America’s Next Top Model Open Casting Call at Bellus Academy

Posted on December 12th, 2012 - Written by: Bellus Academy


The official America’s Next Top Model Casting Team has started its search for America’s Next Top Model Cycle 20! They are casting men and women for the first time on Top Model! If you feel you have what it takes to be the next top model, then come to the Open Casting Call. This could be the year you come out on top!

Saturday, January 5, from 8 am-12 pm

Bellus Academy – 13266 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064

For more information about Casting Call requirements, click here.

In honor of hosting the America’s Next Top Model Open Casting Call Bellus Academy is offering a $500 Scholarship* towards your Beauty & Wellness Education!

  • Basic & Advanced Cosmetology
  • Basic & Advanced Esthetics (Skin Care)
  • Massage Therapy & Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Spa Nail Technician
  • Make-up Artistry

This scholarship is only good until the March 19, 2013 Class Start at Bellus Academy. Please contact an Admissions Representative at 1.800.396.9187 to learn more.

DETAILS  *This scholarship qualifies you for $500 towards any program at Bellus Academy. You may only use this once for one scholarship. This cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with other institutional scholarships from Bellus Academy. You must mention this offer to receive the scholarship opportunity. Must meet eligibility and enrollment requirements. This scholarship expires on the March 19, 2013 class start. * 1-800-396-9187

Bellus Academy is one of the only academies in the nation to provide
the advanced training and multiple license programs that can help
prepare you for a premium career in the beauty and wellness industry.
Our programs can educate you for a new career in the booming salon
or spa industry in less than a year.

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The Perfect Holiday Look

Posted on November 28th, 2012 - Written by: Bellus Academy

The Perfect Holiday Look

This year for that perfect Holiday look go ahead and mix it up a bit. As we look at fashion over the years, it sometimes repeats itself with a twist of reinvention. Make-up is not in any way different. We used to say, “if you have a dark lip, light eyes,” not anymore folks. It’s time for our artistic freedom to shine through!

I personally like a dark sultry eye with violet hues and a dark rim around the eye with a beautiful pop of magenta or even red on the lip. If this is a little too seductive for you, then play it down on the lips with a nude lip.

Lipstick is very in this season.  It outlines the lip, gives a sultry look and there are so many hues and undertones to play with. A few of my favorite shades from MUD this year are definitely Black Berry satin lipstick and Voodoo eye shadow. If you are looking for a bit more red, then Lady Bug it is for the lips.

Make-up lovers while you are getting yourself or someone else ready for these RAD Holiday parties we all love so much, challenge yourself and try these looks!


Make-Up Artistry Education

Bellus Academy has partnered with Make-Up Designory to offer their 150-hour “Beauty Make-Up Artistry” training course. We are one of the only academies outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a professional make-up course at this level.  To learn more about our Make-up Artistry program, click here


Kristina-Monique Cortez, Director of Make-up Artistry Programs

Kristina-Monique is a Professional Make-up Artist, who specializes in all aspects of Make-up Artistry, as well as, education. She is a published make-up artist and beauty editor whose work can be found in various fashion and beauty publications.  She has also worked in film and television for top production companies including FOX, Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

Kristina began her career with an opportunity to work behind the scenes at fashion shows in Mexico where she cultivated her make-up artistry skills. She moved on to the U.S. to work with celebrity stylists, hairstylists and photographers.  As the Make-Up Director at the Bellus Academy, she is able to share her knowledge of the industry and strive to educate and inspire future Make-up Artists.

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Careers the Wall Street Journal Highlights for Growth: Why An Education at Bellus Academy Makes Sense for the Future

Posted on September 7th, 2012 - Written by: Bellus Academy

The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article, “Why Hairdressers Are Secure:  Their Jobs Can’t Be Exported.”  One of the key points emphasized in the article was that despite the recession, demand for one sort of worker has remained strong – jobs that involve caring for other people.  These jobs cannot be exported, ever.

Bellus Academy, also known as the Harvard of Beauty Schools according to San Diego Magazine, enrollment continues to grow during these challenging economic times. Why, because Bellus prepares students for jobs in the booming personal care and service industry, which is growing as opportunities in other industries decline.  According to the US Department of Labor 10 Year Projections (2008-2018) employment in personal care and service occupations is anticipated to grow by 20%, adding more than 1 Million jobs!

In addition, students have a variety of career options with a wide range in earning potential. A Cosmetology graduate, for example could become a Hair Stylist, Artistic Director or State Board Educator, just to list a few of the many career possibilities.  An education with Bellus also opens up the doors to an International career, as Bellus is the only west coast ITEC approved academy providing graduates the opportunity to receive an International certificate.  In a dark economic time the future is looking bright for Bellus Academy graduates!

