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QC Makeup Academy’s Ultimate Master List of Blog Resources

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Oh, hey! Are you a student of QC Makeup Academy – or thinking of enrolling? Maybe you’re a brand-new graduate who just got their internationally-recognized certification, but don’t know what your next step should be? Or perhaps you have dreams of launching your very own business in the beauty industry and have no idea where to start?

Either way, you’ve come to the right place!

In this ULTIMATE Master List, we’ll provide you with ALL our top recommended, in-house blog resources. These resources will cover virtually everything you need to know, whether you’re a QC student or a certified MUA in need of some career advice. Simply bookmark this list and refer back to it whenever you need it!

So, on that note, let’s get started!

Before We Dive In, Have You Joined QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom Yet?

Did you know that as soon as you enroll with QC Makeup Academy, you’re automatically eligible to become a member of our private Virtual Classroom on Facebook? It’s true!

In this exclusive group, you can:

  • Connect and network with other QC students and graduates;
  • Post your work and get constructive feedback that’ll help you grow as an artist;
  • Get any questions you may have answered by our awesome staff, as well as our amazing Peer Mentor(s);
  • Discuss the beauty industry and gain invaluable insights into what YOU can expect once you launch your career;
  • Get all sorts of helpful business/career tips and tricks;
  • And MUCH more!

So, what are you waiting for? Join QC’s free Virtual Classroom on Facebook today! 💕

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Student Resources

Alright, now let’s get to the good stuff! If you’re thinking of enrolling with QC Makeup Academy, or you’re already a student, these blog resources are for YOU!

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Makeup Artistry Resources

If you’re enrolled in (or a graduate of) any of QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online makeup programs, you’ll more than likely benefit from this section! So, give this list a look-over… There’s probably at least ONE article in here that’ll catch your eye!

Business & Career Resources for Makeup Artists:

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Skincare Resources

Currently a student – or graduate – of QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course? Then you’ve guessed it… The blog articles below have been hand-picked just for you!

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Additional Beauty Industry Resources

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Connect with QC Makeup Academy on Social Media!

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Here’s where you can connect with QC Makeup Academy:

Reach Out to Our Awesome Student Support Team!

Furthermore, don’t forget that whether you’re thinking of enrolling with QC Makeup Academy, or are already a student or alumnus, our wonderful Student Support Team is ALWAYS happy to help – however they can! Specifically, they’re available Monday through Friday (between 9am and 5pm EST) via phone, email, and live chat.

If you have any questions for them, here are all of their contact details. Don’t hesitate to reach out!

Got Any Comments or Questions?

Drop them down below! We always love to hear from you!

What’s more – if you have any blog topics that you’d like to read about, but didn’t see on this list, feel free to let us know. We’re always happy to hear your feedback and get inspiration for future articles!

Thanks for reading!

Did you know that once you’ve enrolled in one QC Makeup Academy Course, ALL other courses are 50% off – forever? It’s true! Take advantage of this amazing offer and add another internationally-recognized certification to your resume today!

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How Much Should You Charge as a Skincare Consultant?

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Starting a career as a skincare consultant can be an exciting and potentially lucrative venture – but setting the right price for your services is key! So, how much should you charge as a skincare consultant? Furthermore, how do you decide what pricing structure to use?

This article will explore these questions and more so that you can make sure you are properly charging for your services!

So, let’s get started!

How Should You Be Charging as a Consultant: The Different Pricing Structures

When it comes to pricing, there are several different options available at your disposal. The most common pricing structures for a skincare consultant are:

  • Hourly rate;
  • Flat fee;
  • Or package rate.

Let’s dive into each of these in more detail:

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1. Hourly Rate:

Some skincare consultants opt for an hourly rate model because it allows them to charge clients based on the amount of time they spend providing services. This makes it easy for clients to know exactly what they’re paying based on how long the job takes.

How to Set an Hourly Rate

When setting an hourly rate, consider your experience level, the type of services you’re providing, and how much your competitors are charging. It’s important to set a rate that’s fair for both you and your clients!

What is the Average Hourly Rate for a Freelance Skincare Consultant?

The average hourly rate for a freelance skincare consultant is $50-$100. Of course, this varies depending on the market and your experience level. So, it’s important to do your research before settling on a rate.

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2. Flat Fee:

A flat fee model is another option that you could choose because it allows you to set a single price for your services – regardless of how much time you spend working. Firstly, this makes it easier to plan for income potential. Secondly, it also allows you to charge a premium for your services.

How to Set a Flat Fee

When setting a flat fee, you should consider the scope of work and the type of services that you are providing. Additionally, it’s important to factor in the amount of time and energy you’ll be investing into the project. Lastly, research your competitors’ rates to ensure that you are setting a competitive price.

What is the Average Flat Fee for a Skincare Consultant?

The average flat fee for a skincare consultant can range anywhere from $500-$2,000 depending on the scope of work and your experience level.

3. Package Rate:

Lastly, some skincare consultants choose to offer package rates for their services. This means that you’d offer a discounted rate if the client purchases a certain number of services or products in one go. This can be a great way to get clients to commit to longer-term treatments. Plus, it’ll help you increase the average order value!

How to Set a Package Rate

When setting a package rate, you should consider the type of services and products that you are offering. You should also make sure to factor in any discounts or bonuses that you’d like to include in the package. Finally, as we mentioned already, research your competitors’ rates so that you can set a competitive price for your package.

What is the Average Package Rate for a Skincare Consultant?

On average, a package rate for a skincare consultant can range from $500-$1,500 depending on the scope of work and your experience level.

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Determining Your Skincare Consultant Fees: Competitor Research

While it’s important to set a price that you know is fair for the services you are offering, it’s also important to remember that pricing should be competitive, too. Meaning, if your services are priced too low, clients may not take you seriously. On the other hand, if they’re priced too high, then it might be difficult to get clients in the first place.

To ensure that you’re pricing your services fairly, it’s always a good idea to do your own research and see what your competitors are charging for similar services. This will ensure that you’re not undercharging and you’re not overcharging either!

How to Conduct Competitor Research

When conducting competitor research, you need to take into consideration both their pricing structure and the type of services they offer. Additionally, it can also be helpful to pay attention to any additional bonuses or discounts that competitors might be offering as well.

So, start by doing a Google search and make a list of all the skincare consultants in your area. From there, look over their websites and social media. This will help you get a better understanding of what they offer and how much they charge for their services.

For more tips on doing a competitor analysis, we recommend this blog article by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce!

10 Key Factors to Consider when Pricing Your Consultant Services

1. Your Target Market

Knowing who your demographic is – and their average income in your area – will help you determine how much clients can afford to pay for your services. If you’re not sure who your target market is, here are some tips to help you identify them!

2. Your Time Investment

You should also factor in the amount of time it takes to complete a service or project. How many hours does it take you to do a full skincare consultation? Moreover, how much time will it take you to create a customized skincare routine for a client?

By taking the time to consider your time investment, you can ensure that you’re setting a price point that covers both your costs and any time spent on a service.

3. Your Education and Experience

Your knowledge, experience, and credentials are all factors that should be taken into consideration when pricing your services. For instance, how long have you been in the business? What certifications do you have? How much do other professionals with similar qualifications charge for their services?

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4. Your Overhead Expenses

When running a business, it’s important to factor in any overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, advertising costs, etc. The reason you need to factor these expenses into how much you charge as a skincare consultant is so that you can ensure your business is profitable.

5. Professionalism and Branding

How professional and polished your website, social media accounts, and other marketing materials look can also have an impact on your pricing. For example, if you have a sleek website and professional branding materials, it’s likely that clients will trust you more and be willing to pay more for your services.

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6. Your Location

Where you are based also plays a role in setting the fees for your services. For instance, if you’re based in a city with a high cost of living, then it could be reasonable to charge more for your services as compared to someone who is based in a rural area.

7. Your Delivery Method

This refers to how you provide your services – online or in-person? Depending on which delivery method you choose, certain costs might be associated with it (such as travel or technology fees). So, take these into consideration as well when setting your price points!

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8. Your Payment Terms

The payment terms you offer can also have an impact on how much you charge for your services. For instance, if you offer discounts for clients who pay upfront or in full, this could help you increase your profits. On the other hand, if you offer payment plans or installment options, then it’s likely that you’ll have to charge more for your services in order to cover any costs associated with these payment terms.

9. Your Reputation and Reviews

Your past clients’ reviews and testimonials could also affect how much people are willing to pay for your services. For example, if you have positive reviews from previous clients, potential customers might be more likely to trust in your knowledge and experience. In turn, this could lead them to paying a higher rate for your services!

Uh oh… Did someone leave your business a bad review? Never fear – here’s how to handle it properly and professionally!

10. Your Goals as a Skincare Consultant

Finally, it’s important to consider your goals with regards to pricing. For starters, how much money do you want to make as a skincare consultant? How much do you need to charge in order to meet these goals? And how much profit do you want to make each month?

Answering these questions can help guide your decision on how much you should charge for your services!

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we wrap things up, let’s answer some of the most common questions when it comes to pricing as a skincare consultant (and a consultant in general)…

Q1: Should you set your prices using a consultant fee structure template?

A1: While templates can be helpful, it’s important to remember that each consultant’s fees should reflect their individual experience and expertise. As such, it’s best for you to customize your fee structure based on the factors mentioned in this article.

Q2: Should you charge for the initial client consultation?

A2: This is entirely up to you! Some consultants choose not to charge for the initial consultation, while others do. It really depends on your preferences and goals.

Q3: How much should you charge for an online consultation? What about an in-person one?

A3: How much you should charge for an online consult will depend on factors such as your experience and expertise, the complexity of the services being provided, and the duration of the consult. As for in-person consultations, rates can vary depending on things such as travel expenses and duration.

On average, though, online skincare consultations typically start at around $75 per hour, while in-person consults can start from anywhere between $100 to $200 per hour.

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Q4: How do you negotiate consulting rates?

A4: Sometimes, you’ll encounter a client who wants to negotiate your rates. In this case, your first approach should be to try and stay firm on your fee structure. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of! Be sure to explain the value of your services and, if needed, be willing to compromise on certain aspects.

Now, if your client is approaching things politely and respectfully, and you’re willing to barter, then you can certainly negotiate your rate. Just make sure that whatever changes you agree on are beneficial to BOTH parties (and not just your client)!

Q5: How do you bill for consulting services?

A5: How you bill for your services will depend on the type of payment method you offer. Generally, you can use a variety of options, including invoices (sent via email or snail mail), debit/credit cards, PayPal, etc.

It’s important to remember that, if you offer payment terms such as “Net 30” or “Net 60”, you should factor in the associated costs in your final fee structure.

Q6: What is the “rule of thirds” in consulting fees?

A6: The rule of thirds is a pricing strategy in which you compare the value of your services to the amount that you are charging for them. This way, you can make sure that your services are priced fairly and reflect their true worth.

To use this strategy, divide your fees into three parts:

  1. Cost of delivery (this includes your time, labor and materials);
  2. Overhead expenses (such as travel costs, software fees and office supplies);
  3. And finally, your desired profit margin.

Using the rule of thirds can help ensure that you are charging a fair and reasonable fee for your services and also make sure that you are able to meet all of your business goals.

Q7: Should consultant charge for travel time?

A7: Yes, you should definitely include travel time in your pricing structure if you expect to be compensated for it. This is especially important if you are providing services in person and traveling from one location to another. How much you charge for travel time will depend on factors such as the distance traveled, time spent on the road, and any associated expenses.

Furthermore, it’s important to note that you should always communicate your travel fees clearly with your clients BEFORE you agree to any services. That way, everyone will be on the same page from the start.

Q8: What is the average STARTUP consultant hourly rate?

A8: If you’re a brand-new skincare consultant with minimal experience under your belt, you should start out by charging around $50-75 per hour. This is a good starting rate as it allows you to gain experience, establish yourself in the industry, and get your feet wet.

From there, once you start to build a clientele and gain more expertise, you can then start increasing your rates accordingly. Ultimately, the amount you charge should reflect your experience and the value that you can provide to clients.

Q9: Do consultants charge up front?

A9: How you charge for your services will depend on the type of payment method and terms that you offer. Generally, it’s best to have some type of up-front payment before any services are rendered. This can be in the form of a deposit, retainer fee, or even a full payment up front.

Q10: What is the average markup for a consultant?

A10: If you’re unfamiliar with this term, a markup is essentially an amount that is added to the cost of a service or product. For example, as a skincare consultant, your markup would be the amount that you charge for a service above and beyond the cost of materials, labor, etc. One example of this could be charging a client $200 for a facial when the cost of materials and labor is only $150.

The average markup for consulting services can vary depending on many factors, such as your experience, expertise, and the value you can provide to your clients. Generally speaking, a markup of 20-50% is considered the standard.

Q11: What is a good profit margin for skincare consulting?

A11: A good profit margin for skincare consulting will depend on many variables such as your experience, services offered, cost of materials, and overhead expenses. Generally, we recommend aiming for a profit margin of 15-20% as a good starting point. This will give you enough room to make a profit without overcharging your clients for services.

Of course, as you gain more experience and become more in-demand in the industry, you can then start increasing your profit margins accordingly. Ultimately, your pricing should reflect the value that you are providing to your clients and make sure that your business stays profitable.

Q12: How do you get a true 30% markup?

A12: A “true 30% markup” is a term used to describe the amount that you should charge for services in order to make a profit of 30% – after accounting for expenses like materials, labor, etc.

To calculate your true 30% markup, you’ll need to determine the cost of materials and labor for a service (plus any additional overhead expenses) first. Then, you can add 30% of that total cost to get your true markup amount. This will ensure that you are making a profit while still providing fair pricing to your clients.

