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My Honest Review of QC Makeup Academy

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Thinking of getting professional certified as a makeup artist through QC Makeup Academy? Check out this in-depth graduate review to get a crystal clear idea of what you can expect once you enroll!

Watch Krystle Clarkson’s Honest Review of QC Makeup Academy!

Krystle Clarkson is a graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop. She’s also currently a student of the Special FX Makeup Course. Today, she’s here to break down what her experience as a student has been like and why she recommends QC’s online makeup certification courses!

Watch her full review below!

Want to connect with Krystle directly? Join our Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

A Little History on QC Makeup Academy

QC has been a pioneer of the online learning experience since 1984 and holds an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer internationally-recognized training from the comfort of the student’s home, as well as on their personal schedule.

QC’s tutors are all real industry experts with years of experience. As a student, you’ll be paired with a tutor, who will help guide you throughout your entire course. After each unit, you’ll even receive customized audio feedback from them. This feedback will help you grow as an artist and become the best you can be!

Perks of Training with QC

Here are some of the best reasons you should enroll with QC Makeup Academy today:

  • QC’s tuition rates are highly competitive – we even offer low monthly payment plans to help make your course that much more affordable!
  • Every month, there’s a promotional deal for both new and existing students!
  • You’ll get all the benefits of traditional brick-and-mortar training – from the comfort of your own home!
  • Our self-paced learning environment means there are NO deadlines or strict schedules!
  • Get a full 2 years to complete your course!
  • On average, devoting just 1-2 hours per week on your studies can lead to you graduating in as little as 3-6 months (maybe sooner)!
  • Get digital access to your course materials, as well as a physical copy mailed right to your door!
  • Some QC Makeup Academy courses come with their own makeup kit, too!
  • Practical assignments will give you tons of hands-on training and real-world experience!
  • There’s a full Business Unit at the end of most courses to teach you how to start and run your very own business!
  • You’ll gain access to a whole community of peers and instructors to connect and network with!
  • And SO much more!
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Start the career of your dreams by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Why I Enrolled in Makeup Artist Courses as a Licensed Cosmetologist!

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Professional makeup artist courses offer vastly different training than what you’ll find in cosmetology school. Want to learn more? QC Makeup Academy‘s very own Student Ambassador, Angelica Hamlin, is here today to discuss why she chose to get makeup training – even though she’s already a licensed cosmetologist!

Why a Licensed Cosmetologist Chose to Enroll in QC’s Makeup Artist Courses

Angelica Hamlin is a student of QC’s Skincare Course. She is also a graduate of the Master Makeup Artistry and Virtual Makeup Training programs. Prior to enrolling with QC Makeup Academy, Angelica was first trained and licensed as a cosmetologist.

However, she found her cosmetology training to be rather limited when it came to makeup. It covered the basics, but not much else. Since Angelica wanted to add these services to her beauty business, she decided to enroll in makeup artist courses. This way, she could add to her existing qualifications and gain the extensive makeup knowledge she didn’t find in cosmetology school.

So, why did she choose to enroll with QC Makeup Academy? What specifically did she learn at QC that she didn’t learn before?

Watch the video below to find out!

Want to connect directly with Angelica? Join our Virtual Classroom on Facebook today!

Makeup Artist Courses vs. Cosmetology School

There are a few key difference between the type of training you’ll receive from makeup artist courses versus what’s taught in cosmetology school. Here’s a general breakdown of these differences:

Makeup Training

  • Focuses specifically on makeup artistry
  • Delves deeply into foundational techniques, theories, principles, and applications
  • Offers extensive training into different areas of makeup (i.e. bridal, editorial, SFX, runway, film & television, etc.)
  • Teaches hygiene and safety training
  • Gives you the tools to launch/maintain a successful career as a makeup expert
  • Provides a reputable makeup artistry certification or certificate upon completion

Cosmetology Training

  • Required to teach specific curriculums that meet a regulated standard for cosmetologists
  • Teaches a broader set of beauty-related skills, such as working with hair, nails, and skin
  • As a result, a cosmetologist can offer certain beauty services that an MUA might not be able to
  • However, training focuses less on makeup artistry (only tends to teach the basics)
  • Provides a reputable cosmetology license upon completion
  • Typically requires a written or practical test to be completed in order to obtain this license
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Why You Should Enroll in QC’s Makeup Artist Courses

Cosmetology training is definitely beneficial. But makeup artist courses always the best way to go if you want to work as a professional MUA. So, here are just a handful of reasons why you should train QC Makeup Academy:

  • QC’s tuition rates are highly competitive (less than the cost of cosmetology school)!
  • Low monthly payment plans AND monthly promotions help lower the costs even more!
  • QC Makeup Academy has an A+ ranking with the BBB!
  • We’ve also been pioneering online learning since 1984!
  • Our courses and certifications are internationally-recognized!
  • Foundational, Specialty, and Advanced Courses offer training for makeup artists of ALL skill levels!
  • Train from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace!
  • Gain hands-on training through practical assignments!
  • Receive regular feedback from your industry expert tutor!
  • You’ll be able to connect and network with QC’s large community of peers and instructors!
  • And SO much more!
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Ready to get started? Enroll in QC’s makeup artist courses and graduate in as little as 3-6 months!

