Makeup artists have the ability to make people look beautiful, scary, inhuman, haunting, or whatever else is required of them. Their main objective is to transform people. They spend their days turning little girls into cats, boys into lions, or even actors into ghosts and aliens. They can work on film sets or at birthday parties, and they can take their work with them. They give us the ability to imagine through their artwork!
The best thing about being a makeup artist is that you can set your own prices if you choose to do freelance work (being your own boss). If you decide to work for a company like MAC Cosmetics, you can make as little as $13/hr. or as high as $30/hr. If you do makeup for film and TV you can make up to $43/hr. It all depends on what you want to do!