Meet the Instructors

Blush School of Makeup’s selective team of artist instructors are some of the best in the their chosen area of makeup so that students are able to learn and develop their skills in a quality, small-class setting. Each is talented and passionate about delivering a top-tier makeup education.

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Michael Bondi
(Day Building Blocks)

Thoughtful and energetic makeup artist with over 20 plus years of working experience in print, media, and film. Michael gets his teaching experience from having worked as a brand ambassador and trainer for multiple cosmetic lines over the years. He has worked with the likes of Liza Minelli, Liv Tyler, Anne Heche, Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale, Emily Blunt, Rob Lowe, James Franco, 50 Cent and Common. With countless of incredible opportunities and experience, Michael has been able to share his love and passion with our beginning students and looks forward to sharing more with our future students. 


Kane Bratt
(Evening Building Blocks)

Kane Bratt is a professional makeup artist with 7 plus years of experience in the beauty and hair industry. He is a licensed cosmetologist and has worked as a platform artist and educator with some of the leading makeup brands in the world such as MAC and NARS Cosmetics. Previously part of the elite Mac Pro team, Kane is also an amazing educator having facilitated many master classes and update training for MAC. His number one motivating factor is the confidence that one has after being transformed into their ultimate vision of beauty. He now shares his passion with budding makeup artists and cares for their utmost success. 


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Rachel Picard
(Super Senior)


Published and passionate makeup artist and esthetician with over 12 years of experience in bridal, print, and commercial work. Rachel began her journey in the beauty industry as a makeup artist for a photo studio that specialized in boudoir, headshot and family photos. She moved on to join MAC Cosmetics as a part of the impact team and had the pleasure of facilitating classes, private lessons and providing makeup services to the public. After years in the cosmetics environment, she began a successful freelancing career. She is passionate about sharing the tips and tricks of the trade that she collected over 10 years with her upper-level students. More about Rachel…

Renee Batres (Bridal)

With the makeup industry booming on social media, Renee began sharing her colorful journey through Youtube and Instagram as Prettylilrenee. Once she began focusing on her art and videography, her videos eventually became viral. Building relationships is one of her priorities so it came to no surprise when San Jose’s own Content Magazine offered a continuous relationship to collaborate with ongoing projects. This was a page turner for Renee since this was her first time being published by a magazine from her hometown. Renee’s biggest makeup and hair client is, A-List celebrity and actor, Colin Farrell. More about Renee…



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Gina Fernadez (Airbrush)

Talented and disciplined makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience in Bridal, Photography, Creative and expertise in Airbrush makeup. Passionate about body painting and creative concept shoots, not only does she teach the fundamental basics of Airbrush but fantasy as well. Gina started her own cosmetic line, GG Cosmetics which carries a range of contour, blush, lip colors and eyeshadow. She holds her students to the utmost standard and uses structure to perfect and take our students’ makeup artistry to the next level. More about Gina…

Jonathan Mendez (Stage, Period)

Jonathan is a published makeup artist and educator with over twenty years experience in media, print, film, bridal, commercial and runway. He specializes in couture, detailed and perfectly crafted makeup applications. He has an impeccable eye for detail and an extensive knowledge of every decade, trend and historical value of the makeup industry. In addition, representing as a brand ambassador and platform artist for Chanel since 2009. Jonathon’s expertise and knowledge for a special event, editorial and high profile clientele add another level of education for our students.

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Anastasia Kopyl (HD, Photography)

Disciplined, focused and talented makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience in Bridal, Photography, Body Painting, Runway, Special Effects and High Definition on-camera makeup. At Blush, she is known for her detailed feedback and dedication to perfecting our students’ abilities to blend and create more symmetrical looks.  She prepares our students to perfect makeup for on-screen High Definition cameras for various looks including, Reality Star, Newscaster, Red Carpet and Basic HD Makeup. She has a passion for taking her students’ artistry to the next level and looks forward to sharing this with those completing the Master Makeup Artistry Program. More about Anastasia…


Julian Bonfiglio (Special Effects)

A true special effects professional: Semi-finalist on Syfy’s Face Off season 8, worked on a number of movies and music videos, as well as produced prosthetics for several theatre productions and haunt events including California’s Great America Haunt. More about Julian…


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Rachel Picard

Published and passionate makeup artist and esthetician with over 12 years of experience in bridal, print, and commercial work. Rachel began her journey in the beauty industry as a makeup artist for a photo studio that specialized in boudoir, headshot and family photos. She moved on to join MAC Cosmetics as a part of the impact team and had the pleasure of facilitating classes, private lessons and providing makeup services to the public. After years in the cosmetics environment, she began a successful freelancing career. She is passionate about sharing the tips and tricks of the trade that she collected over 10 years with her upper-level students. 

