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Resumes in the makeup industry are important when you are looking to work on set, fashion shows, work at a cosmetic counter, work for an agency, etc. Your resume:

  • helps to solidify a great first impression!

  • gives a brief overview of your qualifications and skill set

  • boosts your brand image 

  • shows your dedication to your craft

The typical tasks undertaken by make-up artists:

  • Deciding which clients to take on

  • Deciding upon the desired physical outcome with each client

  • Assessing and sticking to the budget

  • Researching relevant techniques needed to achieve a certain look

  • Ordering materials from suppliers

  • Sourcing new suppliers for specialist items

  • Making initial design sketches and drafting initial notes

  • Constructing a timetable and plan of action

  • Presenting these ideas to the client and other individuals involved in the project

  • Making sure that the make-up will prepare the individual for each situation, including lights in studios

  • Ensuring that the make-up fits with the other physical aspects of the project, including the costumes

  • Making sure that the individual is not allergic to any of the products

  • Applying the make-up to the client

  • Explaining the process step-by-step if this is desired by the client

  • Teaching the individual new techniques and showing them new ranges of make-up if desired by the client

  • Making moulds of body parts and helping with the process of making prosthetics

  • Fitting artificial items including wigs to the client


These are task that can possibly be included on your resume. 

Make-up artists will need to possess the following skills and this is necessary to include on resume:

  • Creativity

  • Knowledgeable about make-up techniques and products

  • Originality

  • Confidence in own abilities

  • Diplomacy

  • Tact

  • Flexibility

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • The ability to work well as part of a team

  • The ability to use own initiative

  • The ability to stick to tight budgets and be resourceful

  • The ability to remain calm under pressure



Growth Activity: Create your own resume as if your preparing for an interview for your dream job. Use the template and tools provided.


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