MSC Partners With KLASS Cosmetics

Written By: Meesa OShanka

Makeup means something different for everyone.  Some people like to keep it natural with just a little gloss and some mascara.  Others might like taking it a little bit further with some eyeliner and some brow filler.  You might even be so bold as to make your lips glitter and wing out your liner like Amy Winehouse. The point is that makeup is a way to express yourself, no matter how much or how little you use.  A variety of products exist, and brands are always coming up with new and innovative things in the way of makeup.  Bold lips and dramatic eyes are not just for the runway now.  You can delve into the world of drugstore cosmetics, natural cosmetics and luxury cosmetics.

KLASS Cosmetics display at MSC Campus

Earlier this year Minnesota School of Cosmetology started a partnership with KLASS Cosmetics as a way to find a good quality makeup line for the Esthiology and Cosmetology programs.  KLASS Cosmetics is a local company headquartered in Hudson, Wisconsin. 

Both Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses in Woodbury and Plymouth, Minnesota have KLASS Cosmetics showroom displays. Students pursuing Esthiology or Cosmetology receive a full airbrush kit and access to the KLASS display. By using these displays, students work towards meeting their salon board quotas for the state.

Range of Cosmetics

The cool thing about KLASS Cosmetics is that all of their makeup and skincare products are created with natural ingredients and contain no parabens. The liquid makeup products are all moderate coverage and easily blendable as they glide right onto the skin.  The powder varieties are all incredibly silky and melt into your skin for a flawless complexion.  The cream and powder shadows give a great color payoff with very little fallout making it easy for application to achieve any eye look you desire.  With a variety of different eyeliners your options are endless whether you choose a sharp winged look or just a fine line to accent your lashline. 

To finish off your look you can choose from 4 different lip products to fit your desired look: gloss, plumping gloss, liquid matte lipstick or shine lipstick.  They are all velvety and hydrating on the lips.

Beauty With Values

KLASS Cosmetics stands out for a couple different reasons.  In addition to being completely paraben free this cosmetics company has a partnership with PETA and their “Beauty without Bunnies” program.  This means the products are made in cruelty-free labs in the United States.  All the manufacturer’s standards are PETA approved.  With a current trend of vegan and cruelty-free items becoming more popular, especially in the beauty industry, clients are looking for more ethical products in their cosmetics and skincare routines. 

KLASS Act Program

KLASS also stands out for their KLASS ACT program.  This program founded by KLASS Cosmetics COO and President Nick Raehsler gives back to women of domestic violence and sexual abuse. For every purchase made the KLASS ACT foundation will donate an additional item to organizations to help women in need.  Their website commitment mentions, “We believe, at the heart of our business, that charitable giving extends beyond monetary donations. We have chosen to spread love through KLASS ACT by gifting products to charities that empower women who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse, serious illness, and poverty. “Buy One, Give One …and share the gifts of joy and beauty.” KLASS is a pioneer in a cosmetics company “giving back.”  They are truly paving the way for great things.

Runway Makeup: An Esthetician’s Guide

Runway model with fashion show esthetician.

For fashion shows, photographers, models, critics, and designers come together to provide an experience full of excitement, inspiration and creativity. The models may be the faces of the fashion world, but the people responsible for those phenomenal faces are the runway makeup artists. It doesn’t matter if it’s the highly glamorized fashion week or a funky underground fashion event. Runway makeup is the best way to get an immediate reaction to your work while having an opportunity to display your artistic skill. Here are some helpful hints and suggestions you may want to keep in mind when entering the high pressure, high reward world of the runway.

Go Big and Go Bold

A fashion show is the perfect opportunity for you to be brave. When you are conceptualizing and executing your cosmetic designs on the runway it may help to keep lines, shine, and colors in mind.

Metallics and Sparkle

Metallics and sparkle can be useful in a fashion show setting because of the lights and the cameras. The glitter and shine will grab the attention of onlookers, even from afar. All that shimmer and glow will help make the photos from the runway more dazzling and engaging. Be sure that you don’t overdo it. It is important to not only consider the camera lights, but the lighting in the venue when using products that are reflective. This is where a bit of research and planning will pay off.

