Job Description

A Special effects artist/Make-up artist ensures that models, performers and presenters have suitable make-up and hairstyles before they appear in front of cameras or an audience. This may be in a variety of settings, including film, television, theatre, live music and photographic shoots.

Make-up artists interpret the make-up requirements of clients to produce both a creative and technically accurate visual representation. This may involve very basic make-up for a TV presenter through to more complex period make-up or special effects. The work involves creating images and characters through the medium of make-up, hairstyles and prosthetics in accordance with a brief.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of available make-up and beauty products;
  • sourcing, budgeting and ordering materials and equipment from specialist suppliers;
  • producing and sketching design ideas for hairstyles and make-up;
  • ensuring continuity in hair and make-up and liaising with other members of the design team to ensure the overall look/effect is consistent and coherent;
  • demonstrating and implementing a practical understanding of lighting, the photographic process, colours and the impact of special effects/make-up processes on the skin;
  • ensuring that appropriate action is taken to minimise unpleasant side effects from the use of specialist make-up/hairdressing techniques;
  • maintaining awareness of health and safety issues and legislation;
  • casting facial and body moulds and sculpting latex foam - known as prosthetics;
  • fitting and maintaining wigs, hairpieces and prosthetics;
  • time management - knowing how long a subject will take to be made-up;
  • communicating with clients to clarify visual requirements;
  • production study: reading scripts to ascertain the materials and the look required, budget implications and identifying areas where research is required;
  • hairdressing;
  • working quickly and accurately in time-pressured conditions;
  • taking detailed notes and photographs of work, maintaining an up-to-date portfolio of work.



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.