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The Makeup Shop
Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 23rd St.; F, M at 23rd St.
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If Tobi Britton decides to make a career change, she would make an ultra-enthusiastic schoolteacher, eager to dole out gold stars at any given chance. As founder of the Makeup Shop, her job isn’t too far flung from that scenario: Going halfsies with low-key Mialia Salon in their 21st Street space, the shop is more academic than retail-based. Opposite a handful of salon chairs sits a stone makeup counter for one, with room for browsers to get hands-on with custom-blended cosmetics, skincare from Yon Ka, and a lineup of body oils. But the real magic happens behind a truffle-colored curtain, where Britton orchestrates makeup classes for serious aspiring artists, actors, and models with all the encouragement of a high-gloss fairy godmother. The small groups try their techniques on each other under the mistress’s expert eye and guidance. Workshops range from Makeup Bootcamp, where students get the basics for glam, bridal, and girl-next-door looks, to Runway/Music Video curricula and an Airbrush Special FX course that includes how to cover cuts and bruises. Although the Makeup Shop’s certifications don’t hold the same weight as an actual cosmetology license, Britton’s low-pressure “play, create, learn” philosophy and her key contacts in the biz have helped countless pupils find their in.
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