Nicole’s Chic Studios School of Makeup Artistry located in the D.U.M.B.O. section of Brooklyn has already produced 13 graduating classes since the studio opened its doors in January, 2009.
Nicole describes her “passion for fashion and being creative” as her motivation for entering into the fast-pace world make-up and beauty.
As a youth, Canadian-born Nicole enjoyed playing sports and being active. At the age of 18, she went on to attend college in Calgary, Alberta, where she studied marketing and management, two subjects that would eventually aid her in launching her own beauty school.
Nicole began her career as a part-time makeup artist in 2000, initially glamorizing wedding parties and friends. For five years Nicole traveled to fashion-wealthy cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego where she worked with celebrities, reality TV shows and enrolled in numerous makeup artistry-training courses.
“I found a gap in makeup training,” said Nicole, who credits her time spent traveling from city to city as inspiration to open her own beauty school.
“I wanted to develop something that would give [students] the foundation and confidence to get a job,” said Nicole, who opened Chic Studios in 2005 in Calgary before moving the company to Brooklyn early last year.
“New York is definitely one of the capitals of fashion,” said Nicole, who refers to Los Angeles as a more entertainment based venue, rather than high fashion.
Nicole maintains that her 93-hour program supplies graduates with the tools they need to be successful in an industry that’s “constantly evolving.”
“We give [students] a realistic standpoint on their careers,” said Nicole, who revealed the key to being a good makeup artist is to apply the learning, utilize ones talents, and stay inspired.
In the years to come, Nicole plans on growing Chic Studios’ credibility, building it as a brand, and developing students into prominent artists in the industry.
One of Nicole’s favorite aspects of the industry is its volatility, “This is an industry that allows you to bring something to the table, to change it.”