“Thank you thank you thank you Miss Donna Mee for the 2 most incredible days of my life. The Workshop you created with George Favios was truly AMAZING. As always the knowledge, skill and passion that you shared with us was invaluable, so so many hints & tips to help us on our journey to perfect close up print work. What an incredible opportunity to put it all into practice straight away on some stunning professional agency models, to then be shot by a world renowned photographer, George Favios! What more could you possibly ask for! WOW WOW WOW, I just can’t wait to see the finished pics and have them front & center in my portfolio. Thank you ever so much, I’m still feeling elated and can’t wait to do it again next year should it happen again in whatever state you decide! XO”
– Karen Dyer, Terrigal, Australia
Thank you for being so amazing and inspirational, but also so down to earth and real. I only got to see your presentation at IMATS on Saturday as I had to fly back to the Gold Coast shortly after, but it made my day. I am now refreshing my portfolio and also my facebook page based on the advice you gave. I am a massive fan of natural beauty makeup and would love to get into commercial and editorial one day and its people like you who keep that dream alive. You are a breath of fresh air and totally hilarious if i might add. Thank you 🙂
– Meg Wright, Australia
Words can’t express how much love and respect I have for Donna Mee as a person and a makeup artist. Thank you for your honestly and sharing your knowledge, love and passion in beauty and makeup artistry. So from know on when people ask me how long have I been doing makeup. I’d say I have been doing makeup since 2008 and educated 2012. I will definitely do more of your upcoming classes and I highly recommended all your classes for anyone who is serious in making it in the industry and being known for producing high quality makeup artistry. Thank you again Donna.
– Jo Candelaria, Sydney Australia
I was fortunate to do the class today and all I can say is “OMG!!!” Donna’s knowledge is PRICELESS…….I learned so much in 2 days I AM SPEECHLESS……WOW!!!!
– Helen Shamsabadi, Melbourne, Australia
When I signed up for the Complete Beauty Makeup program at Empire Academy, I knew that I wanted to focus on the bridal market. Donna’s Print, Runway and Bridal class and in-depth bridal marketing really exceeded my expectation of how much we would learn about doing weddings! Not only did she give tons of valuable, time-tested tips on how to get a business started with brides-to-be and spreading the word in the industry, but even how to plan the scheduling and make a wedding job run smoothly. It’s been just over two years since my first paid wedding, and I have already worked with over 200 brides! I could not have done it without Donna’s ideas and guidance, and I want to thank her for helping me pursue my dream! I have since been voted the top bridal makeup artist in Orange County many times.
– Berit Deguid, Laguna Beach
Hands down the best makeup training! Donna is so passionate about helping all of her students find their passion and be successful in the working world. You won’t just learn about makeup application, you get one of the most comprehensive skin care classes…it will blow your mind. Also, you will get photos for your portfolio which will help you launch your career. I love Donna:)
– Lisa Strutz, San Francisco, CA
Thank you for last night’s portfolio and career marketing seminar. It was very informative and a wonderful networking opportunity.
– Robert Cooper, Los Angeles, CA
I wanted to take a moment and say thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me to be an intern. You don’t know how long I’ve prayed for a mentor like you. Someone that would be willing to share their knowledge and answer my questions when I feel stuck. When I make it to the 10% of makeup artists that are super highly successful I’ll make sure to help the newbies like me as you are doing for me.
– Veronica Mendoza, Los Angeles, CA
Thank you for inviting me to the amazing event “BRING YOUR PORTFOLIO & CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL” at the beautiful new location. It was great to see the makeup icon, Donna Mee, educate and provide her tips to all participants there. Donna is just an overall incredible person that has a true passion for fashion and beauty. She loves to help others by inspiring makeup artists and photographers further their career. It was also great to meet fashion photographer, David Nguyen, who works with Donna a lot. These two gifted artists make mind blowing masterpieces.
– John Pham, Los Angles California owner of ModXchange
The seminar “Taking Your Portfolio & Career to the Next Level” was a top notch presentation by a credible and very experienced speaker in the field of makeup named Donna Mee. The location was perfect, the info was valuable as well as timely, and people were taking plenty of notes to highlight and retain the knowledge gained. While I’m highly confident all the makeup artists gained a great deal from this presentation, being a photographer, the information presented was equally valuable to me. I will use it in perfecting my craft and my communication in collaborating with makeup artists. I left very satisfied with the knowledge gained.
– John Hawkins, Garden Grove, CA
Donna, you are truly a genius. I took your inspirational class “Taking Your Portfolio and Career to the Next Level” and got three paid gigs for this month the very next day! If that’s not a successful testimonial, I don’t know what is! Thank you! 🙂
– Lila Romay, Laguna Beach, CA
What a spectacular event! Donna Mee is one of the best speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. For those that attended the OC Make Up Enthusiasts event I hope you had as good of a time as I did. Thank you, Donna Mee for everything! Empire Makeup Academy is a gorgeous location.
– Sal W Hanna, Huntington Beach, CA
Thanks for all the information from last night’s career marketing event. Now I can look at my portfolio with a better understanding. Also, I took the Hairstyling for the Set workshop at Empire Academy of Makeup back in 2005 and it has been very helpful to add hair work to my makeup artistry services for my photo shoots. Thanks so much!
– Amy Orona, Laguna Hills, CA
I am a better makeup artist because of your teachings. I can’t wait to take another class. My words don’t really do it justice, but it’s heartfelt. Thank you for being so straightforward and generous in your teachings. Your guidance has already helped me see the art of makeup in a different light. I am proud to have been part of your San Francisco classes! I will take more of your classes, via webinar if I have to!
– Carrie Aldous, San Francisco, CA
I cannot begin to express how grateful and humbled I am to have met you. Your presence will be sorely missed and I look forward to your next class! Hopefully I’ll be able to make it to SoCal.
