About us


Kensington Makeup, established in 2008 by Celebrity Makeup Artist Holli Chris, is one of the largest pro-makeup and hair teams in Arizona. Specializing in bridal, corporate, and high profile beauty, Holli Chris and her team of 40+ artists complete over 300 events a year. In the rapidly growing industry of makeup artistry, the demand for an academically based education spurred the opening of Kensington Makeup Academy, AKA (K|MAcademy) opened its doors to aspiring artists in 2015.

Holli Chris has designed a system based curriculum around traditional makeup artistry techniques that provide a foundation for students to develop their own personal artistry style.
Classes are formatted with a combination of lecture, demonstrations, hands-on application, guest speakers, and real life shadowing opportunities with the Kensington Makeup Pro Team.

K|MAcademy is ever-growing and offering more programs -
Keep checking back to our courses tab, and stay in loop through social media to keep up to date on what is new!


Did you know that you no longer need a Cosmetology license to practice makeup or studio hair styling in Arizona?
It is true, you can work in licensed facilities and even open up a studio of your own. What you need to know when working in licensed facilities: You must post a disclaimer at your station that "makeup / hair styling services are not regulated by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology".


About Holli Chris

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You now know that Holli Chris is the Founder and Creator of Kensington Makeup, but did you know that she is a big academic geek?  Holli received her graduate degree in Neuroscience from Kings College London University and worked as a research scientist. In 2006, Holli grew tried of the corporate world and ditched the microscope for a makeup brush. She was formally trained as an artist at the Makeup Designory, CA, and went on to grow her company in Arizona.

Always learning and bringing it back to you, Holli continually attends advanced makeup training seminars by some of the makeup greats in the industry, such as Sam Fine, Jackie Migido, Charlie Green, Kim Kardashian's Mario Dedivanovic, and more!

Today you will find Holli writing and developing new courses, mentoring students on-location, staying in the know on the latest beauty trends, and even sneaking around the back of the classroom scoping out new talent.

about our instructors


Holli Chris hires from within the Kensington Makeup family. Our lead instructors are exclusively pulled from Kensington Makeup's Master Level Pro Team! These professionals exhibit not only high levels of artistry, but also the professionalism required to be successful in the industry. With years of artistry experience, our instructors are encouraged to bring into their instruction their own personal insight and wisdom.


Holli Chris

*Advanced Makeup Artistry & Portfolio
*Studio Hair Styling for the Makeup Artist

Elyse Dehlbom @elysemichelle_mua

*Makeup Essentials
*Fundamental Makeup
*Advanced Makeup Artistry & Portfolio


Lidia Win

*Makeup Essentials
*Fundamental Makeup
*Character Makeup