Aveda Institute Maryland’s esthetics and makeup program is specifically focused on health and wellness principles! We teach our future estheticians holistic approaches to improving skin and promote better overall skin care practices. This program is VA approved and financial aid is available via FAFSA application if qualified.

Esthetics and make up

In addition, we use Aveda branded naturally-derived products to encourage overall wellness during each treatment. Each product that Aveda creates is not only safe for the skin but cruelty-free and environmentally friendly! Future estheticians have the opportunity to create custom experiences for every guest using a skincare line that caters to an individuals’ uniqueness and needs.

We prepare future estheticians and makeup artists to advise clients (using uniques Aveda’s Points of Difference) on how to care for their skin at home and maintain a healthy regiment. This means that not only will they know what product is the best recommendation for clients but also learn soft product marketing and branding.

About Esthetics/Makeup

Our program’s instructional method consists of lectures, demonstrations, role-playing, and many more instructional styles to meet the needs of every learning style. Moreover, we offer each student hands-on work, live demonstrations, and practice in the clinic. In order to complete the picture of Aveda’s renowned services and wellness, students receive the full Aveda Experience! Our goal is for students to be 100% knowledgeable on all-things including skincare and be well-practiced in the spa.

In like fashion, a balanced and peaceful spa environment is important for clients. Using holistic approaches in aromatherapy, lighting, and music; we teach students how to set the perfect relaxing environment. Producing this type of comfort is a key element for Esthetics/Makeup students whether they wish to pursue a spa, makeup, marketing, or management career.  We believe it is important for our students to know that creating that perfect environment for clients is not only professional but also builds a trust relationship between a professional and a client.

The Path of an Esthetician and Makeup Artist

While our training can make a student an ideal candidate to practice under the Aveda brand salons and spas, students can specialize in other areas such as Facial/Skin Care Specialist, Waxing Specialist, Wellness Consultant, Aveda Educator, and Aveda Freelance Artist.

Moreover, esthetics is an interesting field to pursue because it can lead to so many rich career choices. By the time students graduate, they will have a clinical spa experience. Meaning that if they wanted to choose careers (after licensing) in paramedical esthetics or state board inspection they are qualified to apply.

Furthermore, graduates can branch out into marketing fields such as cosmetics and beauty. Likewise, there are even more opportunities in purchasing, consulting, and management. We teach our students to think outside of the box when it comes to their education and careers because with careful planning and drive there is nothing they cannot achieve!

In fact, for a quick look at what our esthetics/makeup students learn and do, check out our DIY: Facials at Home.  Each student learns unique Aveda legendary rituals to master the facial process that will relax and even put clients into a restful nap. As a result, facials are one of our popular services among guests.

Additional Program Information

Aveda’s class sizes are around 15 students per class because we believe smaller class sizes allow each student to receive personalized instruction with close attention to detail. Usually, aspiring estheticians may find that most other courses often contain upwards of 20-25 students.


600 hours | 17 Weeks for Day-time Classes and 24 Weeks for Evening Classes

Aveda Institute Maryland’s Esthetics/Makeup Program teaches skincare, body care, waxing & makeup with an emphasis on high-touch techniques using high-tech delivery during spa clinic treatments. Moreover, upon completion of the program and Maryland State Test, graduates are ready to succeed as licensed Estheticians.

Additional Program Information

After reading all of these awesome things about Esthetics/Makeup, you may still find yourself wondering if this particular program is right for you. Well, we recommend taking a look at some of the other programs we offer.

Although Esthetics/Makeup would be the skincare and spa realm of the beauty world, Cosmetology is the umbrella under which all of our programs fall under.  Specifically, cosmetology combines skincare/makeup and hair care/styling under one program. In addition, we have other programs that focus on specific elements of haircare such as the Blow Dry Stylist and the Hairstylist program. Choose the program that works best for you!

2021-2022 Courses Commencing On:

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding any upcoming starting dates. In addition, sign up for a virtual tour to learn more about our programs and campus.

Day Program (Graduate in 4 months)Evening Program (Graduate in 6 months)
August 17, 2021September 7, 2021
September 14, 2021October 18, 2021
October 12, 2021November 29, 2021
November 9, 2021January 10, 2022
December 7, 2021February 21, 2022
January 4, 2022April 2, 2022
February 1, 2022May 16, 2022
March 1, 2022June 27, 2022
March 29, 2022August 8, 2022
April 26, 2022September 19, 2022
May 24, 2022TBD
June 21, 2022
July 19, 2022
August 16, 2022

Due to COVID-19, our classes have moved to a hybrid style where our theory is taught online and our practicals are taught face-to-face. Thus, the majority of our tours will be handled virtually to protect future students, and our current students and staff. To illustrate how those tours work, please take a look at “What’s a Virtual Tour Like at Aveda Institute Maryland.” Likewise, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us for questions.