Back to (beauty) school: 5 local places for makeup 101

Writer Renee DeSantis gets a blush tutorial from Make Up Forever makeup artist Jayme.

School is back in session, but leave your pencils and pens at home and grab your best makeup brushes. No matter your skill level, everyone could use a few new tricks in the makeup department. Here is a list of my favorite local places for some Makeup 101.

Make Up For Ever, King of Prussia Mall, Pa.: I got the best crash tutorial on applying blush from lead Make Up For Ever makeup artist, Jayme. She took her time teaching me how to use their “figure 8” blush application technique, making up one side and then watching while I repeated what she did on the other side. They regularly hold classes throughout the year and start at $25.

Call 484-679-4631 to book appointment or view class schedule on line.

MAC Cosmetics, Macy’s Roosevelt Mall, Pa.: Need help contouring, mastering a smoky eye, or applying false eyelashes? Swing by the MAC counter in Macy’s at the Roosevelt Mall or call and schedule 215-231-5500, ext. 565. Ask for Rony if mastering the art of glowing skin is on your beauty agenda.

The Make-up Bar, Cherry, Hill N.J.: I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding and the girls from the Makeup Bar came on location to do the bridal party’s makeup. They were so friendly, quick, and talented that I would recommend them to any bride. They offer makeup application classes for 1 hour/$75 (free w/$85 makeup purchase).

Nordstrom, Cherry Hill, N.J. Beauty Trend Events: Grab a girlfriend and head to Nordstrom’s during their Beauty Trend Event to get free personalized makeup tips and beauty swag. Next one is happening Sept. 19 and 20. Go online to book an appointment with Nordstrom Events

Carie Brescia, Celebrity Makeup Artist: It’s always a good sign that your makeup artist is as flawless as the celebrities she makes up. When Brescia isn’t glamming the news crew of Channel 10, representing PMD on QVC, or beautifying brides, she holds personalized makeup classes. She analyzes the makeup you already own, provides step-by-step application instruction, and more! Email Carie for availability/price at

Renee DeSantis is a beauty blogger at A Beauty Loft.