The field of makeup spans a broad spectrum of career options. Plus, the state of Illinois has some pretty cool opportunities for makeup artist professionals. If you live in the Chicago area, you might consider a career working in the always-booming theater scene second only to New York. Thanks to a 30% tax credit, the film industry is doing well; and we know how important make-up artists are on film sets. Plus, there are opportunities for makeup artists to work in advertising, modeling, television, and in salons and day spas. After learning about the Illinois makeup artist scene, youre probably ready to get moving.
Fortunately we have spent years working with beauty schools in Illinois to help students like you reach further toward your goals in makeup artistry. We do everything we can to make it simple for you to reach out to schools. You can use the search box at the top of this page, or browse the school listings below. If you want to learn about license requirements, career outlook and salary, we have that laid out nicely in the following sections just for you!Makeup Schools in Chicago
In the state of Illinois, you must have an esthetician license to offer the service of makeup application. You need no fewer than 750 hours of training by the time you complete your education. Your education also covers skin care, facial massage, hair removal, exfoliation, and other skin improving treatments. The licensing fee is $180 in Illinois.
Find out more about esthetician licensing:
Illinois makeup artist courses and programs can vary greatly. This is why we recommend looking closely at the curriculum at each makeup school in your area. If you can choose a program that also shows you how to develop your own professional skills and work independently, thats a bonus. You may also want to choose a program that helps you market your skills to prospective clients.
Illinois makeup artist courses touch on:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Skin types and color application
- Client communication
- Highlights and shadows
- Safety and sanitation
If you earn your esthetician or cosmetology license you will need to pay a fee of $25 per year when you renew. The deadline is September 30th of odd-numbered years; so youll pay $50 each time.
High paid positions for makeup artists are usually found within movie productions, television production companies or in performance arts. Jobs for personal care positions are lower in pay but have much more availability nationwide. The majority of high paying jobs in the field are in Chicago. The average makeup artist in Chicago earns around $43,000 per year. Here is a list of some of the biggest employers in the state.
Illinois Dept. of Professional RegulationBarber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Board
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Fl.
Springfield, IL 62786
100 W. Randolph Street, 9th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone Number: 1-888-473-4858
The Illinois State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, updating change of name or change of address information, and acquiring out-of-state and other useful forms, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining an Illinois state cosmetology license.