makeup schools in california

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CMA College is Alberta’s first accredited makeup artistry college and the first in Alberta to offer the Advanced Special FX and Prosthetic Makeup Course.

Country:Canada

State:Alberta

CHICSTUDIOS NYC is a leading makeup artistry school providing an array of fashion-forward techniques and practices through course instruction, live video lessons and the new ‘chic boutique’ online store.

Country:USA

State:New York

AOFM (Academy of Freelance Make Up) Makeup schools in London, Paris & New York offers fantastic Makeup courses in Fashion, Photographic, Bridal and Special FX.

Country:United Kingdom

Make-up Designory is dedicated to providing an education in make-up artistry for both the novice and the experienced artist.

Country:USA

State:California

Cinema Makeup School, Hollywood’s professional makeup school, is among the most venerable and celebrated programs for makeup artists in the world and boasts a faculty list that includes Oscar-winners, Emmy-winners, and world-renowned artists of all kinds.

Country:USA

State:California

CMC Makeup School offers fast track Pro classes and workshops in Dallas, Houston and Austin, Texas.

Country:USA

State:Texas

We are the preeminent school for permanent make-up, airbrush, bridal, esthetics, hairstyling for make-up/cosmetology, retail/marketing, production make-up and fashion make-up, amongst other course offerings.

Country:USA

State:Florida

We are a boutique-like academy with a strong educator base and a personal quality approach to education.

ArkansasArkansas Beauty College | Aesthetics | Russellville, AR

Career Academy of Hair Design | Aesthetics | Springdale, AR

Career Academy of Hair Design | Aesthetics | Fayetteville, AR

Career Academy of Hair Design | Aesthetics | Rogers, AR

Career Academy of Hair Design | Aesthetics | Siloam Springs, AR

Imagine | Cosmetology | North Little Rock, AR
Paul Mitchell The School | Cosmetology | Arkansas, AR
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Little Rock,AR
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Fayetteville, AR

Alabama

Aveda Institute | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Hair Design | Hoover, AL
Genesis Career College | Cosmetology | Daphne, AL
Paul Mitchell The School | Cosmetology | Madison, AL
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Hoover, AL
Paul Mitchell the School | Cosmetology | Hoover, AL

Arizona

Alameda Beauty College | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Scottsdale, AZ Avalon School of Cosmetology | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Makeup Artistry | Phoenix, AZ
Avalon School of Cosmetology | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Makeup Artistry | Mesa, AZ
Aveda Institute – Tucson Campus | Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
Brillare Hairdressing Academy | Cosmetology | Phoenix,AZ
Brillare Hairdressing Academy | Cosmetology | Scottsdale, AZ
Cutting Edge Styling Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Peoria,AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Phoenix,AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Flagstaff,AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Phoenix, AZ
G Skin & Beauty Institute | Aesthetics | Chandler, AZ
Maricopa Skill Center | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Phoenix,AZ
Penrose Academy | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Skin Therapy | Scottsdale, AZ
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Phoenix,AZ
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Phoenix, AZ
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Mesa,AZ
Steiner Institute of Esthetics | Aestehtics | Phoenix, AZ
Steiner Institute of Esthetics | Aestehtics | Temple, AZ
Southwest Institute of Natural Esthetics | Aesthetics and Makeup Artistry | Tempe, AZ
The Studio Academy of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Phoenix, AZ
The Studio Academy of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Chandler, AZ
The Studio Academy | Aesthetics | Tolleson, AZ
Tucson College of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
Turning Point Beauty College | Cosmetology | Casa Grande, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Phoenix, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Chandler, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Chandler, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Prescott, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
Empire Beauty School | Cosmetology | Avondale, AZ
IMAj Institute | Aesthetics | Scottsdale, AZ
Maxima Make-Up Artistry | Makeup Artistry | Scottsdale, AZ
Paul Mitchell The School | Cosmetology | Phoenix, AZ
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
Regency Beauty Institute | Cosmetology | Tucson, AZ
The Skin and Makeup Instiute of Arizona | Aesthetics | Peoria, AZ
Yuma School of Beauty | Aesthetics | Yuma, AZ