More about Rachel…

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Michael Bondi

Thoughtful and energetic makeup artist with over 20 plus years of working experience in print, media, and film. Michael gets his teaching experience from having worked as a brand ambassador and trainer for multiple cosmetic lines over the years. He has worked with the likes of Liza Minelli, Liv Tyler, Anne Heche, Anne Hathaway, Kate Bosworth, Kate Beckinsale, Emily Blunt, Rob Lowe, James Franco, 50 Cent and Common. With countless of incredible opportunities and experience, Michael has been able to share his love and passion with our beginning students and looks forward to sharing more with our future students. 

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Anastasia Kopyl

Disciplined, focused and talented makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience in Bridal, Photography, Body Painting, Runway, Special Effects and High Definition on-camera makeup. At Blush, she is known for her detailed feedback and dedication to perfecting our students’ abilities to blend and create more symmetrical looks.  She prepares our students to perfect makeup for on-screen High Definition cameras for various looks including, Reality Star, Newscaster, Red Carpet and Basic HD Makeup. She has a passion for taking her students’ artistry to the next level and looks forward to sharing this with those completing the Master Makeup Artistry Program. More about Anastasia…

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Jonathan Mendez

Jonathan is a published makeup artist and educator with over twenty years experience in media, print, film, bridal, commercial and runway. He specializes in couture, detailed and perfectly crafted makeup applications. He has an impeccable eye for detail and an extensive knowledge of every decade, trend and historical value of the makeup industry. In addition, representing as a brand ambassador and platform artist for Chanel since 2009. Jonathon’s expertise and knowledge for a special event, editorial and high profile clientele add another level of education for our students.

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Renee Batres


With the makeup industry booming on social media, Renee began sharing her colorful journey through Youtube and Instagram as Prettylilrenee. Once she began focusing on her art and videography, her videos eventually became viral. Building relationships is one of her priorities so it came to no surprise when San Jose’s own Content Magazine offered a continuous relationship to collaborate with ongoing projects. This was a page turner for Renee since this was her first time being published by a magazine from her hometown. Renee’s biggest makeup and hair client is, A-List celebrity and actor, Colin Farrell. More about Renee…


Gina Fernandez

Talented and disciplined makeup artist with more than 10 years of experience in Bridal, Photography, Creative and expertise in Airbrush makeup. Passionate about body painting and creative concept shoots, not only does she teach the fundamental basics of Airbrush but fantasy as well. Gina started her own cosmetic line, GG Cosmetics which carries a range of contour, blush, lip colors and eyeshadow. She holds her students to the utmost standard and uses structure to perfect and take our students’ makeup artistry to the next level. More about Gina…

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Julian Bonfiglio

A true special effects professional: Semi-finalist on Syfy’s Face Off season 8, worked on a number of movies and music videos, as well as produced prosthetics for several theatre productions and haunt events including California’s Great America Haunt. More about Julian…

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Kane Bratt

Kane Bratt is a professional makeup artist with 7 plus years of experience in the beauty and hair industry. He is a licensed cosmetologist and has worked as a platform artist and educator with some of the leading makeup brands in the world such as MAC and NARS Cosmetics. Previously part of the elite Mac Pro team, Kane is also an amazing educator having facilitated many master classes and update training for MAC. His number one motivating factor is the confidence that one has after being transformed into their ultimate vision of beauty. He now shares his passion with budding makeup artists and cares for their utmost success. 

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Reviews

“Most beneficial was the variety of not only classes, but teachers with such broad knowledge in each field.
I learned exactly what I want to do in the industry and Tania gave that to me!”
Christina C.

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