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Finding makeup schools in Washington is more complicated than you’d expect! Since WA doesn’t require those who call themselves makeup artists to have a license, there are no set requirements and curriculums that you need to satisfy. Since there’s no set amount of hours, as you can see in our table below the length of programs varies as does the cost.

So Do You Need A License?

BUT… if you want to work in a salon as a MUA you do need a license. Any beauty professional working in a salon must be licensed. Find a school close to you that will help you get licensed:

SO if you want to be a makeup artist in a salon in Washington you’ll need to get either a cosmetology license or an esthetician license.

If you want to be a freelancer that is a different matter, and you can likely get away without any kind of certification or qualification and simply prove yourself to your clients by the work you do.

There are lots of choices for freelance makeup careers. You can do special effects, bridal, theatrical, permanent makeup and so on.

Your other option if you only require some lessons is to take courses as you see fit. At any rate, you can find beauty schools near you by using your ZIP in the form below.

How Long Does It Take?

As for getting trained via esthetician school or cosmetology school so that you can work as a makeup artist the quicker choice is esthetics since the training is 750 hours (cosmetology is 1,600 hours). If you choose that route you’ll also be able to offer other services like hair removal, facial massage and so on, so you’ll not need to be reliant solely on your makeup skills for earning a living.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to do license exams after you’ve finished school and you’ll need to renew your license regularly.

Washington State Makeup Artists Schools With Costs & Length

NameAddressCost Length of ProgramOther Programs
Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology - Seattle 300 Pine Street, Seattle, 98101Unknown720 HrsCosmetology
Evergreen Beauty College1222 Bronson Way North
Renton, 98057
Registration Fee:$250.00
*local sales tax is not included
12 weeksCosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technician, Barbering,
Vivaluxx School of Makeup Art115 West Chestnut Street, Bellingham, 98225Tuition ($4,875) + Kits ($3,025) = $7,900
​($1,100 tuition discount, includes sales tax and $100 Registration Fee)
438 clock hoursFace & Body Painting, High Fashion and Editorial
Cedar's Academy of Makeup Artistry7414 Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, Suite 218, Vancouver, 98665Unknown2 week accelerated Makeup Course / 12 Week Makeup CourseNone
Glam Lab Makeup Studios & Academy2917 Rainier Avenue,
Seattle, 98144
$2198 hoursNone
The Art of Makeup School400 East Evergreen Boulevard,
Vancouver, 98660
Tuition $7,030
Lab Materials $500
Kit M $2,585
Total Cost:
Tuition + Lab Materials + Kit M = $10,115
14-week (382 clock hours)Certificate Courses, Individual Classes, Specialty Classes

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

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