License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing
License required in 36 states
40th most burdensome licensing requirements
22nd most heavily regulated occupation
(Last updated April 24, 2012)
Makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting and situation of their roles.
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.