SFX Make-Up Artist
Samantha Ayoub

About the job:

What you do

As a Special Effects (SFX) Make-Up Artist, you apply make-up for visual and theatrical effects. You may also use prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting techniques to create unique and advanced visual effects.  

The tough stuff

As a Special Effects (SFX) Make-Up Artist, you may have to:

  • Travel abroad or attend international seminars to learn about "what's new"
  • Be very active in promoting yourself, to build your name and find more jobs
  • Spend money up-front to buy the make-up products 
The cool stuff

As a Special Effects (SFX) Make-Up Artist, you will get to:

  • Express your creativity in a fun way
  • Work on interesting projects, sometimes involving famous actors
Typical work hours
  • 40+ hours a week  

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Art
Best high school track(s)
  • Any Track
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Visual Color Discrimination
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

In order to become a Special Effects Make-Up Artist, it is recommended that you obtain a certificate in either Cosmetology or Theater Arts.

Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

As a Special Effects Make-Up Artist, you should be prepared to learn a lot on your own. It's a job that not many people think about pursuing, especially in smaller markets. However, if you love to practice your creativity, and enjoy thinking about characters and how they should appear in theater productions; this may be the career for you.


Samantha Ayoub is a professional makeup artist who enjoys working in Fantasy, Prosthetics & SFX Make-Up. She has world class training at the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She also has extensive experience working on feature films, advertisements, music videos, theatrical productions, events, and artistic photoshoots.