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Beauty license regulation can be a pain. If you just moved and want to transfer your cosmetology license, you know what we are talking about. To make your life easier we compiled the most important information for each state.

You would love to only focus on your art. But well, just being talented doesn’t pay your rent. We provide you with tips and information about the business side of your craft.

We would love to know more about you and what may bother you. That is why it would mean the world if you could spend 30 seconds to let us know. It helps us to help you. Did we say it is short?

Do I need a Cosmetology License as a Freelance Makeup Artist?

Many salons, spas, and other businesses require their makeup artist employees to have a cosmetology license or one of the other beauty practitioner licenses. But what if you don’t want to be employed, what if you want to be your own boss and become a Freelance Makeup Artist? As a lawyer, you need to be licensed to practice the law. It’s the same for engineers, social workers, nurses, architects, etc. So, where are Makeup Artists in this? First of all, there is no Freelance Makeup Artist or general Makeup Artist license. If a professional license is required, depending on what you do, you’ll either need a cosmetology, esthetician, or hairdresser/barber license. When you need such a beauty license is regulated by each state. Let Jen’s story be a cautionary tale. Thus, if you are unsure, the best advice we can give is to contact the cosmetology board of your state and inquire about the license requirements for your specific situation. You can find the contact information for your state here: Beauty Licenses per State. We know that this is very unsatisfying advice and so we contacted every state board to find out if there are any common rules applicable to most states. […]

Promote Your Business Through Yelp

For a survey,  I once needed the contact information from 500 Makeup Artists in randomly chosen cities across the country. I hired some freelancers to help me with the search. Naturally, they exclusively used the internet to find as many as possible. When I looked at their most quoted source, I was surprised: It was Yelp.com. And despite all controversy, Yelp is still one of the most used search engines for services. Thus, promoting your business through Yelp can make all the difference. We’ve put together a list with important things to know and do to navigate and utilize this social platform to your benefit. […]

What Are The Right Makeup Brushes For Me?

Every Makeup Artist has them; every professional has an opinion about them, and every beauty friend wants them: Brushes. Without a good makeup brush, you are only half the artist you want to be. Like the painter selects the right brush to create the perfect stroke on the canvas, so does a makeup artist. Only difference is that your canvas is skin. How do you choose what is right for you? I will give you a some options to choose from in this post and hopefully it will help you see the light at the end of the makeup brush tunnel. […]