The licensing process can vary depending on where you’re from, so be sure to check the requirements of your local licensing board before you begin training.
In some places, you do not need a makeup artist license as long as you are only performing basic makeup applications. In others, you may need to meet specific requirements set by your local licensing board. This may include a specific number of training hours in cosmetology, completing a test to ensure your training and experience meets standards of safety, hygiene, and technique, or more.
Note: Some states and provinces may require cosmetology training and licensure if you are getting compensated for your makeup artistry services. However, in most cases you are exempt from the license requirement if you work at a makeup counter, since the purpose is to sell the product and not the service of makeup application.
Cosmetologists are required to become licensed in most areas, because their services influence the skin, hair, and nails and require more than just cosmetics. The type of program you’re required to take varies from place to place, but once you’ve received your certificate you’ll complete a locally regulated written test and a practical demonstration of your skill.
Like cosmetologists, estheticians must be formally trained and licensed according to the requirements of their local licensing board. Accredited programs will meet the standards of your local board, and you’ll demonstrate your training in a written and practical test.