Makeup Artist Schools in Louisiana

Do you love makeup as much as we do? Do you want to learn new techniques, application methods, and color skills? Below, we discuss all the ways that people build their makeup skills, and provide a list of schools, a discussion about licensing, and a list of makeup career options.

Whether you want to become a self-employed makeup artist, or simply want to pick up a few new skills, the info below should help guide you!

Makeup Artist Schools in Louisiana

What Type of Training Do You Need?

Believe it or not, to become a professional makeup artist, you don't need to go to a makeup school. And, if you want to be a freelance makeup artist--that is, you don't want to work in a business establishment like a beauty salon--you may not even need a license.

That's why you don't see a ton of makeup artist schools around--because technically, you don't need to go to school to make a living as a makeup artist.

So where do you go if you want to learn more about makeup?

Here are your options:

  • You can go to a makeup artistry school. These schools can be a little pricey, but they teach you the ins-and-outs of being a makeup artist. You'll learn basic and advanced application techniques, how to use color to determine a person's best look, how to use airbrush techniques, how to put together an artist's portfolio, how to work with models and photographers, and so on. There aren't too many of these--maybe only a couple dozen in the nation--but there's one in Louisiana! We've listed their contact information in the list below.
  • Go to a cosmetology schools in Louisiana. This is perhaps the most affordable and most reliable option. Cosmetology school usually don't teach only makeup; instead they prepare a broad curriculum that includes hair, nails, and skin care. The most worthwhile aspect about enrolling in a local cosmetology program is that after you complete the program, you'll be able to find work at a local salon after you get your cosmetology license.
  • Contact a local makeup artist and request personal lessons. We love this option! Instead of going to school and being one of many students, why not pay a makeup artist and be her only student? Makeup artists--particularly ones who make most of their money doing makeup for brides on the weekends--are often game for private lessons. The best part about the arrangement is that you can request lessons on whatever it is you want to learn.
  • Go to a makeup "workshop." These are one-day instructionals that usually only cost a couple hundred dollars. They're very popular in New Orleans, but you can also look in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Natchitoches.
  • You can develop professional skills online. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of online videos, tutorials, and training courses on how to garner your skills as a makeup artist. Do some online research and find the videos that help you (we've actually come up with a "Best Of" series that compiles the best tutorials from all over the internet). You'll still need to practice on real-live people, but videos and tutorials can give you an understanding of different tools and techniques.

What Kind of MUA Are You Interested In Becoming?

There are a couple different professional disciplines that makeup artists can focus on. They include:

Salon Makeup Artist. This is the best way to do what you love and not have to move to a far-off place. If you choose to work in a salon, you'll develop a client list, be involved in all aspects of beauty (ie, skin, hair, nails, and makeup), and eventually, maybe even be able to open up your own shop. You'll need a license to work in a salon (and we'll talk about that in a bit).

Makeup Artist for TV and Movies. This area of makeup is one of the more "glamorous" areas of makeup. As you'd imagine, these gigs are tough to get, and most job openings are in Hollywood and NYC. We've written posts on how to get these jobs, so if you're interested, take a look!

Bridal Makeup Artist. This job increases in popularity every year, as more and more brides choose to have makeup artists prepare them for their nuptials. This can be a great full-time job, OR a way to earn some extra cash on the weekends.

Fashion Makeup. This is another glamorous area of makeup artistry, and you don't necessarily have to move to get involved in it. These MUAs work with photographers and the models they hire for photo shoots, fashion shows, and new product roll-outs.

"Business" Makeup. This is an area of makeup that most people forget about, but it's a GREAT way to make a very stable living and a great income. If you haven't gathered, makeup is a BIG business. The companies that create makeup need a LOT of people to come up with new products, advertise new items, and teach people how to use the new products. If you're looking for stability, this is a great area to get into.

Are MUAs Recognized By The State?