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QC’s Master List of Makeup Discounts!

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Want access to AMAZING makeup discounts from big name brands? 💄 Enroll with QC Makeup Academy and gain access to all sorts of incredible deals!

Student Ambassador, Jordan Garcia, Reveals ALL of QC’s Makeup Discounts

Jordan Garcia is a student of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Skincare courses. Today, he breaks down every single makeup discount offered to QC students and graduates.

Watch the full video below to discover which big name brands QC has partnerships with, what YOUR discount will be, and how you can redeem it today!

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

More About QC Makeup Academy

QC Makeup Academy has been proudly pioneering the online learning experience since 1984. We’re accredited with an A+ ranking from the BBB and our internationally-recognized courses are done online. This means that as a student, you can get professionally trained at your own pace, in your own space!

On top of the makeup discounts discussed above, here are some more reasons why you should enroll with QC:

  • QC’s tuition rates are extremely competitive! However, we also offer low monthly payment plans and monthly promotions to help with costs, too.
  • Your tutor will be a real industry expert! Thus, you’ll get trained by someone with years of experience.
  • You’ll receive a digital and physical copy of your course materials!
  • If your course comes with a makeup kit, this will be mailed right to your door, too!
  • After each unit, you’ll receive extensive audio feedback from your tutor! As a result, you’ll be able to grow and become an even stronger MUA.
  • Your assignments will give you plenty of hands-on experience!
  • You’ll get an internationally-recognized certification or certificate after graduating from ANY of QC’s courses!
  • Once you enroll in one course, you can take ANY other course for 50% off. So, add to your qualifications at half the price!
  • There’s an entire QC community for you to connect and network with!
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Want to Become a QC Student Ambassador?

Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy?

Here’s what we’re looking for from you:

  • You’re at least halfway through one of your QC courses
  • You have a B+ average or higher
  • You’re interested in writing blogs and/or filming videos for QC’s platforms
  • You wish to build your skill-set for your own career endeavors
  • You’re passionate about QC Makeup Academy and want to help get QC’s name out there
  • You want to help other students in their own journeys

Does this sound like you? If so, we invite you to learn more here and submit your application today!

Tip: Discover exactly what you can expect when you become a Student Ambassador by reading this article!

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Unlock your makeup discounts today by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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Ambassador Feature: Alba Carpio

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Alba R. Carpio, and my life has been a roller coaster for the past few years. But right now, I can say I’m happily married and a proud mom. My love for characterization, sci-fi, and horror films started when I was a kid. When I went to University, I got my Bachelor Degree in Architecture.

However, when my father passed away, everything changed. I went through a very hard time; dealing with depression and anxiety. During this time, my passion for makeup revived. At first, I used it as a therapy. But it ending up becoming my safe place.

What made you decide to change career paths and switch from architecture to makeup artistry?

When I graduated, we had plans to move to Europe. But when my father passed away, we had to stay in Mexico and take care of the family business. Then I became pregnant. At that time, my husband and I decided it would be best for me to stay at home.

If I’m being honest, I revived my love for makeup through social media and watching influencers. Over time, though, that wasn’t enough. I wanted to learn everything in a professional way – especially Special FX makeup. So, I investigated all of my options and that’s how I found QC Makeup Academy. This school gave me the possibility of doing this as a career!

Prior to getting any training, you mentioned that you learned makeup primary through social media. When was it you realized that social media makeup is completely different from real-world makeup?

I actually found this out the hard way. One day, I got a phone call from my husband, asking me out on a romantic date. I wanted to surprise him with the makeup techniques I’d just learned from YouTube. When we arrived at the restaurant, he said in a very gentle way, “Babe, I think you have dirt on your face… take this tissue so you can clean up.”

It was embarrassing! But when I looked in the mirror, it was obvious that my contour was completely overdone. As QC Makeup Academy makes clear in their training, social media and real-life makeup are designed for completely different environments. Social media makeup is definitely not meant for everyday life.

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Why did you decide to enroll in an online makeup school, rather than an in-person one?

Between being a new mom and dealing with all the tasks of running the family business, I had no time or energy to go to a physical school. But QC Makeup Academy did give me time and space to do my courses at my own pace. Plus, their amazing programs have been designed by industry professionals, and are led by the best of the best, in terms of tutors. This all gave me confidence that I was making a good investment.

So, how did you find out about QC Makeup Academy?

Online research! I knew that with my schedule, the only way I was going to be able to study was with an online school. I investigated very carefully into all my options. Once I found QC Makeup Academy, I quickly say that they offered everything I wanted!

Some of the reasons I chose to enroll are:

  • You have up to 2 years to finish your courses.
  • You have options to pay the course all at once or through affordable payment plans.
  • QC Makeup Academy’s certifications are internationally-recognized.
  • QC’s accredited with an A+ ranking by the Better Business Bureau.
  • They have very complete and interesting programs suitable for both beginning and advanced makeup artists.
  • Students are provided with personalized feedback from professional tutors.

You’ve since graduated from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Special FX Makeup Course. How was your experience with these programs, and how would you say they’ve helped you grow as a makeup artist?

