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Discover the art of makeup with a diverse range of classes in Chicago. From basic techniques to advanced skills, learners can unlock their creativity, enhance their beauty skills, and gain confidence in their makeup application.

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Fantasy Make-Up

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Use your face as a canvas! Explore and learn how to apply make-up correctly. We will focus on designing and creating different fantasy looks, including: gore, old age, animal faces, and basic corrective make-up. Some of the techniques that you learn you can also apply in your everyday make-up, and some for the next Halloween party. Materials provided. 

(84) All levels 13 and older
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$265

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Private Makeup Lesson (up to 10 people)

Makeup Tonight

Makeup Tonight also allows you to go from drab to fab in the comfort of your own home! Learn stunning makeup looks, without lifting a finger...other than to pick up a makeup brush of course! We are excited to offer our Makeup Tonight events for ladies who prefer a night in with friends. Whether you are at home relaxing with a few friends or having a party with your girls in a hotel room, we can be there to teach you some of the hottest makeup trends,...

(39) All levels 18 and older
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Private Makeup Lesson (up to 6 people)

Makeup Tonight

Makeup Tonight also allows you to go from drab to fab in the comfort of your own home! Learn stunning makeup looks, without lifting a finger...other than to pick up a makeup brush of course! We are excited to offer our Makeup Tonight events for ladies who prefer a night in with friends. Whether you are at home relaxing with a few friends or having a party with your girls in a hotel room, we can be there to teach you some of the hottest makeup trends,...

(39) All levels 18 and older
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Private Makeup Lesson (up to 3 people)

Makeup Tonight

Makeup Tonight also allows you to go from drab to fab in the comfort of your own home! Learn stunning makeup looks, without lifting a finger...other than to pick up a makeup brush of course! We are excited to offer our Makeup Tonight events for ladies who prefer a night in with friends. Whether you are at home relaxing with a few friends or having a party with your girls in a hotel room, we can be there to teach you some of the hottest makeup trends,...

(39) All levels 18 and older
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Wear Makeup To Work

Goldplaited @ 2829 n. Sheffield Avenye, Chicago, IL

This is a beginner makeup class to learn the basics of achieving a professional and polished makeup look for your workday. In this hands-on, small group lesson our professional makeup artistry instructors will take you through a simple, easy to replicate makeup look for day to day. Emphasis on using a few versatile products to save yourself precious time in the morning. Some topics we'll cover: prep and prime your skin on the go setting your...

(15) Beginner 14 and older
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Makeup Artist Boot Camp

Colour Box Makeup Studios

Makeup Artist Boot Camp is a five-day workshop designed and taught by our founder and 2016 Guild Award winner Kerry Herta, a master of film/HD techniques and one of the industry's most respected Makeup Department Heads. During Boot Camp, which is taught in two parts, she shares her knowledge of the most current products, tools and techniques. Beginners and working artists alike will increase their skills, confidence and ability to succeed. They...

All levels 18 and older
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Highlight & Contour Makeup Techniques

Goldplaited @ 2829 n. Sheffield Avenye, Chicago, IL

Love them or loathe them, celebrities seem to have glam down to a science. And while they want us all to believe that they "woke up like this", we know that they have personal hair and makeup teams to get them red carpet ready. Come and learn insider tricks so you too can be a glamazon in no time! Our makeup artists will lead you through a hands-on demonstration in contouring (hello, chiseled cheekbones!), achieving a natural "I've just come from...

(15) All levels 14 and older
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Halloween Makeup / Gory

Vaudezilla Studios @ 3614 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

Whether you like your halloween gory or gorgeous we have a makeup class for you. Beauty Parlor artist Ashley Vest is bringing you the gory showing you how to make cuts, bruises and even a zombie look out of easy to find items. Take one or both Beauty Parlor Chicago makeup workshops and scare everyone with how good you look.

(14) All levels 18 and older
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Makeup 101: Customized to Your Make-up Bag

Goldplaited @ 2803 N Sheffield Ave , Chicago, IL

Let's get down to basics: this hands-on makeup class will take the guesswork out of your makeup routine. Come and learn from the professionals how to prep, prime, select a moisturizer, conceal, apply foundation, choose colors that flatter and master a simple, everyday eye look. For those gals who are mystified by products and techniques, this is the class for you! The class is fully hands on and taught classroom style. Our small group environment...

