Makeup Services and Education in Nashville

Full Face

Natural to full glam. Includes skin prep and lashes. Makeup set to last.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
$Price: $150

With advance notice we can do two people at a time. For parties of more than two, we can accommodate with advance notice- make it an outing and while waiting for your turn, shop our shop and the many other shops in our neighborhood or book a tarot session! See below for tarot information.

Brand new to makeup? Never learned how to do your makeup properly? Need a refresh or looking to update your look? Overwhelmed with Instagram, TikTok or Youtube tutorials? Want to focus on a particular “trouble area”? Need to learn makeup for stage performances? Are you over 40, 50 or 60 and products are not doing what they used to do for you? Melanie specializes in all kind's of makeup but especially in Mature Glam, the ol' less is more as we age is not true...!

Whatever it is you wish to focus on, Melanie is all yours! She does your makeup while talking you through all the steps of why and how to apply techniques as well as how to use products that are right for you. If you wish to be guided through doing some or half the process yourself, that's fine too!

One-on-One Session

Includes skin prep and lashes.

Duration: 2 hours
$Price: $250

Receive 15% off product you buy after your session.

Session for two

Brand new to makeup? Never learned how to do your makeup properly? Need a refresh or looking to update your look? Overwhelmed with Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube tutorials? Want to focus on a particular “trouble area”? Need to learn makeup for stage performances? Need to learn makeup for mature skin? Whatever it is you wish to focus on, Melanie is all yours! She does your makeup while talking you through all the steps of why and how to apply techniques as well as how to use products that are right for you. If y'all wish to be guided through doing some or half of the process on yourself, that's fine too!

For two: Bring a bestie, your mom, or sibling while saving some coins! Learn together during this duo education session.

This scenario allows for the learning to "sink in" better by not only learning your own makeup application but also watching it happen next to you with most steps re-explained! This also will help with accountability later if one forgets one of the steps. This class is long but goes by fast, it is very popular and a lot of fun!

Duration: 4 hours
$Price: $450

Receive 15% off product you buy.

Beginning Makeup Artist

Brand new to applying makeup on someone other than yourself and/or just beginning your makeup career? This 2 or 3 day class is perfect for you! Take your passion for makeup to a professional level! Elevate your artistry by mastering hands-on makeup techniques that Melanie has been using for over 25 years. Melanie is an Emmy winning professional union makeup artist with extensive work on Hollywood films and TV sets. Within every medium including commercial, editorial, red carpet, and bridal makeup. Get up close and personal with her as she explain's the differences between the different of TV makeup vs Film makeup (this is if you desire to learn this) as well as natural makeup, soft glam, full glam, editorial makeup, and bridal makeup. You will learn step-by-step how to create perfected flawless makeup including; skin, eyes, brows, lips, body makeup, and more. This is an intimate in-person experience with only one student per class. If you have done some sort of training or education you do not need to go over basic sanitation. This will all be gone over in your consultation.

  • Day 1: You and Melanie will go over sanitation. The best professional makeup to use and why. How to use professional products. Why it's important to have multi tones as well as different foundation, concealer and powder textures in your kit. This leads into what's in Melanie's kit/ her station and why. What's the difference  between skin care and makeup skin prep essentials. If you have already been accumulating a makeup kit she will go through what to keep and what may be worth tossing if time permits. The difference between all of the different types of makeup applications and the difference between all of the different types of makeup careers. Professionalism. How to start building clientele. Melanie will then do a model step by step for a clean no makeup makeup look focusing on the importance of skin. Next, she will bump up the look to a soft glam look, and depending on time can create another look. She will also photograph and film the model in each of her looks with an iPhone, showing you easy and best practices to capture the most out of each of your future applications.

  • Day 2: You get right into it! Melanie will do half of the model's face and you do the other 1/2, first in a clean natural look and then bumped up to a soft glam. You will film and photograph each look with your mobile device. Then you will do the model from start to finish in a third look. If there is time she can help you edit and post your video and go over a few tips on social media. *Must have an Instagram account. If you don't have one we can create one. 

  • Day 3 Go over any questions you have that came up that hadn't gotten answered. You and Melanie will go over your website and how to improve it. If you don't have a website, then she will advise steps on building one to stand out! You will go over your social media and best practices for social media to get you noticed and hired. You will post and draft more videos from Day 2, as much as time will permit. You will go over invoicing, branding and marketing. Then its more makeup! You can choose a model with a different skin tone, a mature model, male grooming, keep focusing on a more natural makeup look or full glam. Whatever it is you want to focus on! Depending on how well you are doing you will either go back to Melanie doing 1/2 the face or you will do it all yourself!