To get more information about how to start a career in Beauty & Wellness today, please call 1.800.396.9187 or Click Here

To take a tour of the Bellus Academy Poway Campus Click Here

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Educating For A Manufacturer

Posted on August 20th, 2012 - Written by: Bellus Academy

How to go from loving to teach to helping fellow beauty professional grow their business.

By Doug Smith

If you’ve always loved sharing your passion for new technique and product knowledge – you may be a perfect candidate to partner with a Professional Beauty Product Manufacturer as an Education Representative. The road to the front of the classroom may seem a bit daunting, but with drive and commitment you could find yourself traveling to top salons in your area, nationally and maybe even around the globe. Here are a few tips that may help you reach your goals as a top educator.

1. Find a manufacturer that shares your same style and product enthusiasm.

You are probably working in the salon with a product company you love. If that’s the case, you already have a great head start. If you don’t love the products you’re
currently working with do some research. A simple web search can help you learn about a company’s full range of products, education and philosophy. Start with Google and search products you think might fit your needs.

Once you’ve found a few products you think may be a good fit to your passion, make sure you attend every class you can at your local distributor stores or salons in your area. Don’t rest until you feel like you know the product as well as the instructor teaching the class.

Another great way to find out more about a company and their product is to attend a trade show where you know they’ll be exhibiting. Gather as much collateral and samples as you can and then take them home and get to know their story.

2. Once you narrow down the candidates, make the connection.

Get to know the local educators and become familiar with their skills. Every educator started out where you are right now and most would be more than happy to share their passion and story.

When you’re ready to get the ball rolling, fill out the manufacturer’s educator application and be sure to emphasize your similar interests. For example, if a company states that they are committed to growing the salon professional’s career through quality products that are easy to retail, be sure you write in the application about your passion to helping salon professionals ensure their clients hair will always look fabulous with at home beauty products custom recommended by their stylist. If you take the time to think about your answers to the questions on an application, you will see how easy it is to make sure they get a sense that you are familiar with their philosophies, and share their passion. It’s also helpful to keep these philosophies in mind when you get to the interview process.

Mary Kinnebeck of USP LLC; parent company to Enjoy Professional Hair Care states that when looking for educator candidates, Enjoy Professional Hair Care seeks people who have a: “Burning passion and love for the beauty industry and have a desire to help people become their best.”

Danielle Devine, Education Director for CND states: “Our best educators are those who were inspired in the classroom. They so much loved what they learned, and whom they learned from they wanted to become part of the team. When choosing a manufacturer to represent, take your time to find the right team to join. Make sure you find a company that inspires you.”

Both are great words of advice! Good luck finding the right company that inspires you and be sure to always love what you do!

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What’s New at National City

Posted on July 16th, 2012 - Written by: Bellus Academy

We recently held our Bellus Academy 2012 Summer Graduation at the Scottish Rite Center which included 41 graduates from our National City campus. As I sat and watched the parade of students accepting their certificates of completion I started to reminisce about the past eight months I have spent as Academy Director. The growth that we have made as students, educators, staff and an academy as a whole is outstanding!W e have had several first time accomplishments that include two students completing their externships at the world class Doves studio in Santa Monica, student Michael Gregory taking 2nd place in the S.T.A.R. cut and color competition, and making a big impact in the community with fashion and editorial projects. These achievements, coupled with the evolution of our staff and population have allowed our academy to develop a culture consistent with the highest Bellus standards.

We are also extremely pleased that our student council has taken a huge role in National City. They help to develop student strategies and practices by meeting on a weekly basis. While having an active voice in the culture and guidelines we set forth daily they have taken it upon themselves to set up a recycling program, a clean-up management team, fundraising events and also played a hand in creating the outdoor break area including new picnic tables. On the clinic floor the consistency of our student’s work has been outstanding. Students continuing to break service and retail goals of years past. Our clients are continuously leaving satisfied with salon and spa quality services from our future professionals. The customer reviews that we receive daily are of the highest praise and continue to allow our students to develop a client base while completing their program.

All of the recent achievements have come directly through dedication to changing a culture which includes daily habits, organization plans and structure. The students and staff have done an incredible job striving for excellence. I look forward to the continual growth through the second half of 2012 together as a director a staff, our future professionals and as a campus. I look forward to seeing you in National City.


Brad Quick
Academy Director

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student testimonial

"I enrolled at Bellus Academy in 2009. I enrolled in the make-up course with Ms. Judy and the Esthetics Program with Miss Larissa and Miss Olga. Since day one the teachers and staff have been amazing. I could not have asked for more out of a school and teaching staff. I feel very fortunate and happy that this school is available and can accommodate such fantastic services."

Ellie Davis, Esthetics & Make-Up Artistry Program

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