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Las Vegas Makeup Artists Sue Nevada

(LAS VEGAS CBS KXNT)  Two makeup artists who have been told by the state of Nevada that they need a cosmetology license to teach others to apply makeup are suing the State Board of Cosmetology.

Lissette Waugh told KXNT getting a cosmetology license would entail hundreds of hours of training and thousands of dollars, to learn skills that have nothing to do with makeup artistry.  A representative from the state also told Waugh she’d need to install shampoo bowls at her L Makeup Institute, along with a long list of other equipment required for training full-service cosmetologists.

Ironically, Waugh said, her students who graduate and get jobs in the field do not need to be licensed to practice as makeup artists.

Waugh has trained 15 graduating classes in two years, and has former students working all over Las Vegas for cosmetic companies and in theatrical settings. One former student works at Nellis Air Force Base, creating authentic-looking injuries when the military conducts simulated emergency rescue exercises.

Nevada’s cosmetology regulations say that without a license, Waugh can call herself a product demonstrator, like the people who work at the department store cosmetic counters, but not a teacher. She says that’s dishonest, because she’s not demonstrating products, she’s teaching.

Waugh and another instructor, Wendy Robin, filed a complaint in federal district court, claiming the state of Nevada has violated their constitutional rights to free speech and economic liberty. The women are being represented by the Insitute for Justice, a nonprofit lawfirm that has won a series of suits on behalf of small entrepreneurs.


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