Makeup Artist Schools in North Dakota
For some subjects, it's easy to figure out where you need to go to school. If you want to become a cook, you go to culinary school. If you want to become a lawyer, you go to law school. Where do you go if you want to become a makeup artist? And where do you go if you simply want to learn more about makeup?
Here are the "tried-and-true" options for learning about makeup artistry--whether you want to become a makeup artist, or whether you just want to build you skills and learn some new techniques:
- Makeup Artistry Schools. There are no schools in North Dakota that teach *only* makeup, so if you're interested in this type of school, you may need to travel a little bit (and that can be a lot of fun!). Makeup-only schools are a rarity in the United States, and most are located in New York and New Jersey, California, Texas, and Florida and Georgia. The most positive aspect about these schools is that they provide a truly in-depth makeup education: by the time you graduate, you'll be well-versed. The negative aspect is that they're EXPENSIVE. It's not unlikely that a course will run you $12,000 or much more.
- Cosmetology Schools. These are a fantastic option, because they provide a solid, broad education in the field of beauty, and you'll be able to get a North Dakota cosmetology license upon graduation. Cosmetology colleges teach students to color and style hair, how to apply makeup and properly remove it, how to give professional-style manicures/pedicures, and how to perform the business tasks required at beauty salons. Most cosmetology schools don't focus on makeup, but instead they provide a "base" of professional beauty skills.
- Workshops. Very often, a city or metropolitan area will have a series of short-term makeup classes called workshops or intensives. They may be about bridal makeup or wedding makeup, how to do makeup for photo shoots, how to work with photographers, etc. These classes are usually pretty affordable, and they're a great way to meet people who have a similar interest in makeup and beauty. You can check in Fargo, Grand Forks, and Bismarck for any workshops that may come through.
So which of the options above makes sense for you?
If you want to become a makeup artist (or any kind of beauty professional), we STRONGLY recommend cosmetology school. You will get the skills you need to be a beauty professional, and you'll get a good introduction to makeup artistry. Plus, you'll be able to get a cosmetology license, and that will allow you to find work at North Dakota beauty salon.
Also: Online Tutorials
We forgot to mention this last option: tutorials! There are so many thousands of tutorials it's crazy. They won't teach you hands-on skills--in other words, you'll still need to practice on friends, family members, and anybody else you can find--but they will provide you will new techniques, new ideas, and new strategies.
There are some excellent tutorials and there are some pretty lousy ones, and we've collected what we think are the best ones, so be sure to check those out--you'll save yourself a lot of time!
Making Bridal Makeup Your Side Job
Over the past couple of years, there are more and more people who are making a great side-income doing wedding makeup for brides (and sometimes grooms!). This can be a GREAT way to earn some extra cash and build some relationships in your community.
There's definitely a bridal makeup "season," and that goes roughly from May or June to September or October. It get busy between those months, and settles down after that, so plan on that if you'd like to supplement your income by doing bridal makeup. Also, it helps if you live in a more heavily-populated area, and you know local photographers, caterers, and clergy. And, if you don't--you can dive in and build those relationships!
We've written some in-depth posts about bridal makeup, so be sure to check those out!
North Dakota Training Options
While there are no makeup artist schools in North Dakota, there are some marvelous cosmetology programs. Reach out to them, get a feel to see if they're a good match for you, and let them know that you're interested in cosmetology, but would like to learn as much as you can about makeup.
As always, we wish you the best!