For example, if the cost of materials and labor for a service is $100, then your true 30% markup should be $130. By following this formula, you can make sure that all of your skincare consultant services are priced appropriately and that you are making a profit!

Q13: How many hours do skincare consultants work per week on average?

A13: How many hours a week you work as a skincare consultant will depend on your individual goals and preferences. Some consultants may prefer to work full-time, while others may opt for a more part-time approach.

On average, most skincare consultants tend to work about 30-40 hours per week. This can vary depending on:

  • Your client load
  • The services you offer
  • How often you take breaks and vacations, etc.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how much time you want to dedicate to your business each week!

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So, How Much Should You Charge as a Skincare Consultant?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been a skincare consultant for years, it’s important to understand how much to charge for your services. To ensure that you’re making a profit and providing fair pricing to your clients, we recommend using the “true 30% markup” formula with all of your services. Additionally, make sure to consider your experience, expertise, your competition, and the value you offer when deciding on your rates.

With this in mind, you can confidently start charging what you’re worth!

Good luck, beauties, and thanks for reading!

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10 Ways Special Effects Training Makes You a Better Makeup Artist

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Special effects makeup isn’t just a fun way to express your creativity. It’s also an invaluable tool for professional makeup artists! Special effects training can also open the door to all kinds of amazing opportunities. For example, you can produce unique and innovative looks for film and television projects, as well as create stunning visuals for photo shoots.

So, if you want to take your career as a makeup artist to the next level, read on to discover 10 reasons why special effects training is the way to go!

First Thing’s First – What is a Special FX Makeup Artist?

As a special effects MUA, you must have an in-depth understanding of the human body and anatomy so you can create incredibly lifelike creations. You’ll also need to have strong artistic skills and attention to detail.

Special effects makeup is an incredibly rewarding and challenging field. After all, it requires a great deal of knowledge and skill to create believable illusions that look realistic in any setting!

What Does a Special Effects Makeup Artist Do?

Special effects makeup is a unique and highly specialized field of makeup artistry. It involves creating dramatic and realistic illusions using prosthetics, special effects products, and other materials. Furthermore, special effects makeup artists are often hired to create a variety of looks for film, television, theater, and even photography projects.

Special Effects Makeup Artist Responsibilities

A Special Effects Makeup Artist must have the skills and knowledge to create believable illusions. They must also be able to work with a variety of materials, including prosthetics and special effects products.

Furthermore, SFX makeup artists need to be able to think outside the box and come up with creative ideas that will help bring the client’s vision to life. You’ll need to be able to look at a script, bring the story to life, and work with a variety of materials.

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10 Reasons Why Special Effects Training Make You a Better MUA

1. You’ll Gain a More Well-Rounded Skill-Set

Special effects makeup involves the use of a variety of products and techniques, from prosthetics to airbrush artistry. As such, special effects training gives you the opportunity to learn about all these different methods and apply them in your work. In turn, you can also apply all of these new techniques to the rest of your makeup artistry services as well (i.e. adding airbrush makeup to your bridal services, etc.).

Pro Tip: New to the world of special effects makeup – but interested in learning? Here are 5 easy ways any beginners can get started!

2. You’ll Learn How to Create Lifelike Prostheses and Special FX Pieces

Special effects makeup requires a deep understanding of the human body and anatomy. Special effects training teaches you how to create prostheses and special FX pieces that look incredibly lifelike – whether for film, theater, or photography projects.

3. You’ll Be Able to Take on More Challenging Projects

The more skills and knowledge you have in any given field, the more opportunities you have to take on bigger and better projects! When you learn special effects makeup, you’re opening the door to all kinds of exciting and challenging work. For instance, you could create monsters, aliens, prosthetic creatures, or even fantasy characters for television and film!

4. You’ll Be Able to Create Specialized Looks for Different Projects

Special effects training teaches you how to create specialized looks for different projects. For example, you’ll learn how to create specific looks for horror films, as well as more subtle and realistic effects for medical dramas – all with a single special FX makeup course!

And how will this benefit your career in the grand scheme of things?

Special effects makeup gives you the ability to create truly unique and innovative looks for any kind of project – which can help make your portfolio stand out from the competition!

5. You’ll Stand Out From the Crowd

Speaking of standing out from the competition… Most makeup artists don’t have any experience in special effects makeup. If you get special effects training, you’ll have a significant advantage over other MUAs in your area. Not to mention, you’ll be that much more appealing to prospective clients, employers, and makeup brands!

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6. You’ll Be Able to Command Higher Rates

With special effects makeup training, you can position yourself as an expert in the field. As a result, this gives you the confidence to command higher rates for your services! Special FX makeup requires a lot of skill, knowledge, and experience – which are all invaluable traits that should be properly compensated for.

Pro Tip: Need help pricing your makeup services? We’ve got you covered!

7. You’ll Have Access to Specialized Product Lines

In addition to learning new techniques, special effects training also grants you access to specialized product lines that are only available through certain makeup brands or suppliers. Special FX makeup requires certain products and materials. However, you may not be able to find in your local drugstore or beauty supply store.

But your special effects training will connect you to the right resources, as well as educate you on how to properly use them for your projects!

Pro Tip: Check out the different makeup brand discounts you’ll automatically be eligible for as a QC Makeup Academy student!

8. The Special Effect Makeup Artist Salary Can Be Killer

Special effects makeup artists can make some serious money in their field, depending on the type of work they do. After all, this is a highly sought after niche and skill-set! To give you a bit of an idea of what you could potentially earn, check out what the average salary ranges are in the following countries:

  • United States: Between approx. $52,560 and $71,655 USD per year (Source:
  • Canada: Between approx. $42,000 and $110,000 CAD per year (Source: Glassdoor)
  • United Kingdom: Between approx. £40,779 and £64,961 GBP per year (Source: Salary Expert)
  • Australia: Between approx. $100,299 and $159,776 AUD per year (Source: Salary Expert)

9. There Are SO Many Types of Jobs in The SFX Makeup Field

Okay, we’ve already discussed the obvious career paths – which is to work in film and television. But the SFX makeup field has so much more to offer than that! For example, special effects makeup artists can also find lucrative and fulfilling work in fashion, theater, editorials, photography, and the rest of the beauty industry!

10. Special Effects Makeup is a LOT of Fun

Last but not least, special effects makeup is a seriously wicked and exciting profession! Special FX makeup opens up a whole new world of creativity and self-expression. Not to mention, it will challenge you to think outside of the box and push the boundaries of beauty standards.

And if that’s not enough, then just remember: special effects makeup is a lot of fun! So if you’re passionate about makeup and want to take your career to the next level, then special effects training is the perfect way to do so!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits of being a special effects makeup artist?

A: Special effects makeup artists can stand out from the competition, command higher rates for their services, have access to specialized product lines, and even make an excellent salary! Moreover, SFX makeup is also a lot of fun! Plus, it allows you to express your creativity in new and innovative ways.

Q: Any advice on how to become a special effects makeup artist?

A: Of course! Special effects makeup is a specialized skill-set. So, it’s important to get the proper training. Although there are no mandatory educational requirements to become a special effects makeup artist, taking a course from a reputable institution like QC Makeup Academy can give you the foundation you need to start your career.

Plus, you’ll also have access to their amazing student support, business training, and additional resources that you may need in your journey!

Pro Tip: Interested in taking a special effects makeup course? Learn all about QC’s self-paced, online Special FX Makeup certification course to see if it’s the right fit for you!

Q: What can you do to promote yourself for jobs as a special effect makeup artist?

A: Special effects makeup artists should always be prepared to showcase their portfolio, complete with before and after photos. Having a strong social media presence is also essential to get your name out there and attract more clients.

Additionally, networking with other makeup artists, attending industry events, and joining professional organizations are all great ways to network and promote yourself. Finally, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques in the SFX makeup industry.

Q: How do you become a successful SFX makeup artist?

A: If you want to be truly successful, you’ll need to be highly knowledgeable in a variety of makeup techniques, as well as special effects materials and tools. It’s also important to be creative and have an eye for detail. You’ll need to have a strong work ethic and commitment to quality, as well as a well-developed business plan.

Finally, don’t forget to capture the right kind of attention with an online presence and portfolio that stands out!

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Final Thoughts

Special effects makeup is an exciting and creative way to express yourself. With the right training, you can take your career to new heights and make a name for yourself as an amazing special effects makeup artist. For some extra guidance and support, consider taking a course at QC Makeup Academy or one of their Special FX Makeup certifications – you won’t regret it!

Good luck on your special effects journey, beauties!

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11 Guaranteed Ways to Get CANCELED as a Beauty Influencer

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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a viral beauty influencer? I know – the thought of having thousands upon thousands of followers, and leveraging your talent for amazing opportunities, is an exciting prospect. But before you take the plunge, you NEED to know what not to do first. After all, once you get canceled as a beauty influencer, it’s a lot harder to make a comeback.

In this blog post, we’ll take a close look at 11 guaranteed ways to get canceled as a beauty influencer… And why. So, read on to learn how to avoid them at all costs!

11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Canceled as a Beauty Influencer

Before we dive in, I want to make one thing clear: when I talk about getting “canceled” in this article, it isn’t always in the super dramatic way we’ve all come to think of it. Sometimes, yes – getting canceled is when you MAJORLY mess up (in a colossal way) and you’re ostracized immediately.

However, other times, getting canceled is simply a matter of you continually making the wrong career moves, until it reaches a point where you force yourself to fade from relevance.

With that in mind, let’s jump into our list!

Mistake #1: Ignoring Your Followers

Obviously, this is hard when you have thousands (or even millions!) of followers. After all, you can’t be expected to be able to reply to everybody – or come even close. But ignoring everyone’s comments is a surefire way to get cancelled as a beauty influencer.


Because your followers are your biggest asset. They’re the ones who will help you get noticed, and create an engaged community of dedicated fans. If you never engage directly with them (i.e. not replying to any comments or DMs, never addressing commonly asked questions you get, etc.), they’ll begin to feel alienated from you.

This is the kind of mistake that may not get you canceled suddenly and immediately. However, it’s definitely one that can force you to gradually fade from the public’s eye the more your followers feel you don’t care about them.

So, make sure you reply to at least some of your followers’ comments. This way, they’ll know you appreciate them!

Mistake #2: Not Being Authentic

The modern consumer is savvier than ever – and that’s especially true when it comes to social media. If it looks like you’re not being authentic, your followers won’t hesitate to call you out on it.

This makes perfect sense! Obviously, no one wants to follow or support a fake influencer. People want to see real people with real experiences… Not someone just faking it to make a quick buck.

So, if you want to stay relevant, make sure you’re always being authentic. Post genuine content, answer questions honestly – and don’t be afraid to show both the positive and negative sides of your life.

After all, an influencer who’s too perfect isn’t all that relatable.

Pro Tip: Want to go viral on TikTok as a makeup artist? These tips and tricks can help you achieve this goal!

Mistake #3: Being a Little Too Authentic

There’s a flip side to Mistake #2… And that is, being a little too authentic.

No, I’m in no way discouraging you from being yourself! I’m just pointing out that there’s a thin line between authenticity and oversharing. Furthermore, there’s still a level of tact, professionalism, and respect needed whenever you post something to the public – especially if it’s your job.

(Do any beauty influencers who’ve been canceled in the past come to your mind who fit this description?)

So, make sure you don’t cross this line! Be judicious with what you post and respect both your audience and yourself. Furthermore, don’t share personal information that could be used against you.

Mistake #4: Always Being Involved in The Drama

You’re a beauty influencer – not the star of a reality TV show. So, when drama starts happening, it’s best to stay out of it.

Remember the infamous feud between Jeffree Star and James Charles? At one point, their entire PR teams were called in to help smooth things over. And while there’s a certain level of entertainment that drama like this brings the audience, it’s definitely not worth getting involved in.


Because if you’re always choosing sides and stirring up drama, your followers will grow tired of it and stop engaging with you. This can create a lot of tension between you and your audience – and make them question where your true loyalties lie.

Plus, you don’t want to get caught in the middle of a battle between two popular beauty influencers. That’s a surefire way to get canceled!

So, if unnecessary drama is brewing, it’s best to avoid the tea altogether.

Mistake #5: Lying About Paid Sponsorships and/or Brand Deals

This is another one that could get you canceled in an instant – and for good reason. Nobody likes being lied to. Especially when your followers are trusting you to recommend products and services they can use.

Furthermore, and this is especially worth noting, lying about paid sponsorships and/or brand can land you in legal trouble. For example, in the US, FTC guidelines require influencers to clearly disclose any sponsored content or paid partnerships.

If you don’t, you could be fined!

So, make sure that when it comes to sponsorships and brand deals, you don’t mislead your followers. Be transparent and honest about the products you’re promoting – and always disclose any sponsored content in a clear manner. This way, you can avoid getting canceled and/or fined.

Mistake #6: Outright Lying to Your Followers

Look, I don’t want to weigh in too heavily on the whole #mascaragate situation that recently happened on TikTok, but it’s an excellent example to highlight the damages of lying to your audience.

Therefore, I’m going to attempt to summarize what happened as objectively as possible…

Basically, a mega popular beauty influencer was accused of lying to her followers about the results of using a certain mascara. The overwhelming majority of the people flooded to the comments, pointing out what everyone felt was an obvious use of false lashes.

In turn, this influencer doubled down in her comment replies and stuck to her story that no fake lashes were used.

And while she may have thought nothing would come of it in the long run, thousands upon thousands of people believed her words to be a lie. And if this did happen to be a lie, it was one that not only cost her thousands of followers – it even brought a number of beauty guru legends out of the woodwork to call her out!

