Take a Look Inside New York City’s Makeup Museum | VIDEO

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The Makeup industry has been around for quite some time. From the early days of makeup campaigns to the trends that have come and gone, there have been a lot of styles, looks, and products that have made the industry what it is today. Red Lips, smoky eyes, and smooth skin have always been beauty basic. The styles and concepts behind makeup have evolved over the years to make the industry what it is today. The Makeup Museum in New York City was created to allow visitors to immerse themselves in a historical beauty experience. It was designed as an immersive experience but had to pause and reset due to the ordered Covid restrictions that hit New York City last year.

The Makeup Museum was set to open with interactive exhibits that focused on touch and creating products. The pandemic changed all that. In May 2020 it still opened with its premiere exhibit, “Pink Jungle: 1950s Makeup in America”. The exhibit showcased a variety of historical makeup items that belonged to icons like Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo. Beauty Industry Essentials graduate Kenecia Lashae was tapped to help curate the museum, with a focus on the Black Beauty wall. The Black Beauty Wall highlighted some of the makeup products, successes, and challenges that African American women faced during these times.

We paid a visit to the Makeup Museum recently and caught up with Kenecia. She was able to take us through the museum on a guided tour and show us what they had to offer on a visit. The video serves as an inside look at the “Pink Jungle” exhibit with helpful commentary from Kenecia. The makeup museum is temporarily closed due to Covid restrictions. For more information on the next Makeup Museum exhibit, please visit www.makeupmuseum.com and sign up for the newsletter and exxhibit alerts. 

Kenecia Lashae Discusses Why She Chose Beauty Industry Essentials | #SoICould

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Name: Kenecia Lashae Course: Beauty Industry Essentials

Instagram: @passport2pretty

I enrolled in Beauty Industry Essentials so I could…

I enrolled in this program so I could gain a better understanding of the fashion industry and the day-to-day process of getting an idea turned into a product.

Where are you working now?
I am working on creating a conscious body care line.

Has your experience in Beauty Industry Essentials impacted your career at all yet, and if so, how?
Beauty Industry Essentials has not yet affected my career but I’m sure in time it will have a positive effect.

Why did you think the course was right for you when you enrolled?
I thought the course was right for me because I took two years off from the industry and wanted to polish up with the course.

How did the course prepare you for working in the beauty industry?
The course was a refresher for me in many ways. I think it will show potential clients my dedication to continued education.

How did the partnership with Allure for Beauty Industry Essentials affect your choice to take the program?
The partnership with Allure was a major appeal to me because they are a staple in all things beauty.

What assignment, course, and/or instructor sticks out in your mind or taught you something valuable?
The course that stuck out to me the most was beauty writing is hard, because it is. I like the instructors’ analogy of writing 500 words on mascara versus a crisis overseas.

What is your biggest takeaway from this program?
That I was actually very interested in the branding side of the course and could see myself exploring an additional service.

What would you say to a friend about Beauty Industry Essentials?
I would tell a friend that Beauty Industry Essentials is a great refresher course that can help you explore different avenues of the beauty industry.

YB Faves: Top 5 Podcasts in Yellowbrick’s Rotation

If podcasting is something you’ve always wanted to get into, today (well, tomorrow) is the perfect time to start. While blogs and digital publications have flourished, podcasts have become a really cool alternative to sharing content. There are so many to choose from and it is easy to get hooked. When going back and forth to work was a thing, podcasts helped make the commute time a little less tedious. You could listen on the walk to the train, on the train, and on the walk to the office at the push of a button. 

Podcasts are a great way to tell a story and provide detailed information on a variety of topics. The Yellowbrick student, faculty, and industry expert community is stacked with people who are the voices of quite a few podcasts in rotation. Some of Yellowbrick grads, current students, and university faculty are lending their ideas and conversations to some very popular podcasts. Since International Podcast Day is coming up, September 30th, we took some time to compile a list of our favorites below. Each podcast comes with a description with links on where and how you can access them. All of the episodes featured in this post can be listened to at the bottom of the page.

The Complex Sneaker Podcast co-hosted by Joe La Puma, Brendan Dunne, and Matt Welty engage in heavy sneaker conversation. The trio are no strangers to sneakers nor our audience as they are seen as industry experts in the Sneaker Essentials sneaker course. Their latest episode includes an in-depth convo with Gary Aspden, the adidas OG. He talks about meeting Kanye and what it took to create the Spezial. Aside from this latest episode, they have a solid archive of conversations to choose from. Click here to listen. 

Find Your Dream Job podcast by Mac Prichard is a great way to get some solid career advice. If trying to find the job of your dreams is something you have been trying to achieve, this is the podcast for you. This weekly podcast is all about sharing insider hiring info and tips on the job search that could prove to be helpful in any career. His latest episode, How to dine the Side Door at HR features Dana Pratt, the founder of DCP Training and Talent Development. Her company is the go to to help employers with performance consulting, leadership development, and talent management. Click here to listen.

