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Cree Synster
Posts: 247
Milledgeville, Georgia, US


Alright, so I'm trying to double as a free lance make up artist and model.
I do most of my own make up for shoots.
I want to offer my skills to others, but often times I get the question "are you licensed?"
How would I go about getting licensed in Florida, USA or Georgia, USA?

A lot of people say getting certified is pretty much useless unless you plan on getting paid for it (or want to work in a salon, which I have no intention of working in.)
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Mary
Posts: 7,119
Coronado, California, US


Synster Veronica wrote:
Alright, so I'm trying to double as a free lance make up artist and llama.
I do most of my own make up for shoots.
I want to offer my skills to others, but often times I get the question "are you licensed?"
How would I go about getting licensed in Florida, USA or Georgia, USA?

A lot of people say getting certified is pretty much useless unless you plan on getting paid for it (or want to work in a salon, which I have no intention of working in.)

check the laws in GA... you probably need a license to do  makeup in exchange for money in the State....if you want to do it for fun it's probably not an issue.  Some states do certify artists, but I assume you have to go to certain schools to get this.  I would call the board of cosmetology in the State of GA

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Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


Hi,
This site may help you find the answer to the state of your choice. Just press the link for your state.
http://www.squidoo.com/state-license-re … up-artists


I hope this helps,
Good luck

Cyn
Dec 31 12 12:50 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Studio 7
Posts: 80
New York, New York, US


In Florida, as in most states, you do NOT need a license to do makeup only & charge for it. There's actually no such thing as a makeup artist license or certification that the state officially recognizes. Some schools or workshops may offer a certification but it's not a necessity to legally do makeup. You must be sure NOT to do hair, anything that resembles a facial, or hair removal, etc. Some employers may ask you for a license because they expect you to do other services like the ones I just mentioned, as in a salon setting. For freelance work, maybe they require you to have a business license issued by the county in which your business originates.

I practiced makeup artistry throughout the state of Fla for several years & never needed a license to be hired anywhere. As a matter of fact, before freelancing, I owned a full service beauty salon & only needed a business license, never a cosmetology license. Of course, I couldn't provide any services myself, other than makeup.

Good Luck,
Studio7

Check out Florida state's government licensing page for confirmation:
http://myflorida.gov/taxonomy/floridian … 20records/
Jan 02 13 03:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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boy does makeup
Posts: 227
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I am a working freelance makeup artist in Atlanta GA. - in GA you do NOT need STATE LICENSING to apply makeup for monetary gain, unless you are in a SALON/SPA setting.

personally, being a boy... I chose to attend a REPUTABLE MAKEUP ACADEMY, and get a CERTIFICATION. (which is NOT a state license) mostly because I had no prior experience applying makeup, period.

I get booked mostly for Fashion/Runway, Photo Shoot, Bridal/Prom, and now Special FX. You also have the option of doing consultative makeup, and makeup sales, with a certification/self taught. - in the freelance world... your BOOK will get you more work than a license.

Sidenote: I am not saying it is/isn't better to get a state license... I am just speaking from my experience. I didn't have the time/money to invest in state licensing (the MUA for my wife's photography team moved... and we needed one fast, so I took some classes from a reputable academy in my area that taught me the basics of hygiene, makeup application, and color theory)

I hope this helps some.

-Jarret/Boy Does Makeup
Jan 03 13 09:43 am  Link  Quote 
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S W I N S K E Y
Posts: 24,315
Saint Petersburg, Florida, US


Studio 7 wrote:
In Florida, as in most states, you do NOT need a license to do makeup only
Jan 03 13 10:41 am  Link  Quote 
Hair Stylist
Platform Artist
Posts: 157
Chicago, Illinois, US


unless you plan on being Professional
Jan 03 13 05:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mary
Posts: 7,119
Coronado, California, US


Studio 7 wrote:
In Florida, as in most states, you do NOT need a license to do makeup only & charge for it. There's actually no such thing as a makeup artist license or certification that the state officially recognizes. Some schools or workshops may offer a certification but it's not a necessity to legally do makeup. You must be sure NOT to do hair, anything that resembles a facial, or hair removal, etc. Some employers may ask you for a license because they expect you to do other services like the ones I just mentioned, as in a salon setting. For freelance work, maybe they require you to have a business license issued by the county in which your business originates.

I practiced makeup artistry throughout the state of Fla for several years & never needed a license to be hired anywhere. As a matter of fact, before freelancing, I owned a full service beauty salon & only needed a business license, never a cosmetology license. Of course, I couldn't provide any services myself, other than makeup.

Good Luck,
Studio7

Check out Florida state's government licensing page for confirmation:
http://myflorida.gov/taxonomy/floridian … 20records/

Actually in Fl like almost every state...You do need a cosmetology license to apply makeup anywhere for money    http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pr … cosmo.html     Most states do not have makeup certificates....only a few do....  Most states require you actually become a cosmetologist to do any makeup application in trade for money or in trade for other services.

