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The Secret to a Thriving Makeup Career – Even During COVID-19!

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The secret to a successful makeup career during the COVID-19 pandemic? Offering your clients virtual services!

Angelica Hamlin Dishes the Deets

Angelica is a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. She is a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry and Virtual Makeup Training courses and is currently a student of the Skincare program. In addition to being a certified MUA, Angelica is also a licensed cosmetologist

In the following video, she breaks down the importance of virtual services, how they’ll allow you to book clients and thrive during a time of social distancing, and why YOU should pursue your dream career in makeup this year. As an added bonus, Angelica will also walk you through her home office and offer her top tips for creating an office space within your own home!

Want to connect with Angelica directly? Join QC’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

Why Virtual Services = a Successful Makeup Career

Virtual beauty services are all the rage these days! In general, they’re a smart service to add to your business. Beyond the pandemic, virtual services will allow you to expand your client reach and work with anyone, regardless of location.

During COVID-19, however, virtual services offer added benefits. Here are just 3 reasons why they’ll allow you to thrive during a time of social distancing, lockdowns, and gathering restrictions:

  • In-person bookings might not yet be an option. Furthermore, clients may not yet feel comfortable with them. By offering a virtual alternative, you can continue to service your customers from the comfort of home!
  • You’ll still be able to make an income. There is a myriad of virtual options you can offer clients – from makeup walkthroughs to skincare consultations, and more. All of these services can easily be done over the phone or computer! As a result, you can continue operating your business, taking bookings, and earning a paycheck while in-person jobs are on a hiatus.
  • Now is the PERFECT time to attract a substantially larger number of clients. Market yourself and your virtual services correctly, and you can find yourself booking clients from all around the world – many of whom are in need of help during the pandemic.
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Boost Your Makeup Career with QC’s Virtual Makeup Training!

In QC Makeup Academy’s 1-unit Virtual Makeup Training Course, you’ll discover:

  • How you can take your makeup career to the next level by transferring your beauty business online!
  • Tips for expanding your business and attract clients from all over the world!
  • How you can earn an income and work with clients from the comfort of your own home!
  • And SO much more!

Want to hear what our graduate, Katie Stegeman, thought of this course? Check out what she had to say here!

Set your makeup career up for success in 2021 by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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ASMR Makeup Tutorial | Whispering, Tapping

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ASMR makeup tutorials have blown up in popularity over the past couple of years. If you’ve been searching for a new ASMR makeup video to scratch your itch, we’ve got good news: our awesome Student Ambassador, Jordan Garcia, is here with a brand-new video we think will be right up your alley! 💕

Watch Jordan’s ASMR Makeup Tutorial

Jordan Garcia is a student of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Skincare Course. Today, he uses the skills he’s acquired so far from his QC training to walk us through what his makeup routine looks like on a typical, casual day.

Watch Jordan’s full ASMR makeup tutorial below!

Want to connect with Jordan directly? Join QC’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

What is ASMR?

ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response”. In a nutshell, it’s a term used to describe the sensation certain people feel when watching videos considered mentally or visually stimulating. Often times, these kinds of videos involve the person (or people) on camera taking part in an activity. The activity in question can range. This article breaks down 28 of the most common types of ASMR triggers typically found in popular videos.

Those who enjoy ASMR videos tend to have a visceral response to what they’re watching and/or hearing. For some, it can relieve stress and anxiety. With others, it brings a strong sense of satisfaction. For this reason, ASMR videos are also very popular ‘bedtime’ videos for those looking to fall asleep in a peaceful, relaxed state.

In This ASMR Makeup Tutorial…

Jordan relies primarily on the whispering and tapping ASMR triggers. That being said, there are a few other ones thrown in there as well! As he breaks down the different steps involved in putting together his everyday makeup look, Jordan also explains why he’s doing what he’s doing.

To recap: Jordan is professional makeup student currently working through the Master Makeup Artistry Course. Along the way, he’s been getting tons of invaluable feedback from his tutor, Nathan Johnson. As a direct result, Jordan’s skill-set has already improved leaps and bounds since he first enrolled!

Thus, he relies on these skills and techniques he’s been acquiring from his training to not only satisfy our ASMR desires – but educate us as well!

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Become a Makeup Artist with QC Makeup Academy

QC Makeup Academy has been a proud pioneer of online learning since 1984. We hold an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau and are affiliated with the Professional Beauty Association. All of our certifications are internationally-recognized. This means that once certified, you can work practically anywhere in the world!