The moral of the story?

If you want to be a successful beauty influencer, you need to be honest with your followers. If they can trust and believe in you, they will stick around for the long haul. But if you try to deceive them?


Mistake #7: Not Taking Accountability When You Mess Up

Yes, I know, this article kind of has no chill… It’d be easy to assume that because this mistake is specifically following the last one, I’m trying to get a subtle jab in at this particular influencer.

But this is not the case. Once again, I’m trying to be neutral here and not definitively point any fingers. But one way or another, it IS a current and relevant example of the point I’m making…

For the sake of the argument, let’s say that this influencer was lying. Importantly, that’s what a LOT of her fans and followers believe. And yet, after going silent following the #mascaragate situation and then making a return… This influencer has yet to actually address what happened.

No apology, no explanation – nothing.

This has happened plenty of times with social media influencers from all sorts of niches and industries. One mistake is made, and it’s almost like they completely ignore the fact that anything ever happened.

But people WILL remember if you do this. Not only will they never fully feel like that can trust you again – you’ll lose so much of your credibility as a beauty professional in general.

So, if you want to be a successful beauty influencer, here’s the deal: if you mess up and your followers call you out for it, own up to it and apologize. Taking responsibility and being honest with your followers is the only way to truly gain back any trust you may have lost.

Pro Tip: Make sure you know the DOs and DON’Ts of beauty vlogging before you attempt to go viral!

Mistake #8: Not Knowing What You’re Talking About as a Beauty Expert

Real talk (and I’m aware this might be an unpopular opinion): learning makeup through social media is not the same as completing a professional makeup course.

Yes, obviously there are a fair number of famous beauty and makeup influencers out there with remarkable talent, who didn’t get professionally trained. But they’re like a rare butterfly. In reality, most people who aren’t properly trained can’t make it very far as an influencer because there’s too much they either:

  • Don’t know about, or
  • Can’t execute properly.

So, if you are serious about becoming a beauty influencer, I highly recommend getting the education and certification that comes with it. This way, you’ll actually know what you’re talking about and can help teach your audience the correct way to do things and use products.

Pro Tip: Earn YOUR professional, internationally-recognized makeup certification in as little as 2 short months with QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online training!

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Mistake #9: Fighting with Your Followers

Okay, there are two things I want to preface with this one:

  1. I’m not referring to instances where someone is being abusive towards you and you’re merely standing up for yourself;
  2. And I’m also not referring to the odd argument that may happen on a very rare occasion.

What I’m referring to are the kind of fights that start because you’ve either:

  • Said something controversial and are now getting called out for it, or
  • Responded to someone in an aggressive, negative, and/or unacceptable manner.

In either case, fighting with your followers is a BIG no-no and can quickly lead to you getting canceled. Also, while we’re here, please don’t be the kind of influencer who is actively going out of their way to look for fights when their followers comment on their content.

It gets old really fast, it’s exhausting, and it only makes you look super immature.

No matter how passionate you are about something, always remember to be respectful and polite when interacting with your followers online. Being kind goes a long way!

And if someone is being abusive towards you?

It’s better to simply block them than engage.

Mistake #10: Abandoning Your Platform

Another way to get canceled as a beauty influencer is by you abandoning your platform. Maybe you’re going through a rough patch and need to take a break, and that’s totally understandable.

But if you decide to just up and leave your followers with no warning and no explanation, they’ll more than likely think you’ve just run away from the consequences of something you did – or have lost interest and moved on all together.

Either way, they won’t be happy and you’ll quickly get canceled.

So, if you need to take a break for whatever reason, make sure you’re honest and transparent with your followers about it. Let them know what’s going on and when you hope to be back. From there, if you need more time away then expected, simply post a quick, short update to keep your audience informed.

Doing this will help maintain trust, respect and loyalty within your community – even when you’re not active.

Mistake #11: Saying Something Horrifically Offensive

This is probably the worst mistake you can make as a beauty influencer (or any social media influencer, for that matter). Chances are, if you mess up in this way, your career isn’t coming back from it.

Because the fact is, it’s 2023… And yet, unfortunately, people still say and do racially insensitive, homophobic, transphobic, sexist – you name it – things on the internet.

No matter how passionate you are about something, always remember to be respectful and polite when interacting with your followers online. Saying anything offensive or hateful will get you canceled in no time – particularly if it’s something that is completely and utterly wrong.

So, please think before you post anything and make sure you aren’t crossing any lines. If it’s not something that everyone can get behind and accept, don’t post or say it.

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Food for Thought

As we wrap things up, I encourage you to ask yourself:

  • What kind of beauty influencer do you want to be?
  • Who are your current beauty influencer idols – and why?
  • Are there any beauty influencers you don’t want to be like – and again, why?
  • What can you do to be more like the influencers you admire, and less like the ones you don’t?

Answering these questions will give you a good idea of the kind of content and social media presence you want to cultivate as a beauty influencer. Remember: content should be your first priority – but with great power comes great responsibility!

So, always remember to be mindful of what you’re posting, how often you’re engaging with your followers, and most importantly, staying true to yourself and your values.

Doing this will help you become a successful beauty influencer that people admire – and also help you avoid getting canceled!

Good luck, beauties! 🤞

UP NEXT: Interested in writing your very own beauty blog? Here are the 5 steps for success!

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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

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Are you a professional makeup artist and want to improve your portfolio? Have you been hired to do editorial makeup and you want to make sure you deliver the best possible results? Or maybe you’re a makeup lover who simply wants to improve your makeup photography skills for your Instagram feed?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we’ve got some great news for you! Makeup photography doesn’t have to be complicated. In this article, we’ll go over 18 secrets that will help you take your makeup photos from mediocre to magazine-worthy.

So, let’s get started!

The Importance of Makeup in Photography

Makeup plays an an important role in in photography, as it helps enhance your features and create a certain look. Furthermore, makeup also makes it easier for photographers to capture colors, tones, and textures in the images they take.

In the world of professional makeup artistry, makeup is especially important in editorial work. In a nutshell, editorial photoshoots are all about creating a specific look or atmosphere. Usually, the purpose is to sell some sort of product, tell a story, or portray a concept. Makeup is the key to helping achieve this vision!

You’ll also find that makeup photography is of major importance when it comes to building your professional portfolio. After all, as a makeup artist, your portfolio is essentially your resume! It’s what potential employers look at to determine if you have the skillset they’re looking for. As such, knowing how to apply makeup for the camera is a must.

Now, let’s say you’re not a professional MUA. Perhaps you simply want to take your social media content to the next level. Well, makeup is just as important here, too. It helps you look your best and creates a more polished image!

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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

Okay, let’s not waste anymore time! Here are 18 tips to help you achieve the perfect makeup look for photography…

But WAIT! Before we reveal these 18 secrets, make sure you know HOW to build a professional makeup artistry portfolio first!

Secret #1: Prep the skin with moisturizer and primer!

Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is well-hydrated and prepped first before applying makeup. This will help ensure that the products you use stay put and look their best all day long!

Secret #2: Know how to color correct!

Color correcting is basically using a specific product to cancel out any unwanted tones in your skin. Make sure you have a good understanding of how to color correct before doing makeup for photography. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an uneven and inconsistent look.

Pro Tip: Become a color correcting master with the help of this educational webinar – hosted by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor and professional MUA, Nathan Johnson!

Secret #3: Use bold colors that’ll pop on camera!

When it comes to makeup photography, bold colors are always best! So, make sure you use products that’ll show up clearly and will stand out in photos.

Secret #4: Ditch the cakey foundation!

Cakey foundation looks unnatural and unflattering in photos. For this reason, it’s important to avoid this look! Instead, make sure you use a lightweight foundation that’ll provide a sheer and polished finish.

Secret #5: Focus on the eyes!

The eyes are the most important feature in makeup photography because they’re the “windows to the soul”. So, make sure you focus on creating a dramatic and beautiful eye look that’ll make an impact in photos. You can achieve this by:

  • Swiping on some colorful eyeshadow;
  • Applying a dramatic cat eye;
  • Doing a sharp, crisp wing;
  • Applying false lashes;
  • Choosing colors that enhance the eye color;
  • And more!

Pro Tip: Need help perfecting your smokey eye? This step-by-step video tutorial by QC Makeup Academy grad, Devyn Gregorio, will show you everything you need to know!

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Secret #6: Make sure the lips don’t go unnoticed!

Just because you’re focusing on the eyes doesn’t mean you should overlook the lips. Make sure to create a luscious and full-looking pout with the help of lip liner, lipstick, and/or gloss!

Secret #7: Go with matte products!

Shimmery and sparkly products can be distracting in photos. Furthermore, they can also cause unwanted shine. Instead, make sure you opt for matte or subtle sheen products instead.

By doing this, you’ll be able to create a more subtle and polished look!

Secret #8: Use powder so skin doesn’t look shiny!

While we’re on the subject, applying a translucent setting powder on the face is also essential for keeping skin from getting shiny or greasy. So, make sure you lightly dust this over your (or your client’s) face – either before or after taking photos.

Secret #9: The fashion should match the makeup (and vice versa)!

If you’re choosing your or your client’s wardrobe, make sure to choose an outfit that’ll match the makeup look. This means making sure the colors, styles, and textures don’t clash with each other! And if someone else has picked out the wardrobe, make sure to adjust the makeup accordingly.

Either way, creating a cohesive look is key for achieving the perfect makeup photography look!

Interested in a career as a Fashion Styling Consultant? Become trained and certified in as little as 8 weeks with QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Fashion Styling Course!

Secret #10: Choose colors that compliment the skin tone (and undertones)!

The colors you use in makeup photography can make or break the final look. Thus, we strongly recommend choosing colors that are flattering and will highlight the best features of the person you’re working with. Make sure to take their skin into consideration before you choose colors – as this will help create a more balanced and harmonious look.

For example, all people’s skin tones fall into any of these categories:

  • Cool (blue undertone)
  • Warm (yellow/golden undertone)
  • Neutral (a balance of cool and warm undertones)

Once you know the undertones, you can then choose colors that’ll enhance them!

Secret #11: Don’t be afraid of natural skin texture!

No amount of makeup in the world can completely erase skin texture – and that’s just a fact. Personally, when I see a model who has no pores, I immediately think “Photoshop”… And Photoshop doesn’t sell me on anything other than Photoshop.

So, when applying makeup for photography, as it’s important to keep some of the natural skin texture still visible. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should leave your or your client’s skin looking dull and dry. It simply means that you shouldn’t cake on the makeup.

Make sure to use the right products and techniques to create a glowing, healthy complexion without losing the skin’s natural texture. Remember: having texture on our skin is part of being human. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it!

Secret #12: Make sure to use a setting spray!

Setting spray is essential for keeping your makeup in place and ensuring it still looks fresh after hours of shooting. We recommend using a product that’s specifically designed for photography (such as any of these), as this will give you the best results.

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Secret #13: Know how to do a variety of looks!

You’ve probably noticed that so far, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on the bolder, more dramatic side of makeup photography. That being said, you should also be aware of the importance of subtler looks as well. Not only does your professional portfolio need variety; if you’re limited to one or two styles, you won’t be able to book as many photoshoot jobs!

With that in mind, you should learn how to do a variety of looks, such as:

  • Everyday makeup;
  • Soft glam makeup;
  • Bridal/wedding makeup;
  • SFX makeup;
  • Makeup for men;
  • Makeup for mature skin;
  • Global beauty makeup, etc.

Pro Tip: QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online courses cover ALL of these styles of makeup (and SO much more)! Plus, you’ll earn a legitimate, globally-recognized certification AND learn how to start/run your own MUA business… All in as little as 12 short weeks!

Secret #14: Do touch-ups throughout the photoshoot!

No matter how perfect the makeup looks at first, it’s bound to need a few touch-ups here and there. When you forget to re-apply powder or blend eyeshadow, the makeup will begin to look patchy and cake-like. So, make sure you have a few key products on hand to help you out when needed.

How to Retouch Makeup for Photography

If you or your client/model needs their makeup retouched during the photoshoot, you’ll need to do two things:

  1. Make sure your makeup is still intact (i.e., powder, eyeshadow, blush, etc.);
  2. And make sure your skin is still matte and not shiny or greasy.

To do this, use a setting spray to re-set the makeup and blot any excess oil with a tissue or blotting paper.

Secret #15: Lighting is literally everything!

We can’t stress this one enough! Makeup photography is all about playing around with light and making sure it’s hitting the face in the most beautiful and flattering way possible. Make sure to experiment with different lighting techniques, as this will help you create a more dynamic look!

Makeup Photography Lighting

Here are the different types of lighting you can work with, and the pros and cons of each:

Natural Lighting

This is widely considered the most flattering type of light, as it comes from the sun and is softer on the skin. However, you’ll need to plan your photoshoots around certain times of day (which may be difficult to do!)

Studio Lighting

This is often used in professional photography studios, and provides a more direct/intense light. It’s trickier to work with, as you’ll have to experiment a lot until you find the right balance.

Moreover, the type of light bulbs used will also affect the final result. For example, “warm” bulbs are often used to create softer and more subtle lighting, while “cool” bulbs can be used to create a sharper look.

Ring Lighting

Used predominantly by social media influencers and beauty gurus, this is a diffused light that’s perfect for makeup photography. Why? Because it provides an even and soft illumination on the face.

While ring lighting isn’t common for professional shoots, it’s definitely recommend for those wanting to take pics of themselves for social media. If you’re interested in trying out ring lighting for your personal photos, make sure to play around with the strength of the light, too. This will help you create different effects.

Secret #16: Take multiple shots from different angles!

