Make-Up Artist Training

For many people, makeup is truly magical. It doesn’t just hide your bad features— it highlights your best features and makes them even more beautiful. However, not everyone has the makeup skills they need to make themselves look their best.

If you become a makeup artist, you can use your eye for trends and your knowledge of makeup to make people look and feel great every day.

State License Requirements

Makeup artistry is not a licensed field in Missouri, so you do not have to choose a program of a specific length or that covers specific topics. Look at the skills offered by each program and how many practical hours of experience you get to figure out the right program for you.

Education Details

As a new makeup artist student, you have to learn the fundamentals. This includes learning about face shape, skin tone, different features of the face, and the various effects you can create with makeup. Once you have developed a basic theoretical understanding, you can start perfecting your makeup skills on various parts of the face. In this part of your training, you may also cover color theory. More advanced units in your degree program may cover airbrush makeup, makeup for special events, and make up for the stage or screen.

License Renewal
Hours required vary by licensure

In Missouri, there is not a formal makeup licensure. Instead, you can choose from cosmetology or esthetician training, and earn your license in one of those areas. Esthetician programs tend to be shorter, and more focused on makeup and skin care than cosmetology, which includes hair and nails. However, cosmetology may be a better fit if you want to own your own salon one day. If you go either one of these directions in Missouri, you will need to renew by September 30th in odd-numbered years. The fee is $30.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

Since makeup artists can work in many different settings and with so many different groups of people, salaries vary considerably in this field. You may decide to become self-employed, in which case you get paid directly by the client, based on how many bookings you make. Other makeup artists work for beauty counters or make up stories, in which case they earn an hourly salary. According to O*Net, the average salary for a cosmetology professional in Missouri is $23,200 per year. You may enjoy a stable job outlook in misery as a makeup artist. O*Net reports an expected 5% increase in cosmetology job openings through 2022. Of course, your job outlook may be different if you become a freelancer or go the self-employed route.

Working as a Makeup Artist

Makeup artists often work in the fashion, cosmetic service, and industries. They can work as freelance artists or as part of a team. Typically, post-secondary training is required.

In the state of Missouri, careers in the cosmetic service industry are the most prevalent. Freelance makeup artists are also in high demand, especially for events such as weddings, graduations, and special events.

If you are looking for the best makeup artists in Missouri, look no further. •

State board Contact Information

Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
3605 Missouri Boulevard, PO Box 1062
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1062
Phone Number: 866-762-9432 (toll-free)/573-751-1052 (local)
Fax Number: 573-751-8167
E-mail Address:

The Missouri 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 a Missouri state cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Missouri that interest you below,

Bellus Academy

1130 West Loop Place, Westloop Shopping Center
Manhattan, KS 66502

Program: Make-Up Artist Training

Academy of Hair Design

1834 South Glenstone Avenue,
Springfield, MO 65804

Program: Cosmetology

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