Make Up For Ever, the Paris-based professional makeup brand, announced it will open its first licensed U.S. Academy in the heart of New York City's Union Square in January 2012. Dany Sanz, Make Up For Ever's creator and artistic director, opened the first Academy in Paris in 2002 to share her knowledge and experience with new makeup artists. Since then, academies in Paris, Nice, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Brussels, Jakarta and Singapore have opened.
The curriculum includes three distinct components, ranging from seven to 20 weeks: Beauty-Fashion, TV-Film and Stage-Artistic. The school will be led by Floraine David, a former student of Dany Sanz, who is skilled in stage makeup, body painting and special effects. David has worked with the company since 1992, and has taught at the Academy in Paris.
The U.S. Academy will also bring in guest lecturers and connect students with makeup artists working in various divisions of the industry. It will feature a lecture room with individual makeup stations for each student, a demonstration space with a high definition TV and professional lighting, and an in-house photo studio.
"Over the past 27 years, Make Up For Ever has become the makeup artists' reference for information, inspiration, artistry and education around the world," said Nicolas Cordier, the brand's global CEO. "We are thrilled to be opening the Make Up For Ever Academy in New York City to share our expertise and passion with the next generation of makeup artists, as well as to become the leader in makeup education throughout the Americas."
Each prospective student must submit a completed Academy application, an essay detailing how they envision their career as a makeup artist, and a portfolio of creative work such as drawings, paintings, photographs, digital media, or makeup application. Click here for more information on how to apply. —Kristen Heinzinger