In California, the average hourly rate for a makeup artist is close to $38.00 per hour, with an annual salary of over $78,000. The annual salary of a celebrity makeup artist varies largely depending on education, reputation, experience and location. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state that employs the most makeup artists is California.
There are celebrity makeup artists who charge upwards of $150 per hour, however, an hourly rate of this level is certainly the exception as opposed to the rule. When starting a career as a professional makeup artist, one should be prepared to work for anywhere from $9 to $15 dollars per hour.