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QC Makeup Academy’s Top 10 Blogs of 2020

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Let’s be real: a lot of us are relieved to see 2020 come to an end. To say the least, 2020 was a challenging year across the globe. But it wasn’t all bad. We’ve learned how to adapt to the world’s new normal, and we’ve rediscovered the importance of human connection. 2020 was a year of change. We at QC Makeup Academy are optimistic that 2021 will provide a chance for things to turn around and bring good luck back to us all.

For QC Makeup Academy’s students and grads, 2020 was also a year devoted to pursuing their dream careers in the beauty industry by earning professional certifications and launching new businesses!

We are so proud of how hard our students and alumni have been working and wish them nothing but the absolute best in the New Year.

In light of 2021 being right around the corner, we thought we’d take a moment to look back and count down your top 10 favorite Beauty Buzz articles over the last 12 months…


Your Favorite QC Makeup Academy Blog Articles of 2020

It takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work to build a successful career as a makeup artist. Unfortunately, it takes only seconds to ruin everything and destroy your professional reputation!

If you want to build a successful business in the beauty industry, you’d better make sure you don’t commit any of the 5 mistakes mentioned in this article!

We at QC Makeup Academy cannot overstate how important it is for you, as a makeup artist, to keep your products clean and sanitized. In this shocking article, we reveal the beauty products that are most prone to superbugs, the most common types of beauty bacteria, the causes of contamination, and what YOU should be doing to avoid it!

Keep reading so you can keep your makeup kit clean!

A lot of makeup artists see hair styling as an entirely separate field entirely from makeup. But if you play your cards right, hair styling can actually be your business’s secret weapon! In this delightfully satirical article, QC Makeup Academy explores 4 awesome benefits of adding hair styling to your services – and why you shouldn’t take advantage of them. 😉

Although you always strive to do you best, not every client will be pleased with your work. That’s just a part of life! As long as you know how to handle the situation, you can still turn a dissatisfied client back into a happy one. If you’re looking for advice on how to handle these difficult situations, read on! We take a look at 5 regular client complaints and what you should do in the face of them.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in hair styling, you should know that hair styling is NOT the same thing as hair dressing. So, what exactly differentiates these two professions?

In this article, QC Makeup Academy discusses the answer to that very question (and so much more)! Discover their similarities, their differences, and the types of training and qualifications you need for both.

As an MUA, you might aspire to start to become your very own boss. The best way to do this is to start your own freelance business! Before you jump into anything, though, you should know exactly what to expect from this pursuit.

Join us as we explore the pros and cons of being a freelance makeup artist. This way, you’ll know for sure if this career path is the right fit for YOU!

You might have heard the misconception that you can’t truly learn makeup online. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! In fact, we’ve got FIVE myths about online learning that we’re ready to debunk here and now. If you’re considering earning your makeup certification online (such as with QC Makeup Academy), read on to learn what the experience will really be like!

Do you have a passion for SFX makeup but no prior experience? No problem! QC Makeup Academy graduate, Gabrielle Rivera, has 5 suggestions to help you get started. Gabrielle will share her tips to help you gain experience and become a professional!

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Not only can you make a livable wage as a makeup artist– you can make a killing! In this article, we reveal the top 4 highest-paying makeup professions and discuss what each one entails. You’ll discover the different salaries associated with each profession and learn about 4 external factors that can impact your income.

Have you heard of a “choosing beggar”? If not, working as a makeup artist means you probably will. Unfortunately, you’ll likely encounter your fair share of them throughout your career.

In this amusingly satirical article, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at the common strategies a Choosing Beggar might use to get free services from you. Discover their thought processes, their motives and their moves… so you can avoid them entirely!

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The entire QC Makeup Academy team would like to thank each and every person who has taken the time to read The Beauty Buzz this past year. We hope our articles have been insightful, informative and fun! Stay tuned for even more awesome content in 2021!

Kick off the New Year by pursuing the career you’ve always wanted! Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and become a certified MUA in as little as 3-6 months!

Ambassador Feature: Krystle Clarkson

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hey guys and gals! I’m a 33-year-old mother of five. I live in Melbourne, Australia, and I just love makeup! I’m a qualified hairdresser and nail technician, and I’ve been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. I just love creating everything and anything! Aside from makeup, my other greatest love is for my family.

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

I fell in love with makeup while watching my mum do hers growing up. I was hypnotized by it! I think I was about 10 years old when my mum started letting me play with her makeup. After that, I never stopped!

I was also drawn to the special effects you see in movies and on TV. When I found out it was a form of makeup, I was sold on becoming a professional MUA.

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

Honestly, face-to-face schooling from Monday to Friday just isn’t for me. I seem to lose my drive and passion in this kind of environment. Not to mention, because I’m a full-time mother of 5 young children, online schooling is the only way I could have gotten to where I am today.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity to learn makeup from the comfort of my own home and in my own time.

