Permanent Make-Up

Chances are, you’ve walked past someone who has gotten permanent makeup done.

In fact, it’s probably happened multiple times—permanent makeup is very popular and it’s becoming more popular every day.

State License Requirements
Apprenticeship Hours

The field of permanent makeup is considered part of tattooing in Missouri. To earn a practitioner’s license, you must go through an apprenticeship of at least 300 hours. During this time, you must do at least 50 procedures. You also need a bloodborne pathogen training course. Once you’ve met the training and experience requirements, you can submit your application with an application fee of $100.


Learn more about licensing requirements:

Missouri Office of Tattooing, Body Piercing, and Branding

Education Details

Applying permanent makeup involves using pigments and depositing them on the skin via tattoo needles. Throughout the course of your training, you should learn how to apply permanent makeup to the cheeks, eyes, lips, and other parts of the body. As you move through your program, you’ll learn about color theory and how it applies to permanent makeup as opposed to traditional cosmetics.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
2 Years*
License Renewal Period

Your application for licensure will need to be renewed on an annual basis. Since Missouri has strict requirements to apply permanent makeup and body art, you should speak with schools about your goals to make sure you map out a path that makes sense for you.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

As is the case in many parts of the country, the need for skin care specialists is high in Missouri. In fact, demand is expected to increase 31% between 2015 and 2022 (O*Net, 2012). Salaries vary quite a bit, but the average in Missouri is $25,000 per year (O*Net, 2015).

Working as a Permanent Makeup Artist

Permanent makeup artists can be employed in many different settings, so you may want to explore your options when you get close to the end of your training. A growing number of tattoo parlors now hire permanent makeup artists, as do salons, spas, and dermatology offices. Since permanent makeup is utilized on many parts of the body, it’s important to get experience in as many different techniques and colors as possible. Dedicate the first part of your career to becoming comfortable with a variety of procedures and color schemes.

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.

Missouri is a state which has a proliferation of beauty salons and spas. With
that in mind, makeup and permanent makeup as an extension is a prized field
of study. Those eager to become professionals consult with these groups.

Missouri Board of Barber and Cosmetology Examiners
Professional Beauty Association
International Make-Up Association

Find the Beauty Schools in Missouri that interest you below,

Look Image Academy Permanent Make-Up Academy

37 Longwharf Mall,**Travel and Accommodations Included
Newport, RI 02840

Program: Permanent Make-Up

Bellus Academy

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

Program: Cosmetology

Academy of Hair Design

1834 South Glenstone Avenue,
Springfield, MO 65804

Program: Cosmetology

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