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JOBS ON THURSDAY: Give your career a makeover.

What does a career in make-up involve?

Make-up consultants work in beauty salons, giving make-overs to members of the public, such as brides on their wedding day, and advising them what products and colours suit them best. They also work for cosmetics companies based in shops and can also be found at stage and fashion shows or in the medical profession, where they provide camouflage and techniques following injury or surgery.

Some make-up artists choose to work in the TV and film industry, applying make-up for presenters and performers appearing on screen. They have a thorough knowledge of products and techniques in order to prepare and work on make-up required for each individual production. What personal skills do you need? To be a make-up artist you should be creative and able to communicate well at all levels. You need to be confident and tactful in order to suggest changes to people's appearances without offending them, and to have the stamina to work long hours. You must also be able to work under pressure, pay attention to detail and work well as part of a team. What training do you need? To become a make-up artist you need to complete a full-time course in beauty therapy or make-up. Entry requirements for courses vary, so you should check with individual course providers.

Beauty therapy and make-up courses are offered by a variety of colleges and training centres. Some courses lead to the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) NVQ in beauty therapy Levels 2, 3 and 4.

Training for TV and film work will take you a further year. FT2, however, trains junior freelance make-up artists for TV and film work from the age of 18 as long as they already have NVQ Level 2 in both hairdressing and beauty therapy. What is the potential for career advancement?

Make-up artists work for TV and film companies, video production companies, major stage productions and in the fashion industry. Others work in beauty salons, possibly in a large hotel or on a cruise liner, or as part of the medical profession What is the salary? Full-time make-up artists usually earn between pounds 12,000 and pounds 15,000 a year or more. Freelance make-up artists can earn from around pounds 10,000 to pounds 20,000 a year plus, according to experience and reputation

IF you were always putting make-up on your dolls as a child or love organising cosmetic parties for your friends, maybe a career in make-up is for you. Michelle Rushton put her blusher on to find out more

More information

Skillset Careers, 08080 300 900, British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, 0845 065 9000, Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), 0845 230 6080,

Case study

THE foundation of Anne-Marie Halliwell's career as a make u p consultant was set from an early age.

'I always loved playing with make up and making people feel good about themselves,' explained Anne-Marie. 'I was also a very keen sketch artist as a child, so the two hobbies seemed to blend together.'

Anne-Marie pursued a career as an advertising representative by day while indulging in her love of all things make-up during the evenings.

'I decided to go on a course at night school to learn more about cosmetics, and the course also covered skincare and beauty therapy. While I was still at college I got my first booking for a bridal makeover. That was over eight years ago, and I'm still going strong.'

As well as bridal work, AnneMarie also hosts cosmetics parties for Virgin Vie, and her latest mission is to build her own team of Virgin consultants across Merseyside.

She revealed: 'Being a Virgin consultant is great for me because it means I can carry on doing what I love. One of my favourite parts of the job doing the cosmetics parties
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 19, 2005
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