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Kensington Makeup, established in 2008 by Master 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 artist, the demand for a high quality 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.


At K|MAcademy, it is our mission to prepare students to work professionally according to TODAY'S industry standards. At K|MAcademy, we pride ourselves in building a culture that focuses on community over competition. Students are immersed in the K|MAcademy culture and inspired to step out of their comfort zone to develop their artistry skills. We truly value blending students into our family and supporting each other in all stages of their careers.

K|MAcademy is ever-growing and offering more programs to help aspiring artists put their best foot forward in launching their careers. 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 license to practice makeup in AZ?
Oh the places you can work now! It is true, you can work in licensed facilities and even open up a makeup studio of your own. What you need to know when working in licensed facilities: You must post a disclaimer at your station that "makeup services are not regulated by the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology". That's it!
It has never been a better time to become a makeup artist in Arizona. So what are you waiting for?

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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.

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Only the best for our students, 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