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CHICSTUDIOS NYC is a leading makeup artistry school providing an array of fashion-forward techniques and practices through course instruction, live video lessons and the new ‘chic boutique’ online store.


State:New York

CMA College is Alberta’s first accredited makeup artistry college and the first in Alberta to offer the Advanced Special FX and Prosthetic Makeup Course.



We are the preeminent school for permanent make-up, airbrush, bridal, esthetics, hairstyling for make-up/cosmetology, retail/marketing, production make-up and fashion make-up, amongst other course offerings.



Cinema Makeup School, Hollywood’s professional makeup school, is among the most venerable and celebrated programs for makeup artists in the world and boasts a faculty list that includes Oscar-winners, Emmy-winners, and world-renowned artists of all kinds.



We are a boutique-like academy with a strong educator base and a personal quality approach to education.

As a successful entrepreneur owning and creating a cosmetic line that retails in Pharmasave and Save-On Foods, she first hand will teach you how to build your business.

Students will learn:

Color Theory with reference to makeup application, its function, its relation to light and how it affects your workTechnique for blending, contouring, shading and highlightingLearning the function of professional tools, products and how they should be usedBuild skills using natural, glamour, bridal, photography and dramatic runway stylesBe placed for work experience in retail beauty locations doing demonstrations, building on skills taught in classGraduate with real experience for their resume.


Learn about professional tools, materials and products that apply to makeup applicationSkin structure, skin care and preparation to makeupAnalyzing bone structure and face shapesCorrective techniques using contouring, shading and highlightingAnalysis of skin tones and choosing proper color selectionsUnderstanding color theory and tonesDemonstrating basic makeup applicationDrawing and understanding different eyeshapesDrawing and understanding different eyebrowsAssessing lip shapes and making necessary correctionsChoosing correct color formulations for foundation, concealer, and powder for different ethnic backgroundsUnderstanding and applying daytime and evening makeupMakeup for mature womenParamedical corrective makeupWedding, classic and photographyUnderstanding light while applying makeupApplication of false eyelashes ( band and individual)


Learning about the cosmetic industryUnderstanding market concepts, customer types and client needsDeveloping effective selling skills and presentation techniques when consultingHow to build a clientele



Learn to create the total look and make more money.

The Center strives to maintain the flexibility necessary to meet the needsto meet the needs of a diverse student population and varying educational requirements prompted by changes in the sector it serves. In the early 1980’s, Blasco created and introduced his cosmetics line to professionals in Hollywood and has since extended his line to fine retail outlets, salons, department stores, and specialty boutiques worldwide. The name “Joe Blasco” has become synonymous with glamorous celebrity make-up, high quality cosmetics products, and cutting-edge make-up artistry education. Joe Blasco remains a consultant to many celebrities and continues to lead his companies in providing unequalled make-up artistry education and in producing superior cosmetic products.

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Make-up artist



Starting salary


As a make-up artist you would apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. You may work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows.

If you enjoy fashion, hairdressing and cosmetics, and being creative, this could be a perfect career for you.

You would normally start by taking a specialist course in media make-up, theatrical make-up or a related subject. You may also be required to apply special effects or prosthetics such as false noses or bald caps.

You could work alone, as an assistant to a senior colleague, or as part of a larger hair and make-up design team.

Depending on the job, your tasks might include:

researching and designing make-up and hairstyles to suit the jobworking to production designers’ notes and instructionstidying and styling haircompletely changing a person’s look with special effects make-uptaking notes and photos for reference so you can keep the look throughout filmingstanding by on set to redo make-up and hairkeeping work areas and equipment clean and tidyremoving make-up and keeping wigs and hairpieces in good condition.

You would work closely with production designers, costume designers, camera and lighting crew, and performers.

See the Creative Choices website to read a theatre make-up artist’s story.


Working hours and conditions

You would often work long and irregular hours, depending on the needs of the job. Location work could be anywhere in the UK or overseas, so you may need to travel and stay away from home regularly, sometimes for long periods.

You would be expected to build up your own make-up kit and take it to each job.



Make-up artists usually work on a freelance basis and are paid a fee for each contract. It will also allow you to start getting to know people in the industry and build a network of contacts.

You could get useful experience in various ways, such as:

amateur theatrestudent film, theatre and photography projectscharity or student fashion showsworking with established make-up artists and photographers.

Your first paid work in film or TV may be as a trainee or assistant to the make-up team. Short courses in specialist and prosthetic make-up are available at private make-up academies, film schools and some universities.

For information on relevant make-up courses and possible funding, see the following websites:

You could also join the National Association of Screen Make-up Artists and Hairdressers (NASMAH) for networking and training opportunities.


Skills, interests and qualities

To become a make-up artist, you will need:

creativity and imaginationgood communication and people skillsa tactful mannerstamina, patience and concentrationthe ability to work well under pressureexcellent attention to detailgood punctuality and reliabilitya willingness to work long hours when necessarygood teamwork skillsan interest in current and historical fashions.




You could work on freelance contracts for a range of employers including TV broadcasters, TV and film production companies, theatre companies, magazines and fashion show producers. You could also advertise in crew directories or with diary services which are similar to booking agents.

You can find more information about marketing yourself as a freelancer on the Creative Skillset website.

With experience or specialist skills, you could progress to chief make-up artist or make-up designer.

You may wish to use your make-up skills by volunteering to help others.

Duration: 228 Educational hours
Course hours: 10.00am – 5.30pm
Price: $ 5,500 + $100 registraion fee Dates

April 20 –June 12, 2015
July 6 – August 28, 2015
September 29 – November 24, 2015


This program  will cover all aspects of fashion, beauty, product awareness, hygiene, tools of the trade, skin analysis, face shapes, skin color, eyebrow shaping, color correcting (understanding the color wheel) and highlighting. This module will highlight the drama and glamour of an era of decadence.

• Beginning as a make up artist
• Product knowledge
• Color theory and color wheel
• Overview of basic skin care and analysis
• Facial anatomy
• Visual and career development
• Mastering the eye, eyeliner, false lash application and lip application
• Highlighting and contouring
• Bridal make up
• Skin tone confidence
• Refine blending
• Glamour make up
• Analyze editorial and catwalk make up/trends
• History of make up

Registration terms and conditions

$100 Registration Fee required with enrollment form.
$500 Deposit to secure spot in the class.
$5,000 Remaining tuition due two weeks prior to the start of class.
Methods of payment accepted: debit/credit card, money order, cashier’s check or bank transfer.

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