If you’re working with a professional photographer, we guarantee this is something they’ll do. But if you’re the one snapping the pics, you’ll need to remember to take multiple shots from different angles. This will ensure that you get the best results!

For starters, this will allow you to capture more detail (such as different eyeshadow colors). And secondly, it allows for better creativity, too, as you can choose the most flattering angles of your – or your client’s – face.

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Secret #17: NEVER take selfies!

This one’s important, whether you’re taking pics of makeup for your portfolio or simply adding content to your social media pages. Now, it’s first key to point out that when we say “selfie”, we don’t simply mean a photo you take of yourself. If done correctly, a self-portrait is absolutely fine!

What we’re referring to is when people take photos of themselves with their arms stretched out and the camera in an unflattering position. A better solution is to buy a tripod, position it at the correct angle, and place your phone or camera on it. This will provide much more professional-looking results.

Remember: makeup photography should be taken seriously. If you have trouble taking the perfect pic of yourself, try getting help from a professional photographer or even an assistant.

Secret #18: Know what makes for a high-quality shot!

Finally, it’s important to understand what makes for a high-quality makeup shot. If you’ve been hired for a professional gig, then you probably won’t have to worry about this. Chances are, the photographer hired will be able to deliver the best images.

Essentially, makeup photography should be crisp, clear, and detailed. It should NOT be blurry or grainy – no matter the type of camera you (or the photographer) are using!

How to Take Amazing Makeup Pictures

Here are some tips to help you achieve this, if you’re the one snapping the pics:

  • Make sure to adjust your white balance settings correctly, as this will help create a more even and accurate tone;
  • Set your camera to “Manual Mode”, so you can adjust the exposure, shutter speed and aperture;
  • Set your camera to the highest resolution available. This will ensure that no details are lost in translation;
  • If you’re using the camera on your phone, make sure to check your focus before taking a photo.
  • Furthermore, if you have an iPhone, you can also set your phone camera settings to “Portrait Mode”. This will greatly help you blur out the background – which is perfect for showcasing makeup looks!

If You’re Hiring a Photographer

Now, if you’re looking to hire a photographer to take the pics (say, for your professional portfolio or social media), the key is doing your research. The goal here is to hire somebody who has an eye for detail and knows how to capture the best shots.

Make sure to look through their portfolio and ask questions about their experience and process. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask them for any tips they have on taking great makeup pictures!

How to do Makeup for Photography: Black and White Photos

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention black and white photography. After all, makeup looks can look amazing in black and white! However, as an MUA, you’ll have to pay extra attention to detail when doing makeup for this type of photography.

The key here is to think of the contrast. Make sure your makeup pops! This means going for a bold lip or an eyeshadow that will stand out against the darkness of the photo. Plus, you should also make sure you also focus on highlighting your or your client’s features, as this will help them stand out even more.


Phew, that was a lot of info! Let’s wrap things up by answering some of the common questions people have about makeup and photography:

Q: What is makeup photography called?

A: Makeup photography is also known as beauty photography.

Q: What is the best makeup for photography?

A: Makeup for photography should be bold and full coverage, in order to make sure all the details show up in the pictures. Some brands that meet this criteria include (but certainly aren’t limited to):

  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • Rimmel London
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Hourglass
  • Urban Decay
  • Becca
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Jouer
  • Fenty Beauty
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • Huda Beauty
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Patrick Ta

As an added bonus, all of these makeup brands are also cruelty-free! Win-win!

Q: What are the steps for flawless makeup on camera?

A: Here are the steps for flawless makeup on camera:

  1. Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is properly prepped and hydrated.
  2. Choose makeup products that are full-coverage and long-lasting.
  3. Make sure to pay extra attention to the lips, cheeks, and eyes.
  4. Keep your makeup natural and dewy-looking.
  5. Set the makeup using a setting spray or powder.
  6. Finally, adjust the white balance settings on your camera to ensure accurate colors.
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Q: What are the 7 tips for taking good photographs?

A: In the world of makeup photography, it’s important to keep these seven photo-taking tips in mind:

  1. Have a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like.
  2. Set up your lighting correctly.
  3. Choose the right lens and background.
  4. Stick to natural poses, as they tend to look better on camera.
  5. Pay attention to the makeup details and adjust accordingly.
  6. Use a setting spray or powder to set the makeup in place.
  7. Make sure the colors are accurate by adjusting the white balance on the camera.

Q: Why doesn’t my makeup look good in pictures?

A: Makeup doesn’t always look the same in pictures as it does in person – and there are lots of factors to consider.

Make sure your makeup is full coverage, long-lasting, and natural-looking. What’s more – make sure to focus on the details of the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Next, ensure that the lighting is good, and adjust the white balance on your camera. Lastly, use a setting spray or powder to make sure everything stays in place!

Q: Is makeup really necessary for photography?

A: Makeup is essential for photography – both for everyday pictures AND professional photoshoots! Makeup can enhance the features of whoever’s in the photo, as well as bring out the colors and help create contrast. Plus, it’s also a great way to experiment with different looks and create something unique!


Makeup is an essential part of photography, whether you’re a professional MUA or just someone taking pictures for personal use!

As such, make sure to pay attention to the details and use products that are full coverage and long-lasting. Your lighting should be good and the white balance should be adjusted on your camera for accurate colors. Lastly, set everything in place with a setting spray or powder.

With all of these tips in mind, you’ll be able to take stunning makeup photos every time! Make sure to also check out the recommended reading section for more information on makeup portfolios and how to showcase them.

Good luck, beauties, and happy snapping!

In as little as 2 months, learn how YOU can put together the ULTIMATE makeup portfolio for your career as an MUA. Enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop and get started today!

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30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing ASAP

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Does your beauty routine need a little work? You’re in luck! In this article, you’ll find 30 game-changing beauty habits you should start doing right away. By the time you’re finished reading, we GUARANTEE that you’ll have a brand-new beauty routine that’ll help you look and feel your best.

So, keep reading to find out what beauty habits you should adopt ASAP!

30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing Immediately

Beauty Habit #1: Stay hydrated!

FACT: Staying properly hydrated has countless benefits on your skin!

For example, drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin plump and hydrated, which can prevent wrinkles and sagging. Not to mention, it’s good for your overall health, too!

Experts recommend that the average adult should drink approximately 8 glasses of water per day.

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Beauty Habit #2: Never go to bed still wearing your makeup!

No matter how tired you are, taking a few minutes to remove your makeup before bed is non-negotiable! After all, makeup residue can clog pores and cause serious skin issues. We recommend using an oil-based cleanser or micellar water (whichever is more agreeable with your skin type) to effectively remove all traces of makeup.

Beauty Habit #3: Don’t JUST use a makeup wipe to clean your face!

This is a big mistake! Makeup wipes are appropriate for removing one layer of makeup, but they can’t get deep into your pores to remove all dirt and oil. So, if you want to ensure that your skin is as clean as possible, make sure to use a gentle cleanser in addition to the wipes.

Related: Are makeup removers actually bad for your skin? Learn the truth for yourself!

Beauty Habit #4: Try to avoid touching your face!

It can be hard to resist the temptation, but constantly touching your face can cause breakouts and other skin problems. Furthermore, your hands carry a lot of bacteria, which can easily transfer onto your face.

So, be sure to keep your hands clean and away from your face!

Beauty Habit #5: Wear sunscreen every single day!

Yes, even if it’s cloudy outside. Sunscreen is the key to having healthy, youthful-looking skin! UV rays can cause sunburns, wrinkles, and even cancer. So, make sure to use a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every day.

Beauty Habit #6: Figure out your skin type!

If you don’t know your skin type, chances are, you’re using the wrong products for your skin. In order to get the best possible results, it’s important to use products that are specifically designed for your skin type.

To figure out your skin type, we recommend reading this informative blog article by QC Makeup Academy‘s executive instructor (and certified Skincare Consultant), Nathan Johnson!

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Beauty Habit #7: Craft a skincare routine that’s tailored to this specific skin type!

Once you’ve figured out your skin type, it’s time to craft a skincare routine that caters to its needs. This may include using gentle cleansers, moisturizers, serums, face masks, and more. Remember: the specific products you use should depend on your individual skin type. So, be sure to do plenty of research before you make any purchases!

Beauty Habit #8: Exfoliate (but not every day)!

Exfoliating is one of the best ways to get rid of dead skin cells and keep your pores clear. However, it’s important not to overdo it. Experts recommend exfoliating only 1-3 times per week to avoid irritating your skin. So, find a gentle exfoliator and use it sparingly!

Beauty Habit #9: Extend your skincare application to your neck and chest, too!

Your neck and chest are just as important as your face. That’s why it’s important to extend your skincare routine to these areas! We recommend using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer to keep your skin looking its best.

Beauty Habit #10: Eat a healthy diet!

Yes, what you eat can have an impact on your skin. Eating a diet full of healthy fruits and vegetables has been proven to give your skin a healthy glow. On the other hand, eating a lot of processed foods and sweets can lead to breakouts and other skin issues.

So, as much as it may suck for my fellow sweet-toothed beauties, make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet for the best possible results!

Beauty Habit #11: Get advice from a certified Skincare Consultant!

If you’re still having trouble figuring out the best skincare routine for your skin type, it might be worth considering hiring a certified Skincare Consultant. They can help you craft a routine that caters to your exact needs, and give you advice on the best products for your skin type.

So, if you’re looking for help with your skincare routine, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional! They can be an excellent resource.

Or, here’s an even BETTER idea: become a certified Skincare Consultant YOURSELF! You can do this in as little as 2 short months with QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Skincare Course!

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Beauty Habit #12: Switch your pillowcase!

It’s important to switch out your pillowcase every few days, as it can build up bacteria over time. Also, try using a silk pillowcase if possible, as it can help reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looking its best.

Beauty Habit #13: Wash your face in the morning and before bed!

Cleaning your face twice a day is one of the most important beauty habits you can have. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser, and…

Beauty Habit #14: Don’t forget to moisturize afterwards!

Moisturizing is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and looking its best. This is because moisturizers help to lock in hydration, so your skin stays healthy and glowing. Therefore, don’t forget to moisturize after you wash your face!

Of course, we recommend using a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type, too. That way, you can ensure maximum results! Additionally, you may want to use a different moisturizer at night than you use in the morning. Nighttime moisturizers tend to be heavier and more hydrating, so they can help you wake up looking refreshed.

Beauty Habit #15: Protect your eyes from the sun!

And by that, we mean wear sunglasses. On top of the fact that, obviously, sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, they can also reduce wrinkles around your eyes. After all, when there’s a bright light on our face, our tendency is to squint…

But squinting too much can eventually lead to fine lines and wrinkles! So, don’t forget to throw on a pair of sunglasses whenever you’re out and about!

Beauty Habit #16: Get your beauty sleep!

For SO many reasons, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to dull skin and dark circles under the eyes, so make sure to get your beauty rest. Plus, getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours at night) can help reduce stress and keep hormones balanced… Which means healthier skin all around!

Beauty Habit #17: Try using a serum!

Serums are a great way to give your skin an added boost. They contain concentrated ingredients that can help hydrate, brighten, and smooth your skin.

So, why not try using a serum every day and see how your skin responds? You may just be surprised at the results!

Beauty Habit #18: Avoid makeup and skincare testers at all cost!

Testers can be a great way to try out a product before you buy it – but the truth is, they can (and often do) also contain bacteria. This can lead to skin breakouts and other issues, so it’s best to just avoid them altogether.

It’s much better (and safer) to stick to products that you’re sure are clean. Plus, it’s also a good idea to switch out your makeup and skincare frequently, as bacteria can eventually accumulate on your products over time.

Fun (but gross) fact: most of our makeup products are literally swimming in bacteria. It’s actually quite impressive – although, again, so gross.

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Beauty Habit #19: Prioritize your mental health!

Yes, this is very much a beauty habit you should start doing ASAP (if you aren’t already)! Mental health is just as important for your beauty routine, as it can affect how your skin looks and feels. Not to mention, obviously, your overall well-being is the most important thing of all!

So, make sure to take time out of your day to focus on your mental health. This can be anything from reading a book, taking a walk, or treating yourself to an occasional spa day. Prioritizing your mental health can help keep your skin looking its best (and keep you feeling happy and relaxed too).

What could be better than that?

Beauty Habit #20: Throw away outdated makeup and/or skincare products!

It’s not just a good beauty habit to throw out outdated products – it’s actually an important safety precaution. If you don’t know the expiration date of a product, look for the open jar symbol on the packaging. That will tell you how long it’s safe to use the product before you should discard it.

After all, expired makeup and skincare products can contain bacteria that can lead to skin infections or other issues. It’s just not worth the risk – so, better safe than sorry!

Beauty Habit #21: Clean your phone screen!

Your phone screen, believe it or not, can be a major source of bacteria. Just think about all the places your phone has been and all the germs it has come in contact with. Yuck, right?

So, make sure to clean your phone screen frequently with a damp cloth – and don’t forget to clean the case, too!

And while you’re at it, why not give your hands a good wash, too? There’s no such thing as being “too clean” when it comes to skincare and beauty habits!

Beauty Habit #22: Opt for natural skincare products!

Whenever possible, try to choose natural skincare products – even if it’s just some of the time. Natural products are much gentler on skin and can be more effective than harsh chemical alternatives. Plus, they often smell great, too (and those yummy smells aren’t artificial either!).

Beauty Habit #23: Regularly clean your makeup and skincare tools!

Makeup brushes, sponges, tweezers, and all those other tools we use for our beauty routines are all prone to collecting bacteria. This is why it’s so important to clean them regularly and properly. Otherwise, you could be introducing bacteria onto your skin each time you use them.

