• Join Us For Our Summer Makeup Camp

    Join Us For Our Summer Makeup Camp

    The Art of Makeup’s Summer Makeup Camp is a comprehensive, intensive course for anyone considering makeup artistry as a career, a hobby, or simply looking to enhance their current skill level. Our Summer Makeup Camp includes a sampling of four courses included in our Master … Read More
  • Kits and Supplies Offered at The Art of Makeup

    Kits and Supplies Offered at The Art of Makeup

    Every professional needs the right tools for the job, and that goes for aspiring professional makeup artists as well. The Art of Makeup offers many programs and courses that require custom professional supply kits, featuring the same products used by professional working makeup artists. Beauty … Read More
  • A Student Success Story! Theater Makeup Artist

    A Student Success Story! Theater Makeup Artist

    June 6, 2018 The love of makeup artistry transcends all ages, genders and races, and The Art of Makeup School supports students of all kinds with a variety of goals to make their personal dreams come true. Sometimes those dreams never got realized early on, … Read More
  • Choosing A Special Effects Makeup School

    Choosing A Special Effects Makeup School

    Aspiring makeup artists with dreams of working in theater, movies or television are often encouraged to pursue an education in theater or cinema makeup artistry to acquire the most current skills with the latest product technology by the best instructors the industry has to offer. This will give … Read More
  • Welcoming a new teacher!

    Welcoming a new teacher!

    We, at The Art of Makeup School, are always looking to invite talented and successful working makeup artists to share their unique skills by teaching classes included in our programs or by adding special workshops. Today we are thrilled to welcome guest artist Christina Braun … Read More
  • A Student Success Story!

    A Student Success Story!

    We’ve been busy this spring catching up with former students and getting their advice on what it takes to be a working professional. Danielle Millard only graduated 6 months ago and is already proving she’s a force to be reckoned with. Upon graduating from The … Read More
  • Fleeky Friday May 4th

    Fleeky Friday May 4th

    Come geek out with us next Friday night from 6:30-9pm! It’s May the 4th be with you and we are celebrating with our new monthly Fleeky Friday First Friday of the month FREE themed makeup night.  If you have no social life, and you want … Read More
  • What! I’m connected to Trump?

    What! I’m connected to Trump?

    Lately, I keep noticing how a career in makeup artistry has connected me to historical events and people, good or bad, and this time turns out the latest news has linked me to Donald Trump! The latest news about Trump has been about several affairs … Read More
  • IMATS Battle of the Brushes

    IMATS Battle of the Brushes

    This year there will be a Facebook Live presentation of BOTB at L.A. IMATS this Saturday & Sunday, January 13 and 14. You can tune in each day @ 3:05 PM — and backstage coverage before the actual show @ 3:15. https://www.facebook.com/theIMATS The Art of Makeup Students are eligible to … Read More
  • 44th Annual Filmmakers Summit

    44th Annual Filmmakers Summit

    Hi Guys, My name is Megan Garcia and I am a recent graduate of the Master Class from the Art of Makeup School. I learned so much from the school and I made a ton of friends and although I am sad that the class … Read More
  • Cirque Du Soleil Kurios

    Cirque Du Soleil Kurios

    Tuesday night was amazing! Make-Up Artist Magazine Gold Pro Card members were invited to share an evening with Michael Key and his assistant Kayla in the VIP lounge of Cirque Du Soleil before watching the performance up front where we could see the makeup and … Read More
  • Drag Makeup – Total Transformation

    Drag Makeup – Total Transformation

                      Yes I was excited to hold my first drag makeup class with guest instructor and drag performer Justin Parker, but what I didn’t expect to witness was the total transformations that came from the inside out. … Read More
  • The Art of Makeup Job Board!

    The Art of Makeup Job Board!

    Spring is kicking in Portland and the Art of Makeup has been slammed with job opportunities for student graduates. They are such an exciting variety of jobs in the industry that I wanted to share what the last 3 weeks have brought us… Z Nation! … Read More
  • Profile of a Student Graduate

    Profile of a Student Graduate

    Brittan Bodnar only graduated from Art of Makeup 6 1/2 months ago, and not long before that had just graduated High School, and she’s already well on her way to making a career for herself in makeup artistry. She just sent me this message which I … Read More
  • Art of Makeup Special Event!

