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Makeup Artist Certification

Makeup Artists are artists who use makeup as their medium; and a person's skin as their canvas. They are beauticians that apply makeup with a variety of techniques applicable to the end-results purpose, whether it be:

  • Special Occasions like Weddings, Red Carpet Events, Etc.

  • TV/Broadcast High-Definition Application

  • Movie/Film Special Effects and Prosthetics Use

  • Airbrush for Digital Photography

  • Theatrical Productions

  • Fashion Runways

  • Print Magazines

  • & so much more!

Whether makeup artists are making their clients look flawless and fabulous for their photoshoots or gruesome and bloody for their movie production - they play an essential role in sealing the overall look for the occasion. 

But it's not just about glitz, glamour, and blood. Some makeup artists also work with techniques like camouflage makeup - think tattoo covers, burn or scar work, and hyperpigmentation blending.


Makeup artists who take the time to get the proper education and obtain specialized training - have the ability to help build confidence in people with severe skin conditions by showing them how to enhance their own natural beauty with a makeup brush.

There are lots of possibilities for a creative line of work, and the service industry is just one nugget of the beauty world. Makeup artists can be found in the entertainment industry, blogging/vlogging, education, product launches, marketing, advertising, and in the faces of entrepreneurs around the world -- advocating and creating the future of makeup.

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Our Makeup Artistry Program is a dual program with combined training in the thriving industries of both makeup artistry and skincare.

During your skincare studies, you will learn how to perform a variety of skin treatments with special consideration for skin types, the use of appropriate products and equipment, and hair removal.

During your makeup studies, you will learn the art and science of make-up while covering traditional, alternative, and specialty applications for a variety of occasions.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to create a custom “look” for each of your clients. You will have the skillset to address each client’s needs, from health and tone of skin to color and length of the lash.

Join us to gain the skills you need to work in an ever-growing industry of beauty and wellness.


Client Consultation
Color Theory
Special Events Makeup
Editorial Makeup
High Definition Makeup
High-Fashion Makeup
Makeup for Men
Makeup for Teens
Makeup for Aging Skin
Camouflage Makeup
Lash Application
Special Effects Makeup


Chemical Exfoliation
Makeup Application
You'll Learn in Skincare
Tinting & More

Use Professional Makeup

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Dermalogica Esthetics Kit

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It is so important to choose a school that teaches you the information you need to get licensed AND the school that will set you apart from the others!


We are a Dermalogica Partnership School. You train with professional Dermalogica products.


All of our students and staff receive training from both Dermalogica business consultants and the educators at the International Dermal Institute to best prescribe treatments and products for their client's journey to their healthiest looking skin.


Graduating from our skincare programs affords you the opportunity to graduate Dermalogica Certified. With this, when working with a Dermalogica account, you will have continued access to the International Dermal Institute's learning lofts for continued education and product/treatment support.



Makeup courses and classes to get your makeup certification at Cortiva

Once you graduate, you'll become a Licensed Esthetician (Skin Care Specialist) and a Certified Makeup Artist.

What does this mean?

It means your license and specialized training will open a new world of opportunities for you.

Our graduates have a wide variety of professions to choose from:

  • Makeup Artist

    • Bridal and Special Events​

    • TV and Movie/Film Production

    • Runway and Editorial

    • Print (Magazine)

    • Celebrity Travel

    • Salon or Spa

    • Mortuary

    • and so much more!

  • Spa or Salon Esthetician

  • Spa or Salon Manager/Coordinator

  • Cruise or Resort Facialist

  • Mobile Beautician

  • Beauty Brand Representative

  • Cosmetic Sales/Buyer

  • Beauty Blogger and/or Vlogger

  • Esthetics/Makeup Writer

  • Beauty Brand Trainer or Educator

  • & so much more!

So, what are you waiting for? Speak to one of our Admission Representatives today!

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