Music, drama, sculpture, painting — these are just some of the preferred modes of artistic expression. But for a select and skilled few, their chosen medium is the human body. They apply their art and use the human skin as their canvass. They are popularly known as makeup artists.
The services provided by a professional makeup artist depend on their specialty. For example, some specialize in putting on makeup on consumers in department stores and also act as sales personnel; while some work in a salon.
There are those who are experts in television and film makeup and can achieve a natural, polished look to sophisticated glamour. Fashion makeup artists ensure that the models look their best before they appear in front of a camera or an audience, or before they walk down the runway. They work closely and coordinate with photographers or fashion designers to compliment the outfit and achieve the desired look.
Fashion makeup artists also cater to brides and their entourage, with some extending their services to include hair styling and hair design for an additional fee. They understand the need for a bride to be radiant and stress-free on a very important day, so they also offer trial hair and makeup packages at a lesser cost. Airbrush makeup application is a popular technique for brides as it is sweat-proof, waterproof and can last for eight hours without any touch up.
Theatrical makeup artists are responsible for the stage makeup on actors and actresses. They take into account the lighting and the size of the stage as well as the distance of the stage from the audience. They define the eyes, lips, highlights and lowlights of facial bones to ensure that the actor’s expressions are clear and visible despite the distance. Special makeup artists concentrate on fantasy makeup and non-human appearances. It is common for them to incorporate putty, prosthetics and plaster castings in their work to transform a human being into an alien or a monster.
Depending on the amount of work involved, the prices of makeup artists vary. Their training, expertise and experience in the industry will come into play. Another factor to consider is the makeup used in the process. At the end of the day, determining whether the price is worth it or not is as easy as looking at one’s self in the mirror.