    Art of Makeup Special Event!

    You are invited to see the documentary WHAT IT TAKES, this Tuesday April 11th. This documentary premiered at this year’s LA IMATS about pursuing a career as a free-lance makeup artist. I have a few tickets to give away (3 general tickest and 2 VIP), so … Read More
  • The Nutcracker at The Keller

    The Nutcracker at The Keller

    For the last four years, since I opened the Art of Makeup School, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to share with my students my love of theatre makeup by offering the opportunity to work on a very professional production of The Nutcracker ballet at the … Read More
  • Special FX Guest Artists in Town!

    Special FX Guest Artists in Town!

    Art of Makeup has branched out and expanded our programs from not only teaching beauty, fashion, and character makeup, to now also specializing in the complex education of special fx makeup! This has been very exciting for us, but also very challenging, requiring a team of support … Read More
  • Profile of a Student Graduate

    Profile of a Student Graduate

    As you know, a career in makeup artistry can take you down many paths, some rather unexpectedly! Having an open mind and flexibility can bring a lot of adventure and new experiences. Shannon Vincent recently became the IMATS retail sales manager, and gets to travel to every … Read More
  • Profile of a Student Graduate

    Profile of a Student Graduate

    A career as a makeup artist can take you down many paths, and Art of Makeup graduates have achieved successful careers in so many different ways! Brooke Morse graduated from Art of Makeup in 2012. Since then her life has taken her to Britain and back, … Read More
  • NEW Character & Special FX Program!

    NEW Character & Special FX Program!

    Interview with SFX Master Thomas E. Surprenant We recently had the chance to catch up with legendary and 2 time Emmy Award winning make-up artist Thomas E. Surprenant to discuss how he got his start in special effects makeup, what advice he has for new … Read More
  • Guest Artist Thomas E. Surprenant

    Guest Artist Thomas E. Surprenant

    This week we were so lucky to have such a talented artist such as Thomas E. Surprenant come teach at Art of Makeup. First he taught our Airbrush Body Painting class and then for the first time we were able to offer a Bald Cap … Read More
  • Art of Makeup Student Kits

    Art of Makeup Student Kits

    At Art of Makeup we use the industries best makeup, including the RCMA cream foundation palettes in our beauty kit.  RCMA’S foundation palette is a staple for professional makeup artists around the world. Due to the high pigmentation, you can use RCMA as a foundation … Read More
  • Art of Makeup Featured on Fox TV KPTV

    Art of Makeup Featured on Fox TV KPTV

    This year at our first week of Summer Makeup Camp, we welcomed More Good Day Oregon host Jenica Villamor from Fox News to film a segment on us for her show! It was so fun and exciting to have her there filming the class while … Read More
  • Michael Key FX Demo Day at Art of Makeup

    Michael Key FX Demo Day at Art of Makeup

    Imagine this. IMATS around 1998. Me, eighteen years ago, sprinting from room to room across the Pasadena Convention Center, not just because I didn’t want to miss a single lecture or demo from the top make-up artists in the industry, but also because I was … Read More
  • Camille Rose Milroy

    Camille Rose Milroy

    Student: Camille Rose Milroy Program: Art of Makeup Master Class From: Anchorage, AK Currently Residing: Anchorage, AK Portfolio: camrosebeauty.com Camille Rose Milroy came all the way from the Inupik region of Alaska to attend Art of Makeup. She wanted to be a part of the … Read More
  • Last Chance for Life Casting Class

    Last Chance for Life Casting Class

    $100 discount to all Art of Makeup student graduates for the upcoming Life Casting Class! We only offer this once a year. You will take home a cast of your face that you will be able to use to make appliances off of for years to … Read More
  • Still need male models for Michael Key demo

    Still need male models for Michael Key demo

    Looking for volunteers to either model for the prosthetic fx demo or hand laying and dressing of facial hair on Friday June 17th. Please let me know if you or someone you know can do this! The person doing the prosthetic fx demo will also … Read More
  • Invite Only Demo Presentation with Michael Key

