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Makeup Schools in New York with Program Overviews

There are more than 40 schools within New York that have makeup programs. Read an overview of four of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Students in New York can learn about makeup application at schools offering programs in cosmetology and esthetics, a few of which are available in the state. Such programs may vary by content according to title; for instance, the post-mortem course provides instruction on how to do make-up on individuals already deceased, often for open-casket funeral services. Curriculum in more traditional cosmetology programs often includes some hair styling and skin care. Students may have the opportunity to work with clients through program-sponsored clinics.

Career Requirements

Graduates of these community and technical college programs will need to earn a license before they can provide their services to the public. Requirements include the completion of a 1,000-hour cosmetology or 600-hour esthetician training program at a school approved by the New York State Education Department. Applicants also need to pass written and practical licensing exams.

The four public and not-for-profit schools offering cosmetology programs are outlined below. Before enrolling, students should check with these schools to ensure the state's education department approves the program's curriculum.


Career School of New York

Located on Staten Island, the Career School of New York offers a 1,000-hour cosmetology and hair program covering makeup application, hair cutting and styling, skin care and manicuring techniques. Students can also examine topics in salon management and professional development. The school also offers a 600-hour esthetics course which includes instruction in makeup techniques, cosmetics chemistry and facial treatments.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology and Hair Course,
    Esthetics Course
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $10,695 for the cosmetology course;
    $4,270 for the esthetics course (includes materials fees)*
  • School Type & Setting: Less-than-2-year, private not-for-profit

Hudson Valley Community College

This community college offers a cosmetology program through its Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, which features locations in Troy and Albany. Students in this 1,000-hour program learn how to apply makeup and perform facial massages. They also study hair and nail care techniques and receive instruction in the software used to manage day-to-day salon operations.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): Free to students who meet eligibility requirements**
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES

Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES offers a cosmetology program at its locations in Liverpool and Cortland. Students are led through 1,000 hours of training covering everything from hair care and esthetics to sterilization techniques and professional ethics. Through hands-on experience in a weekly clinic, students learn how to perform services like hair coloring and shaping as well as barbering and nail care.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Program
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $8,000 (includes books and supplies)***
  • School Type & Setting: Less-than-2-year, public; large suburb

Western Suffolk BOCES

Western Suffolk BOCES in Northport offers a 1,000-hour cosmetology program to students who'd like to learn how to apply makeup and acquire the skills associated with hair and nail care. For students with an interest in skin care, the school offers a 600-hour esthetics course that covers methods for performing facial, waxing and makeup application services. A postmortem cosmetology course is also available to students interested in putting makeup on corpses for wakes and funerals.

  • Programs Offered: Cosmetology Program,
    Esthetics Program,
    Post-Mortem Cosmetology Class
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $9,235 for the cosmetology program;
    $8,230 for the esthetics program;
    $165 for the post-mortem course****
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Cosmetology Programs Offered Tuition & Fees
Career School of New York Less-than-2-year, private not-for-profit Cosmetology and Hair Course,
Esthetics Course
$10,695 for the cosmetology course;
$4,270 for the esthetics course (includes materials fees) (as of 2013)*
Hudson Valley Community College 2-year, public; small city Cosmetology Certificate Free to students who meet eligibility requirements (as of 2013)**
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES Less-than-2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Program $8,000 (includes books and supplies) (as of 2013)***
Western Suffolk BOCES 2-year, public; large suburb Cosmetology Program,
Esthetics Program,
Post-Mortem Cosmetology Class
$9,235 for the cosmetology program;
$8,230 for the esthetics program;
$165 for the post-mortem course (2012-2013)****

Sources: *Career School of New York, **Hudson Valley Community College, ***Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES, ****Western Suffolk BOCES.


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