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

When I found QC Makeup Academy, my eyes lit up!

I read all of the reviews and looked thoroughly into how the school operated. I was amazed at the dedication the tutors and staff put forward. Also, QC Makeup Academy was the only online school I could find that was accredited here in Australia. They offer everything you need to get started with your online classes and become a certified professional.

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 an artist?

The Master Makeup Artistry Course is amazing! It taught me everything I know. I’m glad I started with this course, really. It gave me the knowledge and courage to get where I am today. Plus, it was the most amazing experience learning from my tutor, Nathan Johnson. He is so passionate and driven!

In what ways would you say the Pro Makeup Workshop built upon the knowledge learned in the MMA Course and refined your skill-set further?

The Pro Makeup Workshop took everything I learned in the Master Makeup Artistry Class and brought it to the next level! Nathan Johnson was my tutor for this course, too. He really helped me reach my potential by pushing me to think bigger than I was used to. All of the different assignments really get your creative thinking flowing.

You’re also currently enrolled in QC Makeup Academy’s Special FX Makeup Course. Why do you want to add SFX training to your repertoire? How do you intend to incorporate this advanced training into your makeup career?

I’ve always loved blood and gore in horror movies. I dreamed of being able to create the things I’ve seen in my favorite horror movies. The Special FX Makeup Course is teaching me everything I need to know to pursue my ultimate goal, which is to have a successful career as an SFX makeup artist in film and TV.

How useful have QC Makeup Academy’s course materials and assignments been for your training? How valuable has the feedback been from your tutor, Nathan Johnson?

One of the many reasons I chose to take online classes with QC Makeup Academy was the number of amazing resources the school provides. You receive textbooks, DVDs, online videos, and even incredible makeup kits!

Nathan Johnson is hands-down the most amazing teacher! The feedback and support I receive from him drives me to be great! You know he loves and supports each and every one of his students. You can hear it in his beautiful voice!

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


Also, in this industry, you never stop learning. Thankfully, QC Makeup Academy has so many online classes to keep me learning for years to come.

“Trust the process” is one of my favorite sayings in makeup. You need to trust in yourself, your education, and that your client is going to love what you’ve created.

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

I’m so excited and thankful to be a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy. I want brand-new students to know that the love and support they’ll receive at QC is above and beyond the best!

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

Thankfully, I haven’t been affected too badly. I’m more focused on my studies, rather than starting my business just yet. I want to learn as much as I can before I jump in. COVID-19 has been the best excuse to focus on studying and learning as much as possible.

What sort of services do you want to offer your future makeup clients?

I want to be able to provide as many services as possible to my future clients. That’s why I’ve taken (and will continue to take) so many courses with QC Makeup Academy.

I want to learn as much as I can, and would love to teach online masterclasses one day. It’d be great to go full circle and eventually teach others the procedures and techniques I’ve learned here at QC Makeup Academy

What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

As I mentioned, I ultimately want to work in film and TV, or even the theater industry as an MUA. I love the idea of creating my interpretation of a character from a brief or the director/writer’s vision. I can’t wait for that day!

2020 has been a difficult year, but beauty professionals have found innovative ways to adjust to the new normal and continue providing their services. Are virtual services something you’re interested in offering clients? Why or why not?

Virtual services are the way of the future! I absolutely plan to add them to my business when I finally get started. I want to create my own online classes tutoring men and women in special effects makeup through Zoom or Skype. Additionally, I intend to write my own online procedure for clients to read and follow during virtual lessons.

With the way the world is today, it is SO important to be able to keep working any way we can!

Finally: in your opinion, what is the TRUE secret to success as a makeup artist?

Never stop learning and never give up. This industry is always growing, changing, adding, and adapting. We should be the same.

Ready to begin your journey? Become a certified makeup artist in 2021 by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

QC Fam Friday: Top Tips for a Stunning Makeup Portfolio

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Welcome back to another installment of QC Makeup Fam Friday! In this ongoing series, we explore the thoughts, stories, and opinions of real QC students and grads. Each month, they’ll weigh in on topics surrounding makeup training, finding work in the professional world, and being an MUA in the beauty industry!

Today, they’re here to answer one very insightful question: What is your #1 tip for a stunning makeup portfolio?

Let’s see what the QC makeup fam has to say!

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Sara Carvalho

Master Makeup Artistry

“Clear photos, no filters!"

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Savanna Rae Howell

Master Makeup Artistry / Virtual Makeup

"Originality! You want to show people how you're different. So, make yourself stand out. You can't do that by showing people what they've seen countless others do."

Melissa McDonald Burley

Master Makeup Artistry / Special FX Makeup / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Be aware of your background! If it's too messy or too busy, it takes away from your work."

