Where Are The World's Best Hairstyling Schools?

Best Beauty Schools

July 4th, 2017 | FAB (Flair / Artistry / Beauty)

Do you dream of becoming the next Jonny Ramirez, Chris McMillan or Jen Atkin? Because as we all know, stylists and colorists are the real stars behind every celebrity's best look. Having searched all over the world, FAB has put together its non-exhaustive list of five schools that really are among the very best. Let's take a look.

Pivot Point Academy - All Over The World

Situated on six continents, this school network is made up of over 2000 training centers that have adopted the Pivot Point method. The first of them was founded in Chicago in 1962 by Leo Passage, a pioneer of modern styling techniques. Before the 1960s, styling consisted mainly in cutting hair before fixing it firmly in place. Leo transformed this into the art of sculpting hair to produce styles that have a real structured base and so hold up on their own. Thanks to him, the previous techniques have been relegated to history, and the ones he pioneered are now the basis of modern hairdressing.

The big plus: Along with its practical exercises, Pivot Point has developed multimedia tools adapted to fun and attractive teaching.

They studied at Pivot Point: Peter Michael Franelli, one of the '80s most famous stylists.

Other schools on the list: London Hair Academy (UK), Aveda Institutes (USA, Canada, Australia), Scotto Di Cesare (France), Yamano College of Aesthetics (Japan).

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Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
847-985-5900

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The Ultimate Zombie - A Fantasy Makeup Demo

Zombie Makeup Demo

With Devin Stein

Look and learn how to create hyper-realistic injuries, wounds and gore for the ultimate zombie utilizing a skin safe FX silicone widely recognized in the FX industry.

Details:

  • August 7, 2017
  • 6pm - 8pm | 2 CEHs
  • Members: $10 | Non-Members: $35
  • Location: Pivot Point Academy 144 E Lake St. Bloomingdale, IL 60108

About the Educator: Devin Stein

Devin Stein Makeup Educator

Make up has always been a passion for Devin. Special FX makeup drew her attention at an early age. Devin took that passion into other art forms, graduating with an art degree focused on sculpting, painting and theater makeup. She interned at the Goodman Theater, working in the production department. Devin has also worked as a makeup artist at Six Flags Fright Fest, editorial campaigns and independent films.

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Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
847-985-5900

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Highlighting and Contouring 101

Wouldn’t we all love to have perfect, movie-set lighting following us everywhere we go? Or how about our own hair and makeup team to make us look like supermodels every day? Exactly where is this magical fountain of youth and great bone structure? 

Although the top-model treatment is not reality for the majority (if not all) of us, it’s still possible to get a glammed-up face at home. The solution? Highlighting and contouring techniques. Highlighting and contouring have made their way to the mainstream after celebrities like the Kardashians introduced us to the beauty of an airbrushed Instagram selfie. The terms are now universal to anyone with an affinity for selfies and hyper-sculpted cheekbones. 

So, just how do you get the look? And what is the difference between the two? We are breaking down highlighting and contouring techniques for beginners that will take you from plain to reign. 

THE BASICS OF HIGHLIGHTING AND CONTOURING 

To recap: highlighting and contouring are makeup application techniques that, when blended together, bring out what you feel are your best features while diminishing your least favorite. Contouring is applied first to create natural shadowing, followed by highlighter to accentuate (or “highlight”) your favorite features. 

Before you start applying the techniques, there are some things to keep in mind. First, make sure you’ve determined your skin’s natural undertones before selecting your contour and highlighter shades. Your contour should be a shade darker and slightly ashy so it looks like a natural shadow. Highlighters, on the other hand, should be a shade warmer with some yellow tints so your skin doesn’t appear too chalky. Next, shimmer. When it comes to shimmer, it’s important to glow, not “sparkle.” The shimmer level in your products should be soft and look as natural as possible. 

WHERE AND HOW TO APPLY 

CONTOUR 

Apply your contour first to get a more defined outline of your face and help guide your highlighter application. 