As such, make sure to give your tools a good scrub every few weeks (or even more often if possible) to keep them – and your skin – clean and healthy.

Pro Tip: Not sure how to properly clean your makeup tools? We’ve got you covered!

Beauty Habit #24: Be consistent with your skincare routine!

A great skincare routine is only as effective as your consistency. If you’re only using your products every now and then, it’ll be much harder to see the results you want – and your skin won’t be as healthy either.

So, make sure to stick to your routine! That way, you can reap the full benefits of it, and actually see the results you’re after.

And, of course, don’t forget to enjoy it, too! Make it part of your self-care routine and take some time to pamper yourself each day.

Beauty Habit #25: Know which powerhouse skincare ingredients to look for!

When it comes to skincare, not all ingredients are created equal. Instead of just reaching for any old product off the shelf, educate yourself on which ingredients are the best for your skin type – and look out for those powerhouse ones!

A few of our favorite skincare ingredients include vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, and BHAs. (If you want to know why, check out this amazing webinar!) Not only do they help to boost skin radiance; they can also help to reduce signs of aging and improve skin tone.

So, be sure to look for these ingredients in your favorite skincare products – your skin will thank you for it!

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Beauty Habit #26: Try not to pop your zits!

I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible for this – and always have been. But, it’s actually a very bad habit to get into!

Popping your zits can lead to skin issues such as scarring and infection. Plus, it can damage the delicate skin around and beneath the pimple. So, instead of popping or picking at your acne, opt for a gentle spot treatment instead… Or, better yet, go see a dermatologist!

Pro Tip: Not sure where to find the right dermatologist for you? These 7 simple steps break down the process from start to finish!

Beauty Habit #27: Leave the invasive skincare treatments to the professionals!

Nowadays, you can find literally everything online – and that includes things like chemical peels, laser treatments, and Botox. However, it’s important to remember that these are invasive treatments and should only be performed by a qualified professional!

Don’t be tempted by the thought of getting these treatments done at home – it won’t end well. We can promise you that. At best, you’ll be disappointed with the results; at worst, you could end up doing serious damage to your skin.

As a good rule of thumb, if you want any of these types of treatments, always seek out a board-certified practitioner to make sure you get the best possible results.

Beauty Habit #28: Always perform a patch test first with any new products!

It doesn’t matter how much your friend raves about a particular product; you should always be sure to perform a patch test first. It’s the best way to make sure that the product is suitable for your skin type, and won’t cause any reactions or irritation.

All you need to do is apply a small amount of the product to your skin and wait for 24-48 hours. If there’s no reaction, then it should be safe to use on your face. Just don’t forget to apply a moisturizer afterwards!

Beauty Habit #29: Treat yourself to a face mask!

We all know that a face mask can be a great way to give your skin an extra boost. They’re also super relaxing, which always helps to reduce stress and promote healthy skin.

If you want maximum results, opt for a clay mask! They work best to purify your skin, draw out impurities, and even control excess oil. Furthermore, you can also find face masks with other powerhouse ingredients, too – such as vitamin C or hyaluronic acid.

Beauty Habit #30: Take a skincare course so you can better understand your skin!

Understanding your skin is one of the best things you can do for it. Taking a skincare course will help you to learn more about your skin type, what ingredients are best for you, and how to take proper care of it – in a fun and interactive way.

In QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Skincare Course, for example, you will learn all about:

  • The basics of skincare;
  • Skin anatomy and types;
  • Understanding (and being able to read) skincare labels;
  • Picking the right products and tools;
  • Makeup recommendations with skin consideration in mind;
  • Morning vs. nighttime skincare regimens;
  • Different skin concerns and conditions;
  • How to assess skin and recognize these concerns and conditions;
  • Skincare for acne-prone skin;
  • Anti-aging skincare;
  • How to launch a successful business as a professional Skincare Consultant;
  • And more!

And the best part?

The right skincare course can even arm you with a professional certification that you can add to your resume! Meaning, if you wanted to, you can even turn your newfound knowledge into a successful business!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lastly, let’s wrap things up by answering some commonly asked questions about beauty habits…

Q: How do I start a daily beauty routine?

A: The best way to start a daily beauty routine is to make sure you’re sticking with the basics. Cleanse and tone your skin, and then apply a moisturizer. You can also add in other steps, such as toning and exfoliating your skin, as well as applying eye cream and facial masks.

Q: What habits make your skin glow?

A: The best habits for glowing skin are:

  • A healthy diet;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Using natural products and ingredients;
  • Exercising regularly;
  • Getting enough sleep;
  • Protecting your skin from the sun;
  • Limiting sugar and processed foods;
  • Using gentle cleansers and moisturizers;
  • And using weekly face masks.

Q: What are the 5 basics of skincare?

A: The 5 basics of skincare are:

  1. Cleansing
  2. Toning
  3. Moisturizing
  4. Exfoliating
  5. Using sunscreen

These five steps will help to keep your skin looking and feeling its best! By following these simple steps, you can maintain a healthy and glowing complexion.

Q: How do I simplify my beauty routine?

A: To simplify your beauty routine, focus on only the essentials. Stick to cleansers and moisturizers that work for your skin type, stay away from harsh ingredients, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different products. Also, make sure you’re taking care of your skin from the inside out by eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep.

Remember: beauty starts from within!

Q: What is a really good morning beauty routine?

A: A really good morning beauty routine should include cleansing and toning your skin, applying a moisturizer, using sunscreen, and drinking plenty of water. This routine should be followed every day – even on days when you don’t wear makeup or plan to leave the house. This will help to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Q: What skincare routine should I do at night?

A: At night, your skincare routine should consist of cleansing and toning your skin, applying a moisturizer, exfoliating (if necessary), and using an eye cream. It’s also important to remember to remove any makeup before going to bed. As we mentioned earlier, this helps to unclog your pores and allow your skin to breathe.

Q: What are some of the top recommend DAILY beauty habits?

A: Some of the top recommended daily beauty habits include:

  • Cleansing and toning your skin;
  • Using a moisturizer;
  • Using sunscreen;
  • Removing makeup and unclogging pores;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Eating a balanced diet;
  • Exercising regularly;
  • Protecting your skin from the sun;
  • Using gentle products and ingredients;
  • And using weekly facial masks.

Q: How can I build a skincare regimen on a budget?

A: Building a skincare regimen on a budget is possible! Start by focusing on the basics, such as cleansing and moisturizing your skin. You can also look for affordable skincare products that are made with natural ingredients.

Additionally, you can use DIY skincare recipes, such as homemade masks and face scrubs, to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best!

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Beauty is all about taking care of your skin from the inside out. Start with building a daily beauty routine, and make sure you’re sticking to the basics – that way, you’ll be well on your way to having beautiful and glowing skin! Remember: there are plenty of affordable options for skincare products, DIY recipes, and natural ingredients that are all great for your skin.

With a little bit of care and dedication, you can have gorgeous skin in no time!

Good luck and happy beauty habits-ing!

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12 Reasons to Invest in Makeup Artist Insurance

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Are you an aspiring or professional makeup artist? If so, you’ve likely heard about the importance of getting makeup artist insurance. This type of insurance is essential for any MUA and can cover a variety of risks, from damage to your client’s property to libel and slander claims. If you’re still feeling unsure, we’re going to break down 12 business-savvy reasons to invest in makeup artist insurance!

So, let’s get to it!

What is Insurance?

Insurance is a type of financial product that can help protect you from unexpected losses. Moreover, it’s an agreement between you and an insurance company that provides coverage for specified risks, such as:

  • Property damage;
  • Personal injury;
  • Or liability claims.
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Most Common Types of Small Business Insurance

As a makeup artist, these are the types of insurance that would most apply to you and your business:

  • General liability insurance. This type of coverage can help protect against property damage and bodily injury claims related to your business operations.
  • Professional indemnity insurance. This type of policy is designed to protect you if a client incurs loss resulting from errors or omissions in your work.
  • Product liability insurance. If you sell products as part of your service, this type of coverage can provide protection if one of your products causes harm or damages to someone’s property.

Pro Tip: Dream of launching your very own makeup business? Here’s what the expectation vs. reality of this endeavor looks like!

Do You NEED Insurance as a Makeup Artist?

Okay, so here’s the thing: makeup artist insurance isn’t required by law. And it’s for this very reason that only a small percentage of working MUAs (think around 20-45%). After all, if it isn’t mandatory, why invest the money into it?

But the truth is, it’s VERY important to invest in this kind of coverage! Doing so can help protect your business and personal assets if you’re ever sued for negligence. Not to mention, it’ll also help protect you against other potential liabilities caused by your work…

12 Reasons to Invest in Insurance as a Makeup Artist

Reason #1. Makeup Artist Insurance Protects Your Business

With makeup artist insurance, you can cover specific risks related to your MUA services that could potentially threaten the well-being of your business. For example, if you accidentally spilled a product on your client’s clothing, this type of coverage can help you pay for the repairs or replacements.

Reason #2. It Protects You Financially

In addition to protecting your business, makeup artist insurance can also protect you financially if a customer files a claim against you for negligence. This type of policy will cover the legal costs associated with defending yourself in court and any potential settlement payout that may be awarded to your client.

Reason #3: Having Insurance for Makeup Artists Increases Your Professionalism and Credibility

When you invest in makeup artist insurance, you’re investing in your reputation as an MUA, too! Having this type of coverage shows that you’re serious about your business and willing to go the extra mile to protect yourself (and your clients).

Reason #4: It Can Help You Win More Clients

Makeup artists with insurance may be more attractive to potential clients than those without. After all, who wouldn’t want to feel 100% confident when it comes to their beauty service provider? Thus, investing in the right kind of insurance can help instill a sense of trust between you and future customers!

Reason 5: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Damages Caused by Your Work

It’s no secret that makeup can be a tricky business. Although you may do your best to provide excellent services, accidents (like spilling foundation on the floor) can still happen. And in these cases, having insurance for makeup artists will help cover all damages caused by your work.

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Reason 6: It Can Help You Handle Liability Claims

If a customer ever files a liability claim against you (for example, if one of your products causes an allergic reaction), this type of policy can help protect you from financial loss and other legal repercussions.

Reason 7: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Equipment Damage

As a makeup artist, you spend SO much money on your kit essentials – from brushes to foundations and more! But without the right kind of coverage, you’re basically on your own if anything happens to your equipment – like a broken mirror or spilled foundation.

On the other hand, if you do have the right insurance coverage, you can be rest assured knowing that your equipment is safe and secure!

Pro Tip: Save your money by avoiding these 8 items you DON’T actually need in your professional makeup kit!

Reason 8: It Can Help Cover Medical Expenses for Injuries

Imagine that a client accidentally gets injured while receiving makeup services from you. For instance, say your client slips and falls due to a spilled foundation on the floor. In this case, your insurance can help cover any medical expenses associated with their injuries (including ambulance rides, hospital visits, and more).

Furthermore, this type of insurance cover can apply to YOU and/or your staff as well!

Reason 9: Makeup Artist Insurance Covers Property Damage

It’s no secret that being an MUA means spending lots of time in different locations – like clients’ homes, wedding venues, professional sets, etc. But if you ever experience any property damage while working onsite, makeup artist insurance can help cover all costs associated with repairs or replacements.

For example, let’s say you’re a film MUA and some of your makeup products spill on the floor, causing damage to the set. With insurance coverage, you’re protected and won’t have to worry about footing the bill for any repairs!

Reason 10: It Can Help You Get Back to Work Quickly

We can’t discuss reasons to invest in makeup artist insurance without touching on this very important topic! Makeup artist insurance can help you get back to work quickly after experiencing a setback. For example, if you ever experience any theft, fire damage, or other mishaps, having this type of coverage can help you get back on your feet in no time!

Reason 11: It Can Help You Find New Opportunities

Having makeup artist insurance can open the door to more opportunities, such as working with larger companies and brands who may require this type of coverage!

Reason 12: The Best Makeup Artist Insurance Will Save You Money In The Long

Finally, investing in the best makeup artist insurance can save you money in the long run. By taking out a comprehensive policy, you’ll be able to cover the costs of any damages or injuries, without having to break the bank.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the BEST makeup artist insurance?

A: The best makeup artist insurance is one that provides comprehensive coverage, including protection against:

  • Fire damage;
  • Theft;
  • Liability claims;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Equipment damage;
  • And property damage.

Q: How much does makeup artist insurance cost?

A: The cost of makeup artist insurance varies from policy to policy. Factors like the amount of coverage, your location, and your industry experience can all affect the cost of a policy. However, typically, an annual policy costs around $400-$500. On average, a monthly policy costs less than $50 per month.

Q: Is makeup artist insurance worth the investment?

A: Yes! Investing in makeup artist insurance will help protect your equipment, your clients, and YOU in the event of any unexpected incidents. Plus, having this type of coverage can open you up to more opportunities (like working with larger companies and brands).

Q: Where can I find makeup artist insurance?

A: You can find makeup artist insurance through a variety of different providers. So, look around online and see what your option are! Just be sure to research the best options for your needs and budget – and always read the policy details carefully before signing up.

Q: How can I get liability insurance as a makeup artist?

A: You can get liability insurance as a makeup artist by taking out an independent policy. This type of policy is specifically designed to help protect against damages caused by you or your staff. So, if someone slips and falls while on set, you’ll have coverage to help cover the medical expenses.

On average, a liability insurance policy for makeup artists will cost around $300-$400 per year.

Q: How does a professional makeup artist get workers compensation insurance?

A: Workers compensation insurance refers to a type of policy that provides coverage for any injuries or illnesses that occur on the job. So, if you ever experience an injury or illness while working, this type of policy can help cover the costs of any medical bills or lost wages.

