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We have partnered with Make-Up Designory  to offer their 150-hour “Beauty Make-Up Artistry” training
course. We are one of the only academies outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a
professional make-up course at this level.
Make-Up Artistry*

Bellus Academy has partnered with the internationally acclaimed Make-Up Designory Academy to offer their 150-hour “Beauty Make-Up Artistry” training course.

This course teaches facial contouring using highlights and shadows, correction and concealing techniques, base matching, eye and lip treatments, airbrush techniques, and the proper use of powder and cheek color. As part of this course, students will be required to complete projects that range from natural make-up to avant-garde looks.

Instruction includes both the theoretical and practical aspects of make- up artistry. Students become knowledgeable in all types of face and body art including: correction make-up, runway, bridal, glamour, professional, photography, air-brush, camouflage and basic special effects application.

Click here to watch a short video about our Make-Up Program

A Value To Your Career

Many salons and spas are adding make-up to their retail centers. Increasingly, salon and spa owners are requiring their professionals to have make-up artistry skills. For these reasons, this course can be added to our cosmetology or esthetics courses or taken independently.

Professional Portfolio

The course finishes with a professional photo shoot to help you start your personal professional portfolio and begin your career in the exciting field of cosmetics and make-up artistry.

M.U.D. Professional Kit

Graduates leave equipped with all of the professional brushes, M.U.D. make-up and artistry tools required to perform theatrical, airbrush and professional make-up applications.

Click here to watch a video featuring Bellus Academy students behind the scenes at Fashion Week San Diego getting the models runway ready


Combine Make-Up Artistry with these programs,
expand your skills while increasing your chances of getting hired!

Make-Up Artistry, Basic and Master Esthetics (Beauty Therapist Management)- Esthetics 104*
This 1350-hour program combines the Make Up Artistry program with Basic and Master Esthetic program. The world-renowned Make-Up Designory program inspires the curriculum for this certification. In addition, we have an internationally acclaimed make-up artist on staff to provide ongoing advanced workshops. We are one of the only academies outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a professional make-up course at this level.

Make-Up Artistry, Advanced Cut & Color and Basic Cosmetology - Cosmetology 104*
This 1900-hour program combines our unparalleled advanced cut and color Cosmetology 103 course and Make-Up Artistry courses to prepare you for a career working in top salons or a Hollywood set. Go beyond basic cosmetology and let us groom you for a premier career in beauty and fashion.


Employment is expected to grow 17% for Make-Up Artists, as the demand for television programs, movies, and other entertainment will lead to new openings.

Job opportunities will be favorable for those licensed to provide a broad range of services. According to the U.S. Department of Labor 10-Year Projections (2008-2018).

*Programs vary by location

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program and other important information, visit the Consumer Information page on our website.


To learn more about our Make-up Artistry training courses, click here to sign up for a complimentary career information kit and a no obligation consultation with one of our admissions professionals, or phone 1-800-396-9187.

CALL US TOLL-FREE 1.800.396.9187 or TEXT “BeautyCareer” TO 95495

graduate testimonials

I recently completed the Makeup Artistry program at the Bellus Academy in Poway on March 27th 2014. I wanted to write a little bit about my experience in the class with the talented Kristina-Monique Cortez as my instructor.

I came into the class with a love for makeup artistry and a thirst for learning new techniques and challenging myself, and that’s exactly what I got! Every day was a new adventure with contouring, color matching, special FX, and so much more. Often times you can find yourself stuck in your ways when it comes to being an artist, and Kristina forces you to look at things in a new way. She isn’t afraid to give you her opinion, knowing that it will only better you and push you to become the best.
My favorite memory from my time there was definitely the photo shoot. To have the opportunity to work in a proficient environment and experience what the industry is like is a great tool for students. Being able to see your finished product in a professional photo is so gratifying! I now have amazing photographs to take with me on my journey into the makeup world.
Overall I loved the class. If anything, I wish it was longer! Having a teacher and mentor like Kristina is inspiring and invaluable. I highly recommend this program to any aspiring makeup artists or anyone with a curiosity and appreciation for artistic expression.

Sincerely, Aubrey King (Make-Up Artistry)

"This school is top notch and has been a blessing. I am starting off on the right foot in my esthetics career and I owe it all to Bellus Academy!"
- Brianne Bruggema (Make Up Artistry, Basic and Master Esthetics Program)

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