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Make Up First ® School of Make Up Artistry helps you put your future first!


Make Up First ® School of Make Up Artistry has a competitive edge as the only school offering comprehensive certificate programs dedicated solely to makeup artistry. And as someone interested in the art of makeup, you understand how important comprehensive training is. Come to Make Up First and learn a variety of makeup application techniques from skilled instructors.

Our coursework gives you ...

Class sizes at Make Up First are small so students receive one-on-one attention from instructors, and we make sure our classes spend a lot of time in our studio practicing what they've learned in a hands-on environment. With our basic and advanced courses, you can develop your portfolio, build a professional makeup kit, perfect your makeup application techniques and get state certification!

Our Basic Makeup course is the prerequisite for all other courses, providing a foundation in makeup application and techniques. From there, you can move onto our certificate program that requires: Clinical Makeup, Careers in Makeup Artistry, Media Makeup, Basic Makeup, Theatrical Makeup or Bridal Makeup. There are no other certficates offered through the state. We are the only state-certified school in Chicago, offering the most comprehensive art program for the training of makeup artists in the entire Midwest.

... Everything you need

Make Up First's certificate courses start by teaching makeup application using contouring, highlighting, light and color theory, and facial anatomy. More specialized topics and advanced courses could include makeup for brides and bridal parties, makeup for skin conditions, how to use an airbrush for makeup application, makeup application for film and print, and theatrical makeup with wigs and prosthetics. We are one of few schools that offers courses in Hairstyling for Makeup Artists. You can do it all with training from Make Up First!

Make Up First also offers monthly training seminars for bridal and airbrush makeup, in addition to workshops throughout the year. Workshop topics include tattoo camouflage makeup, wig making, pinup makeup, special effects makeup, transgender makeup, body painting and hairstyling for makeup artists.
Find out almost anything you want to know about makeup art at Make Up First!

Course schedules

Make Up First is aware that you have other obligations. That's why we made our class schedules flexible and terms short - we want to teach you everything you need to know in as short a time as possible. Our courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings and span just a few weeks. You could be on your way sooner than you may think - contact us today for more information!

Flexible Summer Courses are offered: morning, afternoon, and evening times slots are available

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