Affordable

By incorporating professional models and the online school, you can learn in 1/2 the time! Saving you time & Money!

Portfolio

A portfolio is vital to getting hired. Building your portfolio, with professional models as you learn.

Private

Enjoy one-on-one attention with private, customized lessons with master makeup artist Margaret Kimura!

Flexible

Designed for your busy schedule, MKC's private lessons are available Monday - Sunday, daytime and Evening.

70% In-Class / 30% At Home

In-Class
70%
At Home
30%

Programs

Masters Program

With over 220 individual lessons, the Masters Program includes all 4 of our individual makeup courses: Makeup Basics, Makeup for Retail, Bridal & Special Events, Makeup for TV & Film and Makeup for Print, Fashion, Runway & Red Carpet. This program can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this program for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Professional Program

With over 140 individual lessons, the Professional Program includes the first 2 individual makeup courses: Makeup Basics and Makeup for Retail, Bridal & Special Events. This program can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this program for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Individual Courses

Makeup Basics

Over 75 online makeup lessons covering all the basics including natural daytime and evening looks. These lessons can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this course for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Retail, Bridal & Special Events Makeup

Over 70 online professional makeup lessons covering all aspects of retail, bridal & special events. These lessons can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this course for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Introduction to Makeup Basics
Introduction to the history of makeup
Ancient Civilizations
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Middle East (Persia)
Ancient China
Ancient Japan
Ancient Africa
Ancient Australia
Europe (Middle Ages)
Native Americans
Edwardian Period
1920’s
1930’s
1940’s
1950’s
1960’s
1970’s
1980’s
1990’s
Brushes
Hygiene
Skin Preparation
Highlight and Contour
Foundation
Color Corrector and Concealor
Powders
Self Application: Foundation
Eyes
Mascara
Eyelashes
Eyelash Curler
Self Application: Eyes
Eyebrows
Self Application: Foundation to Eyes
Blush
Bronzer
Lips
History of Natural Makeup
Natural Day Look
Self Application: Natural Day Look
Natural Glamour Look
Natural Day Glamour Look
Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look #1
Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look #2
Self Application: Natural Day Glamour Look #3
Natural Evening Look
Self Application: Natural Evening Look #1
Self Application: Natural Evening Look #2
Self Application: Natural Evening Look #3
Final Test

TV & Film Makeup

Over 35 advanced makeup lessons spanning over 100 years of Hollywood looks. These lessons can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this course for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Introduction to Makeup for Retail, Bridal & Special Events
Hygiene (Review)
Face Shapes
Heart Shaped Face
Long Shaped Face
Pear Shaped Face
Oval Shaped Face
Round Shaped Face
Square Shaped Face
Eye Shapes (Review)
Eyes
Lip Shapes (Review)
Color Matching Light Skin Tones
Application: Color Matching Light Skin Tones
Color Matching Medium Skin Tones
Application: Color Matching Medium Skin Tones
Color Matching Dark Skin Tones
Application – Color Matching Dark Skin Tones
Creating Custom Colors
Blending (Review)
Blending – Eyes
Application – Blending Eyes
Blending – Cheeks
Application – Blending Cheeks
Lips
Application – Lips
Introduction to Color Schemes
Color Schemes: Complimentary Colors
Color Schemes: Colors
Color Schemes: Color Schemes
Career Goals
Makeup Artist Image
Retail: The Business of
Retail: Product Selling
Retail Product Demonstration
Bridal: The Business of
Natural Bridal Look
Application – Natural Bridal Look
Vintage Bridal Look
Application – Vintage Bridal Look
Glamorous Bridal Look
Application – Glamourous Bridal Look
Provocative Bridal Look
Application – Provocative Bridal Look
Modern Bridal Look
Application – Modern Bridal Look
Special Events: The Business of
Special Events Look
Application – Special Events Look
Bonus Lesson! Face Charts
Final Test

Print, Fashion, Runway & Red Carpet Makeup

Over 40 advanced print, fashion, runway & red carpet online makeup lessons. These lessons can be taken at your own home, on your own schedule and at your own pace. Take this course for your own education or get a certificate to enhance your marketability.

