Jo Henderson - Retail Academy Training Manager - The Body Shop Canada
"I recently had the pleasure to attend the Makeup Program with Jessica Obregon at Paramita Academy of Makeup Inc.
This was an intense hands-on experience that allowed me to see a professional in action with many different clients using different products and techniques. It provided me with an opportunity to learn through watching others in action, through course work and through practicing my application skills many times over the course of the week. The course was professionally led and put together and gave me the skills and confidence to be able to immediately apply make-up on real clients. The environment was friendly and safe and thoroughly creative. The intimate group size and the one-on-one coaching allowed me to go from “zero to 60” and qualify in less than 5 days, where many other make-up courses take weeks if not months. Thank you Jessica for sharing your knowledge and experience and for your patience and support as we quickly became make-up professionals too. I am now much more confident and competent in my role as a Trainer for The Body Shop Canada. Thank you."
I am a grad from Paramita (from the original program way back in 2003), and have been a busy entrepreneur since. I've also attended the bootcamps as "refresher" courses two separate times in the last 11years, and have been witness as the program constantly evolves and upgrades. The owner/instructor is on top of the current trends and technologies, and is able to make the intensive amount of information easily palatable.
As in all arts industries, being a makeup artist is a career that you have to put 110% effort and creativity into - any arts school will "fail you" if you expect to be handed all knowledge in one go. No artist is able to develop without independent research and a little bit of soul searching.
The industry in Atlantic Canada (where I am) and Toronto are obviously very different, but I've been able to confidently grow my makeup artistry business through my Paramita education. -Savannah
I attended Paramita in 2008. Since then, I have done makeup for weddings, proms, photo shoots, and film. I thought it was a fantastic course, and Jessica is a knowledgeable instructor who was professional as well as personal. Having a small, yet diverse class was great for one-on-one and I found it to be a fun learning environment.
Besides learning the different styles of makeup, Jessica teaches how best to market yourself as an artist and information on how to be professional in the industry.
It's very apparent that Jessica cares about her students and keeps in touch with them through social media after graduation to answer questions and post job listings. I felt confident in my makeup artist abilities after leaving Paramita. -Sarah
I attended paramita in 2010. Since completing the course, I have been extremely busy with makeup for many events from bachelorette parties, charity events, weddings, graduations, proms etc.
If it wasn't for Jessica, I would have had no idea how to market myself as a makeup artist and promote my business. She has answered many questions for me long after I graduated from school, and has sent people to me with job postings in my area.
Not only is she a wonderful person and teacher, she genuinely cares about each and every one of her students.
I recommend paramita or everyone of my friends and everyone who is interested in learning all of the fundamentals of makeup. -Chelsea
I attended the Paramita Academy of Makeup in 2013.
I currently work fulltime as Paramedic. I have been an artist my entire life, including graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Mount Allison University in NB. Like any form of education -- one must continue to educate themselves. The day you stop learning, and asking questions is the day it is time to move on to new endeavors. The Paramita provides small, intimate class sizes. One on one instruction, and the opportunity to work on faces from all walks of life.
Jessica is extremely personable, knowledgeable, educated, experienced, up to date and not to mention worldly. She has literally travelled the world promoting not only her school, but the art of makeup artistry. It is absolutely clear that she is passionate about what she does and puts her heart and soul into her school.
Regardless of your school of choice --- it is what you make of it that will depict the artist you will become. You can't expect to be hand fed every single piece of information regarding makeup / trends / techniques in a week... a month... or even a year. One does not become an artist over night. If makeup artistry is a serious interest, and you are looking to select a school and dive into the industry, you must prepare yourself. Research. Learn. Immerse yourself. It is not for everyone. It is a fine art.
And this applies to any profession. I work day in and day out looking to improve myself as a health care professional (paramedic), a makeup artist, and an artist.
I network with Paramedics, and artists around the world, on a daily basis. I research, I attend seminars, and I put my skills to work. If you are passionate about what you do, you will never stop learning and evolving.
There are always going to be pros and cons when it comes to choosing a school that is the best fit for you. "Bigger" doesn't necessarily mean better.
Jessica has truly made a name for herself in the makeup world. She has been available at the drop of a hat to answer a question or critique some work.
Jessica has helped me fulfill my dream of becoming a professional makeup artist. Medic by day, makeup artist by night! -Christa
Thank you so much for taking the time and dedication in teaching us.
