Meet the Founder

 

   Amy Nicole

. Founder . Entrepreneur . International Makeup Artist .

 

Follow: @amychicstudios

The Chic Studios brand was created out of a desire to develop a school that offered professional training, resources and the tools necessary to help makeup artists launch into a successful career. Amy began her career in Canada, refining her knowledge and trade-skills, arriving at advance principles in makeup artistry techniques.
Amy has been a valuable expert in leading beauty events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Canada working with top models and celebrities! Additionally, Amy has lent her expertise to broadcast realms and multiple designer fashion shows. 

 

 

Fun Facts about Amy!

  1. Born in a small town in Canada, in the middle of nowhere, with some of the coldest winter days! (-40 degrees) 
  2. Has over 60+ first cousins
  3. Moved away for college at 18, first career goal was to be a Paramedic.
  4. After receiving a soccer scholarship, inspiration leads to changing college goals and attends Business School.  
  5. Young 20’s Dream – to own a beauty studio to do makeup on clients and celebrities
  6. Young 30’s Dream – to teach makeup to others, open up a school
  7. Traveling is a favorite passion
  8. Favorite places have been:  Barcelona, Italy + London 
  9. Favorite places haven’t yet been: France, Greece + Africa
  10. I light candles every day, and I listen to country music 
  11. Favorite beauty products, skincare! (followed closely by color anything!) 

 

 

Questionnaire with Amy

1. You’re a mommy… What is the one thing you wished you were prepared for?

I embrace all that comes, It’s not easy at all, the one thing I have learned more than prepare for, is to ask for help.

2. What do you do to find solitude amongst chaos?

Ah, that’s an easy one, girls night, a night out where I can just laugh, catch up with great friends and have a glass of wine. (or two).

3. Balance… what does that mean to you?

It means, to me, being able to feel a sense of calmness most days.  I feel imbalanced when I am in a state of constant stress. When that happens, I take a me day – I get a massage or acupuncture and do lunch alone.

4. How much do you have to commit to your passion vs. taking care of family?

I have and continue to commit more physical time to my passion/career. I am with my family laser focused with them on the weekends and evenings. I sleep 7-8 hours a day, I work 8-12+ hours (depending what is in the mix, honestly, sometime more than that, it’s crazy, but I absolutely love every second).

5. How does your your family react to your commitment to work?

They do not know any different, I have always been this way. I love what I do.  I do it for them in some regards as well.

 

 

The Chic History

2000-2008 

Loving makeup, educating myself in artistry, business and the beauty industry (3 trips to NYC, Miami, San Diego, and a move to LA in 2008) 

2009

Move to NYC (insert boyfriend/now husband) didn’t want to start all over again building clients that I spent 12+ months working on

2009

 January, coffee with an old friend (celebrity hairstylist/salon owner in NYC) offered to hire me as a freelance makeup artist, but said, very seriously and clearly ‘You don’t really want to do that, do you? Focus on what you DO want!’ 

2009 January – March 

With Husband’s support and rave reviews – Chic Studios School of Makeup started!

2009 April

Test run curriculum, classroom set up

2009 May

Official: First Chic Studios makeup class (3 students) second class (2 students) third class (4 students **which was the max with this space) and for the rest of 2009 classes were full.  

2010 January 

New: Manhattan, Chic NYC location 

2012 

Official:  NYSED licensed

2012 

NYC: 2 classrooms, 1500 square feet, 300 students and counting

2016 

New: Launched Chic Studios LA

2017 

All locations: Launched Content Studio and Chic pro Lab (students access to free space for content) 

2018 

New: Launched Chic Studios Denver

2019 

2500 Students and counting

2019 

Over 150K+ fans and followers on all platforms, focus to grow the community and connect with artists and beauty enthusiasts

2020 

Launching an online platform and school for all things beauty education