Most states require employers to have workers compensation insurance, so if you’re a professional makeup artist, make sure to check the laws in your state.

In terms of actually getting it for your business, you can contact a variety of different insurance providers to find the best policy for you!

Q: What insurance does a freelance makeup artist need?

A: A freelance makeup artist needs specific types of insurance to help protect against any damages or injuries that may occur while on the job. This type of coverage includes:

  • General Liability Insurance;
  • Professional Liability Insurance;
  • Workers Compensation Insurance;
  • And Property and Equipment Insurance.

It’s important to note that the cost of these policies will vary depending on the state you live in, your industry experience, and the coverage amounts you choose. So, make sure to research your options carefully before choosing the best policy for you.

Pro Tip: Learn how YOU can become a trained, certified, and working freelance MUA in as little as 2 short months!

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Investing in makeup artist insurance is a smart and necessary way to protect yourself, your clients, and your business. So, if you’re a professional or aspiring MUA, make sure to research the best policy for YOUR needs today!

Good luck, beauties, and thanks as always for reading!

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10 Steps to Understanding Skincare Labels and Ingredients

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Let’s be real – when it comes to skincare, most of us are clueless. We don’t know what to look for on the label, and we definitely don’t know how to pronounce all of those ingredients. But that’s okay, because we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll break down the 10 steps to understanding skincare labels and ingredients, so you can feel confident about the products you’re using on your skin.

So, let’s dive in!

What are the 5 Main Categories of Skincare Products?

First thing’s first – you’ve got to understand the different types of products out there. Skincare can be broken down into five main categories:

1. Cleansers

These products help to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin. Examples include face washes, scrubs, oils, and cleansing cloths.

Learn more about skincare cleansers (and their benefits) in this helpful article by Neostrata!

2. Exfoliators

Next, exfoliators are used to slough off dead skin cells, revealing a more radiant complexion. This can be done with physical exfoliants like scrubs, or chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs.

3. Toners

Toners help to balance your skin’s pH levels and prep it for the next steps in your regimen. We recommend this article by Neutrogena to learn more about facial toners!

4. Moisturizers

After this, moisturizers are used to keep your skin hydrated and reduce dryness. Creams, lotions, balms, serums, and oils all fall into this category. If you need help finding out which moisturizer is best for your skin type, this article by Healthline is a terrific place to start!

5. Sun Protection

Last but certainly not least, sun protection is a MUST for any skincare routine! You should look for products with SPF (sun protection factor) ratings of 30 or higher. Furthermore, make sure to re-apply throughout the day.

Bonus Category: Skincare Serums

Serums are a bit of an outlier when it comes to skincare products, but they can be incredibly helpful in targeting specific skin concerns. When you’re looking for serums, you want to specifically search for active ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help to address wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and dehydration.

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The 10 Steps to Understanding Skincare Labels and Ingredients

Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of reading skincare labels! This way, you can make sure that you know EXACTLY what you’re putting on your face!

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Step #1: Know Your Skin Type

You can’t properly choose skincare products if you don’t know your skin type. That’s just a fact!

There are six main skin types that all people fall under:

  1. Normal skin;
  2. Dry skin;
  3. Oily skin;
  4. Combination skin (either Combination Dry or Combination Oily);
  5. Acneic skin;
  6. And Sensitive skin.

You can learn more about these different skin types in this awesome article by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor, professional makeup artist, and certified Skincare Consultant, Nathan Johnson!

How to Tell Your Skin Type

Once you know what type of skin you have, it’s time to figure out how to tell your skin type. One way that a lot of people do this is through a process called the “tissue test”.

To do the tissue test, wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat it dry. Next, press a single layer of tissue onto different parts of your skin – forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.

If you find that the tissue has come away without any oil on it (or very little), you likely have normal or dry skin. If it’s come away with noticeable oil, you probably have oily skin.

Another way to identify your skin type is to look closely at your face – and know what to look for. For instance:

  • If you have normal skin, it should feel soft, balanced, and relatively free of blemishes.
  • If you have dry skin, it will often feel tight, flaky and/or red.
  • For those with oily skin, there may be a noticeable shine to your face. Additionally, pores may look larger than usual.
  • Combination Dry skin may feel dry in some areas and oily in others.
  • On the other hand, combination Oily skin can be shiny all over but may have larger pores more concentrated on your t-zone (the area of your forehead, nose, and chin).
  • Acneic skin will often have active breakouts or blackheads present.
  • Lastly, sensitive skin can range from being dry to oily and often has a feeling of tightness. It can be susceptible to reactions from harsh products.

Once you’ve identified your skin type, you can move onto Step #2…

Step #2: Check the Expiration Date

Safety first – you want to make sure that all of your products are still fresh and effective. Most products have a shelf life of around one year and will have “expires after” dates written somewhere on the packaging.

When you use expired skincare products, you risk the following:

  • Irritation or allergic reactions;
  • A decrease in the effectiveness of the product;
  • Bacterial growth, etc.

Therefore, make sure that you’re regularly checking your products for expiration dates. This way, you can replace them before they stop working as well!

Step #3: Read the Skincare Labels and Ingredients List

Obviously, this is going to be arguably the biggest step in understanding skincare labels and ingredients.

What’s great about skincare labels is that they often provide a wealth of information! Usually, you’ll find the name of the product, directions for use, list of ingredients, and other important information.

The most important part, however, is the ingredient list. This section will tell you EXACTLY what is in your product and how it works!

For instance, many skincare products contain antioxidants, emollients, and humectants. All of these ingredients work together to nourish, soothe, and protect the skin from environmental damage.

Additionally, you’ll want to be aware of any potential risks or allergies associated with certain ingredients. For example, some people may be allergic to fragrances, parabens, or sulfates.

Therefore, if you see any of these ingredients listed on the label, it’s best to stay away from that product! Instead, look for something with more natural ingredients.

By becoming familiar with skincare labels and ingredient lists, you can make sure that you’re using the best products for your skin type!

Step #4: Check for Active Ingredients

Another thing to look for when reading skincare labels is active ingredients. These are the ingredients that actually interact with your skin in some way – be it moisturizing, calming, exfoliating, etc.

For example, salicylic acid is a common active ingredient used to treat acne and reduce inflammation. Retinol is another active ingredient that can help reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging.

When looking at skincare labels, make sure to check for active ingredients and make sure they match your skin type and needs.

Pro Tip: Make sure to watch this informative webinar to discover the TOP 5 secret skincare ingredients that ALL of your products need!

Step #5: See if the Skincare Ingredients Include any Fragrances

Fragrances can be an important part of a skincare routine, as they can offer a pleasant scent and make the product more enjoyable to use.

However, it’s important to make sure that any fragrances included in your products are natural and NOT synthetic! Synthetic fragrances often contain chemicals that may irritate or even damage your skin.

So, when looking at skincare labels and ingredients list, make sure to check for any fragrances listed. If you’re not sure if a fragrance is natural or synthetic, do some research online!

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Step #6: Research Any Unfamiliar Ingredients

Next, if you come across any unfamiliar ingredients on the label, do some research! Many skincare products contain a variety of different ingredients, so it’s important to know what each one does.

For instance, some products may include ceramides, which are lipids that help to lock in moisture and protect the skin barrier. Others may include hyaluronic acid, which is known for its ability to hydrate the skin.

Doing some research will help you to better understand product labels and how the different ingredients work together.

Step #7: Research the Brand

Speaking of doing research, it’s always a good idea to do dig into the brand themselves when understanding skincare labels and ingredients.

You can often find out more information on a brand’s website or social media pages. Here, you’ll be able to learn more about how the product was made, what ingredients were used, where it was sourced from, and other important details.

For instance, if you want to only use all-natural products, you can look for brands that are certified organic or use natural ingredients. In the same breath, if you want to avoid brands that test on animals, you can look for brands that are certified cruelty-free.

Knowing the brand behind the product is just as important as understanding skincare labels and ingredients. This will help you to make an informed decision when it comes to buying skincare products!

Step #8: Read Directions for Use

Before using a product, it’s always important to read the directions for use.

Some products may require you to apply them differently than others, so this is an essential step in understanding skincare labels and ingredients. For instance, some products may need to be used twice a day while others may only need to be used once or twice a week.

This information can be found on the label and should be carefully followed to ensure optimal results and safety.

Step #9: Consider Trying a Sample

At this point, if you’re still unsure about a skincare product after reading the label and researching the ingredients, it can be helpful to try a sample.

Many skincare brands offer free samples or travel-size versions of their products so you can test them out before committing to buying the full-size version. This way, you can see if the product works for your skin type before spending money on it!

Step #10: Consult with a Certified Skincare Professional

Lastly, if you’re still feeling uncertain about which products are best for your skin type, don’t be afraid to consult with a Skincare Consultant! A qualified skincare professional can provide advice on which products and ingredients are best for your skin type, as well as answer any questions you may have about skincare labels and ingredients.

Plus, if you’re ever unsure about a product or ingredient, they’ll be able to provide more information on it, too!

Pro Tip: Or you can become a certified International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP) yourself in as little as 2 months by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Skincare Course!

How to Read Skincare Labels: Must-Have Ingredients

Now that you know how to read skincare labels and understand ingredients, let’s take a look at some must-have ingredients for your routine:

  • Hyaluronic acid – This humectant helps the skin to retain moisture
  • AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) & BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) – AHA and BHA gently exfoliate the skin to help reduce acne, blackheads, and other blemishes
  • Antioxidants – These help protect the skin from environmental and free radical damage
  • Vitamins C and E – These vitamins help to nourish the skin and support its natural barrier
  • Glycerin – This emollient helps keep the skin hydrated and soft
  • Ceramides – These lipids help to lock in moisture and protect the skin barrier
  • Niacinamide – This vitamin helps to reduce inflammation and even out skin tone
  • Retinol – This form of Vitamin A helps improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • SPF – An essential ingredient to protect skin from UVA/UVB rays

These are just a few of the many ingredients that can be found in skincare products. As you continue learning more about skincare, you’ll become familiar with other ingredients and their benefits for your skin!

Skincare Ingredient List Order: Ranked Most to Least Important

Another thing to keep in mind when understanding skincare labels and ingredients is the order of the ingredient list. Usually, ingredients are listed in order from most to least. As such, it’s important to know which ones should come first!

Here’s a helpful guide to the ranked order of importance:

  1. Active ingredients (like retinol and Vitamin C)
  2. Humectants (like hyaluronic acid and glycerin)
  3. Emollients (like ceramides, shea butter, and jojoba oil)
  4. Surfactants (used to help lift dirt and oil off the skin)
  5. Preservatives (to prevent bacteria growth)
  6. Fragrances (optional, depending on your preference)
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How to Read Product Ingredients: Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

On the other hand, there are certain skincare ingredients that you should avoid, as they can be potentially irritating or damaging to the skin.

Some of these unwelcome ingredients include:

These chemicals can cause an array of skin troubles such as dryness, sensitivity, and irritation. So, make sure to read the ingredients list carefully and avoid anything that could potentially harm your skin!

Skincare Ingredient Checker: Recommended Apps

Now, sometimes skincare brands can be a bit sneaky in their packaging. They may group several ingredients under one name. Sometimes, they might use scientific names that are hard to understand. Or worst of all, they don’t even list the ingredients on the product packaging!

Fortunately, there are several apps you can use to make sure the products you’re buying are safe and effective. For instance, Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® Database is an excellent app to check if a product contains any of the ingredients that should be avoided.

Additionally, the Think Dirty App allows users to scan barcodes on their skincare products to check the ingredients. And if you want to check out even more options, The Good Face Project has a list of their 7 most recommend ingredient checker apps at your disposal!

How to Find the Percentage of Ingredients in Skincare Products

Here’s another secret: it’s not enough for a skincare product to have an ingredient listed on the label. You should also check if that active ingredient is present in a high percentage!

For instance, if your anti-aging moisturizer has retinol listed as an ingredient but it’s way further down the list, chances are that it won’t be effective in treating wrinkles and fine lines. So, make sure to check the percentage of active ingredients in your skincare products!

How to Do This

The best way to figure out the percentage of ingredients in skincare products is to do a little math. The rule of thumb is to divide the weight of each ingredient listed by the total weight of all the ingredients and then multiply it by 100. This will give you the percentage of each active ingredient present in your product!

For example, if a moisturizer contains 20% hyaluronic acid, this means that out of the total weight of all the ingredients in the product, 20% is made up of hyaluronic acid.

Lastly, be sure to check whether the percentage of active ingredients fall within the recommended range. This will ensure that your skincare product is as effective as possible!

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Finally, let’s wrap things up by taking look at and answering some frequently asked questions on the subject of understanding skincare labels and ingredients:

Q: Any tips on how to label skincare products yourself?

A: Labeling your own skincare products can be a tricky task. Be sure to research the correct labeling regulations and safety guidelines for your country or region before you get started. Additionally, make sure that the labels are accurate and up-to-date. Lastly, always include an ingredients list on the packaging!

Q: Are natural skincare products always better than chemical-based ones?

A: Although the answer is USUALLY “yes”, the honest truth is that this isn’t always the case. In reality, both can be equally as effective and safe if they use the same active ingredients (and in the same percentages).

What makes natural skincare products superior is that they don’t contain any of the harsh chemicals or preservatives that are often found in chemical-based skincare products. So, if you want to ensure that the natural skincare products you’re purchasing legitimately are better than their chemical counterparts, make sure to look into their ingredients list and percentages!

Q: What are some red flags when reading skincare labels?

