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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.

FAQs

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!

Conclusion

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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Conclusion

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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Conclusion

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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FAQs

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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Conclusion

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.

Why?

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.

PRO TIP: Become a fully trained and globally-certified International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP) in as little as 2 short months by enrolling in QC’s self-paced, online Skincare Course!

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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.

Why?

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!

PRO TIP: Become a fully trained and certified Master International Makeup Professional (MIMP) in as little as 2-6 months with QC Makeup Academy’s leading online Master Makeup Artistry Course!

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!

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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!

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

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When to Throw Away Your Old Makeup and Skincare Products

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With the New Year fast approaching, now is the perfect time to sort through all of your makeup and skincare products, and get rid of anything that’s old or expired. After all, there are definite expiration dates that you should be aware of… And not paying attention to them can have damaging effects on your skin. In this article, we’ll reveal when to throw away your makeup and skincare products so you can keep your skin its healthiest!

Let’s get started!

Makeup

We’re going to break this article into two sections:

  1. Makeup
  2. Skincare

So, let’s start with your makeup products…

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What Happens to Makeup as it Gets Old?

Makeup products don’t last forever. As soon as you open them, they begin to expire due to natural oxidation and the growth of bacteria. When makeup gets old, it can cause irritation, breakouts and other unwanted reactions on your skin.

Are YOUR makeup products bathing in bacteria? Here are 6 reasons why this may be the case – and what to do about it!

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

There are a few ways to tell when your makeup products have gone bad. The first is the smell test – if it smells rancid, then it’s probably time to toss it. You can also look for changes in texture or color, as this is another good indication that the product has expired. Finally, you may want to check the packaging for an expiration date.

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Makeup?

Using old/expired makeup can lead to a variety of skin issues, such as:

  • Irritation
  • Rashes
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness, etc.

Not only that, but it can also make your skin look dull and aged due to the oxidation process. So if you want to keep your skin looking its best, be sure to throw away any old or expired makeup!

So, How Often Should You Get Rid Of Your Makeup?

Most experts suggest tossing out any makeup that you haven’t used in the last 3-6 months. Of course, the shelf life may vary, depending on the product. (We’ll delve more specifically into different products momentarily!)

In general, though, whenever you purchase any makeup products, be sure to find and note its expiration date. From there, you can make things easier for yourself by setting reminders or writing yourself little notes to remind you when it’s time to toss out your products.

And as we mentioned earlier, it’s also a good idea to regularly check your makeup products for any changes in smell, color or texture. After all, these can all be signs that it’s time to throw them away!

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When to Throw Away Makeup Products

Foundation

Average Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months

In terms of your foundation(s), you should be sure to replace it every 6-12 months. This is because these products contain water and oil, which can easily become breeding grounds for bacteria.

When to Get Rid of Foundation

Some signs that your foundation is going bad are:

  • Changes in color
  • A strange scent
  • Clumps of product forming

Concealer

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Whereas powder and/or stick concealers can last up to two years, liquid concealers should be replaced after one. When it comes to using these products on your skin, you want to make sure that they’re as fresh and bacteria-free as possible. When it’s expired, the product may not blend as easily, and it can also cause irritation, breakouts or dryness.

When to Get Rid of Concealer

When your concealer has gone bad, you may notice changes in texture or colors. Similarly, there may be flakes forming or a strange scent.

Highlight and Contour

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Similarly, highlighting and contouring products can last up to two years if they are powders. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about replacing them as often. If they are liquid products, however, then their shelf life will be closer to one year.

When to Get Rid of Highlight and Contour Products

When it comes to these products, you’ll want to pay attention for any changes in texture or color. If you notice that they’re starting to look cakey or discolored, it’s probably time to throw them out.

Blush

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

Just like with highlight and contour, powder blush products can last up to two years. If it’s cream-based, however, then it can last anywhere from 6 months to a year.

When to Get Rid of Blush

When your blush begins to look cakey or discolored, you’ll want to replace it. Furthermore, you’ll also want to make sure that your blush products are properly stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight. This can actually help extend their shelf life!

Mascara

Average Shelf Life: 3 months

In terms of mascara, you should be sure to replace it after three months. Mascara is especially prone to bacteria buildup, so it’s important to keep an eye on the expiration date and toss it out when needed. When you open a new tube, be sure to store it away from heat or humidity.

When to Get Rid of Mascara

If you’re unsure whether or not your mascara is starting to get old, look for any of the following indicators:

  • Clumping
  • A strange smell
  • Crumbly texture
  • Stiff/hard wand

Lipstick and Lip Gloss

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

Lipstick typically lasts between one to two years. Lip gloss, on the other hand, is usually good for six months to a year.

When to Throw Out Lipstick and/or Lip Gloss

When it comes to these products, you’ll want to pay attention to any changes in the texture or color. When it looks dry and cakey, it’s time to say goodbye!

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Eye Shadow

Average Shelf Life: 2 years

Most eye shadows can last up to two years, so long as they’re stored correctly. Meaning, you’ll want to make sure that they’re away from heat, humidity and direct sunlight. That said, you should still check for any signs of expiration before using them.

When to Throw Out Eyeshadow Palette

When your eye shadow starts to look too dry, too powdery, or discolored, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace it.

Eye Liner (Pencil)

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Pencil eyeliners usually last between 12 months and two years. When using these products, remember to always sharpen them after each use.

When to Get Rid of Eye Liner Pencil

When the pencil tip becomes dull or dry, it’s time to replace it with a new one!

Eye Liner (Liquid)

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

On the other hand, liquid eyeliners should be replaced every three to six months. When purchasing liquid eyeliners, be sure to check the label for any expiration dates or other important information.

When to Get Rid of Liquid Eye Liner

If you notice that your liquid eyeliner has changed color, texture or consistency, it’s time to toss it out and get a new one. For instance, one telltale sign that liquid eyeliner is going bad is if it starts becoming more clumpy.

Fake Eyelashes

Average Shelf Life: 6 months

Granted that they’re properly taken care of, fake eyelashes have an average shelf life of six months. Fake eyelashes can easily collect bacteria, so it’s important to keep them as fresh as possible.

When to Throw Out Fake Eyelashes

When the lashes start to look worn, dry, or clumpy, it’s time to throw them away!

Makeup Brushes

Average Shelf Life: 3-5 years

Your brushes are probably your biggest long-term investment when it comes to your makeup products! If you care for them properly and clean them regularly, they should be able to last you anywhere from a year to a whole decade! That said, a good average is that you’ll probably need to replace most brushes every three to five years.

When to Throw Away Makeup Brushes

A good indicator is that when the bristles start to flake off or become dry, it’s time to get a new set. Remember that you should always be gentle and careful when cleaning your brushes – harsh cleaners can damage the bristles!

PRO TIP: You may be cleaning your brushes (and other makeup products) the wrong way. But don’t worry, we’ve put together a little guide to help you clean your products the RIGHT way!

Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

Lastly, makeup sponges should be replaced every three to six months. We know, this may not sound like a whole lot of usage time… And if you’re on a budget, we totally understand that paying to replace them this frequently can be a challenge.

But, if you’re trying to keep your skin healthy and free from bacteria, it’s essential that you replace them regularly! After all, this is one product that’s especially susceptible to bacterial buildup.

When to Throw Out Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

When your beauty blenders start to look dry or discolored, it’s time to say goodbye and invest in a new set!

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

Specifically, where should you be looking to find the actual expiration date on the product itself?

Well, most makeup products should have an expiration date printed somewhere on the packaging or label.

If you don’t see anything that explicitly says ‘expiration date’, then it’s a good idea to check for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date. You should be able to find this by looking at either the bottom, side, or back of the product. This will tell you how long the product is good for and when it should be replaced.

