Make-Up Training in New York with Career Information

Research make-up training programs in New York, which currently has more than 50 schools offering programs. Read an overview of training programs, tuition info and program options for four of these schools and decide which program is right for you.

Essential Information

Though many institutions offer make-up training in New York, only four are not-for-profit schools. Esthetics and cosmetology programs typically include instruction in make-up, skin care, hair care and manicuring skills. Some programs may qualify students to sit for the state licensing exam.

Career School of NY

Located in Staten Island, this school is located in the business district of the community and has relationships with local stylists, hair establishments and cosmetic companies. Students can learn make-up application by enrolling in a cosmetology and hair course. To gain admission, students must pass an entrance exam or have a high school diploma or equivalent. The course consists of 1000 hours of training and runs for 29 weeks on a daytime schedule or 50 weeks on an evening schedule.

Erie 1 Board of Education Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)

The Erie 1 BOCES, located in West Seneca, is comprised of 19 school districts within the state of New York. Adult students can complete an esthetics course, which is only offered in the evenings. The course consists of 600 hours of training and runs for 58 weeks. Topics covered include make-up techniques, cosmetic electrical machines, chemistry of cosmetics and paramedical esthetics. Students may also complete training in makeup application by enrolling in a 1000-hour cosmetology program. The cosmetology program is offered during the day for 29 weeks or in the evening for 50 weeks.

Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES

Students at this school can complete cosmetology training at the Career Training Center in Liverpool or the Center for New Careers at McEvoy in Cortland. The program curriculum meets the requirements for the cosmetology state licensure exam. The program is open to adult students and includes training in skin conditions and beauty. Students who've already completed some cosmetology training can enroll in the advanced placement option. Students are able to practice their skills during weekly clinics where they perform beauty services for the general public.

Western Suffolk BOCES

Located in Northport, this BOCES school offers a course in esthetics. The course covers training in skincare and make-up and prepares students for the New York licensure exam in esthetics. Students complete 600 hours of coursework in areas such as basic make-up techniques, facial procedures, sterilization and waxing. Students may also enroll in a cosmetology program, which includes training in skincare. Both programs are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences.

Career Information

The New York Department of State's Division of Licensing Services regulates licensing for estheticians and cosmetologists. To be eligible for the licensing exam, estheticians must complete a 600-hour program, and cosmetologists must complete a 1000-hour program. Candidates must also be at least 17 years of age to apply for an esthetics or cosmetology license.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Make-up Training Programs Offered Program Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Career School of NY Less than 2-year, private not-for profit; large city Esthetics Program,
Cosmetology Program
$4,970 for esthetics course;
$12,695 for cosmetology course**
Erie 1 BOCES Less than 2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Program $9,550*
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Less than 2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Training Program $11,800*
Western Suffolk BOCES 2-year, public; large suburb Esthetics Course,
Cosmetology Course
$30,300*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Career School of NY


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