Having made your mind up to embark on the long journey to makeup mastery, towards the end of high school, you find yourself leaning towards pursuing higher studies in the field of beauty; you’ll become a makeup artist! Well, first of all, congratulations! You’ve taken a very, very big step towards that direction with that decision. All that time spent researching makeup brushes, techniques, the best brushes and all that stuff are going to lead to a full-fledged career! But now, a very big decision looms around the corner; where do you enroll for the course to have the best career prospects?
The determinant of a good/suitable beauty School
You are not enrolling a beauty school just for your own makeup, you may opt it as a career too. So, picking a beauty school by chance is not a wise act. Before being admitted, ensure the proper research about the institute, coaches, prospects, market impressions, etc. We have listed the following issues to consider at least as the basic factors before selecting a beauty school/college:-
- Financial aid
- Career Assistance
- Versatility of Courses
- Class Sizes
Some of the beauty/cosmetology institutes are listed below for your ready reference and quick research.
- Aveda Institutes
- Ogle Schools
- Paul Mitchell Schools
- Xenon Academy
- Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers
- The Hair Design School
- Capri Beauty School
- Portland Beauty School
- Phagans Beauty School
- Beauty School of America
- Shore Beauty School
- Avalon School of Cosmetology
- La Belle Beauty School
- The International Beauty School
- Robert Fiance Beauty School
- Rosemead Beauty School
- Cameo Beauty School
- Cinema Makeup School
- Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry
- American National College
- COBA Academy
- Capri Cosmetology Learning Center
- Sassoon Academy
- Marinello Schools of Beauty
- Empire Beauty Schools
- Arrojo Cosmetology School]
- KC BEAUTY ACADEMY
- International College of Cosmetology
- Hair Professionals Career College
All these prospective colleges and you have no idea where to begin? Well, you’re in luck, because you won’t have to worry about them anymore, now that you’re reading this. And to make things simpler, I’ve condensed everything you’d need to know to list down the 5 best makeup schools in America, so all you have to do is to choose one to attend. Much easier to make this choice now, I hope!
Avalon School of Cosmetology: The Avalon Beauty School specializes in cosmetology training, with the latest and best practices being adopted at the school for the last 40 years. With its inception in Arizona, the school has opened campuses in Utah and California and another one in Arizona. Students can take advanced classes in makeup artistry and learn to take their artistic finesse in makeups to a new level with the cosmetology course in this school, with the discipline specialization particularly focusing on makeup artistry. It stands out from most other beauty schools, particularly because it offers advanced courses specifically related to makeup and is very relevant for anyone interested in becoming a makeup artist.
The school offers several courses. Specifically relating to makeup artistry, it has a short, two-week long course on makeup. In this course, it covers the fundamentals of makeup and skincare and then shifts focus on learning how to apply all sorts of making to achieve higher quality looks and makeovers. Finally, it teaches prospective makeup artists about creating service portfolios about their services and how to build up clientele. If you’re a busy man or woman and can’t spare a year to study, this program is probably a good way to build up to higher level makeup artistry. There is a year-long course on cosmetology that includes makeup artistry courses as well a host of others so that students can be versatile and know about all the different services provided in the beauty industry. You could have your own salon at this rate!
Joe Blasco Makeup School: With several campuses, located in California, Hollywood, and Orlando, this school is a household name is the makeup industry that commands a lot of respect. The school has several training programs which are geared to train individuals to get to a level that will let them work in the showbiz industry. According to many people, some of the techniques that Joe Blasco had invented or used frequently for his clients are also taught here.
Most of the programs offered in Joe Blasco schools are short-term courses and high intensity, with day sessions lasting 6 hours and evening sessions lasting 4 hours for makeup mastery training sessions. The timings of sessions are quite flexible and continuous and courses are offered every 2 weeks so you can enroll in the course every 2 weeks. Additionally, hands-on practice workshops are offered to everyone attending the course where the trainees can bring their own models to the workshop to operate on. Most sessions also consist of very few trainees per session, making it possible to get selective one-on-one attention from instructors. If you’re the kind who still needs a bit of spoon-feeding every now and then, this is for you!
