Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the beauty industry (except for CA!)! If you’re passionate about making others feel great about themselves, and look fantastic, you may find you’re perfect for a career as a makeup artist. If you’re not sure where to start, check out one of Texas’ innovative beauty schools to start you toward getting your license.

Whether special effects or another style, a good makeup artist is personable, creative, and always trying something new. If this sounds right to you, check out this article to get started.

Houston, TX skyline
Houston, TX skyline

What Are The Licensing And School Hours Requirements For TX MUAs?

The Texas State Board doesn’t require specific license to work as a makeup artist. But, if you’re dedicated, you’ll want to attend a cosmetology program devoted to makeup application, and learn new skills and techniques.

And if you really want to give your career an edge, you’ll pursue a full license, either in cosmetology, esthetics, manicurist, or even eyelash extension specialist license. All of your license choices come with different requirements, but we will focus on esthetics for now, since working as a skin care specialist will give you plenty of skills specifically for makeup artistry.

The program requires at least 750 hours of study. It will cover bacteriology, skin disease, facials, and facial massage, proper foundation choice, as well as makeup application and color theory. You must be at least 17 years old at the time you apply for your license. Use your zip in our app below to find schools that are closest to you:

Makeup Artist License Texas

Once you have proven your education, and age, you will be required to schedule your Texas Cosmetology License Examinations. These consist of a written and practical exam. You can schedule these exams online, and PSI will keep you informed of the next scheduled exam in your area.

From Out-Of-State?

If your license is currently active, and you can prove your education requirements are equal to or greater than Texas, you may be eligible for a Texas cosmetology or esthetician license.

Check with the Texas state board to see if your home state is eligible. If not, you may still be able to work as a makeup artist if you can prove apprenticeship or work hours to the Board.

How To Renew Your TX Makeup Artist License

You must renew your license every two years in Texas. If you elect not to apply for formal license, be aware that Texas offers many specialty licenses including eyelash extension, hair braiding, and weaving.

If you do have an esthetics license, it is renewed every two years, according to the original date of issue. You also need to prove 4 hours of continuing education per every two year renewal date, with at least one hour devoted to sanitation and safety.

Job Options For Makeup in TX

Texas has a great live theater and beauty pageant scene. It’s also a popular spot for movie crews, whether Hollywood productions or independent films.

If you’re looking for a career as a theatrical or special effects makeup artist, and want to avoid the department store scene, or salon gossip, you’ll have plenty of employment choices.

Some Makeup Schools in Texas

NameAddressCostOther Programs
Texas College of Cosmetology117 Sayles Boulevard
Abilene,79605
$10,500Esthetics, Cosmetology, Manicurist Course
Terri Tomlinson Makeup Training Academy15713 Quorum Drive Addison,75001Fee: $1,950 for 10-days, 70 hours of curriculumNone
Glamour Make-up & Hair Academy
1305 South State Highway 121 Number A150 Lewisville, 75067$4700Facial, Hair weaving, Manicure
Modern Makeup Society1824 Spring Street, Houston, 77007$1000Continuing Education
Salon Boutique Academy4135 Belt Line Road Number 102, Addison, 75001$16,800Cosmetology, Esthetics
Chamak Beauty Academy3129 Highway 6, Sugar Land, 77478 $1500None

Other Texas schools for nail techs, cosmetologists and barbers.



Some School Websites:
Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology – Irving, TX

Last Looks Makeup Academy – Austin

Makeup Training Academy – Dallas

Glamour Make-up and Hair Academy – Lewisville

Lubbock Cosmetology School – Lubbock

Modern Makeup Society – Houston

Did we miss any makeup professional schools in Texas? Please contact us to let us know.