About Terri

Terri Tomlinson re-invented The Wheel!

Terri Tomlinson is a working makeup artist, global educator and owner of Terri Tomlinson Makeup Training Academy. She is also the creator of The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™. Her 30 year career in the beauty industry spans from retail cosmetic to production to brand development and education.

As an artist, Terri is known for clean beauty and camera-ready makeup. She works in all mediums including print photography, video, film, Television, and runway, with a special interest in HD. Clients include American Airlines, Pepsi, Verizon, Ford Motor Company, and AT&T. 

In 2010 Terri opened Terri Tomlinson Makeup Training Academy (TTMTA) offering classes and workshops to new and existing artists. Covering all aspects of the industry from technique to creating a business, Terri offers each of her students a hands-on and personal approach to professional makeup artistry. 

Frustrated with the gap between color theory and makeup, in 2017 Terri invented The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™, a creative teaching tool for anyone who works with skin. As an essential guide to tone, color and correction, this one-of-a-kind wheel is revolutionizing the way makeup artists work with color. Using The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™ has led Terri to create a method of working color theory in neutrals. This method allows artists to actively employ color theory in all of their decisions. It both simplifies and deepens the artist experience. 

As a beauty expert and someone who is “obsessed with color theory”,  Terri is currently working with brands using The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™ to understand color in skin and makeup. Terri also travels internationally teaching color theory in flesh tone and is creating new programs on color for the beauty industry. 

Her mission: a color revolution!




On Makeup

My philosophy on makeup for the “real world” has always been very simple; the skin should look flawless and the features enhanced. Every face has something beautiful about it, and makeup should enhance what that something is. If I can make the skin look alive and perfect, then everything else is icing on the cake. I love a smoky eye just like anyone else, but for me, the skin and the shape and texture of the face are so much more alluring. For production, my style tends to be more on the natural side. I like people to look fresh and alive, I love cheek color.


On Being a Professional Makeup Artist

There are more working makeup artists in the business than ever before, working in all areas, in many levels of expertise. Some do good work, some great, some not so much. Anyone can buy a nice brush set and say they are a professional. We live in an area with no regulation, no licensing, and no certification. So what makes someone a professional? What separates a professional makeup artist from someone who paints a face?

First and foremost I believe it is understanding and practicing makeup art as a craft.
(Definition: an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill,especially manual skill.)

Professional artists don’t just paint a face, they define and accentuate. They soften areas that are sharp and sharpen areas that are soft. They utilize light and color theory to conceal, correct and enhance. Each face is a story, a new challenge if you look at that face as a craftsperson. Work is individuated to the person in your chair, to the job, to the desired outcome.

We are artisans really, like a plumber. Can someone learn to be a plumber in one day? Probably not, however it is a start and perhaps in that one day they can learn a lot about say, fixing a leaky faucet or even if they want to be a plumber. The more they train and work, the better plumber they will be. (Plumbers actually can spend 10 years and over 10,000 hours to qualify as a Master Plumber.) Most makeup schools last for 6-22 weeks and even they are beginners when they graduate. It is something that evolves as you work and learn. I learn something new on every job I do and in every class.

This is what I believe and what we practice and teach at Makeup Training Academy.

A full program at TTMTA would be completion of Level 1 and 2.  I believe that when finished students will have a strong understanding of their craft, they will know if they have the love for it, and they will also understand that they have only scratched the surface. We can give you skill and give you time to practice and learn technique, teach you the theories behind everything we do and how it connects to different mediums, educate you on product, cross-contamination, and how to conduct yourself. I can teach you the craft, and that is when your journey really begins.


– Terri Tomlinson