Dec 07, 2023  
Catalog 2023-2024 
Catalog 2023-2024

Makeup Artistry Professional

Location(s): Catonsville, Essex, Owings Mills, Online

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Program Description

Makeup Artist professionals are in the beauty industry working with individuals providing beauty services to enhance the natural beauty of a client for everyday or special occasions using advanced make-up techniques.

This program features courses to understand how to apply makeup and build your customer base. Learn makeup applications for basic symmetry, contouring and highlighting, color theory, hygiene, blend foundations, develop your portfolio, and provide excellent customer service.  Conduct client assessments, maintain a level of client confidentiality, and develop and build customer loyalty, and income opportunities.

The student entering the program should have a strong sense of self-discipline, professionalism, honesty, integrity, and caring for others.

Makeup Artist jobs can be found at several profit and non-profit organizations. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​function more effectively as a professional makeup artist working with individuals providing Beauty services to enhance or alter their appearance;
  2. maintain a level of client confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional standards;
  3. build a successful makeup business or work in the beauty industry to develop a portfolio and income opportunities;
  4. build a customer base and provide excellent customer service to build customer loyalty;
  5. be proficient in conducting client assessments to understand the needs of the client; and
  6. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning/continuing education.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

There is currently no license required to become a make up artist in Maryland. Students who have completed program requirements should contact program staff to verify completion and request a certificate.

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

32 hours to complete the courses and written exams.

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, CCBC Owings Mills, and online.​

Program Requirements

​​Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.

Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in the beauty industry.

Minimum age: 15.  

Reading and math levels should be Grade-12 English and Grade-10 for Applied Math.

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number Course Title Course Hours Textbook Information
(approximate cost; subject to change)
PDV328 Makeup Artistry Professional 32  



Additional Information

Skills for Success:
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience in makeup artistry is required for these occupations. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training.

​Detail-oriented, dependability, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand for long periods of time, and ability to lift 35 pounds. Excellent communication and customer service skills.​​

Career Opportunities:
Professional makeup artists are service providers in the beauty industry.  Career opportunities include: Commercial Makeup Artist, Hair and Makeup Designer, Makeup Artist, Prosthetic Makeup Design, Special Effects Makeup Artist, Special Makeup Effects Artist.  

Career Coach

Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at  Explore career and training opportunities at

Program Contact Information

Director: Michelle McCallum |  |  443-840-1925 |  BESS 117​

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