Graduate Feature: Emma-Louise Churcher - QC Makeup Academy

Why did you decide to do professional makeup training and become a makeup artist?

It all started on my wedding day. The makeup artist that did my makeup did such a fantastic job – I looked and felt amazing!

I decided then and there that I wanted to make others feel the way I felt. The feeling you get when a client looks into the mirror for the first time, after you’ve done their makeup, is the best feeling!

How would you describe your makeup style?

Bridal Glam is absolutely where my passion lies, but I also love to be creative with color!

You first began your makeup training with QC Makeup Academy back in 2017. How has your professional career grown since then?

When I started my QC journey, I was a complete novice when it came to makeup! I mean, I didn’t even know the difference between a cut crease and a smoky eye. Now I have my dream job on a makeup counter, and I’ve just started taking bookings for bridal makeup jobs in 2021!

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This look was inspired by @judastape - I am crushing over the contrast of Orange & Blue 🧡💙⠀ ⠀ I also took inspiration from @meganschrama with the reflection photo!⠀ ⠀⠀ Products Used:⠀⠀ Base:⠀⠀⠀ @collectionlove Pore Minimiser Primed & Ready Primer⠀⠀⠀ @itcosmeticsuki @itcosmetics CC Cream - Medium⠀⠀⠀ @makeuprevolution Conceal & Define Concealer - C5⠀⠀⠀ @muacosmetics Professional Loose Setting Powder - Translucent ⠀⠀⠀ Bronzer⠀⠀ @physiciansformula @physiciansformulauk - Butter Bronzer⠀⠀⠀ @elfcosmetics @elfcosmeticsuk Monochromatic Blush Stick - Berry⠀⠀⠀ @fentybeauty Highlighter⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Eyes: ⠀⠀⠀ @plouise_makeup_academy @plouise1 Baseic Bright Bases - OTT Orange & Yes Aye Yellow⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette - Lit, Shuffle, Keen⠀ @shrine @mehronuk Collab Palette⠀ @lagirlcosmetics @lagirlcosmeticsuk Neon Liner - Electric⠀ @maybelline @maybelline_makeupuk The Falsies Lash Lift Mascara⠀⠀⠀ @ardellbeauty_uk @ardellbeauty Demi Wispie Lashes⠀ @rimmellondonuk Kohl Eyeliner - Black⠀⠀ @peachesmakeup Pigment - Moonlight⠀ @anastasiabeverlyhills @abhlondonuk @abhworldwide Dip Brow Pomade - Medium Brown⠀⠀⠀ @pinkhoneyuk Raspberry Flex Brow Glue⠀⠀⠀ @morphebabemakeup @morphebrushes @morphefeatures @mykitco Brushes ⠀ @mollyobrienbrushes Jim Bob Brush ⠀ @superdrug @superdrugpr ⠀ ⠀ Lips: ⠀ @shrine @mehronuk Collab Palette⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette - FairPlay⠀ ⠀ Black Pig Mirror @jeffreestar @jeffreestarcosmetics @shanedawson Conspiracy Collab

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You have a knack for creating innovative and artistic eye makeup. Where does your inspiration come from?

I take inspiration from everywhere! My camera roll is full of images of other people’s work that I admire. It can even come from a pretty pattern, or a flower that caught my eye.

Social media also has a huge impact on what inspires me. I enjoy spending hours looking at other people’s creations.

You also have a lot of fun, quirky looks involving glitter, jewels, and funky makeup colors. What draws you to this out-of-the-box style of makeup?

Festivals and bright neon colors represent summer time for me. I thoroughly enjoy representing this side of myself through my makeup!

Makeup is an art; it’s a way to express yourself. I use my Instagram platform to showcase the different kinds of makeup I enjoy, and to show how versatile makeup can be. I also like the idea of being able to inspire others to get creative!

You offer a large array of services to you clients, such as: bridal makeup, prom/occasion makeup, skincare assistance, waxing, eyelash/eyebrow services, and even makeup training! What’s your favorite area of the beauty industry, and why?

Makeup is by far my favorite area of beauty. It took me a little while to realize this, as my MUA journey started by accident. For years, I have been a Beauty Therapist/Nail Tech, offering treatments to friends and family in my spare time.

Eventually, my friends started asking me to do their makeup. After realizing I had a natural flair for it, I decided to pursue this as a career and study to become a professional makeup artist.

What has the process been like in starting your own business?

As with all things that start from scratch, it was tough at the beginning. I live in quite a remote area, so building clients was a long journey. But honestly, I only started because I was passionate and wanted to share my passion with others. Everything that has followed has just been an amazing journey!

