Makeup Artist Schools in Arkansas

Thanks for stopping by! On this page, we'll discuss all of your options for learning about makeup in Arkansas. We'll also discuss beauty licenses, and then we'll list makeup classes near you, as well schools and cosmetology programs you can attend if you want to become a full-time makeup artist. Let's get to it!

Makeup Artist Schools in Arkansas

​Step One: What Kind of School Are You Looking For?

​There aren't too many makeup schools that provide a "make-up only" education, and there are no such institutions in Arkansas. So, if you want to learn about makeup, where can you go?​

We're put together this list of places where you can learn to become an expert makeup artist.

1. Workshops and Events. In every city, there are pop-up events (sometimes called intensives) where makeup artists offer a class on a specific subject about makeup. Classes usually last anywhere from one or two days to two weeks or so, and usually take place in a local salon, community college, or convention center. Classes are usually inexpensive (anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to about two thousand dollars), and, as a side bonus, you may get to travel a little bit! You can check and for postings, as well as the websites for any convention centers in Little Rock, Fort Smith, or Fayetteville.​

2. Cosmetology Schools. In every city and every state, there are cosmetology schools that provide a broad beauty education. Students learn the basics of makeup, but they also learn haircutting techniques, the science of hair and skin, straightening and curling procedures, coloring techniques, manicuring, and skin care. Cosmetology schools are a great option because at the end of classes, students are allowed to take a state test and get a cosmetology license, and that opens a LOT of professional opportunities.​ If you're serious about becoming a makeup artist and you don't live near a makeup artist school, a cosmetology school can be your best option.

3. Local Salons. Very often, beauty salons will offer one-time makeup classes. Check with your salon, and see if they have any classes. You can also check local makeup stores or visit the MAC location in Little Rock.

4. Local Makeup Artists. This one requires some outside-the-box thinking, but--if you want to learn more about makeup, contact local makeup artists and arrange for one-on-one classes (you can negotiate a rate with them if they don't already give lessons). Even better--if you arrange a group of your friends and reach out to a local artist, you may be able to negotiate a lower rate per-person.

5. YouTube. Last but not least, there's always YouTube! Who needs makeup artist schools in Arkansas when there are sooooo many video tutorials on YouTube (and other sites)? Online sites are a great place to learn, and while you'll still need to get a lot of experience working on real live people, they can be a great source of information.

If you're dead-set on going to an institution that teaches ONLY makeup artistry, check out some of the other state pages. Some (like California) have many, many makeup artist schools. You'd have to re-locate if you'd like to attend, but wouldn't that be an adventure! ​

​Questions About Licenses

For most careers in the beauty industry, a license is needed. If you want to be a cosmetologist / hair stylist, you need a cosmetology license; if you want to be an esthetician, you need an esthetician license; if you want to be a manicurist, you need a nail technician license.

However, at the time of this post, there is no makeup artist license that Arkansas requires people to get.

That said, there are two caveats:

1. If you do makeup inside of an actual business establish (like a day spa, or a beauty salon), then you'll need a cosmetology or esthetician license.

2. If you do permanent makeup (ie, tattooing or coloring that lasts for more than a few months), you'll need a license.

Always check with the Arkansas Board of Cosmetology for more information. Arkansas has been pretty blasé about making sure makeup artists have licenses, but it's very likely that they will soon enforce stricter licensing requirements.​

For More Information...

​We've included as many posts as possible about makeup and makeup careers. Take a stroll through the site, and hopefully you'll find something to help you on your way.

