Makeup Artist Regulations

You do not need a license to become a makeup artist in Arkansas 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 working as a mortuary makeup artist

In the state of Arkansas, makeup application is defined as “beautifying the body by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creamss”, under the practice of a cosmotologist.”*

However, in the “Cosmetology Law Book” issued by the Arkansas State Board of Health, makeup artists who are working in the theatrical, radio, television or motion picture production industry, makeup artists who are working in a retail environment, and makeup artists who are working in a mortuary are exempted from licensing.

Cosmetology Law Book

*Always check the Arkansas State Board of Health for the latest information.

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