School of Makeup Effects is a one of a kind studio that specializes in all aspects of Makeup design and artistry. We pride ourselves on teaching both the fundamentals of Makeup application as well as grooming the Professional Makeup artists of the future!

Whether you are looking to enhance your personal appearance or become a Master Makeup Artist, our programs are designed to educate and expand your knowledge of the industry. Hands-on training classes are available for beginners as well as advanced Makeup Artists.

SOME students will learn how to create looks for any occasion, while building the confidence necessary to succeed in this competitive field. With over ten years of experience in the beauty industry, our team knows all the tricks of the trade and it is now our pleasure to share them with you!



Angelica M. porter

Makeup Artist and Director of Admissions

Angelica has been in the beauty industry for over 8 years.  Angelica has always had a passion for art, visual communications, and makeup. Her knowledge of running a school, financial aid, and student services led her to following her passion and dream in opening her own school. “Experiencing the daily operations of managing a school, has really rounded me and has given me the insight on what it takes to run a successful school and provide students with quality education.”

Angelica’s passion and extensive experience has really given her the opportunity to grow and provide service to individuals but most importantly to create new makeup artists that share the same passion and drive she does.  “My goal is to build educated and successful makeup artists that will thrive in this industry and forever keep growing”

Lindsey Novotny

Master Makeup Artist and Educational Director

Lindsey’s dreams became a reality, after attending “Makeup Designory” in California.  She studied beauty, special effects, character, and airbrush makeup application for film, television, fashion, print, special occasion, etc. Lindsey is now a certified Master Makeup Artist and Licensed Instructor.  Lindsey has been active in the beauty industry for over 10 years now.  She is a respected and well known makeup artist in the entertainment industry and has worked with celebrities such as Tyra Banks, Sean “Puffy” Combs, James Gandolfini, Ty Pennington, Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Blake Lively, Heath Ledger, DJ Khalid, Kelly Ripa to name a few.  Lindsey has built an amazing clientele also consisting of major networks such as ABC, NBC, and CBS.  She has been part of award winning and nominated productions, known mostly for the Academy Award winning and nominated “Frozen River”.  Makeup is not only her job but her passion. “Having worked with various celebrities and high end clientele has been a dream come true, but the satisfaction of teaching and guiding students has fulfilled me beyond expectation. I can only hope to inspire them as much as they have inspired me.”




April has been in the beauty industry for over 7 years.  She is a graduate of Christine Valmy International Cosmetology School in Esthetics and received her certification as a Journeyman Makeup Artist under the instruction of Lindsey Novotny.  April’s main focus is in beauty, fashion and airbrush makeup artistry.  April’s experience ranges from the retail beauty industry all the way to freelance bridal, special occasion and fashion makeup.  “I love bringing my client’s internal beauty out through the art of makeup.”  


She realized early in her career that she wanted to share her love of makeup by educating aspiring artists.  “I want to share my passion of makeup with other aspiring artists. Being an instructor gives me the ability to do just that.  Seeing my students grow as artists in the classroom and then flourish as artists once they’ve graduated is so rewarding for me.”

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Rachel P.

Art has been a passion of Rachel's from the time she could hold a pencil. Rachel spent hours in her room drawing and painting, and would come out with "masterpieces," as her mother would say. Her art teachers would always say that she has a good eye and attention to detail. When Rachel reached high school, she learned about a newfound art; the art of makeup. Throughout school, Rachel practiced on family members and friends. At age 26 she was accepted into the Make Up For Ever Academy and completed their six month master program. Rachel is certified in Beauty, Fashion, Film, TV, Stage, & Artistic makeup. During this time, Rachel worked for MAC Cosmetics and her clientele flourished from there. Shortly after, she accepted a part time resident artist position with Make Up For Ever and worked her way up to head artist/trainer where she developed her tribe in their artistry as well as taught classes. After a year in that role, Rachel realized her main passion was doing makeup and educating others, so she decided to pursue her passion and joined School of Makeup Effects. "Educating & Empowering through the world of beauty."



 Alex P.

"Alex Has been in the makeup industry for over 8 years. After graduating from Full Sail University in Orlando Florida he attended Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles a few years later and has never looked back. He spent 6 seasons working at Six Flags in Georgia for the mold shop preparing prosthetics for the annual Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park events. In addition, he has worked on several horror and dramatic films over the years, that have been seen across various formats such as Lifetime Movie Network, Amazon Video, and Redbox. He has worked on multiple award winning films such as "Dead By Midnight (11 PM CENTRAL)," "Dark Roads 79," and "Girls Against Humanity." "People always ask me what made me want to get into this business and the answer is always really simple. I just didn't want to grow up."