Michigan is a northern state that can be hard on your skin in the winter! We all know how important skin care is in all weathers. If you’re passionate about it, a career as an esthetician might be the right job for you. Michigan offers some of the top beauty schools, which can teach you everything need to know for a successful career as a skin care professional!

Detroit, MI skyline
Detroit, MI skyline by Crisco 1492 [CC-SA 4.0]

Education Requirements

Michigan requires that you be at least 16 years of age with a 10th grade education. You will need to complete a 400 hour esthetician training program. It should include detailed theory courses that cover makeup and eyelash application, hair removal, and facial creams. You may find courses on specialized areas like airbrush makeup, body wrapping, medical esthetics and various skin care technologies. Find MI skin care schools near you using your ZIP below:


If you can’t find a school that suits your needs, you may qualify for your license through an esthetician apprenticeship, with a salon or other beauty establishment. They must offer a Michigan Board-approved apprenticeship program which lasts at least six months. After the six month mark, you can apply for your license.

Getting Your License

The Michigan Board offers an online service to be licensed. Once you have been reviewed, you can take your practical and written exams.

You will need to schedule both exams, and you must pass the practical exam before you can schedule the written exam.

A passing grade is 75% or higher on the practical, and 70% on the written exam.

Your license will expire on every two years. So you will need to renew your license before the expiry date. The board will notify you around that time so no need to add it to your calendar.

Michigan has reciprocity agreements for your esthetician license, provided you can prove that your home state’s licensing requirements are equal to or greater than Michigan.

Continuing Education

Michigan has no requirements for continuing education as part of their licensing process. As long as you keep your license up to date, you’ll be able to work as an esthetician.

However, you may choose to supplement your education with specializations in medical skin treatment, laser, oncology esthetics, or in advanced makeup techniques. Some esthetician courses can even be taken online these days. The more you are able to specialize, the better your career prospects are!

Michigan Job Opportunities for Skin Care Pros

The good news is finding a job as an esthetician is not likely to be a struggle! The business is growing exponentially, probably due to Michigan’s programs being the reported best in the country for hands-on experience.

Most of Michigan’s beauty academies also offer career assistive programs and placements, which gives you a big head start on the competition. You can also search online if you are curious. In Michigan, the biggest employers of estheticians are the state’s many spas and beauty salons.

Look at our page about cost to see how much you may need to pay for Michigan skin care colleges.

Esthetician Schools in Michigan

Adrian Beauty Academy – Adrian

Beauty-Tech College – Adrian

BeautyStars Cosmetology College – Grandville

Booker Institute-Cosmetology – Hudsonville

Cosmetology University – Auburn

Sally Esser Beauty School – Dearborn Heights

Transitions School – Flint

Douglas J Aveda Institute – East Lansing

Douglas J Aveda Institute – Royal Oak

Michigan College of Beauty – Monroe

Other Michigan schools for nail techs, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.


School URLs:

Brighton Institute of Cosmetology – Brighton

davidpressleyschool.com

frenchacademyofcosmetology.com

gallerycollegeofbeauty.com

marketticosmetology.com

Michigan College of Beauty – Troy

michigancollegeofbeauty.com

douglasj.edu

nuvocollege.com

Did we miss any Michigan schools for esthetics? Please contact us to let us know.