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CARA Professional Makeup Courses

The CARA Makeup Academy was created out of a need to support our CARA Cosmetics Clients Spas, Salons, Boutiques, Cosmetology and Esthetics Schools around the country.

Our courses have been created to provide to excellent makeup education as well as understanding Business and Branding Success as a Makeup Artist in today's industry.

CARA Makeup Academy offers Business, Branding and makeup artistry education available as  Evening Courses and Makeup Boot Camps. Our courses deliver a rich array of technique, product and industry knowledge, providing a strong foundation for a successful career in makeup.

(Note: We are not a Cosmetology nor Esthetics school nor offer any type of state licensing.  We do encourage each individual to review the state laws and professional regulation to adhere to the highest ethics, standards and law of our profession.)

Business & Beauty Makeup Course

Our Business & Beauty Makeup Course is perfect for the aspiring makeup artist looking to achieve their education within a busy schedule. This in-depth makeup course will teach you the essentials of makeup artistry, and the business sense needed to make your career soar. Choose from our 6-Week Course or 4-Day Boot Camp. The 6-Week Course is comprised of 3 modules of 3-hour classes, as well as a full day business class. Our 4-Day Boot Camp is comprised of all 3 modules, plus the business class, in a full day format.

Bridal & Business Makeup Course

Our Bridal & Business Makeup Course is a 3-Day course that will teach you everything you need to know about getting started as a makeup artist in the Bridal industry. This hands-on course is an advanced course, designed to give you the essential knowledge you need to provide bridal makeup services and make your brides look great on camera. Students must be graduates of our Business & Beauty Makeup Course.

Brow Design & Tinting Course

In this one day course you will learn the essentials needed to sculpt the perfect brow and to tint brows and lashes. In addition, you will receive your very own CARA Brow Kit, containing 4 CARA Unicolor brow colors and brow/lash gel.

Each graduate will become a CARA C.A.T. (Certified Artist Team Member) and receive a CARA certificate of completion.



Student Testimonials

Wow, wow, wow! I am so glad I choose to invest in CARA Makeup Academy to further my makeup artistry career. This was a huge financial investment for me and my family, but I received much more in return. From day one I knew I chose the right instructor because Leslie made it clear she only expected the best out of her students. She stands for excellence and carves it out of her students.  This is not your typical makeup class. I learned so much more like professionalism, job etiquette, skill & technique. Leslie truly cares about the personal career development of her students. Before CARA Makeup Academy, I was only interested in doing weddings, I had no idea of all the other possibilities available in the makeup industry. I was even extended the opportunity to be a makeup assistant on set of a movie and it was life changing, to say the least. What I loved most about CARA Makeup Academy is that when you complete the class you not only receive your certification, but she also offers the opportunity to assist her and apply what you learned in her classes. Leslie teaches her students how to succeed in today's industry. I highly recommend CARA Makeup Academy to anyone thinking about a career in the makeup industry! — Nichelle Rains

By completing this course I now feel like a true makeup artist and so very proud to say so. My confidence is a different level. Through this class I feel I have been given the knowledge to be able to analyze someone and be able to tackle anything…Taking these classes were, to me, the best investment of both my time and money I could have made to make me grow, not only as a person but a makeup artist. Everyone and anyone who wants the very best tools to succeed should take this class. You are getting the best knowledge and tools from Leslie and Lisa, the very best in the industry. Thank you for the incredible ride. — Rob Smith

I just wanted to send you a letter of thanks, for all the information and insight I received from taking your class in Feb. It was a wonderful experience, jammed packed with knowledge. I'm so glad I went for it when the classes were available in Birmingham. Since I last saw you I got right to work getting my name out there on the internet, on the phone and lots of good old fashioned leg work…I actually got my very first job on a movie that was being filmed in my area just 9 weeks after completing my course with you. Since then I have worked on a pilot for a game show and just finished working on a movie trailer. Because of this experience I now am locked in with the busiest production company in my city. I'm having the time of my life and thoroughly enjoying my work. Who knew at 49 I would be having so much fun! — Laura Lee Showalter

As a student at FCNH I had the opportunity to spend a day at CARA studio. Leslie took the time to educate us and share some of her tips and showed us how she custom blends her foundations. She also shared with us her passion for helping people who have suffered trauma and cancer and making them feel beautiful. I am a nurse and decided to become an esthetician and makeup artist to pursue my creative side. I also have a passion for helping others. Ever since I graduated I have longed to attend classes by Leslie. Attending this Beauty and Business Boot Camp has prepared me as a business woman. As well as providing me with the tools to improve my skills as a makeup artist while providing great service. My goal is to continue to improve. I will definitely be attending future classes that she has to offer. — Karen O’Brien

I have to say this was such a great experience. Leslie is such a great makeup artist who explains everything so well that I was able to recreate some of the looks I wanted. The makeup line is great. I personally use it on myself. I would recommend anyone who wants to be a makeup artist to take her classes. — Jeniffer Ibarra

Being someone with no makeup experience, I had no idea what to expect. This class made me feel comfortable with the CARA line. I feel like I've been provided with enough information to comfortably discuss with clients any makeup questions they may have regarding CARA. I am excited to expand my business opportunities and Leslie rocks! — Michael B.

I love Leslie. She is so passionate in what she does. I became a more confident up and coming makeup artist.  The five days was really worth it. When your teacher loves what they do, then the students thrive off their teacher’s energy, and that’s what Leslie made me do, thrive off of her knowledge and love for makeup.  Come and do all the classes, you will not regret it. I promise you. — Britnee Farquson