Plus, QC’s online training is the very definition of convenient. Firstly, everything is taught entirely online. Thus, you can train right from the comfort of your own home! Secondly, there are no deadlines for you to abide by. Complete your program entirely at your own pace – and you get 2 full years to do it! Thirdly, we offer different payment options to suit every budget. Pay in full (if you want) or take advantage of our low monthly payment plan!

Oh, and did we mention that your course(s) will guarantee that you get ample hands-on training?

If you’d like to learn even more about the perks of training with QC Makeup Academy, check out Jordan’s other video here!

Get certified as a professional makeup artist in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC today!

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QC Makeup Academy Graduate Feature: Julie Walawender

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am 50 years old and live in Buskirk, New York. My husband and I have a small horse farm. I’ve been an avid horseperson since I was a very young. Over the past 30 years, I’ve been involved with equine rescue, rehabilitation, and the retraining of ex-racehorses for new careers.

For the last several years, I have also operated a small bookkeeping business. Besides caring for my pets, my other passions in life are fashion and beauty – especially makeup. Despite being an outdoorsy person, I’ve always felt that regardless of what I do, it’s always important to put effort into my appearance. My day seems to go that much better when I do!

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

Helping others look beautiful and feel confident is something I have always dreamed of doing. It’s in my soul. In fact, I first started in the beauty industry back in my mid-20s, when I became a licensed nail tech. I had a great business and a big clientele. But then a chronic wrist condition from a horse accident left me unable to do my work, thus ending my career.

After that, I started my bookkeeping business. While I was happy with that, I always felt like something was missing. Then in late 2019, I became a consultant with Mary Kay. I really enjoyed that, but again, still felt like I wanted more.

Ironically, when COVID-19 hit a few months later, I found myself in a position where a change was necessary. At that point, I gave myself permission to pursue my dream of becoming a makeup artist… and so, here I am!

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Why did you choose to pursue professional training online?

Initially, it was because of COVID-19. Before I knew that online learning existed for makeup, I’d enrolled in a brick-and-mortar makeup school, but the classes all got postponed. After doing more research, I realized online learning is actually the better option, either way.

How did you hear about QC Makeup Academy and what was it about QC that made you decide to enroll?

I learned about QC Makeup Academy by Googling online makeup education. From there, I researched several online makeup education providers, but QC really stood out as the very best. The tutors are all extremely qualified, there’s a great support community of students and staff, and I was blown away by the student/grad work being showcased on their social media!

I thought to myself, This is the company I want to be in. If I’m going to invest my time, effort, and money into an education, I want to get a lot out of it. QC Makeup Academy was definitely the right choice for a dedicated person like myself!

How would you describe your makeup style? What’s your favorite makeup style?

I’d describe my makeup style as classic. I tend to avoid ‘trendy’ looks. My favorite makeup style for daytime is perfected skin paired with a soft eye look. I’d use a taupe color, a finely milled champagne shimmer, and a neutral lip color with a nice, dewy finish.

That said, I am a big fan of a dark and sultry smoky eye for evening. I’m also not at all shy about wearing bold, red lipstick!

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So far, you’ve graduated from the Master Makeup Artistry, Airbrush, and Skincare courses. What’s the #1 most important thing you’ve learned from each individual course?

Master Makeup Artistry: The importance of mastering classic techniques, because these are the foundation for all looks.

Skincare: How to properly identify skin types. If you don’t know skin types, it’s impossible to effectively address skin concerns and make good recommendations for your clients.

Airbrush: Put in the time and master the skills on paper first. I spent 2 months on Unit A, working on paper. It was worth it! It takes time to develop solid airbrushing skills.

You’re also currently enrolled in QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Makeup Training mini course. Why are you interested in offering virtual beauty services to clients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Virtual beauty services allow clients to stay home, where they feel safe, while still doing something really fun and educational. Almost everything you can do in-person can also be accomplished virtually, so long as know how to go about it. I’m really looking forward to taking this course!

You’re also taking our Fashion Styling Course. How do you intend to incorporate fashion styling services into your makeup business?

I think it will be helpful to have the knowledge to assist my makeup clients with choices of colors and styles for photoshoots. I’d love to assist clients with choosing clothing that is not only a flattering color on them, but offers a flattering silhouette on their body type as well.

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How useful have you found your QC Makeup Academy course materials? I.e. textbooks, videos, assignments, tutor feedback, etc.

