Apply Now

How an Education in Cosmetology can Open Career Doors

Next Class Starts: Nov 22nd
Next Class Starts: Nov 22nd

Bellus Academy offers an extensive education in cosmetology at all of our locations. While many people think that cosmetology programs make you “just a hair stylist” that is simply not true. If you are a licensed cosmetologist, you have several opportunities to hold all types of jobs. Here are a few career opportunities that you might not have realized are available to talented cosmetologists.

Fashion Show Hair Stylist or Makeup Artist

Hair stylists and makeup artists work with a creative group that, together, creates the overall look of the people on the runway. They work with fashion consultants, photographers, designers and models; like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. This job is one of the fastest growing in the beauty industry.

Fashion Week is hosted in several high-end places like New York and Paris. Fashion hair stylists and makeup artists have the opportunity to travel to amazing places and work with world-famous models, and award-winning designers.

Bellus Academy students get the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes, creating hair and makeup for Fashion Week San Diego and Fashion Week Kansas City.

Celebrity/Personality Hair Stylist or Makeup Artist

Have you ever dreamed of working with your favorite celeb? That can be a possibility with a career in cosmetology. Celebrities and pop icons work with hair and makeup artists on almost a daily basis. You can work as a personal artist for someone, or you can work on the set of a TV show or movie. Some famous personal stylists and artists are:

Gucci Westman: this talented woman is the makeup artist to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore. She has also been serving as Revlon’s creative director since 2008.

Charlotte Tillbury: Charlotte is the makeup artist to global icons Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

Tom Pecheux: he is responsible for all those glowing Victoria’s Secret models. He is also the makeup director of Estee Lauder.

Feeling inspired yet?

Artistic Director for a Salon or Brand

After years of hard work and dedication, very few talented cosmetologists climb the ladder to the highly-respected position of Artistic Director. They can oversee personnel, budget, creative projects and brand awareness. Depending on the type of company, Artistic Directors may have part in PR.

Salon Owner

If you’ve always been a leader, innovator and beauty lover, you could own your own salon. Along with talent and hard work, it is possible for a cosmetologist to own a salon or spa that they run. Owners typically have control of hiring, brand management, personnel and budgeting, among other things.

There are several other types of jobs that a cosmetologist can hold such as:
Nail technician
Salon hair stylist
Salon hair colorist
Salon manager
Editorial stylist
Advertising stylist
Platform artist
Cosmetology instructor
Salon development partner
Theatre or film stylist
And so many more!

Famous Cosmetologists

Cosmetologists can make as much money as they want, as long as they are willing to put in the time, effort, passion and dedication. Here are a few cosmetologists that have worked their way to fame in the industry. You will probably recognize most, if not all, of these names.

Angus Mitchell

Angus is the son of the infamous Paul Mitchell. Both men are successful hair stylists, salon owners and artists. Angus also served as a model for the Mitchell styling line.

John Frieda

Hailing from Britain, John Frieda is a world-famous hairstylist with his own product line. Like Angus, John followed in his father’s footsteps. His father owned a salon. John opened his own salon in London with great success.

Sally Hershberger

Sally is considered one of the most influential hair stylists in the world. Sally attributes her cosmetology education to a friend who suggested that she go to beauty school. She owns her own product line, as well as several salons in New York and L.A.

Are you the next John Frieda or Sally Hershberger? You will never know if you don’t explore an education in cosmetology! Speak with us to learn more about how to get enrolled in one of our programs.

Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of


Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

We offer International Certification (ITEC) which allows our graduates to work in 38 countries around the world.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Top Job Placement

Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Business & Marketing Training

Classes that prepare you to own a business and market yourself.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

We're Tech Savvy

Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Top Educators

We invest in our educators to ensure that they are trained in the latest industry techniques and trends.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »


Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity. Our schools are honored to give back and participate in community events while utilizing our technical skills.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, the opportunity to attend campus events and alumni scholarships for advanced education.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »


“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
Read more success stories »


“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
Read more success stories »


“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
Read more success stories »


“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
Read more success stories »


“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

- Jessica
Read more success stories »
man shave


“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
Read more success stories »


View our Disclosures & Consumer Info along with the Net Price Calculator
Click here

Financial Aid

Yes! Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
See financial aid options

Flexible Schedule

We offer day & night classes. We also have new classes starting every month.
See upcoming class starts