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Makeup Artistry Technician

Learn industry-leading makeup and beauty trends and techniques, taught by creative, qualified, and experienced instructors in a modern classroom environment. Work on real clients and models and have your looks shot by pro photographers as you build your portfolio for a dynamic career.

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About The Program

The Makeup Artistry Technician Diploma in Halifax is the only dual-licensed program in Atlantic Canada that offers you both a Makeup Artistry and Eyelash Technician License. You will gain practical application techniques for various makeup artistry topics including Bridal, Introduction to Special Effects (SFX), High Fashion, Film and Television, Glamour, and more. You will also master the latest lash techniques including lash extensions, lash lift and tint. Throughout the advanced makeup diploma, you will learn skills for retail, commercial and personal capacities; greatly expanding your options and increasing your career opportunities. Unlike other makeup schools in the Atlantic province, all our students are provided with a 4-week work license so they can confidently demonstrate and develop skills for real-world experiences.

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Career Opportunities

Open doors to a well-rounded career with our makeup artistry courses. You will have the opportunity to pursue positions in film and television, theatre, beauty salons, spas and retail as well as self-employment as a freelance artist. Graduates can expect to find work as a makeup artist, eyelash technician, fashion show artist, makeup consultant for bridal and glamour, brand ambassador and more.


Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Smashbox Cosmetics
  • Sephora
  • Glow Parties
  • Halifax Boudoir Photography
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique


100 %

Employment Rate*

$ 16

Average Wage/hr**

$ 35

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 6562 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar and based on Nova Scotia data. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Jan 2024.

Program Details

Are you looking to unleash your creativity? Go behind the scenes of film, television, photography, fashion, and theatre with our Makeup artist courses. Collaborate with talented artists from a variety of industries in this thriving and lucrative field.

As Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive makeup artistry program, you will gain hands-on training in makeup artistry and eyelash technology. You will learn state-of-the-art makeup techniques using MUA’s most loved makeup brands – MAC Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever for the duration of your makeup courses.
You will also gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience with eyelash extension applications including lash lift (perming), lash tinting, touch-ups and extension removal as well as brow tinting and lamination. Learn how to market yourself and your services, establish relationships and grow your client portfolio.

Students enrolled in the program receive:

  • Personal makeup kit and supplies
  • Personal lash extension kit and supplies
  • 20% student discount at MAC and Make Up For Ever
  • Portfolio building opportunities during class
  • 3-week field placement
  • 3 professional photo shoots
  • Makeup Artist Technician Diploma
  • Lash Technician Certification
  • Registration with the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
  • Preparation to take the licensing exams of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia

Makeup Artistry is legislated as a licensed trade within Nova Scotia. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a diploma in Makeup Artistry Technician and be prepared to take the licensing exams of the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia in both makeup artistry and lash technology.

Passing this exam allows you to receive your licenses in both makeup artistry and lash technology. Only license holders can perform make-up and lash enhancement applications professionally.

The Makeup Artistry Technician Diploma program offers a strong and thorough foundation in makeup artistry, an important consideration for those wanting to participate in the film and television industry. Students should check with local film technician organizations and associations for up-to-date prerequisites and requirements for membership.