Invaluable! I am amazed at the thorough feedback and level of care the tutors put into each and every detail of the work they receive. I’ve never in my life received  this level of tutoring. The textbooks are great resources and the videos are always very informative. It’s all very entertaining!

So far, what’s been your FAVORITE hands-on assignment and why?

This is a tough question. I have really enjoyed SO many assignments… I’d say that it’s a toss-up between two.

In the MMA Course, I loved the Unit E assignment, Editorial Makeup Application. For it, I chose to do a hair product ad. This was the first assignment where I  got to dress up, put my long, flowing wig on, and have fun taking pictures.

My other favorite assignment was in Unit C of the Airbrush Makeup Workshop. This assignment was called, Creating a Complete Fantasy Look.  I’ll admit, this one was very intimidating for me at first. But once I got some confidence, and started experimenting with what I’d learned in the course, it became really fun!

What has been the proudest moment in your makeup career so far?

My career is just beginning. So, I will say that one of my proudest moments was actually during QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. Specifically, when I finally learned how to properly apply eyeshadow to my hooded eyes!

It took forever, it seemed. I practiced for so many hours. My tutor, Nathan Johnson, told me a dozen times to raise the shadow placement. But for some reason, it wasn’t clicking with me. After a lot of practice, it finally clicked and I was able to do it. That was a proud moment for me!

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How do you think QC Makeup Academy has prepared you for working in the field?

Really, I can’t even count the ways! I feel so confident knowing that I have the education I need to take on any job that comes my way. Knowing I’ve gotten the proper training in classic techniques, color correction, and balance/focus helps me to feel confident.

I must add, what really gives me security is knowing I can log in any time and refresh my memory by watching the many QC webinars. Plus, I can consult with my fellow students and instructors about anything in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

What’s on the horizon for your makeup business in 2021 and beyond?

Right now, I have a studio at home, but I’m also prepared to travel. My short-term goal is to build a solid reputation in my area as a bridal, prom, and graduation makeup specialist. Beyond that, I am open to new possibilities as they arise!

If you could offer one piece of advice to every aspiring makeup artist out there, what would you tell them?

I’d tell them to invest in a good education, and take the time to learn and master the techniques. Of course, I would recommend that they do this by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

So, what are you waiting for? Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and get certified in just 3-6 months! 

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Ambassador Feature: Ozella McClendon

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Ozella McClendon

Makeup Artist Training Completed with QC: Master Makeup Artistry Graduate

Cincinnati, Ohio

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Ozella McClendon and I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m a Preschool/Pre-K teacher and have been working with children for over 18 years. However, I have always had a passion for the makeup industry.

My love for makeup started when I was a teenager. I was introduced to it by my mother, who also had a passion for makeup and fashion. She was my first unofficial makeup instructor. My mother taught me how to apply foundation, eyeshadow, and lipstick. Her love for makeup and fashion was my inspiration to get makeup artist training and turn this into a real career!

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

I miss my mother, who has been deceased for over 20 years. To be honest, I became a professional makeup artist so I could connect with her and heal from her passing. Every time I complete an application, I realize that my healing process is connected to each individual makeup application. Becoming a makeup artist not only provided me with a way to heal – it also allowed me to make one of my dreams a reality, too.

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How would you describe your makeup style?

I’d describe my makeup style as bold, vibrant, and full of life. I love to apply various shades of colors to enhance the beauty of each model, while still considering the natural beauty of that model. Furthermore, I consider the shades of eyeshadows, lipstick, and eyeliner for their desired look.

I combine their ideas with mine and add creative enhancements to create their look. If my model asks me to create an application based on my own preferences, then I usually use bold and glamorous shades.

Why did you decide to pursue your makeup artist training online, rather than a brick-and-mortar classroom?

I decided to do my makeup artist training online because I needed the option of self-paced learning. As a full-time teacher, I needed a program that would fit with my work schedule.

The greatest part about completing your makeup training online – particularly with QC Makeup Academy – is the ability to watch the online tutorials. The online tutorials provided me with instructions that I could continually review at a later date. They’ve provided me with some greats tips that have helped me complete various makeup applications.

To me, the #1 advantage of attending online makeup classes is having daily access to materials and tutorials.

How did you find out about QC Makeup Academy? What made you choose to pursue your makeup artist training with this school?

I actually came across QC Makeup Academy back in 2019. I’d finally made the decision to become a professional MUA and was searching the internet for makeup artist training options available to me.

