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Alberta is a great place to start a career in the beauty industry. There are plenty of exciting opportunities across the province for a dedicated, passionate makeup artist. Alberta gives you the freedom to operate without a license or certificate while offering you the opportunity to take fantastic programs at schools aimed at improving your skills, even as you are working. Being able to work without a license offers you opportunities in this exciting field, so you can start pursing your own passion straight away.

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What Will You Learn?

Because Alberta does not have a licensing requirement for a makeup artist, your path to your dream career may vary. You may choose to enroll in a school for cosmetologists, estheticians, or even a specialized makeup program. Depending on your goals, you may opt for an apprenticeship, starting at an established salon and getting your knowledge through experience.

A well-rounded program will teach you the basics in skin care, colour analogy, and the latest techniques and technology for makeup and makeup removal. You may also opt to learn special effects makeup for television and theatre, and even advanced techniques like electrolysis and permanent makeup.


Because you do not need a license to work as a makeup artist or esthetician in the province, you don’t need to renew or take part in continuing education after you have secured your first job.

But the beauty industry offers plenty of opportunities if you are flexible, and willing to learn new skills. Staying flexible in terms of your career goals and interests allows you to build a bigger client base, and take on more challenging opportunities which can offer you a better paycheck and more security in this industry.

If you are looking to move to Alberta, you do not need to have a current license. However, the more experience you have the better it will be for you as you seek opportunities in the field. Getting your Red Seal accreditation can help you move from province to province to work in trades. These require a separate exam. Visit the website to determine your eligibility.

Alberta Makeup Schools

Academy of Professional Hair Design Ltd. – 4929 49 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1V1

Artists Within Makeup Academy – #306, 822 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5

Alberta Academy Of Aesthetics – 8882 170 Street NW Suite 1041, Edmonton, AB T5T 3J7

Numa International Institute of Makeup and Design – 6410 1a Street SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G6

MC College – 5008 50 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 1Y3

Cosmopolitan Make Up Artistry College – 10014 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1M4

International Academy Of Esthetics – 122-150 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park, AB

EvelineCharles Academy – 10205 101 Street NW #301, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4

One Academy – 6410 1a Street SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0G6

Light Works Esthetics – B – 11402B, 100 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2N5

Did we miss any Alberta schools for makeup training? Please contact us to let us know.

Other Alberta schools for nail technicians, estheticians, cosmetologists and barbers.

Work As A MUA In AB

Though it’s tempting not to consider creative work like skin care specialists, makeup artists and hair stylists as part of the trades, being part of apprenticeships gives you plenty of perks.

Whether you see yourself working in a top four-star hotel, working independently for a cosmetics company, or even in theatre or film, you will find plenty of opportunities to enhance your skills and build your client base across the province. is a great place to start the hunt for your first job, to learn how to build your own business, and even where to expand your skills.

Find out about theater makeup schools as well, though you may need to travel far to get a professional education in that.