QC changed my life in the best possible way. It’s not just the experience of learning professional makeup techniques; it’s also the personalized feedback you get from your tutors. They take the time to analyze your work and give you constructive criticism. Their goal is to help you grow by offering you advice, tips, tricks, and encouragement to be the best version of yourself as an artist.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an advanced student. Your previous experience, social medial followers, or job position doesn’t matter either. QC Makeup Academy always make you feel respected and welcome. Personally, my makeup skills are now at a completely different level when compared to where they were at 3 years ago!

You’re also currently enrolled in QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Airbrush Makeup Workshop. Why do you feel that these additional skills and qualifications will make your makeup career all the more successful?

I firmly believe that all of QC’s programs properly complement one another. For example, skincare is very important because it helps you understand how to take care of your canvas. With this basic knowledge, it’s easier to personalize the makeup routine for each client, since everyone has different skin types and needs.

The Pro Makeup Workshop goes into more detail about advanced makeup techniques, concepts, and applications. This next-level program is meant to help you perfect your skills and build upon what you learned in the MMA Course. Finally, the Airbrush Workshop adds yet another level of professionalism to your craft, both in beauty makeup and SFX makeup.

I can’t stop learning – this career path is just so fascinating to me!

How useful have the various course materials, assignments, and tutor feedback been? In what ways have they helped you grow stronger as an MUA?

At this moment of my life, I am mainly a social media makeup artist. But I also book the occasional freelance job for film, bridal, or special event makeup on the weekends. The knowledge I’ve gotten from QC Makeup Academy has helped me understand when to use certain makeup techniques, according to the occasion.

Like I said before, social media makeup is designed for a self-controlled, 2D environment. Real-life makeup, on the other hand, is designed for a high-definition, 3d environment. You can’t control the angles in which your artistry will be showcased. So, you need to understand the proper techniques… because there’ll be no place to hide imperfections!

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned so far from QC Makeup Academy’s professional training?

With QC Makeup Academy, you learn:

  • The importance of skincare;
  • Proper makeup application for every kind of client;
  • Lifesaving makeup techniques;
  • How to treat your clients;
  • And more.

But to me, the MOST important lessons I’ve learned have been about proper hygiene and etiquette as an MUA. This knowledge alone elevates you to another level! Most aspiring makeup artists nowadays educate themselves strictly with YouTube videos.

However, beyond the popular trends and/or makeup tutorials available on social media, it’s very uncommon to find educational videos discussing topics such as taking care of your makeup kit, sanitizing your tools, etc. Being a makeup artist is so much more than simply applying makeup to another person’s face. This type of education is essential for success.

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?

QC Makeup Academy will give you the basic tools you need to pursue a successful career as a makeup artist. It doesn’t matter which area you want to grow in professionally – they cover it all!

Once you have these tools, it’ll then be up to YOU to become the artist you want to be. For that, you will need to dedicate time and practice. My personal experience has been amazing. I couldn’t be more grateful for what QC has done for me. As a Student Ambassador, I want to help others follow their own dreams.

You have over 266k followers on TikTok and over 17k on YouTube. What advice would you give to new MUAs for growing their online presence and increasing their following?

My social media channels were never about having a big following or becoming popular. They started as a personal space where I could express myself and what I love. They’ve helped me heal and make it through a very difficult time in my life.

What I can tell makeup artists who want to grow their social media is to NEVER let the numbers control you. Don’t let the views discourage you, or the likes make you feel as if you are not talented enough. Just do what you love and the numbers will come eventually.

What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

I believe there is no small job. Everything can give you experience and knowledge to grow as an artist!

To start, I want to retire from our job at the family business and dedicate myself full-time to makeup artistry. I’m currently working towards this now. I also want to travel to congresses, take makeup master classes around the world, and eventually, teach them myself. Additionally, I’d like to dedicate more time to my social media and explore different makeup techniques I haven’t tried yet. I’d also love to learn even more about Special FX makeup.

I guess, when I think about it, I just want to try it ALL!

What is the #1 piece of advice that you’d like to give to aspiring makeup artists who are thinking of pursuing a professional career in 2021?

I want to inspire others to never give up on themselves. It’s is never too late to pursue your dream career! There’s honestly no better feeling than dedicating your life to something that makes you happy and that you have passion for. You’ll never get tired of it.

If this is what you want to do for the rest of your life, just go with it! QC Makeup Academy will give you all the tools you need, but it’ll be up to you to figure out how you want to use them.

Inspired by Alba’s story? Write your own today by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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QC Makeup Academy Ambassador, Amanda Ramey: My Partner Attempts to Do My Makeup for Valentine’s Day! [Video]

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QC Makeup Academy’s very own Student Ambassador, Amanda Ramey, is here today to show the world just how challenging makeup artistry truly is!

Join Amanda as her partner, Adam, attempts to do a Valentine’s Day-inspired makeup look on her. The thing is, Adam has NO prior makeup training! Without a proper understanding of fundamental theories, principles, and techniques, will Adam rise to the challenge… or realize that being a makeup artist is a LOT harder than it looks?

Find out for yourself by watching the video below!

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

Why YOU Should Enroll with QC Makeup Academy Today

During a global pandemic, is now really the right time to pursue a new career and gain professional makeup training?


Take this opportunity to maximize your time by earning an internationally-recognized makeup certification in as little as 3-6 months. This way, when the world does return to normal, you’ll be ready to take the industry by storm!