Finally, it’s also important to keep in mind that your makeup products may expire sooner if they’ve been exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity. When in doubt, replace your products as soon as you can to make sure that your skin stays healthy and free from bacteria.

Do You Really Need to Throw Out Makeup?

Now, you may be wondering, “Can’t you simply clean old makeup?”

The short answer is no – you should not attempt to clean old makeup products. When it comes to eye shadow, eyeliner, and other products that come in a powder form, the bacteria buildup may be too deep into the product and simply can’t be removed.

For liquid makeup products such as foundation or concealer, they tend to expire much faster due to the bacteria that can form from being exposed to air. When it comes to makeup and skincare products, we always recommend replacing them as soon as they become expired or look like they have been used too much.

Bottom line? When in doubt, throw it out! Not only will this help you stay safe and healthy, but it will also help you stay looking fabulous!

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Skincare Products

Now let’s move onto the second section of our article – this time, all about skincare products.

What Happens to Skincare Products as They Get Old?

Most people don’t realize this, but using expired skincare products can actually be really damaging to your skin. When skincare products get old, the active ingredients start to break down and become ineffective… Meaning that they won’t give you the same benefits as when they were fresh!

Additionally, bacteria can start to form on the surface of the product, which can be really bad for your skin if you don’t clean it off regularly. When this happens, it’s important to throw away the product and invest in a new one.

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Skincare Products?

Using expired skincare products can cause a number of issues, including:

  • Irritation
  • Breakouts
  • Dryness
  • Allergic reactions
  • Redness
  • Bacterial infections

Furthermore, as we mentioned above, using expired skincare products won’t actually be beneficial for your skin – or helping you achieve the goals you have for your skincare routine.

Basically, when it comes to skincare products, you should always check the expiration date and replace them as soon as they become expired. This will help keep your skin healthy, safe and looking/feeling its best!

What is the Shelf Life of Skincare Products?

In general, most skincare products (once opened) have a shelf life of 6-12 months. If left unopened and stored correctly, many skincare products can last up to three years.

However, the shelf life ultimately varies, depending on the type of product and how you store it.

For example, products that come in a pump or spray bottle often have shorter shelf lives than products that come in a jar or tube. Additionally, storing your skincare products in areas with excessive heat or humidity may cause them to expire sooner than expected.

As we suggested earlier, the best way to keep track of your skincare products’ expiration dates is to check the bottom, side or back of the product for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date. Then, set yourself reminders to replace them as soon as they become expired.

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How to Tell When Skincare Products Have Expired

Next, let’s talk about how you can tell when your skincare products have expired. When it comes to liquids, the product may change in consistency or color – often becoming darker or runnier than usual.

For powders and creams, they may become lumpy or discolored. When this happens, they should be immediately thrown away.

Additionally, you may notice a foul odor or a change in the scent of your skincare product when it has expired – this is often an indication that bacteria has started to form on the surface of the product. When this happens, it’s best just to throw it away and invest in a new one.

What Happens if You Get an Infection?

Whether the root of the issue is your makeup products or your skincare products, what should you do if you use old products and it leads to an infection?

While you may be tempted to just wait it out and hope things clear up on their own, we don’t recommend this. If your skin has become inflamed, red, or irritated after using an expired product, then it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the infection, they may prescribe antibiotics or other treatments to help clear it up.

Better to be safe than sorry, right?

After all, in some cases, infections caused by using old makeup and skincare products can be serious! For example, staph infections can lead to long-term skin damage and even scarring. So, it’s important to take the necessary steps towards healing as soon as possible.

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How to Make Your Makeup and Skincare Products Last

Finally, what can you do to make sure your makeup and skincare products last as long as possible? Well, it all boils down to properly taking care of your products!

Here are a few things you can do:

  • Keep them away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Check expiration dates regularly
  • Don’t share or swap old products with friends (as this can lead to bacteria and infections)
  • Store them in a cool, dry place
  • Clean brushes and beauty blenders regularly (with soap and warm water)
  • Throw away expired products immediately

By following these tips, you’ll be able to maximize the shelf life of your makeup and skincare products, as well as avoid any potential infections.

When to Throw Away Makeup and Skincare Products: In Conclusion…

And voila! Now you know when to throw away makeup and skincare products. When in doubt, always check the product labels for a ‘best by’ or ‘use by’ date – this way, you’ll be sure to stay on top of your beauty routine!

Importantly, don’t forget to see a doctor if you experience any signs of infection after using old products – it’s always better to err on the side of caution.

Finally, remember to take proper care of your products and store them in cool, dry places. This way, you’ll be able to make them last as long as possible!

Happy shopping (and throwing away)! 😊

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40 Frequently Asked Questions for Hair Stylists (and Their Answers)

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As a hair stylist, you will likely be asked a lot of questions throughout your career. Similarly, if you’re thinking of booking with a hair stylist, you may not know where to start – or what to ask. In this article, we’ll go over (and answer) 40 of the most frequently asked questions for hair stylists! We hope that this information will help those:

  • In need of guidance when it comes to choosing a hair stylist;
  • Working transparently with clients;
  • Looking to ask the right questions.

So, let’s get started!

Common Questions You’ll Hear as a Hair Stylist

First, let’s take a look at the sort of questions you’ll get if you yourself are a professional hair stylist…

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Q: “Can you cut and/or dye my hair?”

A: No, as a hair stylist, you are not trained or qualified to make any chemical and/or permanent changes to a client’s hair. This would fall under the job description of a hair dresser, rather than that of a hair stylist. By the same extension, you would not be able to:

  • Perm their hair
  • Perform any chemical treatments to their hair
  • Install permanent hair extensions

Learn more about the similarities and differences between hair stylists vs. hair dressers!

Q: “What hair services do you offer?”

A: As a hair stylist, you are qualified to offer the following services:

  • Cutting and styling men’s, women’s, and children’s hair
  • Temporary blow-drying
  • Applying temporary coloring products like wax sprays or colorful gels
  • Creating updos, half updos, down hairstyles, and braiding for special occasions

Q: “How healthy is my hair/scalp?”

A: It’s important to answer this question honestly and accurately. As a hair stylist, you must be able to assess the health of your client’s scalp and hair in order to provide them with the best advice on how to take care of it. In order to do so, you should:

  • Perform a full scalp/hair inspection
  • Check for signs of damage such as split ends or brittleness
  • Inquire about their current hair care routine

Q: “Do you offer any styling tips or advice?”

A: Yes, of course! This is a great way to make sure that the client leaves your salon feeling satisfied with their new look. Make sure to use plenty of product and tell them which products they should use at home in order to keep their hair looking its best.

Q: “How often should I be shampooing and conditioning my hair?”

A: This can vary greatly, depending on individual hair type. However, as a general rule of thumb, most people should shampoo their hair every other day and condition it once or twice a week for best results.

With that in mind, here’s what you can recommend, based on their hair type…

Hair Texture:

  • Straight: Shampoo every other day, condition once or twice a week.
  • Wavy: Shampoo every 3 days, condition 1-2 times a week.
  • Curly: Shampoo every 4 days, condition 2-3 times a week.
  • Coily: Shampoo every 5-7 days, condition 3-4 times a week.

Hair Structure:

  • Fine: Use a lightweight shampoo and conditioner.
  • Medium: Use a mild cleanser and rinse out conditioner.
  • Thick: Use a volumizing shampoo and deep conditioner.

Scalp Moisture:

  • Dry: Use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Normal: Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  • Oily: Use a clarifying shampoo and light conditioner.

Need help identifying your hair type? This chart, courtesy of Function Of Beauty, will point you in the right direction!

Q: “What hair styling tool will I need to use at home to replicate this look?”

A: Once you’ve finished styling the client’s hair, it’s important to provide them with a list of the products used. Plus, you should list any tools they’ll need in order to replicate their look. This could include items such as:

  • Curling irons
  • Flat irons
  • Blow dryers
  • Products like texturizing sprays, mousses, and gels, etc.

