To answer, 'How much does a makeup artist get paid,' you have to factor in a few specific things. First, the overall cost is dependent on who the individual works with and if that service is provided on a regular basis, or if it is only needed rarely. A low-paid artist will earn about $16,000 per year. Others can earn significantly more, especially if they are working on the set of a production or some type. Regular work often will increase this annual salary significantly. Some may earn as much as $94,500 per year.