Makeup Instructor

Share your knowledge of makeup art with students.

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Salary Range
$18,000 – $102,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Makeup Instructors do?

As a Makeup Instructor, you teach cosmetology students the art of makeup application. You are passionate about cosmetics and have typically spent time in the field as a Makeup Artist, which means your metaphorical makeup bag is filled with all the tricks of the trade. Now, you’ve been hired as a Makeup Instructor to share your expertise and shape future makeup professionals.

You’re artistic and articulate if you’re a Makeup Instructor. Not only are you able to effortlessly apply a retro-meets-modern cat eye, but you’re also able to explain the process to a roomful of students. You know the pros and cons of liquid versus pencil eyeliner, lip stain versus lipstick, and powder versus cream blush. Best of all, you can clearly explain and demonstrate these small yet important distinctions.

There are many directions that your students can take post-graduation, so you must be comfortable teaching a range of techniques and subcategories of makeup artistry. Their future clients could be soccer moms, visiting a department store’s makeup counter during a shopping trip with their girlfriends. They might be Makeup Artists at a salon, handling special occasions like weddings, proms, and even red carpet events. Or, they could be working in film and theater, transforming Actors into everything from bloodsucking vampires to glitzy Burlesque Performers.

You work at a community college or cosmetology school. Like any Instructor, you’re expected to create curriculums, and keep track of attendance and grades. This position gives you the rare opportunity to continue expressing yourself artistically, while also helping to pave the future of the field you love.

Should I be a Makeup Instructor?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Esthetics Instructor, Esthiology Instructor

    How to become a Makeup Instructor

    Most Makeup Instructors have a Certificate or no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:93agaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2845%25%29||bachelor%27s+%285%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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