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post #31 of 51
in most states you need a cosmetology license to do makeup for paid compensation anywhere. The exception is Ca. If you are in CA in the entertainment industry you are exempt, not exempt for brides etc.

Check the state licensing board in your state, most have websites.

Keep in mind that very few makeup artists have a license of any kind, It's just not something the State can enforce with the man power it has. The problem comes should you ever be sued by a client. You were practicing without the State license and thats going to be a HUGE mark against you, you will face financial ruin should that ever happen. You can not obtain liability insurance as a makeup artist without a cosmetology license. Makeup schools give you a certificate, and while thier educations may be good a certificate will not count towards a license. To become licensed most states require a certain number of clock hours in an estetician, cosmetician, or cosmetology programme at a recognised beauty school.

For makeup only, most states require an esthetician license (or as one person said, cosmetician). One state I am aware of has a makeup license (Maryland). To do makeup AND hair, a cosmetology license is required.

Now, it's the exemptions that will be the deciding factor. Of those states that require a license to do makeup and/or hair, many of them require it for salon, bridal and other civilian work, but the entertainment industry is exempt. To work in a salon or at a counter as a product rep (meaning you don't charge for services rendered, just product), is also exempt.

NY and perhaps other states require a license no matter what you are doing. There are no exemptions. I honestly don't know if or how the counters get away with no licensing.

There are schools that are approved to teach the curriculum that is geared towards helping you pass the state board exam. Call your state board to get a list of approved schools.

A certificate of any kind from any school does not count as a license. If you attend a makeup school, you may be able to get hours applied towards a license, but it won't be much. Negotiate with the school to see if you can reduce your time in school with them and your tuition. You may only get a day or two knocked off, but school is all about hours. Clock your hours, and you "graduate". You still have to take state board exams (practical and written).

Some states offer reciprocity with other states, so it may be useful for you to get your license if you think you might move to a different state later.

Check here for more information on what is required in your area, and what the exemptions and reciprocity options are: http://www.beautytech.com/st_boards.htm
post #32 of 51

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in most states you need a cosmetology license to do makeup for paid compensation anywhere. The exception is Ca. If you are in CA in the entertainment industry you are exempt, not exempt for brides etc.

NY and perhaps other states require a license no matter what you are doing. There are no exemptions. I honestly don't know if or how the counters get away with no licensing.

http://www.beautytech.com/st_boards.htm

Even though the counter artists are paid/compensated, they don't need to be licensed because the clients arn't directly paying the artist. Therefore the artist is not being paid to do makeup.

We used to use the same logic to do hair in school for friends. We were students and couldn't be paid... but I will accept a $50 tip for those highlights...

Also, the winds of change are blowing in the film and theater industries. Licenses may soon be required, if not already.
post #33 of 51

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Unfortuantely no I was chatting with a MAC artist and she suggested the school for me. I plan on attending when I have the money. But I checked out the site and spoke with a rep. They are very nice and helpful.
I went to MUD in NYC. Definitly a great school.
post #34 of 51

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Also, MUD does not license you, they give you a certificate of course completion. It is not required in NY to have alicense to do makeup, it is only required to have a license to work in a salon. In NY, no one really could give a damn, its all about who you know & getting the job done.
post #35 of 51

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Even though the counter artists are paid/compensated, they don't need to be licensed because the clients arn't directly paying the artist. Therefore the artist is not being paid to do makeup.

We used to use the same logic to do hair in school for friends. We were students and couldn't be paid... but I will accept a $50 tip for those highlights...

Also, the winds of change are blowing in the film and theater industries. Licenses may soon be required, if not already.
I know that certain locals of SAG and IATSE are (and have been for a while) requiring licensure in order to join as a makeup artist/hairstylist.
post #36 of 51

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Yes, 798 in particular is going back and forth on the issue. I have a friend who is caught in the middle of the whole mess...
post #37 of 51

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When I worked at MAC I waited until I had my license because I thought you needed one. I live in MD and to practice freelance and in a salon you need a license. At counters/stores you do not, but some require them because they think it is better but not because they have to by law. I personally think any person providing makeup services to the public should have to be licensed because there is no way the counters teach the proper sanitation, laws, etc. It should be for the publics safety and for the safety of the MUA as well.
post #38 of 51

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bump!

Ok, lately I have gotten alot of offers to do work for TV and stuff and some jobs required that you do have your license, this is in Maryland. I was just issued my license, it's something good to have.

So please, if you have a chance to get a license, ie, going to school or working for a counter, talk to your trainers about obtaining one. It's always good to have for those good jobs, that require one, that may come your way.

post #39 of 51

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does anybody know anything about needing a license in Massachusetts...i plan on opening a store and doing makeup application in it..what kind of licenses or certificates do i need to do this???
post #40 of 51

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As of next year, Maryland has removed the makeup artist licensing requirement for MUAs working salons, and will no longer be renewing existing licenses or issuing new ones.
post #41 of 51

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For the person who asked, way back when, about Australia, no. There is no license requirement in Australia for certification or licensing for Nail Tech OR Makeup Artists. Kind of shocking, I think. I also believe this may change soon for Nail Techs, especially.
In Oregon you have to sit a state board for licensing in nails, makeup, skin care, etc. just like for hairdressers and nurses. I am getting my schooling in Australia, but would like to be able to be licensed in Oregon as I may return there if the economy ever picks back up. So I have been looking into reciprocity.
post #42 of 51

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post #43 of 51

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Do you need a liscense to do makeup in NYC?
post #44 of 51

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Sorry to change the state too, hehehe.. but what about minnesota, i want to get into a course or something, anybody know any good ones for the midwest??
post #45 of 51

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TX does not require a license to do makeup application.
post #46 of 51

I seen that on the Department of Licensing Site, So does that mean Maryland residents will not need a license to be a make up artist?

post #47 of 51
Hello all. I did a little research and The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation advise's as of 10/1/08 Make-up Artist licensing has been repealed and licenses will no longer be issued. I also called them to verify that this means you do not have to be licensed to do make-up in the state of Maryland and that you cannot be fined for providing these services.
post #48 of 51

They got rid of the Maryland Makeup Artist license (dummies) but to work in a salon you do need a license. 

post #49 of 51
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Hello all. I did a little research and The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation advise's as of 10/1/08 Make-up Artist licensing has been repealed and licenses will no longer be issued. I also called them to verify that this means you do not have to be licensed to do make-up in the state of Maryland and that you cannot be fined for providing these services.

Didn't see this. Doh. :) 

post #50 of 51

I still have mine, but of course it's expired. But seriously, it's one more option for makeup artist discounts that has been stripped away from us! That's so annoying!  

post #51 of 51

I live in Louisiana, they have a separate Makeup Permit that allows you to legally work in salon as a Makeup Artist only. You have to have special training or have hours from a cosmetology or esthi schooling. I had half of my hours from cosmetology and was able to apply for the Makeup Permit.

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