We mentioned in the previous section that you'd need a license if you want to work in a Louisiana beauty salon. As of right now, we couldn't find any laws that mention makeup artist licenses, and there are many men and women who are self-employed and provide makeup artistry services who don't have a license. They probably should, but they do not. The state of Louisiana has been pretty blasé about makeup artists who don't have any variety of license.

BUT--and this is an important "but"--if you want to do makeup in a beauty salon, day spa, or any other type of establishment, you WILL need to get a cosmetology license (or an esthetician's license). Louisiana is very clear about that--if you work in a salon or spa, you must have a license.

For more information, check with the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology. We'd advise going to them with any questions you have.

Makeup Training in Louisiana

There is one makeup artist school in Louisiana, and it is:

Make Me Up NOLA
3426 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-9688

Remember: you can also attend a cosmetology program and get your start there. Here are some cosmetology schools you can look into attending:

South Louisiana Community College — Gulf Area Campus
1115 Clover Street
Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 893-4984

Blue Cliff College –– Alexandria Campus
1505 Metro Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 445-2778

Ray’s School of Cosmetology
2020 Main Street
Baker, LA 70714
(225) 774-0099

Baton Rouge Community College — Frazier Campus
555 Julia Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(866) 217-9823

Camelot College
2618 Wooddale Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 928-3005

Remington College — Baton Rouge Campus
10551 Coursey Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(800) 323-8122

Vanguard College of Cosmetology
A Paul Mitchell Partner School
12158 Coursey Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
(225) 769-5053

Virginia College
9501 Cortana Place
Baton Rouge, LA 70815
(225) 236-3900

Bastrop Beauty School
117 South Vine Street
Bastrop, LA 71220
(318) 281-8652

Pat Goins Ruston Beauty School
1701 Old Minden Road
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 746-7674

Aveda Institute — Covington
1355 Polders Lane
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 892-3826

Denham Springs Beauty College
923 Florida Avenue Southeast
Denham Springs, LA 70726
(225) 665-6188

Louisiana Academy of Beauty
550 East Laurel Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535
(337) 457-7627

Blue Cliff College –– Gulfport Campus
12251 Bernard Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
(228) 896-9727

Blue Cliff College –– Houma Campus
803 Barrow Street
Houma, LA 70360
(985) 601-4000

South Louisiana Beauty College
300 Howard Avenue
Houma, LA 70363
(985) 873-8978

Blue Cliff College –– Lafayette Campus
120 James Comeaux Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 269-0620

Cosmetology Training Center
2516 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70503
(337) 237-6868

Remington College — Lafayette Campus
303 Rue Louis XIV
Lafayette, LA 70508
(800) 323-8122

South Louisiana Community College
1101 Bertrand Drive
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 521-9000

Stage One — The Hair School
209 West College Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 474-0533

Jane Demmon School of Beauty
3430 5th Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70607
(337) 477-9265

Blue Cliff College –– Metairie Campus
4436 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70006
(504) 293-0972

Vanguard College of Cosmetology
3321 Hessmer Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 212-3321

Celebrity Stylist Beauty School
3138 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201
(318) 322-2500

Northwest Louisiana Technical College — Natchitoches Campus
6587 Highway 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457
(318) 357-3162

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 671-5000

Opelousas School of Cosmetology
529 East Vine Street
Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 942-6147

Pineville Beauty School
1008 Main Street
Pineville, LA 71360
(318) 445-1040

Pat Goins Ruston Beauty School
213 West Alabama Avenue
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 255-2717

Blalock’s Professional Beauty College
8101 Kingston Road
Shreveport, LA 71108
(318) 638-8662

Career Technical Center
1227 Shreveport-Barksdale Highway
Shreveport, LA 71105
(866) 305-5114

Regency Beauty Institute — Shreveport Campus
7460 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105
(800) 787-6456

Jonesville Beauty School
208 Westside Drive
Vidalia, LA 71373
(318) 336-2377

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