Makeup Artist Schools in Missouri

It's safe to say that here at, we are absurdly obsessed with makeup. It can be ridiculous at times.

But not only that, we're obsessed with helping people *learn* about makeup. Makeup makes people feel great about themselves, and we want everyone to feel that way!

So, where can you go to learn about makeup in Missouri? In the post that follows, we'll go over your training options, both for those of you who want to start a career in makeup, and for those of you who simply love it and want to learn some new tricks.

There Are Very Few "Makeup Only" Schools​

Unfortunately, in the United States, there are very few schools that teach a curriculum that focuses *only* on makeup application, and at present, there are no makeup artist schools in Missouri (that we know of).

So, if you want to master the art of makeup, where can you go for training? Here are your options:

  • Cosmetology School. Beauty schools are a fabulous way to get a solid beauty education. You'll learn all aspects of the beauty profession, including how to treat, color, shape, and cut hair; how to perform skin care routines for beauty and health; how to do nails; and how to run a salon and/or small business. Schools are usually affordable, and range anywhere from a couple thousand dollars for public schools to $12,000 for private schools.
  • Private Lessons with a Professional Makeup Artist. This is a fantastic way to fill the gaps in your makeup education, because it's so creative. Instead of going to a school that teaches a set curriculum, why not find a working makeup artist, and pay him or her to teach you exactly the lessons you want to learn? This is a great option if you live in or near larger metropolitan areas like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield, but also if you live in less-populated areas, such as Columbia, Independence, Lee's Summit, O'Fallon, Joplin, and the Saints--Saint Joseph, Saint Charles, and Saint Peters.
  • Workshops in Various Cities. These aren't as reliable as other ways to learn about makeup, but once a month/once every couple of months, there are makeup workshops that come through some of the Missouri metropolitan areas. These are temporary classes that last anywhere from a single afternoon to a week or two, and they're an excellent (and usually low-cost) way to learn different makeup techniques, talk to other people who love makeup, and make a few professional connections in the beauty business.
  • Online Tutorials. This is the last option, because it's a little "hands off," and you'll need a lot of "hands on" practice to become a makeup artist, but there is an incredible wealth of online instructionals, tutorials, how-tos, and so on. We've compiled different lists of the best tutorials, so check those out.

Which Option Is The Best Choice?

If your goal is to become a makeup artist, cosmetology school is a very, very good bet. You'll develop a broad range of skills, and being a makeup artist with a cosmetology background can be a huge plus. You won't learn all you need to learn in order to work as a makeup artist, but you'll have a solid base to learn all the skills you need. But, more importantly, you'll be able to get a cosmetology license and work in a Missouri salon (we'll talk about this more in a minute).

If you reaaaaaaally have your mind set on going to a school that teaches makeup, check out the state pages for New York, California, Florida, and Texas. Those states have many schools dedicated to the makeup arts. You may have to relocate, but that would be quite an adventure, wouldn't it? 🙂 Keep in mind, if you go to a makeup artist school, you won't be able to get a cosmetology license.​

Makeup Artist Schools in Missouri

What About Licensing?​

You might've noticed we've been talking a lot about licenses! It's not the most exciting topic in the world, but it's actually very important. Here's what you will need to keep in mind:

If you want to work in a beauty salon or any kind of day spa, you'll need to get a cosmetologist license (if you want to do hair, skin, nails, and makeup) or an esthetician license (if you want to skin and makeup).

At present, it doesn't look like Missouri offers any kind of license for makeup artists. We've looked all over the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners website, and we can't find any information about getting a makeup artist license, and many makeup artists who provide makeup services for brides, actors/actresses, and fashion models don't have any kind of beauty license.

If you have any questions, contact the Missouri Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners. They're the state-appointed group that enforces all rules related to the beauty industry in Missouri, and they'll answer any inquiries you may have.

Can People Really Do Makeup For A Living?​

Absolutely! There are plenty of happy and successful makeup artists in Missouri, and if you catch a case of wanderlust, you can always relocated to NYC or LA and adventure for a little while. Just remember that it takes a while to build a career, whether you build it at home or abroad. Always remember that where there's a will, there's a way!

