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Why Choose Huntington Academy?

Complete Permanent Makeup training from a world renowned educator and permanent makeup artist, as well as SPCP Trainer Members for only $4,200.00. This includes hands-on procedures with a minimum of 6 live models to guide you to success quickly. Huntington Academy of Permanent Cosmetics is one of the most respected permanent makeup schools in the industry, offering beginning permanent makeup classes as well as continuing and advanced education. We are located in Fountain Valley, California. Karen Holvey is the Founder, the Director of Education, and an SPCP Trainer Member. Karen has been in the Orange County area since 1994 and has seen students from all over the US, Canada, Europe and other countries. She has put together a very impressive, comprehensive, practical and hands-on training program which she updates constantly. Karen Holvey is a world renowned permanent makeup artist, educator and lecturer.  All of the trainers at Huntington Academy are highly certified and have decades of experience.

We care about our students and their futures in this industry.


Karen Holvey
SPCP Trainer Member, SPCP Lifetime Member, Director of Education – CPCP

Karen has a lifetime of experience in the beauty industry as a licensed cosmetologist and make up artist where she excelled at doing platform work and teaching others the newest in coloring and design. Being a natural born instructor, she moved to permanent cosmetics in 1989 and began working closely with many medical professionals and cosmetic surgeons in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas. She joined the cosmetic dermatology practice at the Fulton Skin Institute and worked closely with Dr. James Fulton for over 8 years. At the Institute, she began teaching other medical staff, estheticians and makeup artists the art of permanent cosmetics. In 1994 Karen founded the Huntington Academy of Permanent Cosmetics and Faces Etc. in Huntington Beach, CA. Now located in Fountain Valley, CA, Karen is the Director of Education and has constantly updated what many regard to be one of the best training programs available. We pride ourselves in keeping current and delivering the most up to date information in our industry.

Karen brings to her students the expertise and first hand account of the advances made throughout the permanent makeup industry since the late eighties. She is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional as well as an SPCP Trainer Member through the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP). She has to her credit some of the most respected and talented instructors in the field of Permanent Cosmetics, each practicing for a minimum of 15 years and who carry certification and are state licensed. Karen has lectured at numerous professional trade show conferences, cosmetic and laser seminars. She has written articles for medical clinic newsletters as well as Skin Inc. and Cosmetech magazines. She has offered work shops at esthetic conferences and at the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals conferences. Karen has developed several educational DVD’s and has written numerous manuals and color theory workbooks for other permanent make-up training centers. Karen specializes in para-medical procedures with a special emphasis in breast repigmentation. Working with some of the finest plastic surgeons in Orange County, she redesigns, repositions and repigments the areola and nipple complex on the breast tissue following a mastectomy to look very natural. She is also an insurance provider for a medical group in Newport Beach, CA and works with other insurance groups to offer these services to breast cancer survivors. She is the only permanent cosmetic practitioner in California that is a direct insurance provider for these services.


Jeff Becker
SPCP Trainer Member – CPCP

Jeff began his career in Permanent Cosmetics in 2000 and has seen many hundreds of clients since. As a Technician at Faces Etc. and an Instructor at Huntington Academy, his professionalism, attention to fine details, knowledge of color theory and mastery of hair simulation and growth patterns make his eyebrow designs a work of art. He also specializes in natural looking, whether lash enhancing or thicker wedged, eyeliner and blended lip liner or full color lips.

Jeff is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and Trainer Member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. He holds his certifications in Permanent Cosmetics…both in Primary and Advanced techniques, Areola Repigmentation, Microblading, Pigment Removal and Color Correction. Jeff is the owner of both Huntington Academy of Permanent Cosmetics and Faces Etc. in Fountain Valley, California.


Dale Case
SPCP Trainer Member- CPCP

Dale has spent most of her life in the Beauty Industry and is a State of California Licensed Cosmetologist and Electrologist. She started her Permanent Makeup career in 1987 and is one of the best Permanent Makeup Instructors on the planet, and our students adore her. Her lecturing and organizational skills are second to none. She also has over 12 years of experience under the direction of a dermatologist and has received her Para-Medical Certificate. Dale has also been the President and Chairwoman of over six city and national organizations. She is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and Trainer Member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. She has been an Instructor with Huntington Academy since 1999 and is a great asset to our school and our students.


Regina Kalas
Trainer – CPCT

Regina joined us this year and we’re excited to have her. She has always had a passion for empowering women and helping them feel their most confident. This passion has manifested itself in many different interests – from design to fashion to permanent makeup and everything in between. Regina started out as a FIDM grad and a design expert in the fashion world. With an eye for symmetry that would later serve her well in the permanent makeup realm, Regina worked for high-end brands such as Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, BCBG and W and Flaunt Magazines. Regina’s creative experiences with these brands imbued her with the passion to take her creative abilities to the next level, and in 2008 she opened RK Designs, a custom jewelry design studio in Fullerton.

RK Designs also became a platform for Regina to give a voice to women designers and entrepreneurs from countries all around the world. The boutique was an avenue for Regina to support women creatives on a philanthropic level as well as a commercial one. All of the pieces sold were one of a kind, and Regina enjoyed developing a customer base that trusted her and sought out her design input.

The next phase of creativity came for Regina when she decided she wanted to have permanent makeup treatments done for herself. An avid researcher and student of all-things-Beauty, Regina began to educate herself on permanent makeup. In the process of becoming literate on the subject, Regina discovered a passion for the the art of permanent makeup. She decided that her next entrepreneurial endeavor would be to re-invent herself as a permanent makeup artist and skin care technician. In 2015, Regina founded RK Beaty, and in January of 2018, RK Beauty re-opened in it’s very own, brand-new facility. Through RK Beauty, Regina strives to help people feel and look their best. She wants to help every client feel the same on the outside as they do on the inside – confident, happy, and supremely comfortable in their own skin. One of her greatest joys is seeing the rejuvenating effects of some of her newest treatments like Collagen Induction Therapy (also known as Microneedling, Skin Needling or Dermal Needling), and what these treatments can do to heal her clients’ confidence and self-esteem.


Wendy Becker
Office Manager / Accounting / Marketing / Retail

Wendy joined our team in 2016. She has spent the last 30 years of her life working with numbers….so accounting is her specialty. She brings office management, retail and marketing experience as well. She handles our accounting, purchasing, retail, our website and other marketing, as well as class scheduling, student enrollment, and classroom prep for our training center…..she keeps Huntington Academy and Faces Etc. running smoothly.


Allison Hamusek
Office Assistant / Marketing / Retail / CPCT

Allison joined us in 2017. She is experienced in customer service, retail and marketing. She takes care of all social media marketing for both the Huntington Academy training center and Faces Etc, as well as retail and purchasing. She is also a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Technician – Ally Nikk Permanent Cosmetics.


Melissa Hooper
P/T Office Assistant / Model Program

Melissa joined us in 2017. She is experienced in customer service and retail. She assists in the office and takes care of our Model program for Huntington Academy’s  training center.