I can honestly say that i had so much fun, it didn't even feel like i was in school. I woke up this morning thinking to myself, man now i have to go to this corporate job and sit at my desk with little to no human interaction. I need to get this freelance business going quick.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning the proper ways of making someone look beautiful. I also have new found love for neutrals and brown colour eye shadow. I hope to take the Fashion, Film and Photography Makeup Artist Bootcamp soon. -Marjorie
I took the Paramita Makeup Academy course in 2012. My sister took the course two years earlier. She was already a hairstylist working at an upscale salon in Toronto, but left the city to begin her own business specializing in hair and makeup for weddings in Niagara Falls. Since completing this course, I have had such great opportunity to assist my sister with her rapidly growing business. I am so thankful that I took this course to obtain a new skill that has helped me financially and has allowed me to grow in another area aside from my nursing career. It was a great couse for learning beauty and bridal makeup application. I do not believe one to be pretentious for calling herself a makeup artist after one week of training. Obviously, as with any profession, learning continues after course completion through practice in the field of study. Paramita gives a great foundation for proper makeup application techniques, skin care for all ages and skin types, marketing and professionalism. I have seen makeup applications from artists who have finished one or more years of school that is not always quality or beautiful makeup. You don't necessarily benefit from a $5000 college two year program. Paramita is reasonably priced and teaches the necessities of beauty and bridal makeup. Take the course, then practice often to master the skill of makeup artistry. This profession will always require continued growth, no matter how much education. And sometimes less is more. It was a great course for me and for my sister. -Sophia
I just completed this course 2 weeks ago. I am from Prince Edward Island, Canada. I was looking to be certified as a MUA in a quick efficient way without having to quit my full time job. This school was perfect.
The instructor was so personable, that going to class was alot of fun and a treat. :) I already knew the basics of make up, having doing it for years but had no certificate to call me a professional. In 5 days I felt I learned so much. Some things are self explanatory, but then again it is the same with anything. If you are truely interested and passionate about something, chances are you already know or are good at the basics. The instructor had years experience and is very successful at what she does. I felt I could ask her anything, and not feel dumb. Class always started and finished on time.
The fact that this week long course had no make up kit fee was for sure a deciding factor for me. You could choose the products you were most familiar with and not worry about getting the most expensive. The list she provided before hand had lots of diffferent options. I never felt forced to buy products. She would use some products I did not have. If I felt I reall needed or wanted it myself, there is a shoppers or sephora close by that it was so easy to go purchase it!
Overall great experience, with no regrets! I would reccomend this to others who are looking to get a certificate in a quick way, and is not too too pricey as well as learn some great skills to be successful in this field.
Thanks Paramita :) -Larissa
Hi Genita, I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything you've taught me this past 5 days. I've learned so much and I'm so glad and feel privilege to have you as my instructor. My time at Paramita has been fun and amazing because of you! You're so inspirational. Thank you so much! -Filmm
Paramita Academy of Makeup Inc is a fabulous option for those who would like some professional insight into the exciting world of Makeup Artistry. Jessica, the instructor is an amazingly talented artist. She has broken down the course to teach you the skills and technique required to feel confident as an artist. Jessica encourages creativity and is an extremely supportive mentor. She also provides useful information including marketing strategies, link's and Industry contacts to help promote your carer. Upon graduating, Paramita has a FB page that allows fellow grads to communicate with one another and includes updates and job opportunities that are posted regularly. Paramita was a great fit for me, and I would recommend this school to others. -Christine
After an extremely difficult personal loss in my life. I knew I needed to do something for myself. I am so blessed to have found Paramita Academy of Makeup. It came at the right time in my life.
I was nervous to take a small course. I was nervous that it wouldn't be enough time to learn valuable information and technique. But I was wrong. Since graduating from Paramita Academy of Makeup in 2007, I have had my own successful free lance makeup business.
I learned so much from the instructor & owner of the school, Jessica. Jessica is a breath of fresh air. Her teaching style was fun and encouraging. Never rude. She KNOWS her technique, and she has a very relaxed way of making you feel that you can perfect yours.
What surprised me the most about the course, was how Jessica really encouraged her students to succeed in the world of makeup. She wants her students flourish. She taught us how to market ourselves and how to network with other professionals.
She made sure we were proud of the work we did, because it is art, and it matters.
I'm proud I took the chance on this Program. I know how much I learned from Paramita. I have recommended this school to friends, family & even strangers! And I'm happy to say, I know at least 2 people who have attended Paramita based on my recommendation! And that made me happy!