Bek Kapfer

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Think about the background, clothing, hairstyle, etc.! Make the client imagine how they’ll look and feel with the makeup looks you provide."

Rochelle Perignon

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"You DON'T need to go out and buy a $2k camera to get perfect photos! There are mini lenses you can buy for $20 on Amazon that help create clear photos."

Jacqui Hodges

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup / Virtual Makeup

"You do NOT need to buy all the most expensive brands to create a stunning makeup look. Plus, these days, the best pictures can be captured with your phone."

Evelyn Czaja

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Airbrush Makeup Workshop

"Make sure the makeup look works with the client, the outfit they’re wearing, and the occasion."

Kayla Birgitta Hellstrom

Master Makeup Artistry / Hair Styling Essentials

"Originality and practice! The only way to get better at anything is to practice."

Norma Rayner

Master Makeup Artistry / Hair Styling Essentials

"Find the best lighting - even if you have to move around to get it!"

Vanessa-Paul Hernandez

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Global Beauty Workshop / Virtual Makeup

"How do I choose just one?! Okay... Do NOT put pictures of yourself in your portfolio!"

Michelle Lannon

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Hair Styling Essentials

"Lighting! Lighting is your best friend when it comes to taking proper pictures. I have struggled with it sometimes, as I have lived in places where it is difficult to get great lighting. Also, ensure that your background looks professional and that you have captured your model at the right angle."

Luzaan de Bruyn

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup / Virtual Makeup

"Never be afraid to ask your client for a beautiful pose somewhere outdoors."

Veronika Kelle

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup

"My #1 tip is to build a makeup portfolio with high-quality pictures, preferably taken by professional photographers. A portfolio that contains clear images of your work helps to attract new clients, as well as showcases your skills and the diversity in your projects."

Learn everything you need to know to create the perfect makeup portfolio by enrolling in QC’s Portfolio Development Workshop today!

Makeup certification grad, Katie Stegeman

Graduate Feature: Katie Stegeman

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Katie Stegeman and I am from Oshkosh, WI. I have 5 beautiful babies and have been married to my husband for almost 9 years.

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

Makeup artistry is something that has been on my mind since I was in high school. I was almost going to go to cosmetology school, but then I found out that I was expecting my oldest. So, I decided not to go and instead got my BS in Business Management. In April of 2020, I decided to switch paths when quarantine started. That’s when I found QC Makeup Academy!

How would you describe your makeup style? What is your favorite makeup style?

My favorite makeup to do is natural beauty and bridal. I love enhancing a person’s natural features to make them glow. For bridal, I love being able to help that person’s beauty shine on their biggest day. Natural glam is my favorite style, though; adding just that little bit extra in the lashes or lips to really make a person’s features POP!

Why did you choose to pursue your makeup certification online instead of in-person?

For me, in-person training is not an option for me right now. I stay at home with my 5 babies. Caring for the youngest ones does not allow time for me to go to a physical school – not if I still wanted to sleep, haha! For me and my life right now, an online makeup certification was my only option.

Why did you choose to enroll with QC Makeup Academy, when compared to other makeup schools offered online?

I looked at schools for probably 6 months before I chose QC Makeup Academy. What drew me to QC was their:

They wanted me to succeed, and I felt that from day one. QC truly cares about their students! I knew I was not going to sign up and be left alone. In particular, the tutor feedback is invaluable! It really helps me to grow and become the best I can be.

What sort of makeup services does your business currently offer clients?

Currently, I offer a wide variety of makeup services and hair styling. So far, I have done makeup and hair for wedding showers, family photography shoots, senior portraits, and bridal / wedding day makeup.

As you mentioned, you also offer hair styling services. Why did you choose to add this additional skill-set to your makeup certification, and how has it been beneficial to your career in the beauty industry so far?

So far, it’s really helped with photography shoots! Being able to add some curls to my models’ and clients’ makeup services helps give them a more complete look for their photos.

You’ve graduated from QC’s Skincare Course. In your opinion, how has proper skincare knowledge improved your skills as a makeup artist?

Proper skincare knowledge has immensely helped my makeup skills! Understanding how a person’s skin will react to certain formulas, as well as what to use (and not use) for their desired looked, has been invaluable. Not to mention, this course has helped me better understand my own skin! Now I can really repair my own skin and switch my makeup, so that my face looks and feels better.

You’ve also completed QC’s Virtual Makeup program. Why did you choose to take this course, and why do you feel the training provided is valuable (especially during a global pandemic)?

I signed up almost immediately after the Virtual Makeup Course was launched. Especially now, our world is moving more and more towards digital platforms. I wanted to make sure that I could add this to my knowledge base. I wanted to maintain a high level of professionalism; truly understand what I could be doing to the best of my ability. Going through a live virtual consultation has really helped. I have already booked virtual consultations with some of my clients!

