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Most people don’t realize that there’s a difference between Beauty School and Makeup School, but there is. The two terms have somehow become interchangeable without differentiation; however the two are not the same. Depending on your personal interests, and future goals one may be better suited for you than the other. The following will give you a general idea of what to expect from either a Beauty School or Makeup School.
In the past beauty school was the preferred term for those looking for a career in the cosmetics field where you would learn application, techniques and color theory. Usually beauty school includes basic hair cutting, hair styling, simple hair dyeing and basic manicuring as part of their curriculum. Students learn about cosmetics, makeup, hair and nails in a general sense, usually without any real focus on one specific area. If you want to become more proficient in any particular area then you will probably have to attend classes that focus on that area. Those who attend beauty school are best suited to work for salons, spas, cruise ships and weddings. However, only a rare few offer diploma programs or properly prepare you for state testing; which you must pass before working in California.
Makeup school is different because it specializes in makeup artistry and tends to concentrate on special FX makeup and more creative aspects. Since makeup schools are considered specialty schools there’s a good chance you won’t learn much about hair or nails. Instead, you will learn all of the intricacies of makeup, from the foundation to the final touches. Students are taught basic beauty makeup as a primer for much more difficult work and gradually learn more advanced techniques such as form, texture and mold modeling for facial prostheses’. Makeup school classes can include instruction on crafting and applying custom facial pieces to drastically alter the person’s appearance. Those who successfully complete makeup school and pass state testing can go on to work for sitcoms, movies, high fashion photography and theatre.