Makeup Artist Licensing in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Makeup Artist License Requirements

If you want to work as a makeup artist, you probably have many questions. One of the first things you will want to figure out is the best path towards state licensure. Unfortunately, for prospective makeup professionals, Pennsylvania does not have a designated makeup license. Instead, you will have to earn your cosmetology or esthetician license. Each program offers unique extra skills that can supplement your makeup services.

Cosmetology programs include makeup, but also help you learn the art of hair and nails. Esthetics programs will also teach you makeup skills, and help you learn techniques in the facial sciences. This can include hair removal, waxing, head and neck massage, eyelash and eyebrow, airbrush, and more.

To get a better idea of which program would be the best complement to your make up artist education, visit our pages dedicated to those types of programs:

Pennsylvania cosmetology programs
Pennsylvania esthetician programs

The key is finding the right makeup artist program to complement your path to official licensure. That’s why it’s important to look at all your options and ask as many questions as you can think of before you make the decision to enroll.

Want to know the best route to a career in makeup artistry? Contact the makeup schools in your area to learn more!

Education Requirements to Get a Pennsylvania Makeup Artist License

While there may not be an official makeup license in Pennsylvania, you should do your homework before choosing a program. Each school will have its own set of makeup artist courses that cover a variety of subjects. Some may be foundational while others, such as special effects, airbrush, and male makeup will be specialty courses that apply to certain types of make up work. Makeup artist schools may offer programs that differ in duration, cost and other important aspects that can affect your decision.

Makeup artist courses in PA:

• Color theory
• FX
• Wedding
• Daytime/evening
• Character
• Film and TV

When you talk to instructors, ask about their curriculum and what types of career outcomes students can aim for. Some schools and salons have specialties, or several paths for students – and connections with prospective employers.

How to Renew a Makeup License in Pennsylvania

For those who earn their cosmetologist or esthetician’s license as the equivalent of their makeup artist license, you will need to learn about the renewal process. It is important to keep your status current or you cannot legally work in this state. You have to renew by January 31 or odd-numbered years. The fee is $67, and you’ll also need to submit a renewal application with this expense.

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