Makeup Training in Missouri​

At present, there are no makeup schools in Missouri. Hopefully that will change in the future, and when it does, we'll update the post.

The good news is, you *don't need* a makeup school in order to get started as a makeup career. In fact, some of the most sought-after makeup artists got their start at a cosmetology school. If that's an avenue you'd like to pursue, here are some cosmetology programs you can look into:​

Inspire College of Cosmetology
509 South Jefferson Avenue
Aurora, MO 65605
(417) 440-4409

The Salon Elite Academy
4720 Gretna Road
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 334-8330

Central College of Cosmetology
1159 North State Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-7800

Eclipse School of Cosmetology
52 South Plaza Way
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 651-0333

Renaissance Beauty Academy
268 South Mount Auburn Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 803-1649

Trend Setters College of Cosmetology
835 South Kings Highway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
(573) 335-9977

Chillicothe Beauty Academy
505 Elm Street
Chillicothe, MO 64601
(660) 646-4198

Paul Mitchell The School — Columbia Campus
1611 Burlington Street
Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 449-7527

Sam Brown’s Cosmetology and Barber Institute
1729 West Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 445-7311

National Academy of Beauty Arts — Crystal City Campus
137 Twin City Plaza
Crystal City, MO 63019
(636) 931-7100

Advance Beauty College
23 Northport Plaza
Hannibal, MO 63401
(573) 248-1562

Adam & Eve Cosmetology College
214 North Osage Street
Independence, MO 64050
(816) 252-0202

Merrell University Esthetics — Cosmetology Division
1753 Woodclift Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 635-4433

New Dimensions School of Hair Design
621 Kentucky Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801
(417) 782-2875

Z Hair Academy
561 Southeast Melody Lane
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
(816) 347-1840

Ea La Mar’s Cosmetology & Barber College Inc.
1220 Brooklyn Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64127
(816) 241-4325

Regency Beauty Institute — Independence Campus
14133 East Highway 40
Kansas City, MO 64136
(800) 787-6456

Transformed Barber and Cosmetology Academy
1229 East 63rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 765-8222

Vatterott Educational Center — Cosmetology
4131 North Corrington Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64117
(888) 202-2636

The Hair Academy 110
110 North Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 665-1028

Lebanon College of Cosmetology
1136 Lynn Street
Lebanon, MO 65536
(417) 532-8522

Regency Beauty Institute — Mehlville Campus
4468 Lemay Ferry Road
Mehlville, MO 63129
(800) 787-6456

Essentials Academy of Cosmetology
4302 Howard Bush Drive
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-0355

Black River Beauty Academy
445 South Second Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
(573) 778-3567

House of Heavilin Beauty College
800 West Foxwood Drive
Raymore, MO 64083
(816) 463-2305

Salem College of Hairstyling
1051 Kings Highway
Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 368-3136

Seymour Beauty Academy
209 South Commercial Street
Seymour, MO 65746
(417) 935-2619

Midwest Technical Institute — Branch Campus
3600 South Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65804
(888) 976-5176

Paul Mitchell The School Springfield
3017 South Kansas Expressway
Springfield, MO 65807
(417) 881-2110

Vatterott Educational Center — Cosmetology
3550 West Clay Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
(888) 202-2636

St. Joseph Beauty University
2207 North Belt Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64506
(816) 279-3519

Elaine Stevens Beauty College
10420 West Florissant Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63136
(314) 868-8196

Grabber School of Hair Design
9833 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 966-8888

Paul Mitchell the School — St. Louis Campus
30 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-8200

Skin Institute
25 Ronnie’s Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 843-2222

St. Louis Hair Academy
3701 Kossuth Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 533-3125

Regency Beauty School — St. Peters Campus
259 Salt Lick Road
St. Peters, MO 63376
(800) 787-6456

Central College of Cosmetology
690 Missouri Avenue
St. Robert, MO
(573) 336-3888

Advance Beauty College
982 Wentzville Parkway
Wentzville, MO 63385
(636) 332-0777

Aspire Beauty Academy
1444 West Meyer Road
Wentzville, MO 63385
(636) 327-0770

Parkway Beauty Academy
206 Washington Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775
(417) 256-9004

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