I’ve invested money here and there in classes and I’ve always walked away learning at least one new thing to add to my ‘hobby’. To be quite honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I wasn’t sure if it would have been any different from all the other classes I’ve attended that promise to teach you something new. HOWEVER, in your class I not only learned new ways to do something applicable to my business, but your technique set off so many light bulbs! I swear the room was getting brighter as the minutes ticked by! I’m really excited to apply it to my business. Yes, my business!! Because of your big heart and love of sharing, I’m going to work on building my confidence and apply what you’ve taught me into a successful career! Thank you!
– Sonja Tam, Hillsborough, CA
Are you sitting there wondering “Should I do a Donna Mee Master Class, and Whats in it for me? Well let me tell you briefly about my experience. I did 3 of her classes over the past week and… OMG OMG OMG!
I don’t care if you have been teaching makeup for 25 years like me, You NEED to do her class for inspiration and motivation. If you are trying to build a business, you NEED to do her class to make real money. If you are a student, you NEED to do her class to prevent years of frustration and to ensure you are always re-booked! If you love makeup, you NEED to do her class for yourself. I guarantee you will never regret it because you will look better everyday of your life forever more. If you want a successful competitive retail business you MUST do her classes! If your wondering what I really need in my kit? You NEED to do Donna’s class. Never before have I witnessed such a generous class, Donna shares her own personal kit with all and will give constructive criticism on your products. Donna Mee is one hell of a classy lady who is way to modest!
The chick worked with “KEVYN AUCOIN!” Her wrap sheet is mind blowing!
Most of her classes are full of ladies that have attended previous classes of Donna’s (What does that tell you?!) They have traveled from all over Australia, at much expense to sit before her again and again. Several already signed up to study with Donna in California at her massive academy for a year even after they’ve taken multiple classes! She has changed my view of makeup forever! I can’t stop staring at peoples faces and seeing them differently, I can’t sleep thinking about painting faces. BEG, BORROW OR STEAL To be at the last remaining classes! Do yourself a favor!
– Cal Butler, Coffs Harbour, Australia
Sunday, at IMATS you were just brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned A LOT!! But thank you, thank you, thank you, for Tuesday nights training. It was just AMAZING. I learned more in 3 hours from you about makeup application than in any other course I have ever taken; and some of my past courses have been several months long!! You are a true master, a complete inspiration!! I will be campaigning to have you speak again at The International Makeup Artist Trade Show Sydney, again next year! Come hell or high water they HAVE to invite you back! Bring on the hands-on workshops run by Donna Mee!! Have a safe flight home to the USA. xo
– Karen Dyer, Wamberal, Australia
I hope someday soon I will be able to come to the USA to take more classes from you. I’d do anything to get u back here in Sydney! I was not joking when I told you that I was seriously lost as to what I wanted to do in my life. I never even thought about being a makeup artist at all until I saw you speak at IMATS. Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me. You are responsible for changing my whole career path and I LOVE it!
– Cindy Tran, Sydney, Australia
I am doing really well and living my dream. Donna MEE gave that to me. She pushed me so hard when I was at Empire to make sure I was doing what I loved, and what I wanted to do as far as a career. I took that and ran with it. I am so happy! I have flourished with all that I’ve learned from Empire, and along the way.
– Tianna Atwood, Hollywood, CA
Dear Reader/ Donna’s student or graduate/ person who wants to really learn about Beauty, makeup and skin care: Before I tell you what you’re getting yourself into, I’m going to brag a little bit about how Donna Mee literally changed my life in FOUR hours. Yes, four hours! (You know, the eight thirty minute episodes of Family Guy or the Kardashian’s that you may typically waste time with.)
Within the first four hours of my first class at Donna’s school, Empire Academy of Makeup (for those serious about makeup) Donna had given me way more knowledge to me than I had learned in high school, college, and pretty much LIFE all together. You are about to embark on a seriously scientific and life-changing book. Well, not a book, not really a manual or a guide either. But a bible for everything to do with beauty. Yes, I went there. BIBLE!
Donna Mee owns, runs and teaches at a professional makeup artistry academy. (who DOES that?) She changes lives daily with her knowledge in skincare, color theory, the epitome of beauty, makeup placement, application techniques, usage of brushes, proper hygiene, product knowledge , and everything in between. It’s not enough for her to just teach you how to achieve a smokey eye or perfect brows or whatever the curriculum is for the day. She will teach you to really grasp, the “WHY” behind everything she teaches. Most people have no idea why they do makeup the way they do but everything Donna teaches is based on science and she makes it interesting and memorable. So if you are curious to know why we do anything we do with makeup, the hang onto your makeup brushes, you’re about to learn! You’ll understand the purpose of each product and application technique and you’ll never be confused on what to purchase or do with your products ever again.
You will learn to accept, and EMBRACE your BEAUTY that lies beneath that smokey eye in which you will soon know how to properly “ROCK.” This beauty bible is going to be passed on for many generations. Read this. Keep this. Forever. Don’t let your friend borrow it. Make them buy their own, or buy it for them.
A lot of self-taught makeup artists, or even the ones that have gone to makeup schools have to learn by trial and error, but Donna Mee gives you the TOOLS to fully understand the makeup world in order for you never to take the confusion out of things. I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for life”? Enough said.
Not only did I learn an extreme amount to prepare me for my career growth, but Donna has been there for me through my personal growth as well. Like I said, you read this and learn to embrace your beauty, you’re about to feel HOT! (Cue the music, please) Now move along and prepare to learn how to improve your own makeup and anyone else’s you do in the future.
“Stephanie Jun, Empire Graduate 2009″ Cerritos, California
I don’t come to see you as often as I’d like, I don’t assist the Academy instructors as often as I want to, but when I do, I feel so honored that you trust me helping guide ‘your babies.’ When I get huge thanks, hugs and even tips from my clients, I owe them all to you! YOU are the reason I LOVE what I do because I know I learned from the BEST beauty educator, mentor, guru possible!
