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The Handbook of Make-Up
A make-up artist or MUA (the standard abbreviation) is an artist who creates makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling world. In some cases, the title of Make-up Artist can also encompass the responsibilities of hair styling. Awards given for this profession in the entertainment industry include the Academy Award for Makeup and several Emmy awards.
Make-up artistry, in general, is not a well paying occupation, relative to other entertainment industry placements. However, a MUA ("Makeup Artist") can secure a well-paying position in the modeling and photography world, when one has garnered a sufficient reputation and skill set. Proficiency, as with any art form is subjective, however the standard MUA is judged on the ability to display a face to its full potential (as desired by the director or photographer) as welll as establish a working relationship with the actor, photographer or person being worked on. Make-up artists can receive their training in several different ways: they can intern at a theater, they can assist a working make-up artist, or they can attend a school dedicated to make-up artistry. Make-up artists are primarily self-employed (freelancers), but they may also be represented by an agency, or employed by a production company. In the United States as well as the UK, several provinces or states may require a license. In many instances, in order to work on film, TV, or theater productions you must be part of an applicable union.