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"I was first introduced to the special effects makeup field when I watched the show Face Off. In this show there are multiple talented makeup artists that compete against one another to become a Face Off champion and get an opportunity to really boost their career. When I watched this show I could only think about how amazing it would be to get to do that, thus my love for makeup began! Some major makeup celebs that inspire me are James Ryder, Alexys Fleming, and Ve Neal. When I graduate Tricoci University, I would really like to work in the special effects field whether it be in film, magazines, tutorials, tv shows, anything really! I'm ready to work for anything my life decides to throw at me."

- Hayley Beck, Tricoci University student

Products Used

Kryolan Supracolor Cream Makeup six color burn and injury wheel

Kryolan Supracolor Highlight and Shadow Palette

Kryolan Fixing Spray

Kryolan Brush Cleaner

Kryolan mixing palette and spatula

Brushes Used

Royal & Langnickel ZEN

Kryolan Professional Art: Number 6, 5, and 8

Simply Simmons One Stroke 1/2

Bare Essentials Eyeliner brush

Credits/Special Thanks

Makeup - Hayley Beck

Hair - Jessica Mendoza

Model - Bailey Johnson

Attending TUBC Instructors - Heather Martin & Gloria Sepulveda

Location - Tricoci University's Glendale Heights campus

Producer/Filmmaker - Erin DiGangi

Want to see more work by Hayley Beck? Check out her Instagram account at or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Beauty Has No Limits. This was the theme for this year’s 5th annual Miss Amazing Pageant on March 7th, 2015 at Butler University. And after working with the ladies of the Pageant, it is most certainly true. Promoting self-esteem, life skills and confidence, Miss Amazing Inc. is designed for young women ages 5+ with any disability. Through the skills learned in a pageant atmosphere such as public speaking, interviewing and meeting new people, the girls are able to increase their abilities outside of the pageant and are encouraged to take their newly mastered skills into their daily lives.

Tricoci University students from the Lafayette campus got to spend some time with almost all the contestants that wanted to have their hair, make up, or nails done. Interacting with the girls that were in the Miss Amazing pageant really made all of the students feel amazing. The girls may have disabilities, but when it came to becoming a pageant contestant, they knew exactly what they wanted and how beautiful they really were.

And at the pageant it was true, beauty does NOT have limits. Every participant knew exactly how beautiful and special they were and could literally light up the whole room with a smile or a laugh. They knew that they were making a difference in the world by being themselves.

“As I walked around taking pictures of all of the girls, some would say, ‘Let me see how beautiful I am!’ Just hearing how excited they were made my heart fill with joy and happiness.” - Sydney Crownover, Guest Services Coordinator/Student Success Advisor

"From personal experience, I have seen young women transform in a day's time. From barely speaking as we greet them that morning to leaving after crowning with smiles on their faces and plenty of hugs to give out; it is evident the effect our volunteers have on them. Watching the girls transform even from backstage to their "stage personalities" is absolutely incredible. Most of them can work a stage and their crowd better than professional speakers and performers; the energy they create in the room is powerful and contagious. For me, Miss Amazing has literally been life changing. These last 4 years have made me into the person I am today and I thank The Lord for the opportunity I was given to impact so many lives, but most importantly, for changing me as a person and opening the door to me for this incredible eye-opening journey." - Megan Layne, State Director of the Indiana Miss Amazing Pageant

It truly was a life changing experience for the Lafayette campus Tricoci students that participated in this year’s event and will be participating in this event for years to come. The Miss Amazing Pageant has shined a new light into our student’s and instructor’s eyes, and has a new found place in our heart. What a great foundation for all girls with disabilities, and for anyone that volunteers.

For more photos of The Miss Amazing Pageant visit our Facebook page at

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By Melissa Marshall

I've always been obsessed with Old Hollywood. The glitz, glam, and red lipstick have been a huge inspiration to me in my career. When I decided to work on this new project, I called on a few friends to put together a stylized photo shoot at a really unique wedding venue.

Weeks and weeks of planning go into these shoots, and a lot of pre-planning is done by all the participating vendors. Michelle Nikitaris, of AKM Events, styled this shoot, and her passion for glamour and details really shines through the images. We were lucky enough to land one of Chicagoland's famed photographers, Matt Bigelow, to photograph the shoot, and our friends at 27 Entertainment made an amazing behind the scenes video. Once we secured models and all the other details (wardrobe, flowers, catering/desserts, etc.), it was Lights! Camera! Action!

A typical shoot day will start with hair and makeup around 7:00 or 8:00am (depending on shoot time and number of models). Working alongside me that day was hairstylist Julie Trimble and fellow makeup artist, Emily Dupre (who also doubled as a model). Once the models were done with hair and makeup, we selected their gowns and accessories, and the shoot began.

I was incredibly happy with the way the images turned out, and I think they really showcase a modern take on an era that is so close to my heart. I love what I do every day, but this was one of those "pinch me I'm dreaming" shoots, where I really got to work with an all-star cast.

The photos were picked up by Wedding Essentials magazine and published. There is not a greater reward for weeks of dedicated work, than seeing your vision brought to life on the glossy pages of a magazine. I truly love what I do, and this just a glance at one of the many aspects of such a truly rewarding career. 

