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Makeup Artist Salaries in New Jersey

New Jersey residents are especially fortunate because there are not only over 22 beauty schools located throughout the state but there are six schools dedicated only to makeup.

Makeup schools generally offer a basic course of approximately five weeks that prepares students to become personal appearance makeup artists who work at salons, high-end hotels, spas, bridal boutiques, modeling agencies and cosmetics stores/counters. The program includes topics like the following:

  • Fundamentals of makeup
  • Application Techniques
  • Color Theory / Lighting
  • Highlighting and Contouring
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Correction Methods
  • Air Brushing
  • Marketing

Personal Appearance Makeup Artist Salaries in New Jersey

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national annual salaries and hourly wages of personal appearance makeup artists are as follows.

Annual Salary
Mean
$27000
10th Percentile
$16940
25th Percentile
$18470
50th Percentile (Median)
$22570
75th Percentile
$26200
90th Percentile
$43270

Personal makeup artists usually receive tips of approximately 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the service. This considerably increases their overall income.

Theatrical Makeup Artist Salaries Nationwide and in New Jersey

Makeup artistry programs that prepare students for theatrical and production makeup jobs offer the basic courses as well as advanced subjects such as the following.

  • Facial Geometry
  • Body Painting
  • High Fashion Styles
  • Fantasy Styles
  • Science Fiction Makeup
  • Prosthetics Application
  • Aging Techniques
  • Fake Scars, Burns and Wounds
  • 3D Makeup Effects

Nationwide

Annual Salary
10th Percentile
$19560
25th Percentile
$25840
50th Percentile (Median)
$47210
75th Percentile
$97350
90th Percentile
$121910

In New Jersey

USA-Wage reports the following theatrical makeup artist salaries for New Jersey, which shows earnings to be much higher in New Jersey than in the US as a whole.

Annual Salary
10th Percentile
$30540
25th Percentile
$32170
50th Percentile (Median)
$35660
75th Percentile
$45330
90th Percentile
$89650

The following is a Bureau of Labor Statistics table of theatrical makeup artist salaries for metropolitan areas that include New Jersey.

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
420
104100

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