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Makeup Artist

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 36 states
40th most burdensome licensing requirements
22nd most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting and situation of their roles.

Summary

Thirty-six states license makeup artists. In most of these states, makeup or cosmetics clearly falls within the definition of "cosmetologist" or "esthetician," and makeup artists in those states are required to earn those licenses. In other states, it is not clear that makeup artists fit the definition, but the exclusion of certain makeup artists (such as those working on theatrical productions or sellers of cosmetics) suggests that they do. Louisiana has a separate license for makeup artists. The occupation ranks a relatively high 40th among the occupations studied in terms of burdensome requirements because states consistently require three to nine months of education and experience, two exams and an average of $116 in fees to get a license.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Florida 125 280 2 12 16
2 Alabama 135 280 2 10 16
3 Kentucky 200 233 2 12 18
4 Nevada 90 210 2 10 18
5 Illinois 203 175 1 12 16
6 Tennessee 190 175 2 0 16
7 Indiana 99 163 2 10 18
8 Vermont 185 140 3 12 18
9 West Virginia 159 140 3 12 18
10 Montana 60 152 1 12 18
11 Arizona 185 140 2 10 23
12 South Dakota 80 140 3 12 18
13 New Jersey 110 140 2 12 17
14 New Mexico 50 140 3 10 17
15 Arkansas 145 140 2 10 16
16 New Hampshire 154 140 3 12 0
17 California 115 140 2 10 17
18 Maine 101 140 2 10 17
19 North Dakota 50 140 2 12 18
20 Wyoming 90 140 2 10 16
21 Idaho 57 140 2 10 16.5
22 Ohio 51 140 2 10 16
23 Iowa 115 140 2 12 0
24 Oklahoma 40 140 2 8 16
25 Colorado 165 140 2 0 16
26 New York 55 140 2 0 17
27 North Carolina 129 140 2 0 0
28 Wisconsin 202 105 2 12 18
29 South Carolina 165 105 2 10 16
30 Oregon 73 117 2 0 0
31 Michigan 64 93 2 9 17
32 Pennsylvania 159 70 2 10 16
33 Delaware 143 70 2 10 16
34 Alaska 205 82 2 0 0
35 Louisiana 25 9 0 10 16
36 Nebraska 10 0 0 0 0

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