Here are just a few quick reasons why you should enroll with QC Makeup Academy today:

  • QC has been a pioneer of online learning since 1984 and has an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau!
  • There are plenty of students and alumni who’ve raved about their experience with QC Makeup Academy. Read over 270 reviews here!
  • Train on your own schedule (meaning NO deadlines) and in your own environment with QC’s self-paced, distanced learning!
  • Get a full 2 years to complete your QC Makeup Academy course!
  • Get tutored by a real industry expert and receive thorough audio feedback after every unit!
  • Receive awesome course materials to aid in your training – such as a makeup kit, textbooks, and instructional videos – and refer back to them throughout your career!
  • QC Makeup Academy’s competitive payment plans and tuition are affordable for ANY budget! Plus, take advantage of our monthly promotional offers for even more wicked discounts!
  • Practical assignments will provide you with real-world, hands-on experience!
  • And so much more!
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So, what are you waiting for? Start the career you’ve always wanted today!

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A Look Inside QC’s FREE Makeup Kit!

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Interested in starting your professional career with a FREE makeup kit? Then you’ve come to the right place!

As we’re sure you already know, as an aspiring MUA, your makeup kit is going to be one of the most important investments you ever make. The right products, tools, and ingredients will allow you to work on every client, skin tone, and skin type imaginable.

So, how can YOU get a free makeup kit?

Until February 12th, 2021, we’re running an exciting promotional offer that will allow you to get TWO professional makeup courses for the price of ONE! As part of this limited-time offer, when you enroll in the Master Makeup Artistry Course you’ll also be given a free makeup kit (valued at over $150) to aid in your training.

Sound like a dream come true? Just wait until you see what actually comes in this awesome, 5-piece kit!

Let’s take a look…

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Breaking Down QC’s Free Makeup Kit

88-Shade Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Consider this the universal eye palette that every makeup artist needs! With so many colors to choose from, it’ll be a long time before you need to spend money on any other eyeshadow products. These pigmented shadows are easily buildable, allowing you to create both subtle and bold looks.

This palette also offers the perfect balance of matte and shimmer shadows – meaning that you’ll be able to create a variety of looks to complement EVERY client. Oh, and did we mention that they apply like butter? A little will go a long way!

28-Shade Powder Blush Palette

Blush is critical for adding a natural flush to your clients’ cheeks. With this palette, you’ll have access to matte and shimmery shades; allowing you to create a warm, healthy glow. Thanks to the wide variety of hues to choose from, every client’s needs will be met! Plus, you can easily blend colors together for an attractive gradient effect.

Pro Tip: Want to create a variety of day-to-day and avant-garde looks? Colors such as dusty rose and bright terracotta are the hues you’re looking for!

32-Shade Lip Palette with Glosses

What sort of free makeup kit would this be if it didn’t include an assortment of lip colors?

With this 32-shade palette, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of warm and cool colors that offer shimmer, satin, and even pearl finishes! These pigmented shades will glide effortlessly onto the client’s lips and last all day long.

The best part? You can use each individual shade on its own, or get crafty by mixing and layering colors together. Whether you want to give your client a bold red lip or a trendy ombré, this palette will deliver!

20-Shade Correct & Conceal Palette

Once you try our creamy formula or color correctors and concealers, you’ll never want to use another brand again!

Easily blendable,  use this palette to camouflage skin imperfections such as blemishes, discoloration, redness or rosacea, and under-eye circles. Fun fact: the deeper shades also double as cream contours – so feel free to use them to accentuate the natural shadows of your client’s face!

Pro Tip: Want to become a master of color correction? Check out this insightful webinar by celebrity makeup artist (and QC’s executive makeup instructor), Nathan Johnson!

16-Piece Brush Set

No makeup artist’s arsenal is complete without a reliable set of brushes… and our free makeup kit is no exception! After all, we’re giving you all of these exceptional products, so you’re going to need something to apply them with.

As part of our promotional, 5-piece makeup kit, you’ll receive a whopping 16 brushes to cover all of your bases. Here’s a quick breakdown of each brush you’ll receive:

  • Flat Top Kabuki Foundation Brush
  • Power Brush
  • Kabuki Brush
  • Angled Powder Brush
  • Large Blending Concealer Blush
  • Small Concealer Blush
  • Flat-Top Stippling Brush
  • Rounded Precision Brush
  • Large Fan Brush
  • Small Fan Brush
  • Lip Brush
  • Eyeshadow Brush
  • Eye Shader Brush
  • Eye Contour Brush
  • Small Angled Eyeliner/Eyebrow Brush
  • Brow & Lash Grooming Brush

Want to learn more about what each brush can do? We go into way more depth here!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s not every day that you can get professionally trained from the comfort of your own home, earn a double certification for the price of just one course, and get a BUNCH of free makeup products to stock up your kit with!

Take advantage of this limited-time offer before it’s gone and begin the career of your dreams today!

Enroll with QC Makeup Academy and graduate in as little as 3-6 months!

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Special Effects Makeup for Film

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Special effects makeup for the film is a behemoth in and of itself. It takes the right training, practice, and dedication to truly master it. After all, it’s a whole different ballgame than SFX makeup for, let’s say, the stage. Special effects makeup for the film not only needs to be subtler; it must also be realistic and consistent.