A: Keep an eye out for any ingredients that you can’t pronounce, as well as those with names that are too long and complicated. Additionally, check if there’s an excessive amount of preservatives, fragrances, and colorants present in the product. These could be signs that the skincare product isn’t as effective or safe as it claims to be!

Pro Tip: Are makeup removers actually damaging to our skin? The answer will surprise you!

Q: What is an INCI list?

A: An INCI list is an abbreviation for International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. This is the official way that skincare product ingredients are listed and can be found on the packaging of any skincare product you purchase.

Q: How do you read an INCI list?

A: An INCI list should always be read from the top to bottom, with the most prominent ingredient coming first. For example, if you have a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid as its active ingredient, it should be listed first on the INCI list.

This doesn’t always mean that it is present in the highest percentage, however. Thus, make sure to always check the percentages of the active ingredients before you make a purchase!

Q: What are the 7 skincare steps?

A: The 7 skincare steps are as follows:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Exfoliate
  3. Tone
  4. Treat
  5. Moisturize
  6. Sunscreen
  7. Nighttime Skincare Routine (optional)

These steps should be done in that order in order to properly cleanse, nourish, and protect your skin.

Q: What are the 3 most important skincare products?

A: The three most important skincare products are:

  1. A cleanser;
  2. A moisturizer;
  3. And sunscreen.

These three products work together to keep your skin healthy and protected from the elements. Additionally, they can also help reduce wrinkles, prevent acne breakouts, and even out any discoloration in your complexion!

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We hope you found this article on understanding skincare labels and ingredients helpful! Now that you know how to read skincare labels, as well as which ingredients to look for in skincare products, you’ll be sure to pick the best product for your skin type.

Remember: always check the label before buying a new skincare product, and take the time to research the ingredients used in order to ensure that you’re getting the best possible product for your skin.

Thanks for reading – and good luck on your skincare journey!

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15 Bad Business Habits to Leave in 2022 as a Professional Makeup Artist

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Hey, makeup artists! Are you looking to start the new year off on the right foot? If so, then you’ll want to break some bad habits that’ve been holding you back professionally. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of 15 bad business habits to leave in 2022.

So, let’s take a look together and see what they are!

What are Some Bad Business Habits?

Before we reveal our list of 15 bad business habits to leave in 2022, let’s first take a more general look at what constitutes a “bad” business habit…

Essentially, any habit that prevents you from growing your business or achieving your goals is a bad one. This could mean:

  • Overspending on unnecessary items;
  • Not taking time to network and build relationships;
  • Or even procrastinating important tasks like bookkeeping.

In any case, these habits get in the way of success and should be left behind as soon as possible!

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15 Bad Business Habits to Leave in 2022 as a Professional MUA

In a nutshell, these are the 15 bad business habits that you should leave behind in 2022 as a professional makeup artist:

  1. Not keeping up with the latest trends;
  2. Not staying organized and timely;
  3. Relying solely on word-of-mouth marketing;
  4. Not setting goals and objectives;
  5. Not taking advantage of online resources and tools;
  6. Poor communication with clients and other MUAs;
  7. Not diversifying your makeup portfolio;
  8. Spending too much time on social media;
  9. Being overly competitive against other MUAs;
  10. Not delegating tasks to free up time for important work;
  11. Ignoring customer feedback, not listening to what they want, and being unreceptive to constructive criticism;
  12. Failing to take risks;
  13. Not asking for help when you need it;
  14. Letting negative thoughts derail your goals;
  15. Not investing in yourself and your business.

Let’s take a closer look at each one, shall we?

While we’re on the topic of bad habits to break, here are 5 bad makeup habits (not business-related) that ALL MUAs need to stop doing ASAP!

Bad Habit #1: Not keeping up with the latest trends.

The beauty industry is always changing and evolving. So, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends! In turn, this will help you create looks that are fresh and on-trend for your clients.

Consequently, if you choose not to keep up with the latest trends, your makeup looks can quickly become outdated.

FUN FACT: Here are 15 makeup trends that EVERY professional MUA needs to know!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

In the New Year, make sure to allocate time each month (or even week) to research the latest trends.

Also, try reading beauty magazines for inspiration or industry-related books. Another excellent idea is to enroll in a makeup course (such as the self-paced, online programs offered at QC Makeup Academy) to learn the latest techniques – and add a reputable certification to your resume at the same time.

Finally, attending makeup workshops or conferences can also be a great way to stay informed on the latest looks and techniques!

Bad Habit #2: Not staying organized and timely.

When it comes to running a successful business, organization and timeliness are key. That is, if you don’t have a solid plan for how to run your business efficiently, then chaos can quickly ensue. For example, not responding to inquiries in a timely manner, not having a proper filing system for paperwork, or forgetting about important appointments are all mistakes that will cost you clients AND profits.

Furthermore, being organized and timely also extends to each and every makeup application, too. Meaning, you’ll need to be prepared in advance (having all the necessary tools on-hand), ensure your clients don’t have to wait too long for their service, and hone your makeup skills so that the application process is fast and efficient – without losing quality!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in the New Year, start by creating detailed plans ahead of time. For example, prepare a list of all the supplies you’ll need for each client ahead of time, and try to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than your appointment time.

Additionally, create a filing system to store all of your paperwork in one place. This way, it’s easy to find when needed. Moreover, make sure to set reminders on your phone or calendar app for any upcoming appointments.

Finally, invest in good quality makeup brushes and other tools that will make the application process smoother and faster. You can (and should) also work on improving your application time by challenging yourself to time trials in the New Year. If you’ve never heard of time trials, this is basically a process where you time yourself while doing a makeup look, and then try to beat your time in every time trial afterwards.

As a result, you can compare and measure your progress over time. And of course, the ultimate goal here is to be able to shorten the amount of time it takes for you to do makeup looks, without sacrificing any of its quality.

Bad Habit #3: Relying solely on word-of-mouth marketing.

Yes, word-of-mouth marketing can be a powerful tool for any MUA… However, it’s important to diversify your marketing methods! After all, relying solely on word-of-mouth will only get you so far – and it won’t help you reach clients outside of your current network.

Consequently, investing in other types of digital or traditional marketing (such as social media or print advertising) will help you reach a much larger pool of potential clients.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in the New Year, start by creating an online presence for your business. This can include setting up a website, social media accounts, and even a blog. The more places potential customers can find you, the better!

Additionally, make sure to create quality content for your social media accounts. Think behind-the-scenes videos/photos of you doing makeup looks, helpful tips and tricks videos for beginners, or even reviews from happy clients. Doing so will not only help people get to know you better, but it can also act as free advertising for your business.

On top of that, consider investing in paid advertising campaigns on social media, as well as other methods to improve your SEO (search engine optimization). For this, just remember to set a budget before launching any ads and keep track of its progress over time. Also, don’t forget about traditional marketing methods such as print or radio ads! They can still be effective in reaching potential clients.

Finally, don’t forget to ask your satisfied customers for referrals. After all, word-of-mouth marketing is still a great way to attract new people to your business. And while it shouldn’t be your ONLY marketing strategy, it should still be ONE of them!

PRO TIP: Here are 15 of the BEST ways to successfully market your professional makeup business!

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Bad Habit #4: Not setting goals and objectives for your business.

It can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of your business and forget about taking time to set goals. But without them, it’s hard to measure success and growth. And as a result, it can be difficult to know what areas you should invest more time and energy in.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad habit and leave it behind in 2022, start by setting both short-term and long-term goals for your business.

Short-term goals are usually things that you’d like to accomplish within a year, such as increasing your client base or launching a new product. Meanwhile, long-term goals are those that you’d like to achieve over the next 5 years or more, such as opening your own brick-and-mortar makeup store.

Once you have your goals in place, create action steps for each of them so that you know how to get there. From there, make sure to create a timeline for each action step so that you can measure and track your progress throughout the year.

Finally, don’t forget that all of your business goals should be SMART goals. Meaning, goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • And Time-Based.

Doing so will ensure that your goals are clear and achievable – which is essential for business success!

Bad Habit #5: Not taking advantage of online resources and tools.

With everything going digital these days, it can be easy to miss out on useful online resources and tools. For instance, there are countless programs out there that can help with invoicing, client management, marketing, and even social media scheduling.

By failing to maximize these resources to your benefit, you could be missing out on a LOT of opportunities for growth, marketing success, and more.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this habit in 2022, start by doing some research on the various online tools and resources that are available to you. From there, create a list of those that could potentially help your business – whether it’s an invoicing program or website hosting service.

Once you have this list in place, take the time to read reviews and do your own testing if necessary. Then, decide which online tools and resources you’d like to invest in for your makeup business.

Finally, make sure to set up a timeline for when you’d like to use these tools. Doing so will help ensure that you have the budget for them, that you’re making the most of them throughout the year, and that you’re getting the best possible results for your business!

Bad Habit #6: Poor communication with clients and other MUAs.

Poor communication can be a MAJOR issue for makeup artists. Whether it’s not responding to client inquiries in a timely manner or failing to follow through on commitments, bad communication can quickly lead to unhappy customers and lost business.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To make sure you’re communicating effectively with your clients and other MUAs in 2022, start by setting clear expectations from the very beginning. Make sure that you’re upfront about your scheduling and availability so that clients know what to expect when they book an appointment with you.

Also, make sure to set up a reliable system for responding to messages and inquiries – whether it’s via email or through a messaging app. Doing so will ensure that no messages slip through the cracks and that you’re always responding in a timely manner.

Finally, make sure to follow through on your commitments – no matter how big or small they may be. This could mean anything from turning up on time for an appointment to sending out invoices promptly after a job is completed. By following through, you’ll be able to build trust with your clients and other MUAs – which is essential for long-term success.

Bad Habit #7: Not diversifying your makeup portfolio.

It’s easy to get into a creative rut when you’re doing the same kind of makeup looks for every client. But if you want to stand out from the competition and attract new clients, it’s essential that you diversify your portfolio!

After all, if your makeup portfolio isn’t diverse enough, it could lead to:

  • Clients not wanting to book you because they’re not impressed with your range
  • You getting bored with the same types of makeup looks
  • More difficultly promoting yourself and your services, etc.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

So, how can you leave this bad business habit in 2022 and make sure you have a diverse makeup portfolio in the New Year (and beyond)?

Start by setting aside some time each month to practice different styles of makeup – whether it’s bridal, glamor, special effects makeup, or something completely unique. Also, make sure to take high-quality pictures of your work and upload them to your portfolio on a regular basis. This will help potential clients get an idea of your range and could potentially lead to more bookings.

Finally, consider taking a makeup course or attending a makeup workshop so that you can refine your skills and learn new techniques. Furthermore, you can enroll in a course that’s specifically about building a solid makeup portfolio – such as QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop!

Doing so will help ensure that you have all the tools you need to create unique and stunning makeup looks for every client!

PRO TIP: Never put together a professional makeup portfolio before? These 10 steps will walk you through the process from start to finish!

Bad Habit #8: Spending too much time on social media.

Spending too much time on social media can be a huge productivity killer. After all, if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get sucked into an endless cycle of scrolling and liking – which can lead to lost hours (and dollars) in the long run.

What’s more, if you’re not using social media strategically, it can also be a huge waste of time for you and your makeup business!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To make sure you’re using social media efficiently in 2023 and beyond, start by setting aside a specific amount of time each day to dedicate to your business’s presence on the various platforms. Make sure to stick to this allotted time and use it strategically. As in, think about what content you should be posting and how often.

Also, consider investing in tools and software that can help you further streamline and optimize your social media management. This could include anything from scheduling apps to analytics tools that give you insights into your performance, etc.

Finally, make sure to take regular breaks from social media! Too much time on the platforms can not only be bad for productivity but also for your mental health. So, be mindful of how much time you’re spending scrolling, and strive to find a healthy balance.

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Bad Habit #9: Being overly competitive against other MUAs.

Although it’s natural to be competitive in business, being overly competitive against other MUAs can really hurt your own success – and the makeup community as a whole.


Because it can lead to a negative environment and create unnecessary drama. Plus, it’s important to remember that everyone is at different stages in their career. Making comparisons won’t do you any good.

So, instead of competing with one another, you should focus on collaborating and supporting each other!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad business habit in 2022, start by taking the time to reach out to other MUAs and build relationships. You never know when someone may have a job opportunity that they need extra help with!

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for advice – especially if you’re just starting out in your career. Chances are, fellow MUAs will be more than happy to help you out. Finally, try to focus on your own business rather than worrying about what other MUAs are doing.

That way, you can strive for success without letting negative feelings of comparison get in the way!

PRO TIP: Learn more about why other professional makeup artists are your FRIENDS – not enemies!

Bad Habit #10: Not delegating tasks to free up time for more important work.

If you’re not delegating tasks, it can be really easy to become overworked and overwhelmed. After all, there’s only so many hours in the day – and if you’re trying to do everything yourself, your progress is likely to suffer. Not to mention, you’ll probably wind up burning yourself out… and forgetting why you love makeup in the first place!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To successfully break this habit, start by figuring out which tasks you should be delegating – and who you should delegate them to! Then, make sure to set up clear expectations and deadlines for each task that’s being delegated.

Also, set aside a specific amount of time each week for planning and strategizing. That way, you’ll have enough time to think about the tasks that need to get done – and how best to delegate them.

Finally, don’t be afraid to take things off your plate if they’re not essential! Learning when it’s okay to say no will help you to create more space for yourself and focus on the tasks that you actually enjoy doing.

Now, what if your makeup business is a one-person-operation and you don’t have anyone to delegate things to? In this case, you should look into outsourcing! Hiring freelancers or independent contractors can be a great way to help free up your time and delegate certain tasks.

