Makeup Artist Schools in Oklahoma

Welcome to our site! On this page, we'll take a look at the places in Oklahoma--that is, the types of schools--where you can learn makeup artistry skills, either as a hobby, or as the start of a makeup artist career.

Makeup Artist Schools in Oklahoma

Makeup Artist Schools are an incredible option if you want to truly learn the ins-and-outs of makeup. Classes don't focus on any other aspect of beauty--just makeup. You'll learn how to determine the best look for a model or bride or actor; how to pair colors using color theory; how to make sure clients look good for flash photography (this is actually difficult, and VERY important); how to develop your professional portfolio and use it to get new work; and, of course, application methods for every type of makeup. Makeup schools are a FANTASTIC way to start a career in makeup.

Cosmetology Colleges (aka, Beauty Schools) provide a less-detailed-but-more-"generalist" education. Instead of diving into makeup and *only* makeup, you'll learn how to style hair in different ways; how to change the shape, curliness, and/or straightness of hair; how to perform manicures and take care of cuticles; how to set up skin care routines for clients, and how to properly clean the skin; and how to apply makeup to different skin tones and facial shapes.

Makeup Classes from Professional Makeup Artists. If you're not up for full-time or part-time classes, here's a marvelous option: contact one or two local makeup artists, and ask for personal lessons. In a one-on-one coaching scenario, you'll be able to ask for any kind of instruction you want (ie, want to learn about the details of doing bridal makeup? Just ask!), AND you'll be able to get the insider scoop on what it's like to be a makeup artist in your area. We always recommend formal training, but private classes are a great way to learn about the career aspect of being a makeup artist.

One-Off Courses. There are plenty of one-day or two-day classes offered by professional makeup artists. These usually take place in a conference room at a hotel or a convention center, or even at a local community college or salon. You'll find beginner topics and advanced topics, and you'll be able to sign up for whatever course seems interesting. Check sites like Meetup and Yelp for upcoming classes. Most of the classes will be in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, but you may also find some classes in Broken Arrow, Norman, Lawton, and other metropolitan places.

There's one other option which shouldn't be overlooked, and that's online tutorials/online how-tos. We're not kidding when we say that there are thousands of online instructional videos out there. Some of them really, really bad, but some of them are fantastic, and can help you dramatically. To help you out, we've written some "Best Of" posts to help you find the best tutorials.

Which Is Your Best Option?

There are pros and cons to each of the above options, and different types of classes suit different types of people. Let's go into the details, and see what kind of class might be right for you.

Makeup Schools: If you want to become a real-deal makeup artist, they're a great option. They can be very expensive, though, and because there aren't too many of them in the United States, you may need to relocate for a little while if you want to attend one. It's important to note, also, that makeup artist schools don't enable you get an Oklahoma license after you graduate (and we'll discuss that further in a minute).

Cosmetology Schools: The only negative aspect of beauty schools is that you won't develop a deep understanding of makeup. However, these are a tried-and-true method of gaining entry into the beauty business, and after you graduate, you WILL be able to apply for a cosmetologist license. Also, having a cosmetology degree can help set you apart from other artists who don't have any formal degree.

Classes from Makeup Artists: These are a lot of fun! They won't fully prepare you for work as a makeup artist, but they are a great way to develop new skills. And, if you get all of your friends together for a class, they can be a social event, as well as a learning event.

Workshops: Also a lot of fun! Just like private classes, they're not a great substitute for formal training, but they're a great way to supplement the skills you are already have, AND they'll allow a few day trips into your nearest city.

Should You Get A License?

In the section above, we talked about licensing. Here's what you'll need to keep in mind:

  • As per the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology website, to perform makeup services in a salon, you will need a cosmetology license. To get a cosmetology license, you will first need to attend a cosmetology school. This is important to remember--you won't be able to get a job in a beauty salon or spa if you don't have a cosmetology license.
  • There does not seem to be any kind of makeup artist license granted by the state of Oklahoma for freelance makeup artists, and it looks like most freelance makeup artists who do not work in a salon, but instead provide makeup services at weddings, fashion shoots, commercial sets, and so on, do not have a cosmetology license.

Before making any career decisions, we would advise you to check with the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology at (405) 521-2441. They are, ultimately, the agency that enforces Oklahoma laws related to the beauty industry, so you'll want to make sure you're level with them before moving ahead in any career.

Training in Oklahoma

There are two makeup artist schools in Oklahoma.

They are:

Imagine — Paul Mitchell Partner School
3030 William Pereira
Norman, OK 73072
(405) 928-5204

Clary Sage College
3131 South Sheridan
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 298-8200

Both offer courses on makeup artistry.

