One of the most important behind-the-scenes jobs in the entertainment industry is that of the makeup artist. From basic makeup application to special effects, they are an important part of the team, helping to ensure that every scene or shot is the best it can be. Where you choose to attend school is a key decision, and choosing a top school can increase your skill set and in return, increase your employment opportunities.

EI School of Professional Makeup

EI School of Professional Makeup offers one of the most comprehensive and well-rounded Makeup Artistry degree programs in the country. In 1966, EI became the first established school of professional makeup in the world. Their Makeup Artistry curriculum is designed to suit those who are looking for a degree program that will teach them all aspects of the makeup industry, opening the doors to a variety of career options. The program will take one year to complete and costs approximately $16,000. Financial aid options are available.

EI School of Professional Makeup 1622 N. Highland Ave. Hollywood, California 90028 323-871-8318 http://www.ei.edu

MKC Academy of Fashion, Beauty and Print

If a career in beauty photography is what you are looking for when earning your Makeup Artistry degree, MKC Academy of Fashion, Beauty and Print is the school for you. The school offers courses specializing in airbrushing, avante garde, beauty, fantasy and special FX, fully preparing you for a career in beauty that can encompass print, television and runway. In addition, MKC offers courses in hair styling, giving you the option to improve your skill set and add to your portfolio. Programs can be completed in an average of one year and tuition ranges from $3,500 to $15,000, depending on the program selected.

MKC Academy of Fashion, Beauty and Print 3603 Seneca Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90039 877.798.1785 www.mkcbeautyacademy.com

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry

Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry is known for its team of instructors who share their real-world experience with students, preparing them for their future careers. Cosmix offers a wide variety of courses, making the school a fit for anyone, whether they are beginners or advanced. Their Production Makeup Artistry program covers their entire curriculum and prepares students for a career in a variety of fields, including special effects, body art, film, TV and print. The course requires 490 clock hours to complete and tuition is approximately $9,000.

Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry 2635 East Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 800-908-0544 www.cosmixinc.com