Makeup Artist

License required by 41 states

58th most burdensome licensing requirements.

28th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Makeup artists apply cosmetics to face or exposed body areas to improve or otherwise alter people’s appearances.1

Forty-one states license makeup artistry. Two of these states, Louisiana and Nevada, issue a license specific to makeup artists. In the other 39 states, makeup application is interpreted as falling under the scope of other licenses administered by cosmetology boards (see Appendix B for details). On average, aspiring makeup artists must pay $169 in fees, complete 134 days of education and pass about two exams—the 58th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied here. Because most states license makeup artists, the occupation ranks as the 28th most widely and onerously licensed.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Kentucky 41 $200 233 1000 clock hours 2 12 18
2 Kansas 41 $195 233 1000 clock hours 2 12 17
3 Alabama 41 $235 233 1000 clock hours 2 10 16
4 Georgia 41 $139 233 1000 clock hours 2 12 17
5 Missouri 41 $150 175 750 clock hours 2 10 17
6 Illinois 41 $186 175 750 clock hours 1 12 16
7 Tennessee 41 $190 175 750 clock hours 2 0 16
8 Indiana 41 $92 163 700 clock hours 1 10 18
9 Montana 41 $254 152 650 clock hours 2 12 18
10 Vermont 41 $360 140 600 clock hours 3 12 18
11 New Mexico 41 $253 140 600 clock hours 3 10 17
12 West Virginia 41 $159 140 600 clock hours 3 12 18
13 Mississippi 41 $233 140 600 clock hours 2 12 17
14 South Dakota 41 $80 140 600 clock hours 3 12 18
15 Delaware 41 $265 140 600 clock hours 2 10 16
16 D C 41 $230 140 600 clock hours 2 10 18
17 Minnesota 41 $285 140 600 clock hours 3 12 0
18 New Jersey 41 $119 140 600 clock hours 2 12 17
19 Idaho 41 $186 140 600 clock hours 2 10 17
20 Maine 41 $148 140 600 clock hours 2 10 17
21 North Dakota 41 $205 140 600 clock hours 3 12 0
22 California 41 $115 140 600 clock hours 2 10 17
23 Hawaii 41 $110 140 600 clock hours 1 12 16
24 Ohio 41 $51 140 600 clock hours 2 10 16
25 New Hampshire 41 $198 140 600 clock hours 2 12 0
26 Arkansas 41 $125 140 600 clock hours 1 10 16
27 Oklahoma 41 $60 140 600 clock hours 2 8 16
28 Colorado 41 $177 140 600 clock hours 2 0 16
29 Iowa 41 $118 140 600 clock hours 1 12 0
30 New York 41 $70 140 600 clock hours 2 0 17
31 North Carolina 41 $168 140 600 clock hours 2 0 0
32 South Carolina 41 $175 105 450 clock hours 2 10 16
33 Wisconsin 41 $391 105 450 clock hours 2 0 18
34 Oregon 41 $115 117 500 clock hours 3 0 0
35 Michigan 41 $200 93 400 clock hours 2 9 17
36 Alaska 41 $450 82 350 clock hours 2 0 0
37 Pennsylvania 41 $110 70 300 clock hours 1 10 16
38 Florida 41 $70 61 260 clock hours 0 0 16
39 Louisiana 41 $25 9 40 clock hours 0 10 16
40 Nevada 41 $25 0 0 10 18
41 Nebraska 41 $10 0 0 0 19

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