Makeup Artistry Schools in Illinois

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609 South Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

657 Highgrove Place
Rockford, IL 61108

Cosmetology, Esthetics, Makeup Artistry, Barbering

1870 Busse Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016

(847) 759-0900
Esthetics, Nail Technology, Massage Therapy, Makeup Artistry

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Airbrush Academy Makeup School

1441 N Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622

Anointed Touch Massage

95 Paxton Avenue
Calumet City, IL 60409

Art Institute of Makeup

1870 Busse Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016

John Amico School of Hair Design

4335 West 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445

London Eyes Inc. International Academy of Makeup

10600 Higgins Road Suite 700
Rosemont, IL 60018

Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry

1144 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607

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How to Become a Makeup Artist in Illinois

Illinois Makeup Artist Careers At a Glance
  • 750 education hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every 2 years.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for makeup artists in Illinois is $45,002 ($21.64/hour). This is lower than the national average of $47,917 ($23.04/hour).
  • There is a predicted 4% job increase between 2016 – 2026 for cosmetologists, including makeup artists. This is lower than the expected national growth of 9%.

The field of makeup spans a broad spectrum of career options. Plus, the state of Illinois has some pretty cool opportunities for makeup artist professionals. If you live in the Chicago area, you might consider a career working in the always-booming theater scene — second only to New York. Thanks to a 30% tax credit, the film industry is doing well; and we know how important make-up artists are on film sets. Plus, there are opportunities for makeup artists to work in advertising, modeling, television, and in salons and day spas. After learning about the Illinois makeup artist scene, you're probably ready to get moving.

Fortunately we have spent years working with beauty schools in Illinois to help students like you reach further toward your goals in makeup artistry. We do everything we can to make it simple for you to reach out to schools. You can use the search box at the top of this page, or browse the school listings below. If you want to learn about license requirements, career outlook and salary, we have that laid out nicely in the following sections — just for you!

State License Requirements

750 Education Hours

Required to earn a makeup artistry license

In the state of Illinois, you must have an esthetician license to offer the service of makeup application. You need no fewer than 750 hours of training by the time you complete your education. Your education also covers skin care, facial massage, hair removal, exfoliation, and other skin improving treatments. The licensing fee is $180 in Illinois.

Education Details

Illinois makeup artist courses and programs can vary greatly. This is why we recommend looking closely at the curriculum at each makeup school in your area. If you can choose a program that also shows you how to develop your own professional skills and work independently, that's a bonus. You may also want to choose a program that helps you market your skills to prospective clients.

Illinois makeup artist courses touch on:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Skin types and color application
  • Client communication
  • Highlights and shadows
  • Safety and sanitation

License Renewal

2 Years

License renewal period

0 Hours

Continuing education required

If you earn your esthetician or cosmetology license you will need to pay a fee of $25 per year when you renew. The deadline is September 30th of odd-numbered years; so you'll pay $50 each time.

Illinois Makeup Artistry Careers


Average yearly salary for makeup artistry in Illinois

High paid positions for makeup artists are usually found within movie productions, television production companies or in performance arts. Jobs for personal care positions are lower in pay but have much more availability nationwide. The average makeup artist in Illinois earns around $45,002 per year.

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