Find a Makeup Artist School in Chicago

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:

Fine Makeup Art & Associates
Phone: (847) 847-8972
207 E Ohio St #123
Chicago, IL 60611


Phone: (773) 564-0401
351 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60654


Crystal Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge
Phone: (312) 465-2639
1933 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60616


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.


Makeup Artist Schools in Chicago

makeup artist school training in chicago
Make Up First School of Make Up Artistry

Suite 1015, Suite 1015
Chicago, IL 60602

Program: Make-Up Artist Training

Below are other beauty schools that offer similar programs

Cameo Beauty Academy

Cameo Beauty Academy 9714 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Program: Cosmetology

Cosmetology & Spa Academy

Cosmetology & Spa Academy 700 East Terra Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Program: Cosmetology

Cosmetology & Spa Academy

142 East Golf Road
Chicago Area/Schaumburg, IL 60193

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools

1166 East Lake Street
Hanover Park, IL 60133

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty Schools

226 Hawthorn Village Commons, 226 Hawthorn Village Commons
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Professionals Academy

Hair Professionals Academy 825 B Village Quarter Road
Elgin-West Dundee, IL 60118

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Cosmetology

John Amico School of Hair Design

John Amico School of Hair Design 15301 Cicero Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

264 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

6458 N Sheridan Road
Chicago NE, IL 60626

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

5321 N. Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Program: Cosmetology

University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts

University of Spa and Cosmetology Arts 2913 West White Oaks Drive
Springfield, IL 62704

Program: Cosmetology

Other Schools in this area:

America's Career Institute

Aveda Institute Chicago

Bell Mar Beauty College

Cain's Barber College Inc

Cannella School of Hair Design-Blue Island

Cannella School of Hair Design-Chicago

Cannella School of Hair Design-Elgin

Cannella School of Hair Design-Villa Park

Capri Beauty College

Capri Garfield Ridge School of Beauty Culture

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College

College of DuPage

Curve Metric School of Hair Design

Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology

Joliet Junior College

Larry's Barber College

Ms Roberts Academy of Beauty Culture-Villa Park

Networks Barber College

Niles School of Cosmetology

Paul Mitchell the School-Bradley

Paul Mitchell the School-Chicago

Paul Mitchell the School-Lombard

Pivot Point Academy-Bloomingdale

Pivot Point Academy-Chicago

Pivot Point Academy-Evanston

Rosel School of Cosmetology

The Salon Professional Academy-Elgin

Trenz Beauty Academy

Universal Spa Training Academy