How much does a Makeup Artist make in the United States? The average Makeup Artist salary in the United States is $22,232 as of August 29, 2022, but the salary range typically falls between $19,646 and $25,637. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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What is a Makeup Artist ?

A make-up artist or 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. Awards given for this profession in the entertainment industry include the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling and even several entertainment industry awards such as the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. In the United States as well as the other parts of the globe, professional licenses are required by agencies in order for them to hire t...

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The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg - Village of Williamsburg , VA
Job Summary The Make-Up Artist is responsible for providing guests with comprehensive and professional product knowledge and make-up applications, reaching daily sales goal, and assisting the Spa ...
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Jpixx - Virginia Beach , VA
Project Management, Creative Writing, Photography, Copywriting, Event Planning, Makeup Artist, Office Management, Sales, WordPress Skills. Additional Information BENEFITS * Paid time off holidays ...
ZipRecruiter ATS Jobs for ZipSearch/ZipAlerts - 29 days ago
Radical Convergence - Herndon , VA
The role requires a skilled artist with a broad background to create highly detailed characters with experience modeling, sculpting, texturing, and shading. The ideal candidate has a strong grasp of ...
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Mara Hair and Mode Studio - Fairfax , VA
Mara is a lifestyle boutique; offering variety of hair services, makeup, and now clothing and accessories to style their clients from head to toe. Everyone at Mara Studio has always been passionate ...
ZipRecruiter - 37 days ago

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