QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, Whitney Conn, shares how she found her first job as a certified makeup artist. Whitney is evolving into a skilled makeup artist and wants to ensure you start your makeup education on the right path!
If you are considering taking your makeup artistry skills to the next level, I would suggest taking the airbrushing course. Airbrush makeup can be used as a waterproof base for bridal applications or for special effects makeup when creating fine details, shadows, and for fantasy applications. The limits are as endless as your imagination!
Airbrushing is a very versatile skill to have as a makeup artist. It’s also an impressive skill to add to your portfolio. As with any course, it takes hard work and practice to master this skill. My experience with the airbrushing course has been amazing. It took a lot of practice, but I learned so much!
Like with other QC Makeup Academy courses I’ve taken, the airbrushing course material is incredibly detailed and thorough. At some point while watching the videos, I found myself laughing because Nathan is such a character. He keeps it interesting and makes learning fun for me, while still being very informative.
The Airbrush Gun
Between just playing with the airbrush gun and cleaning it after practicing, I learned quite a lot about every part of the machinery. This gave me the ability to fully understand what each part is used for. The airbrush gun is quite a finicky piece of equipment. As you will learn, in this course it is easy to go heavy handed. Knowing the working parts will give you a better idea of how to properly handle the airbrush gun as you’re working.
After figuring out the airbrush gun it was time to dive into my course work and start my applications. In unit A you have two applications for fine detail work. I practiced this for a month and a half before I turned in my assignment. I have to admit, airbrushing is not easy as it looks and it takes a lot of practice to get it down pat.
Starting off with the silicone based makeup, I now know that I can use this on sensitive or sensitized skin. Of course, with every application, I need to make sure to spot test to make sure the model’s skin does not have a bad reaction to the makeup.
For my marketing of my airbrushing I need to rewrite my summary. As Nathan suggested, I need to focus more on letting potential clients know that I can airbrush for everything. This is a favorite for brides, but will also allow me to reach a wider range of clients beyond just those looking for bridal looks.
As you will learn in the airbrushing course, certain makeup – like alcohol-based products – let off fumes that need to be ventilated. Nathan explained that these fumes could be very dangerous if not ventilated properly.
I really need to work on learning how to find the pressure on the trigger to make sure the makeup coming out of the nozzle doesn’t get too heavy. The more I practice and get comfortable with the airbrush gun, the better my applications will become.
As with anything I do, I want to make sure that I am pushing myself to develop my skills to the fullest extent. Like Nathan stated, if I want to become specialized in airbrush makeup, I should consider putting in more practice. Being able to do fine detail applications is ideal for body painting and precision applications.
More than anything, I know that I need to continue practicing as much as I can. The more I practice, the more I will grow and become a better, and more skilled makeup artist. I believe it is important to always continue learning and taking on new skills.
Remember to keep shooting for the stars and believe in yourselves!
Want to learn more about airbrush makeup? Check out the 4 worst ways to use an airbrush makeup machine!