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30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing ASAP

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

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

30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing Immediately

Beauty Habit #1: Stay hydrated!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #5: Wear sunscreen every single day!

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

Beauty Habit #6: Figure out your skin type!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #10: Eat a healthy diet!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beauty Habit #12: Switch your pillowcase!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #16: Get your beauty sleep!

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

Beauty Habit #17: Try using a serum!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beauty Habit #19: Prioritize your mental health!

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

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

What could be better than that?

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #21: Clean your phone screen!

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #22: Opt for natural skincare products!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the best part?

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q: How do I start a daily beauty routine?

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

Q: What habits make your skin glow?

A: The best habits for glowing skin are:

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

Q: What are the 5 basics of skincare?

A: The 5 basics of skincare are:

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

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

Q: How do I simplify my beauty routine?

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

Remember: beauty starts from within!

Q: What is a really good morning beauty routine?

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

Q: What skincare routine should I do at night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conclusion

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

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

Good luck and happy beauty habits-ing!

UP NEXT: Think a career in skincare consulting is the perfect path for you? Discover how YOU can get certified, launch your business, and book your first client – all within 12 short weeks!

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When to Throw Away Your Old Makeup and Skincare Products

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

Let’s get started!

Makeup

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

  1. Makeup
  2. Skincare

So, let’s start with your makeup products…

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What Happens to Makeup as it Gets Old?

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

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

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

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

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Makeup?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When to Throw Away Makeup Products

Foundation

Average Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months

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

When to Get Rid of Foundation

Some signs that your foundation is going bad are:

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

Concealer

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Concealer

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

Highlight and Contour

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Highlight and Contour Products

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

Blush

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Blush

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

Mascara

Average Shelf Life: 3 months

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

When to Get Rid of Mascara

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

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

Lipstick and Lip Gloss

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

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

When to Throw Out Lipstick and/or Lip Gloss

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

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Eye Shadow

Average Shelf Life: 2 years

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

When to Throw Out Eyeshadow Palette

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

Eye Liner (Pencil)

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Eye Liner Pencil

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

Eye Liner (Liquid)

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

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

When to Get Rid of Liquid Eye Liner

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

Fake Eyelashes

Average Shelf Life: 6 months

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

When to Throw Out Fake Eyelashes

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

Makeup Brushes

Average Shelf Life: 3-5 years

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

When to Throw Away Makeup Brushes

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

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

Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

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

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

When to Throw Out Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

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

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

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

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

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

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

Do You Really Need to Throw Out Makeup?

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

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

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

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

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Skincare Products

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

What Happens to Skincare Products as They Get Old?

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

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

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Skincare Products?

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

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

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

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

What is the Shelf Life of Skincare Products?

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

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

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

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

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How to Tell When Skincare Products Have Expired

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

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

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

What Happens if You Get an Infection?

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

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

Better to be safe than sorry, right?

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

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How to Make Your Makeup and Skincare Products Last

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

Here are a few things you can do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping (and throwing away)! 😊

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14 Skin Conditions You’ll See as a Skincare Consultant

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

So, let’s get started, shall we?

What Is a Skincare Consultant?

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

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

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Skincare Consultant vs. Dermatologist

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

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

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

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

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

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What Are Skin Conditions?

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

What Can Cause Skin Conditions?

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

  • Genetics
  • Allergies
  • Environmental exposure
  • Poor skincare habits

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

What Are The Most Common Skin Conditions?

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

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

14 Skin Conditions You’ll See as a Skincare Consultant

Let’s take a look at each one individually…

Skin Condition #1: Acne

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What is Acne?

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

What Causes Acne?

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

How To Spot Acne as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Acne?

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

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

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

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Condition #2: Sensitized Skin

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What is Sensitized Skin?

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

What Causes Sensitized Skin?

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

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

How To Spot Sensitized Skin as a Skincare Consultant

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

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Sensitized Skin?

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

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

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Condition #3: Rosacea

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What is Rosacea?

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

What Causes Rosacea?

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

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

How To Spot Rosacea as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Rosacea?

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

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

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Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Condition #4: Eczema

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What is Eczema?

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

What Causes Eczema?

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

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

How To Spot Eczema as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Eczema?

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

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

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Condition #5: Psoriasis

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What is Psoriasis?

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

What Causes Psoriasis?

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

How To Spot Psoriasis as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Psoriasis?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Condition #6: Skin Cancer

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What is Skin Cancer?

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

What Causes Skin Cancer?

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

How To Spot Skin Cancer as a Skincare Consultant

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

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

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Skin Cancer?

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

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

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #7: Vitiligo

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What is Vitiligo?

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

What Causes Vitiligo?

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

How To Spot Vitiligo as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Vitiligo?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #8: Cold Sores

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What is a Cold Sore?

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

What Causes Cold Sores?

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

How To Spot Cold Sores as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Cold Sores?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #9: Hives

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What are Hives?

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

What Causes Hives?

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

How To Spot Hives as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Hives?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

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Skin Problem #10: Warts

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What are Warts?

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

  • Flat warts
  • Plantar warts
  • Genital warts

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

What Causes Warts?

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

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

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

How To Spot Warts as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Warts?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #11: Shingles

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What are Shingles?

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

What Causes Shingles?

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

How To Spot Shingles as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Shingles?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #12: Perioral Dermatitis

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What is Perioral Dermatitis?

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

What Causes Perioral Dermatitis?

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

How To Spot Perioral Dermatitis as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Perioral Dermatitis?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Skin Problem #13: Folliculitis

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What is Folliculitis?

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

What Causes Folliculitis?

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

How To Spot Folliculitis as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Folliculitis?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

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Skin Problem #14: Keratosis Pilaris

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What is Keratosis Pilaris?

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

What Causes Keratosis Pilaris?

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

How To Spot Keratosis Pilaris as a Skincare Consultant

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

How Can You Help Your Clients Manage Keratosis Pilaris?

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

Will You Need To Refer Your Client To a Dermatologist?

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

Conclusion

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

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The Top 10 Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup

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There’s a lot of buzz around airbrush makeup – and for good reason! In fact, many would argue that it offers a lot of benefits over traditional makeup. But like everything, it also has its downsides… Which is why today, we’re going to break down the top 10 pros and cons of airbrush makeup for you.

Plus, we’ll also answer some FAQs about airbrush makeup. This way, you can decide once and for all whether it’s the right kind of makeup for YOU… As well as, if you’re a professional in the beauty industry, whether it’s a service your business should be offering clients!

Pro Tip: Are you already a working MUA? If so, here are 4 key reasons why you should consider adding airbrush makeup to your repertoire!

10 Pros and Cons of Airbrush Makeup

Pro #1: Airbrush makeup is flawless!

There’s no denying that one of the biggest benefits of airbrush makeup is that it looks incredibly natural and flawless. In fact, many people say it offers a much more “airbrushed” look than traditional foundation – hence the name! This is because it’s applied using an airbrush gun, which gives you a much more precise finish.

What’s more, airbrush makeup is also great at hiding imperfections like scars, blemishes, and under-eye circles. And because it’s applied in very fine layers, it doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles like some traditional foundations can.

Con #1: The initial cost can be more expensive.

