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Online Makeup Schools vs. Brick-and-Mortar Schools

Starting a career as a makeup artist can be overwhelming – you need to find the right training, make time in your busy schedule, and start building your clientele! Because makeup artistry is so exciting (not to mention profitable), more and more schools have started offering makeup courses, and more professional makeup schools have appeared over the years.

It’s up to you to make the right decision when it comes to your training, and understanding the differences between online makeup schools and brick-and-mortar schools is essential in order to make an informed choice. Thankfully, QC Makeup Academy tutor and celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson is here to shine some light on the comparisons between online and in-class makeup courses. With years of makeup artistry experience under his belt, as well as a true understanding of online learning, you’re in good hands!

Let’s Recap…

“You can’t learn makeup online – makeup can only be learned in a school with a hands-on setting” – this is something I hear regularly. However, I’ve taught in both locations, and whether I’m teaching online or at a brick-and-mortar school, my methodology is exactly the same!

I teach my students exactly the same techniques whether it’s online or in-class, but one huge advantage of online learning is camera angles that are zoomed in. When I’m in a classroom, everyone is sitting in chairs – sometimes 15 feet away – watching me do a technique. Online makeup videos, by contrast, allow students to see perfect techniques directly, which is a much better and clearer way to learn makeup.

In a very long career in makeup and makeup education, I have never taken a brush out of a student’s hand to make an adjustment. Because if I make that adjustment, students will never learn. There should be no such thing as a hands-on adjustment!

In in-class makeup courses, the adjustments come from a great teacher through words only, and the teacher is not standing there watching students do their work. The teacher assesses the work when it is complete, providing tips, tricks, thoughts, and ideas to make it better. This is exactly what happens in amazing online learning.

In an online makeup course, you’ll submit clear, beautiful photos and get all the same tips, tricks, thoughts and ideas that you would get in a brick-and-mortar school. But there can be challenges to online learning, as well. No one is there to babysit you. You have to choose to watch the videos and put in the practice. Your education is totally up to you! But, the added bonus of that? You can watch the videos again and again, which is not something you can do when you’re learning at a brick-and-mortar location. They do the demo one time, and you practice. You either get it or you don’t – the teacher will then move on.

My final advice? There is incredible benefit to learning at home, if only you take the right approach to it.

Curious about how an online makeup course works? Take a sneak peek at the professional techniques you’ll learn in QC’s Makeup Artistry Course!

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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