    Invite Only Demo Presentation with Michael Key

    Friday June 17th from 9am – 4pm YOU ARE INVITED!  [and I NEED MODELS (Read below)] On Friday June 17th, I am very excited and honored to host Michael Key, creator and owner of IMATS and Make-Up Artist Magazine, for a special invite only full … Read More
  • GRADUATE COLLABORATION WITH HORIZON AIR

    GRADUATE COLLABORATION WITH HORIZON AIR

    GRADUATE COLLABORATION WITH HORIZON AIR Horizon Air, a Northwest based airline (sister airline of Alaska Airlines and subsidiary of Alaska Airline Group), contacted Art of Makeup seeking makeup and hair services for a corporate photo shoot production to showcase new employee uniforms for marketing and … Read More
  • SKIN IS IN! FREE CLASS & OPEN HOUSE

    SKIN IS IN! FREE CLASS & OPEN HOUSE

                        When:  Tuesday, April 5 at 7 PM – 9 PM Where: Art of Makeup Editorial and Bridal Makeup Artist Kelli Thomsen will be giving a presentation teaching her makeup skills and product knowledge on how … Read More
  • What is a Completion Certificate?

    What is a Completion Certificate?

    At Art of Makeup, students who successfully complete a full certificate program, receive a Completion Certificate at graduation. What is a Completion Certificate? It is not an esthetic license and it is not a cosmetology license, in fact there is no license available that is … Read More
  • Eastern European and Japanese Women at Art of Makeup

    Eastern European and Japanese Women at Art of Makeup

    Maybe it’s my own Russian blood that sends a signal out to others from my grandparents’ part of the world, or more likely, these gorgeous strong women are instinctually attracted to the mystery and allure of makeup transformation on their own. Just in this last … Read More
  • My thank you gift

    My thank you gift

    Yesterday was graduation day. It was also the fashion photo shoot day, so there was a lot of people here and a lot going on! It was so much fun to see the students do their final hair and makeup for their big photo shoot day, … Read More
  • WINTER OPEN HOUSE

    WINTER OPEN HOUSE

    YOU ARE INVITED! Please join us at our Winter Open House! Celebrating the Holidays Saturday, December 5th, 2015 6:00pm-8:00pm Please RSVP for directions and parking information. Art of Makeup 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, Rm. 101 Vancouver, WA 98660 Friends and family welcome. Makeup demos, giveaways and lots of … Read More
  • Profile of a Student Graduate – Sarah Rubano

    Profile of a Student Graduate – Sarah Rubano

    Sarah was no ordinary student of mine. Every student has their own special qualities, but Sarah Rubano is pretty darn extra special and it was such an honor to have her in my classes. Not only was Sarah the Head of theHair and Makeup Department … Read More
  • Open House/Party July 25th

    Open House/Party July 25th

    I just wanted to remind you that the party this Sat is also an open house and you are welcome to bring friends and family, just let me know how many are coming. So far, it looks like there’s going to be a good show … Read More
  • Another Makeup & Hair Bill in Oregon Passed!

    Another Makeup & Hair Bill in Oregon Passed!

    Happy Fourth of July Celebrating Makeup Artistry Freedom in Oregon! In just 2 years, with the help of my community and wonderful legislators, we have accomplished so much! Only 2 years ago, I initiated my first bill ever (SB836), to change the law, allowing professional … Read More
  • OPEN HOUSE JULY 25, 2015

    OPEN HOUSE JULY 25, 2015

    YOU ARE INVITED! Celebrating the Passing of Senate Bill 699  click here for the full story of the passing of the bill and the actual bill Please join us at our next Open House! Saturday July 25, 2015 6:00pm-9:00pm Please RSVP for directions and parking information. Art … Read More
  • Jennifer Knauss

