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The Makeup Program

Learn the art of makeup. This program goes beyond the makeup basics taught in the cosmetology program and delivers in-depth preparation for a career as a makeup artist. Learn every aspect of professional makeup from instructors who are knowledgeable, experienced makeup specialists. From hands-on training in application techniques and portfolio development to consultation and retail skills, the program teaches the skills you need for a career as a makeup artist in salons, spas, bridal, editorial, runway, film and television.

Become a Certified
Makeup Artist

Welcome to your journey toward becoming a true professional in makeup. The Ultimate Face® certified team of instructors understands the importance of real-world application, so the classes are formatted to educate and empower the working makeup artist. The program covers all aspects of specialized professional makeup artistry, including client makeover, runway, bridal, multimedia, camouflage, editorial, special effects, film, and television.

The state of California does not regulate the 245 hours of education to become a makeup artist. Within the 245 hours the course will include extensive instruction and practical experience in Fundamentals, Editorial, Special Effects make up, skin care and sanitation. The program also focuses on professional development to include on set etiquette, starting a career as a union make up artist and self marketing. The course will also include customer service, personal appearance and hygiene, personal motivation and development, retail skills, client record keeping, business ethics, sanitation, salon-type administration, and job interviewing.
*Students are prepared for an entry level makeup artist.
*The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) does not regulate the additional 245-hour in makeup.

* This program does not lead to license.

* This program is not Title IV eligible.

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We want you to be prepared. That’s why our Future Professionals receive their own professional kit packed with all the essentials—brushes, cleansers, lip and eye color pallettes, liners, blush, mascara, lash extensions, and more—so you’re ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career.


Learn more about our graduation, placement, and licensure rates, and much more.

Our Makeup
Artist Programs


School Supplies, Kit, and Tuition Costs


Tuition: $4,400.00

Application Fee (nonrefundable): $100.00

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (nonrefundable): $0.00

Technical Kit: $2,795.00

Sales Tax (nonrefundable): $216.61

Total Cost: $7,511.61

Drop Fee: $100.00

How long will it take?

School Required Hours


Commitment to Complete Program:  245 hours

When can I get started?

Ready to get started? Here are our upcoming start dates for this program:

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  • 1 Advanced Luxury Kit
  • 1 Skin Kit
  • 1 Special FX Kit
  • 1 Airbrush Kit
  • 1 iBook ISBN-13: 9781439059234, $149.97
  • 1 Milady’s Standard Makeup 2012 Textbook (hardcover) ISBN-13: 9781111539597, $66.95

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Curious about your future as a barber? There are a wide variety of financial aid options out there—and we’re here to help you find them. Get information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships, and more from our helpful San Diego Financial Aid Leader.

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