NEXT UPCOMING PROFESSIONAL COURSE;
Sunday Dec 17th, 2023
Ester’s Professional Makeup Artist School
Knowing how to apply makeup properly is wonderful yet it doesn’t make you a makeup artist.
There are many courses out there that teach you how to apply makeup.
You can learn different techniques, how to use various tools, and practice many styles. But in reality, being a professional makeup artist is so much more than just knowing how to apply makeup.
“I felt I knew makeup, but wanted to become a professional makeup artist in every sense of the word. Ester was the perfect one to walk me through that process.”
- Gitty H, Jerusalem
“real lessons that will mold you into a professional makeup artist.”
- Kreindy B, New York
Professional Makeup Artist School
I’ve been a makeup artist for over 20 years. I’ve studied and practiced makeup in Hollywood, Paris, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. I’ve learned top level skills and secrets.
And now I want to teach it all to you.
I started my makeup school ten years ago, and my students are now professional makeup artists all over the world, including London, New York and Texas.
Every so often, I open up the course to another four students. I train them, guide them, and teach them everything they need to be a success.
What will I learn?
The course covers many topics including:
Basic and advanced makeup techniques to include skin types and tones, contouring, eyes shape and colors as well as airbrush.
How to mix foundations to get the perfect tone and consistency every time
Using Facecharts (and how this will help you as a makeup artist)
Understanding the different makeup products to know which to buy
Various methods for approaching and getting clients
How to stay current with makeup trends
Business etiquette and how to be professional
Understanding the client and their real desires (including real practice sessions)
How to stay calm when clients are stressed and pressured
Top standards in hygiene and cleanliness
The course consists of 12 weekly lessons at my fully equipped professional makeup studio in Talpiot, Jerusalem, right by the Sam Spigel film school.
Each lesson is five hours, and is divided between theory and practical.
At the end of the course, each student is tested to become certified, and is ready to launch their career as a fully-fledged makeup artist.
Makeup school class size
As makeup is a very hands-on art, I keep the class sizes as small as possible. I only accept up to four students in each course.
The lessons are fun and involved, with each student receiving as much individual attention as possible.
Note that due to Corona, the course is currently operating under a slightly different model – please call for more information.
I really like that the class size was small, I felt we got a lot of one on one attention, which i believed helped me be more successful in the course
- Davina M, Jerusalem
At the start of the course, I ask every student about their goals.
Some want to do makeup for events, such as bridal makeup, while others want to go into the fashion or film industry. I have done it all over the years, and throughout the course, I give each student the information, skills and advice they will need to help them achieve their goals.
Practice makeup on real models
In many makeup schools the students practice applying makeup on each other.
I wanted to expose my students to a wider variety of face types, and enable them to practice on ‘real’ clients who aren’t necessarily well-versed in the latest makeup trends.
Not to mention, spending half the course being a model seems like an awful waste of time.
Each student will have a model to practice on for every lesson of the course (from the third week).
You’ll get hands-on experience in understanding what the client is asking for and working with different faces, so that by the time the course is over you’ll feel like a seasoned makeup artist already.
And yes, you’re more than welcome to bring a friend/sister/mother/grandmother etc. as your model and have some fun together.
"I really enjoyed being able to bring my friends in and practicing on them"
– Kayla H
What are the lessons like?
Relaxed, intimate, and fun! There is a lot of learning happening, but we have a great time.
"Ester makes the environment feel very positive, fun and light. She always has a smile on her face and really cares about each student, and their success in the course. She is patient, bubbly, encouraging and will always make extra time for you if you need it. Every class she would bring something she baked, which really shows her character and how kind she is. Truly the best teacher"!
- Dvorah B, Jerusalem
It’s very easy to blindly follow a YouTube makeup tutorial and achieve stunning results.
But when you don’t have the exact product available, or you’re facing someone with different features than the model on the screen, it’s hard to consistently re-create that look.
And what if the client wants something a little different?
As a personal makeup artist, I don’t have ‘my own style.’ Instead, I create a look based on what my client wants, in a way that will bring out her beauty no matter what face type or skin tone she has.
This is something that I impart to every student of mine, and something we practice during the course.
I don’t just instruct them to use this product for this purpose, and that product for that purpose.
Instead, I explain to them the way each product works, and why sometimes one type of product will be good and why in other cases, they’ll need something else.
I teach them what to look for when going shopping for products – it’s not just a shopping list of which exact products to buy, but an understanding of what to look for when choosing makeup products.
