Wendy Kimmel
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Wendy Kimmel

Wendy K.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I can teach anyone of any age how to apply Everyday, Glamour, Broadcast or Bridal makeup.

About Wendy K.

I am a Television, Film, Photographic, Bridal and Beauty Makeup Artist with 33 years of experience. As well as working directly in these industries I have taught News talent, physician broadcasters, actors, CEO's who are interviewed a great deal and Brides to do their own makeup.
I also teach day and evening makeup to any woman who would like to learn to apply their own makeup perfectly & use brushes properly. A makeup bag clean-out is included with a lesson even if it is online. This is a great way to enhance your natural looks and feel great !


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11 Reviews
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Wendy is a phenomenal instructor -- she is caring, attentive, detail-oriented... and funny! She takes great care in making sure she is completely understood and has answered all your questions. She is also extremely generous with her time -- it's more important to her that you get what you need out of the lesson than to be a slave to the clock. I highly recommend Wendy.

Posted Sep 18, 2021
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I had a private makeup lesson & a Zoom meeting with Wendy recently. Wendy was very professional and patient and I learned a lot. I have never worn much makeup in my life so the lesson was awesome!

Posted Sep 10, 2021
Andrea Beaulier-Reavis
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Wendy is amazing. Super patient, knowledgeable and willing to work with me to make sure I had what I needed for the lesson and what worked for me personally. Definitely recommend her to everyone!! :-)

Posted Jul 28, 2021
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Wendy and I had two private, virtual makeup sessions. Before we even had our first lesson, she called me to explain the process and what I would need. We discussed makeup style, makeup staples, ancillary items (lighted mirror), and expectations (both hers and mine). She answered every question I had - our first call lasted over half an hour.

After that call, we communicated through texts and e-mails. She gathered information about the makeup I had and gave me advice about what I should make sure to have. She made sure I understood the importance of throwing out old makeup (especially mascara). No matter what time I sent a message, she responded with several hours. She is incredibly prompt and professional.

Our first lesson focused on eye makeup. I was interested in a daytime "work" look. She walked through each step, taking cues from me for pacing. She reminded me to take my time, and she was more than happy to demonstrate multiple times. I asked so many questions within the first 20-30 minutes that we barely got through base layers. She was so very patient and answered every single one.

The first lesson went over our defined time, but she stayed on and helped me finish the look. She also helped me figure out what brushes and tools I would need for the next lesson before we ended. I purchased the brushes from her (happily), and she shipped them very promptly. She followed up with texts and worked with me to schedule the second lesson.

Before the second lesson, I sent her a picture of makeup that I tried on my own. I was very happy when she told me that I did an excellent job, and she said that she would have some advice for me at the next lesson.
This might be upsetting for some, but I was elated that she was honest with her critique.

The day of the second lesson, I was supposed to apply the eye makeup as we had in the previous tutorial. Unfortunately, work ran late that day, and I was only just over halfway through when our lesson was supposed to start. I was mortified that I wasn't ready! She didn't skip a beat in telling me that she was ready to help me finish the eye makeup. I felt so relieved, and she guided me through.

I told her that foundation is my weakest area, and she had an arsenal of tips ready for me. She guided me through the application of concealer and liquid foundation and told me about tools like sponges and wedges - when and how to use each one. Then she explained the concept of setting with the powder foundation. I had no idea that I had been applying powder wrong for so long.

I had a pretty bad blemish, made worse by wearing a mask. I was embarrassed about this, but she tried to help me cover it. It had been pretty roughed up, so it was difficult to cover. Instead of causing more damage to the skin by trying to cover it up completely, Wendy gave me advice on how to treat it post-makeup. I mention this, because it is fairly obvious in the pictures. However, more importantly, Wendy cared about the condition of my skin versus what the before and after pictures would look like.

We also covered lips, blush, contour, and eyebrows. I could go on for days about all of the things I never knew I never knew. I could also go on and on and on about how caring and attentive Wendy is. She always made sure that I understood how to do each step before moving on to the next. She would stop me if she saw I was doing something improperly and explain what I was doing wrong and how to fix my technique.