Your Global Beauty Workshop training has already come in handy for you! Tell us a little about how this special skill-set helped you stand out from the competition and book a new client!

I was recently scrolling through Facebook, and I saw a post open to ANY makeup artist in the area that had experience doing makeup on dark skin. Not a single other artist in our area had worked with dark and deep skin before! So, being the only MUA with that kind of training, I wound up booking the job on the spot!

We do not live in a very diverse area. But I feel like this training has made it possible for me to work on any single person that sits in my chair! Knowing how to work on ALL skin tones is necessary for every single makeup artist. Having this skill has been amazing – I’ve booked jobs I definitely would not have had otherwise!

You definitely believe in the value of education. In your opinion, why is professional training (and obtaining reputable makeup certifications) a smart move for aspiring makeup artists?

Doing someone else’s makeup was NOT something I wanted to guess at. It was not something I was just going to wing or figure out on the fly. Rather, it was something I wanted to KNOW how to do.

I did not want it to be a secondary skill. I didn’t want to simply watch social media and replicate what I saw on there. I wanted to have the best training behind me so that I could be AMAZING at it. Any makeup artist that I have really looked up to has had professional training. I knew I wanted to have that education behind me as well.

What is the #1 reason you recommend QC Makeup Academy?

The TOP reason why I recommend QC Makeup Academy is because of the tutors and their feedback. They will not let you fail, and they will not let you settle for less than your full potential. If you put in the work, do the assignments, really listen to all of the feedback, and genuinely try to improve, you cannot fail with QC Makeup Academy!

Finally: you have a crystal ball that lets you see 5 years into the future. Where do you see yourself and your makeup career?

If I could imagine where I would be in 5 years, I would have my calendar full of wedding clients! I’d also be highly recommended in my area for print ads and commercials for local businesses!

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Graduate Feature: Sara Nielsen

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a qualified beautician. I love every kind of beauty, as well as everything pink! I’m currently employed as a day spa. I’m also building my own studio, so I can spend the rest of my days doing makeup.

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

Makeup had me at “hello”! I was always geared to make people feel pretty.

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How would you describe your makeup style? Do you have a favorite makeup style?

My favorite style would be pinup. But I do love the ‘no makeup’ look, where the natural beauty is enhanced.

Tell us the origin behind the name of your business, Bella D’s Beauty.

I named my business after my kids, Bella and Daniel!

You offer clients a wide range of MUA services, such as bridal, special occasion, and photoshoot makeup. Do you have a particular area of makeup artistry that you gravitate to most? If so, why?

I definitely prefer bridal makeup. Being part of someone’s special day is very rewarding!

You recently submitted your work into a “Spring Bride” makeup competition (for which, your photo above was the submission). Why do you enjoy taking part in photoshoots?

Photoshoots are always great fun! The images you can achieve when working with the right photographers are amazing!

Your business has a lot of fantastic reviews! In your opinion, what is the #1 secret to providing excellent customer service as a makeup artist?

There’s only one secret to excellent customer service: do what you love and love what you do!

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

I did the makeup for the singer, Jonny Taylor. I did the makeup for the music video, “You’ll Never Break Me“.

Why did you choose to enroll in QC’s online makeup classes?

I chose QC based on the course outlines. Plus, a proper certification goes a LONG way in this industry!

Overall, how has your experience been in your online makeup classes?

My experience has been fantastic! The course outlines, materials, and assignments were all easy to understand and follow. The feedback I received from my tutor in the Master Makeup Artistry Course was essential to moving forward. For me, symmetry is the goal!

Why do you feel that continued education and additional skill-sets are critical to any working makeup artist? How do you expect your growing qualifications will strengthen your career?

The industry moves at such a fast speed. We must always stay on top of trends! Building on your qualifications will provide you with extra validation and earn even more of your clients’ trust.

Why would you recommend QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes to aspiring MUAs who wish to turn their passion into a successful career?

There are many reasons, but my top reason would be that all of QC’s online makeup classes are self-paced and extremely easy to follow!

What’s on the horizon for Bella D’s Beauty in 2021 and beyond?

As I mentioned earlier, I’m currently building my business’s studio. I plan to bring 2021 in with style! #BossLady

Finally: what is your absolute FAVORITE makeup product?

I have so many – but definitely Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette!

Inspired by Sara’s story? Start your online makeup classes today!

Your Makeup Artist Training: Nathan’s Tuesday Tips (Part 4)

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If you want to take your makeup artist training to the next level, there are few in this industry better capable of guiding you than Nathan Johnson. While there are many amazing things that set QC Makeup Academy apart from other makeup schools (both online and in-person), Nathan’s expertise and genuine love of the craft definitely rank near the top of the list!

