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Your Beauty Gurus to the Latest Trends & Techniques: The Empire Style Council

BlogNews | April 10, 2012

Looking for fresh tips, new trends, or have a pressing beauty question?  You can now turn to Empire’s Style Council as your ‘one-stop-expertise-shop’. Each member is an admired beauty expert in their respective field of beauty, including; hairstyling, hair coloring, makeup artistry, nail design and barbering.  These experts are teaching and training the beauty stars of tomorrow the newest and most advanced techniques of today.

Empire Style Council team

Heading up the team is esteemed celebrity stylist and cosmetology industry leader, Nick Arrojo who has worked for Vidal Sassoon, Wella and Bumble + Bumble. (Nick also leads Empire’s Master of Beauty program, an advanced education program that gives licensed cosmetologists the confidence and the techniques they need to take their career to the next level.)

Empire Style Council - Nick ArrojoStyle is the innate sense of knowing HOW THINGS FIT TOGETHER, and having the CONFIDENCE and CONVICTION TO EXPRESS it in one’s actions, image and the work we produce.”




Joining Nick on the Style Council are Marc Galgay, Lindsey Watts, Yvette Caballero and La Sonya Gunter all of whom are Artistic Advisors for Empire Beauty Schools.


Empire Style Council- Marc GalgayMarc Galgay is a member of Cosmetology Educators of America, National Association of Barbers and Cosmetologists and his past experience includes a stint as Academic Director & Creative Director for Regis Salons. Marc truly believes your sense of beauty never changes but how you achieve it does.
Style is the OUTWARD expression of each person’s INNER SENSE OF AESTHETICS.”


Empire Style Council - Lindsey Watts

Lindsey Watts’ passion for the beauty industry is fueled by the desire to make others feel beautiful – inside and out. She calls herself an “information junkie”, who loves pulling out her arsenal of knowledge. She takes pride in watching her students and clients take their style to the next level by using the tips and tricks she shares with them.



“Anyone can wear the latest trend, but finding your style is finding your VOICE, IDENTIFIABLE, AND PERSONAL. Style expresses WHO YOU ARE.”


Empire Style Council- La Sonya GuenterLa Sonya Gunter is a makeup educator at Empire’s Manhattan School and is affiliated with several major makeup lines, including M.A.C. cosmetics, Maybelline and NARS. She also works as a makeup artist for many Broadway productions and shows.

Style is about PERSONALITY and INDIVIDUALITY…taking trends, mixing in vintage, adding that new color you have to have. It’s the personal spin that MAKES YOUR STYLE UNIQUE.”


Yvette Caballero enjoys sharing with others her belief that beauty doesn’t have to be expensive-when you have the knowledge to keep it up at home! She loves using beauty as a way to uplift people’s spirits and make them feel special and confident.

Empire Style Council- YvetteStyle is the ULTIMATE form of daily SELF EXPRESSION.”

Just recently Empire Education Group and Arrojo teamed up for the next Trend Release, shot in New York City at trendy Chelsea Piers. This newest collection was designed by Arrojo, along with members of Empire’s new “Style Council”. During the shoot, more than 40 beauty editors and bloggers from national publications like American Salon, Modern Salon, Marie Claire and Lucky, just to name a few, were invited to take a sneak peek at the Trend Release and meet the “Style Council” members


Arrojo Trend Shoot

Nick Arrojo perfects his textured look before photos of the model are taken.

Arrojo spoke briefly about some of the trends that are coming up and how he has incorporated these looks in his new trend release. According to Arrojo, the hottest trends right now are Hair Painting and Texture. “We will see more funkier, bolder and stronger colors that is painted through the hair; there is going to be more texture and movement and when it comes to hair cutting, haircuts will be layered internally.” Arrojo said.

Arrojo Trend Shoot PhotoModel shows off look for Empire’s 2012 Trend Release

With the launch of the Empire Style Council, Nick, Marc, Lindsey, La Sonya and Yvette are now available for instructional how-to’s, insider tips and tricks, and trend forecasting – as well as any additional expert needs. Also, additional tips will be posted on our Facebook page so make sure you stay tuned.

Do you have a beauty question for our Empire Style Council Team?




Written by Empire Beauty School

Empire Beauty School is a leading cosmetology and beauty educator with 89 beauty schools and cosmetology schools in the United States. Empire Beauty School offers a variety of beauty programs and cosmetology courses including cosmetology, esthetics, make-up artistry, and cosmetology educator training.

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