Make-Up Artist Training

Cream, powder, liquid—makeup today comes in all shapes and forms, allowing makeup artists to have even more freedom in their careers and tailor their skills to each and every individual client.

If you like spending your days experimenting with makeup and trying to find the next great look, learn more about makeup artist training programs in Tennessee by contacting the schools below.

State License Requirements

If you want to work as a makeup artist in Tennessee you will need to earn your esthetician or cosmetology license. Both of these can prepare you for makeup work, while giving you additional skills you can market to clients. Esthetician programs are more focused on makeup type courses than cosmetology program. But cosmetology can be a good choice if you are going to open your own business one day.

Education Details

When you begin your training, you may start by studying color theory. Your instructors may show you how to choose color palettes based on the season, trends, and a client’s coloring. A strong grasp of color allows you to change your skills with new styles and trends. As you develop your understanding of color and tools, you should spend a lot of time practicing your skills. From peers and mannequin heads to real clients, it’s crucial for you to get lots of experience with makeup.

License Renewal
Hours required vary by licensure

To renew these licenses, you will have to renew them every two years for a $50 fee.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The work setting you choose may affect how much money you can earn as a makeup artist. As a freelance makeup artist, you may set your own rates and schedule. If you work for a salon or beauty store, you may earn a base salary plus tips or commissions. In Tennessee, the average salary for a cosmetology specialist is $23,600 per year (O*Net, 2014). Job openings in the cosmetology field are growing rapidly in Tennessee, outstripping the national growth rate. By the year 2022, O*Net hopes to see a 19% jump in cosmetology jobs in Tennessee.

Working as a Makeup Artist

Your skills as a makeup artist may take you into many different situations. Those who aren’t good at makeup may come to you to learn how to do a simple everyday cosmetics look. Others may want you to do their makeup for special occasions, like weddings or dances. You may have your own studio or makeup chair, or you may travel to clients’ locations for appointments. Being able to take criticism and adapt your work accordingly is an essential skill in makeup artistry. Clients won’t always like what you’ve done, and you must be able to wipe off and start fresh without taking it personally.

State board Contact Information

Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1147
Phone Number: 615-741-2515
Fax Number: 615-741-1310
E-mail Address: Cosmetology.Board@TN.Gov

The Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners can answer any questions you may have about obtaining your cosmetology license in Tennessee.

Find the Beauty Schools in Tennessee that interest you below,

Paul Mitchell the School- Knoxville

8380 Kingston Pike ,
Knoxville, TN 37919

Program: Make-Up Artist Training

Empire Beauty School - Brentwood-Nashville

7106 Moores Lane, Ste A,
Brentwood-Nashville, TN 37027

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute Nashville

1765 Galleria Blvd.,
Franklin, TN 37067

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Jackson

1433 Hollywood Dr,
Jackson, TN 38301

Program: Cosmetology

Georgia Career Institute (TN)

755 Chancery Street,
McMinnville, TN 37110

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Memphis

568 Colonial Road,
Memphis, TN 38117

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Memphis-Highland

804 South Highland Street,
Memphis-Highland, TN 38111

Program: Cosmetology

Georgia Career Institute Murfreesboro

1233 Comerce Park Drive,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Program: Cosmetology

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