If anyone is considering the school, do it! -Nicole
I graduated from Paramita Academy of Makeup, Inc almost 2 years ago and have been building an exciting freelance career ever since. I have worked for runway shows, various photo shoots, weddings and events and love what I do.I have 3 little girls so for me it was important to do a lot of research about the schools I was considering and I was consistently impressed with Paramita. Jess was an excellent instructor, she took the time to answer any questions I had during the course as well as afterwards and provided current valuable information on not only makeup techniques and brands but also how to start and run my business. I was given a list before class began so I knew what makeup to have with me before the class begun and yes I would run out after class to pick up more because I was constantly learning about new products and wanted to have them in my kit. I loved being exposed to all the different brands instead of just one so that I could see for myself what worked and what didn't.I would highly recommend Paramita Academy of Makeup! -Holly
LOVED THIS COURSE! The instructor was so down to earth and fun to be around! I loved her techniques and the atmosphere of the classroom. I felt comfortable asking questions and was satisfied with the feedback she provided. She helped me learn so much by covering techniques used for bridal, fashion, black and white photography, mens makeup and even to how to work with a profession production team! She taught us how to get out there and market ourselves too! I'm SO SAD the course is over but I DEFINITELY feel confident in myself now for building a career as a makeup artist. THANKS PARAMITA! -Jo-Anne
I graduated from Paramita in 2008. I went to Paramita with my best friend thinking of just becoming makeup artists for fun! I ended up loving doing makeup for others and opened a beauty blog since. I've worked freelanced until now on top of becoming a beauty blog editor.
I enjoyed the small private class size. Jessica was very attentive and constructive. Quality of instruction is amazing and she gave her honest opinion. You will learn a few tips and tricks of the industry and she doesn't beat around the bush. Her positive energy is infectious and even after graduation she still keeps her graduates updated with works.
More than just a teacher or an instructor, Jessica is a friend. One who shares the same passion with us in makeup. She's inspiring and always available for you.
If you are one who's interested in becoming a makeup artist but doesn't want to spend too much and too long in school, Paramita is the school for you. You have to have enough passion and determination to make it in this competitive industry. -Jilly
I graduated from Paramita in 2008 after a career as a Law Clerk, I decided I needed a change and a creative outlet. Since graduating I am so glad I chose Paramita. Jessica, the Instructor was so knowledgeable and creative. She made me feel comfortable in my new career choice. While studying with Paramita she taught me how to market myself in the Industry and gave me every skill set I needed to become a Professional Makeup Artist. Since graduating, I have started my own business and have had the pleasure of working with countless Brides and wedding parties, have done makeup for television and magazines, provided makeup lessons and workshops and have included a makeup line to retail to my clients. If you are looking for a Makeup School to push you to the next level. Paramita and Jessica are your answer. Jessica is up-to-date on industry trends, she challenges your creativity and most of all provides support during and after completion of the program. Paramita gets 5 stars from me! -Alycia
"I did a lot of research looking for the best professional makeup school and Paramita always seemed to be at the top of every list I found. I absolutely loved my time at Paramita. Jessica was professional, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. She covered many different topics, giving me a well rounded education not only in makeup but also the business side of the makeup industry. I left completly inspired and confident to start working and am loving every minute of it! Thanks Jess for being so amazing!!"
"I was so sad when the course was over! I learned so much and had so much fun with Jessica and the other girls in the class. Jessica is super nice and very knowledgeable. I loved how the class was small and intimate and we got to practice on each other. I would recommend this course in a heart beat! Thanks Jess for everything!"
~ Shayla Vaughan ~ Ontario
"When I was searching for a top makeup school in Toronto, Paramita was the first one that came up and so I decided to look at the website and research it. I ended up going to Paramita and it was the best decision, the small class size ensures that you get really hands on and because of its small class size, you become close with everyone in the room immediately. Jessica wasn't only my teacher she became my friend and would help me with any kind of situation. It was the first time I looked forward to waking up and going to school!! Jessica gives you the confidence and inspiration to go out there and be on your own. I really learned a lot at Paramita and I'll never forget it! Thanks Jess!! "
~ Brittany Bokshowan ~ Saskatchewan
"As a teenager trying to find my way in the Artistic world, I had traveled many paths. Deciding on Paramita was one of the best choices I have made, to follow my future goals. Paramita teaches you what you need to know to make it in the makeup world with products and marketing. Paramita has a wonderful atmosphere with a wonderful teacher; Jessica who is absolutely adorable and hilarious. Jessica is willing to help and teach you on any level. She makes you confident in your ability to be the best you can and share that with your clients."