Lastly, make sure to outsource the right tasks for you – such as administrative work or marketing – so that you can focus on the creative side of things. That way, you can still be productive without getting overwhelmed.

Bad Habit #11: Ignoring customer feedback, not listening to what they want, and being unreceptive to constructive criticism.

As a makeup artist, it’s essential to make sure that you’re listening to your customers and taking their feedback into consideration. After all, they’re the ones who are going to be using your services. So, it only makes sense to take their opinion into account.

Furthermore, the beauty industry is one where being able to take constructive criticism is VITAL for your success. If you’re not able to accept and learn from it, then you’ll never be able to grow and improve as an artist. Not to mention, you’ll likely gain a poor reputation for being unprofessional.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad business habit, start by creating a feedback system that allows customers to share their thoughts and opinions. Then, make sure to take the time to actually listen and respond to what they have to say. Even if it’s not necessarily something you agree with or want to hear, try your best to remain open-minded and be receptive.

Finally, be sure to thank customers for their feedback – even if it’s negative – and show that you’re taking it seriously. This will help to build trust and ensure they know their opinion matters.

PRO TIP: Check out this helpful article to learn the difference between constructive criticism vs. insults – as well as tips for receiving and giving constructive feedback!

Bad Habit #12: Failing to take risks.

When it comes to makeup artistry, being able to take risks and experiment can be incredibly helpful for your career. After all, stepping outside of your comfort zone can help you to grow and develop new skills that will set you apart from the competition. However, if you’re not taking any bold steps or trying something new – then chances are your work will remain stagnant and you’ll miss out on opportunities.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To break this bad habit, start by committing to taking at least one risk every month. This could be anything from trying out a new technique to taking on a daring project. Just make sure it’s something that pushes you out of your comfort zone!

Additionally, make an effort to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and news in the makeup industry. That way, you’ll be more informed about what types of risks might pay off. Finally, remember that taking risks doesn’t guarantee success – but it does give you a better chance of achieving something amazing.

So, stay positive and keep pushing yourself!

Bad Habit #13: Not asking for help when you need it.

One common downfall of an entrepreneur is the misconception that you need to be able to do it all – from marketing to accounting and everything in-between. However, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be superhuman – and it’s totally okay to ask for help!

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

To kick this bad habit, start by reaching out to your network and letting people know that you’re looking for assistance. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to lend a helping hand! Additionally, think about hiring an assistant or virtual assistant to help with tasks like scheduling and customer service. That way, you can focus on the creative side of your business without getting overwhelmed.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of all the amazing online resources available, such as tutorials and online courses. In turn, you’ll be able to develop the skills you need – without needing anyone else’s help!

Are you currently a QC Makeup Academy student? Our Student Support Team is always available to help with any questions or concerns you have! Simply contact them by phone, email, and/or live chat!

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Bad Habit #14: Letting negative thoughts derail your goals.

As an artist, it’s normal to experience a bit of self-doubt now and then. However, letting negative thoughts go unchecked can quickly lead to a spiral of despair that derails your progress and make it difficult to move forward.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

The first step is being aware of your thoughts and the words you use when talking about yourself. Whenever you catch yourself in a negative thought cycle, take a step back and reframe it into something more positive and empowering.

Remind yourself of all the things you’ve accomplished so far, as well as any successes that have come from taking risks or stepping outside your comfort zone. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and mentors. Having a support system can make it much easier to stay focused on your goals and keep the negative thoughts at bay.

By breaking this bad habit in the New Year, you’ll be able to focus more of your energy on what’s important – creating amazing makeup looks!

Bad Habit #15: Not investing in yourself and your business.

Finally, our last bad business habit to leave in 2022 is not investing in yourself and your business. Whether it’s not taking the time to attend workshops and seminars or neglecting to upgrade your equipment, failing to invest in yourself can quickly lead to burnout and stagnation.

What Things Should You Do in the New Year to Break this Habit?

In the New Year, start by setting aside a budget (no matter how small) for investing in yourself and your business.

Put aside money for workshops, online courses, or even a new piece of equipment to help you uplevel your artistry. Additionally, consider volunteering or interning with other makeup artists. Not only will you learn valuable skills, but you’ll also be able to expand your network!

Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Invest in self-care activities like getting a massage, going for a walk, or even just taking some time to relax and recharge.

By breaking this bad habit in the New Year, you’ll be able to stay motivated and work towards creating amazing looks with confidence!

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we wrap things up, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions related to breaking bad business habits in the New Year.

Q: What 3 habits of an entrepreneur can most negatively impact entrepreneurial growth?

A: Three of the biggest habits that can most negatively impact entrepreneurial growth include:

  1. Procrastination;
  2. Spending too much time on unproductive tasks;
  3. And not investing in yourself and your business.

Q: What are the top 5 bad habits that will negatively affect your makeup career?

A: The top 5 bad habits that can negatively affect your makeup career include:

  1. Not setting clear and achievable goals;
  2. Failing to market yourself and promote your work;
  3. Staying stuck in the same style instead of trying new things;
  4. Letting negative thoughts derail you;
  5. And not investing in yourself and your business.

Q: How can you identify “bad” career habits?

A: To identify “bad” career habits, it’s important to take a step back and look at your current workflow. Ask yourself if any of the following applies to you:

  • Do you procrastinate or lack motivation?
  • Are you stuck in your comfort zone instead of taking risks?
  • Do you struggle with time management or setting clear goals?
  • Are you neglecting to invest in yourself and your work?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, it’s likely that you have developed some bad career habits. Fortunately, by identifying them and taking steps to break them in the New Year, you can reignite your passion for makeup artistry!

Q: How can you track your progress so that you know if you’re actually improving your bad career habits?

A: One of the best ways to track your progress is to keep a journal and write down your thoughts, feelings, and successes. Additionally, you can create a vision board or set measurable goals for yourself that you can work toward each week.

Moreover, there are also ways that you can gather stats and data to measure your progress. For instance, you can track the number of followers you have on social media or analyze how many bookings you’re getting each month. By tracking these metrics, you can easily see where your bad business habits are hindering your success and adjust accordingly!

PRO TIP: Here are 12 business metrics that EVERY business owner should know and keep track of, courtesy of Scoro!

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So, What Would YOU Improve in 2023 and Beyond?

Now that you know how to break your bad habits, the only thing left is for you to start taking action! Set yourself up for success by investing in yourself and your business, expanding your network, and taking time for self-care. With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create amazing artwork and reach new heights of success in no time.

Good luck and Happy New Year, beauties!

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QC Makeup Academy’s Top 10 Blog Articles of 2022

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FACT: QC Makeup Academy has been a trusted leader in the beauty certification training industry for 38 years and counting. And our blog has had quite the year! Over the last 12 months, countless Beauty Buzz articles have garnered some major attention… And for good reason!

So, with 2023 just a couple more weeks away, we figured we’d do a little #throwback. Today, we’re breaking down the top 10 QC Makeup Academy blog articles from 2022.

So, lets see which of YOUR favorite articles made the list!

The Top 10 QC Makeup Academy Blog Articles of 2022

Coming in at 10th place, this blog post is all about helping aspiring entrepreneurs build their dream business in the skincare industry! Specifically, we dive into:

  • The role and responsibilities of a professional skincare consultant;
  • The size and profitability of the skincare industry;
  • Who the target market is for skincare consultants;
  • 15 trusted skincare brands;
  • 25 tried-and-true tips to successfully build your skincare business from scratch;
  • And more!

So, if you’ve been playing with the idea of launching a career in skincare, this is definitely the article for you.

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This article looks at the nitty-gritty of niche marketing, and how YOU can use it to build an incredibly successful makeup business. Here, you’ll discover:

  • What a niche is and what makes a niche strong;
  • Whether or not the beauty industry is a niche market;
  • Who the target market for makeup is;
  • Key steps for finding a niche for your own makeup business;
  • And 11 wildly popular examples of specialized makeup business ideas!

Plus, for each of the 11 examples given, we’ll break down:

  • What it is;
  • Who the target market is for that particular niche;
  • Special skills needed;
  • And top pros and cons of that niche.

If you want to start taking your makeup business to the next level in the New Year, then this QC Makeup Academy blog article is a MUST-read!

Now, this particular article is especially useful – regardless of whether you’re just starting out as an MUA or are already established.


Because if you’re just getting your feet on the ground, it can be difficult to figure out which direction you should go in. And if you’re already a seasoned makeup artist, it never hurts to get a refresher course on some of the most profitable and in-demand makeup services around. That way, if you want to expand your business and make more money, you know what the best paths are!

In this blog article, we cover:

  • What the highest qualification is in makeup;
  • Which field is best for makeup artistry;
  • The average salary of a professional MUA;
  • Common factors that’ll impact your salary;
  • Other things makeup artists can do to earn a higher income;
  • 16 of the highest-paying career paths for MUAs (including the what this career entails, average income expectations, etc.);
  • And more!

As a professional makeup artist, your portfolio is the bread and butter of your business! Moreover, a strong portfolio will serve as one of your GREATEST marketing materials, and will be the driving factor behind a large portion of your bookings.

But if you’re new to the game and haven’t yet put your portfolio together, where should you start? How will you know if you’re on the right track?

Luckily, this QC Makeup Academy blog article has all the answers!

Read on to learn all about:

  • What a makeup portfolio is and why it’s so important;
  • The average number of pictures that should be in your portfolio;
  • The types of makeup looks you should represent in your portfolio;
  • Building your professional makeup portfolio in 10 easy steps;
  • And how QC’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop can help you achieve the PERFECT, client-winning portfolio!

Learn more about QC Makeup Academy’s online Portfolio Development Workshop and get started today!

Want to become a professional skincare consultant… But don’t have any experience and not sure where to begin? This Ultimate Guide has you covered!

By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll know:

  • Why skincare is such a lucrative career choice;
  • The difference between a skincare consultant and an esthetician;
  • Salary expectations;
  • How to become a fully trained, certified, and working skincare consultant in just 5 steps;
  • And more!

Think of this article as a one-stop-shop for EVERYTHING you need to know about becoming a skincare consultant!

Alright, we’re officially at the halfway point of our Top 10 list…

In 5th place, this QC Makeup Academy blog article will be EXTREMELY helpful to those of you who already work as a makeup artist but want to increase your income and add more services to your repertoire!

Specifically, we take a look at the following 8 services (and dive into why your business will benefit from offering them to your clients):

  1. Bridal and bridal party makeup
  2. Bachelorette party makeup
  3. DIY workshops/makeup classes
  4. Mobile services
  5. Skincare consultations
  6. Hairstyling services
  7. Fashion styling services
  8. Virtual makeup services

Start the New Year on a high note for your makeup business by adding literally ANY of these services to your roster!

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Think that being a makeup artist is your destiny – but not entirely sure what this career actually looks like on a day-to-day basis?

In this blog article, we paint a vivid picture of the life of an MUA by detailing what they do on an average day!

You’ll discover:

  • How to get the right makeup training to kick-start your career;
  • How many hours the average MUA works every day;
  • Different types of makeup jobs and how they’ll affect your hours;
  • Specific skills all makeup artists need to be successful;
  • What a typical day in the life of an MUA looks like;
  • Working for a company vs. running your own business;
  • And more!

So, consider this article YOUR SIGN to take the leap in 2023!

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Earlier, we looked at tips for growing your skincare business. Now, coming in at 3rd place, we’re switching gears and focusing on the top tips for growing your makeup business!

In this QC Makeup Academy blog post, you’ll learn:

  • How makeup artists grow throughout their careers;
  • How to get noticed and put your name out there;
  • What a freelance MUA is (and how to become one);
  • Our top 15 sure-fire tips for growing your makeup business!

By the end of this article, we guarantee you’ll have a better understanding of how to take your makeup career to the next level!

In 2nd place, we have this EXCELLENT blog post that we think EVERY makeup artist should read!

This article covers the fundamentals of makeup artistry and takes a deep dive into why mastering these skills is so important for MUAs (regardless of experience level).

In particular, we cover:

  • The importance of practice;
  • Subjects you need to know in order to thrive as a makeup artist;
  • Learning makeup through social media vs. professional training courses;
  • Whether or not you need to be good at drawing to be an MUA;
  • 5 basic skills you NEED to know before you can book any clients;
  • And soft skills vs. hard skills as a makeup artist.

We highly recommend this blog post for any MUA who’s looking to brush up on their fundamentals and become a top-tier artist!

Alas, we’ve come to QC Makeup Academy’s MOST popular article of 2022! In our #1 spot, we tackle the pros and cons of working as a makeup artist. If you’ve been playing with the idea of becoming a makeup artist, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, this article should help you make a decision!

In this blog post, we discuss topics like:

  • The job description of an MUA;
  • 6 different/common types of makeup artists;
  • Benefits (and drawbacks) of being a freelance MUA;
  • 20 pros of working as a makeup artist;
  • 8 cons of working as a makeup artist;
  • And interesting statistics about professional makeup artistry!

Thus, as 2022 comes to a close and a new year is about to begin, this article is the perfect way to get a jump-start on your makeup career plans! So, give it a read and see if being an MUA is something you can picture yourself doing in 2023!

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Final Thoughts

As always, everyone here at QC Makeup Academy thanks you for taking the time to read this blog post – and all the other blog posts we’ve published to date! What’s more, we hope you’ve been inspired to launch a successful makeup career!

With that in mind, don’t forget to check out our wide variety of self-paced, online certification courses if you’re looking for the most comprehensive online training available. In as little as 8 short weeks, you can earn your internationally-recognized certification + designation and be ready to book your very first client!

Happy New Year, beauties, and we wish you all the best in 2023 and beyond!

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