Renaissance Soul podcast hosted by Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier is the home for all things Detroit hip-hop and music. What launched as a digital hip-hop website back in 2001, is now an audio podcast with the same content just a different output. The pod recently re-launched in August and led with Detroit’s own Dan Charnas, NYU professor and music journalist who is the go-to for all things Detroit/J-Dilla related. To check out the pod and Dan’s episode, click here.

How to Share podcast is a hospitality focused podcast that discusses storytelling, travel, and marketing in the travel industry. Host Amy Draheim is a marketing maven in the hotel industry and presents new and innovative ways to market hotels and travel destinations. Drahiem also owns and creates content for The Traveler’s Journey, which provides blogging tips, trip storytelling, and how to make the most of your IG feed when traveling. She recently sat down with Moniqua Lane to discuss how she started in hospitality, her efforts to create one-of-a-kind guest experiences, and her efforts to keep her property open despite the current vibe of the country. Click here to listen.

Unravel is a weekly podcast operated by Dana Goodin, Jasmine Helm and Joy Davis. The trio create content that is geared towards educating people about the importance of fashion in the history and current culture of the world. One of their goals is to encourage conversation about these topics within their digital platform community. They are women with a plethora of scholarly knowledge and do a great job of presenting it to their audience. Their goals are to, “collaborate with experts, in their field, to expand the conversation, speak beyond the canon of traditional fashion media and history, and be on the “frontline” of solidifying fashion history as a serious subject to study and learn”. Click here to listen.

Kick Back With a Book on National Book Lovers Day

For some people, books are a great way to escape the confines of reality. Sitting with a good title and immersing yourself in its words can be a great way to relax, relate and release. With so many titles to choose from, there is no shortage of options. Books have become more popular these past few months and stumbling across new reading options is always a good thing. Whether fiction, non-fiction, a memoir or a reference title, books have always been the go-to for entertainment and education. Reading is a favorite pastime for many and right now, a popular way to level up skills and knowledge. Sunday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our favorite reads across the Yellowbrick courses. In addition to taking the courses, these books are great ways to level up your knowledge in areas like Streetwear, Fashion, Beauty, Sneakers, Hospitality, Gaming, Sports, and Music. 

Some of the books we’ve selected are popular titles written by some of our very own course Professors and Industry Experts. Aside from being at the top of their game in the lessons, their books provide a deeper dive into their areas of expertise. Authors like Elaine Welteroth, Kathy Iandoli, Dan Charnas, Jeffrey Rabhan, and April Walker have added to the culture of their respective industries with titles that provide historical insight, personal narrative, and helpful information. 

Celebrating books and all things literary is something that can be done on National Book Lovers Day, or any day. With summer in session and fall on the horizon, reading a book is the perfect way to spend the day outdoors. Simply grab the title of your choice, find a socially-distant compliant area and immerse yourself in all it has to offer.

Swipe through the gallery above to see our picks and for more information on how you can apply for any of our courses, visit yellowbrick.co.

Student Profile | Ronnie Parris – Beauty Industry Essentials

Who: Ronnie Parris

What Course: Beauty Industry Essentials

How did you find us: I’d been working in retail for about 6 years and I wanted to get into the makeup industry. I needed some kind of knowledge about the industry. 

Why: I wanted to get into makeup because being darker, it’s kind of difficult for me to find a lot of shades. Makeup to me is not just about how I express myself. And that’s my career! Thanks to Beauty Industry Essentials thanks to F.I.T., Allure and Yellowbrick. 

Experience: Retail 

Course Thoughts: 

For more information on how you can apply for the Beauty Industry Essentials program, visit yellowbrick.co/beauty.

Student Profile | Valerie Christofel – Beauty Industry Essentials

Who: Valerie Christofel

What Course: Beauty Industry Essentials

How did you find us: I’d been working in the beauty industry for about 27 years and I took some time off to take care of my family. I found Beauty Industry Essentials while scrolling through Facebook. I came across a YB x F.I.T. ad and I was like OMG this looks very interesting to me! It’s very inspiring and it just keeps me going! 

Why: I wanted to get back into the Beauty Game. I wanted to see what was out there. This course is a great way to jump back in. So much has changed over the past 5-10 years. The terminology has changed, everything has changed and taking this course is a great way to relearn everything. I am  excited to learn from Bobbi Brown (course contributor). I am really inspired right now and I can’t wait to complete the program and get my certificate. 

Experience: Hair and makeup artist for films, TV shows, runway and printwork. 

Course Thoughts: 

For more information on how you can apply for the Beauty Industry Essentials program, visit yellowbrick.co/beauty.