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Makeup Schools in Hawaii

If you’re interested in learning about makeup and want to attend a school that will teach you everything you need to know, then it’s a good idea to find and apply to a makeup school. There are several schools located in Hawaii that offer excellent programs, so it won’t be difficult to find one that’s right for you.

Makeup Schools in Hawaii

State Requirements for Makeup Artist Licensing in Hawaii

Hawaii has no minimum license requirement(s) to perform makeup services. To perform services such as skin or hair care, you will need:

  • An esthetician’s license with 600 hours of schooling


  • A cosmetology license with 1,800 hours of schooling or 3,600 hours of apprenticeship.

How Much Do Hawaii Makeup Schools Cost?

Hawaii has a wide range of salons and spas. A beauty professional must know how to perform more than just makeup to thrive in this business which is why earning a degree in esthetics and/or cosmetology is the way to go. The cost for these programs can vary widely, but here’s an example of the costs of a program in Kahului to give you an idea of what to expect:

Esthetics program

  • App. Fee: $25
  • Registration Fee: $150
  • Tuition: $6,400
  • Books: $300
  • Kit/Supply: $700
  • State Tax: $308
  • Total: $7,883

Cosmetology program

  • App. Fee: $25
  • Registration Fee: $150
  • Tuition: $17,680
  • Books: $460
  • Kit/Supply: $2,850
  • State Tax: $874
  • Total: $22,039

Required Skills and Classes

Cosmetology and esthetician programs for makeup artists may overlap in some areas, but basic topics you’ll cover will likely include:

  • Techniques and strategies of makeup application
  • Spa facilities and service options
  • Skin care products, applications, and techniques
  • Sanitation, health, and safety
  • Makeup and cosmetic chemistry
  • Hawaii cosmetology laws

State Licensing Exams

Strictly performing makeup does not entail any license requirement. However, depending on the course that a makeup artist chooses to specialize in, the following may or may not be applicable:

  • An esthetic exam will cover the following subjects:
    • Infection Control
    • Bacteriology
    • Client Protection and Consultation
    • Professional Ethics
    • Structure, Growth, and Regeneration
    • Circulatory System
    • Analysis of Skin
    • Nutrition
    • Product Knowledge
    • Facials
    • Hair Removal
    • Makeup
    • State Laws and Regulations
  • A cosmetology exam will cost $90 for registration which will be composed of one hundred (100) questions that must be completed within two (2) hours and will cover the following concepts:
    • General Concepts
      • Infection Control
      • Salon Ethics and Safety
    • Applied Anatomy
      • Hair and Scalp
      • Skin
      • Nails
    • Physical Services
      • Shampoo and Rinses
      • Scalp and Hair Care
      • Skin, Facials, and Temporary Hair Removal
      • Manicuring and Pedicuring
    • Chemical Services
      • Chemical Relaxing
      • Chemical Waving
      • Hair Coloring
      • Hair Lightening
    • Hair Styling and Shaping
    • State Laws, Rules, and Regulations

How Much Do Makeup Artists Get Paid in Hawaii?

Since a makeup artist’s career specialization can vary greatly, the salary that goes along with it will also vary greatly. A makeup artist that solely offers makeup services in Hawaii, on average, will earn a salary of about $11 an hour or about $23,395 per year.

Does Hawaii Have Continuing Education Requirements for Makeup Artists?

Makeup artists in Hawaii do not have any requirements for continuing education. If a makeup artist has an esthetician or cosmetology license they wish to maintain, they will need to renew that and pay a renewal fee each year.

Contact Information for Licensing Board

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
P.O. Box 3469 Honolulu, HI 96801
Email: [email protected]
Call: 808-586-2694