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Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. The Art of Cosmetics
In this course, students learn color theory and how color selection is determined by facial features; Recognize different facial features and identify which techniques and make up colors are used to enhance or disguise different features. Students identify the components of the color wheel; describe the difference between warm and cool colors and describe how color harmony influences make up color choices. This course prepare students to use color to accentuate features while also using the principles of color theory to camouflage skin issues.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. CANS Exam Preparation
In this course, students will review the regulations, rules, and bylaws that mandate the Cosmetology Industry in Nova Scotia. They will complete their final practical exam and complete the theory exam set forth by the Cosmetology Association. This exam is required to complete the Nova Scotia provincial exam towards licensing.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Management
This course will introduce and enable you to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in your professional industry. This course provides you with training in the following areas: conducting effective job search strategies, drafting effective cover letter and developing strategic résumé writing skills, practicing effective interviewing skills. By the end of the course, you will have produced a tailored and targeted cover letter and résumé suitable for employment in your industry. An introduction to Occupational Health and Safety is also provided, with specific focus on the definition of occupational health and safety, an individual’s safety rights, responsibility under Nova Scotia law, hazard identification and control, WHMIS, in addition to First Aid and fire safety requirements.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Cosmetic Hygiene
In this course, students learn and develop the principles and practices of infection control; identify the common types of bacteria cosmetologists are concerned with and demonstrate cleanliness through disinfection of surfaces, supplies, and tools. Students will gain knowledge of products used in the disinfection and decontamination process as well as proper hand washing techniques to ensure a safe work environment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Standard First Aid/CPR Level C/WHMIS
This course trains participants in a variety of industry required certifications.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Evolution of Cosmetics and Fashion
In this course students will learn how current make up and fashion trends are influenced by history. Students will identify the first cosmetics and their ingredients; they will understand how these ingredients changed over time through the innovation and growth of cosmetics. This course will focus on how historical trends transformed into our current trends focusing on the make up revolution of the twentieth century and how television and fashion continue to influence trends.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Field Placement- Makeup Artistry Technician
A field placement is an essential part of the Makeup Artistry Technician program and takes place at the end of the program when all requirements from the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia have been met. All students must successfully complete the field placement in order to graduate their program. You are required to work at your field placement for a minimum of 20 hours per week for a total of 60 hours over 3 weeks. This course will give you industry experience working directly in the field, under the supervision of a master cosmetologist.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Lash Enhancement Technician I
In this course, students learn and develop the skills and strategies required to perform lash enhancement services; identify the tools needed to perform lash extensions and apply lashes to clients. Students will develop proper techniques for application and removal of semi-permanent lash extensions. This course will educate students in the consultation process, the full procedure process and the post procedure process to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the client. Students will be required to perform 10 lash extension applications to receive certification in this training.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Lash Enhancement Technician II
In this course, students learn and develop the skills and strategies required to perform lash enhancement services; identify the tools needed to perform lash lift and lash tinting services as well as the procedures and practices for each service. Students will be able to complete these services on clients. This course will educate students in the consultation process, the full procedure process and the post procedure process to ensure the safety and satisfaction of the client. Students will be required to perform 6 lash lift applications and 6 lash tint applications to receive certification in this training.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Chemistry and Electricity for Makeup Artists
In this course, you will develop knowledge of chemistry and chemical safety and its relevance to makeup artistry and lash technology. You will understand the composition, structure, and properties of matter and how matter changes under different chemical reactions, as well as the PH Scale and how it relates to skin and hair. This course provides you with a knowledge of chemical mixtures and substances, solutions, suspensions, emulsions, and surfactants, and prepares you to read cosmetic labels, distinguishing mild ingredients from harsh ones to avoid adverse reactions. This course will also cover the basics of electrical safety as it applies to makeup and lash technology. Required clinical practical hours will be completed throughout this module and the duration of the program.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Makeup Fundamentals
Students will identify the tools of the trade and learn how to create the canvas with various makeup products; recognizing which tools, techniques, and products create the desired outcome. Students will list the different face shapes and distinguish their characteristics. This course will prepare students to create the facial canvas on which all advanced techniques are based on.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professional Skills for Makeup Artists
In this course, students learn and develop the skills and strategies required to function successfully in a professional setting using self-discovery, group work and peer review methods. Areas explored include the elements needed for developing a professional work ethic; strategies for presenting oneself professionally; the importance of various interpersonal skills to function effectively in the workplace; and identify marketing techniques and resources to build their portfolio using social media. Students will preform the steps necessary to complete a client consultation and develop a client consultation form.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Salon Management
In this course, you will learn to develop the skills and strategies required to transition from school to work in the cosmetology industry. There is a focus on professional self-care, including basics of nutrition, stress management, rest and relaxation, and exercise. You will identify the elements of a successful beauty business, outline the requirements of owning a business, working for self within a business, and employment within a company. You will identify marketing techniques and resources to build your portfolio using social media. You will also recognize the importance of retail sales and learn selling strategies that can help you increase your earning potential as a beauty professional.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. SFX and Creative Techniques
This course will introduce areas of the make up profession that are advanced and specialized, offering students more possibilities to enhance their creative abilities. Students will become knowledgeable in supplemental skills required beyond the standard make up techniques to introduce students to niche sections of make up and design. This course will focus on expanding knowledge in the techniques learned throughout the course to allow students to unleash their creativity through character and fantasy make up applications as well as introduction to the world of special effects make up for television and film.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Special Beauty Techniques
Students will learn to elevate the everyday make up application to a special event look, taking special considerations into account; creating dramatic evening applications, as well as applications for special events, photography, and unique situations. This course will focus on the advanced techniques and products used to create specific looks on specfic types of clientele.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Admission Requirements
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High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.

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