The different professions at ITM
For the teaching staff and all members of the Institute, make-up is part of artistic creation. It is part of a coherent process, where everyone, whether they be in lighting, make-up, scenery or costumes… has his place. It is through his knowledge of entertainment or fashion that the make-up artist can harmoniously integrate his work into an entire creation.
Profile and skills
It is necessary to learn the techniques of this profession and know and understand it's organization: The composition of a film set, The design of a script, The contribution of light, The various types of media in the cinema, The choice of a team for a fashion show, The role of make-up artists agencies and hairdressers or bookers.
Understanding the profession of the make-up artist and the specific environment in question is essential in order to have the capacity to respond to and to anticipate all the needs and requirements of an artistic production.
This job involves the ability to adapt and grow in pace with ever changing technology; being available and listening to actors, designers, photographers and all other members of the technical team. It requires sound artistic knowledge.
Beyond the limits of techniques, ITM trains future make-up artists to exercise their imagination and creativity through drawing workshops, painting and modelling. In this manner, they can develop their own individual style and contribute to the conception and creation of various characters.
Hands on experience with actors, technicians, film directors and photographers is the best way to understand their work and participate effectively.
Organisation of the profession
"In broadcasting, gifted professionals with talent, imagination and enthusiasm have a valid place." For almost 30 years, ITM has been training make-up professionals who use their art in film, theatre, fashion, entertainment, television and advertising. Maintaining contacts between different alumni offers very significant opportunities for integration into the workplace. Former ITM students make-up a group of 1500 individuals. They represent a impressive professional network.
The world of make-up
In the audio visual sector, especially for shooting feature films, head make-up artists are often surrounded by other make-up artists, assistants or trainees. Working alongside experienced professionals, is a fundamental aspect in the development of know-how.
“Centre National du Cinéma” (CNC) provides a professional make-up artists card to students working on feature films. This card is a real recognition of the profession.
In the world of special effects, prosthetic make-up artists will give life to the characters created by authors, screenwriters and directors. Through the use of specific products and materials (latex, gelatin, silicone…), they develop prosthesis which will then be applied by the assistant or by the other make-up artists. This work is generally on location set or more often in a workshop setting.
Most often, a head make-up artist and his team are responsible for an entire artistic troupe. Freelance working for a theatre or a specific company, the make-up artist has to adjust the different characters and dramatic situations so that the public has a better understanding of the creation in question.
"It is at these occasions, fashion shows, that we are attracted to this profession." By chance or by calling the fashion make-up artist evolves in the world of the catwalk. During the presentations of Prêt-à-porter and Haute Couture, a commissioner gathers a group of make-up artists, wherein each artist keeps his independent status. Often, the designer imposes a make-up artist, chosen for his style and personal creations. The fashion make-up artist may also be called to work on photo shoots or filming videos. Top models owe them much more than it seems…!
The performing arts
Previously, many artists did their own make-up, this know-how was handed down from father to son. Once a clown found a "face", he kept it all his life… Today, more and more troupes and dance groups seek out professional make-up artists. Along side the head costume designer he sets about creating make-up that matches the expressions and characteristics of the role in question.
Make-up for shooting is above all a task closely linked to the photographer. Complicity and mutual understanding are essential to create the desired atmosphere and styling. Whether he works in advertising or fashion, the make-up artist must have the same skills: perfect knowledge of photographic equipment and lighting in order to take into account their characteristics and restrictions.
Cosmetics brands call upon the know how of make-up artists more and more to advise their clients or to perform demonstrations or flash make-up at outlets. This work is both commercial and technical. The make-up artist must take into account the client's requirements and advise them according to their morphology, skin type and personality. This task can evolve into the job of trainer. It aims to train the sales team and advise them on the specific brand, and new seasonal looks designed by the artistic director.
The artistic director guides the choice of colors and textures from the range, according the seasons. She creates looks that are beacons in brand communication. This job allows the make-up artist to move towards a creative function and eventually supervision.