Once I discovered QC, I was SO excited about taking makeup classes! I was amazed by the different online courses they offered. At that moment, I knew I’d found the right program for me. So, I enrolled!

For me, the greatest aspects of attending QC Makeup Academy are:

  • Their makeup artist training is taught entirely online, so I can do it from anywhere;
  • It’s self-paced;
  • As a result, I can maintain my daily responsibilities.
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Before enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, what would you say your skill level was with makeup? Did you have any prior professional makeup artist training?

I enrolled into QC Makeup Academy’s Makeup Master Artistry Course with some previous experience. I had basic knowledge about makeup from being taught by my mother. She showed me techniques that she’d learned over the years.

I read articles, watched tutorials, and practiced different ideas on myself. Plus, I took free makeup classes at a cosmetics store, as well as with a local makeup artist.

You’ve since graduated from this program. How was your experience with this course? How valuable were the course materials, assignments, and tutor feedback?

My experience with QC Makeup Academy was amazing. I’m glad I decided to enroll and do my makeup artist training through this school! In the beginning, I was provided with makeup brushes, a makeup kit, and books to assist me. The products provided in my makeup kit allowed me to jump into my studies right away.

Each unit provided me with the opportunity to practice steps of each makeup application. This was awesome because if I needed to make any corrections to the application, I was able to review the tutorial.

My tutor, Nathan Johnson, always took the time to look at every single photo and give me great feedback. Nathan provided suggestions on how I could improve my skills. This feedback, along with his words encouragement, gave me the inspiration needed to complete the Master Makeup Artistry program.

You completed the bulk of your makeup artist training during the COVID-19 pandemic. In what ways did QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online learning environment make it possible for you to graduate from your program during lockdown?

The ability to complete my makeup artist training during the lockdown was one of my greatest accomplishments in 2020. The fact that QC Makeup Academy sent all of my course materials right to my home was wonderful – especially in light of the pandemic.

Furthermore, being off work provided me the time to accomplish this particular goal. I had access to the online materials and I had physical access to the makeup kit QC sent me. Plus, I had the ability to chat with QC’s Student Support Staff whenever I needed. This made it easy for me to complete the Master Makeup Artistry Course!

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In your opinion, what are 3 of the most important lessons you learned as a result of your makeup artist training with QC Makeup Academy?

Firstly, the most important lesson I’ve learned from my QC training is the placement of the product. Product placement determines the outcome of your makeup application. QC Makeup Academy taught me how to apply, blend, and identify the colors needed to achieve a successful makeup application.

Next, I also learned about which brushes to use when applying makeup. The brushes used to apply makeup play a major role in creating your client’s desired look. As such, it’s important to be able to identify and use the proper brushes for the proper products.

Lastly, I learned about color correction. A makeup artist must consider the various skin tones when applying makeup on a client. Choosing the right shade when color correcting can create a flawless application! If you choose a shade that does not complement your client’s skin, it will become a negative focal point of your makeup application. Ideally, the color correction for your client’s skin should blend into their natural complexion.

You’ve recently joined QC’s team of Student Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, what’s the #1 thing you want aspiring makeup artists to know about QC Makeup Academy?

As a graduate of the Master Makeup Artistry program, I can confidently say that I was able to learn SO much from QC’s makeup artist training! Their courses provide students with tutors who are true industry professionals. Moreover, students are given a variety of ways to learn (via tutorials, textbook learning, hands-on assignments, and more).

Then there’s also the invaluable feedback you’ll receive as a QC student. The feedback I personally received was encouraging. Even when I was given constructive criticism, it was done with love. My tutor feedback pushed me study my craft even harder, in order to make improvements. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to be a professional MUA!

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Now that you have makeup artist training and a certification under your belt, what are your top career goals as an MUA?

My top career goal is to become a freelance makeup artist with a specialization in bridal makeup. I’d like to prepare brides and their wedding parties for their special day. The idea of my work being displayed in photos and on social media brings great joy to my life!

I also want to create my own cosmetic line someday; developing various shades to enhance the beauty of people all over the world!

What is the #1 piece of advice you’d like to give to aspiring MUAs who are thinking of pursuing professional makeup artist training in 2021?

Have a willingness to learn new techniques!

It’s important to research and study different types of makeup applications. A makeup artist should strive to provide quality service. They should also be willing to receive feedback from clients. Your clients’ feedback concerning their experience with you can be a great learning too. Plus, it can also be an awesome way to promote your business!