He is an industry professional who not only knows his stuff, but also truly cares about each and every one of QC’s students and graduates!

makeup artist training by Nathan Johnson

From the incredible instruction he provides throughout QC’s online makeup classes, to the support he gives in the Virtual Classroom and the amazing monthly webinars he hosts – Nathan is the embodiment of a true beauty expert, whose makeup knowledge is only outmatched by the size of his heart!

Another way he goes above and beyond in his mission to enhance our students’ makeup artist training is through his Tuesday Tips! Each week, Nathan films a short clip, in which he reveals useful tricks to help you better your makeup artistry skills. On Facebook especially, this segment – aptly called “Nathan’s Tuesday Tips” – had grown wildly popular!

In this monthly blog series, we gather these Tuesday Tips so we can share them with you here! Missed our previous installments? No worries! You can find them here:

Today, we’ll take a look at another 6 of Nathan’s most valuable beauty hacks. Want to add to the knowledge gained in your classes and take your makeup artist training to the next level? Then you don’t want to miss out on these gems!

Tip #1: The secret to getting a more natural blush!

“Want a more natural blush? Try cream! It gives a beautiful glow from within – and it’s also an awesome way to tint the lips.”

Tip #2: The right way to highlight!

“Use highlight only on the bones you want to accent. Putting it everywhere, or in too many places, will take dimension out of the face – not add it.”

Tip #3: Achieving crisp, clean foundation!

“Want to keep that foundation crisp and clean? Try applying eye makeup first! No fall-away means perfect, crisp complexion.”

Tip #4: What “full coverage makeup” really means!

“Full coverage does NOT mean heavy makeup. It means more pigment in the makeup. Foundation, when perfectly applied, should always be invisible. You should see the results of it – but you shouldn’t see the product! Heavy makeup is nothing more than heavy makeup.”

Tip #5: How to transform your lashes!

“Are you dealing with scrawny lashes? Try dusting the lashes with a little translucent powder between the coats of mascara! The mascara will grab the translucent powder, resulting in lush, thick, and beautiful lashes.”

Tip #6: Creating your own, custom lip gloss!

“Want to try out your own, custom lip gloss? Try mixing your favorite loose pigment with some petroleum jelly! Voila!”

Build even more on your makeup artist training with QC’s Advanced and Specialty Courses!

makeup classes graduate, Elly Nunns

Ambassador Feature: Elly Nunns

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi there! My name is Elly and I am a proud student here at QC Makeup Academy. I’m 22 years old, Maltese and Australian, and am incredibly passionate about both makeup and skincare.

A fun fact about me: I’m so tall that if my hair is in a bun, I’m too tall to sit up straight in my car!  

You actually started your journey with an interest in skincare services. What is it about skincare consulting that appeals to you?

I developed adult acne after high school and quickly realized that I didn’t know how to take care of my skin. Acne can be painful mentally and physically. So, for the past 5 years, I’ve been researching as much as I can about healing the skin, and have been working in the retail beauty industry.

Once lockdown began and I realized that I would have to postpone going to beauty school, I saw that QC offered a full course on skincare consulting. Now, here I am!

Why did you decide to build upon this and add professional makeup artistry to your skill-set?

Despite the amazing support from friends and family to always follow my dreams, I never believed I was good enough to work in the beauty industry. After losing my full-time job due to COVID-19, I knew that I needed to grab the bull by the horns and have some confidence in myself.

After seeing the A-grade quality of QC’s makeup classes, I knew that I wanted to express my creative side through makeup, as well as my research side through skincare consulting. I also realized the joy I had in making people feel beautiful, and how much that fueled my passion.

Why did you decide to pursue your training online instead of in-person?

Many people think that I decided to study online because of the pandemic. However, I wanted to be assured that I wasn’t under a strict time limit, and that I could study from home while I go to work.

I have a tendency to multi-task, and I thoroughly enjoy having a hobby to do after work and on the weekends. So, why not become qualified in something I love? The flexibility of studying online has also been amazing for me because I care for my family members, which often occupies my time.

Ultimately, why did you choose to enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s online skincare and makeup classes?

The first quality I noticed about QC was the quality of the skincare and makeup classes. Not only are you provided with textbooks, but you also have access to:

  • In-depth videos by experienced makeup artists;
  • Personal and professional feedback;
  • Help by staff, whenever you need it;
  • An incredible community of students;
  • And so much more!

I was also incredibly impressed with the payment options. If quality skincare and makeup classes weren’t enough, you also receive a free makeup kit when you enroll in the Master Makeup Artistry Course. This way, anyone can complete the assignments, no matter the amount of makeup they own. Amazing!

You’ve since graduated from the Skincare Course. What were some of the most valuable lessons you learned from this training?

The Skincare Course was so fun and interesting that I am actually sad it’s over! As much as I already knew about skincare ingredients and techniques, QC presented the information in such a clear and exciting way. I felt like I finally had the confidence to relay the information onto my future clients.

