Reality Show- Hair & Makeup

Our students were recently invited by producers to be the hair and makeup team for America’s Next Best Bartender,  a reality show.  Harvey Lowry, creator of Face Off,  is the mastermind behind this reality show centered around a challenge style competition to crown America’s Next Best Bartender.


Students spent two full days with the cast and crew, October 19-20, 2013.  They will also be on hand for the red carpet finale event on November 2, 2013.


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“It was really great to be on-set with our students.  It is important to learn how to work quickly and efficiently and finish multiple clients at one time.”- Carrie MacDonald, Federico Educator


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Students stayed during the entire shooting schedule to handle re-touches for the contestants hair and makeup.


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Each student will be listed in the credits of the on-air show.  Being able to gain a professional television credit while in school is an incredible opportunity.


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What did the contestants have to say?

“Thank you ladies for doing an awesome job on my hair and makeup for the new hit reality TV show next best bartender! You did an amazing job and it was awesome getting to work with you. I love you because you made me feel so comfortable for the first time having someone else do my hair and makeup! Best of luck to you all! “ -Your next best bartender Rocky Citi!


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Wow!!!!! How amazing your team is!!!! You ladies are so wonderful and did such a great job. You made us all look so great and truthfully were all so beautiful as well. You brought the level of professionalism to the table. Keep doing an amazing job and I know who to go to when I new hair and make up. Not to speak for the whole cast if next best bartender but we loved you ladies!!!!Donovan Mcneely


Stay tuned for details regarding the on-air dates to watch our student’s work on the big screen!

DIY Paper Doll Costume

You were invited to a last minute Halloween party or perhaps just looking for something creative and affordable this year…let us help!





1.  We started our model off with loose curls to help create our textured and whimsical updo.



2.  Secure the hair in a high ponytail at the top of the head.  We wanted an exaggerated bun so we added this hair form.  You could also use a rolled (new) tube sock, hence the term “sock bun”.



3. Taking small sections, we create texture by “teasing” the hair with just our fingers.




4.  Finishing the look by loosely securing our model’s hair around the form.





Finally,  using bobby pins to create a base …


We attached a foam board bow.



We asked our model to apply her normal daytime makeup.  Afterwards we added a bold blush to the apples of her cheeks and applied a punchy pink lip just to the center of her mouth.  To add a dramatic flair to her eyes, a white liner was used on her bottom lash water line in addition to artificial lashes.





We wanted something sturdy so we grabbed a reinforced foam poster board from Michael’s Craft Store for $1.99. (20 x 30 x 3/16 in)   Our awesome bookstore manager, Sativa, used her artistic abilities to draw a dress on the board with a black permanent marker and then we cut the image out with an Xacto knife.




Looking for more creative costumes on the cheap? Tune into Good Day Sacramento on Monday, October 21, 2013 during the 7 & 8 o’clock hours.  We will be creating looks suitable for any budget!

#FedericoLife Friday

We pulled our favorite #FedericoLife Instagram posts from the week to see what is going on in the world of Federico.


Study Abroad

A group of 9 very lucky students left for Tokyo, Japan this Wednesday.  After an incredibly long International flight, they hit the ground running!




Kelsie R. shared her view from the glass floor at the top of the Tokyo Tower.

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Haunted House


Krystal K. shared her zombie creations from Corbett’s House of Horror where our students provide all the hair and makeup for the cast.

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Hannah B. had so much fun helping with hair and makeup she joined the Corbett’s cast and joined in on the scary good time!

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Campus Life


Ms. Carrie and her texture class take a little #selfie break between State Board drills.

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Marissa B. spent her Monday morning taking an #AdvancedEducation webinar from the ASCP regarding extractions.  Talk about living the #EsthiLife!

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The #barbers are officially taking appointments and the barber shop has been hopping!

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Just another Manic Monday…. Or rather Mannequin. 

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The PK Junkies helped create looks for our Beauty Boutique displays.

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Our evening estheticians love each other so much they hang out in and out of school!  #FriendsForLife




Follow #FedericoLife on Instagram to keep up on all the action at Federico!

Educator Spotlight: Trish Avalos

We sat down with Ms. Trish, lead cosmetology educator, this week to talk about her inspiration for becoming an educator ad how it has enriched her life.

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How long have you been in the industry and what inspired you to become an educator?

I have been in the industry for 18 years.  I actually didn’t plan on becoming an educator,  I was given a scholarship to take the Instructor’s Course.  Then as I began to work with students I loved the connection it created teaching someone a craft.  I watched the creativity start to flow along with the excitement about what they were learning and accomplishing.  I was hooked!

The most memorable moment in your career..

I once had this student in one of my classes who seemed to really be struggling.  I wasn’t sure if she was really even focused on her education.  When she graduated she came to me to explain what had been going on in her life and her struggles, and said she had almost quit a couple of times.  She said the encouragement and extra help I gave her was what she needed to push through.  Things I was doing were making this huge impact on her life.  It made me realize how much we effect people and decisions they make in their lives.

Why do you think the professional beauty industry is the most amazing place to work?

I feel privileged to be in this industry,  it allows you the opportunity to make people feel amazing and look beautiful!  We are able to express our creativity and ever changing trends which keeps things fresh and exciting!

RIC- Change the World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.

- Unknown Monk (1100AD)Change by ~WRDBNR on deviantART

I really like this because it teaches us that no matter how bold our ambitions may be, we must start in our own backyards. It is the classic ripple effect. When we are living in harmony with our own lives it will naturally spill over to others. – Joseph Federico

Corbett’s House of Horror

We are beginning our 3rd year of helping  Corbett’s House of Horror create a cast that will deliver thrills and chills for your Halloween experience.

Join us at Corbett’s House of Horror for a heart-stopping ride of scare-tastic thrills, chills, and spine-tingling action as our team create a phantasmagorical fun-fest complete with 3 full haunted attractions, including our famous ZOMBIELAND zombie apocalypse shootout!




This year we are assisting with several different haunts:

Corbett’s House of Horror: What more can we say? It’s a house… filled with horror!




Carn-Evil: And you thought clowns were “safe”?




Zombieland: Shoot zombies! Sure, why not?





Federico Students spend their Friday and Saturday evenings bringing zombies, killer clowns,  crazed doctors and a plethora of other frightful creatures to life.





Working at the haunted house made me more sure about choosing this path for my future.  It was amazing and eye opening to see what this industry has to offer. – Shenae F.



Check out our student creation at Corbett’s House of Horror Fridays & Saturdays through the end of October and October 30th and 31st from 7pm- 11pm.  The haunt is located at  360 North Sunrise Ave. Roseville, California 95661. Near Eureka Rd. & I-80 across from the Roseville Auto Mall & right next door to Roseville Honda!  General Admission – $10/person per haunt, or $20/person for all 3 haunts including Zombieland! Questions? Visit