Once you’re able to receive feedback from your clients, it will advance you to the next level in this industry. A makeup artist should constantly gain new skills, be open to feedback, and always consider the needs of the client. This will allow you to truly grow and develop your skills.

Ready to start your dream career? Begin your makeup artist training today by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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5 Perks You’ll Only Find Through Online Makeup School [video]

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So, you want to be a professional makeup artist. Awesome! Now the question is: should you pursue your certification training through a brick-and-mortar or online makeup school?

5 Unique Perks You’ll Only Find From an Online Makeup School

Jordan Garcia is a student of the following QC Makeup Academy programs:

Join Jordan as he reveals why he enjoys getting professionally certified through QC’s self-paced, online environment. As an added bonus, Jordan also breaks down 5 awesome benefits you can ONLY find with an online makeup school.

Watch Jordan’s full video below!

Want to connect with Jordan directly? Join QC’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

A Quick Recap

There are LOTS of benefits when it comes to training with a reputable online makeup institution. However, these are the Top 5 perks that Jordan discusses in the above video:

  1. Online makeup schools offer more affordable tuition than brick-and-mortar schools.
  2. Unlike in-person classrooms, the learning environment is much more flexible (often being self-paced) with most online schools.
  3. Since training can be done from quite literally anywhere you want, online makeup school is much more convenient.
  4. Rather than having one tutor mentoring an entire classroom, your online tutor will be working with only you. Thus, your training will be much more personalized!
  5. As a QC student in particular, you gain access to a much larger network than you would in most brick-and-mortar schools.

Remember: the right online makeup institution will offer the exact same quality of learning as you’d find in a brick-and-mortar school. In fact, a lot of people who’ve trained in both environments have stated that online makeup training (from a reputable school, of course) has been even better than in-person classes.

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Perks of Enrolling with QC Makeup Academy

There are countless reasons why you should pursue your certification training with QC Makeup Academy! Here are just some of those reasons:

  • QC has an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau!
  • We’ve got over 245 positive reviews on Facebook alone!
  • QC has been a trusted pioneer of online learning since 1984!
  • Our competitive tuition can be paid in low monthly installments!
  • Plus, we offer monthly promotional deals to help you maximize your training while saving even more money!
  • You’ll receive both a digital and physical copy of your course materials!
  • Hands-on assignments will give you tons of real-world experience!
  • Your tutor will be a real industry professional with decades of experience!
  • After every unit, your assigned tutor will provide you with extensive, personalized audio feedback!
  • If you ever have any questions, our awesome Student Support Team is available 7 days a week to help!
  • When you graduate, you’ll receive an internationally-recognized certification!
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Enroll in an online makeup school and pursue your dream career safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get started with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Special Effects Makeup Tutorial: The Rainbow Clown

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Want to challenge yourself this month? We’ve got a special effects makeup tutorial that we think will do the trick! Follow along with QC Makeup Academy graduate, Gabrielle Rivera, and see if YOU can recreate her rainbow clown design!

Gabrielle Rivera Breaks Down Her Special Effects Makeup Look…

Gabrielle is a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. In addition to traditional makeup, she also specializes in special effects makeup. Check out Gabrielle’s Instagram for more incredible content!

Today, Gabrielle teaches us how to recreate her rainbow clown SFX design. Follow along by watching the full tutorial below!

Want to see how far Gabrielle’s skill-set has come, thanks to professional makeup training? Click here to watch her recreate her very first SFX look, using the skills and knowledge she has now!

QC Makeup Academy’s Special Effects Makeup Course

In this 4-unit course, you’ll learn all about:

  • Safe and sanitary SFX makeup application;
  • Identifying common skin disorders;
  • Building your special effects makeup kit;
  • Aging makeup, bald cap application, and using fake hair;
  • SFX makeup for trauma;
  • How to work with fake blood;
  • Creating original characters;
  • Client relations and starting your very own business;
  • And MUCH more!
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What to Expect

Once enrolled, you’ll receive both a physical AND digital copy of your course materials. Plus, we’ll even send you a FREE starter SFX makeup kit! Your course curriculum will be broken down into textbook readings, instructional videos, quizzes, and tons of assignments! As a result, there’ll be plenty of different ways for you to learn!

Looking for real-world experience? Practical assignments will give you loads of hands-on experience working on models. As a result, you’ll know what to expect in the field and be ready to jump into the industry right away!

QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course is 100% online and self-paced. This means you’ll get to train from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. Moreover, there are NO deadlines or rigid class schedules to follow!

You’re likely going to want your mentor to be a true industry expert. After all, why wouldn’t you? We completely understand and wouldn’t have it any other way! When you enroll with QC Makeup Academy, your assigned tutor will be a working SFX makeup artist with years of experience!

After each unit, they’ll even provide you with extensive audio feedback. Importantly, this feedback will help both you and your tutor track your progress and help you to grow.

The best part? Once you graduate, you’ll become a designated (and officially certified) International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP)! QC Makeup Academy will even mail you a physical copy of your certification. As such, you can proudly display it in your home, your business, and in your professional resume!

Ready to get started? Enroll in QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course today and graduate in as little as 3-6 months!

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Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Busy Mom [video]

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Are you a busy, full-time parent with a hectic schedule? Do you also dream of becoming a makeup artist and launching a successful career you can be passionate about?

If so, then QC Makeup Academy‘s Student Ambassador, Amanda Ramey, is here to help!

Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Busy Parent

Amanda Ramey is a graduate of the following QC Makeup Academy certification programs:

  • Master Makeup Artistry Course
  • Pro Makeup Workshop
  • Special FX Makeup Course
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop

In addition to her makeup career, Amanda also works full-time as a tattoo artist. On top of all that, she is also a full-time mother of two children!

So, how does Amanda juggle all of her priorities? How was she able to complete her professional training (in SO many courses, no less) and become a makeup artist with such a busy schedule?

Her answer: QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online training!

Watch her full video below to learn more.

Want to connect with Amanda directly? Join QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

Becoming a Makeup Artist with QC Makeup Academy

Amanda reveals a handful of reasons why QC’s remote learning environment is the PERFECT match for full-time parents who want to become professional makeup artists. Here are just 3 of the perks she discusses in her video:

  • QC’s online courses eliminate the need to travel or take time out of your personal schedule! Unlike brick-and-mortar makeup classes, there are no due dates and no rigid schedules to follow. Thus, you can train at your own pace and in your own space. If that means one hour a week, once the kiddies are in bed, then that’s totally fine!
  • You get 2 full years to finish your training! Being a full-time parent is a major commitment in-and-of itself. Your goal of becoming a makeup artist shouldn’t get in the way of your parental priorities. Thanks to QC’s 2-year time limit, there will never be any pressure to rush assignments (or your training in general).
  • QC’s courses are EXTREMELY affordable! As a full-time parent, you might very well be on a strict budget. That’s okay! Becoming a makeup artist doesn’t need to break the bank – not when QC offers low monthly payment plans AND monthly promotional deals.
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Even MORE Reasons to Enroll with QC Makeup Academy

There are tons of other reasons why your journey to becoming a makeup artist should start by enrolling with QC! Here are just a few more benefits of being a QC student:

  • You’ll be training with a school you can trust! QC has been a pioneer of online learning since 1984. We also have an A+ ranking with the BBB and over 270 raving reviews on Facebook.
  • Like to learn in different ways? We’ve got you covered! Not only will you receive digital AND physical copies of your course textbooks – you’ll also get instructional videos, quizzes, and hands-on assignments.
  • Get TONS of makeup discounts from big-name brands! All QC students and alumni are eligible for a wide variety of makeup discounts. Plus, depending on the program you enroll in, we’ll send you a starter makeup kit as part of your course materials.
  • Your QC tutor will be a legitimately pro! Every QC tutor is a real beauty expert with decades of experience in the industry. Plus, they’ll provide you with regular audio feedback throughout your training to help you grow.
  • Upon graduating, you’ll receive an official certification! All of QC’s certifications are internationally-recognized. As a result, you’ll be able to work anywhere! Moreover, a professional certification on your resume is SURE to impress clients and employers alike – and get you more bookings!
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Make your dream of becoming a makeup artist a REALITY in 2021. Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and graduate in as little as 3-6 months!

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Boost Your Makeup Career with Veronika Kelle’s Top Tips! [video]

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Want to boost your makeup career, attract more clients, collaborate with new vendors, and gain more success in 2021? If so, QC Makeup Academy‘s Student Ambassador, Veronika Kelle, is here to help!

Veronika’s Top Tips to Boost Your Makeup Career!

Veronika Kelle is a graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Special FX Makeup Course. Based in Phuket, Thailand, Veronika offers clients a wide variety of professional makeup services. Her specialties include glamor, bridal, special effects, and makeup for film and television.