When first starting out, airbrush makeup can be a bit of an investment. Not only do you need to buy the airbrush machine itself, but you also need to purchase special airbrush foundation. On average, the amount it’ll cost you to get a good-quality airbrush machine, foundation, and other necessary products is around $200-$300.

HOWEVER…

While the initial investment for airbrush makeup might be a bit higher than traditional foundation, it actually works out to be cheaper in the long run. This is because a little goes a LONG way with airbrush makeup. Essentially, you only need a few drops of foundation to cover your entire face.

Plus, if you take care of your airbrush machine, it can last for years and years!

Pro #2: Airbrush makeup lasts all day long!

Another great thing about airbrush makeup is that it’s incredibly long-wearing. In fact, when applied correctly, it can last for up to 24 hours! This is thanks to the fact that it’s applied in very fine layers – meaning there’s less chance of it rubbing off or transferring onto clothing.

What’s more, airbrush makeup is also waterproof. So, if you’re planning on hitting the beach or pool this summer, it’s a great option to help ensure your makeup stays put. Similarly, if you’re a professional MUA, offering long-lasting makeup applications will be a major selling point for clients such as brides.

Con #2: It can be difficult to find products that match your skin tone.

While there are now more airbrush foundation shades available on the market than ever before, it can still be tricky to find the perfect match for your skin tone. This is because, unlike traditional foundation, airbrush makeup is applied in very fine layers. As a result, any mismatched shades will be much more noticeable.

So, if you’re thinking of trying out airbrush makeup, make sure to take your time in finding a foundation shade that matches your skin tone perfectly. Once you’ve found the right shade, though, you’ll be good to go!

What If You Can’t Find Your Shade?

Now, it’s also worth mentioning that sometimes, you simply won’t be able to find a product that already comes in a shade closest to your skin tone. In a situation like this, it’ll be up to you to mix and match different shades until you create the perfect custom color.

Doing this properly can be a bit difficult… Unless you have the proper training! Especially if you are (or want to be) a professional makeup artist, this is just one of many reasons we strongly recommend taking a proper airbrush course.

Fun Fact: With QC Makeup Academy‘s self-paced, online Airbrush Makeup Workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to professionally apply airbrush makeup to your face – as well as clients’ faces – in as little as 2-6 months! Plus, as part of your program, we’ll provide you with your very own airbrush makeup kit at no extra cost!

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Pro #3: Airbrush makeup is good for your skin!

One of the best things about airbrush makeup is that it’s actually good for your skin. This is thanks to the fact that it’s applied in very fine layers, as we mentioned before. As a result, this helps to reduce clogged pores.

Not to mention, airbrush makeup also contains fewer chemicals than traditional foundation. So, if you’re someone with sensitive skin, it’s a great option to help ensure your skin stays healthy and free of irritation.

Con #3: Applying airbrush makeup takes time to master.

One downside of airbrush makeup is that it can take some time to master. This is because, unlike traditional foundation, you need to be very careful when applying it. If you’re not careful, you could end up with an uneven finish – or worse, a makeup disaster!

So, if you’re thinking of trying out airbrush makeup, make sure you’re prepared to take your time in learning how to apply it properly. Fortunately, though, once you get the hang of it, applying airbrush makeup will be a breeze!

Pro #4: Airbrush makeup is very versatile!

Another great thing about airbrush makeup is that it’s incredibly versatile. Not only can you use it to achieve a natural look, but you can also use it to create more dramatic looks – such as smoky eyes or contoured cheekbones.

Moreover, airbrush makeup isn’t just for everyday looks or bridal applications. Rather, it can also be used for special effects makeup – which is great if you’re a makeup artist interested in working in theatre, film, and/or television.

So, whether you’re a beginner just starting out with makeup, or a professional MUA looking to add another skill to your repertoire, airbrush makeup is definitely a great option for you!

Con #4: It can be dangerous if you don’t know proper airbrush makeup etiquette and safety.

Now, although airbrush makeup is definitely a great option for both beginners and professionals alike, it’s important to note that it can be dangerous if you don’t know proper safety procedures.

This is because, when used improperly, airbrush makeup can actually cause physical injury – such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) or even blindness.

So, if you’re thinking of using airbrush makeup, it’s important to make sure you’re aware of proper safety procedures. Fortunately, though, as long as you take the necessary precautions, you’ll be able to use airbrush makeup without any problems!

Pro Tip: Learn how to apply airbrush makeup safely with the help of these 7 tips!

Pro #5: There are different airbrush makeup bases to choose from!

When it comes to airbrush makeup, there are actually 4 main bases you can choose from:

  1. Water-based
  2. Silicone-based
  3. Alcohol-based
  4. Mineral-based

Water-Based Airbrush Makeup

Water-based airbrush makeup is the most popular type of base. This is because it’s the most user-friendly, and it’s also the least likely to cause irritation.

Silicone-Based Airbrush Makeup

Silicone-based airbrush makeup is another popular option. This is because it provides a smooth, long-lasting finish. However, it is worth noting that silicone-based airbrush makeup can be a bit more difficult to apply than water-based makeup. This is because it tends to dry out more quickly, so you need to work quickly when applying it.

Alcohol-Based Airbrush Makeup

Next, there’s alcohol-based airbrush makeup. This type of makeup is great for those who want a quick, easy way to apply their makeup, since it dries almost instantly. In the same breath, however, it’s important to note that alcohol-based makeup can be very drying for the skin. As such, it’s not a good option for those with dry or sensitive skin.

Mineral-Based Airbrush Makeup

Lastly, there’s mineral-based airbrush makeup. This type of makeup is ideal for those who want a natural look, since it contains no synthetic ingredients. However, it is worth noting that mineral-based airbrush makeup can be a bit more difficult to apply than other types of bases. This is because it tends to be thicker, so you need to be careful when applying it or else it’ll look cakey.

Con #5: It’s tough to re-blend airbrush makeup once it’s been applied.

Another downside of airbrush makeup is that it can be tough to re-blend once it’s been applied. This is because the makeup dries quickly – meaning, you have to work quickly when applying it.

Moreover, airbrush makeup can also be difficult to build up. So, if you’re looking for a full-coverage look but don’t have the time to patiently layer up the application, airbrush makeup might not be the best option for you.

How To Re-Blend Airbrush Makeup

If you do find yourself needing to re-blend airbrush makeup, there are a few things you can do. First, try using a setting spray. This will help to re-hydrate the makeup and make it easier to blend.

Another option is to use a beauty blender or sponge. This will help to absorb any excess makeup and help blend it out more evenly.

Pro Tip: You can also use a setting spray to help extend the wear time of your airbrush makeup after it’s been applied to your liking!

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Pro #6: Airbrush makeup can help you apply makeup on more people in less time!

This one is especially beneficial if you’re a bridal makeup artist or an MUA working on set. For jobs like this, there will be time crunches to abide by… And airbrush makeup can help you adhere to these time limits while still providing your clients with a flawless finish!

So, why is airbrush makeup capable of allowing you to apply makeup so much faster?

Well, for one, airbrush makeup is incredibly lightweight. This means that you don’t have to worry about layering on too much product, which can save a lot of time.