California

Alhambra Beauty College | Aesthetics | Alhambra, CA
Academy for Salon Professionals | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Santa Clara, CA
Academy of Art University | Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising & Marketing and Photography | San Francisco, CA
Advanced Beauty College | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Garden Grove, CA
Advance Beauty College | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Laguna Hills, CA
All About Face Academy | Makeup Artistry | Los Angeles, CA
Allen Hancock College | Makeup Artistry (Beginning Makeup for Stage, Film and TV) | Santa Maria, CA
Athena Collge of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Laguna Hills, CA
Aveda Institute | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Hair Design | Los Angeles, CA
Avenue Five Institute | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Clovis, CA
Barstow Community College | Cosmetology (Beginning and Intermediate Cosmetology) | Barstow, CA
Bellus Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | National City, CA
Bellus Academy of Hair Design | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Makeup Artistry | Poway, CA
Blake Austin College | Aesthetics | Vacaville, CA
Blush School of Makeup | Makeup Artistry (Master) | San Francisco, CA
Brooks Institute | Photography | Santa Barbara, CA
California Hair Design Academy | Aesthetics | Chula Vista, CA
California Hair Design Academy | Aesthetics | La Mesa, CA
California State University | Theatre | Turlock, CA
Career Academy of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Anaheim, CA
Career Beauty Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Roseville, CA
Cerritos College | Cosmetology and Photography | Norwalk, CA
Cinema Makeup School | Makeup Artistry | Los Angeles, CA
Cinta Aveda Institute | Cosmetology | San Francisco, CA
Citrus Heights Beauty College | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Citrus Heights, CA
COBA Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Orange, CA
Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy | Aesthetics | Santa Ana, CA
College of San Mateo | Cosmetology | San Mateo, CA
Cosmo Beauty Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | West Sacramento, CA
Designs School of Cosmetology | Cosmetology | Paso Robles, CA
Designs School of Cosmetology | Cosmetology | Pleasanton, CA
Dream Girl Makeup Institute | Makeup Artistry | San Francisco, CA
Downey Makeup Academy | Makeup Artistry | Downey, CA
EL Camino College | Cosmetology | | Makeup Artistry | Hollywood, CA
Elite Cosmetology School | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Yucca Valley, CA
Empire Academy of Makeup | Makeup Artistry | Costa Mesa, CA
Empire Beauty School – Westmore Academy | Cosmetology and Makeup Artistry | Burbank, CA
Federico Beauty Institute | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Sacramento, CA
FIDM | Fashion Merchandising and Marketing | Los Angeles, CA
FIDM | Fashion Merchandising and Marketing | Irvine, CA
FIDM | Fashion Merchandising and Marketing | San Diego, CA
FIDM | Fashion Merchandising and Marketing | San Francisco, CA
Hoss Lee Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Citrus Heights, CA
International Academy of Cosmetology | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | South Gate, CA
International College of Cosmetology | Cosmetology | Oakland, CA
Joe Blasco Makeup School | Makeup Artistry | Hollywood, CA
Los Angeles Trade Technical College | Aesthetics | Los Angeles, CA
Louisiana State University | Theatre | Baton Rouge, CA
Lu Ross Academy | Theatre | Ventura, CA
Lytle’s Redwood | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Santa Rosa, CA
Make-up Designory – Burbank | Makeup Artistry | Burbank, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Los Angeles, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Murrieta, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics | Redding, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Bakersfield, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Bell, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Beverly Hills, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | City of Industry, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Concord, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Huntington Beach, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Lake Forest, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Lomita, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Napa, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Ontario, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Sacramento, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | San Diego, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | San Francisco, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | San Mateo, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | San Rafael, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Santa Clara, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Simi Valley, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Visalia, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Cosmetology | Castro Valley, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Cosmetology | Los Angeles, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Cosmetology | Paramount, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Cosmetology | Whittier, CA
Marinello School of Beauty | Cosmetology and Hairstyling | Anaheim, CA
Maya Beauty Academy | Aesthetics and Cosmetology | Santa Rosa, CA
Milan Institute of Cosmetology | Cosmetology | Fairfield, CA
Milan Institute of Cosmetology | Aesthetics | San Leandro, CA
Palace Beauty College | Lakewood, CA
Paul Mitchell The School – MTI College | Whittier, CA
Sacramento City College | Sacramento, CA
Safavi Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Paul Mitchell Partner School | Santa Barbara, CA
Shasta School of Cosmetology | Santa Cruz, CA
The Cosmetology Institute | Cosmetology | Santa Monica, CA
West Valley Occupational Center | Aesthetics | Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Hairstyling | Thornton, CO
School of Botanica and Medical Aesthetics | Aesthetics | Westminster, CO
The School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics | Full Specialist & Clinical Skin Care Programs | St. Petersburg, FL
Parisian Spa Institute – Jacksonville Campus | Honolulu, HI