– Sonia Rodriguez Suttles, Buena Park, CA
Last night five Empire grads, Berit Degruid, Lettie Mix, Lauren Breedon, Sonia Suttles and I got together last night and I wish you had been there to hear all the wonderful things we said about you and how grateful we are of everything you have done for us in our careers. We love you and are thankful to know such a tenacious and caring person. XOXOXO Never doubt you are loved and appreciated. Thank you always.
– Jennette Pulecio, Tustin, CA
I saw you at IMATS in Sydney as well as hundreds of others. I listened to all that you told us and was very inspired by you. The time and effort you put into teaching every one of us is definitely not in vain.
– Amanda Rickman, North Queensland, Australia
I saw you at Sydney IMATS this year and your words spoke such inspiration to me! I took so much away from seeing you speak for just an hour. Your product knowledge, concealing tips, brush types, close up work, corrective work, contouring, light and shade. It was amazing! You were so inspirational. Thank you for your guidance.
– Melanie Jordan, Tuncurry, Australia
After 15 fabulous years of doing makeup for amazing brides, I can finally say I was my own best client as I did the makeup for my own wedding. Donna, I remember the day I came to your first makeup studio to have my makeup done for a photo shoot. I still have the huge black and white poster you had blown up for me next to my fireplace 16 years later! After my appointment with you and seeing the amazing transformation, I wanted to become a makeup artist and asked if you would train me. When you agreed to teach me, little did I know you would open up a whole new world!!
To this day, I still get giddy over being a part of each bride’s special day as well as the thought of having every makeup item and color under the sun in my makeup box! You changed my life for the better so much that it took me a while to write this post without tearing up. I can safely say that, to this day, you are one of the top peeps I admire and have shaped my life in such a positive way. For that and just being you and your amazing gift of friendship throughout the years, I thank YOU!!
– Shirley Vazquez, Tustin, CA
I am extremely excited I took the time to go to all of the different makeup schools in and around Los Angeles and then chose to attend Empire. I enjoyed the small class sizes, the hands on instruction, and the level of professionalism from all of the staff. I feel I got more than my moneys worth at Empire Academy and know I received the tools to be successful in the industry. I immediately found work that allowed me to travel all over the United States. In turn, those jobs lead to exposure wish resulted in being accepted for representation to the famous Cloutier makeup artist agency! I have since written a beauty book and am in love with my career.
– Kenetia Lee, Burbank, CA
Donna Mee was fabulous today at IMATS Sydney! IMATS attendees begged her to put on an additional class at her hotel before she left. She was that good!
– Roberta De-Santis, Perth, Australia
Unfortunately I only caught the last half of Donna Mee’s presentation at Sydney’s IMATS in 2010, and I was blown away. I have always enjoyed corrective make-up, but have never had it explained in such an easy manner that makes so much sense before. No wonder she had the largest audience at IMATS. Luckily Donna has since returned to Sydney in January 2011 and I had the opportunity to spend a week learning Donna’s techniques and gaining a whole new understanding on color theory. Her knowledge is quite extraordinary. I learned learn so much; not only about techniques, but also products and their ingredients. Her enthusiasm for Makeup is exhilarating, and certainly was a great motivational start to the year.I have done many workshops over the years, but I have never had a teacher that has shared so much within such a short space of time as Donna. It is almost hard to keep up with the volume of knowledge that comes from her. I would highly recommend anyone serious about becoming a Makeup Artist and anyone who thinks that they “know all there is to know”… to attend her classes, as you will leave with a much broader understanding of this craft. I hope that Donna Mee comes back to Sydney again soon; otherwise I will need to start saving for an airfare to the USA. I am extremely glad to have had the privilege of knowing and learning from a true Beauty Expert, Donna Mee.
– Nicolle Adrichem, Sydney, Australia
Originally, my uncle helped me finance a loan to attend makeup school. I had to borrow a kit from a friend because it was all I could afford and then finished the classes. Since then, I’ve worked with many famous music groups, models, and celebrities. I’ve traveled the world due to my makeup career and have been represented by agents in LA, NY and DC. None of this could have happened without Empire Academy of Makeup!
I can always go to Donna Mee for advice. In 2010, which was 14 years AFTER, I graduated from her school, I confided in Donna that my dream was to work with iconic makeup artist, Pat McGrath. Donna helped me to prepare to achieve my goal by giving me advice on updating my portfolio and my website. Then she helped me to write a letter to Pat McGraths agent. Within months I was working on Pat’s team at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York. I impressed Pat and her team so much that I was offered to do the rest of the seasons shows in London and Paris! Everyone needs goals and direction in life. If you want to be a makeup artist, trust Donna to give you honest and factual advice that delivers the exact results you want.
– Lavonne Anthony, New York, NY
You are an incredible talent, an inspiration, and a beautiful & generous person as well. The 2 days I spent with you has been the best investment towards my career yet. Thank you for sharing you wealth of knowledge and experience. I can’t wait for you to return to Australia. xoxo
– Megan Vaughan, Sydney, Australia
I am thankful to have found Empire Academy of Makeup. I knew I had a passion for makeup and I wanted to become a makeup artist, but I needed a push in the right direction to achieve my goals. It was when I found the school through a friend and enrolled in the Multi-Media Mastery course that I learned more than I ever dreamed possible. I now feel that I have obtained the tools necessary to go into the world and do what I love.
Thanks to all the staff at Empire for sharing your expertise and moral support. I highly recommend Empire to anyone who’s interested in a serious makeup career.
– Kim de Waide,
I wanted to thank you for your incredible training class! As I told you before, after being in this business for many years, I was astounded at all I did not know. I wish that all of my consultants had been able to afford to attend. They really can’t afford no to.
I must admit, my own personal sales have doubled with my new found understanding and knowledge of skin care. Most of my consultants’ sales have tripled or better.
Your knowledge is so vast and your way of teaching gives an incredibly deep understanding, yet with such ease! Your passion for the business is not only motivating, but addicting. Please call me so we can schedule another basic class for those who thought they could not afford to come the first time. Believe me, they’ve all heard about you and they want a class as soon as possible. Perhaps we can all attend the same advanced course.
