Can an Esthetician do Makeup?

You've dreamed of becoming a makeup artist for years. There's nothing you want more than to do what you're passionate about every day and make money doing it. How do you become a makeup artist? Who can become a makeup artist?

Can an esthetician do makeup or become a makeup artist? The answer is yes! An esthetician can pursue a career in makeup artistry if they wish. Here's what you need to know about esthetics+makeup.

Did you know that you can get a makeup education by enrolling in an esthetics program like the one here at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute? That's right! Esthetics isn't all about skincare, makeup application is covered, too.

Is a License Required?

It is not legally required for you to get a license to practice freelance makeup artistry in Pennsylvania, however, we highly encourage that you get an esthetics license. Here are three reasons why:

  1. You can become more trustworthy. Think about it: you're applying makeup to someone's face, and if you don't know what you're doing, things can turn sour. You want your clients to have confidence in you. An esthetician's license shows you took the time to go above and beyond to learn your craft.
  2. You can learn things you can't learn online. Have you ever watched a YouTube video about the safety and sanitation practices of makeup artists? What about laws on what you can and can't do as a makeup artist or esthetician? No? Those are both things that you can learn when you attend esthetician training.
  3. You can build a network before you graduate. Getting your first job right after graduating might be hard, but with a strong network and connections, it could make the process easier. Not only will you have your friends, but instructors and staff members make great references.

Will an Esthetics Education be Relevant to a Job in Makeup?

Yes. Makeup artists must be well-versed in skincare in general. What if you were to apply a product that a client was allergic to? Would you be able to identify the signs? If you get an esthetics education in addition to makeup, you may be able to consult with and advise clients before you make any moves. It's also important to understand skin types when applying makeup. Oily skin may not react the same way to a foundation as dry skin will, for example.

In addition to learning about anatomy, esthetics students can learn proper makeup application techniques. Natural makeup, bridal styles, and even photo makeup are a few makeup looks you can learn.

eyeshadow and blush palettes

How do I get a Makeup+Esthetics Education?

This part is simple.

  1. Find a school that covers the curriculum you want as a makeup artist. Tour schools and speak with instructors. Find out what they're teaching and how it's relevant to the industry. 
  2. Find out when the next start date is. Schools enroll students at different times throughout the year. Find out when your ideal school starts again. EX: Jean Madeline's next esthetics program begins on October 10th at our Queen Village campus. 
  3. Get enrolled. To find out what is required to enroll, contact your school of choice. Jean Madeline allows you to apply online to make the start of the process easier. 

Here at Jean Madeline, we have employed a staff of friendly and knowledgeable people to make your journey to esthetics school as smooth as possible. Don't be afraid to ask the hard questions.

Go out There and Slay

Create that smokey eye, kill that winged liner, and pursue your dreams of becoming a makeup artist. Remember: it can all start with an education in esthetics.

Request a Tour

Our admissions representatives would love the opportunity to show you around our unique and wonderful facilities. Fill out the form below or call us at 1-877-SAY-JEAN to schedule your tour.

If you're interested in services at one of our locations, click here to browse our menu or click here to make a reservation right now online. 








Queen Village
315A Bainbridge St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Admissions (267) 940-6188
Guest Services (215) 574-0334
[More Details]
Northeast Philadelphia
7248 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Admissions (215) 395-8786
Guest Services (215) 332-5133
[More Details]
University City
3945 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Admissions (267) 244-9769
Guest Services (267) 350-8800
[More Details]