If your dream is to do makeup for Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and horror movies, we won’t mince words: you have a lot of work ahead of you. Luckily, QC Makeup Academy’s online Special FX Makeup Course will teach you everything you need to know! With the help of your expert tutor, you’ll hone every last skill needed to not only work as an SFX artist in the film industry – but truly thrive!

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4 Critical Lessons You’ll Learn in QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course


The film is far less forgiving than theater. In theater, there’s a considerable distance between the actor and the audience. In order to bridge that gap, the actor’s makeup will often be exaggerated. This way, even the people in the back row can see it. A perk to this is that the actor’s makeup can also afford to have a couple of little mistakes or inconsistencies here and there. Chances are, the audience will be too far away to notice.

On camera, though, people absolutely will notice. Typically, special effects makeup for film needs to be realistic. The goal is for the audience to suspend disbelief – if even for a single second – and truly believe for a moment in time that the actor really is this character you’ve created. If it’s obvious that the wound, blood, or character design is fake, the audience will be pulled out of the experience.


Continuity is another major detail when it comes to special effects makeup for film. A single scene will often be shot dozens of times, from multiple different angles. A 10-minute scene might take hours to get shoot. Often, you’ll be on set for long periods of time, and you’ll need to be ready at any moment to be called in for touch-ups. Sometimes, once the movie has wrapped, actors will even need to come back to re-shoot particular scenes.

One way or another, your job will be to make sure that the actor’s makeup looks EXACTLY the same from one take to the next. Take photos of the actor’s makeup for every scene, as well as after any alteration is made to the look. When waiting on set, continue to keep an eye on the action. If you need to jump in, touch up, or fix something, you’ll want to make sure it aligns exactly with how the makeup looked in the scene (prior to the director calling cut).

Movie watchers are sticklers for continuity errors, so do everything you can to prevent them from finding any.

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Attention to Detail

High-definition cameras will pick up quite literally every last pore on the actor’s face. If your makeup application has flaws, this means the cameras will pick up on that, too. Another thing to keep in mind when it comes to paying attention to detail is the progression of the film’s plot.

For instance, say the actor’s character is in an altercation and gets hit in the face. This fight results in a bruise around their eye. As the story continues, the audience is meant to believe that time is passing the same way it naturally would in real life. This means that the character’s bruise can’t simply disappear, as if it never happened. It also can’t stay exactly the same either.

Instead, you’ll need to age the bruise accordingly so that it looks like it’s realistically healing and fading away.

The Production Process

You can’t just read a script, come up with a special effects makeup look, and then apply it to the actor on the day of shooting. There’s a LOT more that first needs to go into this process!

For starters, with the script breakdown and makeup charts to guide you, you’ll develop looks that accurately coincide with the story itself. Then you’ll need to test your designs on the actors and extras who have been assigned to you. Keep in mind that your makeup looks will need to work not only from the actor’s perspective but in terms of wearability and longevity as well.

After that, your makeup looks will need to undergo a camera test. This will help ensure that the makeup transfers properly on camera and looks the way it’s supposed to. Once production advances, you’ll then be able to refer back to the script, makeup charts, and test photos for each actor and each scene.

Other Reasons Why You Should Take QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course

Perhaps the course itself sounds perfect, but the idea of attending in-person doesn’t. With the pandemic, in-person school isn’t exactly the safest, most convenient, or most affordable option right now. Well, we got even better news for you: you won’t have to worry about any of this with QC Makeup Academy!

Not only is our Special Effects Makeup Course done entirely online; it’s also completed at your own pace! There’ll be no need to worry about traveling to get to school or potentially exposing yourself to COVID-19. You also won’t need to move your schedule around to meet deadlines.

With a full 2 years to complete your course, you can learn everything you need to know right at home – and take as little or as much time as you need!

In case all of this wasn’t awesome enough, here are a few more perks to enrolling with QC:

  • Your tutor will be a special effects makeup expert with decades of experience in the industry.
  • After each unit, you’ll receive extensive, personalized audio feedback from your tutor.
  • Assignments include plenty of hands-on training, in order to give you real-life experience with both models and SFX products.
  • You’ll have an entire community of fellow QC students and grads to connect with in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook.
  • QC’s affordable tuition rates are substantially cheaper than you’d find at a brick-and-mortar school – and you’re even offered a low monthly payment plan if you don’t want to pay everything upfront.
  • With an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau and over 35 years of pioneering the online learning experience, QC Makeup Academy is known for being the best of the best.
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Ready to start your career as a special effects makeup artist? Enroll in QC’s Special FX Makeup Course today!

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Ambassador Feature: Angelica Hamlin

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a thirty-something happy wife, and a blessed mommy of a little princess. Over the last 11 years, my entire work history has been in the beauty industry, ever since I first earned my cosmetology license.

Before we moved to Oregon, I even owned my own beauty salon in California. I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. For me, beauty has always been a part of that art. Hair, nails, makeup – you name it!

You have years of experience and training in cosmetology. Why did you decide to pursue additional training in order to become a professional makeup artist?