If you’re not near either of those schools, or you’d like to get a more “generalist” education, remember that cosmetology schools are a WONDERFUL way to break into the makeup industry. Plenty of makeup professionals have gotten their start at a cosmetology program, so they’re definitely worth checking out. Here’s a compilation of schools near you:

Pontotoc Technology Center
601 West 33rd
Ada, OK 74820
(580) 310-2239

Northeast Area Technology Center
19901 South Highway 69
Afton, OK 74331
(918) 257-8324

Southwest Technology Center
711 West Tamarack
Altus, OK 73521
(580) 477-2250

Bartlesville Beauty College
108 South Seneca Avenue
Bartlesville, OK 74003
(918) 338-2055

Tri-County Technology Center
6101 Nowato Road
Bartlesville, OK 74106
(918) 333-2422

Tulsa Tech Center — Broken Arrow Campus
4000 West Florence
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
(918) 828-3000

Totally Cosmo School of Modern Cosmetology
1404 South Park Drive
Broken Bow, OK 74728
(580) 584-3103

Western Technology Center
621 Sooner Road
Burns Flat, OK 73624
(405) 562-3181

Claremore Beauty College
200 North Cherokee
Claremore, OK 74017
(918) 341-4370

Destiny Hair Institute
502 South 13th Street
Clinton, OK 73601
(580) 323-6700

NEO Academy of Hair Design
3198 West Highway 412
Colcord, OK 74338
(918-422-4314

Central OK Technology Center
3 CT Circle
Drumright, OK 74030
(918) 352-4517

Red River Technology Center
3300 West Boise D’Arc
Duncan, OK 73533
(580) 255-2903

Southern School of Beauty
140 West Main Street
Durant, OK 74704
(580) 924-1049

Duncan Brothers Academy of Hair Design
3409 South Broadway
Edmond, OK 73013
(405) 607-6363

Autry Technology Center
1201 West Willow Road
Enid, OK 73703
(580) 242-2750

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center
1415 7th Street
Fort Cobb, OK 73038
405-643-5511

Grove Beauty College
63159 East 290 Road
Grove, OK 74345
(918) 767-5810

C.C. Cosmetology College
1421 SE Washington
Idabel, OK 74745
(580) 208-2301

ITS Academy of Beauty
1026 NW 38th Street
Lawton, OK 73501
(580) 355-6573

The Academy of Hair Design
11920 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
(405) 842-2031

Anthony David Platinum Hair Academy
2229 NW 140th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
(405) 302-0300

Duncan Brothers School of Hair Design
2209 SW 74th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
(405) 631-6363

Hair Arts Institute
15001 North May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73134
(405-634-9297

JB’s Hair Design and Barber College
6808 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 601-8700

Pioneer Technology Center
2101 North Ash
Ponca City, OK 74601
(580) 762-8336

Ponca City Beauty College
122 North First Street
Ponca City, OK 74601
(580) 762-1470

Northeast Area Technology Center
6195 West Highway 20
Pryor, OK 74362
(918) 825-5555

Pryor Beauty College
330 West Graham
Pryor, OK 74362
(918) 825-2795

Sand Springs Beauty College
28 East 2nd Street
Sand Springs, OK 74063
(918) 245-6627

C.C. Cosmetology College III
502 South Main Street
Sapulpa, OK 74060
(918) 779-6070

Sapulpa Beauty College
17 East Dewey
Sapulpa, OK 74066
(918) 224-5076

Western Technology Center
2002 NE Highway 66
Sayre, OK 73662
(580) 928-2097

Gordon Cooper Technology Center
800 North Harvey
Seminole, OK 74868
(405) 303-2886

Institute of Hair Design
1601 1/2 North Harrison Street
Shawnee, OK 74804
(405) 275-8000

Shawnee Beauty College
410 East Main Street
Shawnee, OK 74801
(405) 275-3182

Meridian Technology Center
1312 South Sangre Road
Stillwater, Ok 74074
(405) 377-3333

Beauty Technical College
607 Downing Street
Tahlequah, OK 74465
(918) 456-9431

Career Point School of Cosmetology
3138 South Garnett Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
(918) 627-8074

Paul Mitchell The School Tulsa
14002 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74134
(918) 932-2779

Technical Institute of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences
822 East 6th Street
Tulsa, OK 74129
(918) 660-8828

Virginia College
5124 South Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74105
(918) 960-5400

Mid America Technology Center
27438 State Highway
Wayne, OK 73095
(405) 449-3391

Woodward Beauty College
502 Texas Street
Woodward, OK 73801
(580) 256-7520

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