It’s a rite of passage for every high school student: figuring out what you want to do when you graduate.
“I was taking a lot of art courses,” Samantha Compton remembers. “I read a lot of magazines related to beauty and fashion – and I absolutely loved doing my own makeup. Then I found out that makeup artistry was a career.”
So, rather than going into a university program as intended, Samantha decided to follow her passion. “I took a tour at the School of Makeup and Esthetics at George Brown College,” she says. “I ended up registering right then and there.”
Located in downtown Toronto, the school provides students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to build a career as an esthetician, makeup artist or nail technician. The facility includes classrooms designed to simulate real working environments and provide a seamless transition from school to the working world. With a fully operational spa, the students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with real clients.
“The classes were small and very hands-on,” she says. “You learned something and then tried it right away. After you took a course, you were good to go.”
Since finishing her makeup artist certificate, Samantha has worked for some of Canada’s top television networks. She has also taken advantage of Toronto’s bustling film scene by working on sets doing special effects makeup.
George Brown College’s School of Makeup and Esthetics offers the following certificates:
• Body Treatment Therapist
• Esthetician and Medical Spa Therapist
• Nail Technician
• Skin Care Therapist
• Beauty and Editorial Makeup Artist
• Comprehensive Makeup Artist
Day, evening and weekend classes offer the ultimate in flexibility. Find out more by visiting coned.georgebrown.ca/makeup.