Frequently Asked Questions

Q. WHICH BRANDS DOES CHICSTUDIOS WORK WITH?

A. CHICSTUDIOS works with several brands for hiring fairs and brand awareness, and also CHICSTUDIOS has incredible brand partners for our makeup kits, classroom supplies and various events. These brands are: Bioderma, MAC Cosmetics, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Real Techniques, Billion Dollar Brows, NYX Cosmetics, Sephora, IMATS, BeautyCon, Phamexpo, Generation Beauty, Indie Beauty, Ultimate Women’s Expo and Make-Up in Action and LAFW are several of the brands.

Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GIGS OR JOBS CHICSTUDIOS HAS POSTED?

A. CHICSTUDIOS offers private communities for both Los Angeles and New York graduates (however graduates are welcome to join both) these communities post job opportunities that are original, directly from the source. CHICSTUDIOS does not search postings off sites like craigslist and repost them. Recent opportunities have been: Hiring Fairs with Sephora, Ricky’s NYC, Cosmetic Peeps and MAC Cosmetics. Also NYFW and LAFW gigs, TV and Film Opportunities and Job Postings within the top beauty brands.

Q. WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO ENROLL AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS encourages all inquiries to come and take a tour of the school or attend an Open House (see our website, under ‘Event’s). At this time, you can meet with the Admissions Director and have all your questions answered. Alternatively you can call the school or visit our website, via JivoChat, and ask us any questions before you enroll.

There are 3 Steps to Enroll:

  1. Fill out an enrollment application via our website (under ‘Enroll’) and an Enrollment Agreement.
  2. Submit a Deposit of $250.00 (Professional Makeup, Basic and Advanced Courses)
  3. Confirm you have completed high school transcript, GED or college degree. Once steps 1, 2 & 3 have been submitted, you are considered ‘enrolled’. CHIC requires a copy of one of these documents.

The deposit of $250.00 goes towards the cost of the program.

Q. WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DOES CHICSTUDIOS ACCEPT?

A. CHICSTUDIOS accept the following forms of payment: Direct Deposit, Check, PayPal, Cash, Visa, American Express, Discover or MasterCard.

Q. WHAT IS THE CHIC PRO COMMUNITY?

A. The ‘CHICPro Community’, is a network and community within a private group that is offered exclusively to CHICSTUDIOS graduates, offering professional gigs, access to hiring fairs, potential job opportunities, networking events, connection with other artists/graduates, career advice and more.

Q. WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS takes pride in our education and educators. Every instructor has a minimum of 7 years professional experience. All instructors are actively working in the beauty industry. Our instructors are a huge inspiration to their class as they share their experience with opportunities they have had working with celebrities, at fashion shows, on TV and film sets, with agencies, in retail management or on world tours to name a few.

Q. DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A MAKEUP KIT AND BRUSHES IF I HAVE MY OWN TO BRING?

A. All makeup kits and brush sets are included in the cost of all basic and professional courses. Due to sanitary standards CHICSTUDIOS does not allow outside products into the school, or to be added to the makeup kit.

Q. WHAT BRANDS AND PRODUCTS ARE IN THE CHICSTUDIOS MAKEUP KIT?

A. CHICSTUDIOS makeup kit is supplied with makeup brands MAC Cosmetics, NYX Cosmetics, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Billion Dollar Brows, BH Cosmetics, BIODERMA Skin Care, REAL TECHNIQUES brushes and more! The makeup kit has various products for different techniques and applications such as foundations, concealers, eye shadows, eye liners, lip liners, mascara, setting spray, face powders, bronzing powder, a full-set of professional brushes and much more. The makeup kit is more than enough product for in class as well as post graduation use for jobs and opportunities. The makeup kit is a basic kit and building upon it as time goes on is suggested.

Q. DOES CHICSTUDIOS OFFER A PAYMENT PLAN OR FINANCIAL AID?

A. Yes, CHICSTUDIOS offers a payment plan for any program. The payment plan is directly through CHICSTUDIOS. 50% is due two weeks before the first day of the first enrolled course, with remaining balance due on or before the start of the second course. There is zero interest and zero fees for a payment plan. Financial Assistance and Financing is available. Please contact us to set up an appointment to go over all options.

Q. IS CHICSTUDIOS A LICENSED OR ACCREDITED SCHOOL?

A. Yes, CHICSTUDIOS NYC is a Professional Makeup Artistry School, licensed by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and holds the same requirements for CHICSTUDIOS LA. CHIC LA is a licensed beauty business in Santa Monica CA.

Q. WHAT ARE THE CLASS SIZES AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS offers class sizes up to 16 students.

Q. WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS offers the following courses and workshops:

Professional

  • Master Makeup
  • Professional Makeup
  • Beauty Makeup
  • Master Pro *NYC ONLY

Basic

  • Basic Makeup 101
  • Digital Beauty Influencer (Social Media)
  • Airbrush Makeup + Sunless Tanning

Intermediate/Advanced

  • Fashion + Runway Makeup
  • TV + Music Video Makeup
  • Focus Techniques
  • Bridal Makeup + Business Basics
  • Hairstyling for Makeup Artists *NYC ONLY

**Advanced Course. Must submit previous makeup training of 50 hours or more, or graduate from a CHICSTUDIOS Professional courses.