Jan 03 13 06:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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boy does makeup
Posts: 227
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I can only speak for the GA side... because that is where *I* live, and the state code that I am bound by. - the OP lived in GA, so I think this is relevant.

TITLE 43.  PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES
CHAPTER 10.  COSMETOLOGISTS
ยง 43-10-1.  Definitions
   As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) "Beautician" means "cosmetologist" as such term is defined in this Code section.
   (2) "Beauty shop" or "beauty salon" means any premises where one or more persons
engage in the occupation of cosmetology.
   (3) "Board" means the State Board of Cosmetology.
   (4) "Cosmetologist" means any person who performs any one or more of the following
services for compensation:
      (A) Cuts or dresses the hair;
      (B) Gives facial or scalp massage or facial and scalp treatment with oils or creams
and other preparations made for this purpose, either by hand or mechanical appliance;
      (C) Singes and shampoos the hair, dyes the hair, or does permanent waving of the
hair;
      (D) Performs nail care, pedicure, or manicuring services as defined in paragraph (9)
of this Code section; or
      (E) Performs the services of an esthetician as defined in paragraph (5) of this Code section.

Such person shall be considered as practicing the occupation of a cosmetologist within the meaning of this Code section; provided, however, that such term shall not mean a person who only braids the hair by hairweaving; interlocking; twisting; plaiting; wrapping by hand, chemical, or mechanical devices; or using any natural or synthetic fiber for extensions to the hair, and no such person shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter. ***Such term shall not apply to a person whose activities are limited to the application of cosmetics which are marketed to individuals and are readily commercially available to consumers.***

everything in my kit comes from either Sephora, or a local magic shop.

(5) "Esthetician" or "esthetics operator" means a person who, for compensation,
engages in any one or a combination of the following practices, esthetics, or cosmetic
skin care:      (A) Massaging the face or neck of a person;
      (B) Trimming eyebrows;
      (C) Dyeing eyelashes or eyebrows; or
      (D) Waxing, stimulating, cleansing, or beautifying the face, neck, arms, or legs of a person by any method with the aid of the hands or any mechanical or electrical apparatus or by the use of a cosmetic preparation

nope.. I fill eyebrows with pencil/powder, and I sure don't stimulate the face, neck, or arms with any mechanical or electrical apparatus.
Jan 03 13 08:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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EmElle Makeup and Hair
Posts: 5,013
San Jose, California, US


No matter the state, you just might need a license.  Look at whichever state you are interested in - view the rules on this, don't just call them.  Look for "exempt" or "except" or some variation on these terms.  *If* those terms are there, look at what the exceptions are for.  In CA, the exemption is for the entertainment biz, and counter sales.  Otherwise, all "civilian" work should be licensed.  However, in NY and I believe FL too, such exemptions are not listed within the rules.  Then you have to look up case law.  In FL it is true you did have to be licensed, because no one questioned it.  I don't know the exact case law, but it was challenged, and I believe under certain circumstances you do not need a license.  I also don't know NY's case law, but there also was a legal challenge which resulted in exemptions to the licensing rule.

Be thorough, and know how it is you wish to offer your services.  If you do choose to be licensed, you *must* attend a state approved school, and a listing my be on the State Board's website, failing that you can call them.  While you're at the phone call, ask for each school's pass/fail rate for the state board exam.  This is important information.

Certification is a different beast, if you're thinking of attending a basic course to get a certificate.  These mean nothing.  The exception may be that a state or two is now offering certificates or licenses for artists specifically.  Then follow state rules.
Jan 03 13 08:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Mary
Posts: 7,119
Coronado, California, US


EmElle Makeup and Hair wrote:
No matter the state, you just might need a license.  Look at whichever state you are interested in - view the rules on this, don't just call them.  Look for "exempt" or "except" or some variation on these terms.  *If* those terms are there, look at what the exceptions are for.  In CA, the exemption is for the entertainment biz, and counter sales.  Otherwise, all "civilian" work should be licensed.  However, in NY and I believe FL too, such exemptions are not listed within the rules.  Then you have to look up case law.  In FL it is true you did have to be licensed, because no one questioned it.  I don't know the exact case law, but it was challenged, and I believe under certain circumstances you do not need a license.  I also don't know NY's case law, but there also was a legal challenge which resulted in exemptions to the licensing rule.

Be thorough, and know how it is you wish to offer your services.  If you do choose to be licensed, you *must* attend a state approved school, and a listing my be on the State Board's website, failing that you can call them.  While you're at the phone call, ask for each school's pass/fail rate for the state board exam.  This is important information.

Certification is a different beast, if you're thinking of attending a basic course to get a certificate.  These mean nothing.  The exception may be that a state or two is now offering certificates or licenses for artists specifically.  Then follow state rules.

TRUTH....

This is right on advise..... People are so confused about requirements... the bottom line is...probably nobody will ever check (unless you hurt someone)  chances are you will go your entire career and never be questioned.... HOWEVER, If you ever own anything like real estate.... Protect your assets and follow the rules

Jan 03 13 11:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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