Makeup artists and cosmetologists must complete a specialty-training program to prepare for a licensing exam and begin work. Most traditional colleges and universities do not offer a major in makeup or a similar field. Instead, most makeup artists and cosmetologists attend a specialty-training school, such as a beauty school or get an associate degree from a community college or vocational school.

Eastern Programs

Chic Studios in New York offers a variety of courses and workshops to meet students' professional needs. Options include basic makeup, master makeup artistry, professional makeup artistry, airbrush makeup, period makeup, bridal makeup and makeup for fashion and entertainment. Most courses last four to five weeks and prepare students for certification. Douglas Education Center in Pennsylvania offers a special program in special effects makeup. Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program is a 16-month program that leads to an associate degree in specialized business. The program includes cosmetic makeup applications, creature design, sculpting, character makeup, painting techniques and more.

Western Programs

At Los Angeles Trade Technical College in California, students can complete an associate degree or certificate in cosmetology, which includes training in both hair styling and makeup application. Students who want to supplement their education can take additional classes, such as a special class in special effects makeup. At the EI School of Professional Makeup in California, students can complete a program in makeup artistry that meets the needs of the fashion and entertainment industries. Students can complete the Artistry of Makeup Diploma in one year and learn both fundamentals and advanced techniques in makeup application.

Midwestern Programs

The Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry in Illinois offers a variety of courses and workshops for students to put together the educational program they need to meet their career goals. Options include basic makeup, media makeup, runway and editorial makeup, theatrical makeup and clinical makeup. Advanced course work is also available. Empire Beauty Schools in Ohio offers a cosmetology program that includes training in makeup application. The program includes hands-on training with live models and mannequins and classroom instruction. Schools are located throughout the country.

Southern Programs

At Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina, students can earn an associate degree or diploma in cosmetology, which includes instruction in make-up application and skin care. The degree takes two years to complete, and the diploma takes a year and a half. Both qualify students to take the licensing exam. At the Boca Beauty Academy in Florida, students can complete a diploma program in makeup artistry. The 20-hour program includes training in color theory, makeup application, product knowledge, anatomy, retail business practices and corrective techniques.