Today, she draws on her professional training and real-world experience to answer some of the most frequently asked questions she gets from aspiring MUAs. In addition, Veronika also provides her top tips for taking your makeup career to the next level!

Watch the video below to find out what they are!

Want to connect with Veronika directly? Join QC Makeup Academy’s free Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

A Brief Summary of What You’ll Learn

In the above video, Veronika shares her advice and personal experience on all of the following topics:

  • Finding models;
  • How to contact potential models;
  • Putting together a stylized photoshoot;
  • Finding vendors to collaborate with;
  • Building your professional network;
  • How to create an original character;
  • Getting and staying motivated;
  • And the importance of makeup certification training.
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Boosting Your Makeup Career with Professional Training

Do you truly want your professional makeup career to be successful? If so, then there’s NO substitute for reputable training! By getting properly educated in makeup artistry, you can be fully confident in your qualifications and skill-set. Moreover, your clients will be able to trust the quality of the services you can provide them. Not to mention, you’ll have a real certification to add to your resume!

Here are a handful of reasons why you should pursue your certification training through QC Makeup Academy:

  • QC has an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau! Plus, our certifications are internationally-recognized!
  • We’ve also got over 270 raving reviews on Facebook alone!
  • QC’s tuition rates are affordable for all budgets. As a result, you can pay upfront or break things up with our low monthly payment plan. It’s up to you!
  • Our learning environment is entirely remote and self-paced. Thus, you get to train at your own schedule, from the comfort of your very own home!
  • Get up to 2 whole years to complete your program!
  • Gain digital access to your learning materials. Plus, we’ll mail a physical copy right to your door, too!
  • Practical assignments will provide you with tons of hands-on training!
  • Your QC tutor will be a real beauty expert with decades of experience in the industry!
  • As an added bonus, your tutor will give you regular audio feedback throughout the entire course to help you grow!
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Start the makeup career of your dreams by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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4 SFX Airbrush Makeup Techniques to WOW Clients!

By Airbrush Makeup, Makeup Tips and Tricks, Special Effects Makeup, Your Makeup Career No Comments

Airbrush makeup is always an excellent service to add to your beauty business. Not only is it a hot commodity among clients – it’s considered a rarer service. This all means that you’ll definitely be able to stand out from the competition, increase your bookings, better your reputation, and boost your income!

While airbrush makeup is well-known in the bridal and editorial world, it’s also a staple in special effects makeup, too. So, how can you take your airbrush game to the next level? First, you’ll obviously need to master the basics. Once you’ve done that, you can then advance your skill-set by learning some truly awesome SFX airbrush techniques.

What are some of the techniques we’re talking about? Let’s have a look!

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4 SFX Airbrush Makeup Techniques You Need to Know

1. Working with Stencils

Stencils can be used on the body, the face, or even particular areas such as the eyebrows. Typically, they’re made from sheets of plastic or thick paper. However, as you gain more experience, you can dabble in creating your very own.

When used correctly (and carefully), stencils offer a quick and easy way to add fine detail and flair to your SFX airbrush makeup design. If creating a character, eyebrow stencils are a popular way to completely reshape the arch, thickness, and overall look of the person’s brows. Just made sure you completely block out their natural eyebrows first!

Pro Tip: Not sure how to block out eyebrows? QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course will teach you everything you need to know!

2. Using Brighter Pigments and Unconventional Colors

Typical airbrush makeup applications will tend to rely on natural, traditional colors. But when you step into the world of special effects, airbrush makeup often maximizes its full potential when brighter, bolder pigments are used.

You’ll also have the freedom to work a lot with unconventional colors. You’ll quickly discover that it’s surprisingly easy to change a model’s skin tone to a deep purple, a brilliant blue, or a stunning green when using an airbrush machine (just to name a few examples).

Cady Heron really put it best when she said, “The limit does not exist.” 😉

Pro Tip: Just remember that when working with heavily pigmented makeup, it’s always easier to layer darker colors over lighter ones.

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3. Creating Patterns

One of the most effective ways to make your SFX airbrush makeup POP is by creating some sort of pattern on the model’s skin. For example, with an airbrush machine, adding spots of varying sizes is an effortless process. Another idea is to apply airbrush makeup over a pair of lace tights of fishnet stockings, in order to create precise lines and detailed designs.

Pro Tip: Creating character makeup? You can also use airbrush makeup to develop signature patterns that are 100% unique to and consistent with the character!

