Average Salary For Makeup Artists In South Africa

A make-up or makeup artist (MUA) is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics on others for theatre, television, film, fashion, magazines, and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry.


Below are salaries earned by A Makeup Artist In South Africa

A person working as a Makeup Artist in Ghana typically earns around R 7978.81per month. Salaries range from R 4231.57 GHS (lowest) to R 12133.90(highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Makeup Artist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Makeup Artist Salary Distribution In South Africa

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

Salary Range
Makeup Artist salaries In South Africa range from R 4231.57per month (minimum salary) to R 12133.90per month (maximum salary).

Median Salary

The median salary is R 7519.96 per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Makeup artists (s) are earning less than R 7519.96 while the other half are earning more than R 7519.96. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.


Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Makeup artists (s) are earning less than R 5276.72while 75% of them are earning more than R 5276.72. Also from the diagram, 75% of Makeup artists (s) are earning less than R 9227.89.

Makeup Artist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How do experience and age affect your pay?

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Makeup Artist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Makeup Artist with less than two years of experience makes approximately R 4868.86per month.

While someone with an experience level of between two and five years is expected to earn R 5964.99 per month, 23% more than someone with less than two years’ experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of R 8463.14 per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

Additionally, Makeup Artist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to R 9890.66 per month, 17% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is R 10884.83 per month, 10% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of R 11522.11 per month, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Makeup artists average salary changes by experience In South Africa

0 – 2 YearsR 4868.86
2 – 5 Years+23%R 5964.99
5 – 10 Years+42%R 8463.14
10 – 15 Years+17%R 9890.66
15 – 20 Years+10%R 10884.83
20+ Years+6%R 11522.11

Makeup Artist Salary Comparison By Education

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Makeup Artist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Makeup Artist is R 5964.99 per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of R 8361.18 per month, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor’s Degree gets its holder an average salary of R 11828.01per month, 42% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Makeup artists average salary difference by education level In South Africa

High SchoolR 5964.99
Certificate or Diploma+40%R 8361.18
Bachelor’s Degree+42%R 11828.01

Makeup Artist Salary Comparison By Gender

Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Makeup Artist employees in South Africa earn 9% less than their female counterparts on average.

MaleR 7519.96
Female+10%R 8310.20

How much money does a makeup artist make in South Africa?

R134,615 (ZAR)/yr.

How much does a makeup artist make per hour in South Africa?

Makeup Artist Salaries

Inglot Cosmetics Makeup Artist salaries – 1 salaries reportedZAR 9,289/mo
Taboo Makeup Artist salaries – 1 salaries reportedZAR 656/hr
Kryolan Makeup Artist salaries – 1 salaries reportedZAR 5,662/mo
L’Oréal Luxe Makeup Artist salaries – 1 salaries reportedZAR 8,024/mo

How much do celebrity makeup artists make in South Africa?

Who are the best hair and makeup artists in South Africa? The South African makeup artist salary is estimated to be over R7,500 per month.

Which makeup is the best in South Africa?

4 South African Makeup Brands You Should Know

Courtesy of African Extracts. Sorbet.

Suki Suki Naturals.

Lulu & Marula.

Courtesy of Lulu & Marula. Oh-Lief.

What is the number 1 skincare brand in South Africa?

One of SA’s most respected cosmeceutical skincare brands, Lamelle, produces highly advanced products both for the professional and consumer market. They’re known for having introduced loads of “firsts” to the South African market and offer extremely competitive prices.

Is the beauty industry growing in South Africa?

The South African cosmetics and personal care products market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.62% during the forecast period (2021-2026). … The South African cosmetics industry recorded good growth in 2018, buoyed by the increased focus on grooming and the growing presence of regional brands.