Makeup Artist Regulations

You do not need a license to become a makeup artist in Alabama, US, if:

  • You’re working as a makeup artist in the theatre, television, film or radio industry†
  • You’re working as a makeup artist in a retail environment (e.g. working at a makeup counter, working with a direct sales company, etc.)*
  • You’re practicing makeup artistry without compensation*

In the state of Alabama, makeup application is defined as “the practice of performing acts of skin care including, but not limited to, facials, bodywaxing, makeup, and general esthetics procedures on the general public for compensation.”*, under the practice of an esthetician.

However, according to the Career Exploration guide provided by the Alabama Department of Labour, a license is not required when “[applying] makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role], or when “[providing] skin care treatments to face and body to enhance an individual’s appearance”.

According to the 2016 Code Alabama, Section 34-7B-13, a license is also not required if you are working in a retail establishment.

* 2016 Code of Alabama Section 34-7B-1 

‡ SOC: 39-5094: Skin Care Specialists

Always check the Code of Alabama for the latest information.

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