Introduction to Makeup for TV & Film
Makeup Artistry for TV & Film
How to Research a Project
Edwardian, La Belle Epoque
Makeup of the 1920’s
Application – 1920’s Look
Makeup of the 1930’s
Application – 1930’s Look
Makeup of the 1940’s
Application – 1940’s Look
Makeup of the 1950’s
Application – 1950’s Look
Makeup of the 1960’s
Application – 1960’s Look
Makeup of the 1970’s
Application – 1970’s Look
Makeup of the 1980’s
Application – 1980’s Look
Makeup of the 1990’s
Application – 1990’s Look
Makeup of the 2000’s
Application – 2000’s Look
Final Test

Introduction to Makeup for Fashion, Print, Runway & Red Carpet
Makeup Artists in the Print, Fashion, Runway & Red Carpet
Color Theory
Smokey Eye Look
Application – Smokey Eye
Cover Looks
Cover Look #1
Application – Cover Look #1
Cover Look #2
Application – Cover Look #2
Cover Look #3
Application – Cover Look #3
Runway Looks
Runway Look (Flush Look)
Application – Runway Flush Look
Runway Look (Neutral Glow Look)
Application – Runway Neutral Glow Look
Runway Look (Liner Look)
Application – Runway Liner Look
Red Carpet Looks
Red Carpet Look #1
Application – Red Carpet Look #1
Red Carpet Look #2
Application – Red Carpet Look #2
Avant Garde Looks
Avant Garde Look #1
Application – Avant Garde Look #1
Avant Garde Look #2
Application Avant Garde Look #2
Final Exam

All Video Demonstrations performed by Celebrity Makeup Artist Margaret Kimura

Margaret Kimura - Master Makeup Artist

Masters Makeup Artist Margaret Kimura was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Margaret was raised steeped in the entertainment world. She first began working with makeup while most other girls her age were still playing with dolls. At the tender age of 12, they began copying fashion editorials, recreating the photographs they saw in magazines. After graduating from high school at 15, she saved up her money and moved to Milan to begin her career.

For ten years she worked in fashion, spending time in Milan, Paris, Tokyo and New York and before returning home to Hollywood, where she used her skills in film, videos, commercials and fashion print. Some of her clientèle have included such celebrities as, Kristen Durnst, Tupac Shakur, Andie MacDowell, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Tom Hanks, Jim Carey, Snoop Dogg, Aaron Paul, Joan Chen, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Jordan, Elton John, Xhang Xhi, Garth Brooks, Billy Bob Thornton, Madonna, Johnny Depp,, and many others.

Apart from this illustrious work, she also helped developed makeup lines for Estee Lauder and iNouvi Cosmetics.

Her first book “Asian Beauty,” published by Harper Collins, is a guide aimed specifically at women of Asian and mixed ethnicity.

Masters Makeup Artist Margaret Kimura was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Being of a Japanese heritage seemed at first a stumbling block. In her insightful book, “Asian Beauty”, she reveals, “Beauty is a subjective notion at best, but that doesn’t seem to matter when you’re an Asian-American teenager growing up in Southern California, where beauty is synonymous with long blond hair and blue eyes. Finding out where I fit into the beauty equation twenty years ago was difficult and painful at best. Yet from this conflict, she pushed on and taught herself about the world of cosmetics. ” I’ve never set limits for myself. I’m self-taught, so I’ve always made my own rules instead of following someone else’s. Maybe it’s because I had to deal with issues of beauty when I was a teenager, and so I learned very early how to bring out the best in everyone I work with.”

Since her father was a music producer, and her mother a television commercial producer, Margaret was raised steeped in the entertainment world. She first began working with makeup while most other girls her age were still playing with dolls. Margaret and her friends fell in love with the fashion industry, hoping one day to work as models or photographers. At the tender age of 12, they began copying fashion editorials, recreating the photographs they saw in magazines. Eventually, her close friend started working for the Wilhemna Agency as a model, and Margaret was the one who helped her shoot, style and put together her portfolio.

Wilhemna, impressed with the shots, began sending over models to be shot by Kimura, unaware of her young age. After graduating from high school at 15, she saved up her money and moved to Milan with a close family friend Douglas Keeve (Now a reknown Director of “Unzipped” and “Seamless” to name a few) as her guardian. In Europe, she honed her craft under the tutelage of professionals, which caused her to form the opinion that the best way to learn is to be, taught by mentors (Way Bandy), not instructors. “You can’t learn makeup from a textbook.” These teachers inspired her to, go way beyond [her] craft. Kimura takes this notion even further, by advising, “Become a role model and be an example. Be the person you want everyone to be.”

