Follow Your Passion And Become A Professional Makeup Artist

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At The Makeup Academy, our aim is first and foremost to help our students achieve their personal career goals. There’s nothing we love more than to see our students succeed! Whether you’re looking to enhance your beauty fundamentals, learn advanced skills, or enhance your portfolio, The Makeup Academy’s many programs offer a world of knowledge at your fingertips!

Campuses located in New York City and Philadelphia

Professional Career Program

Master Makeup Artistry

Become a professional makeup artist in as little as 5 weeks

Professional Career Program

Beauty and Bridal Program

Personal Lessons

Personal Makeup Program

Personal sessions for everybody who wants to gain confidence doing their own makeup. 

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The Makeup Academy in New York City

At our internationally recognized makeup artist school, hands-on, in-person classes are taught by elite, in-demand instructors that are MUA’s in New York City and Philadelphia.

Graduates of our makeup academy earn industry-recognized certification backed by New York State.

Our makeup academy in New York City has been designed for makeup artists in all stages of their careers. Whether you’re new to the industry or have been practicing as a makeup artist for some time, you could benefit from our hair and makeup classes. If one of the following descriptions fits you, you’re ready to enroll in our makeup artist school.

Launch: Students who are new to the makeup industry and/or straight out of high school

Maintain & Advance: Students who have some experience, already work within the industry, or have completed cosmetology school

Enhance: Students who are already accomplished makeup artists and want to take their skills to the next level and/or add a new skill set to their resume

At our international makeup academy, we are proud to offer a range of hair and makeup classes to help students excel in their freelance makeup artist careers. As a student at our international MUA school, you will develop a number of skills, including applying makeup in different styles, selecting products and materials for your makeup kit, working with creative professionals, and networking with industry professionals to generate business. Whether your ideal clients are brides, models, or actors/actresses, you’ll feel fully prepared to showcase your artistry after our courses for makeup artists and hairstylists.

Personalized Courses: Our courses for makeup are personalized to ensure you have hands-on training as a makeup artist. We believe in giving you the opportunity to learn from well-established professionals in the field so that you have much-needed exposure to the business.

Elite Instructors: We thrive on knowing that our instructors are able to give you one-on-one attention throughout the program to warrant your success and understanding of our curriculum. This is why we keep our classes for makeup artists small. You will never see a class bigger than eight students per instructor.

Tools Supplied: We provide all our students with the tools they need to excel in their education and jumpstart their careers. Our professional makeup and sanitation kits contain items handpicked by the professionals at our international beauty academy, so you can rest assured you’ll have the latest products and tools in your makeup arsenal.

Alumni Support: We continue to provide support even after you graduate. We will work with you throughout your time in school to ensure we have a clear understanding of your career goals. Through our agency partnerships, we will connect you with opportunities like New York Fashion Week, the United States Olympic Team, amazing bridal teams, major beauty brands, and much more.

Launching Careers
For 10 Years

The Makeup Academy offers the most comprehensive classes in NYC. Enroll today at our internationally recognized school for makeup artists.


Invest In Your Future

During your classes at a makeup school for national and international students, you’ll learn the fundamentals of makeup application — from color blending, shading, and contouring to analyzing skin types and the basics of skincare.

Once you have a firm foundation under your feet, you can build on these techniques with the support of seasoned professionals at our international beauty school. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the technical aspects of makeup application as well as hairstyling so that you can thrive as a professional makeup artist.

Schools for makeup artists serve as the perfect place to experiment and discover your distinctive edge. No judgment will be placed on your work as you adapt the techniques you learned into styles that are uniquely yours. In fact, your instructors will push you out of your comfort zone, so you’ll be able to develop your creativity. Once you graduate from an international HMUA school, you’ll be ready to let your creativity shine as you create stunning new looks.

Makeup artistry is a service industry, which means it’s not enough to simply master the fundamentals of makeup application. You also need to know how to manage your business, build a client base, and market your skills. The best makeup schools will teach you how to succeed as a freelance makeup artist.

Stand out from the crowd with a certificate from one of the best makeup schools. It’s not simply a piece of paper; it’s a recognition of your mastery of makeup artistry from a school of makeup licensed by the New York State Education Department. It shows you’re dedicated to your art and you have the experience to perform well. This certificate also earns you the ability to get up to 40% off makeup with your PRO discounts!


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student benefits

Pro Cards & Discounts

Upon graduation we provide guidance with PRO Card Applications as well as enable students to obtain memberships at our partners, Frends Beauty and Nigels Beauty Emporium. Just these two online companies will provide up to 40% off in brands such as Make Up For Ever, L’Oreal, Stila, Naked Cosmetics, Becca, Beauty Blender, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Morphe, Zuca, NYX, Smashbox, Too Faced, Temptu and much more. 

We understand that as you grow as a makeup artist, building and adding on to your collection is a vital part of your success.

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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.

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    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).

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