Makeup Artist Schools in Michigan

If you're interested in doing makeup as a professional makeup artist---or if you'd just like to learn some new beauty techniques---you've got a couple of excellent options when it comes to training.

In the sections below, we'll discuss the pros and cons of each option, have a quick discussion about beauty licenses, and then list all of the makeup artist schools in Michigan.

Your Training Options

There are basically five ways that you can learn more about makeup and/or turn it into a career. You can...

Go to a Cosmetology School, aka a Beauty School. Cosmetology schools are the most reasonable option for most people, because they're affordable and provide a solid beauty education. They teach the basics of hair styling and coloring, nail technology, skin care, and makeup application.

Pros of Cosmetology Schools: There are plenty of cosmetology schools in Michigan, and when you graduate, you'll be able to apply for a Michigan state cosmetology license. Also, being able to do hair as well as makeup can help you stand out when compared to other makeup artists who have only studied makeup.

Negatives of Cosmetology Schools: They don't focus solely on makeup, and instead give a very general introduction to the topic.

Go to a School That Only Teaches Makeup. There are only about 40 or 50 schools in the nation that are dedicated to teaching makeup techniques. Many are in New York, Florida, and California, but there are a few absolutely top-notch makeup schools in Michigan, and we've listed them below. These schools give very detailed instruction on makeup techniques, products, and color theory.

Pros of Makeup Schools: You'll graduate with a clear understanding of makeup and makeup application.

Cons of Makeup Schools: They can be very very pricey ($12,000 or more), and you won't be able to get a cosmetology license after you graduate.

Go To Workshops In the Nearest Metropolitan Area. These are a fantastic option. Instead of enrolling full-time in a school, you can cobble together a makeup education by attending one-day, two-day, or week-long workshops. Check online for workshops in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Troy, Westland, and other cities near you.

Pros: Workshops are usually low-cost alternatives to school, and can cost as little as $100.

Cons: You might have to wait a little bit for workshops to come to your area, and it can take a while to take all the workshops you need to develop a working knowledge of industry standards.

Hire a Professional Makeup Artist to Give Your Lessons. This can be a great alternative to waiting for workshops to happen. Contact makeup artists in your area (or the nearest city) and ask if they'll give you some individual instruction.

Pros: One-on-one lessons are a low-cost way to supplement your skills, and you can get the artist to teach you *exactly* what you want to learn.

Cons: None, really! If you have a few friends who are also interested in makeup training, you can include them and negotiate a lower cost with the makeup artist.

Go Online! Last but not least, go online and look for tutorials! There are thousands--literally, thousands--of instructional videos and guides on the internet. We've actually written a couple of posts about the best tutorials you can find, so check out those posts. You'll save yourself a lot of time.

Pros: It's free! Can't beat that.

Cons: You'll learn about new ideas, but you'll still need to practice the techniques IRL.

Makeup Artist Schools in Michigan

Info About Licenses​

In the section above, we talked a little bit about licenses. If you decide to become a makeup artist in Michigan, will you need a license to practice?

We've reviewed all the rules and regulations we could find, but don't see any laws that talk about the state of Michigan issuing makeup artist licenses. There are many people to work independently of beauty salons--with models and photographers, or at weddings with brides, or even at makeup counters--and many do not have licenses.

However, we do know that in order to do makeup in a beauty salon, you will need to go to a cosmetology school and get a Michigan cosmetology license, and if you want to do makeup in a spa or day spa, you will need to go to an esthetician school and get a Michigan esthetician license.

Ultimately, you'll need to check with Michigan's Board of Cosmetology, as they are the ones who handle licensing of the beauty profession.​

Michigan Makeup Schools and Programs​

Good news! There are some truly wonderful makeup artist schools in Michigan. They include:​

Astute Artistry
3026 West 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 591-4683

Michigan Makeup Academy
1985 West Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 792-6568

If you know of a school we’ve missed, let us know and we’ll add it.

