A Little About Me
Hello, my beautiful people! If you do not know me, my name is Erica (otherwise known as Erica Starr). I’m a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy, as well as a graduate and current student. I’ve completed the Master Makeup Artistry Course, Skincare Course, and Virtual Makeup Training Course. I’m currently enrolled in the Global Beauty Workshop, as well as the Pro Makeup Workshop.
Having these online makeup classes available really has helped me develop into a professional artist in many aspects. I’ve since opened my own makeup business called Erica Starr MUA. Moreover, I’ve been able to offer skincare services in addition to makeup services. And thanks to all I learned in the Virtual Makeup Training Course, I’ve even expanded into offering makeup lessons over Zoom. Thus, I can assist clients both online and in-person.
In today’s article, I’ll be talking about how I’ve become successful as a makeup artist, especially as this crazy pandemic begins to die down here in Southern California. Furthermore, I’ll reveal exactly how much QC’s online makeup classes have changed my life – and how they’ll change YOURS, too! 💕
Why I Chose to Take Online Makeup Classes
I decided to take online makeup classes and become a professional MUA when the pandemic first started. The online learning environment offered at QC Makeup Academy gave me the opportunity to work at my preferred pace while still being a mom to 3 kids. Not to mention, I was also taking care of my elderly grandpa at the time, too.
I’ve been a caregiver for as long as I can remember. I started working with special needs adults when I was 18 years old. Now, I won’t mention how old I am now, but let’s just say it’s been a lengthy amount of time since then. When you work with special needs individuals, you learn to be a people person. Plus, you need to be able to communicate professionally with others. With that background and customer service background, I’ve been able to use those skills to be personal and professional with my beauty clientele.
With that being said, COVID-19 gave me time to really investigate a different career path. The one thing I knew I loved to do was play with makeup and get creative. I had no real skills going into it, but that didn’t stop me… and it shouldn’t stop you either, if you’re in the same boat! I was at a point in my life where I felt I needed to get a career under my belt. Importantly, it needed to be a career could take me far, so long as I put the effort into it. Ultimately, this is what pushed me even more to get my professional certification while doing online makeup courses.
Choosing QC Makeup Academy’s Online Classes
I’ve always enjoyed learning online. Brick-and-mortar institutions were hard for me, as I found it difficult to concentrate in class. After all, people were often messing around and laughing, or clicking and clacking their pens on the desks. I was just too easily distracted by others, so it made it hard to keep focus.
As a result, it started to affect my grades and, ultimately, made me quit school. I was close to finishing my Bachelor’s degree at the time. However, I just felt like getting a BA degree was not what I truly wanted.
When I was researching online makeup classes, a few things were essential to me. Firstly, we were in a pandemic, so cost was particularly important. (We were all in the same boat at that time with regards to money, am I right?) Secondly, there needed to be a real tutor to guide me, as well as real people working for the school who’d be able to help me if I ever needed assistance.
With QC Makeup Academy, they and their online makeup courses offered exactly that! I was able to pace my time and work on units that took longer for as long as I needed to. Since you’re given 2 whole years to complete each class, I highly suggest taking your time. This will help you nail techniques down while you have access to your tutor. If you rush, you’ll see the outcome with lower grades.
Trust me: the payoff of hard work is worth the effort you put into it!
QC Makeup Academy Has Changed My Life!
QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes have totally changed my life. With the help of my tutor, Nathan Johnson, I was able to push myself further. I was able to really expand my thought process, in terms of how makeup should be applied – versus what we see on YouTube and other social media platforms.
Once I discovered the value of proper makeup training, I quickly grew to dislike what I was seeing on a lot of social media posts. Over-filled brows, super light undereye masks, etc. I wanted to be able to apply makeup in a way where, say, a bride didn’t look overdone. Mainly, I never wanted to make people look like a completely different person.
I owe this fundamental, game-changing perspective to QC’s online classes and tutors. I’m grateful I found QC Makeup Academy on Google. Of course, I did research other schools in the beginning. My husband even did research on QC for me, to make sure the school was real and well-known. Ultimately, I obviously chose to enroll and I’ve never looked back since!
To be honest, I didn’t expect my makeup business to start taking off so quickly. But once I got a professional website, and began marketing and promoting my services on social media, things took off pretty fast! This is why, speaking from personal experience, it’s imperative to understand the business side of being a makeup artist, too.
Once you sit down and get the business side done, I assure you that your business will take off. Moreover, with the right portfolio images, your work will speak for itself – especially if you take your training seriously!
What’s On The Horizon…
As a I mentioned at the beginning of this article, I still have a few online makeup classes to finish with QC Makeup Academy.
I’m especially excited for the Global Beauty and Pro Makeup workshops! In my opinion, these courses are just as beneficial as the Master Makeup Artistry Course. I live in a very Metropolitan area. As such, global beauty knowledge will help me expand my understanding of all skin types, tones, and undertones. I’m about halfway done with this course and I highly recommend it to EVERYONE!
Then there’s the Pro Makeup Workshop. This class is meant to push you further and refine the skills already acquired in the MMA course. The Pro Makeup Workshop will help me to think even more outside the box, as well as build on looks and techniques I’ve already honed.
As I close my time here with you today, I just want to say that QC Makeup Academy truly is worth every single penny. I came in knowing very little about makeup artistry. Now, I’m a certified expert with an exceptional understanding on everything from how to prep skin, to the full makeup application. My skill-set is more advanced than I ever thought possible! I’m so grateful to be a graduate, Ambassador, and current student of QC Makeup Academy.
NOW is the time to sign up and get your dream career going. I promise that you will not regret it! Thank you so much for reading. I hope this helps you decide to join us in this wonderful makeup industry. Please comment below and let me know your thoughts – and don’t forget to connect with me directly in QC’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook! 😊