Idaho

Oliver Finley – Academy of Cosmetology | Rexburg, ID

Illinois

A Little Spa Institute | Aesthetics | Chicago, IL
Cosmetology & Spa Institute | Schaumburg, IL
Douglas J – Aveda Institute | Stone Park, IL
G Skin & Beauty Institute | Chicago, IL
G Skin & Beauty Institute | Oakbrook,IL
Hair & Skin Professionals Academy | Arlington Heights, IL
Trend Setters College of Cosmetology – Paul Mitchell Partner School | Bradley, IL
Trend Setters College of Cosmetology – Paul Mitchell Partner School | Overland Park, KS
Bellus Academy | Manhattan, KS
Entourage Institute of Beauty & Esthetics | Wichita, KS
The Acadmey of Aesthetics Arts | Aesthetics | Waterville, ME
Spa Tech Institute – Westbrook Campus | Linthicum, MD
Baltimore Studio of Hair Design & School of Cosmetology | Baltimore, MD
Hair Expressions – Paul Mitchell Partnered location | Landiver, MD

Paul Mitchell the School | Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Jessup, MD
Regency Beauty Institute | Wakefield, MA
Spa Tech Institute – Ipswich Campus | Ipswich, MA
Spa Tech Institute – Plymouth Campus | Plymouth, MA
Spa Tech Institute – Westborough Campus | Franklin, MA

Michigan

Astute Artistry | Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Beauty Makeup programs | Grand Rapids, MI
L’Esprit Academy | Livonia, MI
L’Esprit Academy | Minnetonka, MN
Regency Beauty Institute – St. Louis Park | Aesthetics & Cosmetology | Waite Park, MN
Saint Paul College – A Community and Technical College | Springfield, MO
Paris II Educational Center | Aesthetics | Ballwin, MO

Montana

The University of Montana – School of Theatre and Dance |

What to Expect in Makeup Artist Programs

Makeup artistry is a complex and diverse field, which is reflected in the classes you take as a makeup student. By gaining experience in color selection, the application of eye, lip, and cheek makeup, and proper blending, you can learn how to please clients that just want a different look. That’s why your program may have a course in bridal makeup, in which you learn how to highlight a bride’s features and create a look that will last through tears, dancing, and sweat. Makeup artists that work in theatre or film may earn much higher salaries than makeup artists that work with a variety of clients. O*Net reports that cosmetologists, including makeup artists that work at salons, tend to earn between $17,700 and $43,800 per year. Between 2010 and 2020, O*Net expects the demand for beauty professionals to increase by 19%, leading to over 1,500 new jobs per year (O*Net, 2010). The salary range for theatrical and performance makeup artists goes from $25,000 to $128,300, with an average salary of $76,700 per year (O*Net, 2013). If you can work with people of varying skin types and styles, you may build a large client base more quickly.

Working as a Makeup Artist

Many women look to makeup to tweak their appearance and improve their self-esteem. Four years after first putting up a natural makeup tutorial, she was paid $1 million to create 20 hours of video on makeup application. Being resourceful, connecting with people, and constantly improving her technique allowed her to take her makeup skills and turn them into an incredibly successful career. It’s also extremely common for makeup artists to work evening hours, weekend hours, and early morning hours.

But if you’re like me and want to receive critique, assistance and education from teachers, I would recommend going to makeup school or at least taking a one-day makeup workshop.

Do I need a license to be a makeup artist? Not in the state of California, as long as you want to do makeup for film, theater, bridal, events, retail, print and runway. If you want to work in a spa or salon, a cosmetology or esthetics license is required.

How much will makeup school cost me? Each school varies in price, hours and quality of education and can range from $350 – $11,000. ASK QUESTIONS during the tour.