For ten years she worked in fashion, spending time in MIlano, Paris, Tokyo and New York and then returned home to Hollywood, where she used her skills in film, videos, commercials and fashion print. Some of her clientèle have included such celebrities as, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Hathaway, Lisa Ling, Tom Hanks, Andie MacDowell, Snoop Dogg, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, and many others. Also doing some of the most memoriable and award winning TV commercials for “Nike” with Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson, and also “Pepsi” with Michael Jackson, Madonna and Ray Charles to name a few.

Apart from this illustrious work, she also has obtained much success in the business world, working in marketing for a number of diverse companies as an image consultant. and beauty expert. This modern-day Renaissance woman has also developed makeup lines for Estee Lauder and iNouvi.

Margaret is the founder of the renown “MKC Beauty Academy of Hollywood” from 2000.

Her first book “Asian Beauty,” publisher Harper Collins ,is a guide aimed specifically at women of Asian and mixed ethnicities. She felt that there was a high need for Asian women to learn about their beauty and have more examples to follow. When it comes to her career goals and achievements, she is most proud of, “The fact that I have been doing this for 35 years. I can mentor people and help them with their dreams. Truly my greatest achievement in life is that I am and always will be a teacher.”

Like every makeup artist, Margaret has her own unique and individual style. When asked what sets her apart from other artists, she answered, I think it is the fact that I focus on innovative style. I always try to stay 2 steps a head of the game…I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do makeup. Known best for her use of the “Shadows & Light Technique,” she uses lighter tones to bring out one’s best features and darker tones to downplay others. Kimura has been noted to say “I know how to cover up flaws, but not who they are.” She also emphasizes on the importance of blending, a skill which is most definitely one of the reasons she has such a high male clientele.

Though she has the talent to work in every area of the makeup industry, she claims her application style comes from her print fashion background, which is her first passion. “There are many different elements to makeup. One is the creative aspect, which I see as an art form that I feel allows me to be very three dimensional with my creativity. Print makeup application is “High Definition Makeup”. It allows me to transform a pre-existing canvas with archetectual balance and structure hence utilizing the utmost detail in my application; for a flawless and beautiful end product”

I started in the industry when we could not rely on Photoshop to fix our errors. I teach my students to discipline their techniques teaching them the handson method of perfection, nonetheless to do it picture perfect from the get go.

Currently Margaret has transitioned as a Beauty Portrait and Fashion Photographer. Her first true passion that has lead her to becoming the Makeup artist that she is. Still deeply immersed in doing Makeup for her own photographic works of art: her in demand with her clientele keep her calendar busy from both makeup and photography. Photography is now a very important part of her journey and she is excited to see how this path will open new avenues to her vision..

The beauty and fashion industries can sometimes be touted as superficial and shallow. However, an artist of the likes of Margaret Kimura brings intelligence, honesty, empathy and reality into it. Her perceptions on society, beauty, and life are all outlooks most people can relate to and connect with. Although her experience expands a liftime, she is constantly in serach of the next best thing…. For all her endeavors, she has already achieved her goal of leaving a positive mark in the beauty world; but still has such desires to concurring more for many years to come..

Margaret’s advice to aspiring makeup artists is “Believe in yourself, have faith in yourself, strive. Do not let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. Feel your passion and never, ever believe there is a cap to where you can take this. The sky is the limit.”