Here’s something to remember: if you want to become a makeup artist, you can also attend a cosmetology program (and for many people, that’s a great idea). We’ve gathered a list of cosmetology institutions in Michigan to help guide your career, so be sure to see if there are any near you:

J. L. Murphy School of Cosmetology
146 Grand Street
Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 673-8883

Huron Valley Beauty Academy
1735 South Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
(734) 996-8411

Wright Beauty Academy
492 Capital Southwest
Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 964-4016

Bayshire Beauty Academy
917 Saginaw Street
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 894-2431

Bessie Hoffman School of Cosmetology
50700 Willow Road
Belleville, MI 48111
(734) 484-3150

Mecosta Osceola School District
15830 190th Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 796-5807

Cadillac Institute of Cosmetology
205 North Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
(231) 775-3642

Howard’s Caro Beauty Academy
148 North State Street
Caro, MI 48723
(989) 673-6158

M J Murphy Beauty College of Clare
210 Wilcox Parkway
Clare, MI 48617
(989) 773-8629

The Salon Academy
440 Marshall Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
(517) 279-2355

Hair Force Academy
3304 Corunna Road
Flint, MI 48532
(810) 232-6044

Regency Beauty Institute
4205 Miller Road
Flint, MI 48507
(800) 787-6456

Sharp’s Academy of Hairstyling
8166 Holly Road
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
(810) 695-6742

Douglas J Aveda Institute
138 Commerce Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(877) 334-8657

Empire Beauty School
1735 Four Mile Road Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 363-9853

Empire Beauty School
455 Standale Plaza Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
(616) 735-9680

Hillsdale Beauty College of Michigan
64 Waldron Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242
(517) 437-4670

Houghton Lake Institute of Cosmetology
5921 West Houghton Lake Drive
Houghton Lake, MI 48629
(989) 422-4573

Gogebic Community College
4946 Jackson Road
Ironwood, MI 49938
(906) 932-4231

Jackson Beauty Academy
1505 Newton Street
Jackson, MI 49202
(517) 782-3569

The Salon Academy — Jackson
2103 West Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49202
(517) 279-2789

West Michigan College of Beauty
3200 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 381-4424

Diane’s School of Cosmetology
121 South Brownson Avenue
Kingsley, MI 49649
(231) 263-0220

Grondin’s College of Cosmetology
372 West Nepessing
Lapeer, MI 48446
(810) 664-7683

Dorsey School of Beauty
6250 South Cedar
Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 272-4975

Excel Academies of Cosmetology
125 North Clippert
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 333-3232

Regency Beauty Institute
3415 East Saginaw Street
Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 333-0388

A New Age Academy of Cosmetology
620 South Broadway
Middleville, MI 49333
(269) 205-2445

M J Murphy Beauty College
201 West Broadway
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 772-2339

Empire Beauty School
6091 Constitution Boulevard
Portage, MI 49024
(269) 329-3333

Wright Beauty Academy
6666 Lovers Lane
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 321-8708

Kirtland Community College
10775 North St. Helen Road
Roscommon, MI 48653
(989) 275-5000

Dorsey School of Beauty
31480 Gratiot Avenue
Roseville, MI 48066
(586) 296-6840

In Session Arts of Cosmetology Beauty School
7212 Gratiot Road
Saginaw, MI 48609
(989) 781-6282

Valley Beauty Academy
3132 Boardwalk
Saginaw, MI 48603
(989) 753-4247

Regency Beauty Institute
13885 Hall Road
Shelby Township, MI 48315
(586) 685-0234

Regency Beauty Institute
15070 Dix Toledo Road
Southgate, MI 48195

Platinum College of Cosmetology
23620 Harper
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 445-4885

Paul Mitchell The School — Michigan
40700 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
(586) 939-8600

David Pressley Professional School of Cosmetology
21255 Wick
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 291-7381

Dorsey School of Beauty
23125 Ecorse Road
Taylor, MI 48180
(313) 291-2177

Regency Beauty Institute
3583 Alpine Avenue
Walker, MI 49544
(616) 885-1430

Creative College of Cosmetology
4545 East Eight Mile Road
Warren, MI 484091
(586) 806-2052

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