This vocational program provides an in-depth study of the best of what L Makeup Institute has to offer. No other program offers as much diversity of skills and depth of makeup artistry and special makeup effects knowledge. It is an intense 1072.5-hour deep study of the essential skills and advanced techniques required to be a well-rounded, highly skilled professional beauty makeup artist with expertise in hair styling, airbrush makeup, body painting, and special makeup effects. All four courses are designed to challenge you technical and artistically. From beauty and hair to realistic clothing and the art of character creation, you will have no limits on what you can create. Whether you desire to do makeup for the runways in Milan, create hair raising Zombie’s for a movie set, or airbrush art on a human body there are endless job opportunities you are able to pursue.

At the completion of each course, each student’s final look will be captured digitally in our photo studio and professionally edited for the student to use in his or her portfolio. Additionally, throughout the program students will apply makeup on models for a series of photo shoots designed to simulate actual working environments. Student will be provided all raw images throughout their program of study to use for their personal and portfolio use.

Throughout the program students will learn how to start and manage their careers. Students learn how to market themselves including website, business card, resume, and portfolio development. Students are coached on their personal image, hygiene, punctuality, how to approach clients and be personable, reflective listening, and appearance. Students are trained on the hiring process including how to handle and prepare for a group interview, a one-on-one interview, and how to audition for retail and agency job interviews. Students are also provided with State Board registration information and training on how to set up their profile in the L Makeup Institute Job Board, as well as how to use it with maximum efficiency. Additionally, guest speakers from a broad range of applicable industries provide their perspective and what they look for when hiring makeup artists and special makeup effects artists.

Upon successful completion, graduates will be prepared to work in entry-level to intermediate-level makeup artist and special makeup effects positions in a wide variety of fields, including but are not limited to film and production, freelance, videos, makeup and hair agencies, weddings, salons, special events, photo shoots, print, runway, retail cosmetics, theatre, conventions, face painting, prop maker carnivals, festivals , amusement parks, horror films, haunted houses and makeup effects lab. Our programs prepare students for the occupation of “Make-Up Artist, Theatrical and Performance” (SOC Code 39-5091) and for occupations where knowledge of make-up artistry is required such as “Retail Salespersons” (SOC Code 41-2031). More information on these professions can be found at the Department of Labor’s website at:

Courses Included

the Art of Beauty Course

520 Clock Hours / 16 weeks
Mastering beauty makeup is necessary for any makeup artist regardless of what makeup artistry or makeup effects industry you choose to specialize.

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Hair Styling for
the Makeup Artist Course

130 Clock Hours / 4 weeks
Hairstyling for the makeup artist is an essential skill needed to compliment the beauty makeup artist on film, photo shoots, runway, stage and print.

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Airbrush &
Body Painting Course

195 Clock Hours / 6 weeks
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced beauty airbrush artist, this comprehensive 195-hour avocational course will elevate your airbrush and body painting skills to the next level.

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Special Makeup
Effects Course

227.5 Clock Hours / 7 weeks
This 227.5-hour avocational Special Makeup Effects Course was created for those who can think outside the box and have a passionate desire to work with special effects makeup.

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440 S. Rampart Blvd. B-130 • Las Vegas, NV 89145

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

112 State Street, Suite 200 • Southlake, Texas 76092


TOP Alumni Stories

  • Tirza GrantTirza Grant

    A month before I graduated from L Makeup Institute, I was hired as a freelance makeup artist with Too Faced Cosmetics. Soon after, I auditioned with Makeup Forever and earned the opportunity to join their artist team.

    After several years of freelance work, I made the bold decision to start my own business and launch GetReady makeup agency, and truly thank L Makeup for everything they taught me!

  • Wendy Ryan SheltonWendy Ryan Shelton

    Wendy graduated from the L Makeup Institute in 2012. Since then, Wendy has been all over the world keeping her celebrity clientele looking fabulous, including The Backstreet Boys, The Killers, All 4 One, Amy Purdy, German superstar Capo Milano, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, local celebrity Jennifer Ramos and the Sexxy Show, Emily England, Israeli 'The Voice' winner Lina Makhoul, Stevie Boi, Cami Li, John Wackerman, among others.

    Her work has been featured in Playboy, AARP, Rolling Stone, Lifestyle Magazine, Mass Media Magazine, and many other magazines, as well as being the beauty director of TFW Magazine, sponsored by Xbox. You can find her published articles in Horse Power in Heels, New Face Magazine, and L'Vegue Vegas Magazine.

  • Adolfo BarretoAdolfo Barreto

    After I graduated from L Makeup Institute I started my career in entertainment, working in film, print, commercials, television, and red carpet events. The technical training I received really set me apart from the industry, helping me to achieve my dreams on Sci-Fi Channel’s hit show, Face Off.

    Currently Adolfo is Lead Makeup Technician for “O” by Cirque du Soleil” and is also a returning Guest Artist at the L Makeup Institute

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