As an example, if you’ve ever applied foundation, you’ll know how important it is to have the right color and texture based on your skin tone, undertone, complexion and skin type. As a makeup artist, you’ll have two choices: you can either show up with 10-20 bottles and hope one of them is a good match and is also the right consistency, or you can bring a base of just few products (all included in my essentials makeup package) that you’ll learn how to mix to create the perfect shade, coverage and finish to each individual and mix them to create the perfect color and consistency every time. Mixing foundations is a skill that many experienced makeup artists haven’t acquired, but I make sure that every student of mine is confident to do this right
Hygiene as a professional makeup artist
I strongly believe that a professional makeup artist must have the highest standards of hygiene.
I show my students how to keep their brushes sterile and completely clean and where to use alcohol spray and gel when working with clients.
I teach them how to apply makeup without touching the client’s face directly, and how to use disposable application tools. Always!
This strong training in makeup hygiene gave my students a strong competitive advantage when Coronavirus hit, and this suddenly became extremely important.
"My clients are always commenting how clean my brushes are"
Kriendy B, New York
Makeup: An evolving curriculum
Anyone familiar with the fashion industry knows that it is constantly changing.
So is my course.
It would be so easy to just create a curriculum and use it again and again. My students would get plenty of value from it, and it would be very easy for me.
But I’m not looking for the easy way out.
Every single course I give is that much better than the one before. I’m constantly noting down ideas for improvement, updating my materials to be in line with the latest trends, and brainstorming ways of giving my students even more value.
And it doesn’t stop there. I want my students to succeed not just now, but also in the future.
This is why I share with them ideas and methods of how to stay updated with what’s new and trending in the makeup world, so that they will always be familiar with the latest styles and techniques.
How to get clients for makeup
What’s a makeup artist without clients? I spend quite a bit of time going over several different methods of getting your name out there, and finding new clients.
We discuss what to say to prospects when they call or message with inquiries, and how to handle any specific concerns they may have.
By the end of the course, each student will already have several pictures in their portfolio of work they did during the course. This gives them a valuable head start over other beginners, and places them in a position of continuing their career, rather than launching it.
You can view some of their work in this gallery.
Show me some pics from your students!
Being a professional makeup artist isn’t just about knowing how to apply makeup well.
There is a lot of interaction with clients, and a makeup artist has to stay calm and professional at all times.
This is not always so easy as the client and people around may be stressed and pressured, yet the artist still has to do a perfect job in a professional manner.
There are techniques to use in these situations, and I ensure my students know all of the trade secrets to enable them to be successful.
Another aspect of dealing with clients is to understand what they really want.
Someone may want to look ‘natural’, yet will be disappointed if they really do look natural as that’s not quite what they had meant. I teach how to read between the lines, the words to look out for and the questions to ask in order to correctly interpret the client’s desires, and make them look just like the image they were dreaming of. I want every one of my students’ clients to be a happy client.
"Ester teaches you how to listen to and understand your clients needs so that when they leave your chair, they feel like their best selves! She teaches you how to find the beauty in everything and everyone".
Will I be a professional makeup artist once the course is over?
With every course I give, I notice something interesting. The students who work hard, practice the techniques in between lessons and really give it their all, are far more likely to become successful and most likely will get plenty of work in the field.
On the other hand, there are some students who are taking the course for fun, rather than to launch their career. They’ll practice sporadically, and aren’t serious about building their portfolio or trying to get clients.
So to answer the question, will you be a professional makeup artist once the course is over?
It depends on you. I will teach you all the skills and information you’ll need, and give you all the tools and supplies to get you started (in the optional add-on).
I’ll do everything I can to set you up for success. The question is, what will you do with it?
I'll be there for you
Once the course is over, I don’t just throw my students in at the deep end and wish them luck.
If they have any questions, whether it’s about getting clients, how to apply makeup to a specific client, or advice on specific products, I’m there for them. I share in their successes, and help with their struggles.
They may have graduated the course, but I’ll always be there for them.
"I have kept a relationship with Ester and whenever I need anything she is really kind and helpful with all my questions
even though I'm not in Israel anymore.."-
My students are also welcome to join lessons anytime after they complete the course as well.
They know that my studio is always open for them.
How much is the makeup artist course?
The course is 5900 shekels, and includes a basic tool package to get you started.
For serious students who want a bigger head start, I offer two additional packages:
Essentials kit: This gives you exactly what you’ll need, and is tailored for the methods we learn in the course. Price: 1700 shekels
Professional kit: This kit is amazing. You will have everything you need - including tools, brushes and makeup. Yes, a makeup artist will always want more, but with this kit (which includes everything in the essentials kit too) you’ll be ready to launch your career.
It comes in a stylish and useful bag. Price: 3000 shekels.
" I like that Ester provided makeup
(even though we had to pay extra).
It [the essential kit] gave me a base to start with"
Miriam W, Jerusalem
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