The best thing about this course are the client scenarios provided through the assignments. Not only were they challenging; they prepared me with techniques for face-to-face work with clients, which I still use to this day.

Now a certified International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP), you have your own business, Shining Light Skincare Consulting. What has the experience been like so far, being an entrepreneur?

Just reading this question is so surreal to me! I never thought that I would be able to not only be qualified, but have the confidence to start my own business.

Despite only being in the early days, I feel so blessed to be able to have worked with amazing clients and be a part of their skincare journey. It can be exhausting trying to keep up with social media presence and being current with skincare trends. However, I love being able to share my passion with others and lead them to healthier skin. The confidence my clients end up having in themselves is what motivates me every day!

You’re also nearly finished QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. Do you have plans to add makeup services to your business in the future?

Originally, I had no plans to add makeup services to my resume. However, with the confidence I’ve gained from QC’s makeup classes, as well as the support of my fellow students, I’ve decided that I will offer bridal, commercial and formal makeup services.

I can’t wait! The resources that QC provides (to help you learn how to start a makeup business) have me feeling fully equipped and ready to jump right in!

makeup classes graduate, Elly Nunns, doing makeup on herself

You had celebrity makeup artist and international skincare expert, Nathan Johnson, as your tutor in both of your courses. How valuable was his feedback along the way and why?

I am BEYOND grateful to have Nathan as my tutor. This man is a genius! The feedback I received (and continue to receive) from him has stuck in my mind. It’s really enriched my makeup and skincare skills, to the point where I can see the changes in my work throughout my assignments.

Nathan has years of experience under his belt and it shows in the way he gives feedback. He always makes a point of celebrating the amazing skills we all have and the techniques that we’ve mastered along the way, whilst educating us on what we can improve on.

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

I want our new students to know that they are welcome and accepted for who they are and what their style of makeup is. Every single student has their own incredible style, and it’s been so amazing and inspiring to see this expressed in the Virtual Classroom every day.

If you are unsure, lacking confidence, or need advice, know that QC’s staff and students are right there to help and chat! Aside from the knowledge and qualifications QC has provided me, the friends and support I’ve gained are priceless.

Ready to begin your makeup classes and earn your professional certification? Check out the wide variety of courses offered by QC Makeup Academy and get started today!

makeup certification student, Cheri Stevens

Ambassador Feature: Cheri Stevens

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a 52-year-old mom of 2 amazing kids, who are grown and long gone. I’m an avid gardener and baker, and I love messing around with my Shih Tzu, Feta. I have always had a fascination with form and function. I was an avid artist for many years.  I also have a passion for interior design!

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

When I was a teen in school, I was not what you would call “cute”. I did try, but I wasn’t the kind to be very girly. It wasn’t until I was older (and after reading countless magazines) that I really became interested in how makeup can transform a blank canvas – without transforming the person inside.

When I decided to enroll, honestly, it stemmed from a desire to take my makeup knowledge to the next level. I also want to be able to educate other mature women who may not have the same kind of knowledge about makeup that I do.

Why did you decide to pursue your makeup certification online, rather than in-person?

When choosing whether to attend school online or in-person, that was a no-brainer. I was already working when I enrolled. I also have a puppy to attend to (as well as a hubby). So, being offered the chance to do schooling online was perfect for me. Plus, who doesn’t want to learn in their pajamas?!

Ultimately, why did you choose to enroll and get your makeup certification with QC Makeup Academy?

After taking a good year to research what was out there, QC Makeup Academy seemed like the logical choice!

They offered me real a makeup certification, and their Master Makeup Artistry Course offers informative videos, a very substantial makeup kit, and all the printed materials I could need. They also have a Virtual Classroom on Facebook where we can help each other. I find this type of lifetime support incredibly valuable. Enrolling with QC is a win-win!

As you’ve mentioned, you are currently taking our Master Makeup Artistry Course. How has your experience in this program been so far?

This course has been incredible! I’ve realized that so many things that I thought were correct (prior to getting training) actually weren’t. The feedback has also been tremendous. I get to move at my own pace, which is great. Not to mention, there is always SO much support in the Virtual Classroom. They’re like a second family to me now.

How useful have the course materials and assignments been, and how valuable has the feedback been from your tutor?

The materials in this course are first-rate, for sure! There is literally TONS of information, and it’s presented in an easy-to-follow way. The videos by Nathan Johnson are super fun to watch. He’s very educational in the way he works. My tutor, Pat Armstrong, always has encouraging things to say. She’s been MOST helpful in her critiquing!

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

Practice, practice,  practice! Also, how to train your eye to look differently at what you previously thought was correct.

You’ve recently joined QCs team of Student Ambassadors.  As an Ambassador, what is the #1 thing you want brand new students to know about QC Makeup Academy?

