Putting A Pretty Face On Unemployment
Current California state law prohibits make-up artists from working as cosmetologists or estheticians in salons, spas, weddings or special events – unless they’re licensed. A new law could change that and spur employment.
For months Joseph Hayes, an owner of a trendy salon in Los Angeles, has not been able to find licensed make-up artists for his salon, yet he's had to turn away three potentially suitable candidates in the past week because they are unlicensed. His struggles are echoed by any salon and spa owner who maintains a makeup station.
This week Assembly Member Tony Mendoza introduced AB 1754 that aims, through voluntary certification, to open job opportunities for makeup artists.
Under AB 1754 veteran artists can attain certification by demonstrating 3 years experience, belonging to an industry union, or have attended a state approved makeup school.
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Newcomers can get certified by attending a State approved makeup school offering courses that meet the minimum educational requirements. The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology is capable (at very little administrative impact or expense) to implement certification for Makeup Artists.
AB 1754 also aims to provide protection to the public from the unsafe practices of untrained practitioners that spread diseases and infections.
Untrained artists with unsafe and unsanitary practices are known to spread infections and diseases. Officials say four out of the top10 violations for Board Of Barbering and Cosmetology inspectors relate to unsanitary cosmetics.
The bill will allow for the passive absorption of current qualified practitioners.
Voluntary Certification for Makeup Artists can be found by clicking here: