Las Vegas


Las Vegas Makeup Artist School

The Original. So Many Firsts.

Founded in 2010, L Makeup Institute is the first of its kind in Las Vegas to offer an in-depth curriculum developed specifically for the makeup artist and special effects artist. L Makeup Institute is the first and remains the only Accredited Makeup Artist School offering programs in beauty makeup, body painting, airbrush makeup, hair styling for the makeup artist and special effects makeup. And, as a direct result of founder Lissette Waugh’s tenacious efforts, makeup artistry is now recognized as a stand-alone industry in Nevada. This means that our students can study makeup artistry and special effects makeup exclusively and our graduates can work professionally, without having to complete separate cosmetology licensing requirements. Where true artists are born.


What makes LMI so special?

All members of the campus community are dedicated to ensuring every student is given the tools, training and support they need to succeed. Whether a student chooses the delicacy of beauty makeup, bold and dramatic airbrush and body painting, or the intricacies of prosthetics, the L Makeup Institute is focused on creating the professionals of tomorrow while strengthening the skills of today’s working makeup artist. Our commitment is to remain at the forefront of makeup artistry education while continuing to serve as a venue of collaboration, support and inspiration for today’s makeup artists.


Don’t believe us? Here is what are alumni have to say.


“I truly enjoyed the vibe and environment that was around me. It is also so amazing how loving the instructors are and how much they care about you. They make sure to provide anything you need to keep you on the right path.” – Ashley V


“I realized after coming to L Makeup Institute I was clueless. I learned so much more than I anticipated!” – Peggy M


“L Makeup has gone the extra mile to help me get where I needed to be!” – Georgianna H

The L Philosophy


Developed by our Founder and Education Director, Lissette Waugh the L Makeup Institute curriculum is recognized as meeting professional industry standards by employers, industry professionals, our Program Advisory Committee, and Accreditation Agency.


To prepare students for the real world with the appropriate career skills, the curriculum is designed to be fast-paced and deliver the fundamental technical skills needed to become a well-rounded Professional Makeup Artist.  The curriculum is taught through various learning methods such as audio-visual aids, Power Point presentations and live demonstrations. Guest Artists also frequent the campuses who specialize in a certain style of makeup, special makeup effects, or represent a makeup brand to provide their unique perspective and teach different makeup techniques.


All of our programs incorporate daily projects and skill-building lessons to encourage learning by practice through hands-on repetition delivered through a sequential set of learning steps. We believe that the best way for students to learn makeup artistry is to do makeup artistry which is why there is a heavy emphasis on lab work and practical exercises and our students start working with products on Day One.


“Beyond our high standards and structured approach to makeup artistry education, we encourage personal responsibility and healthy decision-making, because these foster life-long learning, personal growth and achievement. We emphasize and instill in our student’s confidence, good work ethic, and how to maintain a positive attitude and project a good outward image. This is what sets us apart, says Lissette Waugh.”


Trust the process, and through this Journey you will evolve into a conscious artist.





Las Vegas Main Campus


Bright and welcoming and situated in Tivoli Village in Summerlin, the L Makeup Institute boasts clean, mid-century modern design with chic urban hipness – well lit, open spaces; exposed, vaulted ceilings, glitter-infused concrete floors and glass walls; in all, a stylish atmosphere with all the accoutrements, technology and seriousness of a top-notch educational facility. There are four separate training areas that feature every tool students will need – electrical drops, specialized equipment, high definition TVs with surround-sound and video projection; whiteboards, recorded video surveillance and dispensaries, as well as custom-made ovens for baking moisture out of molds and cooking foam latex. The Institute features professionally designed lighting with a 90+ CRI for perfect skin tone matching and technical applications.


Other facility amenities include a teacher’s lounge, administrative offices, staff training room, ample student parking at street level, underground and valet round out the campus. Outside of class, students enjoy convenient access to an elegant, expanded student lounge and library equipped with multiple workstations, printers, books, magazines, and movies; a large photography room; and multiple bathrooms (one of which is designated gender-neutral). Oh, and lest we forget to mention, our cosmetics store and glitter bar. Who says school can’t be fun? During downtime, students can gather around the many outdoor sitting areas, park and cafes that are just a quick stroll away. It’s the perfect place to invite friends and family to visit on graduation day!



People Are Everything


L Makeup Institute faculty and staff members are experts in their respective fields. Each has years of practical work experience and has been subjected to a rigorous hiring process. All faculty members undergo lengthy orientation and auditioning processes and must attend continuing education training each year. The entire L Makeup Institute staff and faculty team is always striving to elevate our students educational experience and that begins with the first time you enter our school, through your graduation and beyond.


What does all this mean for you? We love what we do. We believe in a classroom environment of respect, collaboration, inspiration, and creative expression. We are teaching relevant employable skills. We have a sincere interest in your journey to become a successful makeup artist.






MARCH 2021

The Journey: Beauty + Hair + Airbrush + BodyMarch 29th, 2021 – September 22nd, 2021M – T 8:00 am – 5:30pm
The Journey: Beauty + Hair + Airbrush + Body + EffectsMarch 29th, 2021 – November 9th, 2021M – T 8:00 am – 5:30pm

JUNE 2021

The Journey: Beauty + Hair + Airbrush + BodyJune 7th, 2021 – December 2nd, 2021M – T 8:00 am – 5:30pm
The Journey: Beauty + Hair + Airbrush + Body + EffectsJune 7th, 2021 – February 3rd, 2022M – T 8:00 am – 5:30pm
Picture yourself here, doing what you love and start your professional makeup artist journey today.


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