Makeup Schools in Southern California [Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, San Diego]

Makeup Schools in Southern CaliforniaHello, Beautzies! I received some questions through email about makeup schools, so I thought it would be best to create a list of all available makeup schools in Southern California. [Note: these are not cosmetology or esthetician schools.]

Some schools are established and well-known, others are new to the game and some are right in the middle. This is just a list and not my personal recommendations. I do not know the coursework at these schools or know them personally, except for a few. If you have any questions about any of the schools themselves, contact each school directly. Also check out Yelp for reviews and their social media accounts to see how they interact with people.

Here are a few questions you might be wondering:

Do I need to go to makeup school? This is one of the most popular questions. Simply put – No, you do not have to go to makeup school. If you’re self taught, that’s great! But if you’re like me and want to receive critique, assistance and education from teachers, I would recommend going to makeup school or at least taking a one-day makeup workshop.

Do I need a license to be a makeup artist? As far as I know (so I cannot guarantee) and from all the information I’ve received from established makeup artists, you do not have to be licensed in the state of California, as long as you want to do makeup for film, theater, bridal, events, retail, print and runway. If you want to work in a spa or salon, a cosmetology or esthetics license is required.

How much will makeup school cost me? Each school varies in price, hours and quality of education and can range from $350 – $11,000. I find that the average price is about $3,000 per makeup artistry course. Contact each school for the current price.

How will I know which school is best for me? Research. I repeat: RESEARCH. This is the best thing you can do to find a school that fits your time, budget and needs. You can never over research. =)

Check out the school’s website, social media accounts and Yelp reviews. Google students’ experiences. Call the school for hours and their price list if it’s not on their website. When you narrow down your choices, call those schools to take a tour. See if the location and distance are comfortable for you. Is the staff friendly, or do they sound like they want to sign you up for a commission? ASK QUESTIONS during the tour.

**If you know of a school in SoCal not on this list, let me know in the comments.**

I am not affiliated with or promoting any school for personal gain. I am not an expert about makeup schools. Attending any of the below listed workshops, classes or courses or visiting the linked websites is at your own discretion.

Robert Jones Beauty Academy
HEX Makeup
National Online Makeup Academy
QC Makeup Academy
University of Makeup

Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy – Hollywood
*EI School of Professional Makeup – Hollywood
*Joe Blasco Makeup School – LA
Elite Fashion Academy – LA
JLS Makeup – LA
Cinema Makeup School – LA
All About FACE Academy – LA
Obsession Makeup Academy – LA
Ono Makeup School – LA
Last Looks Makeup Academy – LA
Los Angeles Makeup School – LA
MKC Academy of Fashion, Beauty & Print – LA
Kimberley Bosso Makeup Artist Course – LA
CAMMUA – LA, Upland, Newport Beach & San Diego
Academy of Makeup & Fashion On Set – Canoga Park
Pro Studio Makeup Academy – La Habra
Beautiful Outlook – Universal City
Ruby Makeup Academy – Temple City, Upland, North Hollywood
EFX Artistry– Ontario
Lebec Makeup Atelier – Ontario
My Beauty Mark Makeup Academy – Fontana, Anaheim & Pasadena
April Love Pro Makeup Academy – San Gabriel
Empire Academy of Makeup – Costa Mesa
Next. Level. Artist. Studios. – Long Beach
TNT Agency – Chino Hills
Lu Ross Academy – Ventura
Award Studio – Burbank
*Makeup Designory [MUD] – Burbank
AML Academy – Glendale
MUA Workshops – West Covina
Vanity Box Studios – La Puente
Bellus Academy – San Diego Area
Karoli Makeup School – Chula Vista
The Makeup Institute – LA, OC, San Diego

*EI, Joe Blasco & MUD accept FAFSA


Cinema Secrets – Burbank (Check their website or Facebook for updated workshops)
Donna Mee’s Mee Inc Industry Workshops – Costa Mesa

These are much less expensive than a traditional makeup school, averaging about $350 + supplies for each. If the links are broken, find the makeup artistry classes by looking under the Community Education, Continuing Education or Extension Courses section of each school website. (FYI: Not all schools offer Makeup every semester.)

Mt. San Antonio College – Walnut
East LA College – Monterey Park
Riverside City College – Riverside
Burbank Adult School [currently none, but check back soon] – Burbank
West LA College West Extension – Culver City
Los Angeles City College – Los Angeles
Rio Hondo College – Whittier
Orange Coast College – Costa Mesa
Cerritos College – Norwalk
Downey Adult School – Downey
College of the Desert, Theater – Palm Springs Area [THIS CLASS I have experience with. It’s HORRIBLE, but to each his own.]

Rowland Adult Education – Rowland Heights
Napoleon Perdis Personal Makeup Skills Workshop – Hollywood, Topanga

I am not affiliated with or promoting any school for personal gain. I am not an expert about makeup schools. Attending any of the above workshops, classes or courses or visiting the linked websites is at your own discretion.


  1. Mabel says:

    thanks for the list! this really helped!

  2. Diana uuu says:

    I am thinking ir either going to Riverside City Collage or Mt San Antonio College. Do you think classes from colleges are better than from makeup schools?

    • Beautzy says:

      I’m not sure. I know many are less expensive, but you won’t get the same knowledge from a 3 or 6-week college class like you would a 12-week makeup school. And many makeup schools limit the number of people per course to 15 or less.

  3. Tegan says:

    MMi Academy in San Bernardino is awesome…its run by professional artists…no student graduates or hidden fees…you get what you pay for and they also provide models when they can or encourage you to bring a model so you get 100% of your education not half of it sitting in a chair! They also have great professional products and your class is over 70hrs for half the price of most of the schools…They also have free makeup mini classes so you can try them out before you decide and there was no pressure in fact they told me to shop around and read all reviews about their competition (even the unapproved ones on YELP) before committing a school. Im enrolling with MMi and I cant wait to start
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  4. Hi there, I noticed you didn’t include Donna Mee’s Mee Inc Industry Workshops in your list. Donna Mee is an international beauty expert/educator and has the highest success rate of graduates in the US. I would have thought she’d be top of your list? I personally studied with her after studying at a school that’s not even worth mentioning and I can say with absolute confidence that her education is by far better than anyone else’s out there. You can see just some of her graduate’s work here
    I’d love to offer more specific feedback if you like, or as I’ve recently trained with her I imagine I could get her to personally answer any questions you may wish to ask about makeup, education and the beauty industry. Her next workshop is actually coming up really soon here’s the ink if you’d like to look over it 🙂

    • Beautzy says:

      Thanks for the info! I added Donna Mee to the list.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for your blog. I want to advance my knowledge in makeup artistry. I wanted to know where and how would you suggest that I start?

    I am a consultant in a home based business company, and although they teach you how to apply makeup, I know there is a lot more to learn. One of the things I want to learn is how to apply makup to aging skin. I am in my late 40s and, although I do not look my age, I definitely have the signs of aging skin. Are there classes available somewhere to teach you how to do that? I as m open to your advice and suggestions.

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