Make-Up Artist Training

Makeup artistry is actually an extremely varied and flexible profession. You can apply makeup on customers in department stores, spas or beauty salons. You can teach people the best ways to apply makeup to flatter their features, consulting on colors and pigments as well as specific products. You can apply makeup to television personalities and guests, or for stage or film performances, requiring a very particular set of skills to create certain looks and effects that cosmetics can do so realistically or so dramatically. You may want to specialize in applying making for special occasions – weddings, photo shoots, and fashion runway events, where the designer wants to create a certain, dramatic effect that compliments his or her fashion vision.

You can also help people who have been cosmetically compromised by illness, injury, accidents of birth, or the results of medical treatments, making a difference in how they look, feel, and feel about themselves. Makeup is an area within the beauty industry that takes less time in formal study than other specialties, so it is a way to enter the field relatively quickly. It does take an artistic eye, an excellent color sense, and a steady hand, but if these possibilities are appealing to you, then a career as a makeup artist in Maryland could be the perfect career choice for you!

State License Requirements

Makeup artists who practice in Maryland are not required to possess a license. However, many spas, salons and clients will want to see evidence that you have attended an accredited program where you have been trained in all aspects of the craft.

Education Details

Makeup artistry is a specialty taught in schools of cosmetology, hair styling, and hair dressing, which are plentiful throughout the state. Some vocational high schools also teach makeup artistry, as do some community colleges. Your program will teach you all about normal skin and skin diseases and conditions. It will train you in color and pigment selection for different hair, eye, and skin colors. Of course, you will learn to use the tools of the trade and the many products and pigments available. You’ll learn about specialty applications such as makeup for weddings, photo shoots, and fashion shoots. Your program may teach you about specialty make up for film, stage, and television. Possibly you’ll learn about restorative techniques. You will learn about sanitation and sterilization regulations applicable in Maryland, as well as aspects of relating to and retaining clients, and marketing your services. Most programs last between six and twelve months, but they may be shorter.

License Renewal
Hours required vary by licensure

In Maryland, you can either choose cosmetology or esthetician training to become a makeup artist practitioner. If you want to open your own salon one day, and offer hair and nail services, then check out cosmetology programs. If you just want to work on facial and skin care, then focus on esthetician training. No matter which direction you choose, you’ll need to pay attention to the renewal process. Both of these licenses need to be renewed every two years before the expiration date for a $25 fee.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The average yearly salary for makeup artists in Maryland in 2013 was $25,400, somewhat above the national median. Of course, the type of makeup you apply (e.g. makeup for everyday use versus for television, for example) and the setting in which you apply ( e.g department store versus fashion shoot) it will cause your salary to vary. It will also depend upon how much experience you have and whether you have a client following who return to you regularly. The field is expected to grow between 8% and 14% from 2010 to 2022, meaning jobs in the field should be available for recent graduates and others.

Working as a Makeup Artist

Most recent graduates of makeup programs work in department stores, spas, or beauty salons. Those are good places to begin to develop a reputation as a talented makeup artist and to start to build a loyal customer base. In department stores, you will be expected to sell cosmetics, often a particular brand, and in fact that company may offer you training in their particular product line. In spas and salons you may “finish” a client’s look after they have had other beauty treatments such as facials or massages. In all settings, you may instruct clients in application techniques. If you do makeup for special occasions, or for television or stages, chances are you will have to travel to location. You will work one-on-one with individuals, usually although not always by appointment. You will probably have to work some evening and weekend hours although you should have some control over your schedule. It is possible to work either full or part time. In between clients you will need to sanitize and freshen your work area to make it fresh and inviting for the next client.

State board Contact Information

Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 201
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Phone Number: 410-230-6320
E-mail Address:

You can contact the board if you have additional questions about obtaining a Maryland state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Maryland that interest you below,

Von Lee International School of Aesthetics, Inc.

309 Reisterstown Road,
Baltimore, MD 21208

Program: Make-Up Artist Training

Baltimore Beauty & Barber School

8660 Pulaski Highway,
Baltimore, MD 21237

Program: Cosmetology

Blades School of Hair Design

22576 Macarthur Blvd # 316,P.O. Box 226
California, MD 20619

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Glen Burnie-Baltimore

6320 Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Program: Cosmetology

Award Beauty & Barber School

26 East Antietam Street,
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy II

3705 Branch Ave,Lower Level - Iverson Mall
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Program: Cosmetology

Paul Mitchell the School - Jessup

7351 Assateague Drive,
Jessup, MD 20794

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Academy Cosmetology, Barber & Massage School

8435 Annapolis Road,
New Carrollton, MD 20784

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Owings Mills-Baltimore

9616 Reisterstown Road, Suite 105,
Owings Mills-Baltimore, MD 21117

Program: Cosmetology

Hair Expressions Academy - A Paul Mitchell Partner School

12450 Parklawn Drive,
Rockville, MD 20852

Program: Cosmetology

Montgomery Beauty and Barber School

8736 Arliss Street,
Silver Spring, MD 20901

Program: Cosmetology

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