Classes and Schools for Make-Up Artists

Make-up artists perform tasks such as helping brides look their best on their big day and styling models for the runway. Read on to learn what you will study in a training or certificate program for cosmetology. Schools offering Culinary Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

To become a make-up artist, you can complete a training or certificate program available at a beauty school or college. Your coursework will include various make-up application styles and information on overall skin care.

Classes Client relations, special occasion make-up application, correctional make-up
Schools Cosmetology schools and 4-year colleges
Future Career Options Make-up artists work at salons, television stations and runway events

What Programs Are Available?

You can become a make-up artist by enrolling in a training program at a beauty and cosmetic school or by completing a certificate program in make-up artistry at a college. Typically, both training and certificate programs are relatively short; in some cases, they last as few as 3-4 months. If you're seeking a broader education in the beauty industry, make-up training is also a part of cosmetology and esthetics programs.

Though licensing is not required for all make-up artist jobs, if you want to work in a salon, you should consider becoming a licensed esthetician or cosmetologist. Although topics overlap, cosmetologists concentrate on hair styling, while estheticians specialize in skin care.

What Classes Will I Take?

Most beauty schools offer a basic and master make-up artist class. In the basic class, you are introduced to cosmetic products and make-up application styles, such as daytime, evening or bridal. In a master class, you can expect to learn about airbrushing and new products while developing your techniques. Topics of study can include:

  • Client relations
  • Safety procedures
  • Color theory
  • Eye shadow
  • Brush selection
  • Correctional make-up
  • Special occasion make-up
  • Facial shapes

How Do I Select a School?

When deciding between cosmetology schools or college programs, consider your ultimate career goals, such as a runway or salon make-up specialist. If you're passionate about working behind the scenes for live or recorded entertainment, look for programs that include glamour and special effects make-up training. Alternatively, if you're interested in special occasion and celebrity make-up, look for programs that include bridal and professional make-up courses and conclude in a photo shoot.

Consider the faculty, facilities and equipment available to you as a student. Not all schools provide you with a tool kit, so you may have to buy supplies in addition to admission costs. Similarly, some schools are equipped with realistic mannequins on which you can practice applying make-up. As you advance, you may have the opportunity to work with real clients in the student salon. In some cases, working with faculty with experience and connections in the business can strongly help your career.

What Careers Can I Pursue?

As a make-up artist, you may work for a salon, spa or department store where you can apply make-up and provide advice to customers. You may also work for television stations, film studios, theaters or venues that host runway events. Or you may wish to freelance your talents and create a list of clients who call you directly, individually.

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  • Virginia College

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    • Certificates

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    • Georgia: Augusta, Columbus, Macon
    • South Carolina: Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Columbia, Florence
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  • La Belle Beauty School

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    • Florida: Hialeah
  • La Belle Beauty Academy

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    • Florida: Miami
  • Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center

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    • California: Los Angeles
  • Elegance International

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    • California: Hollywood
  • Avi Career Training

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    • Virginia: Great Falls
  • Stanford University

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    • California: Stanford
  • Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

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    • Arkansas: Helena
  • Harvard University

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    • Massachusetts: Cambridge