Another reason why airbrush makeup is so quick to apply is because it’s very buildable. So, if you need to achieve a full-coverage look, you can do so without having to go through the process of meticulously layering on product.

Lastly, airbrush makeup is also great for those who want to apply a sheer, natural-looking finish. This is because you can simply add a light layer of foundation and be done – no need to spend time applying concealer, powder, blush, etc.

Con #6: There’s a higher chance of the look being flakey.

When it comes to airbrush makeup, one of the biggest downfalls is that there’s a higher chance of the look coming out flakey. This is because airbrush makeup dries quickly – meaning, if you don’t work quickly enough or you apply too much product, the makeup can start to flake off.

However, there are a few easy steps you can take to avoid this:

  • Make sure to start with a clean, exfoliated face. This will help to create a smooth canvas for your makeup.
  • Next, apply a hydrating primer. This will help to keep your skin from drying out and will create a barrier between your skin and the airbrush makeup.
  • Finally, make sure to apply the airbrush makeup in thin, even layers. It’s better to build up the coverage than to cake on too much product at once.

Pro #7: Airbrush makeup is especially great on oily skin!

If you have an oily skin type, then you know the struggle of trying to find a foundation that won’t slide off your face by midday. But, thankfully, airbrush makeup can help to combat this issue!

This is because airbrush makeup is water-resistant and oil-free. So, even if your skin starts to get a bit shiny throughout the day, your makeup will still look just as good as it did when you first applied it.

Pro Tip: Do YOU have oily skin, or simply want to better understand how to work with clients who have this skin type? Then make sure to watch our informative webinar, The Power of Skincare: Dealing with Oily Skin, hosted by celebrity MUA and skincare expert, Nathan Johnson!

Con #7: That said, airbrush makeup isn’t a magical eraser for scars or active breakouts.

While airbrush makeup can do wonders for those with oily skin, it’s important to remember that it’s not a magical eraser for scars or active breakouts. Yes, one of the biggest perks of airbrush makeup is that it can give you that photoshopped, flawless-looking finish…

But, at the end of the day, it’s still makeup. So, if you or your clients have any scars or blemishes that you’re trying to cover up, it’s important to use a concealer beforehand. And even then, just make sure that the expectations for what the airbrush makeup can do are realistic.

Chances are, while airbrush makeup can help to camouflage scars and blemishes, it won’t completely make them disappear.

Pro #8: Airbrush makeup is perfect for editorial makeup and photoshoots!

If you’re a professional makeup artist, then chances are you’ve done your fair share of editorial shoots and photoshoots. At the very least, you’ve taken part in some in order to build up your professional portfolio.

Either way, you know just how important it is to have a long-lasting, photo-ready makeup look. And thankfully, airbrush makeup is perfect for just this!

This is because, as we talked about before, airbrush makeup is water-resistant and oil-free. So, even if you’re shooting in hot and humid conditions, or if your clients are sweating under the lights, their makeup will still look amazing.

Pro Tip: Need help building your professional makeup portfolio? Learn everything you need to know in as little as 8 weeks with the help of QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop!

Con #8: Airbrush makeup can be more expensive to re-stock than traditional makeup.

Earlier, we discussed the initial cost of airbrush makeup. And while it may be a bit more expensive to purchase an airbrush machine and compressor, once you have these items, they should last you for years to come.

The only time you’ll need to spend more money is when it comes time to re-stock your makeup supply. And unfortunately, airbrush makeup can be a bit more expensive than traditional makeup.

So, if you’re on a budget, or if you’re just starting out in your professional makeup career, it might be best to stick with traditional makeup for now. Once you’ve built up your clientele and have a bit more financial wiggle room, then you can experiment with airbrush makeup.

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Pro #9: Airbrush makeup can be used for way more than just foundation!

One of the best things about airbrush makeup is that it’s not just limited to foundation. In fact, there are a ton of different products that can be used with an airbrush machine!

This includes things like:

  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lip color
  • Highlighter
  • Contour
  • SFX stenciling
  • Body/face art
  • And more!

So, if you’re looking for a way to mix things up and add some variety to your makeup routine, then definitely consider investing in an airbrush machine.

Con #9: You’ll need to clean your airbrush machine regularly.

Another downside to airbrush makeup is that you’ll need to clean your airbrush machine regularly. Depending on how often you use it, you might need to clean it after each use. Or, if you only use it occasionally, you might be able to get away with cleaning it once a week.

Either way, cleaning an airbrush machine is pretty simple and only takes a few minutes. But, it’s still something that you’ll need to factor into your makeup routine.

How To Clean Your Airbrush Machine

If you’re not sure how to clean your equipment, simply follow these 6 steps:

  1. Empty any remaining makeup from the cup.
  2. Run water through the airbrush machine to flush out any leftover makeup.
  3. Fill the cup with warm water and a few drops of airbrush cleaner.
  4. Run the machine for a few seconds to allow the cleaner to circulate.
  5. Empty the cup and rinse with warm water.
  6. Repeat steps 5-7 until the water runs clear.

Pro #10: If you’re a professional MUA, airbrush makeup will make you more money!

As a professional makeup artist, your ultimate goal is to make your clients happy and to make as much money as possible. And luckily, airbrush makeup is a great way to do both!

This is because most people are willing to spend a bit more money on their makeup if they know it will last all day (or night) long. So, if you offer airbrush makeup services, you can charge a bit more than you would for traditional makeup services.

Not to mention, once you’ve mastered the art of airbrush makeup, you’ll be able to complete makeup applications much faster than with traditional methods. This means you can take on more clients and make even more money!

Pro Tip: Learn more about why it’s in a professional MUA’s best interest to get trained in airbrush makeup!

Con #10: Airbrush makeup is not easy to apply if you’re a beginner.

If you’re new to airbrush makeup, it’s definitely not going to be easy for you to apply – at least, not at first. This is because airbrush makeup is applied with a machine, which can be difficult to maneuver if you’re not used to it. Moreover, airbrush makeup is also very buildable, so it’s easy to go overboard and end up with a cakey, unnatural-looking finish.

So, if you’re thinking about trying airbrush makeup for the first time, we recommend doing your research beforehand. It’d also be worth it to practice your techniques on yourself a few times before applying them onto others.

Furthermore, as we briefly discussed earlier, we also recommend looking into some sort of professional airbrush training – particularly if you want to offer this type of service to clients.

FAQs About Airbrush Makeup

Q: Does airbrush makeup last longer than traditional makeup?

A: Yes, airbrush makeup does tend to last longer than traditional makeup. This is because it’s applied with a machine, which provides a more even and consistent finish. Plus, airbrush makeup is also waterproof and sweat-resistant, so it’s ideal for special occasions or long days/nights.

Q: Is airbrush makeup better for your skin than traditional makeup?

A: Yes, airbrush makeup is actually much better for your skin than traditional makeup. This is because it’s applied with a machine, which allows for a more even and consistent finish. Plus,  as we’ve already mentioned, airbrush makeup is also waterproof and sweat-resistant. This means it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.

Q: Is airbrush makeup better in general than traditional makeup?

There’s no real “yes” or “no” answer to this question, because it depends on who you ask. Some people prefer airbrush makeup because it lasts longer and provides a more even finish. Others prefer traditional makeup because they find it easier to apply and remove.