  • Please Keep In Mind: The above 2 or 3 day plan is a template that has worked well with Melanie's students but this is customizable based on your past experience, education and needs. All will be worked out in consultation.

  • You now have a Mentor! Melanie wants to keep in touch and see you grow and thrive. You can always reach out to her if you have questions that pop up after or if you face a bump in the road. If extra advice is needed you can book her for a one-on-one virtual mentorship zoom call too!

  • Pro Discount: Only professional working makeup artists get to receive our pro makeup discount! As Melanie's student you will get to receive the 20-40% off pro makeup discount from time of class and up to 2 weeks! This is all a career investment and Melanie wants to help you get set up right!

  • Deposit and Refund: 50% deposit due upon booking. Remaining 50% balance due 2 weeks prior to class. Must cancel or reschedule 2 weeks prior to class.

  • To reschedule: There will be a $250 rescheduling fee.

  • Duration: 6 hours per day including 1/2 break for lunch.

2 Days

Duration: 12 hours
$Price: $1500

3 Days

Duration: 18 hours
$Price: $2100

Duration: 6 hours per day including 1/2 lunch

Professional Makeup Artist Refresher

This is the perfect class if you are just beginning your makeup career with a year or two under your belt, have already taken a makeup course, are already a full time over two year working makeup artist or have been doing it for years and have taken a hiatus or break or just want to refresh!

Been in a makeup rut? Want to break out of makeup applications that feels like it's on repeat? Are products not producing results that you have been using for years? Ready to get into new products? Just want to learn Melanie's signature style? Need help with social media, website and branding?

Then this is the perfect class for you! This is one-on-one up close and personal class with Melanie. She will demo her signature perfected gleaming makeup look, or it can be any look you want to focus on, on a model including full body makeup. She'll go through step-by-step how she creates a solid long lasting makeup with all the special extras – foundation, contour & highlight, cream blush, eye’s, eyebrows, lashes, lips, glow, body makeup and setting the makeup to last.

As she works you both will go over makeup kit staples & tools and how she prep's the skin. She will film and photograph the model. You'll watch, take notes and please ask all the questions you want!

Next, your turn! You’ll do the model as you apply what you just learned. You will then film and photograph your model. The style of makeup you learn can be modified to your specific needs such as clean no makeup makeup, mature makeup, male grooming, makeup for acne or textured skin or bridal makeup. This can be discussed in consultation.

Duration: 4 hours
$Price: $600

Add-On:

We book a model for you.

$Price: $100

Beginning makeup artist and/or traveling and don’t have your kit? Work out of Melanie's kit!

$Price: $40

Add two hours:
For the pro mua class only: If you want to focus on and do a second look with the same model or a different model or you want to go over branding, website, social, editing videos- you name it, together with Melanie you can go through any of that. This will be gone over in consultation.

Duration: 2 hours
$Price: $200

Bridal Makeup

A bridal makeup job is equivalent to working with a celebrity, as you are the star of your big day. Melanie will cater to you as she would a celebrity for a film, tv shoot or red carpet event. 

This Bridal package includes:

  • Phone Consultation
  • Two hour trial at shop.
  • On the wedding day Melanie comes and does you as a “come and go” at the venue or your hotel room. Come and go means: Melanie comes to you and gets you and the wedding party done then goes.
  • Melanie brings a top notch team for your wedding party to feel as though everyone is part of a Hollywood experience. Melanie only does the bride and 1 additional woman.
  • Grooming for the groom (makeup only).
Duration: 2- 2 1/2 hours for just the bride. This accounts for any hiccups and waiting till hair is done. It is highly recommended to book both our makeup and hair teams together for the whole party, this allows a seamless flow. Let Melanie and the lead hair artist work together to coordinate all the timing with your wedding coordinator.
$Price: $1000

If the location for wedding day is over 30 miles please check out the extra travel fee. Click here. Any valet or parking at venue or venue's will be the brides responsibility for all team.

Add-On:

Any additional female full glam

Duration: 1 hour
$Price: $175

Stay through pre photos & ceremony: For bride only.

Duration: 3 hours
$Price: $500

Stay through after dinner and outfit change: Touch ups for bride only.

Duration: 3 hours
$Price: $500

Bridal Hair

A bridal hair job is equivalent to working with a celebrity, as you are the star of your big day. We cater to you as we would a celebrity when doing a film, tv shoot or red carpet event. 

