How to Start a Makeup School

Starting a makeup school is no different from any other schools that are known to be privately owned. The tasks that are involved are complex and challenging.

But the first task is already done if you are an experienced makeup artist, read on and learn how to start your makeup school.

Starting a makeup school is no different from starting a private school. Probably the only difference is that a makeup school is more precise on what curriculum it will teach and train its students. The outlook for this kind of business is bright, but this does not mean it will be easy. Starting a makeup school involves complex situations and tasks that are almost rocket science to those unfamiliar with the field. But suppose you are a practicing makeup artist and want to pursue your profession by sharing your knowledge with young people. In that case, the area is already cleared of ambiguity, and only the practical side of starting a makeup school is tiring and time-consuming.

Below is a guideline on how to start a makeup school:

Form a Committee for Your Makeup School

Since the niche for your school is already defined as derived from the name of the school itself, your next move is to set up a committee that will help you start your school. A school cannot be built on one’s lonesome. You need talented individuals to help you with problems, challenges, and tasks.

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Business Plan for the Makeup School

You should at least create a clear and concise business plan for operating your makeup school. This blueprint should include how you will operate the school in its first five years. You should not do everything or include it in your business plan since you are just starting a makeup school. Take each step at a time, and once a milestone has been achieved, you can move on to another higher milestone.

Budget for Your School

This is one of the crucial tasks in your venture to start a makeup school. You should have enough capital to work your way in your business venture. Creating a reasonable budget for how you will spend your money is also intelligent. This is crucial since it is understood and expected that the first five years will decide whether you will make or break it in your venture.

Find a Location for Your Makeup School

If you have already done your assignments on the abovementioned tasks, it is time to find a location for your makeup school. Practice the proper discernment in doing this, for this will be a way to attract students to your school.

