How to Graduate from an Online Makeup School in 3 Months - QC Makeup Academy

If you dream of starting a career as a makeup artist, we’re sure that you can’t wait to start training and putting your skills to use. Proper training takes time, however, and it can be tricky to stay patient when you’re so keen to get started!

Well, we have good news for you – starting your career doesn’t have to be a lengthy process, and it doesn’t have to take more than 3 months! If you choose the right makeup course, go the extra mile with your assignments, and practice as much as possible, you can start your career much sooner than you ever anticipated. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s totally doable and rewarding!
Stick with us as we show you how to graduate from online makeup school in just 3 short months.

Give it some thought

Before clicking “enroll”, take some time to really understand your goal as a professional makeup artist. What type of makeup artistry would you like to focus on? Do you want to specialize in airbrush makeup? Perhaps you want to start with the basics and work your way up, or you’d prefer to focus on special effects makeup.

woman curling eyelashes and learning makeup

Before making any decisions about makeup courses, give yourself time to reflect on your own career goals and interests. This will help you to be successful in the online makeup course you end up choosing, and happier as you learn about your specific topics of interest.

Now that you know which direction you want to go, it’s time to find the right online makeup course! Do your research before shelling out that hard-earned money. You should prioritize things like professional tutors, access to student support, business training, and receiving a professional makeup certification at the end. These features are essential in ensuring you hit the ground running in your career as a makeup artist, and if your online makeup school has them, you’ll feel confident pursuing your education there!

Get organized

Once you’ve enrolled in an online makeup course and logged into your student center, we cannot stress how important it is to get organized. Immediately. The flexibility of your online makeup course is likely what made it so attractive and doable for you, but in order to be successful (and graduate ASAP), you really need to take your organization skills seriously.

No matter how passionate and dedicated you are, it can be very difficult to set aside a few hours to study and complete assignments weekly. Your online makeup class is likely not the only priority on your list, either – we totally understand that you have a full-time job, family commitments, and other responsibilities.

Our recommendation? Ahead of watching any videos, reading any course texts, or applying any makeup, create a weekly schedule for yourself. Be brutally honest – how much time can you reasonably devote to the course? If you want to graduate in three months, devote as many hours a week to the course as you possibly can – at least four or five.

Did we mention that you should be brutally honest here? Only you know your own work ethic and energy level. So, allocate time each week to craft a schedule that incorporates your job, family commitments, and other priorities, and of course learning all you can about makeup artistry! This schedule will motivate you as well as keep you on track to graduate.

working on online makeup course with laptop and coffee

Pro Tip: All of this being said, it’s important not to rush through the content in an online makeup course. You want to start your career as a makeup artist with the tools, techniques and knowledge necessary to succeed, and you won’t retain this (or create your best work) by rushing through it. Be sure to listen to your tutor’s feedback carefully and apply it to future assignments.

Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification as you go along! The tutors in your makeup course are there to guide you, so take the time to make sure you’re learning properly and getting the most out of your course.

Stand out as a student

Easier said than done, right? It’s actually easier than you think to stand out in an online makeup course and ace your assignments. Most online makeup academies will provide you with a few years to complete your studies, but if you want to have your makeup artistry certification in hand within 3 months, you’ll need to set yourself apart from your fellow students. And fast.

One way to do this is by laying out your personal goals and work ethic in the introductory letter to your tutor – this will introduce yourself and your dedication to starting a career as a makeup artist. Assignments are another way to distinguish yourself, as tutors look forward to seeing excellent work.

Most makeup schools employ experienced professionals as tutors, so you’ll know that your work is being evaluated by the best of the best. Earlier, we discussed managing your time, but it’s equally as important to connect with these instructors, as well as find models for your assignments. Your instructors want to see that you’re engaged with the content, and that you’re proactive in seeking out models with different skin tones, face shapes, and skin colors. This will expand your skill set and diversify your portfolio, so be sure to make this a priority when beginning your makeup course. Your tutors will see the effort you’ve put forth, and it will help jumpstart your career!

makeup artists applying makeup to client


If you’re an aspiring makeup artist, we don’t need to tell you that the real learning takes place through practice. Gather your friends, family, and anyone else you can find and ask them if you can practice makeup on them – you’ll be surprised at the positive response! When submitting assignments to your tutor, create the same look several times before finally hitting that send button. Your effort and devotion to makeup artistry will be recognized, pushing you to new skill levels as a result.

Knowing what type of makeup artistry you want to practice is the first step to a long career in makeup. With the right amount of practice, organization, and commitment to your studies, you can absolutely graduate from online makeup school in 3 months!

Is QC Makeup Academy the right online makeup school for you? Read on to find out!

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