(15) Beginner 14 and older
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Hello, Gorgeous! - Stage Face

Vaudezilla Studios

We're putting our game faces on and striking a pose in this Stage Make-Up workshop designed to brush up on the basics and explore new techniques to elevate the looks you love! All levels of experience welcome as we start from the perfect foundation to the sparkly details.  Bring your favorite colors and tools. We'll discuss how to maximize the impact of your products and experiment with color. Put your best face forward and flaunt a stage look...

(14) All levels 18 and older
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Makeup & Hair for Stage

Vaudezilla Studios @ 3317 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL

In this 90 minute workshop, learn the basics of theatre aesthetics and practice amping up your look with a supportive community of artists, led by a hair, makeup, and costume artist and designer with twenty years of publication in the industry. Bring your makeup kit.

(14) All levels 18 and older
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Look & Learn Glamorama: Inner Diva

Styles by Stiles Salon @ 1854 W 18th St, Chicago, IL

Unleash your creativity and master the art of makeup with expert guidance at Glamorama - the ultimate destination for a Full Makeup Class! Get ready to dive into a palette of possibilities, learn essential techniques, and embrace glamorous transformations. Step into the spotlight and let your inner diva soar in this empowering celebration of beauty and self-expression.

All levels 18 and older
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Basic Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush Academy @ 1441 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn the techniques of bridal airbrush makeup and how to create a flawless foundation for HD, Film, and TV with the Basic Airbrush Makeup course at Airbrush Academy. Join experienced teachers and get hands-on experience with professional quality airbrush equipment. Certificate included.

(5) Beginner 18 and older
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$297
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All About Eyes: Eye Makeup Looks

Goldplaited @ 2829 n. Sheffield Avenye, Chicago, IL

Join the talented team at goldplaited for a class all about eye looks! In this class we will take you through the following steps:  how to prep your eye look for maximum longevity building a 2 color eye look for day with defined liner bumping your look up for evening by deeping the tone, adding smokiness and a pop of shimmer. Finish the evening look by learning to wing out your liner finishing touches! filling in your brows, under eye...

(15) All levels 14 and older
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Airbrush Seminar

Colour Box Makeup Studios

At the conclusion of Boot Camp II, we hold a one-day, hands-on airbrush workshop that uses products from Temptu Pro to teach: Introduction to Airbrushing Overview of Airbrush Guns & Compressor Care and Cleaning Airbrushing for Brides Tattoo Coverage Stenciling Venues: Where circumstances dictate, we reserve the right to change venues without prior notice. Details of the specific venue will be provided upon registration.

All levels 18 and older
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Full Face Flawless Makeup

Makeup Tonight

Are you ready to rock a flawless glow for 2016? Join us with a bare face to learn how to apply your foundation smoothly and show off a celebrity-esque glow that will shine all night long! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can look luminous instead of oily and your foundation will look fabulous all night (or all day) versus just a few hours. Not to mention the gorgeous bronze you will learn to apply to your cheeks and eyes.  These simple...

(39) All levels 18 and older
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Advanced Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush Academy @ 1441 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Learn extreme beauty make-up. Discover: Advanced airbrush demo Airbrush control Eye shadow design 3-D shading Experience: Face chart art Hands-on application session Precision techniques Advance contour and highlight Pre-requisite: Basic Airbrush Makeup Class

(5) Advanced 18 and older
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$497
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Bridal Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush Academy @ 1441 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Our bridal airbrush makeup class is a part of our one day basic airbrush makeup class. In this section of the the workshop you will focus on applying a flawless foundation that is required for bridal makeup using airbrush techniques.  Most importantly, you will acquire the knowledge and hands-on experience of working with alcohol based makeup that is transfer & water resistant, created exclusively for airbrush application. Certificate...

(5) All levels 18 and older
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Airbrush Tanning

Airbrush Academy @ 1441 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Our airbrush tanning makeup class is a part of our one day basic airbrush makeup class. In this section of the the class you will focus on applying a flawless foundation and other airbrush tanning specific techniques to add this highly in demand service to your business portfolio.  Most importantly, you will acquire the knowledge and hands-on experience of working with alcohol based makeup that is transfer & water resistant, created exclusively...