Even with all of my education from cosmetology school, I felt I was never taught enough about makeup. I’d learned all about sanitation and the very basics of makeup application, but I wanted to learn more! I wanted makeup classes that would teach me how to put products together with precision and proper technique, and how to make them stay put on a client’s skin.

Why did you decide to take online makeup classes, rather than enroll in a brick-and mortar school?

Originally, I chose online makeup classes because at the time, I lived very far any brick-and-mortar option. That turned out to be a perfect choice because I found out soon after that we’d be welcoming our little girl into the world! I really appreciated the flexibility of online learning and the option to complete makeup classes on my own schedule.

Ultimately, why did you choose to enroll with QC Makeup Academy?

To be honest, I shopped around a lot in my quest to find the perfect school. When I discovered QC Makeup Academy, some of the top reasons that influenced my decision to enroll were:

  • The affordable payment options;
  • The many different courses to choose from;
  • And the chance to be tutored by celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Johnson.

I’m not sure it gets much better than that! I just knew the quality of the education was going to be what I needed.

You’ve graduated from QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. How was your experience  with this program, and how would you say it helped you grow as a makeup artist?

My experience with the Master Makeup Artistry Course was fabulous! Even when I came to units that taught skills I never thought I’d be able to learn, they were presented in such a way that I was able to easily understand them. I could learn how to practice them properly, until I got it right.

Sometimes, with online courses, you might be doing something wrong and never even know it. But with QC’s classes, you’re able to get feedback and critiques from your tutor right away, after each unit is submitted. That was invaluable to me!

You’ve also graduated from QC’s Virtual Makeup mini course. Why do you feel that this additional skill-set will make your makeup career even more successful, especially  during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since most of my freelance makeup work is for brides and fashion photographers, everything on my books was cancelled when the pandemic began. When I saw that QC Makeup Academy offered a Virtual Makeup Training Course, I knew I needed that education.

I didn’t have any clue how to provide a virtual service! But now I do. Even once things pick back up again in my area, I’ll continue to offer virtual services as part of my business. Virtual services allow for an even wider reach of potential clients, and it’s a very manageable thing for me to offer from home!

You’re currently working on completing the Skincare Course. In your opinion, why should makeup artists have proper skincare knowledge?

It’s important to have a good knowledge of the canvas you’re working with, in order to be able to choose the best products. For example, I work with a lot of photographers. During a photoshoot, the elements can be very different and with hot, harsh lights.

I need to know how a model’s skin is going to react to every product I put on her. This way, the makeup stays on her skin throughout the entire shoot. It won’t get oily or shiny from all of the heat.

How useful have the various materials, assignments, and tutor feedback been for your QC Makeup Academy courses?

Everything has been extremely helpful! I still have my books in a small library in my home office. I’ll often refer back to them if I feel a bit rusty on a topic. The assignments also really helped to get me out of my “comfort zone”.

They challenged me to try things I hadn’t done, and I really enjoyed that. And, of course, we already know how much I appreciated having tutor feedback so quickly after each unit. It was like having someone right next to me to help!

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned so far from your makeup classes?

Consistency and blending have to be two of the most important things I’ve learned from makeup classes. I had no idea how much they would affect every single makeup look I would ever try to apply!

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?

I want all aspiring makeup artists to know that they have a chance to get a great education, no matter their schedule or situation! The makeup and beauty courses offered at QC Makeup Academy are perfect for everyone.

From busy mamas who want a career with flexibility, to high school students who want to pursue a career in a field they’re passionate about. From the retiree who dreams of learning something new and creative, to the seasoned cosmetologist who still has more to learn!

These makeup classes are for everyone and provide amazing education opportunities.

How has your career as a beauty professional been affected by COVID-19? In what ways have you adjusted to this ‘new normal’?

When the pandemic hit, I lost most of my bookings for weddings and fashion photoshoots almost instantly. Some of the brides have simply pushed their wedding dates another year out, but so many just cancelled altogether.

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. But since then, I’ve started using my knowledge and live demonstration of skills to continue earning an income virtually. It even pushed me to get outside of my comfort zone and start working closely with a beauty brand, to help generate online sales.

QC Makeup Academy Ambassador, Angelica Hamlin, applying makeup to model

Photography by John Neilson of Oregon Studio Group.

What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

Ideally, I would love to build a brand that my daughter could step into and take over when (and if) she wants to. I also align that with another goal of creating a flexible career for myself that allows me to spend quality family time with her and my husband.

What is your #1 piece of advice that you’d like to give to aspiring makeup artists who are thinking of pursuing a professional career in this field in 2021?

I’d like to simply tell aspiring artists that this is a perfect time to start!

There are so many opportunities right now for you to build the makeup career you truly want. Get creative with it. Let QC Makeup Academy give you all of the tools and provide the education to be successful in whatever you want your dream career to be!

Interested in become a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy? Submit your application here!

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5 Hot Makeup Trends Kicking Off 2021!

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Last year was a total game-changer when it came to popular makeup trends. Now, as we settle into 2021, it’s interesting to see these trends continue to dominate the beauty world. Thanks to COVID-19 still hanging around like a bad guest who can’t take a hint, it comes as no surprise that many of the fads kicking off the New Year are ones that first went viral during 2020’s lockdown.