~ Angela M. Vacanti ~ New York
"Making the decision to attend Paramita, was one of the best I have ever made! Jessica is not only an amazing makeup artist, but a true inspiration to me! Her positive attitude, and enthusiasm brings out the best in her students! You can't help but feel full of life, and ready to take on the world after leaving her class!
I loved the comfortable, laid back environment...and you can't beat the one on one attention! I would highly recommend attending Paramita if you are passionate about makeup.... It will change your life!!!! (Seriously!) Thanks for everything Jessica!!!"
~ Ashleigh McIsaac ~ N.S.
"When searching for a Makeup school, you always want to find one with a small class size and an instructor who will give you one on one attention the whole way through. Paramita is just that. Jessica is one of the most influential people I have ever met. She teaches in a laid back atmosphere, which makes learning that much more enjoyable. Throughout her teaching she will stop and ask questions to make sure we understand the material that she is going over. At this time we will also share topic related stories about our own experiences. I was very eager to write my first test at the end of the first week because I had become so passionate about Makeup. As I was writing, I kept hearing my many conversations with Jessica playing back in my head and her encouraging words. I ended up getting a perfect score.
Jessica's teaching techniques are unlike any other and I would recommend anyone who is interested in having a career in Makeup Artistry to Paramita. Thank you for everything Jessica, you're fabulous."
~ Alycia Vaughan ~ Ontario
"After countless years of searching for a career that not only allowed me to be creative but also to feel confident in every aspect of it...Paramita came into my life. It was THE best decision I have ever
made. Jessica is quite possibly the most inspiring person and teacher I have ever come to know. As a graduate of Paramita I am confident, qualified and more creative than I have ever been. I look forward to
my future as a Certified Makeup Artist. Jessica's bootcamps taught me not only the skills needed to be a Makeup Artist but also the courage to chase after my dreams! If you are even considering another Makeup
Artist program...Stop. The skills you need begin at Paramita. Thank you Jessica, my teacher, my friend!"
~ Nicole Bredin ~ Ontario
"After years of struggling with what path to take, I finally found Paramita, it has changed my life. The school is incredibly hands on, trendy, classic, and real. Paramita does not mess around with long drawn out programs, crammed with too many people. You learn from one of the best, and gain the skills and confidence to advance in any part of the industry as a Certified Makeup Artist. Makeup is pure passion and creativity and both are encouraged by Jessica. She guides all of her students to realize their own individual potential and is so proud to see them succeed. Thank you Paramita and Jessica for giving people the chance to see their dreams made a reality!"
~ Sarah Crompton ~ Ontario
"I just finished the one week "Beauty and Bridal Makeup Artist Bootcamp" and the 2 day weekend "Fashion, Film, and Photography Makeup Artist Bootcamp" at Paramita Academy of Makeup Inc.. Jessica Obregon was the most fun, inspiring, and genuinely caring teacher I've ever had the pleasure of being taught by. I couldn't be happier with all that I learned at Paramita. I left there with drive and determination for success inspired by Jessica and taking the course was worth every penny!!"
~ Michelle Steinke ~ Alberta
"I am so glad I decided to attend Paramita to enhance my creative abilities in makeup artistry. Jessica is a really awesome teacher with so many creative talents. It's not like a lot of cookie cutter schools
where you learn the same old thing. All the techniques are innovative, which really make you feel like you're ahead of the game when entering the industry. Thanks Jessica!!"
~ Hai Ping Fu ~ China
"Paramita is a unique school for those who love a small environment with one-on-one instruction. It is also a school for those looking for a change in their lives. Jessica is not just a knowledgeable teacher, she is also a great and fun friend to hang out with and to work with. She is one of the most amazing people I ever met, she is a life artist who always knows what her dreams are. So, if you choose Paramita, you are not just choosing a makeup artistry school, you are also choosing to meet a great person that may change your life."
"I have always wanted to be a Makeup Artist but have never found the time. I found out about Paramita's one week Beauty & Bridal Bootcamp, and was very excited about it. I researched it, and everything I found was positive. So I took the leap and registered for the course. I am so happy that I took it!! Jessica was an amazing teacher!! She helps you so much, not only teaching you the skills, but the small classes enable her to watch you in your work, and she gives all of her students lots of one on one attention. She is a very gifted person, I am happy and thankful to have met her, and to have been taught by her."
