Makeup Artists, Cosmetologist & Estheticians

Confused between Makeup Artists, Cosmetologist & Estheticians?

If you’ve been researching how to break into the beauty industry, you’ve probably come across the terms makeup artist, cosmetologist, and esthetician. To understand the beauty industry and decide how you want to be trained, you should understand the similarities and differences between training and working as a makeup artist, a cosmetologist, and an esthetician. This post is all about clearing you confusion and is an overview for the difference between each of these roles in the beauty industry. However, a research at you end is recommended for this as majority of the rules differs demographically.


Makeup artists come in role when to enhance the beauty of person by using cosmetics. A makeup artist mostly influences the facial appearance. There are many types of makeup artistry such as Avant Guard, technical editorial, special effects and prosthetics makeup. But majority of the changes are done intentionally using cosmetics which could be reversed back to the original look by using certain products. Makeup artists have a wide range of workplaces. Many work freelance on weddings and proms or in the fashion industry on photo shoots and fashion shows. Some makeup artists work for productions or television companies.


Cosmetologists and Makeup Artists do have some similarities. But it offers more than makeup for eg; skin care, nail care and even hairstyling. In addition to the facial appearance, Cosmetologist plays role in enhancing overall beauty of person. Such as facials, spa, manicures and pedicures and these services are not offered by makeup artists. If a person is expertise in Cosmetologists then it doesn’t means that he is a master in all areas, he can be specialize in one area alone.  Cosmetologists primarily work in spas, salons, and health clubs. They can offer a full range of services or specialize in one thing. They might also work at hotels, resorts, or cruise ships offering relaxation treatments.


Estheticians might share skills with makeup artists and cosmetologists, but they also provide more advanced services. They provide skin treatment, hair removal, reflexology, electrolysis, permanent makeup application and more and cosmetologists are not licensed to do these. Like cosmetologists, estheticians work mainly in health clubs, salons, and spas. They are less likely to work in hospitality because microdermabrasion is less popular on holiday than a manicure or facial.

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