The thing to remember about makeup trends is that they’re ever-changing. Something can be viral one moment and then fade into obscurity the next. Especially when you throw a pandemic into the mix, it goes without saying that trying to predict this year’s upcoming makeup trends is – in some ways – anyone’s guess. It’ll probably depend on whether things go back to the way they were (pre-COVID) and when.

All that to be said, what we can tell you are 5 of the hottest makeup trends that have helmed the game so far this year!

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5 Makeup Trends 2021 is Seeing So Far…

1. Eyes on the Prize

Eye makeup has been a fundamental trend, in one way or another, since makeup was first invented. But since the pandemic began, it quickly made its way to the top of our priority list! After all, we all still need to wear face masks whenever we leave the house. With our eyes being the only real focal point on our face these days, it only makes sense to use this as an opportunity to make a statement.

Whether it’s a mysterious smoky eye, technicolor lids, or an out-of-the-box liner design – making the eyes POP is already continuing to be a major trend in 2021.

2. Lashes for Days

To build on the above, what would eye makeup be without killer lashes to go with it? Two ways that lashes are already proving to be big in 2021 are through sky-high falsies and colorful mascara. Elevate your glam glow, make that smoky eye even sultrier, or funkify your vibe. Play around and make your lashes stand out from the crowd!

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3. Keep it Simple

While plenty of makeup enthusiasts are not letting COVID-19 get in the way of their full-faced looks, just as many people have embraced the ‘less is more’ approach over the past year. Limited contact with the outside world drastically decreased the need to get as dolled up as we did before. Being cooped up indoors all day reiterated the importance of a proper skincare routine.

As a result, a lot of people took pause, stepped back, and learned to embrace their natural beauty. A minimalistic approach to makeup swept the globe – and this trend hasn’t gone anywhere yet! So far in 2021, we’re still seeing less contouring and more ‘skinimalism’ (as cleverly coined by Pinterest).

Personally, we’re in LOVE with this trend and can only hope it’s here to stay!

4. Long Live the Lips

Just because we have to hide our smiles behind face masks doesn’t meant that lip makeup isn’t still a major trend. Zoom calls and live feeds are more relevant than ever, after all! One trend that already looks to be a huge hit in 2021 is lip makeup – particularly, lip stains.

This definitely makes sense. Long-wear lip products that can hold their own under your mask are in high demand, and lip stains are known to achieve this desired result. Just remember that your lips need hydration, too. If your makeup is matte and drying, simply swipe some lip balm on before application.

1980s makeup trends

5. Nostalgia Galore

We’ve seen throwbacks to previous decades for as long as makeup has been around. But for some reason, ever since the pandemic began, nostalgic makeup of days’ past has become a booming trend. Maybe it’s because, with so much time spent indoors and by ourselves, it’s made us long for simpler times.

Or maybe it’s just because all of these nostalgic looks are totally awesome. (Which, let’s admit it, they are.)

Either way, 2021’s makeup scene has been kicking off with odes to the past. Ariana Grande, for example, has played a major role in bringing 1960s fashion and beauty into the modern day through her music video, “Positions”.

There’s also been a particular love these days for all things 80s and 90s. Maybe it’s because Friends finally got booted from Netflix… who knows? But as a 90s baby with a love of 80s glam, I’m definitely not complaining. In terms of throwback fads, I have to say, I admittedly love this one the most.

Can you think of other makeup trends going viral so far in 2021? Drop a comment below and add to our list! 😘

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Graduate Feature: Luisa de Pietra

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Luisa de Pietra

QC Makeup Academy Courses Currently Taking/Completed:

Master Makeup Artistry Graduate

Pro Makeup Workshop

Portfolio Development Workshop

Sydney, New South Wales

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hello, my name is Luisa de Pietra! I am 22 years old, currently living in Australia, and studying a full-time psychology and languages degree at the University of Sydney. I’m tremendously passionate about all things artistic, with makeup being one of my favorite creative outlets.

I love to be inspired by other artists’ works – particularly those in film and editorial magazines. The fusion of art and makeup is of particular interest to me. A perfect example would be the imaginative looks crafted by head MUA, Doniella Davy, most recently showcased in the TV show, Euphoria.

At the core, I have a strong fascination for beauty products that can enhance a face and highlight its best features.

Why did you decide to become a makeup artist?

Makeup and beauty have always been passions of mine, ever since I was a little girl. I remember watching movies from the 1950’s / 1960’s and being absolutely dazzled by the glamor of those times!

Today’s ideals of makeup and beauty are constantly evolving. I find that every day, there is something new to learn and get inspired by. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new looks and styles to suit every face.

Luisa eye makeup

How would you describe your makeup style?

Classic, timeless, and elegant. I aim to create looks that can inspire any woman, regardless of age, skin color, etc. My goal is to encourage all women to feel as though makeup is accessible and fun for them to enjoy. Everyone should have the opportunity to experiment with makeup, regardless of ability or skill.

Why did you decide to pursue your makeup training online, as opposed to in-person?

Primarily out of convenience. Being a full-time university student, I was in search of a creative course that would complement my studies. At the same time, it also needed to give me the freedom to complete assignments at my own pace.

QC Makeup Academy definitely ticks off these boxes. On top of that, their Virtual Classroom on Facebook takes things one step further by creating a positive and supportive environment for me to engage with and seek input from my peers!