Q: “My hair is burnt. What should I do?”

A: Unfortunately, this is something that can happen when using too much heat when styling. It’s important to be honest and tell the client that they should avoid further heat styling until their hair has been treated by a professional with the right qualifications for such a task. Professional treatments could include using specialized products such as protein masks or keratin treatments to help repair their damaged hair.

Finally, make sure to emphasize the importance of using a heat protectant prior to any future heat styling, in order to prevent further damage!

Q: “How much do hair stylists make?”

A: Throughout your career, you may get asked this questions by clients who are also thinking of pursuing a job in this field. Because there’s no clear-cut answer to this question, you can let them know that salaries vary and depend on things like:

  • Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Skill set(s)
  • Whether they run their own business, are a freelancer, or work for an employer, etc.

Should you want to be a bit more specific, you can always give them a general yearly salary range based on the country you live in:

  • United States: Between approx. $20,900 and $68,200 USD annually (Source: Salary Expert).
  • Canada: Between approx. $29,000 and $64,000 CAD annually (Source: Glassdoor).
  • United Kingdom: Between approx. £23,400 and £39,500 GBP annually (Source: Talent.com).
  • New Zealand: Between approx. $19,700 and $66,200 NZD annually (Source: Salary Expert).
  • Australia: Between approx. $40,000 and $71,000 AUD annually (Source: Payscale)

“How Much Does a Hair Stylist Make an Hour?”

Again, since this can vary depending on a number of factors, it’s best to provide an average hourly rate (if you really want to get into the nitty gritty details). Depending on the country you live in as a hair stylist, you can make:

  • United States: Between approx. $17-$28 USD per hour (Source: Talent.com).
  • Canada: Between approx. $15-$23 CAD per hour (Source: Talent.com).
  • United Kingdom: Between approx. £7-£11 GBP per hour (Source: Payscale)
  • New Zealand: Between approx. $16-$26 NZD per hour (Source: Glassdoor).
  • Australia: Between approx. $21-$30 AUD per hour (Source: Payscale).

Q: “How long does it take to become a hair stylist?”

A: It really depends on where you get your training from. Some hair stylists opt to get their credentials from a cosmetology school. This typically takes between 8 months and 2 years, depending on the program you choose.

Other stylists decide to gain experience by working in salons as an apprentice. This route usually takes 3-4 years.

You can also obtain a certificate or diploma through online courses, such as the Hair Styling Essentials Course taught by QC Makeup Academy. Since this program is entirely self-paced and done right from the comfort of home, YOU get to decide when you graduate!

(As a point of reference, if you were to devote just 1-2 hours per week to this QC course, you could earn your internationally-recognized Hair Styling Essentials certificate in as little as 2 short months!)

Want to learn more about QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Hair Styling Essentials Course? Check out the full course curriculum!

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Questions to Ask a Hair Stylist

Next, let’s talk about the questions that you – as the client – should ask your hair stylist before booking an actual appointment. Here are a few of the most important ones…

Q: “Do you have any experience with my type of hair?”

A: It’s important for your stylist to be familiar with the type of hair you have. Questions like this will help you gauge how experienced your stylist is. Plus, it can also give you more insight into their overall skill set.

Q: “What are your areas of expertise?”

A: Your hair stylist might specialize in things such as updos, color services, straightening methods, etc. Asking this question can give you a better understanding of what your stylist is capable of doing!

Q: “Do you use professional products?”

A: Ask to see what kind of products they use on clients’ hair, as well as which ones they recommend for your specific hair type. Professional products can make a huge difference in terms of quality and longevity! Not to mention, if a hair stylist is only working with lower-quality products and/or tools, this can be seen as a reflection of the type of work they’d do on your hair.

Q: “Can I see your hair styling portfolio?”

A: Any hair stylist worth your consideration should have a professional portfolio to show you. This is especially the case if that hair stylist has been in the industry for a while!

The purpose of the portfolio is to be able to show you their past work. Ideally, this work should reflect various different styles, techniques, and areas of expertise.

Seeing a hair stylist’s portfolio is important for you to get an idea of their styles and techniques, as well as the results they’re realistically capable of achieving.

Q: “Do you offer consultations or trial services?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask your hair stylist if they offer consultations prior to actually booking an appointment. This can help you get a better sense of the type of work they do and whether or not their style aligns with yours.

In terms of trial services, this is especially important for anyone that’s looking to book a more complicated service, such as an up-do or color service. A trial run will ensure that you’ll be happy with the results.

Q: “What are your qualifications as a hair stylist?”

A: This is an especially important question to ask if you’re looking for a more experienced or upper-level hair stylist. It’s totally fine to ask what kind of qualifications and credentials they have, as well as where and when they received their training.

The answers to these types of questions can help give you peace of mind that the individual you are booking with is knowledgeable and experienced.

Q: “How long have you been a hair stylist?”

A: This is another important question to ask in order to gauge a hair stylist’s experience level. Generally speaking, the longer someone has been in the industry, the better!

Furthermore, asking this question can also help you determine if they’re up-to-date with the latest hair styling trends and techniques.

Q: “What are your rates?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask about their pricing before booking an appointment. Most hair stylists will have different rates for various services, so it’s important to make sure that you understand exactly what you’re paying for and why.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to shop around – price is often a reflection of quality and experience!

Q: “Do you offer any discounts or loyalty programs?”

A: Discounts and loyalty programs can be a great way to save money while still receiving quality services. Ask your hair stylist if they offer any such incentives or programs.

Most salons will have some type of deal that you can take advantage of. So, it’s definitely worth inquiring about!

Q: “Do you have a website?”

A: This is an especially important question if the hair stylist is a freelancer or running their own business. Having a website is essential for any serious hair stylist! After all, it can provide you with valuable information about their services, rates, contact information, and portfolio.

If the hair stylist is running their own business and doesn’t have a professional website, this could be a sign that they’re either new to the industry or not taking their work seriously. Therefore, it’s best to proceed with caution if you’re thinking of booking with them.

PRO TIP: Make sure their website contains these 7 essentials items!

Q: “Can I find you on social media?”

A: This is the kind of questions that’s useful, regardless of whether the hair stylist works independently or for an employer. Here’s why:

  • Social media is a great way to stay connected with your hair stylist!
  • You can get updates on any special offers they may have!
  • You can check out more of their work that may not be included within their portfolio!

Q: “Can you provide references?”

A: A reliable stylist should be able to provide you with references from past clients who have been satisfied with their results. Taking the time to read these reviews can give you a better idea of what to expect from their services.

Having references also adds an additional layer of trustworthiness and credibility, which is always a plus!

Q: “Do I need to come to you or can you travel to me?”

A: If you’re in need of a hair stylist for a special event (such as a wedding), it’s important to clarify if they are willing to travel and what the associated fees may be.

Also, make sure to ask how far in advance you need to book their services if they do need to travel to you!

Q: “Do you offer virtual hair styling services?”

A: You may require virtual services for a number of reasons, such as:

  • The hair stylist you’re interested in doesn’t live/work in your area
  • The event you need your hair styled for is a destination one
  • You’d like to learn first-hand styling techniques from the comfort of your own home, etc.

In any case, virtual hair styling services have become increasingly popular over the past few years. So, it’s worth asking if your hair stylist offers this type of service.

Keep in mind that there may be additional fees associated with virtual styling, so make sure to check on this in advance as well in case you need to include it within your budget!

Q: “Do you have a contract?”

A: Depending on the environment the hair stylist works in, there may or may not be a contract for you to sign. For example, if the stylist is employed by a salon, there likely won’t be one. However, if the hair stylist works as a freelancer or small business owner, it’s quite common to have some type of contract in place.

