QC Fam Friday: Top Tips for a Stunning Makeup Portfolio - QC Makeup Academy

Welcome back to another installment of QC Makeup Fam Friday! In this ongoing series, we explore the thoughts, stories, and opinions of real QC students and grads. Each month, they’ll weigh in on topics surrounding makeup training, finding work in the professional world, and being an MUA in the beauty industry!

Today, they’re here to answer one very insightful question: What is your #1 tip for a stunning makeup portfolio?

Let’s see what the QC makeup fam has to say!

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Sara Carvalho

Master Makeup Artistry

โ€œClear photos, no filters!"

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Savanna Rae Howell

Master Makeup Artistry / Virtual Makeup

"Originality! You want to show people how you're different. So, make yourself stand out. You can't do that by showing people what they've seen countless others do."

Melissa McDonald Burley

Master Makeup Artistry / Special FX Makeup / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Be aware of your background! If it's too messy or too busy, it takes away from your work."

Bek Kapfer

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Think about the background, clothing, hairstyle, etc.! Make the client imagine how theyโ€™ll look and feel with the makeup looks you provide."

Rochelle Perignon

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"You DON'T need to go out and buy a $2k camera to get perfect photos! There are mini lenses you can buy for $20 on Amazon that help create clear photos."

Jacqui Hodges

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup / Virtual Makeup

"You do NOT need to buy all the most expensive brands to create a stunning makeup look. Plus, these days, the best pictures can be captured with your phone."

Evelyn Czaja

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Make sure the makeup look works with the client, the outfit theyโ€™re wearing, and the occasion."

Kayla Birgitta Hellstrom

Master Makeup Artistry / Hair Styling Essentials

"Originality and practice! The only way to get better at anything is to practice."

Norma Rayner

Master Makeup Artistry / Hair Styling Essentials

"Find the best lighting - even if you have to move around to get it!"

Vanessa-Paul Hernandez

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Global Beauty Workshop / Virtual Makeup

"How do I choose just one?! Okay... Do NOT put pictures of yourself in your portfolio!"

Michelle Lannon

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Hair Styling Essentials

"Lighting! Lighting is your best friend when it comes to taking proper pictures. I have struggled with it sometimes, as I have lived in places where it is difficult to get great lighting. Also, ensure that your background looks professional and that you have captured your model at the right angle."

Luzaan de Bruyn

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup / Virtual Makeup

"Never be afraid to ask your client for a beautiful pose somewhere outdoors."

Veronika Kelle

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup

"My #1 tip is to build a makeup portfolio with high-quality pictures, preferably taken by professional photographers. A portfolio that contains clear images of your work helps to attract new clients, as well as showcases your skills and the diversity in your projects."

Learn everything you need to know to create the perfect makeup portfolio by enrolling in QC’s Portfolio Development Workshop today!

Author Sarah Seguin

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