Makeup Designer


The Makeup Designer is responsible for the visual appearance of any makeup worn by the actors. The makeup designer works closely with the costume designer to create a look for each actor that will visually support the character. (Based on the description in J. Michael Gillette’s Theatrical Design and Production, 6th ed.)


  1. Familiarize yourself with the script and the time period.
  2. Meet with the director, costume designer, and your mentor about style, characterization, and color. Be sure to check with the lighting designer about gel colors.
  3. Discuss makeup needs with the costume designer and set a budget. Speak with your mentor or the costume shop supervisor about your budget and purchasing procedures and make sure you have approval on all purchases before making them. You will not be reimbursed for unapproved purchases.
  4. Remind the actors that they are responsible for their personal makeup supplies. Work with the stage manager to order makeup kits for those who need them.
  5. Purchase special makeup supplies as needed and check to make sure that there are enough general supplies - hair spray, bobby pins, etc. Order special makeup supplies or prosthetics early.
  6. Create a makeup chart for each cast member in consultation with the costume designer, director, and your mentor.
  7. Arrange and supervise a makeup appointment for each cast member prior to the first dress rehearsal.
  8. Instruct the actors in methods of achieving the desired effect after discussion of the character with them. Don’t do it for them – teach them.
  9. Work out any quick changes of makeup prior to first dress.
  10. Supervise application of makeup during dress rehearsals and performances.
  11. Set makeup calls during the run of the show in consultation with the stage manager.
  12. Check makeup from the house during dress rehearsals, conferring with the director and costume designer and making changes where needed.

Online application for this position.