So, make sure to ask about this beforehand. And if they do provide you with a contract, read it over carefully. This will help ensure that you’re aware of any terms and conditions that may apply!

Q: “What’s your cancellation policy?”

A: It’s always a good idea to ask about the cancellation policy. This will help avoid any potential misunderstandings when it comes time to cancel an appointment. It’ll also help you avoid losing any money in the event that there’s any sort of cancellation fee.

Most salons have a strict 24-hour notice policy. If the hair stylist is a freelancer or business owner, their own policy may be the same – or it may be different. So, make sure you know what their specific rules are beforehand!

Q: “Do I need to tip my hair stylist? If so, how much?”

A: Tipping your hair stylist is a great way to show your appreciation for the quality of their work. And while it’s not mandatory by any means, generally speaking, it’s customary to tip between 15-20%. That said, some people choose to leave more or less depending on their satisfaction with the end result.

Ultimately, it’s up to you as the customer!

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Questions to Ask Your Clients During the Consultation

Finally, let’s circle back and assume that you’re the professional hair stylist. Of course, you’ll want to ensure that the client feels comfortable and safe during the consultation. Moreover, you’ll want to walk away from the consultation with a firm understanding of their needs.

So, here are some essential questions to ask prospective clients during the first consultation…

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Q: “How did you hear about [my business/the salon]?”

A: This question will help you gain insight into any potential referral sources that could be beneficial for your business. Additionally, it may give you an idea of what type of marketing efforts have been the most successful so far!

Q: “Do you know your hair type?”

A: Knowing the client’s hair type is essential, as it will play a major role in determining what products and techniques you’ll use. If they don’t know their hair type, encourage them to bring in photos of themselves with wet and dry hair!

Q: “What are you hoping to achieve with this hairstyle?”

A: Ultimately, you want to make sure that the client walks away with a style they’re happy with. Asking this question will help you gain additional insight so that you can provide them with the best possible outcome.

Q: “Is this for a specific event?”

A: If the client is getting their hair done for a special event, make sure you know what it is. This will provide additional context and help you craft the perfect style to suit the occasion.

Q: “When is this event?”

A: If your client answered “yes” to the previous question, it’s important to get an understanding of when the event is. From there, you craft a strategy for timeliness and ensure that the client has their hair looking great in time for the event!

Q: “What are you looking to get done?”

A: This may seem like a no-brainer, but you obviously can’t do your job as a hair stylist if you don’t know what the client wants – and if you’re capable of providing it to them. So, make sure you get a clear understanding of what they’re looking to achieve. This will ensure that both parties are on the same page and expectations can be met!

Q: “What products do you use on your hair?”

A: It’s always beneficial to have an understanding of the type of hair products the client uses on their hair. From there, you craft a strategy as to what type of products and techniques you’ll use during the hairstyling process!

Q: “Do you have any allergies or sensitivities?”

A: This is a VERY important one! You’ll want to make sure your client doesn’t have any allergies or sensitivities that would cause an adverse reaction. So, make sure you get very clear answers on this one!

Q: “Do you have any hair styling preferences?”

A: Asking this question is essential, as it helps make sure that any preferences the client has are taken into account. For instance, some clients may have a preference for updos, whereas others may prefer to wear their hair down. By asking this question, you can make sure that their hair is styled exactly how they want it to be!

Q: “Do you have any cowlicks?”

A: Cowlicks, or the natural direction that certain hairs grow in, can be a bit of a challenge to work with. This can especially be the case when working with bangs. So, make sure to ask your client if they have any so you can factor it into your styling process.

Q: “Do you have a budget?”

A: In some cases, the client may have a budget in mind for their hair styling session. Knowing this ahead of time will help you plan accordingly and make sure that you won’t be going over their budget!

Now, what happens if a client’s budget doesn’t match with your service rates?

Don’t be afraid to negotiate! It’s a great way to show your client that you understand their needs and wants, and it’ll help ensure that both parties are happy with the outcome.

And if they outright refuse to work with you and pay a fair cost for your services? It’s okay to turn down a potential customer if they’re unwilling to meet a price that you feel is reasonable. Just be sure to do so politely, respectfully, and professionally.

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Q: “How do you like to part your hair?”

A: The best way to get the answer to this question is by asking the client to show you how they typically part their hair. This will give you a better understanding of whether or not their preference is to have their hair parted down the middle, on one side, or a bit more off-center. Once you’ve got a good visual, it’ll be much easier to craft their hairstyle and make sure it’s exactly how they want it!

Q: “Would you also like to get your makeup done?”

A: This is a GREAT question to ask during the initial consultation if you also happen to provide makeup services. Not only will you be able to make sure that your client has their entire look ready for their special occasion – it can also be a great opportunity to upsell and possibly provide additional services.

If they answer “yes” to this question, let them know that you can also provide them with this service at the same time as their hair styling. If you’re able to bundle the services together and give them a discounted rate, let them know this, too!

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Q: “Do you have any reference photos?”

A: If a client has reference photos, this can help give you a better idea of what kind of look they’re going for and make sure that the final style is exactly the way they want it. So, if your client does have any reference photos be sure to ask them to show them to you.

However, approach the reference photos carefully. Sometimes, they can give clients unrealistic expectations. So, take a good look at the style and let them know honestly whether their hair type would produce the same results. If not, let them know how their results may be different, so the client isn’t unpleasantly shocked after all the work is done.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Hair Stylists: Final Thoughts

As a hair stylist, it’s important to be prepared for any and all questions that your clients might have. And as a client, being prepared with the right questions to ask will help you get the best results.

Knowing the answers to all the questions listed above will not only ensure that your hair styling experience is a smooth one, but it’ll also make sure that you and your stylist are on the same page and understand each other.

Got any questions or comments to add to the conversation?

Drop them below, as we’re always happy to hear from you!

Thanks for reading! 💕

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How To Go Viral on TikTok as a Makeup Artist

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As a makeup artist, you probably dream of going viral on TikTok. I mean, who doesn’t want to be the next Mikayla Nogueira? TikTok is the perfect platform to share your skills and talent with the world! In this article, we’ll provide some tips and tricks on how to go viral on TikTok as an MUA. Plus, we’ll also discuss ways to get more followers, properly use hashtags, and more.

Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a social media superstar!

Why Everyone Wants to Go Viral on TikTok

It’s not hard to see why so many makeup artists and other creatives flock to TikTok. On the platform, it’s easy to showcase your skills and connect with like-minded people. Plus, being featured on the “For You” page can mean a huge influx of followers and likes! As a result, your makeup career can go from a 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye!

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Making Money on TikTok

There are also financial perks to making it big if you live in the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

Tiktokers living in these countries qualify for what’s known as the “Creator Fund“. This fund pays qualifying creators every month based on how many views and interactions their videos receive. In order to qualify for the Creator Fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Have more than 10,000 followers
  • Have at least 100,000 views over the last 30 days

How Much Money Can You Make from the Creator Fund?

It depends on how popular you are. Generally speaking, the top 1% of Tiktokers (in terms of views and interactions) will receive a larger amount than those who have less followers and fewer views. That said, generally speaking, the average Tiktoker makes about $500 a month from the Creator Fund.

FUN FACT: Here’s what the 7 highest-earning TikTokers are making!

Other Ways To Make Money

But what about if you live in a country that doesn’t qualify for the Creator Fund? Are you SOL in terms of your earning potential?

Not at all! Just look at Canadian hairstylist and TikTok star, Kris Collins, as a prime example. She has over 47 million followers and has managed to to make quite a living off of her videos. She does this by working with brands and creating sponsored content.

This is because, on top of the Creator Fund, there are other ways you can leverage TikTok to earn an income…

1 – Sponsorships & Affiliate Links

Reaching a certain level of popularity on TikTok can open the doors to sponsored content opportunities. This involves having brands pay you to promote their products or services, either through video endorsements or affiliate links in your profile’s bio.