Edges of the forehead 

Begin by drawing an arc of contour along the top of your forehead just under the hairline. The arc should start outside of one eyebrow and end at the outside of the other, the end points about two inches down toward each eyebrow. 

Hollows of the cheeks 

This step is what gives you the ultra-defined cheekbone look. To find your hollows (where your cheekbones start and end), make a fish face by sucking in your cheeks. Apply contour on the outer edges of your face and in your hollows, moving closer towards the mouth. Stop about an inch before your reach your mouth. 

Side of the nose

Contouring the sides of your nose gives the illusion of thinness and straight structure. Simply apply thin, vertical contour stripes along the sides of the bridge. 

Jawline 

For a continuous, even tone, blend contour underneath your chin and along the jawline. 

HIGHLIGHTER 

Now it’s time to emphasize your best features. 

Center of the forehead 

You can find the center spot by the left and right of your inner eyebrows and dabbing a square of highlighter in between, but not between the eyebrows themselves. 

Tip of the nose 

Stencil a tiny line down the bridge of your nose just above the contour. 

Tops of your cheekbones 

Use thin strokes to apply highlighter on the top of your cheekbones, angling the outer rims upward to accent the height of your cheeks. 

Top lip 

Your Cupid’s bow is the little groove between the two peaks of your upper lip. Put highlighter here, just where it meets your top lip. 

THE FINISHING TOUCHES 

Once your face is full of these lines, it’s time to blend. Use a clean, shaped makeup sponge to gently blend your contour and highlight shades together, adjusting as you work your way down your face. Finish as you normally would: apply translucent/finishing powder lightly throughout your face and blush on your cheeks to add natural dimension. Apply any other makeup you wish and voila! Whether you’re going to an event or just out with friends, you’ve built the foundation for the red carpet look of your choosing. 

 

Would you like to create red carpet looks for a living? Get started now at Pivot Point Academy! 

 

Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
847-985-5900

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Airbrush Makeup Workshop

Airbrush Makeup

Airbrushing has become one of the premier ways of applying makeup. In this session, we will show the airbrush techniques used to apply a flawless face, without being able to detect the actual application of make-up.

We strongly encourage you bring your professional makeup brushes and makeup kit. However, the complete airbrush system includes:

  • MUD's HD Air Pro Set - 22 - 1/2 oz. silicone based, long lasting liquid airbrush make-up with a variety of colors to match any skin tone or create any effect
  • Sparmax SP35 Airbrush - lightweight, dual action, top gravity feed airbrush
  • Sparmax AC66 Compressor - easy to use, compact, reliable and quiet compressor that is the ultimate choice for superior quality (110V use only, not to be used with a converter or adaptor)
  • Sparmax Airbrush Cleaning Station - equipped with an airbrush hanger, a filter and glass jar to prevent overspray while cleaning the airbrush
  • Nurturing Force Airbrush Cleaner - a chemical-free cleaning fluid that is designed for silicone, water, and alcohol based products
  • 5-Piece Cleaning Brush Kit - 5 different sized brushes to clean the airbrush


Event Details:

  • November 6th 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM
  • Registration Deadline October 25th
  • Tuition: Introductory offer $750 (regularly $1200, $600 for class and $600 for MUD airbrush kit)
  • 7 Continuing Education Units Awarded Upon Completion (Granted to Licensed Cosmetologists & Estheticians)


Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
847-985-5900

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Airbrush Makeup Look and Learn

Airbrushing has become one of the premier ways of applying makeup. In this session, we will show the airbrush techniques used to apply a flawless face, without being able to detect the actual application of make-up.

Event Details:

  • August 28th 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
  • Registration Deadline August 21st
  • Costs $25
  • 2 Continuing Education Units Awarded Upon Completion


Pivot Point Academy
144 East Lake Street, Suite C
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
847-985-5900

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