Become A Professional Makeup Artist Now!

Makeup Veteran Terri Tomlinson provides Professional Level training to anyone who is interested in a career as a makeup artist. MTA classes help you develop the skills and techniques needed to work in all makeup mediums. This includes makeup for Production (video, film, Television, photography) to Bridal, Runway, Editorial and Special Event/Red Carpet.

Firstly, Makeup Training Academy focuses on beauty makeup. This is makeup that enhances the face, in contrast to character or FX makeup. MTA enables students to create makeup on any skin tone and any face for any medium. Our classes rely on color theory, light theory, application, technique, sanitation, product knowledge and creativity. All of which are very much needed to work as a makeup artist in any field.

Small Classes

Get more individual instruction.


In a fun environment

Color Theory

With Terri’s own Color Wheel!


Work with beauty photographers

About Our Classes

We keep our classes short, small and intimate in order for all students to receive a strong foundation as well as practical repetition. All classes are hands-on. Although many of our students begin working after taking Level 1 and 2, an ideal curriculum for someone wanting to get a complete education would include the following classes and workshops:

What Our Students Say

Katrin Levi
Makeup Artist,

I really recommend the class 😊 It takes years to perfect your eyes but it will be an eye opener from day one. You’ll forever change how you look at brown once you see it through Terri’s eyes.

Makeup Training Academy Core Curriculum

Level 1 Professional Makeup Class

Level 1 is a fast-paced class focused on application technique and theory. Our class time includes lectures, demo’s and lots of hands-on training. Terri is always there to answer any questions students may have. Only 4 students allowed per class!

Level 2 Professional Makeup Class

Level 2 is the next step in building skill and learning more advanced techniques such as color correction and makeup for men. Use what you’ve learned from Level 1 and build a bigger skill-set. Only 4 students allowed per class!

Level 3 Professional Makeup Class

Level 3 shows artists how to work on-set and in-camera. You will be fully prepared to tackle any on-air or film project that you desire. Terri’s direct expertise is yours to learn from. Only 4 students allowed per class!

Professional Hands-On Classes

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, taking their skills to the next level. All classes & workshops are led by Terri as well as industry experts she brings in to offer their insights into beauty, bridal, editorial, HD and even occasionally FX makeup.

Mission & Philosophy

MTA has a core belief that teaching must include not only what you see and hear, but what you DO! Students must get the opportunity to practice. For these reasons, Terri limits the size of each class and often brings in models for students to work on. This ensures that each student has a hands-on experience, receives input and direction directly from the teacher and practice time in class is maximized.

Terri loves working with artists and students, 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 is a recognized national leader among Makeup Artists and is a sought-after speaker and educator worldwide. With Makeup Training Academy she is able to offer an intimate learning space, share her experience and help others develop. 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 networking, job opportunities, advanced education, internships, gigs or career hiring fairs.

Our Graduates have secured many great opportunities in the makeup industry. Many have gone on to work New York, Los Angeles and Miami Fashion Weeks, as well as freelance in Television, film, print and video. This that have entered the retail sector have found leading positions for brands such as Chanel, MAC and Sephora. And many more have created successful bridal businesses. All are welcome at Makeup Training Academy when they need mentoring or to further develop their skill. 

What Our Students Say

Even being as far away as Scotland your posts inspire me to look so much closer to things. You’ve helped me become a better more mindful makeup artist and I’ve never even met you

Lori Walker

I just bought your color wheel and used it for makeup lesson I taught on Thursday. I was trying to explain how o match foundation and was like "OMG this is perfect"

Bryttannee Eaton

Frequently Asked Questions About Makeup Classes

The short answer is Yes! No matter whether you are a licensed cosmetologist or just starting out, Makeup Training Academy will teach you the fundamental techniques you need to thrive in the fast paced makeup industry.

Makeup Training Academy requires a deposit to hold your spot in class. The remainder is then due on or before the first day of class. MTA accepts certified checks, Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express or cash.

This class meets at the Makeup Training Academy, 15713 Quorum Dr, Addison, TX 75001. A Map Link can be found here. Our telephone is 800-531-5092.

We are not able to offer financial aid however we will allow students to make payments for their class prior to attending. (Class must be paid off before start date and a fee is incurred. Please contact us for details.) Those who have a Pay Pal account may want to explore their ‘Bill Me Later’ financing option.

If you are a working artist with a makeup kit, you are welcome to bring it with you to class. However, please make arrangements prior to starting. At Makeup Training Academy we utilize professional makeup lines as well as Terri’s line “Makeup 101” in order to expose students to high-grade professional products that work in all mediums.

All makeup products utilized in MTA classes and workshops will be professional grade cosmetics or items Terri has discovered in her career and uses. Most applications will feature Terri Tomlinson’s own line ‘Makeup 101’ which was developed in Paris. Other kits may vary depending on the nature of the class or workshop.

No. In Texas, Makeup Artists are not required to be licensed. MTA is geared solely towards providing the skills that a Professional Makeup Artist needs to develop in order to succeed. Our proprietor, Terri Tomlinson, has been a working Makeup Artist for over 30 years with a very distinguished resume. All guest lecturers are also Professional Makeup Artists with lengthy pedigrees as well.

Students receive a certificate of completion for each class taken. Completed classes from MTA enhance your portfolio, Includes eligibility for many professional discounts , and helps prepare you for work in the industry.

Since there is no standard licensing regulation for make-up artists in most states, each student will still need to communicate with their respective state authority for information on business licensing if they wish to offer more than freelance Makeup Artistry in the Beauty industry.

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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 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 /