– CATHY PRICE ZAPPONE, Laguna Niguel
We haven’t met, but I would like to schedule a consultation with you.
I am a psychologist and work with many women who have low self esteem. For confidential reasons I cannot give the name, yet one of my clients has made an amazing amount of progress recently. Upon asking her what has happened, she informed me that she attended one of your all day seminars and also had a private makeup lesson.
I thought you’d like to know my client made more progress that week than she has in my care in two years. Please contact me for an appointment, I would love to experience your magic personally.
– Irma Lozano, Orange County
I have been meaning to send you a note for quite sometime, and have always hesitated for lack of being able to truly express my sincerity. Today however seemed like the right day to do so.
It is raining here in Arizona (where my husband is currently stationed-yes he is still in the military), and with such glorious weather comes inspiration; which since 2001 (when I first met you and attended Empire) I have always thought of you in correlation.
I was never one to be able to physically achieve what I saw in my minds eye the first go around, however, I rarely skipped a beat when it came to understanding the basis and premise of what I was being taught (This held true in my ability as a makeup artist). In time however, and with much perseverance I learned to keep at things until I had them the way I saw them in my own mind. This attitude I attribute greatly to you, and would like to express my deepest Thanks.
Everyone who walks through the doors of Empire is getting more than the “BEST” and most thorough education in makeup artistry; they are being inspired. I still do makeup, I write for examiner.com as a makeup examiner, and have published my first book (not makeup related) this last February. Each of these accomplishments I don’t believe would have been possible had I never walked through the doors of your Academy.
I just wanted to let you know that I am thankful for the time, energy and emotions you put into what you do. Your passion, commitment, and honesty have and will always inspire me wherever I am in the world.
– Amy Conklin, Arizona
I’m sure you don’t remember me because we actually worked very briefly together. I was hired by you to work for Make Up For Ever in Nordstrom in Seattle when you launched the cosmetic line there. In any case, I wanted to thank you . I learned so much from you and although I left Nordstrom, I returned to London (where my husband is originally from and where we live now) and continued with my career.
I ended up managing and training for The Body Shop in London and then ended up with Golden Limited who ‘owned’ Lancome, L’Oreal, and many others. I started as a consultant manager and in a year and a half I was training other consultants in the application of makeup as well as demonstrating for exhibitions.
I finally took a course to certify my abilities at the London College of Fashion, but I wanted you to know that if it weren’t for you and your brilliant way of teaching I never would have believed I could achieve what I have without any other formal training. Not only did I learn so much from you in such a short space of time, but you inspired me. Thank you for that.
I’m so pleased I stumbled across your name during a search of Makeup Colleges. I’m looking to refresh my skills after an absence due to caring for my 2 boys. As they are settled now in school I’m looking to return. It’s a shame we aren’t in the same country or I would be looking into your academy!
– Bobbi Rohrer-Elman, London, United Kingdom
Could you please let Donna know that she is literally kicking my butt. Yes she has cleared my skin and I’m loosing some weight (she is a goddess for that) but honestly class is really hard. So point of the email, I left her class last night with the second lowest grade of my academic career thinking thank God I passed. Never have I felt that way about a grade so low without loosing sleep and asking for a re-test. Then my poor sister who I flew out here to help me with my kids, I drag her to Ralph’s to the sorry cosmetic aisle looking at colors and trying to match her skin tone. It gets worse, we get back to my house and I make her sit until I can kinda get a match; face it we went to Ralph’s.
Then I kept practicing my brush stroke on her face because I’m not used to doing anything on humans so my touch is abrasive. Then I must have prepped her face 5 or 6 times because my touch is so hard and I needed the practice, then I had to come to work at 6am. Point being, I did not work this hard for the education that I paid $42K for, hell I don’t work that hard for my current employer. BUT I like this a lot better. So could you tell her that for me because She Really Scares Me.
– Shoniece Boughton, Orange County, CA
Donna, so glad I did your highlighting and contour class! Your classes and teaching are so unique! There is nothing else like it in Australia!
I have spent the last 2 days immersed in makeup with the amaaaaazzzzingDonna Mee. My head is still spinning from her immense knowledge and ability to teach
– Rose Hewartson, Brisbane, Australia
Can I just say a massive thank you, you have made me realize how much I love and admire the skill of a brilliant make-up artist and you have helped me find something that I am really passionate about and want to succeed in. I have always wanted to find something that I was passionate about (and to be able to make money from it would be a bonus) and I think after your classes I have found it! I know I have a long way to go but meeting you and discovering just how amazing you are has been a massive step in the right direction, so thank you for sharing your unbelievable talent as a make-up artist and teacher.
On my way home from your course I was a bit sad that it had all come to an end but I have so much now to take in and practice now so that I can show you my improvement the next time I see you. I still have tears in my eyes when I think of the light bulb moment I had with you in class.
I am really serious about coming over to your academy even if I have to do it in small steps and do the intro course first and come back the following years to do the Expert Artistry and Print, Runway & Bridal courses. I will also work to get you back to Australia early next year to do some more Master Classes with the artists out here.
Thank you again for putting so much into the classes, I really, really appreciate everything you did and taught us as I just got so much out of it, mainly confidence which is what I have lacked on my journey to becoming a make-up artist so far.
– Lisa Smith, Sydney, Australia
Your classes in Sydney were amazing… you truly are an inspiration…. I learned more from you over the last 3 days then I have ever learned over the last 10 years… I really hope you would consider returning next year… I will definitely be one of the first to enroll in your classes…. Sydney will miss you
– Eman Makeup Artist, Sydney Autsralia
We met last night at your Contouring & Highlighting Master Class, and after one class I have had the complete realization that I want to learn everything from you! You were an amazing teacher as well as personality. Last night gave me a firm indication on the lack of information & training I have had leading up to this point. To tell you the complete truth I came home and cried. It was the best night of learning and yet an extreme reality check! I knew I wanted to learn more, but it is only now I realize how much I actually didn’t know. In my first emails to you I said I wanted to be the choice for bridal makeup in Australia. That goal has not changed, and if anything it has grown to be more than just bridal from listening to your inspirational training session last night. I know that I have a lot to learn before this dream is a reality. When you almost cried talking about the change in people’s lives you made with corrective makeup, it hit my heart. I know that feeling of wanting to change people’s lives and make people feel amazing. Thank you in advance!!
