About The Makeup Training Academy

Terri Tomlinson, the founder of Makeup Training Academy, started the school with a mission to empower and mentor students and working makeup artists. Terri believes that it is important to teach the highest-caliber, and most up-to-date makeup techniques available. Terri has literally “Reinvented The Wheel” with her trademarked Color Wheel, and has adapted this modern, exciting approach to her teaching methods. Having had successfully taught the art and business of makeup for many years, Terri and MTA have an alumni that includes hundreds of successful make-up artists. Under Terri’s tutelage, many MTA students have worked on local & national print ads, television & film, fashion & videos along with establishing successful careers as independent MUAs.

Makeup Training Academy provides numerous hands-on makeup artistry classes & workshops in Dallas, and around the country. Terri’s goal is to help her students reach a greater level of professional development that will take their skills to the next level. All classes & workshops are led by Terri and other industry leaders who take time out of their busy schedules to teach techniques focused on beauty makeup, editorial, HD and the beauty industry.

Mission & Philosophy
MTA believes that teaching must include more than lecture and demos. Students must get the opportunity to learn by doing, to apply this knowledge under the direct supervision of a skilled instructor for a true hands-on experience. For these reasons, Terri limits the size of each class. This ensures there is always ample materials, insight, time and personalized instruction available to students.

Terri loves working with students and helping train the industry’s next leaders. By providing quality instruction and encouraging the continuous search for knowledge and growth, Makeup Training Academy helps set the stage for excellence. MTA students not only learn the technical skills to thrive in the beauty industry, but also achieve sustainability.

Terri Tomlinson and Makeup Training Academy is a recognized national leader among Makeup Artists and is a sought-after speaker at beauty symposiums nationwide.

MTA also assists students and alumni with opportunities and education to plan, promote and prepare their careers in the beauty industry. Upon completion of any of our course-work, students become part of the Makeup Training Academy “Community”, which offers a platform for events, job opportunities, advanced education, internships, and networking.

Our artists have secured opportunities and careers in the make-up industry. Many work in management and artistry positions for brands such as Chanel, MAC and Sephora. Others are freelance business owners in bridal and studio settings. As they continue building experience and develop their networks, many work with celebrity clientele, on television and in film.

More About Terri Tomlinson

Terri Tomlinson

Makeup Artist, Educator

Terri Tomlinson is a working makeup artist, global educator and creator of The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™. She has worked in the beauty and production industries for 30 years and opened Makeup Training Academy in 2010. Terri currently travels the world teaching her new method of color theory in neutrals, works with cosmetic brands on color development and trains professional makeup artists.

Her mission is for The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™ and color theory in neutral to be the standard by which all makeup artists learn and work with color theory.

As a working makeup artist, Terri began her career working with lines like Bobbi Brown and Prescriptives. Later after studying makeup for camera at MUD she began working in the production industry. There she created super natural camera ready makeup for all mediums, focusing on HD and commercial print.

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New Guidelines for Studio and Educational Events

Makeup Training Academy

Updated June 1, 2020


The opening of Makeup Training Academy and the resuming of classes will happen in phases as we learn and develop new standards for working closely with our students and customers. Makeup application and in-house training is an intimate practice that cannot be done with social distancing. For this reason we will adding services as we are able to offer them in a safe and secure way.

PHASE 1: Studio open to retail sales, makeup application and lessons

We will be opening the studio for retail operations on June 3, 2020 with the following hours: Wednesday 10-3
Thursday 10-3
Friday 10-3
Every other Saturday 10-2 (starting 6/06) and by appointment. 
*Please contact us if you would like to come in at a time outside our new hours. Appointments can be made online at this link or by phone or email. Clients will be seen 1 at-a-time. (See below for contact information.)

PHASE 2: We will begin offering short workshops and demo-style classes mid-July with our first offering on July 22, 2020.

Workshops will be at 50% capacity and require social distance when possible. All students are required to wear a mask while in studio and working. July classes:
Color Theory in Flesh Tone – July 22
Highlight/Contour Basics – July 24
Clean Beauty Portfolio Build – July 29-30
*Please visit MakeupTrainingAcademy.com for details, costs and registration.

PHASE 3: Classes will resume August 14, 2020

In August baring no setbacks, we will resume our normal schedule. Class size will be reduced, however more options will be offered. Although we provide student kits for classes, all artists attending classes at Makeup Training Academy will be required to bring a Sanitation Kit. Details on this kit will be sent to all who register. Our August classes:
Level 1 3-Day Course – August 14-16
Color Theory in Flesh Tone – August 19
All About Eyes – August 21
Level 2 3-Day Course August 25
As we work together to provide a safe and effective environment for all who attend Makeup Training Academy, we will be following our Guideline Protocol which will include the following:
  1. Anyone entering the space will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask one will be provided. A mask is to be worn at all times and taken off only if having makeup applied.
  2. All surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between clients.
  3. Clients, students and models will be temperature screened upon entering.
  4. Anyone who feels sick, not themselves, feverish or has any cold/flu symptoms is asked to stay at home. As well, anyone who has knowingly been in contact with someone who is sick is asked to stay at home.
  5. Hands will be washed and sanitized A LOT!!!!!!!
  6. Social distancing will be practiced as much as allowed.
The Guideline Protocol as well as any important details will be sent upon registering. Thank you,
Terri Tomlinson
Makeup Training Academy
15713 Quorum Dr, Addison TX 75001
800-531-5092 / info@makeuptrainingacademy.com