The Makeup Department & Academy, a makeup store and school owned by Emmy-nominated Hollywood makeup artist Jeff Lewis, has expanded.
Lewis said he has seen increased interest in the professional makeup training program since opening in August in Edwardsville.
“I have been pleasantly surprised by the interest in the makeup academy and am happy to offer students the opportunity to learn makeup artistry here in the Midwest,” Lewis said.
Lewis said that unlike other programs taught by former students, he is a current working makeup department head for films and TV, and personally teaches the students. Because we are located in the Midwest, the cost of living is much lower and we have great relations with housing near the school among many other amenities, more than other areas such as Los Angeles, New York or Chicago.
Students of the program have a varied background.
“Some of my students are graduates of cosmetology programs but their true desire was makeup, which equated to only a few days of training,” he said. “Others have graduated with a degree in theater but the in-depth training was not offered at the university and for some, this is their first choice of education. I have designed a comprehensive program that teaches the skills needed today to work in beauty, fashion, character, special effects, as well as, lab work.”
Lewis has been working in the film and television industry for more than 25 years. A few of his credits are “Star Trek” (films and TV), “13 Reasons Why,” “Up in the Air,” “Paranormal Activity” and “Prom.” He has received six Primetime Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for A Series,” for his work on the “Star Trek” television series.
The attached store to the school, features professional makeup lines that are used in the entertainment industry by makeup artists on some of the most famous faces in Hollywood. Not only does The Makeup Department & Academy offer the 24-week professional makeup program for those desiring a career in the entertainment industry, monthly workshops and private makeup consultations are available.