At the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference. If you’re thinking about trying airbrush makeup for the first time, we recommend doing your research beforehand to see whether it’s a good fit for you or not.

Q: What are the benefits of airbrush makeup services for a professional MUA?

A: As we’ve already mentioned, airbrush makeup is a great way to make more money as a professional makeup artist. This is because most people are willing to spend a bit more money on their makeup if they know it will last all day (or night) long. So, if you offer airbrush makeup services, you can charge a bit more than you would for traditional makeup services.

Not to mention, once you’ve mastered the art of airbrush makeup, you’ll be able to complete makeup applications much faster than with traditional methods. This means you can take on more clients and make even more money.

Other benefits of offering airbrush makeup services to clients include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Offering a popular niche service that not many other makeup artists are offering
  • Being able to create a more flawless finish
  • Building a great portfolio
  • Standing out from your competitors
  • The capability of working in various areas of the beauty industry (e.g. weddings, movies, theatre, film, live events, editorial makeup, photoshoots, etc.)

Q: Are there any disadvantages of airbrush makeup services as a professional MUA?

You may be wondering, “Are there any reasons I might not want to offer airbrush makeup services as a professional MUA?”

Well, the answer to that question is, yes, there can be a few disadvantages (if you see them that way).

The first one is that you’ll need to invest in an airbrush machine and compressor, which can be quite expensive. If you’re just starting out as a makeup artist, this may not be the best investment for you.

Another disadvantage of airbrush makeup is that it can take some time to master the technique. This means you’ll likely need to practice on yourself (and/or friends and family members) a few times before you’re able to provide this type of service to clients.

Of course, as we mentioned earlier, you could always look into getting professional airbrush makeup training to speed up the learning process.

So, those are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about offering airbrush makeup services as a professional MUA. Just remember that, at the end of the day, it’s really up to you whether or not this is something you want to do.

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Q: What are some of the most popular airbrush makeup brands?

A: Some of the most popular airbrush makeup brands include Dinair, TEMPTU, Marc Harvey Beauty Cosmetics, and Iwata. These brands offer high-quality products that will help you create a flawless finish.

Of course, there are other airbrush makeup brands out there, so be sure to do your research before making a purchase. This way, you can find the brand that’s right for you and your needs!

Did You Know: As a student of QC Makeup Academy’s Airbrush Makeup Workshop, you’re automatically eligible for a 15% industry-level discount with TEMPTU? It’s true! And if you’re a graduate of this program, that discount increases to a 30% artisan discount!

Q: Is airbrush makeup good for mature skin?

A: Yes, airbrush makeup is actually a great option for mature skin! This is because it can help to create a smooth, even finish that will diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Q: Is airbrush makeup hard to remove?

A: No, airbrush makeup is actually quite easy to remove! All you need is a gentle cleanser and some warm water.

Q: Do celebrities use airbrush makeup?

A: Yes, many celebrities use airbrush makeup! In fact, it’s become quite popular in Hollywood over the last few years. Some popular celebrities you’ve likely seen wearing airbrush makeup include Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce.

Q: Can you use airbrush makeup daily?

A: Yes, you can use airbrush makeup daily! However, it’s important to make sure you’re using a gentle, alcohol-free formula that won’t dry out your skin.

Q: Is airbrush makeup worth the investment?

A: If you wear makeup regularly, then airbrush makeup is definitely worth the investment! Not only will it save you time, but it will also give you a more flawless finish.

Furthermore, if you’re a professional MUA (or you’re thinking of becoming one), offering airbrush makeup services is a great way to set yourself apart from your competitors. And while the commitment will require an initial investment, it’ll be well worth it in the long run when you make back that money (and then some)!

Conclusion

So, there you have it! Those are the top 10 pros and top 10 cons of airbrush makeup. As you can see, there are some great benefits to using this type of makeup. However, there are also a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about offering airbrush makeup services as a professional MUA. Just remember that, at the end of the day, it’s really up to you whether or not this is something you want to do.

Do you have any questions about airbrush makeup? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to answer them!

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How to Choose The Best Online Makeup School

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When it comes to finding the right makeup school, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, what should the school criteria include? How can you tell if a makeup academy is reputable or not? In this article, we’ll show you how to choose the best online makeup school for YOU and your career goals!

Let’s get started, shall we?

Is professional makeup the right career for you? Here are the top pros and cons of this job, so you can decide once and for all!

How To Choose The Right Makeup School For You: In-Person Vs. Online

When it comes to choosing the best makeup school, you have 2 options: in-person or online. So, let’s begin by breaking down the pros and cons of each type of makeup program…

In-Person Makeup School

Pros

  • You can build a strong rapport with your classmates and instructor(s).
  • You’re able to get immediate feedback on your work/progress.
  • It can be easier to find models to work on during your classes.

Cons

  • It can be expensive to travel to/from the school – especially these days, with the current price of gas.
  • Typically, in-person schooling is a lot more expensive.
  • The class schedule might not be flexible enough to work around your work/life schedule.
  • You may not be able to find a makeup program that’s close to home.
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Online Makeup School

Pros

  • Generally, online schooling a lot more affordable (e.g., lower tuition, payment plan options, etc.).
  • You get the freedom to study on your own schedule and at your preferred pace.
  • There are a lot of online makeup programs to choose from, from foundation courses to advanced/specialty classes.

Cons

  • The wrong kind of online makeup school will make it more difficult to get helpful feedback on your progress.
  • Your interactions with classmates and instructors may be more limited.
  • It can be easy to get distracted while studying at home if you aren’t self-disciplined.

So, which type of learning environment is the right fit for you?

On the one hand, you might feel like you’d benefit from the structure of an in-person course, as well as want the chance to build relationships with classmates and tutors. If so, then this is probably the route for you.

On the other hand, however, you may be looking for a more affordable option that allows you to study at your own pace. If this is the case, then an online makeup school would be the better choice for your goals.

For the purpose of this article, let’s assume that moving forward, you want to learn more about picking the best online makeup school…

How To Choose The Best Online Makeup School: Must-Have Criteria

When you’re looking for an online makeup school, there are certain criteria that the school itself should meet. Some critical green flags include the following:

✅ The Online Makeup School Is Properly Accredited

These days, there are a LOT of scammers out there who want nothing more than to steal your hard-earned money. For this reason, when looking at online makeup schools, be sure to check and see that the institution is properly accredited. This means that it’s been evaluated by an outside agency and determined to meet certain educational standards.

QC Makeup Academy, for example, holds an A+ ranking from the Better Business Bureau. On top of that, we’re a faculty of QC Career School – a trustworthy pioneer of distance learning since 1984!

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✅ The School Has a Legit Website

When you’re looking at an online makeup school, take a look at the company’s website. Does it look legitimate? Is it user-friendly? Are the school’s policies, procedures, and course information easy to find?

An online school’s website will tell you a LOT about that school as a whole. If it’s poorly designed and/or lacks need-to-know info, that’s a pretty big red flag!

QC Makeup Academy’s website, for example, is designed with the student in mind. For starters, it’s incredibly easy to navigate. Plus, it’s got all the information you need – right at your fingertips!