Ps: For many people, the best entry to a makeup artist career is via a cosmetology school, so we've included a list of cosmetology schools in Arkansas below. We hope you find it helpful!​​

Cosmetology Schools in Arkansas​

ABC Beauty College
2708 West Pine
Arkadelphia, AR 71923
(870) 246-6726

Saline County Career Center — Pulaski Technical College
3201 South Reynolds Road
Bauxite, AR 72011
(501) 602-2420

Blytheville School of Cosmetology
100 East Main
Blytheville, AR 72315
(870) 838-1218

Creative School of Cosmetology — Blytheville
637 West Moultrie
Blytheville, AR 72315
(870) 763-4012

Southern Arkansas University Technical School (SAU Tech)
100 Carr Road
Camden, AR 71711
(870) 574-4500

Arthur’s Beauty College — Conway
2320 Washington Avenue
Conway, AR 72032
(501) 329-7770

Conway Career Center
2300 Prince Street
Conway, AR 72034
(501) 450-4888

Lynndale’s Fundamentals of Beauty
1729 Champagnolle Road
El Dorado, AR 71730
(870) 863-3919

Professional Cosmetology Education Center
460 North Washington Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
(870) 864-9292

South Arkansas Community College
3696 East Main Road
El Dorado, AR 71730
(870) 862-8131

Career Academy of Hair Design — Fayetteville
4310 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72704
(479) 300-6155

Regency Beauty Institute — Fayettevile
4107 Steele Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(800) 787-6456

Paul Mitchell The School — Arkansas
4156 North Steele Boulevard
Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 442-5181

Corwley Ridge Technical Institute
1620 New Castle Road
Forrest City, AR 72335
(870) 633-5411

Arthur’s Beauty College — Ft. Smith
2000 North B Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 783-3301

Highland Academy of Cosmetology
2607 U.S. Highway 62
Hardy, AR 72542
(870) 856-4446

Lighthouse Career Academy
115 East Crandal
Harrison, AR 72601
(870) 741-7333

Phillips County Community College
Campus Drive
Helena, AR 72342
(870) 338-6474

Arkansas Career Training Institute
Three Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-1500

Arthur’s Beauty College — Jacksonville
2600 John Hardin
Jacksonville, AR 72076
(501) 982-8987

Arkansas Academy of Hair Design
3512 East Nettleton
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 935-3531

Arthur’s Beauty College — Jonesboro
1903 Grant Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 932-4330

Creative School of Cosmetology — Jonesboro
3710 East Highland
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 933-7117

North Central Career Center
402 Oak Street
Leslie, AR 72645
(870) 447-6111

Arkansas Beauty School — Little Rock
5108 Baseline
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 562-5673

C. Alexander School of Cosmetology
3700 South University
Little Rock, AR 72204
(501) 515-1122

Regency Beauty Institute — Little Rock
2614 South Shackleford Road
Little Rock, AR 72205
(800) 787-6456

Velvatex College of Beauty Culture
1520 Martin Luther King Drive
Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 372-9678

Ouachita Vo-Tech
1 College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
(501) 332-0243

Mena Cosmetology College
901 Mena Street
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-7272

Rich Mountain Community College
Highway 71 North
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 385-2177

Margaret’s Hair Academy II — Monticello
305 East Gaines Street
Monticello, AR 71655
(870) 367-5533

The Beauty School
1058 Highland Circle
Mountain Home, AR 72653
(870) 425-4225

Cossatot Community College U of A
183 College Drive
De Queen, AR 71832
(870) 584-4471

Imagine — Paul Mitchell Partner School
4201 East McCain Boulevard
North Little Rock, AR 72117
(501) 375-0211

Arkansas Tech University — Ozark Campus
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949
(479) 667-2117

Arkansas Academy of Hair Design II
917 East Kings Highway
Paragould, AR 72450
(870) 236-4410

New Beginnings Beauty Academy
1609 West 26th Avenue
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
(870) 580-7788

Margaret’s Hair Academy — Russellville
1509 East Main Street
Russellville, AR 72801
(479) 890-0215

Searcy Beauty College
1004 South Main
Searcy, AR 72143
(501) 268-6300

Career Academy of Hair Design III — Siloam Springs
821 South Mt. Olive
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 238-0440

Career Academy of Hair Design I — Springdale
346 East Robinson Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764
(479) 756-6060

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