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Job Description And Average Salary Of Makeup Artists In Nigeria

Salary Of A Makeup Artiste In Nigeria

According to Wikipedia, a makeup artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics on others for theatre, television, film, fashion, magazines, and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry. This post will take a look at the job description and average salary of makeup artists in Nigeria. 

A makeup artist can work in a variety of fields, including on sets of movies and plays, in photography studios, in department store makeup counters and other retail venues, or on-site for specific clients. Most of them work as freelancers hence they are not tied down to working with just one client or organization. It is only in rare cases that we can find makeup artists being hired on a full-time basis. 

The primary duties of a makeup artist include:

  • Understanding requirements from a visual and technical standpoint
  • Determining the correct material and application according to lighting, setting, etc.
  • Applying simple and complex makeup as required

Job Brief Of A Makeup Artist

Typically, a makeup artist is hired to help presenters, actresses, and models look their best when performing on TV, in movies, or in front of crowds, Modelling agencies, media houses, and entertainers are the principal patrons of makeup artists. To achieve outstanding visual effects, you will utilize both simple and sophisticated techniques. A makeup artist is expected to use their imagination and skill to enhance others’ appearances. You should have an exceptional portfolio of media makeup and hairstyling and be detail-oriented. Your enthusiasm for your work should be enough to inspire you to succeed.

Job Description Of A Makeup Artist

  • Understand requirements from a visual and technical standpoint
  • Determine the correct material and application according to lighting, setting, etc.
  • Apply simple and complex makeup as required
  • Use FX prosthetics to create the desired special effects
  • Do appropriate hairstyling to complement the makeup
  • Assist in appropriate removing of makeup and prosthetics
  • Collaborate with crew members (costume designers, production assistants, etc.)
  • Select the best material (cosmetics and tools) and create budgets to purchase
  • Clean and maintain makeup applicators and tools

Requirements And Skills For A Makeup Artist Job

  • Proven experience as a makeup artist
  • Knowledge of makeup and hairdressing techniques
  • Experience in prosthetics and special effects is a plus
  • Technical understanding of lighting, photography, styles, dramatization, etc.
  • Ability to balance quality and budget restraints
  • Understanding of health and safety rules
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills
  • Artistic personality and manual dexterity
  • Attention to detail
  • Patient with a positive attitude
  • Diploma from a vocational school in cosmetology, makeup, or relevant study

How To Become A Makeup Artist In Nigeria

Listed below are the steps towards becoming a successful makeup artist in Nigeria:

  • Register and learn from a makeup school
  • Purchase professional makeup equipment and kits
  • Set up a makeup studio or look for job opportunities in makeup studios 
  • Build a customer base
  • Leverage the power of social media to attract customers

Average Salary Of Makeup Artists In Nigeria

Most makeup artists that we came across say they are freelancers. Hence the majority of them are not in full-time employment. We discovered that some individuals who are already gainfully employed do the job of a makeup artist as a side hustle. Typically in a good month, a makeup artist in Nigeria can earn between 30,000 Naira to 150,000 Naira depending on their clientele base or who they work for. 

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