✅ The Makeup Tutors Are Qualified

The best online makeup school will have qualified instructors who are the real deal. Not only will they possess the experience and expertise needed to be teaching your course; they’ll also be properly certified.

The tutors and expert instructors at QC Makeup Academy are all exceptionally qualified! They have years of experience in the professional beauty industry, as well as countless designations and qualifications to their names.

Take our lead instructor, Nathan Johnson, as an example. Nathan helped handcraft QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, in addition to many other QC programs. With over 20 years of experience as a celebrity MUA and makeup coach, Nathan has worked with such A-listers like Paula Abdul, Lea Michele, Kyra Sedgwick, Kevin Bacon, Paul McCartney, and more!

✅ They’re On Social Media

When choosing the best online makeup school, the next thing you’ll want to do is see if they’re active on social media. These days, any business that isn’t on social media in some way is pretty sus. After all, social media is a great way for an online school to showcase their culture, the kind of awesome community they have, etc.

QC Makeup Academy is VERY active on social media! This is because we love connecting with our students/alumni, as well as sharing tips, tricks, blog posts, and useful resources. Plus, we’re always looking for an excuse to post pictures and videos of our happy students/grads and the beautiful makeup looks they’ve done!

Interested in checking out QC’s social media?

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✅ The School’s Support Team Is Actually Reachable

How annoying is it when you try to get a hold of a company’s support team, only to be met with radio silence? If an online makeup school’s Support Staff aren’t easy to get a hold of, are prone to ghosting, and/or have a terrible attitude, proceed with major caution!

Here’s yet another awesome perk of becoming a student at QC Makeup Academy: our Support Team is quite literally the BEST! 💕 They’re available 7 days a week by phone, email, and live chat – depending on your personal preference. Plus, they’re always quick to respond to any inquiries or issues you might have.

It also helps that they’re super friendly and more than happy to help you out, no matter what the concern might be!

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How To Find an Online Makeup School: Course Criteria

Okay, so we’ve gone over some things to look for in an online makeup school. Now let’s talk about the actual criteria the program itself should meet. When trying to choose the best online makeup school, make sure the course offers the following:

✅ A Solid Makeup Curriculum

When you’re looking at online makeup courses, make sure to check out the curriculum of the course itself.

Does it cover everything you’re hoping to learn? Has the program been designed by experienced beauty experts? Does it cater to beginner makeup artists, experienced MUAs, or both?

QC Makeup Academy offers a wide, comprehensive list of makeup and beauty certification programs that cover all of the following areas of the industry:

  • Makeup Artistry (for personal makeup)
  • Master Makeup Artistry (for professional makeup on clients)
  • Skincare Consulting
  • Pro Makeup (meant to be taken after the MMA Course)
  • Global Beauty
  • Portfolio Development
  • Airbrush Makeup
  • Hair Styling Essentials
  • Special FX Makeup
  • Fashion Styling
  • Virtual Makeup Training

Want to learn more about these courses? Check out the full curricula for QC’s self-paced, online certification programs here!

✅ Affordable Tuition

Of course, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth when you sign up for an online makeup course. But this does NOT mean you have to break the bank in the process!

The truth is, there are plenty of affordable options out there, in terms of online makeup schools.

Take QC Makeup Academy, for instance! Our online programs are some of the most affordable you’ll find! For starters, we offer a low monthly payment plan option, thereby allowing you to spread out the cost of your course over time!

What’s more – the moment you enroll in one QC course, every other course is then available to you at a whopping 50% off!

Click here to learn more about the cost (and payment options) of QC Makeup Academy’s courses!

✅ Hands-On Experience

MYTH: You won’t be able to get any hands-on experience through an online makeup school.

FACT: The best online makeup school will guarantee that you get plenty of hands-on training on actual models!

This makes total sense… After all, what’s the point of taking a makeup course – yes, even online ones – if it won’t prepare you for the real world?

QC Makeup Academy’s online programs offer students countless opportunities to put their skills to the test via practical, hands-on assignments. You’ll be challenged to find and work on models of different ages, genders, etc. Furthermore, you’ll be required to complete assignments on models with different skin tones, skin types, etc.

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✅ Business Training

If your goal is to start your own makeup business, then it’s important to find a course that also offers business training as part of its curriculum. After all, there’s a lot more to being a successful MUA than just knowing how to apply makeup!

All of QC’s courses provide a full unit devoted entirely to business training. As a result, graduates walk away knowing exactly how to launch – and run – a successful company of their very own. From building a clientele to marketing your services, our certification programs cover it all!

Pro Tip: Join QC Makeup Academy alumnus and industry expert, Devyn Gregorio, as she breaks down why a business class is ESSENTIAL to your makeup training!

✅ A Legitimate Makeup Certification Upon Graduating

When graduating from an online makeup school, you should be proud of your accomplishment! And what better way to show off your new skills – and certification – than by displaying it for the whole world to see?

As we mentioned earlier, QC Makeup Academy is a well-respected and accredited institution. As such, when you graduate from any of our courses, you’ll receive either a certificate of completion or an internationally-recognized certification + designation!

The following QC courses will provide a globally-recognized certification:

The remainder of QC’s courses provide a globally-recognized certificate of completion!

Deciding On an Online Makeup Academy: Red Flags To Avoid

Now it’s time to move onto the red flags you’ll want to watch out for. After all, choosing the wrong school can be a very costly mistake – both in terms of your time and money.

When it comes shady online makeup schools, keep an eye out for the following warning signs…

🚩 The Online Makeup School Is Unaccredited

As we mentioned earlier, one of the many benefits of QC Makeup Academy is our accreditation. But there are many online makeup schools out there that are not accredited. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a bad makeup school, it’s still something to be aware of.

Generally speaking, if an online school isn’t properly recognized, it could mean that:

  • They don’t adhere to certain quality standards
  • They’re not properly licensed
  • They might not have been around for very long
  • It’s not a legitimate online makeup school

Obviously, these are all totally valid concerns! As such, if you come across an online makeup school that’s unaccredited, make sure to do your due diligence before enrolling. Make sure they’re legit first.

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🚩 They Have a Bad Reputation

Another HUGE red flag is to watch out for is if the school has a bad reputation, both online or otherwise. For instance, do they have more negative reviews than positive ones? Are there countless complaints about them?

Of course, every makeup school – whether it be online or in-person – is going to have at least a few unhappy students. That’s just the way it is. But if the majority of what you see online is negative, then that’s a glaring red flag you shouldn’t ignore.

The best way to get an accurate idea of an online makeup school’s reputation is by reading reviews from multiple sources. This way, you can get the most accurate picture of what people are saying about them.

Curious about what people are saying about QC Makeup Academy? Take a look at our Facebook reviews!

🚩 You’re Promised “Quick and Easy” Results

In order to choose the best online makeup school, it’s important to avoid any place whose promises seem too good to be true. For instance, if a school claims that they can turn you (and your skill-set) into that of a professional MUA in less than a month, then that’s probably not realistic.

Now, we’re not saying that it’s impossible to become a certified makeup artist quickly. After all, some people pick things up faster than others and will be able to finish their makeup course in less time. But generally speaking, it’s going to take more than just a month to acquire all the skills needed for long-term success in the beauty industry.

