Advanced Makeup Certification Program

Whether you’re interested in makeup for the salon, entertainment, media, fashion, or retail industries and hoping to build your professional skills with a makeup course, Aspen Beauty Academy – Laurel, a MUD partner school, provides a comprehensive education in the fundamentals of makeup, airbrush and bridal.


  • Hands-on classes.
  • Detailed curriculum.
  • 1 program – 3 courses: Beauty Essentials, Airbrush and Bridal.
  • 3 complete professional kits.
  • 5 evening classes/week for 8 weeks.
  • Experienced makeup artists instructors.
  • MUD is the international leader in makeup artistry schools.
  • Receive a MUD-issued certificate upon the successful completion of the program.
  • Pay Later options available with PayPal and Affirm.
  • Not included in our cosmetology program

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Aspen Beauty Academy – Laurel offers the MUD Advanced Makeup program where you will gain the foundations of makeup application and theory, airbrush and bridal makeup so that you can take those skills along with your unique talent and build a professional beauty career.

MUD graduates work all over the world, from fashion runways and movies to opening their own professional makeup studios and starting their own makeup lines. At Aspen Beauty Academy – Laurel, we focus on giving you the tools you need to then follow your dreams wherever they may lead. 

Why Aspen Beauty Academy -Laurel?

  • We are the only makeup school in Maryland to offer MUD’s top-notch, in-depth makeup certification program.
  • With us you will receive a deeper and thorough understanding of the entire makeup industry, makeup applications and techniques.
  • Our makeup classes are hands-on. You will be spending a large part of your time in practical application, applying makeup for hours guided by the instructor. Every day you will learn something different, whether it’s makeup application for the runway model or creating a glamorous look from your own imagination. The only limits are what you can imagine.
  • MUD and Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel are fully dedicated to your long-term success, even if you just need help on a project you are working on. Our professional instructors are available for questions and help.

Why MUD?

  • The MUD curriculum is precise and well-known, developed from the LA and New York studios.
  • MUD is an international leader in makeup artistry schools.
  • MUD’s curriculum is the perfect blend of classroom, demonstrations with lab work, and assignments. 
  • MUD courses are comprehensive and focused.
  • For your Advanced Makeup Artistry training, you will receive 3 makeup kits full of MUD’s high-quality products, which have been precisely designed for everything you need to get started as a professional makeup artist. 
  • Upon the successful completion of the Advanced Makeup Artistry program, you will receive a MUD -issued certificate.
  • MUD’s Beauty Essentials makeup course is standardized, meaning it is the same course no matter where you take it — as long as it is from a certified MUD Partner School, such as Aspen Beauty Academy – Laurel.

The Courses

MUD courses are designed along strict curricula with defined goals. Your course records are tracked, and certifications are delivered through the MUD corporate offices in California. The courses are divided into two categories, Level I and Level II. The Level I, Beauty Essentials course is the foundation of your make-up knowledge. The Level II courses offer a variety of specialty subjects to enhance the knowledge of niche artistries. We offer two core specialty courses, Airbrush and Bridal Makeup.  This program is not included in our cosmetology program, not accredited by NACCAS and not eligible for federal financial aid, however, various payment plan options are available. 

Beauty Essentials

Course length: 84 hours

This course is designed as an introduction to beauty makeup with an emphasis on the techniques required today in this multifaceted industry. Regardless of which of these areas students intend to work in, mastery of beauty makeup is a must. In this course, students will start by learning facial analysis, base matching and application, correction, and contours and highlights, with an added focus on eyes and lips. The course finishes with complete make-up applications ranging from one hundred percent corrective to natural makeup.

Lesson Modules

  • Orientation Unit
  • Base Unit
  • Corrective Unit
  • Highlight & Shadow Unit
  • Eye Unit
  • Lip Unit
  • Beauty Make-up Unit
  • Natural Make-Up Unit
  • Social Media Unit

Beauty Essentials Kit

  • Make-up Case
  • Brushes: #210, #220, #310, #350, #500, #620, #710, #900, & #940
  • Foundation Primer
  • Black Cake Eyeliner
  • 2 Eye Color Palettes
  • 1 Cheek Color Palette
  • 1” Refillable Eye Compact (For Eyeliner)
  • 6 Cheek Color Refills: Rose Petal, Soft Peach, Spark, Poppy, Garnet, Pumpkin
  • Corrector Palette
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • 2 Eye Pencils: Black & Taupe
  • Brow Fix
  • Mascara (Volumizing)
  • 12 Eye Shadow Refills: Bone, Pixie, Pomegranate, Taupe, Semisweet, Onyx, Bronzed, Pyramid, Firebrick, Sedona, Velvetine, Smoked Sapphire.
  • Foundation Palettes 1 and 2
  • Face Primer
  • Highlight & Shadow Palette
  • Lip Gloss: Shine
  • 2 Lip Pencils: Red & Natural
  • 3 Lipsticks: Lucky, Rose Clay, & Eggplant
  • Loose Powder: Buttercream
  • Metal Palette
  • 2 Spray Bottles
  • Tweezers
  • Eyelashes: #106 Strip (3 sets), #202 Medium Flare, & #301 Single
  • Double Point Cotton Applicators
  • Scissors
  • Palette knife
  • Eyelash Curler
  • 10-Pack of Powder Puffs
  • 2 Packs of Sponges
  • Mascara Wands
  • Brush Belt 3 in 1
  • Cover Cloth
  • Make-up Remover Towelettes
  • Glass Container
  • MUD Station Mats
  • Orangewood Sticks
  • Duckbill Hair Clips
  • Make-up Designory’s Beauty Make-up – ISBN: 978-0-9749500-1-3
  • Beauty Make-up Workbook – ISBN: 978-0-9749500-6-8