Photos: Matt Bigelow Photography

Video: 27 Entertainment

Styling: AKM Events

Hair: Julie Trimble

Makeup: Melissa Marshall & Emily Dupre

Jewelry: Martin Binder

Gowns: Catherine's Bridal Boutique

Desserts: Wildflour

Venue: The Uptown Center - Michigan City, IN

Florist: ZuZu's Petals


Melissa Marshall began working as a makeup artist in 2001. Her first job was in a small town makeup boutique where she got hands-on experience working with everyday women. In 2007, she attended Makeup First School and relocated to Chicago. This led to many exciting opportunities, including working with professional models & photographers, a music video for the Plain White T's, and working for some of the world's leading cosmetics companies. In 2010, she returned to her roots in Indiana where she's focused on building up a freelance business and works predominately in the wedding and bridal industry. This year, Melissa will be obtaining her esthetics license at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, and is looking forward to add this accomplishment to her resume. 

To contact Melissa or to see more of her work, please visit her Facebook page

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When trolling Instagram looking for the hottest trends in hair and makeup it can be hit or miss when finding something that interests you enough to actually follow it. No one wants to clutter their social media feeds with “so-so” hair and makeup posts from people who don’t set your imagination on fire. Well don’t worry, we've done the dirty work for you and found who WE think are the newest and hottest in beauty industry.

We’ve narrowed down our top 5 favorite Instagramers that post things we drool over on a daily basis and think you will too.  So take a moment, check them out, and hopefully find some inspiration for your next work of art.

#1 @guy_tang

If you’re a colorist and don’t know about Guy Tang – YOU SHOULD. Guy has become not only a leader in new coloring trends but has recently become a top educator in the beauty world. What’s so great about him? Well, he and the rest of the world consider him a “hair activist” and ombre expert - spending entire days (or nights) on a single client’s color in order to protect the hair from as little damage as humanly possible. We don’t think we’ve EVER seen him use heat or a dryer on his YouTube channel and tends to do multiple color correction processes in order to get the perfect base for his creation. Slow and steady wins the race for him and from we can tell – it’s DEFINITELY paying off.

#2 @LisaEldridgeMakeup

Lisa Eldridge does the most flawless makeup we’ve ever seen. The detail she uses on each of her clients to create the most perfect look is truly aw-inducing. Have your doubts? With 20 years of experience Lisa has become one of the most recognized faces in the beauty industry in around the world. Not only does she have one of the most followed YouTube channels in beauty, but she’s a resident beauty expert for Channel 4’s “Ten Years Younger” series and this January was just named the New Makeup Creative Director for Lancome. Seriously. And if you haven’t run to Instagram to follow her yet, then let us convince you with our favorite of her YouTube looks, a vintage 30’s “Biba Fever” look at

#3 @sexychuckie

Chuck Amos is a celebrity hair stylist that styles some of the most beauty ethnic hair we’ve ever seen. That being said, he doesn't only do ethnic hair – it’s just what will captivate you as it did us. His start began with a chance encounter with Brandy, styling her for her entire career, and soon after he was at celebrity hair status. Now, with his signature look The Diana Ross (huge, over-the-top hair) he tends to look to the past for inspiration – which worked well for when he nailed Beyonce’s “floating” hair on the cover on her Dangerously in Love album. “I started to see the real technique of how to do hair. Not just how to take it from beauty school, but how to heighten your awareness of what you know from beauty school, and to put it in the form or shape that is appealing to a viewer’s eye.”

#4 @theconfessionsofahairstylist

Jenny Strebe is a hair stylist gone hair blogger, YouTuber, and social media icon with her Confessions of a Hairstylist heat wave. Known for her seriously fierce braids, she’s the go-to-girl on traditional hair with an edge. You won’t see your typical braids and updos here – these are handmade creations by the woman herself looking for bold new takes on their boring originators. If you think braids are stale – or “I’ve seen every kind of braid 100 times” - you haven’t. We don’t know how she does it but her messy faux hawk dutch braid is hot enough to kill at the Oscars, and you can quote us on that.

#5 @patmcgrathreal

If you’re looking for creative demo-worthy makeup, Pat is your woman. Pat McGrath is the most influential makeup artist in the world and in one fashion season does over 27 major shows from Dior to Gucci. We’re talking catwalk worthy looks – drama and ARTISTRY. Using faces as canvases to create a “feel” and mood instead of your standard what-to-wear-to-work looks. “Everyday makeup is fine gorgeous and helps us all out, but you do need to see that inspiration that fires you up, makes you dream of something else. You’ve got to escape, haven’t you.” Says Pat, British accent and all.

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A team of cosmetology students and instructors from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) are set to style the hair and makeup of some of the world’s most talented salsa dancers at the upcoming Chicago International Salsa Congress (February 12th-15th 2015 at Westin O’Hare Hotel).

It’s the first time TUBC has supported this world-leading Afro-Latin music and dance convention, with teams from TUBC’s Chicago Northeast (Rogers Park), Chicago Northwest (Norwood Park) and Glendale Heights campuses set to beautify performers.

TUBC will also have its own booth there to provide mini-manicures and other beauty services to attendees, as well information for anyone interested in exploring a beauty career.

The 14th consecutive annual Chicago International Salsa Congress celebrates the rich cultural legacy of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and dance, featuring breathtaking performances by the world’s best Latin dancers, fantastic live Latin bands and practical workshops.

Jill Marcodes, Executive Director of Cosmetology Education of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, says: “We’re so excited be involved in this fun, creative international dance event, helping to make-over some of the most talented salsa dancers in the world! Our students love using their cosmetology skills at fast-paced industry events. It’s this type of experience that ensures they are career-ready once they graduate.”

For further information about the Chicago International Salsa Congress, including event passes and night tickets, visit:


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