So, if an online makeup school is making any grandiose promises, be at least a little wary. After all, we know that the LAST thing you want to do is waste your time and money on something that’s not actually going to work.

🚩 The Cost of The Makeup Course is Dirt Cheap

Now, this rule doesn’t necessary apply to all makeup courses. Some schools, for example, may offer short workshops or quick modules that you can purchase à la carte. In these cases, it makes sense that these may be offered at a very low price.

What we’re referring to are extensive, full-on certification courses offered at a ludicrously low cost.

Here’s a good rule-of-thumb to abide by: if a school’s tuition fees are suspiciously low, there’s a reason for that… And it’s not a good one! Good-quality makeup courses will typically cost a few hundred dollars, at the VERY least.

And most high-quality programs? Well, you’ll be looking at paying anywhere from approx. $500 to $1300. (Although, as we mentioned earlier, this is still relatively cheaper than in-person courses – and you’ll have more payment options at your disposal!)

Now, it obviously goes without saying that there are always exceptions to the rule. However, if an online makeup school is claiming that they can fully train you (from no experience to the level of a professional MUA) for less than $100, that’s a MAJOR red flag!

If the price seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is. So, just keep that in mind.

🚩 Your Makeup Certification Costs Extra

Another red flag to watch out for is any online makeup school that tries to make you pay extra for your certification. This isn’t cool, no matter the circumstance!

The fee for your certification should be included within the cost of tuition. After all, you’ve earned it! If a school is trying to make you pay additional and/or hidden fees for it, you’re being scammed.

So, as we’ve suggested before (and will continue to suggest again), do your research before enrolling in any online makeup class. This way, you can make sure the certification provided is included in the cost of tuition before signing up with the school!

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🚩 You’re Only Given Textbook Learning

When choosing the best online makeup school, make sure they offer more than just textbook learning. While it’s important to have a foundation in theoretical makeup artistry knowledge, you also want to make sure you’re getting hands-on training, too.

Ideally, your online makeup course should offer both classroom-based learning AND practical assignments. Only this way will you then be able to graduate with the confidence needed to actually apply any style of makeup professionally – and not just understand the theory behind it.

How To Become a Makeup Artist

Now that you know how to choose the best online makeup school, it’s time to start your journey to becoming a certified MUA! So long as you remember to do your research, ask around for recommendations, and ensure that the program you choose is properly accredited, you’ll be well on your way!

We also STRONGLY encourage you to check out our Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Makeup Artist! This informative article will break down all of the following information:

  • Whether or not being a makeup artist is truly a good career
  • Educational requirements
  • Cosmetology school vs. makeup school
  • The length of time it’ll take to become a certified makeup artist
  • Which field is best for makeup artists
  • How to become a certified MUA in 3 easy steps, even if you don’t have any experience
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Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed reading this article on how to choose the best online makeup school. With the right research, and so long as you know which criteria to look for, we guarantee you’ll find the course that best suits your needs!

Do YOU have any questions or comments about choosing the best online makeup school? Let us know in the comment section below! We love hearing from our readers!

Stay glam, beauties! 😘

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A Day in the Life of a Makeup Artist

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Dream of working in the beauty industry? Sounds like you’re destined to become a makeup artist! But what does a day in the life of a makeup artist actually look like?

We’re here to tell you!

All you need to do is sit back and relax. By the end of this article, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of what the day-to-day responsibilities of your dream career will look like. As a result, you can decide once and for all if this profession is truly the right one for YOU!

How Do You Train to Be a Makeup Artist?

First thing’s first: we have to talk about proper makeup training. After all, you can’t successfully start life as a makeup artist if you don’t properly know what you’re doing!

Now, the thing is, professional makeup is an unregulated industry – unless you aim to be a cosmetologist. This means that technically, you don’t need a certification or official designation in order to call yourself an MUA and work with clients.

But don’t get it twisted! If you don’t have a legitimate education under your belt, it’s going to be very hard to become successful. Here are just some of the biggest reasons why:

  • The right certification – such as those provided to graduates of QC Makeup Academy – will be internationally-recognized. Meaning, you’ll be able to work anywhere!
  • Proper training is the only true way to get the knowledge and subject-matter expertise needed to perform to the best of your abilities. Once you’ve graduated from your program, you can then elevate your skill-set through hands-on, real-world experience.
  • You’ll have a stronger grasp on the ways you can distinguish yourself from your local competition, which will better your booking ability and land you more clients.
  • Moreover, you’ll acquire an understanding of how to build your brand, hone your niche, set accurate service rates, and launch a functional business.
  • Clients won’t want to hire a makeup artist who isn’t certified (and therefore, credible). At the end of the day, it’s that simple!
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Picking The Right Makeup Course for YOU

Nowadays, you have COUNTLESS options at your disposal, both online and in-person. That said, in light of the ongoing pandemic, many have steered away from brick-and-mortar schools due to the potential health concerns they pose. One of the biggest lessons learned over the past 2 years is that distance learning offers more than a few perks for those wanting to pursue their education in a safe, convenient environment.

Because online schooling is the new normal these days, that’s what we’ll focus on in this article. However, if you’re someone who prefers learning in a physical environment, surrounded by your peers and instructor, that’s okay, too. In that case, we recommend that you do as much research as possible into the brick-and-mortar options available in your area.

Perks of an Online Makeup Course

In general, online schools cater to a wider range of people than in-person schools. For example, you’re granted the flexibility to access the same high-quality education – except you get to be in the comfort of your own home. Furthermore, distance learning is almost always cheaper than brick-and-mortar schools, since there are no physical campuses or buildings to maintain.

Another benefit is that many online schools offer self-paced training. QC Makeup Academy, for instance, gives you 2 full years to complete your makeup artistry program, starting on the date you enroll. That said, during that 2-year timeframe, you can dedicate as much or as little time to your studies as you’d like.

Let me put this into perspective… Many of QC’s graduates have been able to earn their certification and start their life as a makeup artist in as little as 2-6 months – simply be devoting a mere 1-2 hour per week to their studies!

Want to learn more about QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online courses? Here’s the full list!

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How Many Hours Does a Makeup Artist Work Each Day?

What makeup artists do on a daily basis can vary, based on a number of different factors. For this reason, there’s no “clear cut” standard number of hours you’ll work every single day. One day, you could be swamped from morning to night; another day, you could be super busy just for an afternoon.

The Type of Job Will Affect Your Hours

The job you’ve booked, as well as how many clients you have on the go at a given time, will influence the number of hours that’ll have to go into the work. For instance, if you’ve been hired on as an MUA for a wedding, doing just the bride’s application will take a lot less time than if you were also expected to do the bridal party’s makeup, too.

Moreover, logically, the more clients you book in a day, the longer your workday will be. If you have one booking for just one person, you’ll probably be looking at anywhere from 2-4 hours that day (factoring in travel time, and based on how complex the application is). But if you have several customers booked throughout a single day, you’ll likely be starting early and finishing late.

Other Examples

Working on set can also make for a lengthy day, especially if it’s for a TV show or film production. This is because, in addition to the initial application itself, you’ll likely be expected to remain on set throughout the shoot. That way, you can jump in whenever touch-ups are required.

