Make Up First School of Make Up Artistry

Put your future first with Make Up First ® School of Make Up Artistry!

As the only State-Certified art program for makeup artists located in Chicago, and in fact, in the entire Midwest, Make Up First ® offers a comprehensive education, and a competitive edge. And if you're passionate about makeup artistry, you know how important the right training is. At Make Up First, you can learn many different aspects of makeup application from skilled instructors dedicated to their craft.

Coursework that prepares you..

Class sizes are kept small so you can benefit from one-on-one attention from your instructors, and we make sure you spend a lot of time in our studio to practice what you've learned in an interactive environment. With our courses, you can perfect your makeup application techniques, build a professional makeup kit, develop your portfolio and get state certification!

...With everything you need to know

In Make Up First's ® courses, begin by learning makeup application using light and color theory, contouring, highlighting, and facial anatomy. Other course topics include makeup application for film and print, theatrical makeup with wigs and prosthetics, makeup for skin conditions, how to use an airbrush for makeup application, and makeup for brides and bridal parties. With training from Make Up First ®, you can do it all!


In addition to these certificate and advanced courses, Make Up First ® also offers monthly training seminars for airbrush and bridal makeup. Workshops are also offered throughout the year on topics such as special effects makeup, transgender makeup, body painting, tattoo camouflage makeup, wig making, pinup makeup and hairstyling for makeup artists. We are one of few schools that offers courses in hairstyling for makeup artists.  If there's anything you want to know about makeup art, you can probably find it at Make Up First!

Course schedules 

Make Up First ® understands that you have other commitments. That's why our classes are flexible and terms are short - so you can learn everything you need to know in as short a time as possible. Many of our courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings and last just a few weeks. Think how soon you could be on your way!

Summer Classes Courses Offered-morning, afternoon, and evening slots are available.