The Art of Beauty Makeup School: This is a makeup school started by makeup artist Linda Mason, where she takes sessions and shares her skills and techniques with a small group, as well as providing private lessons to individuals. Her classes are a bit different and can cater to both beginners and intermediary levels of skill. Her classes all take place in her makeup studio in Soho, New York.
Her school has four different courses, none more than 7 classes in length as of now. At the most basic level, she has a 10-day program geared for beginner makeup users and it goes through makeup fundamentals such as taking care of brushes, how to use them, color science and skin tones, among many others. The other course that tends to the needs of beginners is the intensive 7 class course, which is geared for everyone at any stage of their learning curve. It focuses on techniques, tools and tips for different facial features and has specific lessons for bridal makeovers, professional makeovers and photoshoots.
The other programs are for advanced level students. These classes are geared to elevate your work to the next level and strengthening your fundamentals in order to deliver makeovers of a more professional level. The nature of these classes are more vague and Linda samples the work of students and what they want their work to look like in order to teach them adequately what techniques and skills they need to elevate their work to that level. Finally, she has workshops where she challenges the creativity of her students with very unique case scenarios and an inspirational class where students take input from Linda to come up with their own makeover for models that they bring in.
If you’re a beginner, classes here will be good to build up your fundamentals but if you’re somewhat experienced with makeup, then prepare to get your creative juices flowing when you take part in any of her programs!
Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry: The school is focused on training makeup artists and has the options of either enrolling into a full course or take specific classes on certain topics. Because the school is particularly makeup centric, it goes into a lot of specifics regarding makeup such as specific techniques and mastery towards a particular field. The classes also cover skincare to a degree and also offers skincare programs in case you find that makeup art isn’t your forte.
There are several programs offered and all are relatively complex and not suitable for beginners. The courses are geared to make it possible to enter different industries such as fashion, showbiz or a generalized course for all sorts of makeup.
The Master Makeup Artist program is a 6 month long program that trains students on all sorts of makeup work for people doing cosmetic work in the fashion industry, for television, entertainment industry and even bridal makeup. It has an elaborate set of modules, covering necessary items for people trying to enter professional makeup service as a whole while keeping options open to enter whatever field they want.
The Production makeup artistry program and fashion makeup artistry program are specialized, 4 months and 10 weeks courses respectively, to train the students on that particular field. Production makeup is a lot more holistic and includes characteristics of fashion makeup in the course itself. If you’re the type that wants to do your favorite celeb’s makeover, this school might just be your ticket to doing that!
Cinema Makeup School: The caption of the school says it all really; ‘Hollywood’s Professional Makeup School’ is probably the best makeup school in the States for anyone wanting to get into cosmetic work for production sets and cinema. Unsurprisingly, it specializes in special FX makeup for cinema and offers a multitude of programs from comprehensive programs, diplomas, classes and workshop seminars.
Like the other makeup focused school on the list, it has two specific diploma programs on fashion and television makeup artistry. However, it particularly has two complete courses, one lasting about 7 months to cover all the different modules and classes taught at the school. If you are the kind that wants to learn about everything there is to know about makeovers, this might be for you! The other course is slightly condensed and focuses on primarily all cinema related classes, called the FX track but also lasts 7 months. Needless to say, sign up if you want to do celebrity makeup for a living!
With that, we have covered the 5 and it is quite a diverse list. There are not a lot of good options for people who are still beginners and you’re probably still better off practicing more and going through more tutorials. Most courses and programs are geared towards intermediate and advanced level students and the last two schools, in particular, are focused on training very high level, professional-grade work for film and fashion, two industries where expertise in makeup is highly sought after.
With that, I hope you have some idea of where to begin to look for to match your current ambitions. Who knows, maybe you are considering going Hollywood after finding out about all these schools and their courses! Good luck to you if you are though!