*Some of the items listed in the kit may be replaced by MUD when necessary and without notice.

Additional Required Materials

  • 99% Alcohol

  • Brush Cleaner

  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Facial Tissue

  • Facial Moisturizer

Brow Lamination Kit


Course length: 35 hours

Airbrushing has become one of the premier ways of applying make-up. In this course, the airbrush is de-mystified. Students are shown how to properly care for and maintain it. In addition, students will study the techniques necessary to do beautiful, flawless beauty makeup. Learn the techniques that are required by the entertainment industry, as well as demanding clients.

Lesson Modules

  • Orientation
  • Airbrush Basics
  • Breakdown and Maintenance of the Tool
  • Base Matching
  • Base Application
  • Highlight and Shadow
  • Highlight and Shadow for Beauty
  • Body Make-up
  • Foundation of Beauty Makeup
  • Avant-Garde Make-up

Airbrush Make-Up Kit

  • 12 HD Air Foundations
  • 6 HD Air Colors
  • 4 HD Air Contour Colors
  • Double Action Airbrush
  • Tabletop Cleaning Station
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Cleaning Brush Set
  • Air Compressor with Air Hose

*Some of the items listed in the kit may be replaced by MUD when necessary and without notice.

Additional Required Materials

  • Newsprint pad, (14 x 17)

  • Stencils

  • Utility Scissors

  • Facial Moisturizer

  • 99% Alcohol

  • Brush Cleaner

  • Facial Tissue

  • Hand Sanitizer


Course length: 21 hours

With a focus on the lucrative world of weddings, the Bridal Makeup Artistry Course takes the student from consultation to the creation of a bride’s perfect look. The Bridal Course begins with the idea that a successful wedding makeup application starts with a clear plan for the bride and her family. From there, students learn both business and additional makeup techniques required to be successful in the bridal business.

Lesson Modules

  • Building your Bridal Business
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Freelancing
  • Consultation
  • Websites

Bridal Makeup Kit

  • Brushes: #300, #510, #700 & #800
  • 2 Bronzers: Sunshine & Endless Summer
  • 6 Eye Color Refills: Canyon, Orchid, Dulce de Leche,Daisy, Vineyard, & Pacific
  • Vintage Eye Pencil
  • 2 Cheek Color Refills: Lemon Cream & Rose Beige
  • Sun Rose Color Crème
  • 2 Lip Colors: Just Peachy & Havana
  • Magnolia Lip Glaze
  • Maple Lip Pencil
  • 2 2-Pack of Powder Puffs
  • 1 Pack of Sponges
  • Continuity Face Chart
  • Clear Pouch

*Some of the items listed in the kit may be replaced by MUD when necessary and without notice.

Additional Required Materials

  • 99% Alcohol
  • Brush Cleaner
  • Duo Eyelash Adhesive
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Facial Tissue
  • Facial Moisturizer
Classic Course and Kit

Registration Steps

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or G.E.D. Students who attended secondary school outside the U.S. must provide proof of completion of the equivalent to an American High School.
  • Provide photo ID.
  • Decide on financial options.
  • Register for class!

Graduation Requirements

To graduate and be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  • Achieve a grade of at least 80% in each course
  • Achieve a grade of at least 80% in each course exam
  • Attend a minimum of 90% of the scheduled hours
  • Complete all assignments
  • Satisfy all financial obligations to the school

Schedule & Session Dates

140 hours. 8 Weeks.

Monday through Friday 6:00-9:30PM


2023 Sessions:  November classes start date to be announced. 


      Tuition & Fees

      Registration: $100.00

      Tuition: $2,500.00

      3 Make-up Kits: $2,358.00

      • Beauty Essentials
      • Airbrush
      • Bridal


      Pay Later options available with PayPal and Affirm.  

      For qualified customers, payment options range from 0% interest with Pay in 4 or up to 24 months and interest bearing installments up to 36 months. A monthly payment could be as low as $137.72.