(5) All levels 18 and older
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Tattoo Cover Up

Airbrush Academy @ 1441 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL

Our airbrush tattoo makeup class is a part of our one day basic airbrush makeup class. In this section of the the class you will focus on airbrush techniques required to effectively cover tattoos and reconstruct skin to it’s natural color. Upon completion you can add this highly in-demand service to your business portfolio. Most importantly, you will acquire the knowledge and hands-on experience of working with alcohol based makeup that is transfer...

(5) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Makeup Classes in Chicago

Makeup Classes in Chicago are rated 4.5 stars based on 157 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Basic Airbrush Makeup

    Reviewed by Kellie F. on 10/22/2019
    Mario was very informative about the skill of airbrush makeup. He was helpful and patience with working with someone new to the craft. High recommend this class.
  • Highlight & Contour Makeup Techniques

    Reviewed by Monika D. on 10/12/2019
    Awesome class as always at Goldplaited!
  • All About Eyes: Eye Makeup Looks

    Anonymous review on 6/21/2019
    Great class with an opportunity to practice
  • Basic Airbrush Makeup

    Anonymous review on 8/30/2017
    Mario was very thorough and gave a lot of great tips!
  • Halloween Makeup / Gory

    Reviewed by Sue C. on 10/24/2015
    I did leave a review last week - it looked like a different form than this one. I thought it was a terrific class! Our instructor, Ashley, is a wonderful teacher - very encouraging and so generous with her knowledge. I can't wait 'til Halloween!!
  • Basic Airbrush Makeup

    Reviewed by Danielle M. on 6/29/2015
    Awesome class! Got a lot out of it!!

Discover the Best Makeup Classes in Chicago

People have used makeup throughout history. In ancient Egypt, both men and women used substances like kohl, henna, and oils to enhance their appearance. Cosmetics can be traced to early civilizations in Mesopotamia and China as well. Makeup has long been used for religious ceremonies, cultural rituals, theatrical performances, and personal adornment, and it reflects the unique beauty ideals of a culture.

You may use makeup to enhance your facial features, express your individual style, or feel more self-confident. Products like foundation, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick combine for a look that is unique to you, whether you use multiple products or choose just a few. When you select high-quality, certified makeup, it nourishes your skin and is safe for the environment. Plus, quality makeup is often easier to apply and gives you better-looking results.

Many people look for ideas from online tutorials and beauty influencers who share new trends in makeup. Beauty products can enhance your features or conceal imperfections, and your look can be subtle and natural or bold and dramatic. 

Why You Should Learn Makeup in Chicago

Chicago has a thriving beauty industry with many opportunities for makeup artists and enthusiasts. The city is known for its diverse population, with many ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds producing a rich tapestry of beauty styles and traditions.

Chicago led the nation in the development of cosmetics and hair care products for African Americans for most of the twentieth century. Kashmir Chemical Company in the 1910s and 1920s was followed by cosmetics maker Fuller Products Company in 1935. In 1954, a Chicago barber helped launch a major manufacturer of African American hair care products - the Johnson Products Company. Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company, the creator of Ebony and Jet magazines, put on the Ebony Fashion Fair and entered the cosmetics business in the 1970s with the top-selling Fashion Fair makeup for women of color.

The vibrant entertainment and fashion industry in Chicago includes theater, film, television, and fashion events. Chicago was the birthplace of a unique style of improvisational theater pioneered by Chicago Compass, a short-lived ensemble that led to the famed Second City and hundreds of other improvisation-based companies. Chicago boasts over 250 theater companies putting on thousands of performances every year, and the city hosts more world premieres than any other city in the country. Chicago is the birthplace of musical styles including gospel, electric blues, house, juke, footwork, and drill, and boasts 250 live music venues and 74 music festivals each year.

Learning about makeup can open doors to opportunities like theatrical makeup, special effects, editorial makeup, and runway looks. There are numerous cosmetics companies and beauty retailers in the city, and Chicago hosts fashion events like Chicago Fashion Week. Theatrical and performance makeup artists earn a median annual wage of $96,000, and Chicago is the fifth-highest metropolitan area for the employment of makeup artists in the United States. Professionals can connect with others by joining groups on social media like Chicago Makeup & Hair Community. Join the national Professional Beauty Association to connect with students and professionals in the beauty industry. The global cosmetics market is valued at $262 billion and is expected to grow. 

Makeup is a unique way to express your creativity, individuality, and personal style, and helps you feel more confident and empowered. Despite the seemingly effortless results some people achieve with makeup, making it look great is an acquired skill. Learning to apply makeup can be a fun and social activity, where you bond with others who share your interest in beauty and fashion. 