"At Paramita you learn skills that can take you to where you want to be and further. The one-on-one experience gives you the opportunity to have your mistakes corrected right away. Personally, I think that's the best way to learn. Jessica is such a talented artist that she can build any ordinary makeup artist into a confident professional in little time. She has done everything in the make up field and shares with you the important facts you need to know, from how to market yourself in the business to what to watch for on a movie set. The overall experience at Paramita was amazing and I am so thankful that I chose the right school. You learn skills with makeup and you learn skills for life! I would and will recommend this school to anyone who wants to reach their dreams!"
"I attended the "Beauty and Bridal Makeup Artist Bootcamp". I was weary about how much I could learn but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. I'M SO GLAD I DID! I learned SO MUCH during that time!!! Jessica is an amazing instructor! Her teaching methods really help you to learn everything so well. I left Paramita feeling confident about my skills as a Makeup Artist! I really loved that I not only learned the skills of a Makeup Artist but Jessica helped us with our career planning as well. The one-on-one attention I received could never be duplicated anywhere else. Jessica is a wonderful person and a very knowledgeable instructor. I am so glad I choose Paramita, the experience I had there was worth the trip to Canada!! Thank-you Jessica!"
"Going to Paramita was the best thing I have ever done in my life. I learned everything I needed to know and had tons of fun doing it. Jessica is the best teacher I have ever had, she is so fun and outgoing! Going to class was so much fun and it was like hanging out with a bunch of friends everyday. The time frame was perfect and it gave us all more than enough time to learn what we needed to know to become professional Makeup Artists. Sometimes I wish I could go back... Thank you Jessica for preparing me for a career doing Makeup professionally!!"
"I have always wanted to become a makeup artist, it was just a matter of choosing the right school. I am so happy I choose Paramita! I learned so much in the perfect amount of time and I don't regret my choice at all. Jessica was such a terrific teacher and perfect role model. I would recommend this course for anyone that is seriously interested in makeup artistry."
"Always being interested in becoming a makeup artist, I took my time looking for a school. When I finally found out about Paramita my first thought was, finally the perfect school! At Paramita I got to attend class everyday in an atmosphere where I felt comfortable and confident. Jessica is a bright and talented teacher, and has become a great friend. She encouraged me to explore my creativity in many forms. I found that this was the perfect amount of time to learn and practice everything that the course offers. My experience at Paramita with Jessica and my classmates was amazing. I'm confident and ready to take on the world of makeup artistry. I'm glad that I traveled from B.C to attend this school!!!"
~ Irene Dunlop ~ P.E.I.
"Jessica is a delightful, beautiful woman who encouraged my confidence without me even knowing it, that's what makes a great teacher. She gave me the skills necessary to learn the craft of makeup application for film and so much more. She is filled with zeal and energy to spare for her students at any given time of the day.
I have also worked with her on many occasions and witnessed her professionalism firsthand. If the film industry is your thing, this is the school for you. You will leave there confident and ready to take on Hollywood!!"
~ D ~ Toronto
"Paramita was an ideal choice for school. Jessica offers a course that is directly to the point of what you need to know, she offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere in her trendy place as well as personal photoshoots, gigs & interesting facts/ideas about life & lots of laughter! Overall attending Paramita & meeting Jessica was an amazing experience!."
~ Savannah Belsher ~ P.E.I.
"Not only did Jessica give me the skills and confidence to head out into the world of makeup artistry, she also provided a comfortable and fun environment to attend classes every day. Learning at Paramita was like meeting with your closest friends each day and experimenting with makeup."
~ Bree Hyland ~ N.S.
"Paramita was an excellent experience. Jessica is a great teacher who is warm and knowledgable, in not only make-up but the industry. Paramita gave me the skills I needed to pursue a career in make-up artistry."
~ Sarah Kim ~ Manitoba
"Paramita is a great school where you learn a variety of aspects to makeup artistry in a sufficient and convenient time frame. Jessica really teaches you the skills you need to cover all these aspects with confidence and ease. She understands and appreciates the art behind makeup artistry and how important it is to remember that it is an art form in itself. The intimate classes provided a small and comfortable working environment ensuring focus on every student's work and growth. Paramita's classes encourage everyone to experiment and explore within themselves enabling these different personalities to come together and share their different perspectives and encourage each other to try things that they may not have thought of doing before. This is great for expanding your eye and opening your mind to makeup and art and provides ample amounts of possibilities. That's what makes Paramita so unique and conducive in its goal to teach and train professional makeup artists."
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