Makeup Artists
VS.
Cosmetologists

What’s the difference between a professional makeup artist and a cosmetologist?


There are a few key differences between these careers, ranging from the job description to licensing and job opportunities.


Difference between makeup artists and cosmetologists

Find out how the career of a makeup artist
and cosmetologist compare!

Professional Makeup Artists

Makeup Artist Job Description

  • Professional makeup artists apply makeup to alter or enhance their client’s face. Makeup artists work externally, applying different types of cosmetics to change the facial appearance temporarily.

  • Makeup artists can be employed by a company, salon, an outside agency, or they can be self-employed as a freelancer.

  • Makeup artists can work in a variety of environments, such as weddings, proms, photo shoots, movie sets, and more.

  • The salary of a professional makeup artist depends on training and experience, but if generally higher in the fashion, television, and film industries.

Makeup Artist Training

  • Makeup artists train to advance their skills and gain more clients. They earn certifications for their makeup artistry skillset through makeup training programs.

  • Some regions have specific training requirements for makeup artists, including hygiene and safety training. Attending an online makeup school will qualify you as a professional makeup artist in most areas. Always consult local regulations before enrolling in any training program!

Cosmetologists

Cosmetologist Job Description

  • Cosmetologists offer services for skincare, nail care, and hair styling. They alter a client’s overall beauty including the facial appearance.

  • Many cosmetologists work in spas, salons, and in other health related services where they offer relaxation treatments.
how to choose cosmetology or makeup artistry

Cosmetologist Training

  • Cosmetologists are required to have training that reaches a regulated standard. These programs tend to be more expensive than makeup artistry training due to supplies and longer training hours.

  • Most cosmetologists need a license because their work affects clients’ skin, hair, and nails. Usually there’s a written or practical test associated with a cosmetologist’s licensing.

Your Makeup Artistry Career

Whichever beauty profession you look into, having essential training on face shapes, skin types, and skin conditions will help you in your career.


QC Makeup Academy offers this training which can advance the current skills of a cosmetologist, as well as start a makeup artist’s career.

By training in the Makeup Artistry and Master Makeup Artistry courses, you’ll learn about proper etiquette, sanitation practices, skin types and facial shapes, working with skin conditions, basic makeup applications, and even have access to business training.

For any beauty professional, gaining more experience with different skin types and clients is always an advantage for your career!

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