Makeup Artist

Makeup artists apply cosmetics to face or exposed body areas to improve or otherwise alter people’s appearances.[c]Adapted from http://www.occupationalinfo.org/defset5_3582.html[/c]
License required by 41 states
58th most burdensome licensing requirements
28th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Kentucky 41 $200.00 233 1000 clock hours - 2 12 18
2 Kansas 41 $195.00 233 1000 clock hours - 2 12 17
3 Alabama 41 $235.00 233 1000 clock hours - 2 10 16
4 Georgia 41 $139.00 233 1000 clock hours - 2 12 17
5 Missouri 41 $150.00 175 750 clock hours - 2 10 17
6 Illinois 41 $186.00 175 750 clock hours - 1 12 16
7 Tennessee 41 $190.00 175 750 clock hours - 2 0 16
8 Indiana 41 $92.00 163 700 clock hours - 1 10 18
9 Montana 41 $254.00 152 650 clock hours - 2 12 18
10 Vermont 41 $360.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 12 18
11 New Mexico 41 $253.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 10 17
12 West Virginia 41 $159.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 12 18
13 Mississippi 41 $233.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 12 17
14 South Dakota 41 $80.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 12 18
15 Delaware 41 $265.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 16
16 D C 41 $230.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 18
17 Minnesota 41 $285.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 12 0
18 New Jersey 41 $119.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 12 17
19 Idaho 41 $186.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 17
20 Maine 41 $148.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 17
21 North Dakota 41 $205.00 140 600 clock hours - 3 12 0
22 California 41 $115.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 17
23 Hawaii 41 $110.00 140 600 clock hours - 1 12 16
24 Ohio 41 $51.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 10 16
25 New Hampshire 41 $198.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 12 0
26 Arkansas 41 $125.00 140 600 clock hours - 1 10 16
27 Oklahoma 41 $60.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 8 16
28 Colorado 41 $177.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 0 16
29 Iowa 41 $118.00 140 600 clock hours - 1 12 0
30 New York 41 $70.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 0 17
31 North Carolina 41 $168.00 140 600 clock hours - 2 0 0
32 South Carolina 41 $175.00 105 450 clock hours - 2 10 16
33 Wisconsin 41 $391.00 105 450 clock hours - 2 0 18
34 Oregon 41 $115.00 117 500 clock hours - 3 0 0
35 Michigan 41 $200.00 93 400 clock hours - 2 9 17
36 Alaska 41 $450.00 82 350 clock hours - 2 0 0
37 Pennsylvania 41 $110.00 70 300 clock hours - 1 10 16
38 Florida 41 $70.00 61 260 clock hours - 0 0 16
39 Louisiana 41 $25.00 9 40 clock hours - 0 10 16
40 Nevada 41 $25.00 0 - - 0 10 18
41 Nebraska 41 $10.00 0 - - 0 0 19