You have always wanted to do this. Now is Your Time.



The Makeup Academy has been launching and advancing Makeup Artist careers for over 10 years. As the largest and only licensed school in NYC combined with global resources , we can truly say we are #1. 

Your Journey As A Professional Makeup Artist Starts Here.

Top 10 Reasons Why The Makeup Academy is #1

  1. The Makeup Academy is the ONLY licensed makeup career school in NYC
  2. Over 10 years of makeup education excellence
  3. International ICONIC comprehensive programs
  4. More than 7,000 sq. ft, state of the art facility in the heart of NYC. Plus, 33rd floor rooftop access overlooking NYC skyline and the Empire State Building
  5. Professional Photo Shoots with top NYC agency models and photographers
  6. Career opportunities to join our pro team, travel to world and work across industries including fashion, broadway, TV and Film.
  7. Universal professional makeup and hairstyling kits
  8. Up to 40% off discounts with our industry partners
  9. Unrivaled academy amenities – rooftop access, state of the art classrooms, student lockers, student lounge, opportunities to work in NY Fashion Week and other events, and so much more
  10. International talent network made up of  thousands of graduates from all over the world












Join the $575 billion international beauty industry

Personal Clients. Beauty & Bridal. Commercial. Runway. Editorial

If you can dream it, we'll do it together. Why Wait.

Amazing Opportunities TO Travel The World

Our graduates have an opportunity to join our pro team and travel with us to shows throughout the global. If you think you have what it takes, don’t wait.







Play Video

Nikia Antoniou
The Makeup Academy Graduate

Play Video

Zariah Rivera
The Makeup Academy Graduate

Play Video

Caitlin Fung
The Makeup Academy Graduate

I have always loved hair and as soon as I found out about the Academy, I fell in love with doing makeup and being able to attend classes every day to improve my skills. Taking classes at The Makeup Academy changed my life and gave me so many opportunities even after I graduated. The connections that the school gives you are endless and something I’ll never forget. I’m so appreciative of where I’m at now as an Artist. This is all thanks to The Makeup Academy. Currently, I continue to freelance and do hair and makeup for bridal, editorial and production projects and events full time. Thank you The Makeup Academy!!
Maya Perkins
The Makeup Academy Graduate
"During July 2021, I decided to take my passion for makeup and turn it into a career, but I was very lost and did not know where to begin. The Makeup Academy came to me during an online search for makeup classes and career. I signed up and the rest was history. Not only did I break out of the imposter syndrome mindset, but I also gained so much confidence and skills that I still carry with me today in my makeup career. Post graduation, the school has provided me with countless opportunities that opened up so many doors and connections. Just within a year and a half, my life has completely transformed.
Johnathan Nguyen
The Makeup Academy Graduate
Since I was a kid, I’ve been into all the heavy metal and glam bands from the 80s. My favorite band as a kid was Twisted Sister so it’s always been there, but I never really pursued it. Back in October for Halloween, I went drag and did my makeup. Everybody said I looked really good and then I ended up getting invited to other parties and at one the ladies started breaking it down for me. I was a landscaper and former Marine and wanted to do something sexier, so I decided to look up NYC makeup schools. I came for a campus visit and they were doing their photo shoot and there's models, photographers, and makeup everywhere–just a mess like rock'n'roll. The one thing I would say to others is if I can do it so can you.
The Makeup Academy Graduate


Our pro team and graduates have worked with top companies globally.

Take A Glimpse Into Our Academy

Reminding you how excited we are for New York Swim Week ☀️

Our students are ready to create truly iconic looks for the runway! 

#makeupschool #nycmakeupschool #nymakeupschool #makeupacademy #nycmakeupacademy #makeup #makeupartist #muas #softglam #mua #glam #makeupforever #inglot #nars #maccosmetics #makeuplover #makeuplooks #makeupinspo #nycmua #nycmakeupartist #newyorkmua #nymua #models #philadelphiamakeupschool #phillymua #phillymakeupschool #philadelphiamua #philadelphia
Giving you all the tips & tricks to creating a sun kissed summer glow using Charolette Tilbury ✨