– Mieke Stevinson, Sydney, Australia
Can I just say WOW!!! I have hardly slept a wink last night thinking of all the new things I have learnt with you, I went to bed and googled different faces to try and trace their noses to correct them by adding clay and removing clay, until my husband took my iPhone off me and told me to go to sleep!
I just think you are a wonderful teacher, I got more out of last night then I have a whole year of training at a college. I did have a light bulb moment in bed last night (although not quite the one you were hoping for with the contouring and highlights) but your class last night made me realize that I too want to specialize in corrective beauty make-up, I’m fascinated by it and what I love most about it is that there is a logical science behind it. The only problem I have now is after hearing you talk and doing one of your master classes I just don’t think I’ll trust anyone else to teach me the correct way and to look at a face the way you do, you have set the bar way too high! Another option I have been considering is to save up and come and do one of your courses in the US (unless you do meet that Aussie hunk of a man that will keep you here! ) so stay tuned as I try and save for this option as well.
I would love to read more about corrective beauty make-up are there any books or make-up artists that you think ‘get it right’ so that I can read more about this as a lot of the stuff I read on the internet is very fashion based rather than tailoring a look to meet an individuals needs.
Thank you so much for such a fabulous night, I love your honest, no BS approach to teaching and the industry. I really hope one day the light bulbs start going on in my head and staying on for me so that I can be the very best make-up artist that I can possibly be. You have really inspired me to keep learning, practicing and perfecting my skill so that I can have the satisfaction of seeing a client look at herself in the mirror and see the most beautiful version of herself. I am looking through your remaining classes in Sydney to see if I can do another before you go, so you may not have heard the last from me yet.
– Lisa Maring Smith, Sydney, Australia
Thank you Donna! I heard you speak at IMATS in Sydney today and I learned heaps of new makeup application tricks. And by the way, I loved the saying, “It’s the flick of your wrist” ha ha ha . Thanks again 🙂
– Shelley Veitch, Brisbane, Australia
It was an amazing experience to attend your IMATS Sydney workshop. My students learned a lot and I even picked up a few new tricks. I really appreciated you talking about the importance of contouring, proper cheekbone placement and how to properly clean brushes. I look forward to seeing you speak again tomorrow. XX
– Charlie Tredway, Darlinghurst, Australia
Hi Donna, I want to thank you for your amazing contour and highlights workshop in Melbourne on Sunday. I LOVED the workshop and learned so much! You’re such an inspiration! I hope to take more of your classes in LA next year!! Thank you Donna! Have a safe trip back.
– Ebony Kay, Melbourne, Australia
Your presentation at IMATS Sydney yesterday was fabulous! I loved it! I picked up somegreat handy tips and tricks! You are such a great speaker. Yours was my favorite seminarof the entire day! I would love to take some of your Master Classes if I could afford it. IMATS sent me broke yesterday! ;] Next time you’re in Australia, I will for sure xoI hope to see you there next year ?
– Steph Cotter, New South Wales, Australia
I met a great American Makeup Artist at the Sydney Makeup Expo called IMATS. Her name is Donna Mee and she is doing Master Class seminars in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney for all makeup artists interested in knowledge. I went and saw her at the Sydney Makeup Expo she’s awesome! She seriously knows what she’s talking about!
Nice to meet you at the Expo, I just wanted to say Thank god you were there! You were the best part of the expo for me. I agree with everything thing you said, you sound like you work a lot like me! lol I give you huge credit for not only being a great make up artist but to be able to stand in front of people and teach, I didn’t realize how many things i do without even knowing I’m doing them, until you explained it!
– Lisa Mangion, Sydney, Australia
You were incredible at IMATS as always! I love listening to you speak. I learn at least 5 new things from you every time! And after your presentations, you can see everyone run to the Royal & Langnickel Brush booth to buy the brushes that you have just mentioned, me included! I am looking forward to next year! Or please do a class in Melbourne! I just signed up for your Mastering Contour & Highlights class in Melbourne OMG!!! Can’t wait! 😀 😀 😀 I will be flying to Sydney to see you again anyway! 😀
– Niva Jean Thongkham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Wow!! I had the best day ever at the International Makeup Artist Trade Show in Sydney!! I got to meet my idol Donna Mee!! I learned so many tips and bought so much makeup!! My idea of heaven 🙂 Donna, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for providing Nancy and I with such an amazing training session at your Master Class. I look at makeup in such a different light now, and have definitely vowed to start sleeping on my back! LOL! I’m analyzing everyone when I look at them now it’s freaky! Thank you so much for your wisdom and expertise. If you don’t come back to Australia to do more classes, I’ll just have to come to California! Thanks again. Big kisses (with newly a corrected lip shape of course and winks with a corrected up-tilt eye)
– Kelley Angel, Sydney, Australia
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for truly inspiring me and sharing all your knowledge. I am so glad that I made the trip to Sydney for your Master Classes even though I did not make it to IMATS. Although I only took a few days of classes with you, I look forward to implementing all that I have learned from you in my next photo shoot and all my bridal work. I can’t wait to attend more workshops with you in Melbourne and in the future! You’re an amazing makeup artist and teacher. Thank you for sharing your amazing passion towards makeup with us all. I highly recommend for anyone truly passionate about their beauty and makeup career to study with Donna Mee. Their makeup and beauty world will be turned upside down but all for the better! I know view noses and the structure of the face in a completely different way. Thank you.