2 – Selling Your Own Products

Whether it’s makeup tutorials, digital downloads, classes, ebooks, etc., you can use TikTok to promote and sell your own products. This is a great way to leverage your following in order to build a sustainable income stream.

3 – Crowdfunding & Donations

You can also ask your followers for donations or crowdfund the creation of a project. All you need to do is create a campaign page on a platform like Patreon or GoFundMe and then share it with your followers on TikTok.

4 – Coaching Services

If you consider yourself an expert in makeup artistry, why not offer your services as a coach? You can use TikTok to promote the coaching services that you offer and monetize your skills. Furthermore, you can even take it a step further by using your TikTok platform to guide viewers to your business website and other social media pages!

5 – Live Events

Finally, you can use TikTok to promote live events that you are hosting. This could be anything from a meet and greet, product launch, or makeup tutorial session.

Who is The Best Makeup Artist on TikTok?

This is subjective, to be honest. But, if we had to pick one makeup artist that is really killing it on TikTok right now, then our vote would go to Charli D’Amelio. She has over 103 million followers and she even recently collaborated with Urban Decay for a special makeup collection!

Of course, there are plenty of other TikTokers of note, too. Literally any of the following MUAs could also easily contend for the top spot:

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How To Go Viral on TikTok as a Makeup Artist

Before we go any further, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a “for-sure” kind of guide… After all, if there was one clear way to go viral, literally everyone would be a macro-influencer! In reality, the best way to stand out and achieve success on TikTok is by being creative, consistent and patient.

(And, yes, sometimes a little luck does play its part, too!)

Rather, what we’re providing to you is a set of tips and advice that you can use as a makeup artist on TikTok in order to increase your chances of going viral. So, without further ado, let’s dive into it!

Step 1: Understand Your Audience

As with any social media platform, it’s important to understand who your target audience is. For instance, are you aiming for teenage girls, brides, young adults, or something else entirely? Knowing this will help you create content that resonates with them.

Step 2: Leverage Trends

TikTok LOVES trends! It’s the algorithm’s blood and bones! Chances are, if you want to go viral, you’ll need to incorporate trending topics or challenges into your videos. And the good news is that as a makeup artist, you already have access to plenty of creative ideas from which to draw inspiration.

Step 3: Quality Content Is Key

As always, it’s important to create content of high quality. This means investing in decent equipment and makeup. However, don’t forget that high-quality content doesn’t necessarily mean expensive! Even if you don’t have the budget to buy a fancy camera or pricey products, there are plenty of affordable options out there.

Step 4: Put Your Spin On It

It’s also important to remember that even if you are using trending topics, it’s important to put your own twist on the video. This is what will help you stand out from the crowd and potentially make your content go viral!

Step 5: Use Hashtags

Don’t forget to use hashtags in order to increase visibility! All you need to do is pick several relevant keywords associated with your content and add them to your post. This will help you reach a wider audience and increase the chances of going viral.

Relevant Hashtags

As a makeup artist on TikTok, it’s critical that you make use of hashtags that are relevant to your content. Here are some examples of trending makeup hashtags on TikTok:

  • #MakeupTutorial
  • #EyebrowTutorial
  • #ContourTutorial
  • #EyeshadowTutorial
  • #Beauty
  • #MakeupArtist
  • #MUA
  • #MakeupLover
  • #Skincare
  • #MakeupAddict
  • #HudaBeauty
  • #KBeauty
  • #BeautyHacks
  • #MakeUpLooks
  • #BeautyBlogger
  • #Cosmetics

Trending Hashtags

On the other hand, you may have also noticed a trend where people suddenly use seemingly random hashtags – but those hashtags have a TON of popularity. This happens when a popular challenge or topic is currently viral and people are jumping on the bandwagon!

Importantly, these hashtags may have little to nothing to do with the beauty world. All the same, it’s worth it to experiment with these and add them to your video. You never know… You may just be able to capitalize on the moment of high popularity and increase your chances of your video(s) going viral!

Step #6: Jump On Trending Sounds

Another key tip is to make sure you jump on the right trend sound. Just like tags and challenges, sounds tend to go viral quickly. As such, if you can incorporate a trending sound into your video, you may be able to capitalize on the surge of popularity while it’s still fresh!

Step #7: Duet and/or Stitch Videos

Duets and Stitch videos are a great way to increase your reach and engagement!

A duet is when you create a video alongside another person’s content (usually by standing on the left or right side of the frame) – this then shows up as “your version” of that video in your followers’ feeds.

On the other hand, a stitch is when you combine two videos from different people into one. This would mean that the original video would first play for a few seconds, before changing to your video. It’s like a double feature!

Firstly, these can be great for collaborations. Secondly, it’s also a great way for posting content that’s new to your followers (but still leverages the popularity of someone else’s content). Just make sure to add something of value to your Duets and Stitches. Otherwise, your followers may be put off by the constant reposting.

Step 8: Post Regularly and Consistently

Another critical way to go viral on TikTok is to post regularly and consistently. This will ensure your followers don’t forget about you. Plus, it keeps the algorithm happy and it increases the chances of making it onto the For You Page – which is essential for TikTok stardom.

If you need help posting on a consistent basis, you may want to consider using a social media scheduling tool like Hootsuite or Buffer. This will help you plan and manage your content efficiently!

Step 9: Share Everywhere

You should also make sure that you share your video everywhere – especially on other social media platforms. This will not only help you reach more people, but it can also help to strengthen your online presence and build relationships with an even wider audience!

Step #10: Use TikTok to Network

It’s also a good idea to use TikTok as an opportunity to network and collaborate with other makeup artists. This will help you build meaningful relationships and increase the reach of your content!

How?

You can do this by engaging with other people’s content, searching for influencers to work with, and even creating your own challenges or collaborations. Plus, when existing influencers learn about you, they may be inclined to give you a shout-out on their own videos, collaborate with you, and/or help you reach a wider audience!

Step #11: Make Sure Your Brand is Consistent

Finally, we need to talk about your brand. Basically, it’s important to make sure that your content is consistent with your brand image. This will ensure that you have a recognizable and memorable presence on TikTok.

So, when creating videos, make sure you stick to elements like:

  • The same filter (or no filter at all)
  • Similar angles and shot types
  • The same sound(s)/music(s) if you want to build an association between you and that sound
  • A signature intro/outro
  • Character recognition (if you create sketch content)
  • Consistent text/titles on your video thumbnails, etc.

By keeping your brand consistent, you not only build credibility and trust with your followers – you also make it easier for people to recognize you as a professional makeup artist!

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How to Go Viral on TikTok Overnight

Going viral on TikTok is no easy feat! It requires a lot of work, dedication and patience. For this reason, we don’t recommend going into things with the expectation that you’ll hit stardom overnight. Yes, while it can happen, it’s not guaranteed – and it certainly won’t happen if you don’t put in the effort.

But if you stay consistent, keep experimenting with new ideas, and follow the tips we mentioned above, you’ll eventually start to see results. Just make sure to stick to your authentic self and enjoy the process – it’s all part of the journey!

How to Go Viral on TikTok with No Followers

This leads us to the next question: Can you legitimately go viral on TikTok if you have little to no followers?

The answer is YES!

While having a large following does certainly help, you don’t actually need to have a massive following in order to go viral. After all, even the biggest TikTokers all had to start somewhere. In fact, there have been plenty of people who went viral with a tiny following… Only to have their follower count BLOW UP as a result of their video going viral!

The key here is to focus on the quality of your content instead of the quantity of followers you have. If you can create something valuable and entertaining enough, it’ll eventually reach a large audience no matter what! So, just keep creating and don’t give up!

How To Get TikTok Followers

Now, what if one of your goals is to build a massive follower count?

