OUR FOUNDER – About Monika Machej
Art Institute of Makeup, a sister company of New Age Spa Institute, was founded by Monika Machej, a CIDESCO Diplomate since February 1999, a licensed Esthetician since 1992, a licensed Nail Technician, a licensed Massage Therapist, and a licensed Esthetics Instructor.
Monika has unparalleled experience in varied aspects of the Esthetics industry, including student & curriculum management, salon management operations, and customer care. She enjoys working in fast paced, people-focused environments, and demands a high level of professionalism from herself and others around her.
As a licensed esthetician, she provided services ensuring public safety. This allowed her to sustain her esthetics license by performing specialized facial treatments, body treatments, speed waxing-using European hard and soft wax, makeup applications, and eye lash & eyebrow tinting.
As a young esthetician, massage therapist, and nail technician she always felt her calling was in education.
In 1997, Monika was recruited to teach advanced skin care, body, and makeup for the Conservatory of Esthetics/Bioelements Learning Center in Des Plaines, IL. This allowed her to work with some of the best innovators and entrepreneurs in the skin care industry.
Her experience includes work with many entrepreneurs in the skincare industry including Robert Diemer, the “Father of Esthetics,” and Barbara Salomone, an architect of the modern American facial. Monika is a speaker at trade shows and other industry conferences nationwide. She has worked with many salon & spa owners, and estheticians in both private and classroom settings and she looks forward to meeting and working with many more to come.
Monika started, The New Age Spa Institute in June 2007, to focus on utilizing her extensive esthetics and massage experience to educate licensed and future Estheticians and Massage Therapists. She also offers continuing education to help these professionals reach their highest level of success. In 2012, she added opening the Nail Technology branch of the school to her long list of accomplishments.
Monika also was able to fulfill her dream to create an Internationally accredited Esthetics, Massage and Nail Technology School. The only school in Illinois to gain such a distinction.
As an owner of The New Age Spa Institute she joined NAPW and ASCP because she was determined to reach her highest potential professionally and to help other women and men empower themselves.
Monika is Bilingual, fluent both in Polish and English.