– Rita Abi Khalil, Melbourne, Victoria
Donna is AMAZING! I have gotten more light bulb moments in the past year than I ever received in 4 years in college. I have sat in a 9.5 hour lecture and actually still wanted to go review my notes. Donna is extremely passionate about her work and dedicated to the quality of makeup artist that graduate from her academy. She expects the best from her students and she gives them all she’s got. I have been challenged to go were I didn’t think I could go creatively. I just completed my courses and am already working! This would not be happening if it weren’t for her. I’m excited to know that my future as an artist is going to be amazing because of all the knowledge she has so generously shared. Thank you Donna! You are a class act!
– Jennette Pulecio Orange County, CA
As a former engineer, I have taken some truly intense classes in my lifetime, but I don’t think any were as complex or rewarding as the ones that I had taken from Donna Mee at Empire Academy of Makeup. Donna has a plethora of information that she distributes in such a way that she always leaves you wanting more. She speaks with a refined combination of knowledge and real world experience that is as entertaining as it is educational. Many educators have a great deal of information to pass along, yet their attempts to present the information are dull or painstakingly sterile, like they are reading from a book. Donna’s gift is the passion with which she teaches, providing inspiration to all those around her. Her teachings not only inspire her students but she envelopes them with confidence, in their work and themselves, like no one I have ever met.
– Joe McDonough, Long Beach, CA
I truly believe my decision to enroll at Empire Academy of Makeup has been the best decision in my life. A week after I graduated high school, I applied and had a tour of the school. I realized that students must be accepted into the academy while all the other makeup schools accepted anyone and everyone willing to pay. Once I completed the Intro course I knew there was no turning back. I quickly acquired a thirst for more knowledge and training because I knew everything I learned was helping me grow tremendously as the successful artist I desire to become. I have now graduated from and already have started working in the industry. While I was attending my courses, I was already working on photo shoots, fashion shows and film sets. I have been taught far more than just makeup techniques. I acquired knowledge on skin care, client psychology, professionalism, confidence, business skills, and so much more. Donna Mee doesn’t just teach, she puts passion into every word she says and make sure her students comprehend every subject taught. Her fellow instructors and assistants are equally inspiring and educated on the industry. I cannot thank Donna and everyone at Empire Academy enough for helping me start a career doing exactly what I love to do.
– Lucky Sin, Long Beach, CA
I was in between jobs as a registered nurse and reached a point in my career were I was burnt out on the stress, night shifts, and demands of the job. I discovered Empire Academy of Makeup and realized that I could actually turn my dream of doing makeup into a successful career. I researched another local schools and several in LA but realized that Empire had the best reputation and the most legitimate curriculum. Wow, did Empire ever exceed my expectations! There is significant science and theory behind skin care and makeup artistry which I never would have even imagined! I studied just as hard if not harder than I did for many of my college courses. I feel that teacher quality is the most important factor influencing student achievement. A significant number of successful working artists have been born out of the mentorship of Donna Mee and her academy. This is a direct reflection of what an amazing teacher she is. It’s rare that a teacher can captivate students in such a way that she does and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of every class. In addition the entire staff is very professional and knowledgeable and there is no shortage of hands-on experience and one-on-one help. I’m now in the process of starting a bridal business with several of my classmates. In five months of classes, I acquired the tools and knowledge to pursue a whole new career path and an experience I will cherish forever. Thank you Donna for all you have taught me in such a short time! Your passion and dedication has left an impression on me and I’ll pass that on to every client in my chair!
– Suzy DeSilva, Irvine, CA
Donna Mee is a Beauty Expert Extraordinaire! In my eyes, she is the complete master of the industry. She truly have changed the way I perceive beauty & makeup forever! I first crossed Donna’s path at IMATS Sydney 2010 and within the first five minutes of her seminar I was totally captivated. NEVER before have I heard or read anything like the wealth of information she was sharing with us: “The true science behind beauty & makeup.” And now having completed six of her Master Courses that were recently presented in Sydney, I have a hunger and drive in me because it’s like I’m learning this all for the first time again. The way that Donna teaches and the in depth knowledge she imparts, makes me feel like I was reading a children’s story book for the past four years of my career, but now I have a complete encyclopedia!
Donna you are truly an amazing, unique educator. I can tell you live and breath what you teach because your passion is so evident. Your skill and knowledge is inspirational, but even more so your ability to explain and educate other people is second to none. I can’t thank you enough for all that. I so look forward to you returning to Australia hopefully in the near future so I can learn and grow even more as I strive to become an amazing makeup artist. You are an incredible talent!
– Karen Dyer, NSW Central Coast Australia
The Print, Runway and Bridal class has been the most beneficial class to my career as a freelance makeup artist. After completing the P.R.B. class at Empire Academy, I had my first tear sheet in a national magazine within a month of graduating! This was largely in part of the contacts I made while attending Empire and networking as Donna Mee taught me. I am booked nearly every day at a photo shoot, fashion show, with a bride or private client. I often find myself working with graduates from other makeup schools or “self taught” artists. I always have a line of models waiting for my chair and have been constantly asked by the photographers and models to “fix” other artists work. There is so much science and theory to understand and take into consideration to achieve the best makeup possible and so many factors that need to be analyzed. My experience working with many artists in the industry is that they don’t posses the skills, knowledge and often the right products and tools necessary to apply the makeup as required. Not a job goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for finding Empire. It was the best decision in my life in choosing Empire Academy of Makeup as the school where I obtained my training. Now I am living my dream and loving every minute of it.
