Frequently Asked Questions

+ Where are you located?

We are located at 100 North LaSalle, Suite 1010, on the corner of Washington and LaSalle, across the street from City Hall. We are accessible by all CTA train lines, as well as the Metra and South Shore.

+ WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE MAKE UP FIRST® SCHOOL?

The mission of the School is to ensure the best education possible so that the student will be best prepared to pursue makeup artistry as a viable career. The School is nationally recognized as an excellent educational art program for makeup artists in Chicago. Students will not only gain experience in Chicago, but will be exposed to major artists from New York and LA. Students will also meet photographers and others successfully working in the industry throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

+ IS THERE FINANCIAL AID OR FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS? HOW MUCH IS YOUR PROGRAM?

Funding may be found through the GI Bill and/or MyCAA. In addition, students may apply for a private bank loan, with a guarantor. For payment, the School accepts MC, Visa, Discover, personal and bank checks, and cash. The cost of the Basic Certification Program is $6900.00. There is also an additional kit fee of $800, which is required for purchase. Each course may be taken individually, and each course may be individually paid for in full, on or before the first day of that course. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ UNDER WHAT ILLINOIS STATE AGENCY IS THE SCHOOL GOVERNED?

The school is state approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational School by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The school warrants that it is not accredited with the U.S. Department of Education Accrediting Body. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ How do I register?

Online, by phone, by mail (with check or credit card information), or in person (with cash, check or credit card).

+ Do you offer student tours before I enroll?

Yes! Tours are available, by appointment, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm.

+ HOW MANY CLASSES DO I NEED TO TAKE TO GET CERTIFIED? WHAT DOES THE CERTIFICATION MEAN?

There are 8 courses students are required to take by Make Up First ® School. Basic I; Basic II; Media- HD; Media- Runway, Editorial, and Fashion; Theatrical Makeup A; Theatrical Makeup B; Clinical Makeup; and Careers In Makeup Artistry.

A state-approved trained artist by Make Up First ® School, will ensure that the student has been well-educated in sanitation, as well as multiple makeup application products and techniques, resulting in a highly marketable and reputable makeup artist. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ HOW LONG ARE YOUR COURSES? WHAT IF I CAN'T TAKE THE COURSES CONSECUTIVELY?

Courses are 1-2 weeks long Monday-Thursday, afternoon or evening, with the exception of Careers, a one session, 4-hour course. The day class is from 2-5:00 pm, and the Night class is from 6:00-9pm. Students may fluctuate between the classes if necessary, provided the School receives 24-hour notification.

Students have 2 years to complete all 8 courses. Download the consumer disclosure information here.

+ HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT DO I NEED TO PUT DOWN AND HOW SOON?

A deposit of one-half of the first course tuition is needed to guarantee your spot. (Basic I - $500 deposit) Our courses fill quickly, so registration as soon as possible is recommended. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ DO I NEED TO GO TO A COSMETOLOGY SCHOOL OR ESTHETICS SCHOOL BEFORE ENROLLING AT MAKE UP FIRST ® SCHOOL?

No, but Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act and offers CE hours to Cosmetologists and Estheticians. Students do not need to be cosmetologists or estheticians-but if they are, most of the courses are eligible for CE hours!

+ I HAVE MAKEUP EXPERIENCE. DO I ABSOLUTELY NEED TO START WITH BASIC MAKEUP I?

Yes, you will need to start with Basic I, unless the owner of the school determines you have had sufficient experience and training to bypass Basic I.

+ IS THERE A TEXTBOOK FEE?

A textbook is not required. All students will receive hand-outs for each class attended. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ HOW DO I REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE SCHOOL?

Students can file direct complaints with the School via email to info@makeupfirst.com. Complaints, which cannot be resolved by direct negotiation with the school in accordance to its written grievance policy, may be filed with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 East Adams Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701 or at http://complaints.ibhe.org/

+ HOW MUCH IS THE MAKEUP KIT?

The Make Up Kit is $800. Payment for the kit can be made on or before the first day of Basic I. Make Up First® is also a MAC - eligible school, which means students can apply for a 20% discount through MAC. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ WHAT ARE THE SHIPPING BOUNDARIES AND COSTS?

Products can be shipped within the US for no cost (excludes Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii). Make Up First does not ship internationally.

+ DO YOU OFFER JOB PLACEMENT?

In Careers in Makeup Artistry, we teach necessary information for starting your career as a Makeup Artist. Students will also stay in touch with the Makeup Artist community by staying connected with Make Up First® through networking and social media. Jobs presented to and offered by the School are frequently posted and offered to Make Up First® students!

+ WHAT OTHER COURSES AND WORKSHOPS DO YOU OFFER?

We offer Basic Airbrush, Advanced Airbrush, Bridal Makeup, Advanced Media, Advanced Theatrical, Special Effects, Basic Hairstyling for Makeup Artists, Advanced Hairstyling for Makeup Artists, and Wig making. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here.

+ DO YOU OFFER SPECIAL EVENTS?

Yes! Our special events are open to the public and include workshops on holiday makeup, as well as guest artists such as Maurice Stein, Linda Mason, Roshar, Tom Devlin, Eve Pearl, Julie Begin, Michael Devellis, and James Vincent to name a few.

+ ANY DISCOUNTS?

Yes, when a student refers a student who completes at least Basic Makeup I, the referring student is entitled to $250.00 applied to a workshop of their choice.

+ DOES MAKE UP FIRST OFFER JOB PLACEMENT?

Make Up First does not offer job placement, however we do have a private Facebook page for past and current students that offers job listings. If interested, students may apply for jobs listed on this page.

+ WHO DO I CONTACT IN THE EVENT OF A COMPLAINT?

Contact information for the Illinois Board of Higher Education: Support Staff Academic Affairs, PBVS Division Illinois Board of Higher Education 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 300, Springfield, IL 62701 Phone: 217.558.2514