Are you passionate about beauty? Do you know everything there is to know about the trends by all the hottest makeup artists? If this sounds like you, becoming a beauty specialist or makeup artist through one of Arkansas many programs and schools may be the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles.

You’ll learn the ins and outs of skin care and makeup artistry, and create a fantastic portfolio to serve you in this exciting new career path. To get your makeup artist license, you’ll need to begin with the right program. AR may not have as many academies as NY or TX but they are every bit as professional!

little rock, AR
Little Rock, AR in autumn

What Are The Education Hours?

To be a makeup artist in Arkansas, you will need to obtain an esthetician license. That means a formal schooling course at a post secondary institution that lasts at least 600 hours. You will need to be 16 years old and have at least a 10th grade education to apply for a esthetician license.

The program will include everything from anatomy of the skin, bacteriology, skin treatments, facial massage, color theory and makeup application. Once you complete the course, you can choose to supplement your education with makeup specialities in stage makeup, special effects, and more.


Once your program has ended, you will need to take your exams. Arkansas requires both a practical and written exam. Your school will help you apply, and you will apply for license at the same time. Once you have that, as well as a completed certificate of training form, you must pass the exams, and you will automatically be issued a license.

A Few Makeup Schools In Arkansas

Arkansas Beauty School – 8521 Geyer Springs Road Ste. 30, Little Rock 72209

Blytheville School of Cosmetology – 100 E Main Street, Blytheville 72315

The Beauty School – 1058 Highland Circle, Mountain Home 72653

From Out-Of-State?

Many states do not have a license requirement for a makeup artist. If you are transferring to Arkansas, the State Board will need to see that your current license is up to date and valid. If you are not required a license in your home state, you’ll need to prove your education level, and you may need to sit the exams to obtain an Arkansas license.


Your license needs to be renewed every two years. No continuing education is required for a makeup artist or esthetician. You need to renew your license by the last date of your birth month, and can renew online, unless your license is more than 30 days past expiry date.

MUA Jobs/Employment

Arkansas has plenty of opportunity for a budding makeup artist. Because you’ll also need an esthetician license, you can work everywhere from medical offices, to high end salon, to theatre and television makeup. Wherever your passion takes you, Arkansas is full of smaller production companies, high end spas, and a great tourist industry, which is sure to keep you in business. Check out for tips and job search opportunities.

You can also study makeup as part of most AR cosmetology programs.

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

Did we miss any AR makeup schools? Please contact us to let us know.

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