In-Person Makeup Classes & Schools in Chicago

Basic Airbrush Makeup offered by Airbrush Academy in Chicago is a one-day basic airbrush makeup class. You’ll get hands-on experience with professional quality airbrush equipment and instruction from teachers with real-world expertise in beauty makeup. You’ll learn how to create a flawless makeup foundation for HDA, film, and television, plus bridal makeup, tattoo cover up, and airbrush tanning. 

Airbrush Academy is a makeup artistry school for students who would like to become professional makeup artists. They specialize in airbrush makeup techniques for television, video, film, print, runway, bridal, body painting, and special FX.

Makeup & Hair for Stage offered by Vaudezilla Studios in Chicago is a 90-minute workshop in the basics of theater aesthetics. Bring your makeup kit and practice amping up your look with help from a hair, makeup, and costume artist and designer with twenty years of experience. Vaudezilla Studios is a performance venue that offers burlesque and belly dance classes for anyone with a body. Experienced theater professionals also teach makeup and hair for stage and special occasions.

Fantasy Makeup at Evanston Art Center in Evanston helps you learn to apply makeup correctly. The class focuses on designing and creating different fantasy looks, including gore, old age, animal faces, and basic corrective makeup. Evanston Art Center is a non-profit arts organization that offers classes, exhibitions, lectures, outreach, and publications. 

Glam Make-Up Advanced Makeup Techniques at Goldplaited in Chicago shows you how to work with glitter, shimmer, product textures, full coverage complexion, sculpting contours and highlights, and statement brows. This class is designed for both makeup hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Goldplaited is a finishing salon that specializes in creating on-trend and flawless looks for its clients. They offer classes in hair styling and makeup techniques.

Be the first to know about new makeup classes in Chicago. “Follow” Makeup on Coursehorse and they’ll let you know about new classes, trending topics, and last-minute discounts.

Virtual Makeup Classes & Schools

In-person classes are a great way to connect in person and share your makeup experience with others. However, online makeup classes offer the ultimate convenience and flexibility. You can participate from home, without the time and stress of a commute. Make sure you have a space to join your class where you won’t be interrupted. You’ll need to have a web-enabled device with a microphone.

Makeup Artistry Certification by Mt. San Antonio College is for makeup artists, aspiring professionals, and hobbyists. Through live demonstrations and hands-on experience, you’ll discover the professional secrets to beautiful makeup. You will develop improved skills and greater confidence in working with clients or just for yourself. This class covers beauty makeup, eyes, runway and drama, character makeup, and bridal looks. 

Special Effects Makeup: Beginner Level by East Los Angeles College teaches you how to create awesome and gruesome facial effects in this horrific hands-on special effects class. You’ll learn about burn effects, zombie makeup, bullet holes, fresh scabs, bruising, and realistic blood.

Private Group Makeup Classes in Chicago

Are you planning a team-building activity for your business or organization? Maybe you want to organize a special activity for a bridal weekend or gathering of friends. Live online group classes from Coursehorse bring an expert instructor right to you, wherever you are. Makeup classes for private groups in Chicago will bring you up to speed on the latest makeup trends, how to use tools and products, and techniques for looking your best. 

Start your makeup routine with clean, healthy skin. In Virtual Soap Making Workshop, you’ll learn to use the melt-and-pour method to make unique soaps by hand. The class covers materials, basic techniques, recipes, and the benefits of making your own soap. Participants will receive a soap-making kit with all the materials needed.

Learn to make layered soap and shea butter in Virtual Layered Soap Making. Participants will receive a melt and pour soap making kit that includes all the soap, dye, scent, and accessories to create DIY custom soaps. You can even incorporate household items to make your soap truly one of a kind. You’ll need a microwave for this class. 

If you don’t see the makeup class you’re looking for, don’t worry – Coursehorse will plan a course just for your group. Click on the Contact Us button and let Coursehorse know how they can help you. Booking with Coursehorse is simple - just estimate the number in your group, pay the minimum deposit, and schedule your class date. You can finalize the number of class participants up to a week before your event. There are no booking fees, and you’ll receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your reservation. 

CourseHorse recommends using the Zoom platform for your class, but they can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. Many courses can even come to your office or home space if you’d like.

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