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🌈 Love is Love 🌈⠀ ⠀ My Pride Inspired Look - Happy Pride Month ⠀ I’m constantly inspired by how people express themselves through art & my art is my makeup, my face the canvas. What inspires you the most?? ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 I enjoyed recreating my pride look from last year — it’s good to see how far I’ve come in just a year! Swipe to See ➡️⠀ ⠀ Products Used:⠀ Base:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @elfcosmetics @elfcosmeticsuk Pore Putty Primer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @makeupforever Ultra HD Foundation⠀⠀ @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_uk HD Concealer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @makeuprevolution Trans Setting Powder⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Healthy Glow Bronzing Glow⠀⠀⠀ @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer⠀⠀⠀⠀ @b._by_superdrug Liquid Blush⠀⠀⠀⠀ @hudabeauty Winter Highlight Palette⠀⠀⠀⠀ @morphebrushes Setting Spray⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eyes: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @plouise_makeup_academy @plouise1 Base⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette - Wasted, Mood, The Hype, Inferno, Lit, Keen ⠀ @peachesmakeup Pigment - Moonlight⠀ @rimmellondonuk Black Kohl Liner⠀⠀ @lagirlcosmetics Neon Liner - Screamin’ & Gotcha⠀ @collectionlove Lash Surge Mascara ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @anastasiabeverlyhills @abhlondonuk Dip Brow Pommade - Medium Brow⠀⠀⠀ @pinkhoneyuk Raspberry Flex Hold Brows @__dollbeauty_ lashes - Jamie G⠀ @morphebrushes @jaclynhill @jeffreestarcosmetics @jeffreestar Brushes Used⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lips:⠀⠀⠀⠀ @ctilburymakeup Medium Pillow Talk Liner @ Refresh Rose Collagen Lip Bath

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You also have your own beauty vlog on YouTube! What are your long-term goals for your channel, and how do you intend to achieve them?

YouTube is something that I have always wanted to get into. The concept of sharing advice and knowledge is really appealing to me. Between you and me, I’m a serial YouTube watcher! I know that I personally have learned so much, so I thought it would be fantastic to be able to give something back.

What ONE piece of advice would you give aspiring makeup artists who want to get makeup training and one day launch their own business?

Never give up!

If you’re super passionate about something, then always follow that dream. The journey there will likely be hard, and you will have moments of doubt. But know in your heart that it’s what you really want, and don’t stop striving for it until you reach your final goal.

What made you want to earn your makeup certificate, and why did you decide to do your makeup training through online school?

My love for makeup came a little later in my life. By the time I realized that this was what I wanted to do, I already had a full-time job. As much as I would of loved to attend a physical makeup school full-time, it wasn’t really an option for me.

So, I decided to look into other options. A friend of mine had already enrolled with QC Makeup Academy and recommended it to me. After doing extensive research, I decided to go ahead and book with them.

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Today I start a new series —— A series of looks inspired by people I follow who I find constant inspiration from ——— Whether that is from the looks they create or from being genuinely lovely people! ⠀ ⠀ Today’s look is inspired by @katiewakenshaw —— Her account is GOALS if you love bold colourful makeup as much as I do!! ⠀ ⠀ I have been trying really hard to improve on my blending skills and create more bolder looks —— I just HAD to get a close up of this one as I am really proud of my progress 🙌⠀ ⠀ Products Used: ⠀ Base:⠀⠀ @elfcosmetics @elfcosmeticsuk Pore Putty Primer⠀⠀ @ctilburymakeup Unisex Healthy Glow⠀ @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_uk HD Concealer⠀⠀ @makeuprevolution Trans Setting Powder⠀⠀ Healthy Glow Bronzing Glow @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer⠀ @b._by_superdrug Liquid Blush⠀ @hudabeauty Winter Highlight Palette⠀ @morphebrushes Setting Spray⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Eyes: ⠀⠀ @plouise_makeup_academy @plouise1 Base⠀⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette ⠀⠀ @peachesmakeup Pigments - Snakebite @lagirlcosmeticsuk @lagirlcosmetics Neon Eyeliner⠀⠀ @collectionlove Lash Surge Mascara ⠀⠀ @soapbrows Brow Lamination Effect ⠀⠀ @anastasiabeverlyhills @abhlondonuk Dip Brow Pommade @cocoandclassbeauty Lashes - Elizabeth ⠀⠀ @morphebrushes @jaclynhill @jeffreestarcosmetics @jeffreestar Brushes Used⠀ ⠀ Lips:⠀ @muacosmetics Lip Liner - TLC & Lipgloss Unique

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At first, I was anxious about learning such a hands-on skill online. But the resources available, as well as the feedback from the tutors, really are amazing!

I didn’t feel like I missed out from not being in a physical classroom. If anything, I think it was better because I was able to go at my own pace. If there was something I needed to practice more before moving on, I knew I had the time to perfect that skill.

Why did you ultimately choose QC Makeup Academy for your makeup training, and how has your experience been?

Overall, my experience has been fantastic! There is so much support from the QC Virtual Classroom, the live webinars, the online live chat with QC’s Support Team. There’s always someone nearby to answer any questions you might have.

I have learned so much in the past 3 years, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the support of QC. Also, the personalized feedback you receive after you submit each unit is great! Because it’s recorded and sent to you as an audio file, you can listen to it as often as you need to.

That way, you can practice, practice, practice!

Is there any particular makeup technique you’re currently working on perfecting?

At the moment, I’m really trying to get into more creative looks. I love the idea of playing with different textures and face paint. It’s exciting to learn new skills again and push myself out of my comfort zone more!

What’s in store for you and your makeup business in the next year?

Bridal makeup is something that I definitely want to be doing more of, as being a part of someone’s wedding day is such a special experience. I’m also just about to join a local salon, so hopefully in a year, I’ll be doing more of what I love every day!

What is your ONE Holy Grail makeup product and why?

I think it would have to be Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter. If you like glowing skin, this product will change your makeup game! It looks so stunning when used as a primer underneath foundation, but you can also apply a very small amount over the top of foundation as a gorgeous highlighter. I find that it blends into the skin perfectly!

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  • Emma Louise says:

    Love this – Honestly anyone thinking of enrolling in this course – DO IT!! It’s the best thing I ever did 🙂

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