This will be a different artist. We believe just like how it runs on a Hollywood set you get the most out of the artist when they are focused on one craft.

This includes:

  • Phone Consultation
  • Trial at shop. (2 hours) If you would like the artist to come to you for trial within 30 miles of shop an extra fee of $200 will be added. If trial location is over 30 miles please check out the extra travel fee. Click here. It is recommended to do a makeup with hair trial at same time for a complete look. For both hair and makeup to come: $300
  • On wedding day we come and do you as a “come and go” at the venue or your hotel room, within 30 miles of shop.Come and go means: We come to you and get you and the wedding party done then go. 
  • Bringing a top notch team for wedding party, to feel as though everyone is part of a Hollywood experience.
  • Grooming the groom (hair only).
  • Any valet or parking at venue or venue's will be the brides responsibility for all team.
Duration: We give 2- 2 1/2 hours for just the bride. This accounts for any hiccups and waiting till makeup is done. Booking from our hair team is highly recommended for a seamless flow with makeup.
$Price: $1000

If the location for trial or wedding day is over 30 miles please check out the extra travel fee. Click here.

Add-On:

Each additional female

Duration: 45 minutes
$Price: $100

Stay through pre photos & ceremony. For bride only.

Duration: 3 hours
$Price: $500

Stay through after dinner and outfit change: Touch ups or hair change for bride only.

Duration: 3 hours
$Price: $500

Travel Fee - Over 30 Miles

Required at booking. Traveling to your event takes at least an extra 2 hours to accommodate for kit prep, drive time, gas, extra equipment like lighting, set up time, break down time and kit cleanup.

$Price: $250

Tarot readings clarify situations, illuminate the unknown, and confirm messages that come through to the reader intuitively from your Spirit team. Serving as a collaborative guide, our tarot readers can help you awaken to the synchronicities and truths that are within your subconscious.

Coming in with a friend, family member or group for a glam session? Enrich it by adding a Tarot reading before, after or in-between depending on how large of a group! You can go in together as a group but will still be charged individually.

15 minute $44 readings are available for two or more people. We usually have a reader on deck on Saturday's form 12-4 for walk in's but that isn't guaranteed. It is recommended to pre book.

Aubrey and Alisa are GOOD and have never disappointed! Readings are available without a glam appointment too! Please call or email to book.

Tarot Reading

30 min Reading

Duration: 30 minutes
$Price: $77

60 min Reading

Duration: 60 minutes
$Price: $122

Private shopping experience.

Want to have a private event for a girls makeup bash, ladies day out, private shopping experience or birthday party? We will close the shop just for y'all!

Includes:

  • Experienced professional makeup concierge to help you and your party pick skincare, makeup prep and makeup products, all custom matched, that is just right for each individual!
  • Tid bits of makeup education.
  • Complimentary champagne and other refreshments.
  • 10% off makeup and skincare you buy.

Four person minimum. 50% deposit due at booking. Balance due 2 days prior to day of party.

4 to 8 people 

Duration: 1-2 hours
$Price: $250

5 to 12 people

Duration: 2-3 hours
$Price: $300

Mini Makeup Glam Sessions with experienced professional makeup concierge.

Includes:

30 minute mini makeup glam session per person, two at a time + Private Shopping Experience with experienced professional makeup concierge to help you and your party pick skincare, makeup prep and makeup products, that is just right for each individual!

Also Included:

  • Tid bits of makeup education
  • Complimentary champagne and other refreshments.
  • 1/2 an hour buffer for extra shop and schmooze after last people get glammed.
  • 10% off makeup and skincare.

Four person glam minimum. $85 per person. 50% deposit at time of booking. If anyone in the party cancels wanting the glam or doesn't show up full price will still be collected. Final balance due 2 days before party date.

4 people

Duration: 2 hours: 1 hour for 4 makeup services plus up to an extra hour for tardiness, shopping and smoozing.
$Price: $340

5 to 6 people

Duration: 2 1/2 hours: 1 hour and a 1/2 for 5-6 makeup services plus up to an extra hour for tardiness, shopping and smoozing.
$Price: $0

7 to 8 people

Duration: 3 hours: 2 hours for 7-8 makeup services plus up to an extra hour for tardiness, shopping and smoozing.
$Price: $0

The price is $85 per person. This price includes personal makeup shopping concierge.

Full Glam

Full Face. 

