Make-Up Artist Training

One of the most popular fields in the cosmetology industry is makeup artistry.

Makeup has always fascinated women across the world, but the colors and types of makeup available today far exceed anything that has ever been available before. What does this mean for you?

State License Requirements

In Wisconsin, you can either pursue cosmetology or esthetician training to become a makeup artist in this state. Since you can’t earn a makeup artist license in the state, those two programs can prepare you to become a practitioner. We would suggest taking an esthetician program if you aren’t interested in offering hair or nail services to clients.

Education Details

Color theory is a major part of most makeup artist training programs. Color theory shows you what colors work well together, how to choose colors based on the seasons, and how to select makeup colors that suit a person's natural coloring. You may use this knowledge in the practical experience portion of your education, since your training often requires you to work with a variety of clients to demonstrate your skills.

License Renewal
Hours required vary by licensure

Once you obtain your license, you will need to renew in March of odd-numbered years, for $82.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

If you decide to start your career in Wisconsin, you may be rewarded with a fairly solid job outlook. According to O*Net, job openings for beauty professionals are expected to swell by 8% by the year 2022. You may also be able to earn a lucrative salary by working hard and making a name for yourself. The average salary for a beauty specialist in Wisconsin is $22,800 per year (O*Net, 2014).

Working as a Makeup Artist

You must decide how and where you want to use your skills once you complete your education. If you want to become self-employed, you may open your own studio or travel to clients’ homes to do their makeup. If you want to earn commissions, you may decide to work for a department store or makeup store. Some salons and spas in Wisconsin also hire makeup artists. Throughout your work day, you may spend most of your time on your feet. While some appointments may be quick, especially if clients just want a touchup, others may take over an hour. At certain points of the year, you may mostly work on special occasions and events, like weddings and dances.

State board Contact Information

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
PO Box 8935
1400 E. Washington Ave.
Madison WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-266-2112/877-617-1565
Fax Number: 608-261-7083
E-mail Address:

The Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board can help you answer any questions we did not answer above about obtaining a Wisconsin cosmetology license.

Find the Beauty Schools in Wisconsin that interest you below,

Hair Professionals Career College

2245 Gateway Drive,
Sycamore, IL 60178

Program: Cosmetology

Model College of Hair Design

201 8th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School - Green Bay

940 Hansen Road,
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304

Program: Cosmetology

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

2310 W Court St.,
Janesville, WI 53548

Program: Cosmetology

Aveda Institute Madison

353 East Campus Mall,
Madison, WI 53715

Program: Cosmetology

Empire Beauty School- Milwaukee

5655 South 27th Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Program: Cosmetology

The Institute of Beauty and Wellness (Aveda School)

327 E. St. Paul Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Program: Cosmetology

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