I would recommend taking lessons with Wendy. Her professionalism, love of teaching, and sharing what she knows is beyond measure. I plan to take at least one follow up lesson with my favorite makeup guru!

Posted May 16, 2021
A Asad
Profile-location-online Online

Wendy was a very patient and accommodating teacher. It really helped to be able to work with what I have and she was able to help me fill in with missing tools in my bag. She took her time to teach without rushing me through and I feel way more confident now with doing my makeup. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 29, 2021
Lynn M.
Profile-location-online Online

Wendy was awesome!

Posted Mar 14, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

I had my first session last night and it was awesome! I learned so much. I look forward to session two next week.

Posted Mar 10, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Let me start this off by saying Wendy is incredible!!!! A true artist! I went to her for a makeup lesson, somethibg ive wanted to do for awhile but was unsure of where to go. I found Wendy online and am so grateful i did. She was so thorough, took her time and went thru everything with me. She went thru the makeup and tools i bought with me and told me what was helping me and what i should think twice about :) She then applied my makeup step by step and carefully explained exactly what she was doing and what products she was using. Now i had her apply my makeuo but if you would rather be the one to apply your own makeup while she advises, that can be done too. Shes very flexible as to how you want your lesson to go. She gave me so many helpful hints and advice. Shes so nice too...she makes you feel good about yourself. She pays attention to every detail of your face and is so patient....she answered every question I had and at no time made me feel rushed. The environment was also very calming , relaxing and full of fantastic light! I couldnt have asked for a better experience....it was the best! If youre looking for someone who can bring your beauty out, Wendy is the way to go!!

Posted Feb 16, 2021
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Learned so much and had a great time. I’d love to meet Wendy in person. Such a great and patient teacher.

Posted Dec 14, 2020
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I met Wendy years ago for a makeup tutorial. I've been going back twice each year to stay updated on new techniques and colors. She is the perfect teacher, bringing art and science to her work. Last year, I brought my daughter and granddaughter to her for makeup lessons and, regardless of the spread of years between them, Wendy showed them how to flawlessly apply makeup in different styles and colors. I highly recommend Wendy to anyone interested in learning how to make oneself look--and feel--beautiful.

Posted Dec 9, 2020
Anne State
Profile-location-online Online

Wendy is a true artist in every sense of the word! She's a spectacular make-up artist and a phenomenal teacher!!! I had the pleasure of working with her at CBS2 in Chicago from 2008 - 2010. She transformed my whole image and taught me beauty tricks that I still use more than a decade later. Wendy creates magic -- she's sooooo good at making eyes "pop." I can't recommend her enough!

Posted Oct 26, 2020

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Senior Makeup Artist
Feb 1993 - Mar 2020

WBBM TV Chicago A CBS Station

Aside from running the makeup department at CBS 2 Chicago and applying makeup to all weekday Primetime news talent, I also have taught all talent at the station how to apply their own makeup when they are in the field.

Media Makeup Consultant
Apr 2010 - Apr 2015

Columbia College Chicago


Media Makeup Teacher
Jun 2005 - Jun 2005

WJW/FOX and WEWS/ABC, Cleveland, OH

SEMINARS and CONSULTATION WJW/FOX and WEWS/ABC, Cleveland, OH • Image instruction and individual make-up lessons to anchors and reporters.

Guests' Makeup Artist
Sep 1987 - May 1996

Harpo Productions

HARPO PRODUCTIONS, INC., Chicago, IL 1987-1996 Make-up Artist, The "Oprah" Show, • Guests including television and film personalities, political figures, and leading authors


Beauty Makeup
Sep 2008 - Sep 2008


Certification in Print Makeup
Aug 1988 - Nov 1988

John Casablancas

Associate Degree of Fine Arts
Sep 1969 - Jun 1972

Chicago Academy of Fine Arts


Certified in Airbrush
Oct 2006

Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts / California


2010-2019 Couples Choice Awards
Jan 2019


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