CELEBRITIES:

Kristen Durnst, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Andie MacDowell, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Jim Carey, Tim Allen, Tyler Blackburn, Bill Bellamy, Aaron Paul, Joan Chen, Lawrence Fishburn, Elizabeth Shue, Diane Lane ,Audrey Hepburn, Jennifer Tilly, Alyssa Milano, Geena Davis, Richard Gere, Michael Jordan, Elton John, Xhang Xhi, Winona Ryder, Garth Brooks, Billy Bob Thorton, Madonna, Jimmy Conners, Andre Aggasi, Kevin Bacon, Johnny Depp, Taylor Dayne, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae, Whoopie Goldberg, Lela Rochon, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harisson, Martin Landau, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Eubanks, Charles Barkley, Debra Harry, Cuba Gooding Jr., Pierce Brosnon, Jenna Elfman, Kim Raver, Pecabo Street, Charles Barkley, Gabriel Reece, Patti La Belle, Dr.Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Magic Johnson, Damon Waynans, Keenan Ivory Waynans, Kim Waynans, Tim Curry, Esther Williams, Linda Hamilton, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Dennis Miller, George Forman Dean Cain, Paula Abdul, Jerry Seinfeld, Julie Louis Dreyfuss, Jared Leto, Jason Alexander, Mariel Hemingway, Mathew Perry, Sandra Bernhardt, James Caan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dennis Quaid, Tu Pac Shakaur, Angelica Vale, Yoko Maki, Greg Kinnear, John Ondrasik, Russ Parrish, Rainey Qualley


ADVERTISING, PRINT & COMMERCIALS:

Nike, Estee Lauder, Clariol, Pepsi, Ross, Audi, Taco Bell, Dodge, MCI, KFC, AT&T, Fed-Ex, i nuovi cosmetics, Kinkos, Zenith, Oakley Sunglasses, Sony, Isuzu, Kitchen Aid, BMW, Apple, Chevrolet, Wella, Revlon, Jaguar, Gatorade, Mazda, Range Rover, Frito Lay, Nissan, Mercedes, Suntory, GE, Miller Beer, John Hancock, KIA, Plymouth, Power Bar, Kellogg, Oscar Mayer, Sun Products, Kodak, Anne Cole, Beverly Center, ReeBok, Nordstroms, Macy’s, Saturn, Budwiser, Gallo Winery, Tatinger, Toyota, Pearle Vision, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Honda, Dish Network, Direct TV, McDonalds, US Air Force, Amazon, Google, Kindle, Papa Johns, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Google, ABC, ESPN, E Entertainment, ABC, HBO, L’Oreal Paris, Travelers Insurance, Hallmark


EDITORIAL:

Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vogue (USA, Italy, France), Self, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar (USA, Itay), GQ, Vanity Fair, People, US, MAX, Life, Teen, Shape, YM, Donna, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, TV Guide, Seventeen, Time, Amica, Elle, American Film, Sports Illustrated, Movieline, Details, Maxim, Interview, Allure


DIRECTORS & PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Ron Howard, Albert Brooks, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Penny Marshall, James Cameron, Eric Saarinem, Joe Pytka, Herb Ritts, Mathew Ralston, Greg Gorman, Irving Penn, Walter Chin, Richard Corman, Douglas Keeve, Annie Leibowitz, Richard Marchewka, Dennis Keeley, Wayne Maser, Peggy Sirota, Mark Seliger, Michael Haber, Robert Tractenberrg, Stepahn Danelian, Bonnie Schiffman, Timothy White, Glen Wexler, Christopher Micaud, Claus Wickwrath, Moreno Monti, Patricia De La Rosa, Mary Ellen Mark, Harry Benson, Horst, Jeff Katz, Charles Bush, Brent Lopez, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Bruce Weber, Chris Mckenna


CONSULTANT AND EXPERT:

ORC International and GLG Group

MKC Online Makeup Academy

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The same great MKC courses, but at a 1/4 of the price!

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Our curriculum has created some of the top artists in the world!

Flexible

Designed for your busy schedule, MKC's online courses are ready when you are!

Sample Lessons

Powders

After you have applied foundation and concealer, you are ready to set these products onto the skin. Setting a product with powder will ensure long lasting results and allow the products to stay in place and not run. Powder will also give you a matte look to the skin.

Translucent Powder

A powder with very little pigment. You can achieve a matte look to the skin and offer longer wearing makeup. Although little pigment is in translucent powders, a makeup artist should still match the powder to the skin tone….

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MKC Academy was founded in 2001 by world renown Makeup Artist & Author Margaret Kimura. Margaret believes being a teacher is being a mentor and every student receives Margaret’s personal attention.

This institution meets the minimum standards for integrity, financial stability, and educational quality, including the offering of bona fide instruction by qualified faculty, during, and at the end of its programs.