    Jennifer Knauss

    Student: Jennifer Knauss Program: Art of Makeup Master Class From: Sherwood, OR Currently Residing: Portland, OR Jennifer Knauss came to Art of Makeup after leaving cosmetology school when she became discouraged upon discovering there was no focus on makeup. Makeup was what she really wanted … Read More
  • Portland and Ashland Oregon Voted Top Places for Filmmakers

    Portland and Ashland Oregon Voted Top Places for Filmmakers

    Why is this important?  Makeup Artists play one of the most important roles on every production crew! PORTLAND WINS ROLE AS CITY FOR MOVIEMAKERS From Wheel of Fortune to Wild, Portland earns rave reviews for its performance, both on screen and behind the camera. Portland’s most recent accolade: … Read More
  • Makeup artist on camera

    Makeup artist on camera

    Just when you  least expect it, sometimes you are told on a shoot, “By the way, you are going to be on camera today.” Yikes! In this Levi’s spot with Alexi Lalas, it describes a typical day in his life, including getting makeup (that’s where … Read More
  • Bridal Makeup

    Bridal Makeup

    I think you need to be a special kind of makeup artist to love doing bridal makeup. It is a high stress day with high expectations! The bride wants her day to be absolutely perfect, and a big part of it relies on her makeup … Read More
  • Makeup Artists available for community collaborations

    Makeup Artists available for community collaborations

    Beauty Makeup • Character Decade Makeup • Stage Makeup • Hair Styling Basic Special FX •  Makeup school seeking collaborations and partnerships with local theater, film, TV, stills and other media productions •  Professionally trained student graduates available •  Select students are chosen for each individual … Read More
  • Profile of a Student Graduate – Courtney Lewis

    Profile of a Student Graduate – Courtney Lewis

    Courtney Lewis was one of the first people to knock on my door when I started teaching classes in 2012. She was still in high school, but had been planning her future for as long as she could remember. She wanted to be a Disney princess … Read More
  • Inside the Homes of Celebrities

    Inside the Homes of Celebrities

      As I sit in my quaint little house, flipping through home decorating magazines, I fantasize about what it would be like to have a really large home, a home that I would hire a professional interior decorator to style. It would probably be on … Read More
  • The Pretty Blog

    The Pretty Blog

    The other day I had a meeting with a new student. We talked about the program and she filled out an application. And then she said I was pretty. It’s not often that a stranger tells me I’m pretty. It gave me bubbles in my … Read More
  • 2015 Catalog Now Posted

    2015 Catalog Now Posted

    We just posted our new catalog for 2015!  Feel free to check it out and let us know what you think. GRAB A CATALOG Don’t forget to RSVP to our open house – Saturday, Nov 22. Read More
  • Makeup tips for Seniors

    Makeup tips for Seniors

    Last month I was asked by the editor of local senior newspaper, The Messenger, to write an article on makeup tips for seniors. With a love for writing, I couldn’t turn it down. Besides, there are no age limitations to using makeup. You just need … Read More
  • Open House Nov 22, 2014

    Open House Nov 22, 2014

    YOU ARE INVITED Please join us at our next Open House! Saturday November 22, 2014 5:30pm-8:00pm Please RSVP for directions and parking information. Art of Makeup 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, Rm. 101 Vancouver, WA 98660 Friends and family welcome. Makeup demos, giveaways and lots of treats! Network … Read More
  • Upcoming Courses available for individual enrollment

    Upcoming Courses available for individual enrollment

    Enrolling Now for Nov-Dec Hair Styling, Airbrush, and Special FX  Courses There are a few spots available for individual enrollment in the below Courses.  There are no pre-requisites required.  A Certificate of Training is issued for each completed Course.  Kits are available if needed.  This is … Read More
  • 2015 Schedule Now Available

    2015 Schedule Now Available

    2015 Schedule is now posted!  Please click here to see all the Certificate Program and Course details.  Keep an eye out for more specialty and advanced classes which we’ll be announcing throughout the year. We will be publishing our new 2015 Catalog very soon.   We … Read More
  • BACK TO SCHOOL – ENROLLING OCTOBER 15 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS NOW!

    BACK TO SCHOOL – ENROLLING OCTOBER 15 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS NOW!

    THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR PROGRAMS BEGINNING OCTOBER 15th Please contact us ASAP if you are interested or have any questions. Oct 15-Dec 7 Art of Makeup Master Class 156 clock hours  Oct 15-Nov 9 Makeup Artistry Essentials 99 clock hours    *  Convenient Weekend/Evening schedule (classes are … Read More
  • Face and Body Painting Course – Halloween Style!

    Face and Body Painting Course – Halloween Style!

    We are excited to announce a brand new course, just in time for Halloween!     Face and Body Painting  Instructor:  Shashonna Knecht Program Date:  October 13-14 (14 hour 2-day course) Class Hours:  10:00am-6:00pm Cost:  $385 includes tuition, models, and all painting supplies needed. Basic experience using … Read More
  • My trip to IMATS in Vancouver, B.C.

    My trip to IMATS in Vancouver, B.C.

    Growing up in L.A., I had access to the mecca of all the film industry had to offer. I didn’t just grow up in L.A., but I grew up in Hollywood, attended Hollywood High and started my makeup artistry training at the Hollywood High performing … Read More
  • PAAAARTY! – August 1, 2014 – NEW WEBSITE!

    PAAAARTY! – August 1, 2014 – NEW WEBSITE!

    Party August 1, 2014 6-9pm What a year this has been and we are finally celebrating! Barely over a year ago, we passed a bill allowing makeup artists to work in film, TV, and photo shoot productions in Oregon without needing an esthetic license, I … Read More
  • Meeting Great Minds – Mac 30 Year Anniversary

    Meeting Great Minds – Mac 30 Year Anniversary

    When people ask me what my favorite type of makeup is that I do as a makeup artist, my answer is always the same. It’s not the makeup that is my favorite part of being a makeup artist. It’s the experiences that makeup artistry has … Read More
  • She’s not drunk, I swear!

    She’s not drunk, I swear!

    It was tv/film character makeup day at Art of Makeup. The goal was to use makeup to create a character, rather than focus on the beauty of the makeup itself as we do in fashion. Everyone came to class with a story line behind their … Read More
  • From Makeup to Movie Star! Makeup Artists Who Get Discovered!

    From Makeup to Movie Star! Makeup Artists Who Get Discovered!

    I am not the first makeup artist who started out acting or played in a band. And I hardly think I’m the only makeup artist who has fantasized about getting discovered on a set and pulled into a scene by the director who thought I … Read More
  • Watch The Digits!

    Watch The Digits!

    About a year ago I started working with The Digits, an online educational web series that teaches elementary and middle school age kids math. The creator, Scotty Iseri came from a theater background, and brought a very theatrical feel to the series. The makeup has … Read More
  • Alternative inspiration: The Oregon Country Fair

    Alternative inspiration: The Oregon Country Fair

    Now here’s body makeup inspiration: The Oregon Country Fair…and no deodorant required! Or so many seem to think. Or maybe it’s the patchouli. No offense, just not my smell. Not to put down the Country Fair. I actually loved it! It was super creative and … Read More
  • I fought the law…and I won! Makeup Artistry Bill Passed

    I fought the law…and I won! Makeup Artistry Bill Passed

    Senator Burdick and I I am proud to be a working makeup artist in Oregon. Before yesterday, I wasn’t allowed to charge for  makeup services in Oregon without an esthetician license, a license that requires the skills of someone who works in a salon, waxing … Read More
  • Seattle, Doughnuts and the Challenges of Makeup!

    Seattle, Doughnuts and the Challenges of Makeup!

    I’m home! I just want to express the number one challenge of working on a set are all those dang doughnuts that keep showing up! Here I am working on a Clarisonic commercial while deep fried pimple inducing doughnuts are being served. So I indulged. … Read More
  • Eskimo Girl

    Eskimo Girl

    Since I started Art of Makeup, a school that teaches makeup application for every media including fashion, editorial, bridal, film and television, stage, airbrush and special effects, I have met all kinds of people from all backgrounds and an assortment of locations. People have emailed … Read More
  • Backstage for Ballet Makeup

    Backstage for Ballet Makeup

    Having grown up doing theater from the age of four all the way into my twenties, I spent a lot of time on the stage.  There is nothing else like it. There is a certain kind of energy before each performance as the actors prepare … Read More
  • Makeup Artists…In Front of the Camera!

