Makeup Artistry Schools in Colorado

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Chic Studios School of Makeup - Denver

1800 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202

Makeup Madame

5650 East Evans Avenue 102
Denver, CO 80231

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How to Become a Makeup Artist in Colorado

Colorado Makeup Artist Careers At a Glance
  • The average salary for makeup artists in Colorado is $48,239 ($23.19/hour). This is higher than the national average of $47,917 ($23.04/hour).
  • There is a predicted 24% job increase between 2016 – 2026 for cosmetologists, including makeup artists. This is higher than the expected national growth of 9%.

Colorado makeup artists can pursue a variety of careers within this colorful beauty occupation. Whether you want to prep models for the runway, TV anchors for their next segment, or a bride for her wedding, you can lead a life filled with creative personal connections. Plus, with the power of social media, you can even promote your presence like a rock star — just like this Colorado native who is a YouTube makeup celebrity thanks to her mother's influence. And guess what her mom was? That's right: A makeup artist.

The best way to choose the right makeup artist program in Colorado is pretty simple to figure out. Just use the search box above or browse the school listings below to start narrowing your best options. Make sure to ask each school you speak with how they help graduates transition from the classroom to their next job as a makeup artist. Many cosmetology schools have relationships with employers as well, which is always a great foot in the door to the next step!

State License Requirements

Colorado does not have any licensing requirements for makeup artists. However, to perform any other type of skin care, you must earn an esthetics license. These programs also cover makeup application. After graduating from a 550-hour training program, you can apply to take your test through PSI. The combined testing fee is $127. You receive your license after earning passing scores on the written exam and the practical exam.

Education Details

Colorado makeup artists should seek programs that include a wide variety of course topics. The field of makeup stretches into so many industries, and there are endless techniques — it's no wonder makeup artist programs can differ so greatly! We recommend choosing a program that also includes professional skills that will enhance your practice. You should also seek training that helps you understand and comply with all licensing laws in Colorado.

Makeup artist courses include

  • Bridal
  • Color theory
  • Film/TV
  • Theatrical
  • Effects and costume
  • Sanitation and Colorado regulations

License Renewal

The renewal process you will have to go through is every two years. Your deadline will be March 31st, and you'll pay a fee of $50 fee to remain in good standing. You should also stay current by looking for workshops, additional courses and other ways you can stay current as a makeup artist.

Colorado Makeup Artistry Careers


Average yearly salary for makeup artistry in Colorado

Makeup artists in Colorado are mostly employed within the theatre and entertainment industry. Artists assist with the process of applying various types of makeup to both actors and actresses, and are often employed with multiple companies as independent contractors. There are 3,060 individuals currently employed as makeup artists, most of which are located within large metropolitan areas. The average annual salary for makeup artists is $48,239.

Contact the Colorado State Board of Cosmetology

Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure
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