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Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

Donna Williams has worked as a makeup artist in California and on movie productions in her home state of Michigan. But when she looked into the possibility of opening her own salon, she found that doing it legally would require 400 hours of training in skills she already had.
To lawfully apply makeup to people’s faces and get paid for it, Williams would have to obtain an esthetician license. On top of the 400 hours of class time, she would have to pass multiple tests and pay $200 to the state. Becoming a full-fledged cosmetologist—someone allowed not just to apply makeup but to style hair and offer other salon services—would require 1,500 hours of study.
“I’ve already spent $25,000 on my education,” Williams tells Michigan Capitol Confidential, a nonprofit statehouse news website. “I’d actually considered moving to Las Vegas because there’s a lot of shows out there, that you don’t need a

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