About
Us

Our Story

At The Makeup Academy, we’ve always held firm to the philosophy that dreams come true with hard work. We wouldn’t have been able to become the international school of makeup in New York City, NY, without the determination and passion of our founder, Nina Mua, who moved from Moscow to NYC to pursue makeup artistry fully. Now, we want to help other artists discover this same drive and fearlessness so that they can become the next inspirational hair and makeup specialist.

What began as a small makeup school by Nina Mua in New York City is now an internationally known makeup academy in the heart of NYC. Women and men from all over the world travel to NYC to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional makeup artist, grow in their skills and knowledge, and work for major makeup brands, behind the scenes for fashion or editorial shoots or join bridal teams all over the world…just to name a few of the opportunities for makeup artists. Discover all that The Makeup Academy has to offer today!

About Us

Our Story

At The Makeup Academy, we’ve always held firm to the philosophy that dreams come true with hard work. We wouldn’t have been able to become the international school of makeup in New York City, NY, without the determination and passion of our founder, Nina Mua, who moved from Moscow to NYC to pursue makeup artistry fully. Now, we want to help other artists discover this same drive and fearlessness so that they can become the next inspirational hair and makeup specialist.

What began as a small makeup school by Nina Mua in New York City is now an internationally known makeup academy in the heart of NYC. Women and men from all over the world travel to NYC to pursue their dreams of becoming a professional makeup artist, grow in their skills and knowledge, and work for major makeup brands, behind the scenes for fashion or editorial shoots or join bridal teams all over the world…just to name a few of the opportunities for makeup artists. Discover all that The Makeup Academy has to offer today!

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Our Instructors

Our Makeup Academy team is truly unlike any other. It is no wonder that we have students from all over the world come to the Big Apple just to attend our programs. We are proud to offer hand-picked and industry recognized instructors that are experts in all fields of makeup artistry. All licensed by The New York State Education Department, we are true professionals. We are here to not only teach you- we are here to sculpt you into the best of your abilities well beyond the craft. Here are The Makeup Academy our connection extends well beyond graduation.

Adrian Ruilova

MAKEUP INSTRUCTOR

Caleigh Roselle

Senior Instructor

Haley Haemmerle

Makeup Instructor

Linda Thao

Makeup Instructor

Maya Perkins

MAKEUP & HAIR INSTRUCTOR

Roxie Benz

Senior Instructor

Sara Macri

MAKEUP INSTRUCTOR & SKINCARE SPECIALIST

Richard Yerkes

Photographer
Photography

Aly deCouto

INSTRUCTOR

Learn From The Best

Our Instructors

Maya Perkins

MAKEUP & HAIR INSTRUCTOR

Adrian Ruilova

MAKEUP INSTRUCTOR

Maya Perkins

MAKEUP & HAIR INSTRUCTOR

Caleigh Roselle

Senior Instructor

Roxie Benz

Senior Instructor

Haley Haemmerle

Makeup Instructor

Sara Macri

MAKEUP INSTRUCTOR & SKINCARE SPECIALIST

Linda Thao

Makeup Instructor

Richard Yerkes

Photographer
Photography

Aly deCouto

Instructor

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The Most Comprehensive Classes
For Makeup Artists in NYC

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Love What You Do.

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Student Showcase

As part of both our professional programs we have included amazing photoshoot experiences which will give you the opportunity to gain confidence in working a high energy and fast paced shoot. You will have 1 photoshoot in your Extensive Program and students of our Master Makeup Program have 3 photoshoots to build their portfolio. Our students use these photoshoots as an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned throughout the course of our program.

All photos from the shoot are sent to a professional retoucher who selects the best photos that represent the artist’s work. Some of our students take the bold steps of using bright and luscious colors, some go extra nude but still manage to showcase their excellent understanding of the basics and some students even do flawless enough makeup to challenge our instructors. Must we go on? As you can already tell we love bragging about our students’ talents. In fact, any pictures you see on our website or instagram page are all our students work from their in-studio photoshoots!

Raving aside, it is always inspiring even for our team to see our students evolve and grow through makeup. Makeup has the ability to transform people, and even give them the much-needed confidence boost in an over critical society. It is always an honor for us to have the ability to give our students the tools they need to be inspired to pursue this field. 

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Behind The Scenes

Lights, Camera, Action! We snap pictures, we try on different styles of makeup, and we do it again. Here at The Makeup Academy, we want our students to not only learn how to perfect their skills in makeup but to also understand the field they are pursuing. We strive to show our students what it really looks and feels like to work on set with high end models or any client in need of a quick glamour session. Yes, it is impossible to recreate the chaos we makeup artists encounter during Fashion Week or a Vogue Magazine photoshoot, but we try our best to build an atmosphere chaotic but friendly enough to understand what happens behind the scenes at these major photoshoots and events.

Our team here thrives on having the ability to personalize the attention we give our students. There is a reason why we choose to only have eight students maximum in each of our classes. We love people, the more the merrier! But we also know the importance of making sure our students get the one on one attention to ensure their success in this field we all love so much. We want nothing but our students success, so being a part of The Makeup Academy does not end once you complete your program with us, we always remain in touch with you, through our newsletters, social media accounts as well as keep you informed regarding any freelance gigs and major events our school is requested to participate in. 

student benefits

Pro Cards & Discounts

Upon graduation we provide guidance with PRO Card Applications as well as enable students to obtain memberships at our partners, Frends Beauty and Nigels Beauty Emporium. Just these two online companies will provide up to 40% off in brands such as Make Up For Ever, L’Oreal, Stila, Naked Cosmetics, Becca, Beauty Blender, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Morphe, Zuca, NYX, Smashbox, Too Faced, Temptu and much more. 

We understand that as you grow as a makeup artist, building and adding on to your collection is a vital part of your success.

DID YOU KNOW?
The average woman spends around $225,360 on enhancing their appearance over their lifetime with $56,340 spent on their face alone. This amount can be hard to swallow, but with your PRO Cards, you can help yourself and others by receiving up to 40% off the leading brands. Overall, you could save more than $20,000. It definitely pays to be a PRO!