Loud Colors

Colors can do an extraordinary number of things on the runway. It can make an audience feel excitement, calm, humor, and/or romance. Color can even make an audience feel confusion and disgust, when artistically necessary. Knowing the palette of makeup colors used for the clothing and accessories of the line promoted on the runway is crucial when picking the colors that you want to use cosmetically. Don’t be afraid to boldly feature a minor accent color or use complimenting colors and shades that aren’t included in the makeup palette. Choosing the right color of makeup can help add to the cohesive feel of the show and gives you the chance to be creative and cooperative.

Thick Lines and Dramatic Details

Liner, lashes, lips and cosmetic accents are all places you can go big. Feel free to include accessory flair including jewels and feathers to create a look that will fill the room. You can also use techniques like freehand detailed designs, bold shading, and dynamic color blending to add depth and movement. Sharp lines and unusual angles can be useful for drawing attention to and away from certain features. If ever there was a time and place to be over the top, it is during a runway fashion show. Your artistic skill can speak volumes. You want to make sure that everyone can hear it. So, if you are going subtle, make sure it is deliberate and strategic choice.

Flex Your Skills and Flash Your Talent

There comes a time in everyone’s careers when our abilities and qualifications are put to the test. The time to prepare for your opportunity to showcase your artistry on the runway is before you get the offer, not after. Brainstorming ideas, experimenting with style and perfecting your makeup application should all be a regular part of your professional beauty schedule. Preparation and innovation go hand in hand.

Be Ready

Seeking out or stumbling upon an amazing opportunity that you aren’t prepared to succeed in can be a devastating blow to your confidence and a catastrophic event in your career. You don’t want to blow the chance of a lifetime because of a lack practice. Brush up on the makeup basics as often as you can. Go out of your way to learn new techniques whenever and where ever you can. Keep your skills sharp and experiment with different makeup products and application methods. This will help you be more knowledgeable about the quality and the consistency of the makeup available and will give you a more innovative approach to both design and execution. You’ll will also able to handle high stress situations that don’t always go according to plan. You can have the most incredible ideas and designs, but without the ability to produce results that’s all they’ll ever be. Don’t get caught off guard when your time comes. Be ready to make it happen.

Make a Statement with Your Concepts

There is something to be said for staying trendy and remaining current and relevant in the industry. But there is also something to be said for being a trend setter and steering the industry. Creating an outstanding cosmetic look is more than having a great idea. It takes dedication and planning. Whether you are drawing on inspiration from the beauty and history of the past or projecting your cosmetic concepts into the distant future, you have a style that is uniquely your own. Many situations you’ll find yourself in as a makeup artist will likely require you to tone down your individuality or execute someone else’s ideas. Runway makeup gives you an opportunity with more freedom to express what you have to say.

Create Iconic and Memorable Looks That Will Last

It is easy to get swept away in the hustle and buzz of a live fashion show while forgetting the photographic record of its magic. Live events are particularly exciting because there is always a bit of a variable, as with live event photography. While you want to consider who will be attending and watching, don’t forget about the many eyes that will see your runway makeup long after the event. Pictures last a long time. Give them something to look at that will continue to captivate audiences long after the applause of the runway show fades away.

Look at the Big Picture

A fashion show is more than any one of its artists. If everyone’s goal is for the show to be excellent, your visions can all be realized in a way that will resonate. Here are some tips that will help you be your best while also giving your best.

Your Knowledge Should Be Diverse

We are living in a day and age when fashion and beauty industries are becoming more inclusive and diverse. This is a step forward in the industry that you should be supportive of and ready for. Models no longer all look one certain way. Many have unique features that you may not have encountered before. It is imperative that you are capable of dealing with a variety of skin tones, bone structures, eye shapes and other facial features. It is also important that you research how to incorporate and accentuate things like scaring and pronounced facial marks. Having a wide range of skills with a wide range of people will also help you remain confident and professional if any of the models for the runway are re-cast.

Be a Team Player

Yes, your makeup is your mark on the show. And yes, you should be excited to bring your vision to the eyes of an audience. It is also important to remember that your voice is not the only voice on the runway. There are a lot of efforts from a lot of different people represented in a fashion show. Make sure that your visual statements are in support of your fellow artists and not trying to drown them out. Conflicts in artistic ideas happen, and fashion can be a temperamental industry. Defend yourself if you feel something is necessary, but don’t be afraid to work with people, compromise or discuss options. Makeup is an artform that allows you to bring out the best in yourself and the best in other people at the same time.

