The are a few good makeup schools in New Jersey, but another cool fact: the Monopoly board game got the names of its streets from Atlantic City. Who knew?

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New Jersey Skyline by Jared Kofsky [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Unlike many states NJ doesn’t require prospective makeup artists to attend makeup artist school. However, they are required to attend esthetician school. Getting a skin care license requires 600 hours of classes. And you’ll also learn a lot more than makeup so, if you chose to offer other services besides makeup application and removal and advice you will be able to. If you want to learn theatrical makeup you’ll need to take another program after you’ve become licensed. Easily find a school near you using your ZIP below:

Some of the things you’ll learn besides makeup are: anatomy, hair removal, skin health, infection control, professional practices, and so on.

In many cases you’ll can attend a cosmetology school as well. There may also be night or weekend classes that can give you some experience. But to actually get license you will need to go to get a formal esthetics training.

Your other option is NJ cosmetology schools. Cosmetology school provides you with a much more wide-ranging beauty education. You’ll learn about hair cutting, styling, dying and nail care and decoration as well, among other things. If you only want to learn about makeup you’ll need to talk to the schools your interested in to see if they can accommodate you. You can contact the state cosmetology board to get more info, as well.

If you’ve completed the necessary training you’ll also be required to take exams in order to get licensed. If you don’t complete and pass the compulsory tests you won’t be able to legally call yourself a MUA in NJ.

The first test if theoretical/written and will cover only what you’ve learned in school. There will be questions on everything from state laws to waxing to anatomy, ethics and even choosing the right foundation.

The second exam will be practical and test you on your makeup and esthetician skills as well as your care in performing tasks in a safe manner.

Once you pass both exams you will become licensed and be ready to either work on your own or find a job in NJ. But don’t forget to renew your license every two years!

Also NJ schools for nails, cosmetology, & barbering.
Enter your ZIP below to see where you can train nearby to become a licensed NJ makeup artist.

Makeup Schools in New Jersey

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Artist Makeup Academy720 Monroe Street, Hoboken, 07030UnknownUnknown
Christine Valmy International School of Esthetics & Cosmetology285 Changebridge Road, Pine Brook, 07058Registration Fee:$100.00
Books, kit & supplies: $975.00
Manicure, Skin Care
School of Makeup Effects formerly Blush Bar Makeup Studio490 Riverview Drive Suite 1A
Totowa, 07512
Parisian Beauty Academy, A Paul Mitchell Partner School 21 Passaic Street, Hackensack, 07601UnknownCosmetology/Hairstyling, Manicuring, Skin Care

Cosmetology and makeup regulations in New Jersey.

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