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.
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
|Name||Address||Cost||Length of Program||Other Programs|
|Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology - Seattle||300 Pine Street, Seattle, 98101||Unknown||720 Hrs||Cosmetology|
|Evergreen Beauty College||1222 Bronson Way North|
*local sales tax is not included
|12 weeks||Cosmetology, Hair Design, Esthetics, Nail Technician, Barbering,|
|Vivaluxx School of Makeup Art||115 West Chestnut Street, Bellingham, 98225||Tuition ($4,875) + Kits ($3,025) = $7,900 |
($1,100 tuition discount, includes sales tax and $100 Registration Fee)
|438 clock hours||Face & Body Painting, High Fashion and Editorial|
|Cedar's Academy of Makeup Artistry||7414 Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, Suite 218, Vancouver, 98665||Unknown||2 week accelerated Makeup Course / 12 Week Makeup Course||None|
|Glam Lab Makeup Studios & Academy||2917 Rainier Avenue,|
|The Art of Makeup School||400 East Evergreen Boulevard,|
Lab Materials $500
Kit M $2,585
Tuition + Lab Materials + Kit M = $10,115
|14-week (382 clock hours)||Certificate Courses, Individual Classes, Specialty Classes|
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