Q. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCED COURSES?

A. CHICSTUDIOS requires proof of 50+ hours from another beauty program or 2 years work experience to enroll into any advanced course.

Q. WHAT DOES ALL-INCLUSIVE AT CHICSTUDIOS MEAN?

A. CHICSTUDIOS includes all material, notes, pens, paper, practical space, and supplies for all courses. For all professional and basic makeup courses, a Makeup Kit, brush set and skin care set are included. Also, in several programs a photo shoot is included as well. There are no additional supplies or material needed for any programs at CHIC. For the Airbrush Makeup Course and Basic Hairstyling Course, a suggested list is provided to purchase. This is optional.

Q. DOES CHICSTUDIOS OFFER A DIPLOMA OR CERTIFICATE UPON GRADUATION?

A. CHICSTUDIOS offers a Diploma for completion of the Master Makeup and Professional Makeup Course. For all other courses, students graduate with a Certificate. A certificate and diploma outline the # of hours and the program name.

Q. ARE THERE EVENING COURSES AVAILABLE AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. Yes, CHICSTUDIOS offers evening hours for most programs, and the schedule runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00pm-10:20pm.

Q. WHERE IS CHICSTUDIOS LOCATED? LA or NYC

A. CHICSTUDIOS has two locations. Los Angeles and New York City. LA is located in Santa Monica, California. NYC is located in the Financial District, Lower Manhattan, New York City.

Q. IS HOUSING AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS works with several partners for housing. We highly recommend AirBnB.com for various price-points, specific locations and ratings. Also, in NYC, CHICSTUDIOS NYC has an exclusive partnership with Aloft Hotel group offering preferential rates.

Q. DOES CHICSTUDIOS ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS LA + NYC welcomes and accept international students. No additional documents are needed.

Q. IS THERE A DRESSCODE AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS does not have a dress code during school hours, however during the final photo shoot, all black is required. It is encouraged to dress as you would in a professional environment and to come to class each day in the most hygienic manner.

Q. DURING CLASS, DO WE WORK ON MODELS OR FELLOW STUDENTS?

A. Models are provided for all instructional demonstrations, and rotations for learning purposes are done on fellow students.

Q. WHAT DO I BRING TO MY FIRST DAY OF CLASS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS provides all learning material, tools, binders and makeup kits (for most programs). It is the responsibility of the student to bring the following to class: 1 small towel, skin care (your preferred brand), tweezers and a large bag (to carry the makeup kit).

Q. WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS AT CHICSTUDIOS?

A. CHICSTUDIOS takes pride in our education and educators. Every instructor has a minimum of 7 years professional experience. All instructors are actively working in the beauty industry. Our instructors are a huge inspiration to their class as they share their experience with opportunities they have had working with celebrities, at fashion shows, on TV and film sets, with agencies, in retail management or on world tours to name a few.

Q. DOES CHICSTUDIOS HELP GRADUATES WITH JOB PLACEMENT?

A. CHICSTUDIOS offers The ‘CHICPRO Community’ to each graduate. This community offers a variety of services to the graduates such as; career advice, hiring fairs, freelance opportunities, fashion shows and networking events to name a few. The ‘CHICPRO Community’ is offered as a service to successful graduates, but CHICSTUDIOS does not guarantee employment or placement.

CHICSTUDIOS works with various brands to host events, hiring fairs and generate opportunities for graduates who are eager to work in the beauty industry. CHICSTUDIOS does not guarantee any jobs, as this is the responsibility of each artist/graduate. However, CHICSTUDIOS does have an open door policy where graduates can have questions answered, discuss career guidance and resume development.

Q. WHAT JOBS ARE AVAILABLE AS A MAKEUP ARTIST?

A. CHICSTUDIOS graduates will find job opportunities in several different areas of artistry, depending on their interest. If their interest is in the retail environment we offer hiring fairs with brands and businesses such as Sephora, MAC and Bloomingdale’s to name a few. Other graduates enjoy freelancing gigs, such as bridal clients, fashion shows or events.

Another common area of freelancing is working with Photographers, Models or Designers creating print ads, catalogs, fashion magazines, music videos, and/ or fashion shows. Some graduatea will enjoy working with an agency or on-set with actors, musicians on music videos, concert tours, films, television, commercials, reality shows and/or sports or news opportunities.

Q. WHAT KIND OF MONEY CAN I EXPECT TO MAKE AS A MAKEUP ARTIST?

A. The quality of your work and your commitment to excellence are the two main deciding factors, as well as which industry you to work within.

The cosmetic retail industry is the entry level for many makeup artists and its wages vary based on experience and brands. Makeup in the bridal industry can vary from $50-150+ per person, depending on experience and location. Makeup with a production company is usually paid on a “day rate” basis, and this rate averages between $250-750+ per day for video, print and runway work. On-set artists for film, television, or music videos can vary based on location and overall budget but can start at $250.00+ per day and go up from there based on experience. CHICSTUDIOS does not guarantee rates.

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