– Lucy Meza, Costa Mesa, CA
I met Donna Mee when I was an Empire student about eight years ago. She came into the classroom on day one to share her story of how she got to where she is now. It was one of most inspiring stories I have ever heard. It’s not just about all she has been through, it’s that she stayed strong through it all and didn’t let anything stop her from what she wanted. She got knocked down many, many times, but still kept on going to pursue her dreams. She knew she could do it even when many other people told her she couldn’t. I remember leaving her school that night thinking that I wanted to be just like her. ? I come back to Empire at least once a year to sit in on a class. Tonight, eight years since I experienced my first night of training, I sat in on that first day of Intro to hear the story again. It still inspires me. Regardless if makeup is the career for you, anyone listening would be inspired. Donna has such a commanding way about her. You want to listen, you want to do better and you want to succeed because she makes you feel like it’s all possible (because it is!) Above all else, she cares about you and she wants you to succeed just like she did. She gives you her secrets and tells you exactly what you need to have the success that she has had. There are a lot of teachers out there doing what she does, but I challenge you to find one that will do what she does for her students and graduates. Those she’s trained often come back and tell her about their accomplishments because they know she will be proud of them. For me, it’s like telling my parents; I get that same feeling when I share with her my successes. I want her to be proud of me because she has done so much for me. She really is an amazing woman. I actually feel sorry for makeup artists out there who haven’t met Donna and/or had the privilege of hearing her speak. They have no idea what they are missing. Thank you!
– Devyn McArthur, Orange, CA
I’d be unemployed right now if it wasn’t for Donna Mee. She’s changed my life in such an amazing, positive way that no one else has. I’m simply honored to not have only learned from her as a teacher and mentor, but just to have been able to meet such an amazing, inspirational, humble person in my life. I feel extremely privileged to be able to say that I know Donna. She was there for me when my dog died and my brother died all within the same month. I feel that she is awesome and I can’t wait until she is on Oprah to show the rest of the world how amazing she is!
– Stephanie Jun, Cerritos, CA
I feel like I cannot speak enough about my experiences with Donna and her school. Empire was the best decision I ever made. So many beauty schools or other makeup schools out there say that they teach makeup. It’s honestly nothing you haven’t read in a magazine or heard before! But at Empire, the information that you receive is so different than what’s being taught/spread on TV, in your local cosmetics department in the mall, or even from your dermatologist! And this is all information that is coming from “specialists!” Having attended such schools before finding Empire, I can tell you-There is no comparison! The education I received at Empire was so advanced! The artistry techniques, products, advanced skincare, and business/tax information really prepared me for the industry. When I meet people, they are always so impressed. They always ask me, “How old are you? You know so much!” They are always surprised that I have so many answers for them. At 21 years old, I DO have a lot of information to give, and this is just the beginning of building my career as a makeup artist. I am so happy to be able to make a difference in other people’s confidence and perception of themselves; the way Empire changed those things for me. If you are an esthetician, hairdresser, or just someone looking for great skincare SOLUTIONS…take a class and discover what everyone is talking about! Donna and your team, I would like to thank you so much for the opportunities and experiences I have received from Empire!
– Leah Asue, Orange, CA
To Everyone at Empire, I can’t thank you enough for the knowledge you have given me throughout my courses. Of course, when I first signed up I was skeptical. It was a lot of money that I didn’t have, but it was money well spent. After the three week Intro course, I knew that Empire was the right choice for me. You have not only taught me skincare (that’s changed my life) and makeup, but you have given me more confidence and the ability to make other women look and feel beautiful. That ability, to me, is priceless. I would recommend this school to anyone I know.
– Julie Hiles –Newport Beach, CA
Donna Mee is an Amazing Mentor and a Wonderful Captivating Teacher. Her style puts her above the rest. She has a way of motivating while teaching that inspires others to reach their individual goals. When someone opens a door for you, you say “Thank You”. However I cannot come up with the words to express my gratitude for all she’s done. “Thank You” just isn’t enough. She will always have a special place in my heart!
– Sonia Suttles, Buena Park, CA
I am so stoked about interning at Empire Academy of Makeup. Donna-You have some amazing projects and I cannot wait to be a part of them. Also thought you would get a kick out of the fact that I just kept my friend up for 2 hours longer than she wanted to be talking about corrective Makeup, color theory, skin care (etc). I’m amazed at how much knowledge you have shared with me and how much I retained. You are an amazing teacher, mentor, and friend and have probably changed so many people’s lives in the same way you have changed mine. Thank you for everything you have experienced and chosen to share with those lucky enough to have trained under you!
– Gina Ranno, Boston, MA
This inspires me to continue to do what I do. Donna, I get so much joy out of being in your classes. You make me feel better as an artist & person. I want to become a teacher to give the joy/inspiration that you’ve given to me to others. Thank you for being an amazing teacher & an inspiration to many people. I’m sure everyone you’ve ever met or taught feels the exact same way.
– Jasmine Brevick, Temecula, CA
I am writing to share my experience of being taught by one of the most captivating and informative instructors I have ever had, Donna Mee. My experience attending Donna Mee’s Empire Academy of Makeup was incredibly rewarding. Prior to my enrollment at Empire, I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and also studied abroad in London, England. Although the education I received in college was invaluable, it was Donna’s courses at Empire that are the most memorable.
I moved across the country from Pennsylvania to California solely for Empire Academy and the opportunity to be taught by Donna Mee. There are so many makeup schools, but I felt none came even close in comparison to Empire. This was the best and most rewarding decision I have ever made. I saw an absolute change in my skin within weeks of beginning Donna’s school and following the skincare basics that she educates about. I have so much more self confidence now and this helps me when educating my own clients. Not only did I learn about skincare and makeup application techniques, but I learned how to be a professional and strong business woman, how to take control of my career and future, how to possess the confidence necessary to be successful, and how to find beauty in myself—something that isn’t taught in college.
Besides being a gifted educator and amazing artist, Donna has a passion for making women feel better about themselves, which is something that many artists lack. What I admire most is that Donna is not caught up in the glitz and glamour of being an established makeup artist that has worked with numerous celebrities, designers, and photographers. She is in it for so much more than that. Donna is concerned with ethics, treating people with respect and sharing her knowledge to really benefit and improve other people’s lives. This passion is so evident and it has truly inspired me in my career.
Donna is the hardest working and most driven person I have ever met. She is constantly coming up with new and wonderful ideas for her school, her students and her career. She is such a great motivator and isn’t afraid to push her students just a little bit further. I know for a fact that without the knowledge I attained from attending Donna’s school, I would not have gotten as many jobs or clients as quickly, if at all. I have such respect and admiration for Donna Mee and know that although she has already been so successful, there is so much more that lies ahead for her.