Besides having a ton of fun, the #1 thing is that you will receive a reputable makeup certification while learning at your own pace! With QC, you’re guided by amazing, talented tutors who are there for you for life – even after you graduate!

How has your career as a makeup artist been affected by COVID-19.  In what ways have you adjusted to this new normal?

While working on models and bridal parties has been put on hold (we’ve been put back to Stage 2 where I live), I have been working on doing online consultations and also virtual makeovers.

Plus, I will be updating my YouTube soon to include more looks for mature women. I also have a potential wedding next year, if all goes well. So, I’m pretty okay so far!

You’re passionate about shedding light on makeup artistry for mature skin.  In your opinion, why is this kind of representation so important?

In the makeup world, I think it’s extremely important to include those of us who are, let’s just say, no longer in our 20s. Just look at all of the stunning mature actresses out there, like Jane Fonda or Helen Mirren!

They all need a makeup artist! After researching, I found that there’s not a whole lot out there that’s really geared towards mature skin (or those of us with mature skin). I also find it very important that someone with a makeup certification be available to their clients for educational purposes as well. We can show mature clients what makes them shine, and that knowledge is power!

What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

Ultimately, my goal is to work in the TV and film industry. But I’d also like to get a mature makeup line out there that’s easy, beautiful, and doable for anyone – even if they are younger. Mature women need AFFORDABLE products that do what they say. I’m hoping that I can be that person to make this happen!

If you could see into the future, which makeup or beauty trend do you foresee gaining popularity in 2021?

Heading into 2021, I predict – or can hope – that we will be keeping with the fresh, natural, glowing skin and makeup trends. That does not mean we can’t be creative. But I predict there will be looks focused around:

  • Soft, glowing skin
  • Wide-awake, soft, and beautiful eye looks
  • Powdery, soft focus lips

At least, I hope so anyway!

Finally, in your opinion, what is the TRUE secret to success?

Never stop learning, and put the work in. 

If you don’t work hard, it won’t happen. You should also love what you do. If you don’t love it then it’s not for you!

Ready to earn YOUR makeup certification? Check out the wide variety of courses offered by QC Makeup Academy and get started today!

QC Fam Friday: Debunking Common Makeup Artist Myths

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Welcome to QC Makeup Fam Friday! This new monthly series will explore the thoughts, stories, and opinions of real QC students and grads. Each month, they’ll weigh in on topics surrounding makeup training, finding work in the professional world, and being a makeup artist in the beauty industry!

Today, they’re here to answer one very insightful question: What is one common myth about makeup artists that you want to debunk here and now? 

Let’s see what the QC makeup fam has to say!

makeup artist, Rachael Lauderbach

Rachael Lauderbach

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

“I've heard this one a lot recently: 'You don't have to be trained to be a legit makeup artist'"

makeup artist, Jeff Wilkins

Jeff Wilkins

Master Makeup Artistry / Portfolio Development Workshop

"'Makeup is for women, and men are not supposed to wear makeup or do anything related to makeup.'"

makeup artist, Chablis Lyster

Chablis Lyster

Master Makeup Artistry

"'Oh, you're doing an online makeup course? It's much better if you do it in person. Nobody will use you if you got your certification online.'"

makeup artist, Toni Brussow

Toni Brussow

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"I hate hearing, 'Why do you need to wear makeup to feel good about yourself?' So untrue!"

makeup artist, Stephanie McCown

Stephanie McCown

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"I haven't heard too many myths about makeup artists specifically. But I often hear that makeup is like a mask. But the truth is, makeup that is applied with good technique enhances beauty already there. It doesn't reinvent the person's appearance."

makeup artist, Erica McAdams

Erica McAdams

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"'It's not a real career.' 'You won't make any money.' 'You're too smart to pursue that.'"

makeup artist, Erica Starr Cano

Erica Starr Cano

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare / Virtual Makeup / Hair Styling Essentials

"'[You'll] never make money and this won’t end up being a career.' - The 88-year-old grandpa I take care of."

makeup artist, Sarah Kuntz

Sarah Kuntz

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"'Makeup isn’t a real job, it’s just a hobby.' No! It’s a real job, and it takes someone special to see this. I’ve learned to ignore people and follow my dreams."

makeup artist, Manica Jacques

Manica Jacques

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Skincare

"'Why do [you] want to be a makeup artist when [you] already have a career? [You're] just wasting [your] time!' I’m planning to do the skincare course as well."

makeup artist, Jennifer Cecil

Jennifer Cecil

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"'The only money in makeup is bridal (or during wedding season)' or 'You have to be big on YouTube or Instagram to get anywhere.'"

makeup artist, Lucy Serra

Lucy Serra

Master Makeup Artistry

"'I'm a makeup artist too!' But when I asked that person where they trained and what kind of makeup they did, they told me they only did makeup on themselves because people skeeved her.

