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How to Learn Makeup (If You Know Nothing About Makeup!)

There is an element of magic to makeup artistry—with the right application and products, skin tones are evened out, imperfections corrected, and features enhanced. Applying makeup and creating gorgeous looks can seem intimidating if you don’t have any experience or knowledge. But trust us, makeup is a lot of fun if you know what you’re doing (not to mention totally rewarding, as well!).

Learning makeup can change your life and lead you down an exciting new career path, so read on for the best ways to get familiar with makeup artistry (even if you know nothing about it)!

Browse makeup blogs

For those who study, practice and love makeup, sharing work online allows them to showcase their art! For someone new to makeup, checking out makeup blogs with photos and step-by-step guidelines is a fabulous way to get a sense of classic looks, like winged eyeliner and a contoured face. You can also gain a general idea of how each look is created. Keep in mind that reading blogs is no substitute for proper makeup training, but it is an excellent way to give yourself an overview of different looks and products!

Once you’ve spent some time being inspired by makeup artistry blogs, have a look at these celebrity makeup artists for a peek into the lives of experts in the field!

Get to know your own preferences

After looking at makeup blogs and the work of celebrity makeup artists, you’ll have a sense of which makeup looks and techniques you favor over others. Knowing your own style as a makeup artist will help you better relate to clients, and it will help you better understand makeup as an art.

become a makeup artist

If you don’t have any experience with makeup, you likely won’t have any products to use. We recommend building a small makeup kit with reasonably-priced items. Starting with a bare face, practice creating makeup looks on yourself, from moisturizing to priming and then moving on to foundation, powder, and blush. As a guideline, follow the steps outlined in the blogs you discovered, and experiment with different products, colors and techniques to better understand your own skin type and makeup product preferences.

Your confidence will benefit from practicing, and you’ll have a much better sense of how each product in your newly created makeup kit works.

Enroll in a makeup course

The absolute best way to learn makeup is by receiving proper hands-on training and, eventually, getting your makeup artist certification. If you love makeup and want to pursue a career as a makeup artist, education plus a tremendous amount of practice is the key to starting out.

But life can be extremely busy—whether you work full-time, have children or other responsibilities, it can be difficult to find time to commit to a makeup artist course.

makeup artist classes

A way around that? Online learning is a flexible option for aspiring makeup artists—it allows you to learn from the comfort of your home. Online makeup classes consist of practical assignments paired with instructional DVDs, which will allow you to practice makeup looks and, most importantly, receive feedback from your personal tutor. Your feedback is what helps you build on the skills you acquire in each unit. You can check out a variety of different courses like the Master Makeup Artistry course, an Airbrush Makeup Workshop, and Hair Styling Essentials course that are designed with busy individuals in mind. Online courses are a convenient way to learn professional makeup techniques and theory while you keep up with other commitments.

A lifetime passion

For many makeup artists, deciding to pursue this passion begins with a flicker of interest and curiosity. Although you might not have much experience creating your own makeup looks, or have little knowledge of the industry, becoming familiar with techniques through blogs and social media is a great place to start. Understanding your own product preferences will increase your confidence, so don’t be afraid to experiment! Plus, you can also enroll in a makeup school to get the skills and knowledge you’ll need to become a successful makeup artist!

A love of makeup is one that will be with you for your entire life. It’s well worth taking the time to understand the industry and popular products, as well as finding proper training to make the most of your new makeup artistry career! You’ll be a go-to makeup guru in no time.

Overcome your fears about pursuing a career in makeup artistry and build your confidence with these helpful tips from QC Makeup Academy student Amber Smith!


Victoria is a blog writer and social media expert for QC Makeup Academy, writing in-depth articles to help emerging makeup artists grow their knowledge and experience in the industry.

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