In that case, the best thing you can do – again – is to stay consistent and make sure your content is engaging. That said, here are a few additional tips you can use to help grow your following:

  • Figure out what kind of content works for the platform
  • Optimize for TikTok’s algorithm
  • Engage with other users in order to get your content seen
  • Partner with influencers or brands
  • Post regularly and stick to a schedule
  • Experiment with new ideas/styles
  • Use hashtags and trends strategically

By following these tips, you should be able to start gaining TikTok followers in no time! Plus, don’t forget that growing your follower count is a long-term strategy and should never be rushed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lastly, let’s wrap things up by addressing a few frequently asked questions about going viral on TikTok:

Q: How long does it take to go viral on TikTok?

A: It depends on a few factors, such as the quality of your content and how often you post. That said, it can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks or months before a video goes viral.

Q: Do you need expensive equipment to go viral?

A: Not necessarily. There are tons of viral TikTokers who use nothing more than their phone or a webcam to film themselves. While having fancy cameras and editing software certainly helps, the most important factor is creating content that resonates with your audience.

With that in mind, just remember that if you do start to go viral, you may want to invest in fancier equipment. After all, the quality of your videos should always reflect the level of success you’re aiming for!

Q: How often should you post on TikTok to go viral?

A: Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. The best thing to do is experiment and see what works for you. That said, it’s generally recommended to post at least once a day in order to maximize your chances of success.

Q: How do you track your progress on TikTok?

A: TikTok makes it easy to track your progress by providing analytics for each of your videos, such as how many views and likes you’ve received. Additionally, you can check out the “Discover” page which shows who’s following you, what kind of content they like, and other insights into their behavior.

Q: How many views does it take to go viral on TikTok?

A: Again, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. Generally speaking though, you should aim for at least a few thousand views on a video in order to have a chance of going viral. Keep in mind though, even if you don’t get that many views, it’s still possible to go viral. So, don’t let it discourage you!

Q: How many likes does it take on a video for it to go viral?

A: Here’s the thing – likes are important, but they aren’t the only factor that determines if a video goes viral or not. So, while having a lot of likes certainly helps, it’s not necessarily an indication that your video will become viral.

Q: How do you do a TikTok makeup video?

A: Doing a makeup video on TikTok is pretty straightforward. First, pick the makeup look you’d like to create and then make sure you have everything you need to do the look. Next, take a few clips of yourself doing your makeup and add any music or effects (if desired). Finally, post the video and make sure to use relevant hashtags in order to get your content seen.

If you need some pointers for editing your TikTok videos, here are some resources you’ll probably find useful:

Q: Does going viral on TikTok really work?

A: Absolutely! There are countless TikTokers who have gone from having zero followers to millions in the span of a few weeks or months just by creating a few viral videos. So, if you’re willing to put in the work and show patience, you can definitely go viral on TikTok.

Q: Will getting certified as a makeup artist help you go viral on TikTok?

A: Yes, it can definitely help! Having a certification in makeup artistry can show that you have expertise and knowledge in the topic. Additionally, having a certification can give you credibility, which can help to attract more followers on TikTok.

Think of it this way: if you don’t actually know what you’re talking about, you’re more likely to demonstrate poor form and/or teach improper techniques. In turn, if you happen to go viral, it could be for entirely the wrong reason… And we know you don’t want that!

To ensure that you don’t run into this problem, make sure that if you’re demonstrating a makeup look or giving advice, you have the necessary qualifications to do so. The best way to achieve this level of expertise? Take a makeup certification course, such as any of the self-paced, online ones offered at QC Makeup Academy!

Become a fully trained and internationally-certified MUA in as little as 2 short months! Check out QC Makeup Academy’s full list of online training programs and enroll today!

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Conclusion

Going viral on TikTok is achievable if you have the right strategies. From creating engaging and shareable content, to leveraging analytics and understanding your audience – having a plan in place will help increase your chances of success. Additionally, getting certified as a makeup artist can also help to attract more followers and showcase your expertise in the topic!

So, what are you waiting for? With some hard work and dedication, you can become the next viral makeup artist on TikTok!

Good luck!

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14 Skin Conditions You’ll See as a Skincare Consultant

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As a skincare consultant, you’ll be faced with a variety of skin conditions. It’s important to be familiar with each condition and know how to best help your clients deal with them. In this article, we’ll discuss 14 common skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant. Plus, we’ll also provide information on what each condition is, and how you can help your clients manage it.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

What Is a Skincare Consultant?

You obviously know the answer to this question if you’re already a working professional. But if you’re considering a career in skincare consulting, you should first understand what the job entails.

A skincare consultant provides advice and guidance to clients on how to best care for their skin. Providing information on ingredients, treatments, and products that may be beneficial for a given skin type or condition are all examples of this.

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Skincare Consultant vs. Dermatologist

You must also understand where your job description ends and where a dermatologist‘s begins – because they are very different professions.

A skincare consultant is not a medical professional, whereas a dermatologist is. As a result, there are certain services you won’t be qualified to provide. For instance, you can’t:

  • Prescribe drugs, medicated ointments, and medicated creams
  • Diagnose skin diseases
  • Perform skin biopsies or other medical procedures

Rather, as a skincare consultant, you’ll provide guidance and advice on how to best care for one’s skin. Should you ever come across skin conditions that require medical treatments or prescriptions, advise your client to seek out a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.

As a skincare consultant, part of your job description will be knowing when your client’s concern can be handled by you… And when a referral to a dermatologist is in order!

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What Are Skin Conditions?

Alright, you understand the roles and responsibilities of a skincare consultant. Now let’s talk about skin conditions! Skin conditions are diseases and disorders that affect the appearance or function of one’s skin. They can range from mild to severe in nature, with some being more easily treated than others.

What Can Cause Skin Conditions?

Skin conditions can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Allergies
  • Environmental exposure
  • Poor skincare habits

Skin conditions can also develop due to underlying issues like hormonal imbalances or autoimmune diseases.

What Are The Most Common Skin Conditions?

There are a multitude of skin conditions out there, and here we’ll discuss 14 of the most common ones you’ll see as a skincare consultant. They include:

  1. Acne
  2. Sensitized Skin
  3. Rosacea
  4. Eczema
  5. Psoriasis
  6. Skin Cancer
  7. Vitiligo
  8. Cold Sores
  9. Hives
  10. Warts
  11. Shingles
  12. Perioral Dermatitis
  13. Folliculitis
  14. Keratosis Pilaris

14 Skin Conditions You’ll See as a Skincare Consultant

Let’s take a look at each one individually…

Skin Condition #1: Acne

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What is Acne?

Acne (a.k.a. acne vulgaris) is a skin condition that is characterized by clogged pores and small, raised bumps on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. It’s most common among adolescents. That said, it can occur in people of all ages, such as babies and the elderly.

What Causes Acne?

Acne can be caused by a variety of factors such as hormonal imbalances, stress, poor diet, genetics, and certain skincare products.

How To Spot Acne as a Skincare Consultant

Luckily, acne is relatively easy to spot as a skincare consultant. Look for small, raised bumps on the face and other areas of the body like the neck, back, chest, or shoulders. However, keep in mind that these may be painful to the touch and can even cause scarring if not treated properly. So, use a gentle (gloved) hand if touching your client’s skin!

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Acne?

You can help your client manage their acne by first determining the underlying cause. From there, create a treatment plan that targets it. This could include recommending lifestyle changes (i.e. improving diet).

Topical treatments and/or medications may need to be implemented, should the acne be severe enough. Again, though, anything medicated should only be suggested to the client by a dermatologist.

Once you’ve identified the underlying cause, provide your clients with a skin care routine tailored to their needs. This should include using gentle cleansers, non-comedogenic moisturizers (if needed), and products that are specifically formulated for acne management.

