Get to Know Our Rock Star Team
This week we are turning the spotlight to our makeup school in Austin, which just happens to be offering a free workshop this month! Before we get to that, we’d like to toot the horn for Sunny Bourgeois. She’s as sunny as her name suggests and we are so blessed to have her as our MUD Make-up Program Director here at Avenue Five Institute.
Sunny is a professional makeup artist with some serious skills, she knows how to work wonders with brushes and cosmetics. Originally born in South Korea, Sunny moved to the US when she was 13 years old. In 2003, Sunny obtained her BA in Communications from Rutgers NJ State University before moving to NYC and receiving several certifications as a makeup artist. She’s one of our alumni too, Sunny graduated from our MUD Make-up Program a few years ago.
We truly value Sunny’s in-depth understanding of the makeup industry, after all she has worked for corporate cosmetic brands as a brand ambassador, educator and retail trainer. She has a lot of experience working in bridal and studio/editorial makeup as well. Sunny is so devoted to her trade that when she’s not at work, you’ll often find her practicing new makeup tricks on herself. She also likes getting crafty with her artistic daughter (like mother, like daughter). And as superhuman as Sunny seems, she is human and admits that in her free time she also enjoys catching up on sleep—us too!
Are you an aspiring makeup artist considering attending makeup school in Austin? Or simply looking for a new makeup artist to make you look your best for big events? You can learn more about Sunny in our interview below.
Q: Tell us about your education, years in the industry, and career background
A: I have a B.A. in Communications for Organizations and Leadership and have been working as a professional MUA since 2003. I interned a celebrity MUA, who was the key MUA for The Cosby Show for 2 years and developed my career specializing in Beauty & High Fashion field of makeup world. I have worked with several cosmetic companies as a trainer and brand ambassador. As a freelancer I have traveled coast to coast doing makeup for fashion shows, editorials, magazine photoshoots, and high class private clients.
Q: Why do you love this industry?
A: I value beauty and appreciate work of art. I believe I was given a gift to help people look and feel beautiful. I love when I see smiles on people’s faces.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the beauty industry?
A: Love it first. If your heart beats when looking and thinking about makeup and creative work, it is for you. Let money chase your passion. Don’t chase money.
Q: What is it like serving as an instructor at Avenue Five?
A: Being able to embed confidence in students is awesome. I needed it when I worked as an artist. Also, being able to help the students learn new techniques and skills is very fulfilling.
Q: What is your favorite beauty term?
Q: What is your favorite class to teach?
A: “Beauty Essentials” The basics are very important.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Anything Makeup related. Books, videos, products, trends, etc.
Q: Can you leave us with a quote?
A: “Begin with an End” This basically means know what your end goal is and you FINISH it.
Sunny Offers FREE Make Up Classes in Austin, Texas
Avenue Five Institute regularly hosts makeup classes in Austin, Texas. Want to learn how to get the look of flawless skin? Sunny will be teaching a FREE Flawless Face Make-up Workshop on Wednesday, August 23 at 6:30 PM CDT.
Professional Makeup School in Austin
Looking to take your makeup skills to the next level? Our Professional Makeup Artistry School offers part-time evening classes to accommodate your busy schedule. Our next program starts on September 26th. We offer hands-on training, industry guidance, and plenty of opportunities to practice and perfect your skills. Learn more about our makeup classes,including an 8-week Level 1 Makeup Program and a successive 8-week Level 2 Makeup Program.