How did you discover QC Makeup Academy? What was it about QC that made you want to enroll?

It all happened by chance! When I was searching for makeup schools online, I was very lucky to come across QC Makeup Academy. I was extremely impressed with how professional and organized both their website and social media pages looked.

The reviews all spoke very highly of the course content and tutor feedback. From my personal experience, these reviews were right to do so!

You’ve graduated from both the QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop. Why do you feel these two courses complement one another? How has your training from these courses elevated your skill-set as a MUA?

Following the detailed insight and critique I was given throughout the Master Makeup Artistry Course, I decided to use the Pro Makeup Workshop as a ‘refresher’. I also used it as a means by which to extend my baseline skills.

Completing the Pro Makeup Workshop has been invaluable! This course not only enhanced and refined my pre-existing skill-set; it challenged me to push myself even further. The tutelage and challenges set by Nathan Johnson have pushed my work and creativity to much higher levels.

You absolutely nailed your assignments – especially the Runway assignment in Unit A of the Pro Makeup Workshop! What was your favorite course assignment and why did you find it beneficial?

Thank you! Although I thoroughly enjoyed completing all of my assignments, I would have to say that the Runway assignment was most definitely my favorite. I really enjoyed being able to take on an unrestricted approach. This assignment allowed me to utilize all the skills I have accumulated so far, in order to produce a creative piece of work. I had a lot of fun with this assignment!

QC Makeup Academy graduate Luisa de Pietra runway assignment

How beneficial were the course materials provided by QC Makeup Academy?

Extremely! In fact, I still refer back to my course textbooks, as well as the audio feedback given to me by Nathan. I often use these resources to hone my skills even more.

Tell us more about the feedback you received from your tutor, Nathan Johnson. Why did you find it so beneficial?

Truly, I thrived off Nathan’s “no holds barred” approach. He evaluated my work throughout both the Master Makeup Artistry Course and the Pro Makeup Workshop. As a student, I think it’s incredibly important to be guided by someone who doesn’t sugarcoat things.

The shaping of your own artistic style relies heavily upon the extent to which you comprehend and implement the feedback given to you by your tutor. For example, Nathan’s unique teaching method strongly advocates for a re-evaluation of the makeup trends often replicated and perpetuated by social media.

My skills were refined and improved due to his particular emphasis on the importance of symmetry. Similarly, his attention to detail has undoubtedly helped me sharpen my eye and push my creative thinking further.

You earned your certifications and completed your training during the COVID-19 pandemic. In what ways did QC Makeup Academy’s online learning environment allow you to reach these goals?

As we all know, the impact of COVID-19 (as well as the constraints imposed during this difficult time) have not been easy for many of us around the world. Yet I am extremely lucky to say that as a result of QC’s open-learning environment, my progress was never hindered.

Any questions or concerns I had were responded to immediately, and the quality and depth of advice I received was always first class!

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You’re also currently enrolled in QC’s Portfolio Development Workshop. In your opinion, what are the most important elements of a professional makeup portfolio?

Although I’ve only just started the Portfolio Development Workshop, I can already appreciate the importance of using high-quality images in order to market your work effectively. I also strive to set up a mood board prior to each look. This ensures that the essence of my vision remains alive throughout the entire creative process. Ultimately, that will also help me to successfully transform my ideas into reality!

You have quite a following on Instagram! Can you share your secret to building a strong online presence?

Focus, consistency, and authenticity!

I used to think that posting a lot of photographs was the key to getting followers. But I encourage everyone to be selective with the content you post! I also recommend choosing a specific theme/aesthetic for your social media channel(s).

Remain consistent with this theme/aesthetic, as it will ultimately attract the audience you want. Lastly, posting content that is authentic and true to you and your brand plays a significant role, too.

What is the proudest moment in your makeup career (so far)?

Being able to nail winged eyeliner in one fell swoop!

Overall, how do you feel that QC Makeup Academy has prepared you for working in the field?

QC Makeup Academy has given me the confidence, the knowledge, and the tools to work in any creative environment. In particular, the Business Units really resonated with me and my future career goals. From perfecting a simple brow to designing and creating fantasy applications – QC really does cover all the bases for creativity (and skill)!

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What goals do you have for your makeup career now that you’re doubly certified?

Whilst I finish with my studies this year, I plan to continue uploading content to my Instagram and TikTok channels. I’d love to begin working with brands that align with my values and be able to review their products. I think it’s really important to support new, upcoming businesses (especially during the pandemic)!

Eventually, I would also love to create my own makeup line; one that’s purely dedicated to providing people with the tools and products needed to create any look. Ultimately, I want to spread the message that makeup truly is for everyone.

As you can see, I have a lot of work ahead of me!

Who is your makeup hero and why?

How do I pick just one?!

Firstly, Lisa Eldridge and Pat McGrath are – and always will – be legends in the field. I’m also big fan of work done by Malvina Isfan, Susan Lilian, Hung Vanngo, and Hindash! I just love artists who act on their own unique stylistic visions, creations, and inspirations. They don’t necessarily follow the pack – they are the REAL innovators!

Inspired by Luisa’s story? Start your OWN journey by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today