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We Gave Birth!!!


Yes, our recent expansion and renovation was similar to giving birth; a painful process but so rewarding in the end!

We had been in our current space since 2009; it was time for a “facelift” of our existing space. We also needed more space to accommodate our expanding Chicago makeup school<>.

We have upgraded our lights, furnishings, changed our logo and overall color scheme, added another teaching area and greatly expanded the size and selection of our products available for sale (Open to the public, either in store, or online, with free shipping through 2016). Shop our products here!

For those of you who were not here either during the process or after, here are some photos of the build out, from start to finish!

Prepping for Demolition:

  1. Covering with sheets of plastic;IMG_8235
  2. Cleaning out the existing space, particularly the Pro Shop.IMG_8228


The Demolition Begins:

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What a Mess!!



Selecting Furniture (very fun until the bill arrives!)IMG_8365Working in limited space during the process.IMG_4197

Imagining what our new Pro Shop will look like upon completion-not easy to do!IMG_8379

Mapping out our second teaching/hands-on classroom.IMG_8430 (1)

The construction debris and chaos began to get more “controlled”, but the “agony” goes on!


Even before completion, we “soldiered on”. ( so dramatic) We hosted a Teen Class  as well as a special event with AJ CRIMSON, whose products we now carry. IMG_8502 (1)photo 3

By now, our hands-on workstations, our Pro Shop and our reception area were beginning to take shape.20160301_makeup_first_classrooms_002

And, just like the end of a long gestation, the project was done!20160226-IMG_246320160301_makeup_first_classrooms_00720160301_makeup_first_classrooms_017With our expanded space, we are now able to carry more product lines: Kevyn Aucoin, Mario Badescu, Model  Rock, Inglot20160301_makeup_first_classrooms_00620160301_makeup_first_classrooms_011

Time for an Open House to celebrate!


And, throughout the entire demolition, expansion, and construction, we were still able to conduct our Winter Session 2016! Kudos to our students for putting up with the mess!!

Special thanks to the Winter 2016 students: Jessica Angulo, Salma Baltagi, Elsa Gallego, Christina Gonzalez, Mallory Herges, Toi Johnson, Brittany Koptcho, Hannah Pendergrass, Hannah Petrusha, Jordain Sanger, Christian Semlinger, Rachel Slattery, Hannah Tucker, Donita Watkins, Caitlin Barry, Ayesha Brown, Kristen Burckhardt, Erika Cruz, Mishel Daletski, Lindsey Gehrke, Jessica Gouge, Megan Raysby, Natasha Saucedo, Vanessa Yancoskie.

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Interested in learning more about Make Up First®School of Makeup Artistry? Come visit our new and improved studio and Pro Shop! Make Up First® is located at 100 N LaSalle St., Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602.

(p) 312.621.0801




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