Remember to Have Fun with Your Art

Makeup is a unique artistic medium, and it is difficult to think of a visual art that is more expressive. Movement can be accentuated. Emotion on a model’s face can be amplified and distorted. Makeup can even help bring clothing and accessories to life. It is important in these high-pressure situations of performance not to forget that there is an undeniable art in the human face that this kind of cosmetic artistry brings out. You have a lead role in the tone and reception of the show and the confidence of the models. Embrace it, celebrate it and enjoy it.

You can follow fashion, or you can be the one who helps make it. A fashion show opportunity can be the perfect place for you to test the boundaries of your artistic imagination and make a name for yourself in the worlds of fashion, beauty and cosmetics. You don’t need to be part of a show for a high-end line to find amazing opportunities. A fashion show can happen whenever fashion and beauty artists come together to present their visions. Give your audience something unforgettable to look at.

If you have a passion for runway makeup, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming an esthetician and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

*Completion time for this program is defined by 35 hours per week.

Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses, cosmetology students scared up a good time decorating their mannequins for the campus Halloween Mannequin Contest. Both campuses are celebrating Halloween in their own way, making sure it is fabulous every step of the way.

MSC-Plymouth's winner for Halloween mannequin contest
MSC-Plymouth’s winner for Halloween mannequin contest, designed by student Michela Wahl.

From scary to stunning, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students unleashed their creativity to showcase their cosmetology talents. Students used nail polish, implements, Halloween décor, florals and styling products to create their styles. Voting was open to all students at their respective campus. Mannequins were voted on by MSC students, with winners announced the week of Halloween.

Winners at the Plymouth campus received a Moroccan Oil carry-on bag filled with goodies. Goodies include a Wet Brush drier and brushes and a Colortrak Balayage Kit. The bag also included cosmetology essentials including hair pins and products from American Crew, Nioxin, Big Sexy Hair, Eufora, Redken and Keune. Winners at the Woodbury campus are yet to be announced.

In addition to mannequin contests, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury had a Halloween door decorating contest. Drawing inspiration from their favorite Halloween movies or scary scenes, students used art supplied to transform the campus.

Trick or Treat at MSC

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth and Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury are hosting Trick or Treat Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Halloween Door Decorevents. Both Halloween events are on Wednesday, October 31st from 6:30PM-8:00PM at their respective campuses. Families are welcome to trick or treat through the campus and make their rounds at stations or “doors” on campus. For more information on Trick or Treating at MSC, please visit our Facebook page.

Want to Learn More?

Inspired by our cosmetology student’s creativity? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

Making A Career Change to Massage Therapy

Making a career change is never an easy decision. When you have wonderful mentors and peers encourage you, the journey becomes a breeze.

LeAnn Balmanno is a recent Massage Therapist graduate who made a career change that changed her life forever. LeAnn made the decision in early 2018 to

Massage Therapy graduate
LeAnn Balmanno, Massage Therapist graduate of June 2018

follow her dreams. While working as a Guest Service Media Coordinator at John Joseph Salon, she became familiar with the massage therapist on site and wanted to learn more.  LeAnn would always tell her fellow co-workers that she was interested in massage therapy, but was told she was too outgoing and bubbly to be in the field.  For the longest time LeAnn believed them, but she didn’t give up. LeAnn wanted to make a change in other people’s lives to make them feel great about themselves.

Researching Massage Therapy Schools

Once LeAnn decided to take the first step to become a massage therapist, it was time to research schools. That is where the Minnesota School of Cosmetology came in. LeAnn visited an open house at our Plymouth location and fell in love. The atmosphere, the course hours and, most importantly, the instructor, Diana Oberg made LeAnn’s decision easy. When you find a school that can make your new career change easier, you know you will excel at what you love.

Transforming Lives as a Massage Therapist

“I truly love helping people and I love how each person has a different style when it comes to the way they massage. It is a very creative job that can change people’s lives for the better and I am so proud to be a massage therapist,” says LeAnn.

LeAnn was employed before graduating from the program. She now enjoys working her dream job at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Maple Grove. LeAnn also received her license through the city of Maple Grove to help her career expand when she is ready.

