Assess, select, and apply make-up to change the performer’s appearance

Business Sectors (Suites): Hair, Wigs, Make Up and Prosthetics for Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2021


This standard is about your ability to assess, select and apply make up to change the performer's appearance. 

It includes making sure that performers are comfortable and fully informed about the process. It is about selecting the appropriate tools, products, and methods to apply make-up. It is also about ensuring that the make up is sustained under production conditions. It also involves taking in to account the health and safety requirements when applying make-up.

This standard is for those who have completed initial training and have some skills and experience in applying make-up.

This standard is applicable to all roles, but most applicable to the role of make-up assistants and make-up artists.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

1. assess and identify make-up requirements in accordance with the plan and production 2. prepare equipment for use 3. inform the performer of the process of applying make up and confirm they are positioned comfortably for the process 4. test performers' skin for potential adverse reactions to the products intended for use 5. choose and apply make-up to meet the design requirements 6. undertake airbrushing and application of body and facial make-up, including colour assessment to meet design requirements 7. take immediate and appropriate action if adverse reactions are caused by products 8. minimise personal discomfort while applying and removing make up 9. follow health and safety policies and guidelines when working with make-up 10. maintain, clean and store equipment after use 11. document information regarding the make-up and the process used

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​how to identify and assess make-up requirements in accordance with the plan identifying workspace, environment, allergies, sensitivities, skin type, colour, skincare and timings

  2. the importance of equipment set up and making the performer comfortable

  3. how to test for adverse reaction and the importance of testing at least 24 hours in advance prior to application
  4. what action to take when make-up causes adverse skin reactions
  5. different types of make-up application technique for body and face e.g. brushes, sponges, stippling, painting, airbrushing, stencils, embellishments

  6. the use of colour assessment techniques including colour mixing, colour washes, highlights and shades

  7. how to use airbrushing techniques including spray techniques (lines, areas, shades, highlighting and shading; concealing; even colour washing); using stencils, templates, masking; temporary tattoos, body painting and tanning
  8. the health and safety legislation, policies and guidelines applicable to the application of make--up
  9. the importance of record keeping
  10. how to maintain, clean and store make-up and equipment


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Hairdressers and Related Occupations, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Personal Service Occupations

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make-up, make-up assistant, make-up artist, design requirements, make-up application techniques performer, health and safety