    Makeup Artists…In Front of the Camera!

    Having just returned from the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow, I look back at the flurry of crowds, noise, amazing talent, and a tremendous variety of product. I think how IMATS has changed over the years.  I have been attending IMATS for fifteen years now, so … Read More
  • Easy come…easy go…

    Easy come…easy go…

    Carly Rae Jepsen won the Canadian Idol and hit the #1 US Billboard Charts with her hit song “Call Me Maybe” along with the #1 spot in 20 other countries around the world. In the last week I got hired to do her hair and … Read More
  • Models, Heartache, and Sauvie Island

    Models, Heartache, and Sauvie Island

        I was on Sauvie Island Tuesday for a creative test photo shoot. I decided I’m in love with Sauvie Island. It’s beautiful out there. There’s houses that float on the river. For a brief moment I decided I would move there, and then … Read More
  • The Simple Life

    The Simple Life

       The other day I had a test shoot out on Sauvie Island, the outskirts of Portland where the farms are, where you can pick your own berries in the summertime, swim in the river, and get lost in the corn mazes at Halloween time. … Read More
  • Adidas Yoga

    Adidas Yoga

    Adidas Yoga Believe it or not, these clothes were about 3 sizes too big and we had to bunch and clip them where you can’t see in the shot. I can’t believe we somehow made them look like they fit. These girls held these yoga … Read More
  • Going for Gold!

    Going for Gold!

    Working with all of these athletes makes me feel so out of shape! Ashton Eaton not only won the GOLD for the decathlon for this summer 2012 Olympics, but he holds the WORLD RECORDS in BOTH the Decathlon and Heptathlon events. I’m proud when my … Read More
  • You CAN be a MOM AND DO ANYTHING!

    You CAN be a MOM AND DO ANYTHING!

    One of the questions I get asked as a makeup artist is, “Can you manage a free-lance career and raise a child?” Well, I did, and I’m still doing it! Being free-lance often means getting last minute jobs, and it isn’t always easy to spontaneously … Read More
  • This is Rob Reiner

    This is Rob Reiner

    I had the great pleasure of working for the second time in my career with the director of some of your favorite movies, and some of the most memorable and funniest moments in film history, Rob Reiner. I’m sure you know what moment I’m talking … Read More
  • When Celebrities Call

    When Celebrities Call

    Only two times in my life have I been truly star struck by a telephone call, and one time just took me plain off guard. The first time I felt star struck by the phone was years ago when Ben Kingsley called me looking for … Read More
  • Social Networking

    Social Networking

        Constant Contact gave a seminar today on social networking. They talked about how marketing your business today is really not about marketing, it’s about networking. The majority of the population is now trusting total strangers online to make the bulk of their consumer … Read More
  • HOW TO APPLY MASCARA

    HOW TO APPLY MASCARA

    The other day I spoke to my BFF, my confidante, and my advisor since the age of twelve. Conveniently my advisor friend is now a Psychiatrist, which makes her advice to me over the many, many years quite professional. Yes, I have been receiving professional … Read More
  • To Be or Not to Be…

    To Be or Not to Be…

    Being free-lance is not easy. People think that we are lucky to have so much freedom and flexibility, but in actuality, it can be quite the opposite. When you are a free-lancer, every fun activity you schedule in life is mentally categorized as “tentative,” because … Read More
  • Working in the Elements

    Working in the Elements

    Bella’s House in Twilight Having lived in Los Angeles my whole life, except for brief winter vacations to the east coast or a quick jaunt to the mountains to play in the snow, I had never really experienced much change in the weather. My working … Read More
  • Inspiration from Nature

    Inspiration from Nature

    It was such a gorgeous clear blue-sky day today that I took two walks to the park. While I was there I discovered tiny white daisies popping up all over the damp green grass. It’s barely even February. Could spring already be pushing its way … Read More