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  • desiree malinga said on August 25, 2011
    what are the requirement for opening a make-up school.
  • Tonya Mitchell said on August 29, 2011
    I need to know how to start a makeup school. in TX. Thanks
  • deborah walker said on January 28, 2012
    Needs more information on how to start a Makeup School in Merrrillville, In
  • m/s.Lakshmi K.Mohan, said on April 3, 2012
    am k.mohan working as H.O.D.Make-up Artist, since 35 years ( only institute in India,) called-" Film & T.V.Institute of India" at pune,( since working experience above 40 years from struggling stage too )want to start my own " Make- up institute at city pune (state- maharastra ) Indi, Suggest name of the institute. Rgds, K.Mohan
  • kendry said on April 28, 2012
    i want to now how to get the makeup artist certificated
  • reensplace said on December 4, 2012
    want to know what is reqired to start a makeup school in warri migeria
  • Francesca said on July 31, 2013
    Hi there, I would like to know what I have to do for open an academy for make up in london Thanks
  • Francesca said on July 31, 2013
    I need a diploma? I have a diploma from BCM in Milan But I had a 16 years experience
  • pavneetpahwa said on September 3, 2013
    hi , i want to know what is required to start a makeup school in ludhiana (state punjab) india,
  • Meghan said on January 28, 2014
    Niles, Oh United States. I have noticed that there are no make-up only schools in my area. I am a licensed cosmetologist but I want to focus on make-up which is something that my instructors never really touched base on with us when I was in school. I would like some information on how to start a make-up only school for aspiring make-up artist and cosmetologist that would like to add this skill to their resume.
  • Andonia said on February 3, 2014
    Hello, I would like to know what is required to start a makeup school in California. Do I need to have curriculum approved? What channel do I need to go through to certify potential Makeup Artists?
  • Courtney S. said on May 4, 2014
    Hi, I want to start makeup courses here in Atlanta, Ga. There is no state law that says you have to have a license to do makeup here. I want to start small, maybe 10-15 students. Starting from the basics of makeup hygiene and proper regimes per skin type to facial applications, brow arching and filling, etc. I've been working in customer service for a very long time now and I do promote myself with business cards and I make my own face up daily to show off my work. The problem I am encountering is getting people to come. There is no doubt that my work is really good, but people will just not come. I even offer TFP and for people to come and get their makeup done for free. No luck! I ALWAYS get great compliments as well. I don't want the same thing to happen to me if I decide to go forward with the makeup courses. I spend a lot of time and money into developing my kit and advertising and I don't want to keep failing. I know it's a part of the business but I'm ready to do what I love full time. Any suggestions anyone? Please? P.S. Sorry for the rambling
  • Tatiana Lynex said on May 8, 2014
    Trying to start a makeup school in Memphis,tn
  • Jessica said on July 19, 2014
    Hi there I want to learn how to open a makeup school to teach students makeup but I need to know how students will be certified etc
  • emerald said on August 1, 2014
    Hello, I have a passion for the beauty industry, after working for two cosmetology schools as a career Service Coordinator. I found that the mass majority of students went to further there education in makeup, there aren't any makeup schools where I'm located. So I would essentially be bringing a service to my area that doesn't exist, please if there is assistance that can be given it would be greatly appreciated.
  • Alasa Selimat said on August 9, 2014
    I am a make up artist living in lagos Nigeria, i av been working for quiet sometime now, and av decided to start my own make up school. i really want to know how to go about that, especially the capital involved to getting the students to enroll. Thanks
  • Twanda Washington said on November 7, 2014
    Hello.. I would like to get information on how to open a makeup school in my area. Thanks.
  • myrna mariscal said on November 29, 2014
    los Angeles, CA. what are the legal requirements to open a makeup school.
  • Uemiki said on March 13, 2015
    I just wanted to know was there an actual make-up textbook that you order?
  • Terri Czerwinski said on March 18, 2015
    Hi, I'm interested in opening a makeup school in Glastonbury Ct. Connecticut doesn't have license for esthetician/makeup artist... I am a Massachusetts licensed esthetician / makeup artist since 1987. I own a skin care salon since 1987....I am interested in expanding my skills with teaching makeup artistry but not sure what the state requirements would be. would also like to know how to certify potential makeup artists, curriculum approval. Register with town even if it's extension of my ski business. If someone can get back to me. Thank you Terri
  • Twanna said on September 28, 2015
    I would love more info on how to open a school. Here is all there are none and the cosmetology program just closed.
  • Dani Smiskey said on October 28, 2015
    I am from eau claire, wisconsin and want to know what legal requirements,licenses, or certifications are needed to start a makeup artist school or even teach individuals who are interested furthering their skills.
  • Barbara Goodwin said on November 18, 2015
    I am a licensed Esthetician and instructor. I want to open a Make-up school in Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 - United States
  • Cele said on April 12, 2016
    Hello, I recently graduated from a Makeup Academy in Los Angeles and I own my own Hair Studio, I would like to open up a Makeup school here at my salon. I would like to know what is required to start a makeup school in California. What are the legal steps I need to take? ? What do I need to do to certify potential Makeup Artists?
  • Renata said on January 9, 2017
    Hi! I would like to know what are the requirements to open the makeup school on Illinois. I'm a certified makeup artist, with 7 years of experience, Cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor with cosmetology and makeup teaching experience. I'm teaching the makeup courses in English and Polish language. How should I start my business? Can I rent a salon and teaching and sign a diploma or do I need any more certifications?
  • Rehana jamal said on August 15, 2017
    Does a certified makeup artist with good experience need anything else to do for teaching in a makeup academy
  • Sam j said on May 6, 2018
    I want to open a certified makeup academy in NY, what are the requirements you have to meet to be able to give out a certificate for your courses?
  • sukanta ghosh said on June 28, 2018
    how to open certified makeup studio? plz answer me
  • Minaxi saini said on July 16, 2018
    Hi, M minaxi saini want to start my makeup academy like 10 to 15 student,'s batch M low on a budget how can I start from my home. I have 10 years experience previously I was running my saloon now I restart I already updated my skills in makeup people always praise my work but don't know how to get students and work means how to approach ppl
  • Nik said on February 17, 2019
    Hi, I would like to know how to start a Makeup School and offer financial aid and grants in New York State? How do I go about it?
  • Sanjay shahani said on January 18, 2020
    I want to start a makeup studio. certified
  • Daisy said on February 22, 2021
    Hi my name is Daisy. I want to open make up school. I studied cosmetology at Pretoria ,Tshwane South college . I did deploma. How do I go about it? Where do I go for my students to get certificates? How do I register them ?
  • Aurelia Bentley said on August 24, 2021
    Hello Aurelia Bentley, I would be glad to help you with information on how to open a makeup school in Indianapolis. Let me guide you through the process step by step.


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