Advanced Airbrush Makeup
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Advanced Airbrush Makeup

Posted on: July 19th, 2017

Joe Orteza attended Tricoci University’s Peoria Campus as a full-time student and recently graduated from the Cosmetology program in 2017. During his time at Tricoci University, he’s won 1st Place in the Esthetics category in the Chicago NW Barber Battle for this airbrush makeup look, 1st Place in the Tim Burton Inspired Student Competition, 1st Place in the Peoria campuses Fourth of July Makeup Contest, 1st Place in the Peoria Campuses Finding Dori Makeup Contest, and was a finalist in Tricoci University’s “Rock The Color” Student Competition.

Products Used

Dinair Airbrush Makeup
Joico InstaTint Color
Redken Triple Take 32 Hairspray
Badger Airbrush (airbrush and compressor)
Stencils (Joe’s were cut by hand)

Special Thanks

Model: Rachel Stieghorst
Videography/Production: Erin DiGangi

The Man Behind the Airbrush, Joe Orteza

TUBC: Joe, what was your inspiration for this airbrush makeup look?

Joe: I took inspiration from Japanese anime and steampunk. Outside of that, the people that really get my blood flowing include Jaclyn Hill, Manny Mua, Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, luvekat, and mashed up_makeup to name a few.

TUBC: Why did you choose to go to cosmetology school?

Joe: I’ve been a freelance artist and fine arts teacher for a long time, and saw hair and makeup as a new medium for me to work with. Mario Tricoci is a name in himself. I’m familiar with his salons and spas. I know he is also a true artist and pioneer in the field. Also as a teacher myself, I felt that he would be able to translate his knowledge and skill into the set curriculum. Now that I’ve graduated I’ll continue to teach Fine Arts but I’ve also opened a new hair salon with my business partner Tia Callaway in Peoria called “Shear Savvy”. The salon officially opened July 3rd, 2017 and our grand opening will be held on Sept 30th. Our salon specializes in hair color trends, haircuts, and all undercut and side cut designs. We are only a 4 chair salon in order to maximize our client’s needs.

TUBC: Did you always want to open your own salon?

Joe: Yes! My older brother and mother are both cosmetologists. Also, growing up, my family owned a salon for 10 years. Perhaps it’s in the blood.

TUBC: If you could give advice to someone currently attending TUBC, what would it be?

Joe: Go to class on time, and own every day you are there! Never stop being a learner. Don’t be afraid to compete, and show off your skills in the student competitions and like I did in this airbrush makeup tutorial for Tricoci! I would also like to thank all of my teachers and administrators, as well as my friends from Tricoci University’s corporate office! I would like to thank my classroom skills teacher, Ms. Jenn, who taught me all my basic skills and a pretty mean fade! I would like to thank my floor teachers, Ms. Emily and Ms. Jess, for allowing me to be a Diva on the floor, and sharing their knowledge and guiding me. To Ms. Vanda, my makeup guru, who always gave me sound advice. And lastly, for the friends Marcy, Laura, Aaya and Jess M. who graduated before me, thank you for sharing your skills with me and assisting me on many projects.

Contact Joe Orteza

Instagram: @joeorteza


Shear Savvy

3128 E. Washington
St. East Peoria 61611
Salon: (309) 966-0650
Joe Orteza: (815) 878-8412
Tia Callaway: (309) 415-0231

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