#makeupschool #nycmakeupschool #nymakeupschool #makeupacademy #nycmakeupacademy #makeup #makeupartist #muas #softglam #mua #glam #makeupforever #inglot #nars #maccosmetics #makeuplover #makeuplooks #makeupinspo #nycmua #nycmakeupartist #newyorkmua #nymua #models #philadelphiamakeupschool #phillymua #phillymakeupschool #philadelphiamua #philadelphia

Professional Hairstyling Kit

  • Black Tote Bag
  • Notebook
  • Black Elastic Bands – 250 Pack
  • 3.5″ Brown Small Hair Donut
  • 1.75″ Black Hair Pin – 100/Card
  • Black Heat Safe Gloves
  • 2″ Black Bob Pin – 60/Card
  • Double Prong Slide/Curl Clip – 80 Pack
  • Duckbill Clips – 12 Pack
  • Black Ponytails – 12 Pack
  • 4.5″ Gator Clips – 6 Pack
  • 3 Row teasing Brush w/Tail
  • 100% Boar Med Firm 5 Row
  • Styling Brush
  • Aqua Cushion Brush
  • 9.25″ Carbon Rat Tail Comb
  • Clipper-mate Hard Rubber
  • 816cm Comb
  • Bone/Black Shampoo Comb
  • 1.75″ Elite Ceramic Round Brush
  • Wig Block Holder
  • Fromm Flat Iron
  • 1″ Ceramic Curling Wand
  • 3/4″ Hot Tools Spring
  • Curling Iron
  • Blowdryer
  • Eva Brown Human Hair
  • Mannequin

Professional Makeup Kit

  • Makeup Forever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation – 4 Shades
  • Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Cream Concealer – 3 Shades
  • Makeup Forever Brow Gel
  • Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer
  • Makeup Forever Lash Arresting Volume Mascara
  • Inglot Translucent Loose Powder
  • Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77
  • Inglot Duraline
  • Lorac Pro Palette – 25 Shade Lip Palette
  • Imagic Camouflage Cream Palette
  • BH Classic Blush – 10 Color Palette
  • LA Girl Contour Palette – 2 palettes
  • 24-Piece Set: Professional Makeup Brush Kit
  • Metal Plate with Spatula
  • Inglot Makeup Brush 31T
  • Zuca Artist Backpack
  • Ardel Demi Whispies Strip Lash
  • Individual Lashes – Small, Medium and Large
  • Duo Lash Glue
  • Waterproof Makeup Remover
  • Micellar Water
  • Carmex Lip Balm

Sanitation Class and Certificate


Sanitation Standards online training teaches sanitation at a health-grade level. A health grade level means we mirror protocols that hospitals use to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, and blood-borne pathogens. This training supersedes any state mandates or cosmetology licensing. Unlike most sanitation programs or protocols, the training was created in partnership with a microbiologist. Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments. The training was designed for all learning styles, with interactions and videos as content delivery compositions.




*Digital Certification Badge—After successfully completing the training and the course feedback, your customized digital badge will be available once you exit the training.

*Certificate of Completion and Prestige Pin – Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and Prestige Pin.

Schedule Tour

There is no better way to feel the excitement of a graduation photoshoot, see our teachers as they complete a makeup demo in class, or get a real feel for the environment of our programs! Schedule a campus visit today! Learn more about our programs, see our makeup kit, meet the instructors and students, and tell us all about your makeup goals! We look forward to meeting you!


From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).


From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).

The Scenes

Download our
FREE Course Catalog

Model for our school

Professional Model
Class Demo Model

Are you a Professional Model looking to add new photos to your portfolio? Please complete this form.

As part of our student’s curriculum, they participate in portfolio photoshoots working with professional models to showcase their makeup! If you are selected to join us, you will get 2-3 looks and 4-6 retouched photos and lunch is provided! These opportunities are unpaid, however, you will network with photographers, artist and other models and have a great experience on campus with us! Looks are at the discretion of our artists based on what they are looking to add to their portfolios. You will be on campus from 8:30 – 3 for a typical shoot and we have both weekday and weekend shoot dates.

Drop files here or
Accepted file types: png, gif, jpg, jpeg, pdf, Max. file size: 10 MB, Max. files: 10.

    We’d love to hear from you

    New Student Offer


    Leave your details below and receive a discount coupon in your inbox