TSPA National Student Competition Winners Attend REDKEN Symposium

Every year there is a national student competition involving the 45+ TSPA academies. Winners in each of several categories are awarded a trip to the REDKEN Symposium in Las Vegas, where students get to work side by side with the biggest names in the industry.

Congratulations to our very own Kristena Brown, who won the Makeup Beauty category!!! We are so proud of you and all of our students!!!

In addition to the great prizes and recognition, the opportunity to participate in competitions like this one are invaluable; providing experience and education that can elevate one’s skills and foster an even greater passion for this industry.  Congratulations to all of our Winners, Finalists, and those who stepped outside their comfort zone and were brave enough to compete!



WINNER                                         FINALIST                                                    FINALIST
Robin Etter                                     Mackenzie Snyder                                     Amanda Goggins
TSPA Fargo                                    TSPA Buffalo                                              TSPA Buffalo




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                   FINALIST
Kaylah Schoen                                         McKenna Will                                            Andrea Opel
TSPA Appleton                                        TSPA Appleton                                         TSPA Appleton




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                   FINALIST
Kate Meginley                                          Winter Brown                                            Nancy Boshier
TSPA Buffalo                                            TSPA Appleton                                          TSPA Buffalo




WINNER                                                    FINALIST                                                FINALIST
Sam Bingenheimer                                   Maddy Rothe                                          Nilaja Rann
TSPA Buffalo                                             TSPA Appleton                                       TSPA DC




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                               FINALIST
Dean Sullivan                                           Briley Wingerter                                   Gracie Kluck
TSPA DC                                                    TSPA Evansville                                   TSPA Appleton




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                FINALIST
Kristena Brown                                   Katelin Underwood                              Hathaway Heber
TSPA Winnipeg                                   ESI Chubbuck                                         TSPA Fargo




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                  FINALIST
Genevive Browne                                    Meagan Allen                                            Brittany Knox
TSPA Buffalo                                            TSPA Evansville                                       TSPA Buffalo




WINNER                                                   FINALIST                                                  FINALIST
Sharily Cruz-Medina                              Lyric Jensen                                              Emily Munster
TSPA Buffalo                                           TSPA Colorado Springs                           TSPA Nampa

Check out the fun and craziness of REDKEN Symposium here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGMw4VzFzJo

Where Your Makeup Artistry Career Can Take You

8 Places Makeup Artists Find Fulfilling Work

8 Places Makeup Artists Find Fulfilling Work

Makeup artists enjoy lucrative and fun careers in the entertainment industry, working for celebrities, executives and other business leaders, in salons, even in beauty schools and as advisors and spokespeople for the industry, depending upon your experience.

Not sure where you fit in? Here are eight places where makeup artists find fulfilling work.

1. Beauty and Retail Salons and Spas

One of the most common places makeup artists find meaningful and useful work is in local beauty salons.

Whether you’re getting someone ready for their big day walking down the wedding aisle, or just making someone’s day a little brighter, makeup artists working in beauty salons enhance the salon’s customers experience by making them look – and feel – more beautiful.

That’s part of the joy of working in a beauty salon or spa – not only do you make your customer look better, but feel better too.

2. Movies, Television and Film Industry

Makeup artists are found behind the scenes making our favorite celebrities look beautiful for the camera – be it a movie and film camera or a television one.

From the anchors at the evening newscast on television, to actors on a movie set, makeup artists find fulfilling work making these people look picture-perfect.

Thanks to the Internet makeup artists also find fulfilling work in numerous amateur, semi-pro and professional productions, especially for online streaming media videos, such as those found on YouTube, Vimeo and even Netflix. From miniseries to web series, even video podcasts available on iTunes and other podcatchers – all have makeup artists working behind the scenes on those in front of the camera.

But wait – there is more – makeup artists don’t just make people look beautiful – special effects makeup artists create some of the most horrific and gruesome characters we’ve come to know and love. Think chainsaw-wielding Freddy Krueger from Friday the 13th, or even Darth Maul from the latest Star Wars movies.

3. Theatre and Live Performances

Makeup artists also find fulfilling work creating character makeup for actors in small community theatre productions, to big Broadway productions around the world, and everything in between.

Working in a live production is great if you are creative and fast on your feet. You may only have a handful of minutes to transform an actor into their older self for the next scene, just before they go on stage.

4. Rockin’ On in the Music Industry

Okay, you’re parents are happy you outgrew your desire to be a rock star. But you still love music?

Makeup artists find fulfilling work making our favorite musicians look great for public appearances, music videos, and of course for their live concerts at big concert halls all or even smaller bars and clubs.

5. Amusement Parks, Baseball Stadiums, and Other Attractions

Next time someone takes you out to the ballgame, look around. Mascots, coaches, and some professional athletes have their own makeup artists that make them over just before they go to work, appear in their mascot costume, or do a television interview life for the cameras.

6. Executives, Business Leaders, Politicians and Other Public People

Whether you love him or loathe him, many public figures like Donald Trump have makeup artists work their magic before they appear anywhere – be it on before being interviewed on a television show, appearing at a fundraiser, or even just being in the audience at a public function such as the Oscar’s or some other event where the media may be watching.

7. Running Down the Runway

Makeup artists find fulfilling work in the fashion industry too. From prepping models for their 30-second walk down the runway, to working directly for private fashion labels, clothing designers and photographers.

You have to have a keen eye for detail sometimes have to work under tight deadlines, to get numerous models ready for a live fashion show. But then there are also the more relaxed photo shoots where you have one or two models and once you’ve made them over, the most they need throughout the shoot are just touch-ups.

8. Wedding Industry

Believe it or not, some makeup artists find fulfilling work focusing exclusively on weddings.

From making the bride and groom look amazing for their special day, to applying some color to members of the wedding party, makeup artists make everyone look good for the  millions of weddings happening every year.

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