Choosing a make-up school can be difficult; time and money are
wasted if the school is not right for the student.
What Will I Learn in Makeup Artist School?
So you're considering a career as a makeup artist. That's
wonderful! Makeup is a fast-paced and exciting field, and if you've
got a passion for makeup, you'll be a huge star.
So if you're considering a makeup education, you're probably
wondering: Should I even go to school? Is it worth it? And if I do
go, what will I learn in makeup artist school?
It is our goal to make all of your career dreams come true, so we
pulled together the information below to get you started. First,
we'll talk about how makeup artist schools are a little different
than cosmetology and esthetician schools, then we'll talk about the
curriculum at makeup artist schools, and then we help you figure
out which is the right choice for you.
Every School Offers Very Different Courses
In the United States, makeup artistry is not a licensed profession.
What do we mean by that? Well, for many professions, the state you
work in requires you to go to a state-recognized training program
with a curriculum that the state has agreed upon, then take a
skills exam administered by the state, and then get a license to
work in that state. That's the way it is for beauticians,
estheticians, nail techs, and barbers. If you don't have a license
to work in that state, you can't get a job.
Makeup artistry, however, is NOT a licensed profession. At the time
we published this post, you do NOT need a makeup artist license to
become a makeup artist. And that’s good thing, because it means you
can start building your career right away. But it also means that
states don't require schools to set a particular curriculum in
their courses, so every makeup school teaches a different
So makeup artist schools offer a wide array of classes. Some offer
full-time classes, where you'll learn absolutely everything, from
avant-garde to fashion makeup for photo shoots to special effects
makeup for movies and theatre. Those tend to be very pricey. Then
there are other schools that allow you to focus on a particular
subject and take only the courses that interest you, such as a
bridal makeup or airbrush makeup.