Now, let’s say that you dream of being an MUA, but would prefer a more predictable, routine schedule. In that case, your best bet will be to join an existing team (e.g. at MAC, Sephora, etc.) and/or work at a beauty bar/counter. In this type of environment, your schedule will be decided by your employer, and you’ll get it in advance.

As such, you’ll know exactly what days you’ll be working, and for how long you’ll be working each day. This can make it much easier for you to plan everything else in your life around your work hours. Of course, for those who wish to have a more proactive role in their makeup career, this route won’t always be ideal. But if this would fit best with your goals and interests, then all the power to you!

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What Specific Skills Does a Makeup Artist Need?

Obviously, to thrive as a professional makeup artist, you need to have a grasp of proper makeup techniques. Moreover, you need to know how to execute them successfully during an application, in order to deliver the high-quality results your client is expecting.

More to the point: it’s also critical that you have a genuine passion for your craft. Otherwise, this career won’t be the one for you. And, let’s be real, you probably wouldn’t enjoy it at all.

On top of this, though, you’ll also need to possess a handful of other key traits as well. For example, you’ll need to be:

  • A people person (at least, to some degree);
  • Good at both communicating and listening;
  • Creative;
  • Up-to-date on makeup and beauty current trends;
  • Business-savvy;
  • Capable of keeping calm under pressure, while on strict time restraints, etc.;
  • Smart with money and budgeting;
  • Knowledgeable in many different makeup techniques, so you can apply them to many different makeup styles;
  • Approachable and friendly;
  • Flexible;
  • Willing to put the effort into networking;
  • A wizard with emailing, returning phone calls, replying to people on social media, etc.;
  • And so much more!

What Does a Makeup Artist Do On a Daily Basis?

Okay, let’s get to the real reason why you found this article in the first place – you want to know what a day in the life of a makeup artist looks like. Here’s the bad news: much like when we were discussing how many hours you’ll work in a day, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question. What makeup artists do on a daily basis is determined by:

  • The client they’re working for/with;
  • The parameters of the job;
  • Whether the MUA in question works for an established company or runs their own business;
  • And more!

But here’s the GOOD news: I can break down enough information so that you can still walk away with a thorough understanding of what to expect out of this career path. So, let’s delve into that…

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What Every Job Has in Common

Regardless of the type of MUA you are, the client you’ve booked, or the length of your day, every makeup job will require you to:

  • Work with people (whether that’s a single person, multiple, or a whole group).
  • Listen to what the client wants, and determine how best to achieve those results in a time-efficient manner.
  • Draw on your professional makeup certification training.
  • Use sanitized, single-use products.
  • Work in a clean environment, and properly clean your work station after each makeup job.
  • Apply your expert knowledge during the application(s).
  • Deliver top-notch customer service.
  • Make the best possible impression for you – and either the business you’re representing, or your personal business itself.

Working for an Existing Makeup Business

Let’s say you wish to land a cosmetic retail job of some sort. This could be in the form of working at a beauty bar, or in a makeup store such as MAC, Sephora, etc. A typical day would first involve you showing up to work at the designated time your employer has set for you. From there, your job will be to man the counter or walk the floor.

You’ll greet everyone who enters the business, and see if you can help answer any questions they may have or assist with their purchasing needs. It won’t be uncommon to have walk-in customers ask for your help testing out a product, do a basic consultation and/or application with them, etc. You’ll also have just as many customers book an application appointment ahead of time, too. So, that can also sometimes be a part of your workday.

One perk of working for an existing company is that 9 times out of 10, your job responsibilities will start and end within each individual shift. There won’t be work you’ll need to do outside of your scheduled shifts, such as social media focus, client acquisition/retention, or marketing efforts. Rather, these companies will already have experts taking care of this.

Thus, once you clock out at the end of your shift, you’re completely done for the day!

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Running Your OWN Makeup Business

Running your very own makeup business will admittedly result in longer days and a lot more job responsibilities. This makes complete sense, since you’ll be responsible for your business’s success! That said, this is the ideal path for many aspiring MUAs, because they find it to be the most rewarding.

There’s a lot more that goes into running a makeup business than simply doing makeup for/on a client. In reality, other tasks you’ll regularly have to complete on a given day can include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Developing and putting into practice client acquisition and retention efforts/strategies;
  • Scheduling and conducting client consultations;
  • Conducting follow-up appointments, if requested/required;
  • Developing air-tight client contracts;
  • Answering emails, returning phone calls, etc.;
  • Doing trial runs, such as for bridal makeup, film makeup, etc.;
  • Running active social media accounts for your business;
  • Maintaining your business website and overall SEO;
  • Marketing your business using a variety of methods (i.e. paid ads, social media advertising, email campaigns, etc.);
  • Collecting payment by the agreed-upon due date;
  • Providing invoices once payment have been received;
  • And more!

There can easily be additional responsibilities, depending on the scope of your career goals. If, for instance, part of your business plan is to develop your own line of products, then you’ll also need to factor in the necessary research and legwork that goes into this endeavor as part of your day-to-day responsibilities.

Another key aspect to consider is where you’re conducting your business from. Say you’re primarily working from home and clients are coming to you. For every application, you’ll also need to factor in time to set up your work station before the job, as well as time to sanitize/clean it after the job is over.

If you travel directly to clients, or own your own business location or salon, you’ll need to factor the time it’ll take to travel to and from work each day. Moreover, if you fall into the latter category, your daily tasks may sometimes involve the overhead work and maintenance that goes into owning or renting a commercial space.

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What makeup artists do on a daily basis is a subjective topic. Ultimately, it’ll depend on YOU – your work ethic, your diligence, your drive, and your career goals. The harder you work, and the more effort you put into your craft, the busier your day will be… and the more successful your journey will become!

So, now that you have an idea of what a day in the life of a makeup artist can look like, do you still wish to pursue this career path?

If so, enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and earn your internationally-recognized certification in just 2-6 short months!

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Get 2 QC Makeup Academy Courses for The Price of 1!

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Do you dream of working as a professional makeup artist? QC Makeup Academy can help you turn this dream into a reality in as little as 2-6 months!

Look, I’ll level with you: going back to school always feels like a daunting decision for some of us. This is why we’re committed to making the decision to enroll with QC the easiest one you’ll ever have to make!

But before I get into all the reasons why QC Makeup Academy is the makeup school to train with, let me first start by letting you in on some seriously exciting, juicy tea…

Have You Heard About QC Makeup Academy’s Brand-New Promo?

Okay, get ready for some seriously awesome news… Are you ready? Here it is:

Until September 17th, 2021, you can get TWO courses with QC Makeup Academy for the price of ONE!

As a result, you’ll be able to launch your career as a professional makeup artist with a DOUBLE certification. What’s more – both of these qualifications/designations will be internationally recognized! This means you’ll have the freedom to potentially service clients from all over the world if you so choose!

Alright, so now that you’re as excited as I am, let’s take a closer look at this exclusive promotional offer.

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What You Need to Know

Here’s the promotion in a nutshell: until September 17th, 2021, when you enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s wildly popular Master Makeup Artistry Course, we’ll give you our Global Beauty Workshop at NO additional cost!

