North Carolina Makeup Artists Declare Victory over Makeup Police
In a move that will empower makeup artists statewide, the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners has agreed to allow stand-alone makeup schools to operate without an unnecessary, government-issued license. The shift, which closes a six-month-old federal lawsuit, means Charlotte makeup artist Jasna Bukvic-Bhayani is finally free to open the school of her dreams.
The case began last August, when Jasna and her aspiring makeup student, Julie Goodall, teamed up with the Institute for Justice (IJ) to sue members of North Carolina’s Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners for violating their First Amendment rights. Jasna had tried opening a makeup school in 2016, but she ran afoul of the board’s requirement that she get special government permission first. This requirement would have forced Jasna to spend hundreds of hours on useless instruction and at least $10,000 on useless equipment. Jasna found this unacceptable, so her school remained closed to interested students, like Julie.
But this week, at a court-ordered mediation, the board has agreed to permit Jasna’s school to operate without requiring a license.