There are currently an estimated 4,800 make-up artists in the United States. The make-up artist job market is expected to grow by 12.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are make-up artists?

CareerExplorer rates make-up artists with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,700 make-up artists. That number is based on 600 additional make-up artists, and the retirement of 5,100 existing make-up artists.

Are make-up artists in demand?

There is demand for make-up artists in the states with the highest concentration of entertainment, motion picture, and media production companies: California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. As there are generally more make-up artists than available jobs in film, television, and theatre, licensed candidates and those with experience and/or a theatrical or performing arts background will be favoured. However, the growing sophistication and popularity of computer-generated effects may dampen prospects in this field.

What’s the supply of make-up artists?

Make-Up Artist job market by state

State Name Employed Make-Up Artists
California 1,840
New York 690
Texas 160
Hawaii 80
Florida 70
District of Columbia 50
Nevada 40
Puerto Rico 30
Illinois 30