Esthetics/Skin Care

Do you want to work on the shores of Lake Michigan, helping tired travelers unwind and detox? Or would you feel more at home in one of the Lower Peninsula’s busy cities, offering the latest in skin care technology, research, and products?

Michigan has these options and more, when you choose to enter the field of esthetics. All you have to bring is your strong hands, your love of beauty, and a willingness to learn.

State License Requirements
6 Month

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires you to pass a written exam and a practical exam after completing at least 400 hours of education. Once they have verified your passing scores on these exams, you are ready to get your esthetician’s license. Who knows what the next decade will bring to esthetics? You can stay on top of the latest trends and technology by investing in your skin care education.

Education Details

In Michigan, licensed esthetics schools have to meet the training and curriculum requirements of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Since general education topics are the same school to school, it’s important to find a school that fits your learning style and makes you feel comfortable about asking questions, trying new things, and growing professionally.

Required Topics at Michigan Esthetic Schools

  • Cosmetic preparations
  • Body wrapping
  • Skin antiseptics
  • Tonics, Lotions and Creams
  • Skin care devices and apparatus
  • Skin care appliances
  • Temporary hair removal
  • Depilatories
  • Waxes
  • Facials
  • Makeup application
  • Eyelash application
License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years
License Renewal Period

A licensing fee is required every 2 years to keep the license valid in the state of Michigan.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2016 - 2026

According to O*Net, demand for skin care specialists may increase 12% by 2026 (2019). The average income for a Michigan esthetician is $26,750 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).

Working as an Esthetician

If you put the time in to earn a Michigan esthetician license, there are many ways it can pay off for you. Some estheticians focus on specialized facial services in local spas, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and facials. Others offer full body skin care services like fat loss wraps, detox mud packs, and whole-body exfoliation. Each spa has its own list of services and its own salon culture, so you can find out what you love most about esthetics and look for employers that can help you make clients feel younger, healthier, and more beautiful.

State board Contact Information

Michigan Bureau of Commercial Services - Board of Cosmetology
PO Box 30670
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone Number: 517-241-9288
Fax Number: 517-373-1044

The Michigan State Board of Cosmetology can help you answer additional questions about obtaining a Michigan state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Michigan that interest you below,

David Pressley School-Cosmetology

1127 S Washington Street,
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Michigan College of Beauty - A Pivot Point Career Center

3498 Rochester Road,
Troy, MI 48083

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Marketti Academy of Cosmetology

4390 Dixie Highway,
Waterford, MI 48329

Program: Esthetics/Skin Care

Empire Beauty School - Grand Rapids-East

3583 Alpine Avenue Northwest,
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Grand Rapids-Walker

455 Standale Plaza ,
Grand Rapids-Walker, MI 49534

Program: Cosmetology

Dorsey Schools - Madison Heights

31739 John R Road,
Madison Heights, MI 48071

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Portage-Kalamazoo

6091 Constitution Boulevard,
Portage-Kalamazoo, MI 49024

Program: Cosmetology

David Pressley School of Cosmetology

21255 Wick Rd,
Taylor, MI 48180

Program: Cosmetology

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