Are you known for putting people at ease? Do you love checking out the latest beauty trends, and fantasize about working the red carpet, and glamorous events in the film and entertainment industries (read about being a MUA for film and theater)? Indiana’s beauty schools can help you reach your dreams of becoming a top makeup artist.

All it takes is a few months of study, and an active license, and you could end up making a bride’s day beautiful, helping someone feel their most beautiful, or even working with celebrities to get that red-carpet ready look.

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Education Requirements

Though there are no specific licenses for makeup artist, you still need an education to pursue a career in makeup.

You can choose between cosmetology and esthetics as a speciality in beauty school. Both cover makeup application, makeup techniques, facials, facial massage, and other techniques to do with beauty and makeup artistry. They’ll also give you the basics in safety and sanitation, dealing with sensitive skin, color theory, and even help you manage your own business someday. Handy when you’re building a portfolio to impress potential clients.

Your Makeup License in IN

Esthetics and cosmetology have separate license requirements, but you’ll need to prove at least 700 hours of study in esthetics, or 1500 hours in cosmetology. You’ll need to prove your age, since you should be at least 18 at the time of licensing, and your education level should be at least to the tenth grade. You’ll need to sit whichever written and practical exams are required by your respective licensing.

Moving From Out-Of-State?

If you currently hold either an esthetician or cosmetology license in another state, you may be eligible to work in Indiana as a makeup artist. You must prove your state has education requirements equal to or greater than Indiana’s, and prove a current active license in good standing. You may also substitute one year of licensed practice for one hundred hours of education, but you need to prove at least four hundred hours of study first.

Renew Your License

Your Indiana license needs to be renewed every four years. You are not required to get any continuing education credits during that time, but keeping your own techniques current and staying up to date on trends is the best way to keep your clients happy. Continuing education and further study is always a great way to meet others in your industry, and learn new style and techniques.

Indiana Beauty Industry Employment

Indiana is a great place to work. You may choose to join one of the many theatre companies or production teams.

You could also work as a bridal makeup artist, or in a high end luxury spa. There are plenty of great starting points you can use to jump off into a great career. Just take a look at some of the entry jobs and salaries for makeup artists available in the state.

Some Makeup Artist Schools in Indiana

The Salon Professional Academy – 5545 Vogel Road, Evansville, IN 47715

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture – 1681 North College Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47404

Paul Mitchell – 8751 US 31 Hwy. South, Indianapolis, IN 46227

David Demuth Institute-Cosmetology – Richmond

Empire Beauty School – 5750 A Crawfordsville Road, Speedway, IN 46224

Aveda Fredric’s Institute – 6020 East 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250

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