Make-Up Artist Certificate Programs in Chicago with Course Info

Oct 02, 2018

There are at least four schools near Chicago that have makeup artistry programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 35 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Chicago Schools with Makeup Artistry Programs

The majority of schools in the Chicago area that offer programs or classes in makeup artistry are private, for-profit institutions. Most offer makeup courses as part of an esthetics or cosmetology program. This article looks at three schools that are no more than a 40-minute drive from downtown Chicago and at the makeup training they offer. There is also a table of information about the schools, such as enrollment, tuition and the percentage of students who graduate on time. Knowing these facts can help prospective students make a sound choice about their training. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph about a Chicago school that offers courses in theatre makeup.

  • Less than two miles from the city center, Paul Mitchell the School - Chicago is the nearest to downtown Chicago. It offers esthetician and cosmetology programs that include makeup courses.
  • Pivot Point Academy is only eight miles from downtown. Students can select makeup courses from the cosmetology or esthetician program. They can also enhance their learning with study abroad opportunities.
  • Empire Beauty School - Stone Park is in Stone Park, IL, less than 15 miles from downtown Chicago. Empire Beauty School - Stone Park offers a cosmetology program with makeup courses available.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals need to consider many aspects of a school when making a decision on their education. This table provides data about each school.

Paul Mitchell the School - Chicago Pivot Point Academy Empire Beauty School - Stone Park
School Type Less-than-2-year; private, for-profit Less-than-2-year; private, for-profit Less-than-2-year; private, for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 185* 71* 128*
Campus Setting Large City Large Suburb Large Suburb
Tuition & Fees for Cosmetology Program (2017-2018) $13,000* $13,115* $12,500*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 85%* 71%* 95%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2017) 91% of full-time students* 70% of full-time students* 51% of full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014-2015) 59%* 88%* 48%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Paul Mitchell the School - Chicago

Paul Mitchell is a private, for-profit beauty school where courses are delivered in lecture format and supplemented by reading, writing and hands-on application of skills. Students get real-world experience by working in the school salon and providing members of the community with haircuts, dyes and styles, makeup application and perms.

Skin Academy

Through the skin academy program, learners prepare to become licensed skin therapists. They study professional techniques in waxing, treating skin and applying makeup. Some courses address skin analysis and methods for mixing ingredients that are used to care for skin. Graduates should be able to effectively care for many different skin types.

Cosmetology Program

Through the cosmetology program, students learn to care for skin and hair, apply makeup, cut hair and give manicures. The program is structured in two phases, beginning with a core phase that teaches students the basics of working with people. The adaptive phase helps students work on communication and time management skills, and the creative phase gives students a chance to learn advanced techniques used at salons.

Advanced Academy

The advanced academy is for individuals who already have their cosmetology license. They can build on their existing skills and take advanced courses in cutting and coloring hair and applying makeup. Courses usually take 3-5 days to complete, and students sign up for each one individually. The 3-day makeup course addresses trends, wedding makeup, classic 40s styles and creating natural and dramatic looks.

Pivot Point Academy

Pivot Point Academy is a private, for-profit school that opened in 1962. Today, there are three locations in the Chicago area, with one that's only a few miles from downtown Chicago. Students can gain experience applying their skills at the student salon, where they provide hair, nail and skincare services. They can also study abroad in Paris, Nice and Monaco, which gives students a chance to tour perfume factories and salons. Prior to graduation, students can also participate in internships.

Esthetics Program

This 750-hour program covers facials, hair removal, body treatments and makeup application. Students can learn how to balance people's features and use a variety of different treatments. Makeup courses train students to assess a client's skin tone and condition, which is followed by applying makeup after determining the products and colors that would be best for the clients.

Cosmetology Program

The cosmetology program at Pivot Point Academy consists of 1,500 clock hours and can train students to mimic hairstyles and looks and adapt those looks to suit their clients. Learners explore shampooing techniques, chemicals used in hair, what different products do, inserting extensions, coloring and highlighting hair and giving manicures and pedicures. They also learn to apply makeup. This program is designed to help students prepare to eventually become licensed.

Empire Beauty School - Stone Park

Empire Beauty School is a private, for-profit school that has 80 years of experience in beauty education. Students get to apply their skills at the professional salon on the campus, where learners cut hair, apply makeup and give manicures and pedicures to members of the community.

Cosmetology Program

Empire Beauty School's cosmetology education programs include technical training, as well as instruction in the business side of the industry. Students develop fundamental and advanced skills throughout their training. The cosmetology program at the Empire Beauty School in Stone Park includes several areas of focus including hair design, hair cutting, color, texture, basic skin care and more. Makeup and makeup application are basic coursework at Stone Park. As you perform services on the head and face, you will need to understand the basics of anatomy and physiology.

Other School Options

The only not-for-profit school in the area that offers a course in makeup application is Columbia College Chicago, which has a theatre design degree program and a theatre degree program that include a course in stage makeup. Columbia College Chicago is located less than a mile from downtown Chicago.

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