**If you know of a school in SoCal not on this list, let me know in the comments.**

ONLINE SCHOOLS
Robert Jones Beauty Academy
HEX Makeup
National Online Makeup Academy
QC Makeup Academy
University of Makeup

SOCAL SCHOOLS
Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy – Hollywood
*EI School of Professional Makeup – Hollywood
*Joe Blasco Makeup School – LA
Elite Fashion Academy – LA
JLS Makeup – LA
Cinema Makeup School – LA
All About FACE Academy – LA
Obsession Makeup Academy – LA
Ono Makeup School – LA
Last Looks Makeup Academy – LA
Los Angeles Makeup School – LA
MKC Academy of Fashion, Beauty & Print – LA
Kimberley Bosso Makeup Artist Course – LA
CAMMUA – LA, Upland, Newport Beach & San Diego
Academy of Makeup & Fashion On Set – Canoga Park
Pro Studio Makeup Academy – La Habra
Beautiful Outlook – Universal City
Ruby Makeup Academy – Temple City, Upland, North Hollywood
EFX Artistry- Ontario
Lebec Makeup Atelier – Ontario
My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy – Fontana, Anaheim & Pasadena
April Pro Makeup Academy – San Gabriel
Empire Academy of Makeup – Costa Mesa
Next. – Long Beach
TNT Agency – Chino Hills
Lu Ross Academy – Ventura
Award Studio – Burbank
*Makeup Designory [MUD] – Burbank
AML Academy – Glendale
MUA Workshops – West Covina
Vanity Box Studios – La Puente
Bellus Academy – San Diego Area
Karoli Makeup School – Chula Vista
The Makeup Institute – LA, OC, San Diego

*EI, Joe Blasco & MUD accept FAFSA

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Cinema Secrets – Burbank (Check their website or Facebook for updated workshops)
Donna Mee’s Mee Inc Industry Workshops – Costa Mesa

COMMUNITY COLLEGES
These are much less expensive than a traditional makeup school, averaging about $350 + supplies for each.

Email:Contact us here     ( or request a callback ).

We offer affordable 6-Day and 4-Day Intensive Make up Training Courses with a professional certificate awarded on completion, which will prepare you for a successful career in the make-up industry.

We also offer a 1-Day Intensive Make-up Artist Course for the student not interested in getting a professional certificate, but for the novice or professional artist wanting to learn from the basics, to advance techniques, and/or wanting to refresh or sharpen their existing makeup skills.

Kimberley Bosso – Celebrity Makeup Artist:

Photo of Professional Make-up School in Los Angeles, CAKimberley Bosso, an industry established make-up artist since 1997, trained and received her  professional makeup artist certificate originally in Los Angeles, and took her training and research further, studying in Paris learning airbrush and working throughout Europe backstage with top designers for runway shows, as well as visionary photographers on ad campaigns.  

Makeup Mogul Kimberley Bosso has worked with A-list celebrities including Paul McCartney, Justin Beiber, Marissa Tomei, Tracy Anderson, Matt Damon, Snooki, J-Woww, and among handfuls of other well-known celebs. Recently she’s been interviewed and featured in the luxury publication Pheonix International and Spain’s Imagen and Belleza.

Client Quotes:

“The talents of Celebrity Makeup Artist Kimberley Bosso complimented the modern feel by using smokey gray and black metallic eyeshadows” – LA Fashion Week

“Best Makeup Artist in Los Angeles” – CBS

“Voted top 3 in Los Angeles” – Fox

“Best makeup school in Los Angeles” – LA Confidential Magazine

“Bosso is the top professional Makeup artist in LA” – Dermalogica

Student Testimonials:

Image of Professional Make-up School in Los Angeles, CAStudents come from as far as Australia and Dubai as well as all over the U.S. to be trained exclusively under industry makeup artist Kimberley Bosso herself. 

“For years I considered myself an amateur makeup artist, performing occasional weddings and making over my friends. I’m glad that I have met you and attended your awesome makeup course!”
– Izabela Cruz, Dubai

Make-up Classes:

Photos of Bosso Intensive Makeup School Los AngelesOur makeup classes in the Los Angeles area are for the aspiring professional makeup artist or for the everyday woman wanting to learn to perfect her makeup skills.

Makeup has played a vital role in helping men and women look their best throughout the centuries. Attending a makeup school Orange County and getting licensed is the only way to get your dream on the road of becoming a reality.

