Permanent Make-Up

If you have ever heard of the field of permanent makeup, you may have wondered what it’s all about. Although it’s called permanent makeup, this process actually involves tattooing pigment on the skin.

With the right training, you can create just about any effect with permanent makeup.

State License Requirements
Contact Department of Health Services

In the state of Wisconsin, you will need to obtain a license to work as a permanent makeup artist. Since Wisconsin has strict expectations for licensure, we encourage you to compare permanent makeup artist programs before you do anything else. The advisors at each school can help you understand the benefits of their programs, and how they can help you achieve your goals.

Education Details

For part of the time, you may focus on theory in school. This involves studying color theory, the proper cleaning and storage of tattoo needles, and client communication. For the rest of the time, you get hands-on practice with tattoo needles. As you train, you may observe and participate in different permanent makeup procedures.

License Renewal
Contact Department of Health Services

To renew your tattooist license, you must do so by June 30th on an annual basis. The cost is $60. But if you pay late, the cost increases to $145.

Job Outlook Increase
Between 2012 - 2022

The cosmetology industry of Wisconsin has seen considerable growth in recent years, boosting the demand for many beauty professions. By 2022, O*Net predicts a 35% increase in job openings. Those who work in this specialty bring in an average income of $27,700 per year (O*Net, 2015).

Working as a Permanent Makeup Artist

Permanent makeup, like many other cosmetology specialties, requires a fair amount of flexibility on your part. Working evenings and weekends can expand your potential client base, giving you the chance to earn more money and build a reputation for yourself. The hours you work depend on which work setting you choose. Tattoo parlors are likely to be open very late, while salon employment may offer you more traditional hours. If you go the path of self-employment, you may be able to choose which services you offer, your schedule, and how much you charge. Keep in mind that this path requires you to rent salon space, do your own marketing, and fulfill the role of a business owner.

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.

Wisconsin has made being a makeup artist a career path of note. As state officials
have projected, the beauty industry on a whole will grow into the next decade.
Those curious about working in permanent makeup find valuable guidance from
these organizations.

Wisconsin Cosmetology Examining Board
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences
International Make-Up Association

Find the Beauty Schools in Wisconsin 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

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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