“MSC was more than a school for me, it changed not only my life but my family’s life as well.”

– LeAnn Balmanno, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Massage Therapist graduate of June 2018.

Instructor Appointed to MN Board of Cosmetology

Written by Lindsay Cooley

Recently, Minnesota School of Cosmetology instructor, Donna Dungy, was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology.  Everyone at our school is proud of Donna’s accomplishments.  Here is a little more about her and her journey in the cosmetology field.

About Donna Dungy: Cosmetology instructor and so much more

Donna Dungy has been in the cosmetology industry for over thirty years as a cosmetologist, salon owner, instructor, and was most recently appointed the newest board member with the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology as the Private School Instructor Member.  The Minnesota Board of Cosmetology feels that Donna Dungy offers an expertise and perspective that will add great value for the Board, licensees, and the public.  She has been an instructor at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology for 13 years!  We have been lucky to have her and her giving heart in our “family” for so long.  While Donna is an instructor at the school, she continues to work at Blessings Salon in St. Paul, MN also.  She has worked at Blessings Salon for over 13 years a stylist.

Donna Dungy, center, recently named to the MN Board of Cosmetology
Donna Dungy, center, recently named to the MN Board of Cosmetology


Giving Back

Donna has a fierce passion for supporting students and giving them the best education possible.  Donna truly believes that continuous education is key in the cosmetology industry.  She also has a huge heart and loves to give back in any way she can.  Not only is Donna there for the students, to help them when needed, but she also gives back to the community.


Donna and the Minnesota School of Cosmetology have been part of the Shriners Hospital Prom since the beginning, in 2010.  She puts in time and effort each year to organize a group of our students to do free hair styles, nails, and makeup for the prom attendees.  The students always love doing this event, to be able to put a smile on the faces of the patients attending prom, by making them feel beautiful and special!


It is apparent how important it is to Donna to be the best instructor she can be.  She gives her all to the students every day she is teaching.  Donna challenges them positively, in order to provide opportunities for growth in their education.  She has been called a “spitfire” because of her high energy and passion that she brings to the students’ education.  Donna does what it takes to help prepare the Minneosta School of Cosmetology students for the real world and stay on track to graduate and be as successful as they can be!  Thanks to Miss Donna for all of her hard work and dedication at our school, students and the cosmetology industry!


Donna along with son, Alon, and husband, Linden.
Donna along with son, Alon, and husband, Linden.

MSC Donates 500 Dresses to Help Girls in Need for Prom

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is giving a big boost to a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to collecting prom dresses and accessories for high school girls who are in need.Prom, Cosmotology, We Care

In January, MSC’s Plymouth location donated more than 500 prom dresses that they gathered to Operation Glass Slipper. The dresses will go to girls who are otherwise unable to attend prom due to difficult or financial family circumstances.

“The partnership we have with Operation Glass Slipper has been great! Each time we do a dress drop off you can tell we are making a difference by the excitement of the director, Pam Philipp, when she sees us and all the dresses that people have donated,” said Dani Vetrano, Associate Campus Director of MSC-Plymouth. “Our students have been able to see firsthand what a difference they can make in someone’s life by doing the updos and makeup for the dress recipients of the Princess Event. We truly enjoy the partnership with OGS and believe it goes hand in hand with our “We Care” mission!”

“Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted over 9,000 deserving girls since the project was founded in 2006. We are heavily dependent on donations of dresses and accessories,” Philipp said.

The dresses and accessories are available for juniors and seniors at no charge to girls throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Operation Glass Slipper collects gowns year round. They must be in good condition and no more than five years old.

“For several years the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth as served as a collection site for donations to Operation Glass Slipper. Staff members volunteer their time to deliver these donations to the Operation Glass Slipper warehouse in West St. Paul. I am always amazed at the enormous quantity of donations they bring. The deliveries include many beautiful dresses, and we know that they will be eagerly chosen by the girls we serve. Our relationship with the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth is extremely important to us, and we appreciate the graciousness and enthusiasm of the staff members who help us,” Philipp said.

The students and staff of MSC live by the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”



MSC Graduates Share Wisdom with Current Students

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury alumni recently spoke with the current student body at the annual MSC Alumni Panel. The graduation years of the members of the panel ranged from 2008-2016. Our amazing graduates represented a wide variety of salons from all over the Twin Cities area such as La Grande Beauty Spa, Ficocello’s Hair Salon, Cole’s Salon, Sephora, Simonson’s Salon and Spa, Moxie Salon, and European Wax Center.

