Head of Hair & Makeup – S5100

Based Liverpool

Excellent people manager required for this permanent senior position at a well-known continuing drama.


Previous experience as a hair and makeup artist/designer for television drama across a large and diverse cast is essential.



Our client is a UK production company, which produces a range of highly successful shows, both scripted and unscripted. This position will lead the hair & makeup department for their flagship continuing drama.




You will lead and manage the Makeup department ensuring they are able to fully meet the hair and makeup requirements of a large and diverse cast. 

You will understand and implement the Executive Producer’s creative vision for the show and for each character.


Key responsibilities:

  • Effective management of the Makeup team, ensuring all staff and freelancers have the resources and training to ensure the highest standards of hair and makeup are available
  • Manage the Makeup department budget in conjunction with the Head of Production and Production Accountant
  • Design a creative vision in collaboration with the Producers and effectively communicate the vision to the Makeup team
  • Conduct research to keep the creative vision up to date and relevant for new storylines and characters
  • Ensure Makeup Supervisors break down the schedule/story to accurately interpret the script to ascertain requirements for hair and makeup
  • Manage the Makeup team to ensure makeup continuity is maintained throughout the shoot
  • Ensure that all health and safety rules in relation to care and cleanliness of equipment are adhered to at all times
  • Work with all to assist in the efficiency and smooth running of the shoot advising on any possible scheduling issues.




With significant experience as a hair and makeup artist/designer for television drama across a large and diverse cast, you will be skilled at analysing scripts and translating them into a creative vision.


A skilled team manager, you will have experience of developing and motivating a large team of staff and freelancers, evaluating performance and identifying training needs.


Relevant ‘Makeup for Television’, hair styling/cutting, nail technician, air-brushing, and prosthetics qualifications are important as is a thorough knowledge of Health and Safety issues/regulations specifically in relation to television makeup.


If your skills & experience fit the above requirements and you would like to take the next step, please apply online attaching your CV in WORD format.


What to EXPECT: 

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  • Your details will be sent directly to the Consultant who is handling this role.


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Searchlight strives to promote equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.


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