Career Opportunities in doing Makeup

Going to cosmetology school and taking the makeup courses they offer requires an of time and money. There are several career opportunities that you can embark on as a makeup artist, and these include:

Working in a department store or salon.Freelancing and doing makeup for special events such as parties and weddings.Working in a haunted house.Working in the advertisement, music, photography, film or television industry.Working in the fashion industry.

The Importance of Enrolling in a Reputable Beauty School

While it is good to obtain your license as a makeup artist, the school you attend can make all the difference in the start and growth of your career. Some of the courses offered include:

Theory

Basic principles of wardrobe styling.Balancing skin tones for different film and lighting.Finding clientsMarketing yourself.Client’s expectations of their makeup artist.

Practical

Preparing the skin for camera makeup.Custom blending foundation.Principles and application of blush, highlight and contour.Lip shaping, color blending and correcting.Makeup for older skin, men and children.

Potential Benefits of being a licensed/Licensed Cosmetologist

A licensed cosmetologist has many opportunities to land lucrative jobs and earn very good salaries.

ABOUT

Career Academy of Beauty has been teaching make-up for 45 years within our Cosmetology program but saw the need for advanced make-up training. Our courses will give you the tools needed to become a highly sought after with skills to work in many facets of the entertainment, bridal, fashion/runway, advertising/editorial and beauty retail industries.

FREE MAKE-UP WORKSHOPS:We are the only beauty school in the greater Orange County and Long Beach area that offers FREE Make-up workshops to the public. See separate class schedules.

Prerequisite: Professional Cosmetology or Esthetician License, or CAofB students/alumni only.

Airbrush Course Description: 35 clock hours

airbrush makeup class

Airbrushing has become one of the premiere ways of applying make-up. See class schedules

Prerequisite: Completion of Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

Avant-Garde

Course Description: 14 clock hours

avant garde creative makeup course

Learn the techniques employed by professional make-up artists in runway & editorial to create creative and wild make-up creations. A professional photo shoot opportunity of your completed project will be shot on-site, with review and a copy of all your raw and two edited shots for your portfolio.

Prerequisite: Completion of CAofB Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

Bridal

Course Description: 21 clock hours

Wedding Makeup Course

Learn the techniques used to do a successful consultation with a bride and family members. We will learn how to apply the perfect bridal makeup that provides longevity and flawless photogenic quality.

Prerequisite: Completion of CAofB Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

Studio Make-Up (for film and television production) 

Course Description: 35 clock hours

TV Movie Makeup

In this course students are exposed to film and television production and the make-up required for today’s demanding sets. Prerequisite: Completion of CAofB Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

Special Make-Up Effects

Course Description: 35 clock hours

Special Effects FX Makeup Course

Creating out-of-the-kit effects and applying prosthetics has been a staple of professional make-up artists for decades. Our team of professional makeup artists will walk you through the process of applying and properly coloring prosthetics, whether they are translucent or more opaque.

Prerequisite: Completion of CAofB Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

High Fashion (For print & photography make-up)

Course Description: 35 clock hours – MUD_HighFashion_Class2-682x1024-1

Learn the techniques employed by professional make-up artists working on advertising and editorial. Work with the photographer to capture perfect makeup shots, review your work on site and receive all your raw and edited work on a CD upon completion of shoot.

Prerequisite: Completion of CAofB Beauty Essentials course or approved equivalent

MUD Makeup Kit

CAofB Make-Up 101

Enroll in all CAofB MUD make-up courses at the same time and save $976 by waiving 6 registration fees and 10% off all tuition!

We are among the best makeup artists schools for fashion, runway, film, television, print, music video and bridal. We have makeup artist graduates who have been at the top of high fashion makeup artistry, bridal makeup business, film and television industry, and independent freelance artists. We are among the best makeup artists schools for beauty industry, film, television, print and music video.

We have makeup artist graduates who have been at the top of high fashion makeup artistry, bridal makeup business, film and television industry, and independent freelance artists. We expect nothing less than the best for our students.

In the shortest amount of time, when compared to other makeup schools, we will enrich individuals with knowledge that allows you to take makeup artistry to the professional level.

Tima Kraus is a beauty expert, an international makeup artist/instructor, who currently teaches at her own makeup school in Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles Make-up School) and at Famous Face Academy in Frankfurt Germany. She used this advantage as a to help  many young people to create their own reality and make a career in the make-up artist industry. Life is about creating yourself”  she truly believes that we can achieve any goal by believing in ourselves and start acting.

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