makeup artist, Rox Hernandez-Villareal

Rox Hernandez-Villareal

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"'You retired from a legal career of 22 years - to do makeup? Isn’t that what everyone already does? Just do a YouTube tutorial.' No! I want to go to school for my training so that it's my main career. You can find endless possibilities in many career fields."

makeup artist, Savanna Rae Howell

Savanna Rae Howell

Master Makeup Artistry / Virtual Makeup

"'You won't go anywhere being a makeup artist, unless you get into television - and there aren't many open opportunities for that.' I think opportunities can be created! Right now, I love doing weddings and events/ Hopefully one day, I can do more than that. When that time comes, it's not going to be because I got lucky - but because of the work and dedication I put into it."

makeup artist, Christelle van Jaarsveld

Christelle van Jaarsveld

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"'You're too old to be a makeup artist.'"

Ready to join QC’s awesome family and become a professional makeup artist? Check out QC Makeup Academy’s wide variety of courses here!

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4 Reasons to Add Airbrush Makeup to Your Career

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Look, we won’t beat around the bush: airbrush makeup is a not-so-secret weapon that all makeup artists should take full advantage of! Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re already well-established, it’s important to remember that there will always be more things to learn and more skills to add to your repertoire.

Airbrush makeup is one of those handy fortes that can skyrocket your makeup business to heights you never before imagined. Why? We’re glad you asked!

Here are 4 reasons why you should consider getting airbrush makeup training today!

makeup artist using airbrush on client

1. Airbrush Makeup Can Help You Stand Out!

Talk about setting yourself apart from the competition! In today’s beauty industry, makeup artists are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, this means that you could be the absolute best in the business – but if you can’t bring something new to the table, it could prove difficult to make a name for yourself (especially in the beginning).

Airbrush makeup is a hot commodity that’s likely to be around for years to come. But despite its popularity, many makeup artists don’t have any background with it, and as such, don’t offer it as a business service.  This is where you can come in and corner that market in your area!

Having a niche is a guaranteed way to rise above your competitors and be seen by prospective clients. When that niche is airbrush makeup? Chances are, you’ll start getting more clients than you know what to do with!

2. You Can Branch into Other Areas of the Beauty Industry!

One of the best parts about airbrush makeup is that it’s eclectic. Once you’ve learned the fundamental skills and techniques, you can use your airbrush services to branch out into all sorts of different beauty industries!

For instance, would you be interested in working in Special FX makeup? How about bridal, editorial, or fashion makeup? Being an MUA for TV and film is even an option, too! By becoming an airbrush makeup master, the sky becomes the limit. You’ll never have to feel pigeonholed into one specific facet of the industry. Instead, you can dabble in multiple different beauty industries and become a true multipotentialite!

3. Airbrush Makeup Can Increase Your Salary!

As I mentioned earlier, a lot of MUAs don’t offer airbrush makeup services. This makes it a specialty service that’s in high demand, but hard to actually find. By extension, if you’re able to offer it as part of your makeup business, you’ll quickly become high in demand, too.

In addition, you’ll have grounds to charge more for this type of service. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • It’s a rarity (if, of course, it’s not a widely offered service in your area)
  • The time, money, and products invested into your professional training
  • The price of your equipment
  • The regular investment needed to re-stock your water and silicone makeup
  • The more areas of the body you can work on (i.e. full face, body, etc.), the more you can make for those services

Note: Since you’ve taken the time to add to your existing training and further your education, you’d also be within your right to increase the prices of all your other services, too. Just make sure to keep your rates realistic! While you should always be paid what you’re worth, you don’t want to overcharge and risk scaring away potential clients.

makeup artist putting product into airbrush machine

4. You’ll Become Even Stronger at Your Craft!

Real talk: do you want to be a good makeup artist or a great one?

As with any craft, the more you learn about it, the better you’ll be. In the world of makeup artistry, trends are always changing and new techniques are forever being discovered. While it’s important to have a handle on the classic fundamentals, it’s just as important to expand your knowledge and challenge yourself to learn more. Otherwise, you’re limiting yourself and putting a glass ceiling on your ability to grow.

When you add airbrush makeup to your skill-set, you’re broadening your horizons. You’re being introduced to a whole new world of techniques and applications, and then you’re putting them into practice and mastering them. From there, you can make them your own by adding your own style and flair into the mix!

One of the very first things all aspiring MUAs should know is that you can never know everything. This shouldn’t be seen as a negative, but a positive! Taking in new information and pushing yourself to be better is all part of being a beauty expert. You never want to grow stagnant and stuck in your ways. You need to be able to adapt to the world around you and keep up with what’s in demand.

Getting airbrush makeup training is definitely an effective way to do that!

makeup artist using airbrush on client

What are some others perks to becoming an airbrush makeup artist? Let us know in the comments below!

Learn all about QC Makeup Academy’s Airbrush Makeup Workshop and get started today!