4. Combining Airbrush Makeup with Different Techniques

If you truly want to dazzle your clients and leave them in awe, show them the full extent of your skills by combining airbrush makeup techniques with other fundamental techniques you’ve acquired throughout your training!

For example, why not use airbrush makeup to create a stunning, intricately-detailed makeup look – and then add some traditional eye makeup by hand? Alternately, how about combining airbrush makeup with prosthetics?

The point is, SFX airbrush makeup is a game-changer in-and-of itself. But once you realize that it can be combined with all the other techniques you know, too, there’s no stopping the kinds of looks and designs you can create! You gain access to an untapped level of creativity explored in very few other areas of makeup artistry.

Pro Tip: Never worked with prosthetics before? Learn this (and so much more) in QC’s Special FX Makeup Course!

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Want to delve deeper into this, as well as learn even more about airbrush makeup? QC Makeup Academy’s online Airbrush Makeup Workshop will get you professionally trained and ready to work on clients in as little as 3-6 months!

Here are a few other perks to enrolling in this 3-unit program:

  • Get digital AND physical copies of your textbooks!
  • Expand your learning experience through instructional videos, quizzes, self-assessments, and more!
  • Practical assignments will give you hands-on training – which you’ll do with the airbrush makeup starter kit included in your course materials!
  • Your tutor will be a industry expert in airbrush makeup, with decades of experience!
  • Get a full 2 years to complete your program (but feel free to finish sooner, if your schedule permits it)!
  • QC’s self-paced online learning environment allows you to train from home, on your personal schedule – meaning no deadlines!
  • You can connect with your fellow peers and begin building your network by joining our Virtual Classroom on Facebook!
  • Upon graduation, we’ll mail you a physical certificate that demonstrates that you’ve been properly trained in airbrush makeup!
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Recreating My Very First Special Effects Makeup Look! [video]

By From the Experts, Special Effects Makeup, Tutorials & Tips No Comments

Want to work as a special effects makeup artist? QC Makeup Academy’s Special FX Makeup Course will teach you everything you need to know AND give you a professional certification – all within just 3-6 months!

QC Grad, Gabrielle Rivera, Recreates Her Very First Special Effects Makeup Look!

Gabrielle Rivera is a graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. She now works as a professional MUA, with a specialization in special effects makeup. Check out more of Gabrielle’s work on Instagram!

Today, she’s here to recreate her first ever SFX look, done back in 2013. Let’s see what changes she makes now that she has reputable training and years of in-field experience under her belt!

Want to learn more about Gabrielle’s credentials? Check out this blog article wherein she discusses her experience working as a special effects makeup artist for a haunted house!

QC’s Special FX Makeup Course

In this 4-Unit program, you’ll learn all about:

  • Safe and sanitary makeup application;
  • Identifying and working with common skin disorders;
  • Aging makeup;
  • Bald cap and fake hair application;
  • Creating trauma makeup and special effects;
  • How to work with fake blood;
  • Handling SFX prosthetics;
  • How to work with clients;
  • Marketing your services;
  • How to start your very own business;
  • And MUCH more!

Once you enroll in this course, you’ll receive direct digital access to your textbooks, instructional videos, templates, quizzes, and assignments. You’ll also receive a physical copy of your course materials in the mail. Alongside these course materials, QC will also send you a FREE starter special effects makeup kit!

You’ll have a full 2 years to complete the course – although you can easily complete it in as little as 3-6 months, if you’re able to devote 1-2 hours per week on your studies. Upon graduation, you’ll receive an International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP) certification.

This means you’ll be able to show off your SFX training to all of your future clients and potential employers!

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Additional Perks of Training with QC

Here are just a few more reasons why you should enroll in the Special Effects Makeup Course and become a QC student:

  • All of QC’s courses are offered online, so you can train from wherever works best for YOU!
  • Our self-paced learning environment allows you to work at your own pace – meaning NO deadlines or schedules to follow!
  • QC has been a pioneer of online learning since 1984 and holds an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau!
  • We have over 270 raving reviews on our Facebook page alone!
  • Your assignments will provide you with tons of real-world, hands-on training!
  • Our certifications are internationally-recognized!
  • QC’s competitive tuition rates and low monthly payment plans work for practically EVERY budget!
  • Plus, we offer a new promotional offer for both new and existing students every month!
  • There’s a full community of peers and tutors to connect and network with in our free Virtual Classroom on Facebook!
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