License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Makeup Artist



Highlights

License required in 36 states
40th most burdensome licensing requirements
22nd most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Makeup artists apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting and situation of their roles.

Summary

Thirty-six states license makeup artists. In most of these states, makeup or cosmetics clearly falls within the definition of "cosmetologist" or "esthetician," and makeup artists in those states are required to earn those licenses. In other states, it is not clear that makeup artists fit the definition, but the exclusion of certain makeup artists (such as those working on theatrical productions or sellers of cosmetics) suggests that they do. Louisiana has a separate license for makeup artists. The occupation ranks a relatively high 40th among the occupations studied in terms of burdensome requirements because states consistently require three to nine months of education and experience, two exams and an average of $116 in fees to get a license.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Florida $125 280 2 12 16
2 Alabama $135 280 2 10 16
3 Kentucky $200 233 2 12 18
4 Nevada $90 210 2 10 18
5 Illinois $203 175 1 12 16
6 Tennessee $190 175 2 0 16
7 Indiana $99 163 2 10 18
8 Vermont $185 140 3 12 18
9 West Virginia $159 140 3 12 18
10 Montana $60 152 1 12 18
11 Arizona $185 140 2 10 23
12 South Dakota $80 140 3 12 18
13 New Jersey $110 140 2 12 17
14 New Mexico $50 140 3 10 17
15 Arkansas $145 140 2 10 16
16 New Hampshire $154 140 3 12 0
17 California $115 140 2 10 17
18 Maine $101 140 2 10 17
19 North Dakota $50 140 2 12 18
20 Wyoming $90 140 2 10 16
21 Idaho $57 140 2 10 16.5
22 Ohio $51 140 2 10 16
23 Iowa $115 140 2 12 0
24 Oklahoma $40 140 2 8 16
25 Colorado $165 140 2 0 16
26 New York $55 140 2 0 17
27 North Carolina $129 140 2 0 0
28 Wisconsin $202 105 2 12 18
29 South Carolina $165 105 2 10 16
30 Oregon $73 117 2 0 0
31 Michigan $64 93 2 9 17
32 Pennsylvania $159 70 2 10 16
33 Delaware $143 70 2 10 16
34 Alaska $205 82 2 0 0
35 Louisiana $25 9 0 10 16
36 Nebraska $10 0 0 0 0

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

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