Learn about the types of people who become make-up artists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2022

35% of make-up artists work in full-time roles while 65% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a make-up artist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming make-up artists at a ratio of 6.70 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2022

96% of make-up artists are female and 4% are male.


Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a make-up artist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a make-up artist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a make-up artist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of make-up artists are White, making up 55% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Other, making up 16% and 9% respectively.