Common programs available at certified professional makeup schools include certificates in makeup artistry, diplomas in cosmetology and associate degrees in cosmetology. Associate degree programs typically take up to two years, while certificate and diploma programs may last a year or less.
Certificates in makeup artistry programs generally include courses for character makeup, makeup application fundamentals and advanced makeup techniques. Students may earn a certificate after completing a predetermined number of courses, sometimes as few as six. Some programs include an internship, while other schools have salons where students gain experience while working under supervision.
A cosmetology diploma program includes courses such as cosmetic art, skin care, client services and product knowledge. The program typically involves an externship at a salon in addition to coursework. Students may specialize in specific areas or complete broader cosmetology courses.
Associate degrees for cosmetology programs include courses in beauty tools, sanitation and safety and business management. The programs include intensive training and coursework and may result in associate of applied science or associate of arts degrees. Important considerations for choosing a makeup artist school include career goals, program length and level and accreditation. Requirements for examinations and licensing vary by state, but prospective makeup artists can enroll in state-licensed or agency-approved makeup schools.