Finally, don’t forget to remind your clients of the importance of not picking or popping their zits. This can lead to infection and further inflammation, so it’s best to leave it alone!

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

For mild cases of acne, you should be able to help your client manage the condition with lifestyle changes, topical treatments, and skincare products. However, if the acne is severe or doesn’t seem to be responding to treatment, you may need to refer your client to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.

Skin Condition #2: Sensitized Skin

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What is Sensitized Skin?

Sensitized skin – also known as irritant contact dermatitis – is a condition in which the skin becomes over-reactive to certain stimuli. In turn, this can lead to redness, inflammation, and discomfort.

What Causes Sensitized Skin?

This skin condition can be caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • Environmental stressors (i.e. pollution, wind)
  • Skincare products that irritate the skin
  • Underlying conditions like eczema or rosacea

How To Spot Sensitized Skin as a Skincare Consultant

Unfortunately, sensitized skin can be quite tricky to spot. Many people may not realize they have it until it’s triggered.

With that in mind, you can look for signs of redness or inflammation on your client’s face. This could indicate sensitized skin. Other symptoms may include stinging, burning, or tightness of the skin, too.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Sensitized Skin?

If your client has sensitized skin, then the goal is to identify and avoid the triggers that cause it. For example, you might discover after some investigating that they have an underlying condition, such as eczema or rosacea.

To combat sensitized skin, you might suggest that they avoid certain skincare products. Alternately, maybe you advise that they avoid environmental stressors (like pollution or wind).

When it comes to their skincare routine, your clients should look for gentle cleansers and moisturizers that are free of fragrance and other potential irritants. Also, opting for a more natural-based line of products may help reduce irritation as well!

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

In most cases, you should be able to help your clients manage sensitized skin with lifestyle changes and the right skincare routine. However, you may should refer them to a dermatologist if their symptoms seem severe or don’t respond to treatment. From there, a dermatologist can then assess any underlying conditions that could be causing the sensitization and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Skin Condition #3: Rosacea

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What is Rosacea?

Erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (known simply as rosacea) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It’s often characterized by facial redness, bumps, and/or visible blood vessels. Rosacea can range from mild to severe, depending on the individual case.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown. However, it’s believed to be related to a combination of factors such as:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental triggers (like stress)
  • Certain lifestyle choices (like drinking alcohol)

How To Spot Rosacea as a Skincare Consultant

As with any skin condition, proper diagnosis should only come from a dermatologist. However, as a skincare consultant, you may want to look out for signs of persistent facial flushing or redness in your clients. Other signs may include visible blood vessels or bumps on the skin.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Rosacea?

When it comes to rosacea, the goal is to identify and avoid potential triggers. Moreover, you want to help your client maintain a gentle skincare routine that won’t aggravate their sensitive skin. As such, avoiding products that are fragranced, alcohol-based, or otherwise irritating is a must!

You should also suggest non-irritating moisturizers and cleansers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin. What’s more, remind your clients of the importance of wearing sunscreen every day. After all, UV exposure can worsen their condition!

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Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Typically, you can help your clients manage rosacea with lifestyle changes and the right skincare routine. However, you may need to refer them to a dermatologist if their symptoms seem severe or don’t respond to treatment. A dermatologist can then assess any underlying conditions that could be causing the rosacea and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Skin Condition #4: Eczema

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What is Eczema?

Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. This skin condition is characterized by itchy and dry patches of skin. It can range from mild to severe. Typically, eczema appears in areas where the body bends such as the elbows, knees, or wrists.

What Causes Eczema?

The exact cause of eczema is unknown. However, it’s believed to be related to:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors (like allergens)
  • Certain lifestyle choices (such as wearing tight clothing)

How To Spot Eczema as a Skincare Consultant

If your client suspects they have eczema, look out for signs of dry and itchy patches of skin. The appearance of cracked, scaly, or red skin can also be an indicator of this condition as well.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Eczema?

You want to help your client identify and avoid potential triggers, as well as maintain a gentle skincare routine that won’t aggravate their sensitive skin. Thus, you may suggest that they avoid products that are fragranced, alcohol-based, or otherwise irritating.

Furthermore, advise your client to look for non-irritating moisturizers and cleansers that are specifically designed for sensitive skin. They should also focus on calming their inflamed skin using products made with soothing ingredients. Colloidal oatmeal or aloe vera are two awesome examples!

Finally, make sure your client is keeping their skin properly hydrated and wearing sunscreen every day to protect against further irritation.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Usually, you should be able to help your clients manage eczema with lifestyle changes and the right skincare routine. But if their symptoms seem severe or don’t respond to treatment, refer them to a dermatologist. They’ll be able to thoroughly assess any underlying conditions that could be causing the eczema and develop an appropriate treatment plan for your client.

Skin Condition #5: Psoriasis

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What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that also goes by psoriasis vulgaris, chronic stationary psoriasis, and/or plaque-like psoriasis. This condition is characterized by thick, patchy, red or silvery scales on the skin. Typically, psoriasis appears on the elbows, knees, scalp, hands and feet – but it can occur anywhere on the body.

What Causes Psoriasis?

The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. However, it’s believed to be related to genetics and certain triggers such as stress and injury to the skin (like sunburns).

How To Spot Psoriasis as a Skincare Consultant

You should look for signs of thick patches of inflamed skin that are covered with silvery-white scales. One thing to remember, though, is that psoriasis can be itchy and/or painful. So, if you need to touch your client’s skin for any reason, be sure to do so gently and sanitarily.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Psoriasis?

As we’ve mentioned previously, your goal is to identify and avoid potential triggers for your client. You also want to help your client maintain a gentle skincare routine that won’t aggravate their sensitive skin. Furthermore, remind your clients to keep their skin properly hydrated and wear sunscreen every day to protect against further irritation.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

For the most part, psoriasis can be managed with the right lifestyle changes and skincare routine. Meaning, you should be able to get the job done. Of course, if your client’s symptoms seem severe and/or they don’t respond to treatment, then you may need to refer them to a dermatologist.

Skin Condition #6: Skin Cancer

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What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It can also form on areas of the body that haven’t been exposed to the sun, like the palms and underneath fingernails. Skin cancer can take several forms, including:

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. That said, it can also be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as a family history of skin cancer.

How To Spot Skin Cancer as a Skincare Consultant

Skin cancer can present itself in a variety of ways. So, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when examining your client’s skin.

You’ll notice a bump or patch of abnormal skin (that’s typically discolored) if your client is dealing with basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. Pay special attention if your client says that these areas are itchy and tender. On the other hand, with melanoma, you should look for a mole that appears asymmetrical. It’ll likely also have irregular borders and changes in color.

Of course, if you’re unsure about anything on your client’s skin, don’t hesitate to refer them to a dermatologist!

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Skin Cancer?

Most importantly, your client should avoid overexposure to the sun. This includes:

  • Avoiding the sun during peak hours (from 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Wearing protective clothing
  • Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher

You should also advise them to check their skin regularly for any unusual changes, as well as to get regular skin exams from a dermatologist.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, your client will need to see a dermatologist right away if they suspect they have any type of skin cancer. In terms of the many skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, this one is arguably the most serious and dangerous. As such, it will require immediate medical attention.

Skin Problem #7: Vitiligo

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What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes depigmentation. This means that affected areas of the skin lose their color. Typically, vitiligo presents itself in patches of pale or white skin on various parts of the body, including the face, hands, arms and legs.

What Causes Vitiligo?

The exact cause of vitiligo is not known for certain. However, it’s thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks its melanocytes. These are the cells responsible for producing pigment. Vitiligo can also potentially be caused by genetic factors or environmental triggers (like extreme sun exposure).

How To Spot Vitiligo as a Skincare Consultant

In terms of the different types of skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, vitiligo is usually quite easy to spot. It typically presents itself as patches of pale or white skin on various parts of the body, such as the face, hands, arms and legs.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Vitiligo?

