The term special effects makeup calls to mind images of monsters and other creatures. Wild colors and textures abound, creativity is the name of the game! But did you know that there are a variety of jobs to choose from in this field? You won’t be limited to freelance jobs or Halloween events. This is a very dynamic career!

Join us as we journey through 5 special effects makeup jobs you likely didn’t know about!

Prosthetics artist

Realistic wounds and bloody effects are just two types of special effects makeup. Another huge focus is prosthetic makeup, which is the art of molding and casting techniques to create realistic (and often gory) cosmetic effects. For many makeup artists, creating prosthetics is the most rewarding and creative aspect of special effects makeup!

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The great news? Your creativity translates very well into a career as a prosthetics artist. Film and television directors need you to figure out what prosthetics to create for a film or television set. You’ll work with actors’ facial features so your prosthetics are as true to life as possible. Interpersonal skills are just as important as technical ones in this role. Getting to know the actors in a production is all part of the special effects process!

Theme park makeup artist

Love the thought of bringing characters to life? It’s a common trait shared by most makeup artists. One job you can go for with your special effects makeup training is that of a Theme Park Makeup Artist. That’s right – places such as Disneyland and Universal Studios hire well-trained, outgoing makeup artists to create their characters. Imagine working at the happiest place on earth!

But don’t be fooled. This is a demanding role, and competition is fierce. Amusement parks are large with hundreds of employees. You’ll need to use makeup to bring well-known cartoons and creatures to life. We highly recommend obtaining your special effects makeup certification to set yourself apart. Your portfolio is your ticket to a thrilling role like this.

Professional stage makeup artist

If you’re looking for a steady position, this could be it. Theater productions depend heavily on elaborate costumes and makeup. For makeup artists in general, this can lead to a very rewarding career.

successful career in makeup as a theater makeup artist

Before a performance, you’ll create looks for all the actors while keeping in mind their specific roles and the different acts within the show. You’ll need to be mindful of any skin allergies and test each look under different lights. After all, no two actors are the same, and makeup applications change under certain lights. In this role, you’ll develop strong relationships with directors, actors and behind-the-scenes workers. Your expertise will be trusted and your career will grow steadily!

Freelance special effects makeup artist

Many makeup artists pursue freelance jobs early in their career. And this is a great move! Building your list of contacts and reputation is very worthwhile. For special effects makeup artists, it’s even more worthwhile. This is because special effects makeup is a specific branch of the makeup industry. Knowing how to create zombie makeup is not a common skill among makeup artists. Mastering bruises and other gory effects is the result of careful training. Not to mention hours of practice! As a freelance makeup artist specializing in special effects, you’re already ahead of your competition. Marketing your skills in creating gory effects for a variety of different needs will grow client list in no time.

Catwalk makeup artist

There’s more to special effects than just gore! Many fashion designers seek out makeup artists with a wide range of skills to complement their models’ clothing. Creating high-fashion and editorial makeup will serve you well in your career as a makeup artist. Along with your special effects makeup course, it’s always a good idea to take other classes as well.

runway makeup created by celebrity makeup artists

In the fashion industry, your skills will really set you apart. This is because fashion shows involve a number of different looks. The models may start with a winged eye and red lip, but the designer may have a big change in mind. They will need your dazzling special effects to complement a futuristic outfit in their showcase. This is where your skills come in!

Which of these 5 jobs surprised you the most?

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