L History

Arts DistrictThe L Makeup Institute, borne of a love of the craft of makeup artistry, was founded in 2010 by accomplished professional makeup artist Lissette Waugh. The L Makeup Agency and Institute, LLC DBA L Makeup Institute is the first of its kind in Las Vegas. Focused exclusively on the art and science of makeup artistry and special makeup effects, the institute began as a single classroom in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas. After quickly outgrowing its original location, in 2014 the L Makeup Institute moved to southwest Las Vegas and added an additional classroom, a student lounge, library, photography studio and administration offices.

In 2017, ACCSC recognized L Makeup Institute as a School of Excellence. That same year, L Makeup Institute moved into its current 11,000 square foot, visually stunning campus located within Tivoli Village in the heart of Summerlin. This campus combines upscale eateries and boutiques in a cozy Italian inspired backdrop with vibrant colors and decor – the perfect environment for inspiring creativity. Not to be outdone by its setting, the institute itself is bright and welcoming, boasts clean, mid-century modern design and thoughtfully created and equipped spaces to best serve our students. Four state-of-the-art classrooms each accommodate 20 students. Outside of class, students enjoy convenient access to an elegant, expanded student lounge and library equipped with multiple work stations, printers, books, magazines, and movies, a large photography room and multiple bathrooms — one of which is designated gender neutral. A teacher’s lounge, administrative offices, staff training room and the massive L Makeup Cosmetics Store round out the campus.

Master Makeup Training in Las Vegas - L Makeup InstituteThe L Makeup Institute is more than just an incredible learning environment. Always an advocate for our students, founder Lissette Waugh spearheaded an effort to rewrite state law that previously required makeup artists to hold a cosmetology or esthetician license. Thanks to her efforts, makeup artistry is now recognized as a stand-alone industry in Nevada, which means that our students can learn makeup artistry and special makeup effects and our graduates can work professionally without cosmetology licensing requirements.

Until the L Makeup Institute, there were no dedicated makeup schools in Las Vegas where aspiring makeup and special effects artists could study in-depth curriculum developed specifically for the makeup artist. Whether a student chooses the delicacy of beauty makeup 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 makeup artists. We know those who meet together in our institute today are the professionals who will be working together in the future.