Donna is an influential and captivating speaker, as well as very charismatic and entertaining. The experience that Donna has had in her career is remarkable and invaluable to motivating and guiding others. I would recommend Donna to anyone interested in bringing a powerful force to their team. Donna has the ability to completely transform women aesthetically as a makeup artist, and internally as a teacher and role model.
– Katie Polak, Los Angeles, CA
I decided I wanted to become a Makeup Artist and searched to find the right school. As a single mom with one on the way, I did not have the luxury of time, nor did I want to waste money at a school that was not going to ensure my success. When toured of the school and sat in on a lecture, I realized that the education was rigorous, yet so interestingly presented that there was no way anyone could attend and not learn! The curriculum at Empire is very in depth and not for the faint of heart. Donna is a passionate teacher with so many years of experience under her belt, that she can envision if you have what it takes to succeed or not. Over and above teaching makeup, she brings things to our attention that will hinder our career success. Many things are not easy to hear and certainly have to be hard for her to address. But she does so because she cares that much. From the start, Donna demands nothing less then what would be expected on a job- and I am eternally grateful for that. She is one tough cookie, and if you’re late, come to class unprepared or with an attitude, your days at Empire are numbered. She will only share her talents, teaching and valuable wisdom for those that yearn to work and be the best. I’ve been working since the day I graduated, even throughout my entire pregnancy. I owe ALL of it to Donna and her fabulous, professional, in-depth, intensive Makeup Academy. Thank you so much Donna, for believing in me, and for absolutely not allowing me to give up on my dreams when I gave up on myself.
– Lila Romay, San Diego, CA
For years I did not realize the knowledge I was missing out on being a self-taught makeup artist. After realizing that formal makeup artistry training would be the only way to push my career in a more successful direction, I began looking at schools to attend. Empire was the only school that was also an agency, and also the only school where classes were taught by the owner and renowned makeup artist Donna Mee. Coming to Empire changed my life. It has helped me look at the industry in a whole new way, as well as given me the necessary tools to compete at a higher level of the trade. After completing 240 hours of training at Empire, I have gone on to expand my bridal and print work business. There are things I have learned at Empire that rivaled the difficulty of my most challenging college courses, and there is no doubt it is the ONLY school for those, “serious about a career in makeup.”
– Gretchen Andrews, Irvine, CA
I must say that I am extremely happy that I chose to go to Empire Academy of Makeup. My research really paid off! Not only is Donna Mee good at what she does but she knows the answers to WHY everything she teaches is important. Even better than knowing why, is her ability to express what she knows in a way that is easily understood and interesting. Not only do you learn makeup artistry, but how to work in the industry, and how to be successful.
– Whitney Kelsey, San Clemente, CA
I think this school is amazing! The instructors make you want to work hard. My parents admitted that they have never seen me so interested in a school- ever! Thank you so much for giving me the knowledge and confidence to go out into the world and practice true makeup artistry. Donna is an amazing teacher and an inspiration to me. You have not only taught me the true science of makeup, but you have opened up a world of opportunity. I am already working as an artist! I have really enjoyed taking classes at Empire and I will really miss it. I feel like I am ready and bursting with knowledge to share with others!
– Victoria Taylor, New York, NY
Before I started school here, I had a vision and goal to become a makeup artist, traveling around, doing what I loved. But I didn’t know how I was going to get there. I was hoping and searching for something that was going to give me the knowledge, strength, and passion I needed. Now after finishing my courses I feel so empowered and ready to start my career. It’s really difficult for me to put into words the gratitude and admiration I hold for you, Donna. I can see how hard you have worked to get where you are. I see how your passion for makeup has not gone away after all these years. Makeup is the one and only thing I have found in my life that motivates me!
– Okie Yun, New York, NY
When I first started Empire Academy I thought I knew a lot about makeup, but after the first day I realized I didn’t know anything at all. I learned that there is so much more to skin and makeup than many of the professional makeup artists even know. Originally, thought that skin prep was pretty much just washing your face to take all the makeup off and that was it. I also learned many basic makeup techniques that I didn’t even know about. I am just very proud of myself for pushing myself as hard as I did to learn all this information. Although, I didn’t get perfect scores, I learned from my mistakes and that’s all that matters.
– Brenda Betancourt, Santa Ana, CA
Before I started at Empire I was in Arizona not really sure where I was headed. I was very ignorant about skincare and all the variety that makeup has to offer. After being enrolled in the class and experiencing my first formal lesson, I realized that I had so many things to learn. I feel so confident about being able to help out my family, friends and potential customers with just educating them on basic skincare. I also realize everything has a cause and effect, so it’s important to start with a strong basis. Thank you kindly.
– Stephany Barber, Round Rock, TX
Donna is an amazing human being and teacher. Since the first day I met Donna, I haven’t stop learning from her. She is truly cares for everyone around her and she shares her knowledge with every person that is willing to learn. My passion for makeup has exceeded my expectations and created new goals because I know I’m well prepared, I want you to know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me Donna. I am sure you get a lot of thank you letters, but I just want you to know that you changed my life. You gave me the tools and knowledge that I needed to start my career. I learned so much from you. You are such a smart, talented, and giving person. I feel that because of you, I feel comfortable getting myself out there and feeling confident in my skills as an artist! Your giving personality, and leadership has rubbed of on me. 🙂 I have been doing really great! I will be submitting into portfolio building very soon! I have been doing many weddings and working with a Hairstylist that I met at the Empire finals photo shoot. Since finishing my last class at Empire, I have already completed 10 photo shoots! I did an independent short film and currently doing a full-length independent film. Both films are being submitted into Sundance film Festival and a few others! I’ve worked with great photographers since meeting several at the Empire Shoots! I want you to know all of what I have accomplished is largely due to the people I met through Empire Academy. I really use the advice and many resources you gave me and it has all really helped my career! So again, thank you!
– Jessica Hughes, Yorba Linda, CA