Includes:

  • Skin prep
  • Lashes
  • Champagne and refreshments
  • 10% off makeup and skincare.

Four person minimum

4 people

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$Price: $750

5 to 6 people

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$Price: $1000

We want everyone to know that we are a safe place in a safe neighborhood. My team and I support LGBTQ+ and strive to create an inclusive environment with a fun pampered experience.

Male to female makeup transformation

I achieve a balance between an honest representation and an idealized aesthetic. We capture the beauty that is unique to you.

Unlike drag makeup which is very heavy, drastic and overdrawn. Drag is essentially character makeup, femme makeup is a natural, softer, more “everyday” pretty, feminine, sexy makeup.

Duration: 1 hours 30 mins
$Price: $175

The price includes one 10 minute phone consultation, skin prep and lashes. Makeup is set to last. 15% off for makeup and skin care purchase.

Add-On:

If you wish for total privacy before or after hours we can arrange that!

$Price: $25

Femme Makeover 1 on 1 Education

Never learned how to do feminine makeup? Brand new to makeup? Looking how to cover beard stubble and create softer feminine natural features? Overwhelmed with Instagram, TikTok or Youtube tutorials? Want to focus on a particular “trouble area”?

I achieve a balance between an honest representation and an idealized aesthetic. Unlike drag makeup which is very heavy, drastic and overdrawn we capture the beauty that is unique to you.

Drag is essentially character makeup, femme makeup is a natural, softer, more “everyday” pretty, feminine, sexy makeup.

Whatever it is you wish focus on, I’m all yours! I do your makeup while talking you through all the steps of why and how to apply techniques as well as how to use products that are right for you. If you wish I can guide you as you apply your own makeup.

Duration: 2 hours
$Price: $250

The price includes one 10 minute phone consultation, skin prep and lashes. Makeup is set to last. 15% off for makeup and skin care purchases.

Add-On:

If you wish for total privacy that can be arranged.

$Price: $25

One-on-One Virtual Mentorship

Looking to get into better business practices? Need help making a jump you have been wanting to make? Do you want to be a makeup artist but are not sure where to start?  Are you already a professional makeup artist but feel you need to change your game and are unsure which move to make? Need help creating a personal brand identity? Want to launch a brand and not sure where to start? In the middle of running a small brand and need help with packaging or help with any of the many bumps in the road that pop up? Need help with social media and your website? Not sure how much to charge? Struggling in your work environment? Need inspiration and motivation? Want to create a makeup book?

Take this opportunity to learn how to survive and thrive in the beauty industry and get mentored by a successful beauty boss who’s done it all!

Melanie is a two time Emmy winning makeup artist with 21 Emmy nominations! 5 Guild awards. Author of Penguin Published, "Glitter & Glam". CEO and founder of Melanie Mills Hollywood Cosmetics, celebrating its 13th year in business. Was brand ambassador for St Tropez for 6 years and helped with development. Has been a local 706 guild member for over 22 years. Relocated to Nashville TN and completely rebranded her makeup career. Owns and operates "The Makeup Altar" a brick and mortar makeup and metaphysical shop in Nashville. Has been a top makeup educator for over 17 years. Speaks on many panels to large audiences.

Available by Zoom.

3 Hours Package (Recommended)

Duration: 3 hours
$Price: $375

1 Hour Online Package

Duration: 60 minutes
$Price: $150

The 3 hours will be broken up through the course of a few weeks.

3 hours is the recommended package as Melanie will be giving you homework that needs to be checked on and reviewed along with answering additional questions.

Halloween / Cos Play Makeup

Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours
$Price: $200

Price will depend on how extensive and time consuming the look is, the extra products needed to complete the look and any extra special skill set required, like SPFX.

Glam and Gore we do it all! Including SPFX! From hairy wolves, witches, Dia De Los Muerto sugar skulls, creepy skeletons, devils, cats, Freddy Cougar, vampires and more, you name it we can create it!

Check out our Halloween makeup and supply shopping page for more inspiration.

Makeup is set to last!

Drag makeup

Drag makeup is a very over the top, over drawn, exaggerated, a drastic makeup geared for performance, like what you would see at a performative drag brunch or show.

Includes: blocked out eyebrows and lashes.

Duration: 2 hours 15 mins
$Price: $250

Add-On:

If you wish for total privacy before or after hours we can arrange that!

$Price: $25

Two-Time Emmy Award Winner

About Melanie Mills- Professional Celebrity Makeup Artist