• We've Been Around

    Established in 2006, Make Up First® is the only state-certified, MAC-approved, makeup artistry program in the Midwest.

  • You Can't Miss Us

    Make Up First® is conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, easily accessible to all public transportation.

  • We Got Connections

    We network with and are respected by the best professional makeup artists around the world.


about the SCHOOL

Established in 2006, Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry is now recognized as the premier makeup artistry training program in Chicago. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the School is dedicated to the art of makeup and its many facets. Make Up First School is state-approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Make Up First is also an approved sponsor for CE under the IL Barber Act.

Classroom sizes are kept to a minimum for optimal learning. Make Up First® is the premier makeup training school in Chicago, offering extensive hands-on studio time required to perfect techniques. Students will learn by applying, not just listening, and will have the opportunity to build and replenish their makeup artist kit from high-quality, student-discounted makeup artist cosmetics offered for sale at the School.

Each of the School's instructors is a professional, working in the industry of their craft. The instructors include artists from Broadway productions, Ravinia, the Goodman Theater, Lyric Opera of Chicago, board-certified dermatologists, photographers, and media makeup artists. The instructors' first-hand, professional knowledge of their industry is passed directly on to the students.

The Certification Program consists of the following courses: Basic Makeup I, Basic Makeup II, Media Makeup HD, Media (Runway/Fantasy/Editorial), Theatrical Makeup, Clinical Makeup and Careers in Makeup Artistry. Advanced courses, also approved by the state of Illinois, include Airbrush, Bridal, Media II and Theatrical II.

Workshops are also offered in Special Effects Makeup, and the Art of Wig Making. Make Up First® is the only makeup artistry school, in Chicago, where makeup artists are also given the opportunity to learn to style hair through specific workshops: Hairstyling for Makeup Artists, both beginning and advanced.

Make Up First, LLC is not accredited by a US Department of Education recognized body.


All students are required to download and complete this form for submission on the first day of class.

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