February 15, 2016 / Uncategorized

Interested In Professional Makeup Artistry? Presenting Makeup At The Temple!


Passionate about makeup? Interested in expanded your skill set? Makeup At The Temple is the answer!

In her role as a Learning Leader at The Temple, Alice Ness is also the resident expert of the advanced make-up artistry or MAT (Makeup At The Temple) program. As a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist herself for commercial, editorial, portrait and fashion clients, Ness says this program is designed for anyone wanting to become a professional make up artist.

“I think it’s an absolute fantastic opportunity because it gives them the education needed to be in the industry,” Ness said. “It really is designed to give them skills that make them more marketable.’’

The MAT program, is broken up into six classes or 96 hours of learning and includes everything needed to be certified in all aspects of make up application and technique.

The classes can be taken individually or as a series, and include: Fashion Pro, Bridal Pro, Editorial Pro, Studio Pro, Camouflage pro, and On-set pro.

“If you get certified in all six, it makes you much more marketable. And your earning potential, for example, in the bridal world (1-2 weddings) during peak time (Summer) could be $400-1000 in a weekend,” added Ness, who is a 2009 Temple graduate.


Most recently, Temple graduate Marti Blattenberger, certified through the MAT program and has been invited to be a National Educator for Ultimate Face.

MAT is not only available to Temple students, but anyone in the cosmetology industry. For more information please visit the MAT website and Facebook page.

2016 class information can be found by downloading the flyer here.

February 11, 2016 / Inspiration & Helpful Tips, Uncategorized

Tips to be Successful Cosmetologist


By Augustus Thornton, Core Specialist

Be on time for your guest  

If you arrive 15 minutes early, you are on time.  If you arrive on time, you are late! A guest should never have to wait for you.  Respecting your guest’s time is really important.  Life does happen, and you will find yourself running behind schedule.  Utilize your service desk, and ask them to call your guest as a courtesy to their time.


Be professional  

Eyes are always on you in your workspace, and you never know who might be a potential customer. But, when you stay professional, things will fall into place.


Be consistent  

Guests love consistency in your work, your attitude, and your prices! If something is going to be different in your charges, be sure to let your guest know up front to avoid any miscommunication.


Know your guest  

It’s important to ask your guest lots of questions about their lifestyle and their personal style. The better you know them, the better you can anticipate their needs.


Pay attention to the details 

Make sure their cut is on point and their color is up to date. Suggest new styles or new techniques that would compliment them. Guests sometimes want a change and if you don’t do it, another stylist will!


Take Home  

Make sure your guest has what they need to protect their hair investment. Even a change in shampoo and conditioner can make a world of difference.



Re-booking your guest guarantees your future success! Be sure that your guest has an appointment 6-8 weeks in advance.

January 28, 2016 / Inspiration & Helpful Tips, Uncategorized

A Beginners Guide To Financing Your Cosmetology Education


By Ingrid Nelson, Financial Aid Leader

Congratulations on your decision to join the beauty industry! You have the opportunity to contribute to an amazing, eclectic and creative group of driven people. And just like many other opportunities in life, this one needs your investment: time, energy, passion, and yes, money.

Financing your education may initially seem confusing or overwhelming, but our financial aid team is here to support you in this process. There are a number of different types of financial assistance you can use here at The Temple.  They include (but are not limited to): Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, VA benefits and scholarships.

The starting point for seeking any federal funding is The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will ask
a series of questions that will determine your eligibility and dependency status. If you are considered a dependent student, the future professional will need to provide their parents’ information as well.

Once you complete and submit a FAFSA, the information contained on the FAFSA is reviewed by the Department of Education. Your eligibility will be calculated using a formula approved by Congress, which is based on your (and/or spouse or parent’s) income and asset information.

Pell Grants: The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based federal grant for undergraduate students and it does not require repayment. Visit here for a full guide on government-sponsored financial aid.

Direct loans: These are government-funded loans used to cover your education expenses. The Direct Loan Program offers low interest, government-funded loans that include Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Direct Parent Loans (PLUS). These long-term loans are available to students who are enrolled at least half-time in school.

  • Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan: The Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan is a need-based loan. The interest rate varies annually and is paid by the government while students are in school at least half-time and during any periods of deferment. Loan repayment begins six months after students graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrollment status.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: The Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a non-need-based loan available to all eligible students regardless of income. The interest rate varies annually and begins to accrue at the time of disbursement. Loan repayment begins six months after students graduate, leave school or drop below half-time status.
  • Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS): For students who qualify as dependent, parents may choose to use the Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students
to borrow up to the total cost of their child’s education, minus any other aid the child may be eligible for. The loan is credit based, the interest rate varies annually and loan interest begins to accrue at the time of disbursement. Loan repayment typically begins within 60 days after the loan has been fully disbursed.

VA benefits: These are benefits granted to the men and women of the armed services and members of their families. Please contact your VA representative or our Financial Aid office for more details.

Scholarships: There are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities for the beauty industry, with some paying as much as thousands of dollars toward a student’s education. Scholarships can take some time and research, ​here are some scholarship resources that are offered though accredited associations and institutions to get you started:

​​The Temple Blog​

Professional Beauty Association

​American Association of Cosmetology Schools

The following video resources about financial aid may be helpful as well:

As always, our Financial Aid Team is here to support you! Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Chris Laurich: [email protected]

Ingrid Nielsen: [email protected]

About Ingrid: Ingrid brings years of real-world experience to The Temple.  She was a Makeup Artist and Beauty Advisor for Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme and Jolie Day Spa & Hair Design in Bethesda, Maryland.  She also has experience with the business side of beauty, having been Retail Manager, Assistant Director and Spa Director for Jolie Day Spa & Hair Design.  In her time at The Temple, she has had the privilege of being on the Service Desk Team, Makeup Team for Lingerie Fashion Week 2013 & 2014 in New York City, Education Team & Enrollment Team.  She loves to impart her years of experience to the next generation of our industry here at The Temple.