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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

Aly deCouto

INSTRUCTOR

Haley Haemmerle

Makeup Instructor

Linda Thao

Makeup Instructor

Maya Perkins

MAKEUP & HAIR INSTRUCTOR

Meeza Gee

Instructor

Richard Yerkes

Photographer
Photography

Krystle Feher-Wetzel​

SFX Instructor

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learn from the best

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

Meeza Gee

Instructor

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Adrian Ruilova

Adrian M. Ruilova is a makeup artist, hair stylist and costume designer from Guayaquil, Ecuador. With over 8 years of experience with drag and SFX makeup, Adrian attended our school in 2021 to focus on beauty, bridal, and editorial makeup techniques. His work can be enjoyed in many areas including commercials and fashion shows and has been featured in Vogue, Glamour, etc. Adrian is currently also working with the Miss Universe organization. Adrian and his passion for all areas of makeup elevate our students in class everyday!

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Aly deCouto

Our Makeup Academy is excited to introduce the newest addition to our family @alydecoutoartistry! Aly has always loved makeup! In college she found her love for SFX while studying stage makeup for performance, but her journey in the makeup industry officially began 10 years ago working with a plethora of brands like Urban Decay, Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. This opened up doors for Aly to step into bridal and New York Fashion Week.

Aly also thrived in boutique sales management and artistry training and began working for MAKE UP FOR EVER in 2016 and throughout her five-year career there was able to elevate her artistry not only by professional training but by teaching one on one lessons and private classes!

Aly is currently a full time freelance artist and studying to become a licensed esthetician.  Being in school herself Aly understands the need for instructors who not only have experience but are hands on.
“I have found a passion for teaching and am grateful to be a part of each student’s journey and witness their growth as artists!”

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HALEY HAEMMERLE

Haley started like many of our students as a self taught artist until she decided to follow her passion for makeup and transform it into a professional business. Haley’s over 10 years of makeup experience include stints with MAC and NARS where she represented the brands at makeup shows in LA, Houston and NY. Haley specializes in bridal and event glam but is also confident in fashion and editorial work having worked many NYFW runway shows. Haley is a true professional who loves to challenge her students in the classroom, pushing them past their comfort zones allowing them to excel.

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Linda Thao

Linda has worked in the beauty industry for over 12 years, specializing in hair and makeup for TV, film, and weddings. She has worked with over 200 brides to bring their dream hair and makeup to life. Linda has also worked with multiple makeup brands such as MAC and MAKE UP FOR EVER as well as Bloomberg TV and NYFW. Linda’s love for makeup started in high school during her time as an exchange student in Japan. That led her to the Aveda Institute where she learned about hair, skin, and nails. Shortly after graduating beauty school, she moved to NY from OR where she started her journey as a Makeup Artist. Her professionalism and expertise are unparalleled and push our students to excel in the classroom!

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Maya Perkins

Maya Perkins brings such a positive vibe to our classrooms teaching in both our hairstyling and makeup programs. After graduating from cosmetology school, Maya decided to focus additional education on makeup and graduated from The Makeup Academy Master Makeup Artistry Program in 2021. Maya is a published artist focusing in editorial and commercial work along with her bridal clients and her work can be seen in publications such as Glamour, Vogue, etc. Maya will remind you to never let anything stand in the way of your dreams and she is truly living that mantra!

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As part of our student’s curriculum, they participate in portfolio photoshoots working with professional models to showcase their makeup! If you are selected to join us, you will get 2-3 looks and 4-6 retouched photos and lunch is provided! These opportunities are unpaid, however, you will network with photographers, artist and other models and have a great experience on campus with us! Looks are at the discretion of our artists based on what they are looking to add to their portfolios. You will be on campus from 8:30 – 3 for a typical shoot and we have both weekday and weekend shoot dates.

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    ROXIE BENZ

    Roxie Benz has been doing makeup for 8+ years. She has traveled all over the US to train, strengthen and grow her technique. Her work has been showcased in La Fashionista magazine as well as New York local businesses.

    She is also a licensed cosmetologist. She excels at being very versatile in this ever growing industry. Her passion will always drive from the feelings and emotions she gets in return from all her clients while they are in her chair. She loves that everyone has the ability to shine in this industry, so always follow your dreams.

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    SARA MACRI

    Sara Macri is a New Jersey and New York City based makeup artist and a New Jersey Licensed Skin Care Specialist. She has trained at the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York City where she graduated from the Master Program. Her training continued as a MAC Artist where she realized her passion for beauty makeup. She has become an experienced practitioner of a wide variety of artistry and excels at beauty and bridal work. Her work and endearing personality transform our students into confident artists in the classroom.

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    There is no better way to feel the excitement of a graduation photoshoot, see our teachers as they complete a makeup demo in class, or get a real feel for the environment of our programs! Schedule a campus visit today! Learn more about our programs, see our makeup kit, meet the instructors and students, and tell us all about your makeup goals! We look forward to meeting you!

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    From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

    Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).

    2022
    portfolio

    From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

    Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).

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