you describe a challenging project you worked on and how you overcame it?
  • How do you stay updated on industry trends and techniques?
  • What experience do you have with special effects makeup?
  • How do you manage your time and prioritize tasks during a production?
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