Graduate Feature

Graduate Feature: MUA Michael Smith

Michael Smith has always been interested in makeup. Before enrolling in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course, his focus had mostly been on special effects makeup for motion pictures. Because of this background he understood the transformative power of makeup, and he was ready to work with the face as a canvas for beauty and glamour.

Professional Makeup Artist Michael Smith

Michael excelled in his coursework and graduated near the end of 2012. He’s already well on his way to a thriving career as a makeup artist. We’re so pleased to bring you Michael’s story today, and invite you to visit his Facebook page and scroll through some photos of his work below.

Business Name: Blushstrokes Makeup
Course Taken: Master Makeup Artistry
Service Location: Central Ohio

A few of Michael’s noteworthy credits:

Makeup Artist, “Fish’n with Joe” Youtube episode, “Fishigan in Michigan” (makeup for spokesmodel) Columbus, OH.
Makeup Artist, International Talent models’ photoshoot. Columbus, OH.
Makeup Artist,  35mm feature “Oracabessa” (Tigest Films), Columbus, OH.
(Best Makeup Award Nomination) Makeup Artist, international competition film submission, “Perspectives”, Columbus, OH.


  1. Where are you in your career?
  2. I’m rediscovering my passion for makeup after several years of working in photography. I am building on past experiences, along with my schooling at QC, to better myself as a professional MUA.

  3. What’s your favorite part about being a makeup artist?  
  4. What I enjoy most about being an MUA is the variety of work I do. I can do a wedding one day, and then the next day work on a local film production or photo shoot.

  5. What’s your dream job?
  6. I would have to say my dream would be to work on a Hollywood motion picture production.

  7. If you could do anyone’s makeup, who would you love to work with?
  8. There are so many talented and gorgeous models and actresses out there. However, I’ve always been drawn to the glamour of the thirties and forties. I will say that to me, beauty is not just a pretty face. Beauty is also defined by what’s on the inside.

  9. Why did you choose to study with QC Makeup Academy? 
  10. In Ohio there are no schools for just makeup application, so I found the distance-learning lessons to be convenient. The materials (books, DVDs) that come with the lessons are good references to have even after graduation.

  11. Some photos of Michael’s work…
  12. Makeup Artist Michael Smith Career as a makeup artist

    Makeup Artist Michael Smith Career as a makeup artist

    Makeup Artist Michael Smith Career as a makeup artist

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