Basic Certification



The Glam Academy is a program in which students are not only certified on artistic ability, but their collective understanding of what it takes to be an independent makeup artist in today’s society. The Glam Academy gives students the shortcuts and the keys to success. Through coursework and various homework assignments, photo shoots and activities, Alexa can gain a true understanding as to whether the student understands what it takes to truly exceed in the industry of makeup artistry.

“The only way I figured out what works as a business owner is by figuring out what definitely doesn’t work. I learned all of these things the hard way and over a period of 11 years. The Glam Academy is a place where I give the students my formula for success—my shortcuts. With this the student can fast forward to both a place and an overall understanding of how to run a business in a smart efficient way. And even better—they save themselves a decade!” Alexa Prisco

Artistic talent is not the only measure of The Glam Academy students. The Glam Academy will evaluate a student’s comprehensive understanding of all facets necessary to be a business owner, and the sensitive balance between entrepreneurism and artistry. The Glam Academy levels of certification are a reflection of that understanding.

After completing the Academy, the students present Alexa with a binder, which is carefully reviewed. This binder is a compilation of homework assignments, photo shoots, and creative, thought- provoking activities. The binder presentation is a way for Alexa and The Glam Academy instructors to evaluate the students on all of the criteria that Alexa believes are necessary for a makeup artist to pave their way independently. The binder is simply an overview of the students’ work and one of the many criteria on which we base the certification.

The Certification Level Has Been Selected Based On Following Overall Criteria:

To Meet The Criteria Of Any Certification Level, The Student Must Complete ALL Of The Following:
All classes are attended.

Note: In all of the above criteria, the most important quality is balance. A student can be extremely organized, efficient, and punctual, but may need to work on particular aspects of their artistry. On the other end, a student could be extremely talented and not apply themselves in any capacity for anything outside of the artistic requirements.

Every student is made aware of the criteria for certification throughout the Course.

The details and criteria for certification are discussed in detail below. The levels are generalized, and not every single criterion is applicable to each individual student.

Description of the Class


Fairy Cert Level

Ice Breakers—WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A MAKEUP ARTIST—Fellowship of Fairies 2 hours Basic
Glamology Basic 3 hours – basic education – NO RULES Basic
Foundations—color bases, chemical bases, finishes, oxidation, coverage's, understanding grid, lab work and sampling on models 3 hours Basic
Contouring and highlighting 2 hours Basic
Lighting 1 hour—bring in mom—bring in special guest to talk about lighting in photography Basic
Lashes—cuts, symmetry, burying. LAB 2 hours Basic
Bridal makeup 10 hours – different looks, how to deal with brides, taking pictures of your work 10 hours—different facecharts I created for different looks Basic
Natural looks with a splash of Glam 4 hours Basic
The Smokey Eye—there is not just one smokey eye—demonstration and lab 6 hours Basic
Trade for print—building your portfolio outside of the class. How it works—where to go with it 6 hours Basic
Eyebrows—bring in threader to talk 1 hour Basic
How make up is made up-- oral 1 hour Basic

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