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Special FX Makeup Team

It takes a team of nearly 20 makeup artists about three hours to prepare a cast of more than 200 performers each evening.

Applicants must be able to manage their time wisely. This is a fast-paced, fun environment, and the timing of the makeup team is essential. Applicants must be proficient and possess skills in basic and intermediate special FX makeup. This includes knowledge of and hands-on experience with airbrush makeup application, prosthetic application, Skin Illustrator, latex, gelatin and silicone appliances, and Pros Aide transfers. Makeup artists selected will have the opportunity to work with the best products available in a professional setting. Makeup artists are paid hourly. All employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Please fill out the Special FX Makeup Team Application focusing on the availability calendar and bring your COMPLETED application as well as your makeup portfolio to interview.

Interested in a different kind of role? Return to the overview page to explore other open Halloween Nights positions.

2022 Special FX Makeup Team Interviews 
All special FX makeup team interviews are held from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary unless otherwise specified. You do not need to make an appointment.

  • Saturday, July 16

Please fill out the Special FX Makeup Team Application focusing on the availability calendar. Please also bring your makeup portfolio.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.

ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.

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