If you’ve ever spent the evening comparing color palettes or imagining yourself creating the signature looks of your runway idols, you owe it to yourself to explore a career in makeup artistry. “Great!” you say, “but how do I become a makeup artist?” Whether you attend a makeup school or enroll in a beauty school with makeup classes, dozens of Chicago schools offer programs that can help you earn the cosmetology license that’s your ticket to the dazzling world of professional makeup artists.
Finding the right Makeup Artist School
Now that your interest is piqued, maybe you’re asking yourself, “Is there a Chicago makeup school near me?” Keep in mind -- Chicago is a big city with 2.7 million people (Wikipedia, 2017). Take a look at the list of area schools we’ve compiled below -- chances are several beauty schools offer makeup classes near you. Don’t rush your decision -- request information from a handful and keep your career goals in mind when you review their literature.
Your review should actually prompt more questions, which you should jot down in preparation for a campus tour of your top makeup school choices. During your visit, pay attention to faculty-student interaction, the techniques being taught and the classroom energy. Will you learn the cutting-edge techniques you seek to master? Are the ideas flowing? Is there a good mix of students you can imagine yourself learning with? This additional step will add a little time to your research phase. But it will pay off when you confidently make your final makeup school choice.
Becoming a Makeup Artist in Chicago
Once you’ve selected a Chicago makeup school and completed your program, you’ll be licensed to work as a professional makeup artist. Depending on where you work -- finishing salons, bridal specialty boutiques, local news stations, and clinical makeup offices are just a few of the possibilities -- your average annual wage for creating amazing looks through makeup will be in the $28,250 range (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017).
Browse these Chicago-area makeup providers for a quick look at your makeup artistry career opportunities:
Beauty inspires artists, who in turn create more beauty. And since famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright predicted Chicago would be “the most beautiful great city left in the world,” you can clearly keep your artistic mojo well nourished on the city’s streets, in its neighborhoods, and among its residents. From the rugged beauty of Lake Michigan’s shores to the polished sophistication of Michigan Avenue, Chicago has everything you need to channel your natural talent into a successful career as a makeup artist.