At this time, there is no known cure for vitiligo. That said, there are a few things you can do to help your clients manage their symptoms. This includes helping them adapt their skincare routine with products that contain ingredients like copper peptides, vitamin C and niacinamide. Moreover, they may also benefit from light therapy treatments like laser therapy or phototherapy.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, you should refer your client to a dermatologist if they suspect they have vitiligo. This is because the only way to definitively diagnose it is through a physical exam by a medical professional. Furthermore, they may be able to provide additional treatments like steroids or topical immunomodulators that can help manage symptoms.

Skin Problem #8: Cold Sores

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What is a Cold Sore?

A cold sore, also known as a fever blister, is a contagious viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. Usually, it presents itself as an itchy or painful blister on the lips or around the mouth.

What Causes Cold Sores?

As we just mentioned, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus can be spread through direct contact with an affected person, including kissing or sharing utensils and drinking glasses. Stress, hormone changes, and certain medical conditions can also trigger outbreaks of cold sores.

How To Spot Cold Sores as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin for any potential skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, look out for any small fluid-filled blisters on their lips or around the mouth. These usually start as an itchy or painful spot before forming into visible blisters.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Cold Sores?

First, advise them to keep their affected area clean and dry. Second, they may benefit from using topical medications like antiviral creams or ointments. If your client experiences frequent outbreaks of cold sores, they may need to take oral antiviral medications prescribed by their doctor.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

If your client is experiencing significant pain or discomfort from their cold sores or if they suspect they have a serious underlying condition, you should absolutely refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.

Skin Problem #9: Hives

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What are Hives?

Hives, also known as urticaria, are itchy and raised welts on the skin that can range in size and shape. They usually appear suddenly and can last for a few minutes up to several weeks.

What Causes Hives?

The exact cause of hives is often unknown, but they’re thought to be triggered by an allergic reaction or irritation from certain substances like pollen or food. Also, physical factors like extreme temperatures or stress can sometimes cause hives to flare up.

How To Spot Hives as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin for any potential skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, look out for red, raised welts on the skin that are itchy or painful. These may range in size, shape and duration.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Hives?

You should first recommend that they use topical medications (like hydrocortisone cream) to reduce itching and swelling. Furthermore, your client should avoid any potential triggers, such as certain foods or extreme temperatures, if possible.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, if your client’s hives are severe and do not respond to over-the-counter treatments, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe stronger medications to help control their symptoms.

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Skin Problem #10: Warts

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What are Warts?

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Common types of warts include:

  • Flat warts
  • Plantar warts
  • Genital warts

They can appear anywhere on the body, but they’re most common on the hands, feet and face.

What Causes Warts?

As previously mentioned, warts are caused by the HPV virus. The HPV virus can be caught in a number of ways, such as (but not limited to):

  • Direct contact with an affected person
  • Sharing items like towels, clothing, or razors
  • Coming into contact with surfaces that have been touched by an affected person

When it comes to skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, you should approach this particular condition with caution. The reason being, this virus is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact with an infected person or from contaminated surfaces.

How To Spot Warts as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin, keep an eye out for small bumps that may have a rough texture and slightly raised surface. These usually develop on the fingers, toes, face, neck and hands.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Warts?

To help your clients manage their warts, you should advise them to keep the affected area clean and dry. They may benefit from topical medications like salicylic acid or cryotherapy. You should also let them know that they should avoid touching the wart, as this can spread it to other parts of their body or to other people.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, if your client’s warts do not respond to self-care measures or over-the-counter treatments, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe stronger medications to help control their symptoms.

Skin Problem #11: Shingles

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What are Shingles?

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It can cause a painful rash on one side of the body, which typically appears in a band-like or belt-shaped pattern.

What Causes Shingles?

The exact cause of shingles is unknown, but it’s thought to be triggered by a weakened immune system or stress. It’s also worth noting that anyone who has had chickenpox in their lifetime may experience shingles, since the virus remains dormant in their body after they have recovered from chickenpox.

How To Spot Shingles as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin for any skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, look out for a red rash or blisters on one side of the body. It may be accompanied by itching, tingling or burning pain before the rash appears.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Shingles?

To help your clients manage their shingles, you should advise them to keep the affected area clean and dry and use over-the-counter topical medications like calamine lotion to reduce itching. On top of this, they should get plenty of rest and eat nutrient-rich foods to help boost their immune system.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, if your client’s shingles do not respond to self-care measures or over-the-counter treatments, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe antiviral medications to help control their symptoms.

Skin Problem #12: Perioral Dermatitis

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What is Perioral Dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis is a skin condition that causes red, scaly patches to appear around the mouth. It’s usually seen in women and can be triggered by using topical corticosteroids or other cosmetic products.

What Causes Perioral Dermatitis?

The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown, but it’s thought to be caused by an imbalance of bacteria on the skin. Additionally, certain triggers like harsh skincare products or topical medications, may cause it as well.

How To Spot Perioral Dermatitis as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin, look out for red patches or bumps around their mouth that may be accompanied by itching or burning sensation. It’s usually seen in combination with whiteheads and blackheads.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Perioral Dermatitis?

To help your clients manage their perioral dermatitis, you should advise them to avoid using harsh skincare products and topical medications. They can also benefit from switching to a milder cleanser and fragrance-free moisturizer. In addition, they should make sure they keep their skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

Yes, if your client’s perioral dermatitis does not respond to self-care measures or over-the-counter treatments, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe topical antibiotics or steroid creams to help control their symptoms.

Skin Problem #13: Folliculitis

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What is Folliculitis?

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that can present as red bumps and pus-filled blisters. It’s typically seen on the face, scalp, chest and back.

What Causes Folliculitis?

While the exact cause of folliculitis is unknown, it’s believed to be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. It can also be triggered by tight clothing that rubs against your skin or shaving with a blunt razor.

How To Spot Folliculitis as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin for any skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, look out for clusters of red bumps or blisters that may be accompanied by itching, burning sensation or pus.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Folliculitis?

To help your clients manage their folliculitis, you should advise them to keep the affected area clean and dry and avoid hot showers or baths. They can also benefit from applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream to reduce inflammation. You should also advise them to try wearing loose fitting clothing, as well as opting for electric shavers when shaving.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

If your client’s folliculitis does not respond to self-care measures or over-the-counter treatments, then yes, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics or antifungal medications to help control their symptoms.

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Skin Problem #14: Keratosis Pilaris

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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris (sometimes called “chicken skin”) is a common skin condition that causes rough, bumpy patches on the upper arms, thighs and cheeks. The bumps are caused by excess build-up of keratin, which is a protein found in the skin.

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

The exact cause of keratosis pilaris is unknown, but it’s thought to be hereditary or due to a deficiency in certain vitamins or minerals. It can also be triggered by dry skin or excessive exposure to the sun.

How To Spot Keratosis Pilaris as a Skincare Consultant

When examining your client’s skin for any skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant, look out for small, rough bumps on the upper arms, thighs and cheeks. They may be accompanied by itching or dryness.

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Keratosis Pilaris?

To help your clients manage their keratosis pilaris, you should advise them to keep the affected areas moisturized with thick emollient creams. In addition, they should use gentle cleansers and avoid scrubbing or exfoliating the area too aggressively. Finally, they can benefit from taking daily supplements of vitamins A and C to boost skin health from within.

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

If your client’s keratosis pilaris does not respond to self-care measures or over-the-counter treatments, then yes, you should refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. The doctor may prescribe topical retinoids or moisturizers to help control their symptoms.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it – 14 skin conditions you’ll see as a skincare consultant and how to handle each one. It’s important to be able to accurately identify and advise your clients on how best to manage their particular condition. If the case is more severe, then don’t hesitate to refer them to a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment.

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