Two of our graduates have recently made their lifetime dreams come true and opened their own salons! Rachel Lentz opened Man Cave Precision Hair in Stillwater and Kerri Wildes is the Co-owner of Alabaster to Onyx Salon in Minneapolis.

The graduates introduced themselves by stating their name and year they graduated from MSC, where
they had worked since graduation, why they choose their current job, their greatest challenge while in beauty school and how they overcame that challenge.

Great questions from the student body included:

  • How did your MSC experience prepare you for your career?
  • In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful in the cosmetology field?
  • What is your advice on building a clientele?
  • What could I do to improve my professionalism skills?

Our most recent graduate on the panel, Mat Porten stated, “The women on the panel have wonderful personalities, passion, and truly inspire me. Thank you. MSC, thank you as well for giving me the opportunities that you have given me and giving me such great people to look up to.”


MSC Partners with Toys for Tots for Successful Drive

Both Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) locations (Plymouth & Woodbury) were official donation sites for the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. Anyone who donated a new unwrapped toy for children received $5 off any one service.

Thank you to everyone who contributed for helping us give back to our community! We were able to collect more than 125 gifts and sincerely appreciate your help. We also received a large donation from Woodbury High School as well as many of our MSC clients. These gifts helped out so many families and made children of all ages happy!

According to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots website, the goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

“We love being able to participate in helping out those in need in our community,” said Cori Omundson, Front Desk Manager at MSC-Woodbury and organizer of the event. “Toys for Tots is a wonderful organization which helps bring joy to many children’s lives who otherwise might not have a good holiday season. We were happy to partner with Toys for Tots to collect toys this year and loved being a designated drop off location. We especially would like to thank Woodbury High School for their huge donation of many toys.”

We are glad we could help families in our community during the holiday season. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology!


Gory Makeup at MSC-Plymouth

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth students got into the Halloween
spirit and used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds. These illusions are quick, inexpensive, and a great way to make Halloween a little bit scarier.

The supplies we used to create our wounds were:img_0427
– Liquid Latex (we got ours here)
– Makeup Set (red, yellow, purple, and black – we got ours here)
– Liquid Blood (we got ours here)
– Corn Flakes

Directions to create a gory makeup wound:
1. Use makeup to map out an area of where you want your wound/scar to be.
2. Smooth a layer of liquid latex over the area and let dry until clear.
3. Blend red, yellow, purple, and/or black makeup over latex to create bruising.
4. Create open wounds by opening a section of the latex with scissors or your hands.
5. Add more latex into the “open wound” section.
6. Add Corn Flakes onto the wet latex in the “open wound” to create texture.
7. Add another layer of latex to secure the Corn Flakes and let dry.
8. Add fake blood to complete your wound.




Your Poor Pores! Skincare Tips for After Halloween

It’s Nov. 1, and you won the prize “Best Costume” as a sexy zombie at the hottest Halloween party last night! Your makeup was on point with piles of paint, fake blood and the longest and lushest falsies at the party! Since a lot of costume makeup is formulated differently than everyday cosmetics, your skin is likely going to need a detox. Your poor pores!

Here are some tips for your skin when it comes to Halloween. Vampire Halloween Woman portrait. Beauty Sexy Vampire Girl with

  1. Again, don’t forget to use a moisturizer. You had a million products on your face and you did a deep clean to remove it. Time to give your skin a hydrating drink!
  2. Get every last drop of makeup off your face once the night is over. No going to sleep with those false lashes either! Use a cold cream or oil-based formula first, rinse and repeat until every trace is gone. Then wash your face with your usual face wash and end with a light-weight moisturizer.
  3. Don’t have a facial or exfoliate your skin the morning of Halloween or the day before. You don’t want your fresh, open pores to get clogged with face paint.
  4. Exfoliate your skin the next day. You may also want to do a purifying clay mask to avoid breakouts.
  5. Makeup, cleansers and adult beverages are dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water to flush away toxins and battle inflammation.
  6. Give your face a break from makeup the day after Halloween. It needs time to breathe after all of that fun!