To put this into context, the Global Beauty Workshop normally costs $1046.00 USD… But you’ll be able to enroll absolutely FREE. Not only is this the perfect option for someone needing to get their education on a budget; it’s quite literally a steal.

So, now you might be thinking, “Okay, but why these courses? Why will these certification programs help me become a professional makeup artist and have a successful career?”

Don’t worry, I’ve got you! Let’s take a look at this next…

QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course

The first thing you need to know is that this is, hands-down, our most popular program. Thousands upon thousands of aspiring and working MUAs alike have graduated from this course and gone on to cultivate thriving, fruitful careers in the beauty industry.

The beauty of the Master Makeup Artistry Course is that it’s craftily tailored towards ANY and ALL skill levels. Yes, this means that even if you’ve never even picked up a makeup brush before, this course will turn you into a makeup expert by the time you’re finished. On the flip side, if you already have some experience under your belt, this course will refine all of those core, fundamental techniques you already know and bring them to the next level!

The Course Breakdown

QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course is 7 units long. The first 3 units focus on teaching you the foundation to makeup artistry. Specifically, you’ll learn all about:

  • Career opportunities as a makeup artist;
  • Taking proper photos for your portfolio;
  • Working as a makeup artist and vital tools of the trade;
  • Safe and sanitary makeup practices, as well as brush types and how to clean your tools;
  • How to stock your professional makeup kit;
  • Skin types and conditions;
  • Prepping the skin for a makeup application;
  • How to properly do makeup on your own skin;
  • Color theory;
  • Blending like a pro;
  • Corrective makeup;
  • Blush, highlight, and contour application;
  • Proper makeup removal techniques;
  • Applying false eyelashes;
  • Day and evening looks, as well as how to perfect the smoky eye;
  • How to apply makeup on ALL types of clients, regardless of sex, age, skin type, etc.;
  • Makeup for mature skin;
  • And MUCH more!

From there, you’ll move onto the next 3 units, which delve into the more advanced stuff you’ve been dying to master! Here are the sort of skills you’ll acquire during this section of the course:

  • How to do bridal and celebrity-inspired makeup;
  • Advanced makeup artistry techniques – such as fantasy makeup, runway makeup, Avant-Garde makeup, editorial, and photoshoot makeup, etc.;
  • Makeup for film, television, theater, and other live performances;
  • And more!
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Business Training

You’ll discover how to work at a makeup counter or get your own business off the ground if that’s the career path you’d prefer to take. Moreover, you’ll learn how to market and promote yourself, find your target clientele, conduct competitor research, develop your brand, provide top-notch customer service, and so much more.

After all, in order to have a successful business, you need to know how to actually run one. This final unit will ensure to teach you everything you need to know in order to do just that!

Finally, you’ll arrive at the last unit of the Master Makeup Artistry Course, which is all about business training. Though this unit is optional, we STRONGLY recommend taking full advantage of it. In fact, the countless graduates who’ve come out of QC Makeup Academy have attributed their career success to the business knowledge they obtained in this very unit.

Essentially, the Master Makeup Artistry Course – as a full, all-encompassing course – goes full circle. It not only teaches you how to do makeup like a true expert; it also teaches you how to conquer the business side of things, thus making you a total powerhouse!

QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Certification

Once you graduate from this course, you’ll be mailed a physical copy of QC Makeup Academy’s exclusive Master International Makeup Professional (MIMP) certification. This certification, as I mentioned earlier, is internationally recognized and will be sure to impress all your future clients!

And don’t forget: this title also serves as your official designation, too. Your resume will look mighty impressive with this reputable qualification added to it!

Want to hear what past QC Makeup Academy graduates have had to say about the Master Makeup Artistry Course? Check out their course reviews here!

QC’s Global Beauty Workshop

QC Makeup Academy’s Global Beauty Workshop is an Advanced Course, meant to complement your foundational training. While you can enroll in this program without any prior training, we highly recommend taking a Foundation Course and laying down the groundwork of your skill-set first.

So, why will taking QC’s Global Beauty Workshop set your career up for even greater success?

Because this 4-unit course will diversify your makeup knowledge and open you up to clients from ALL around the world! 

The Course Breakdown

If I tried to list all of the valuable lessons you’ll learn in this program, we’d be here all day. However, these are just some of the amazing skills you’ll gain from this training:

  • A solid understanding of various skin tones and undertones;
  • Knowing how to work with these different skin tones;
  • Corrective makeup for deeper skin tones, fairer skin tones, golden skin tones, etc.
  • How to specialize in everyday makeup, evening looks, and bridal applications for East Asian clients;
  • Media makeup and editorial looks for global skin tones;
  • How to build your global makeup kit;
  • Makeup for South Asian and Indian clients;
  • Bollywood glamor;
  • Middle Eastern makeup techniques and applications;
  • How to work with Henna;
  • And more!

QC Makeup Academy’s Global Beauty Workshop Certificate

Upon graduation, QC Makeup Academy will send you your internationally recognized Global Beauty Workshop certificate, which you can proudly add to your portfolio and resume. This certification shows top industry clientele that you’ve received professional training in working with clients from all sorts of diverse backgrounds.

Pro Tip: Setting yourself apart from the competition is HUGE in the beauty industry, as well as a key factor in your success. This level of diverse training will be sure to make yours a memorable name!

Want to see living proof of how QC Makeup Academy’s Global Beauty Workshop can get you more bookings?

What to Expect as a Student of QC Makeup Academy

Okay, so now you have a better idea of these two courses and why our current promotional offer is so amazing. But what can you actually expect as a student, once you’ve enrolled with QC Makeup Academy?

Self-Paced, Online Learning Environment

This is probably the best place to start since it’s easily the top reason why students and alumni completely love QC Makeup Academy’s training.

All of our courses are done 100% online and at your preferred pace. We don’t impose any deadlines on you, nor do you need to follow any rigid, set schedules. Starting on the date you enroll, you get a full 2 years to complete your program. That said, the course itself is less than 40 years long.

As such – and since you have full control over when and how much you focus on your studies – you can use as much or as little of that 2-year timeframe as you need. To put this into perspective: many of our grads found that by working on their course for a mere 1-2 hours per week, they were able to graduate in as little as 2-6 months!

Tons of Hands-On Training

Yes, while our courses are done online (rather than a brick-and-mortar class), we still understand the need for real-world experience. This is why all of QC Makeup Academy’s courses provide an abundance of practical assignments that’ll give you all sorts of eye-opening, hands-on training.

Furthermore, these assignments will push you to find models of different ages and sexes, as well as with different skin tones and types. As a result, you’ll hone your skill-set and be completely prepared to book legit, paying clients as soon as you graduate!

Real Industry Expert Tutors

At QC Makeup Academy, we firmly believe that you can only become the best by learning from the best! This is why all of our tutors and instructors are real-world makeup artists and beauty experts with years of experience under their belts.

Once you enroll in your courses, you’ll be assigned your personal tutor. Since our learning environment is one-on-one style, we guarantee that your training experience will be 100% tailored to you, your work, and your goals. Furthermore, after every unit, your tutor will go over your work with a fine-toothed comb and then provide thorough audio feedback to help you identify your current strengths and weaknesses.

Physical AND Digital Course Materials

Once enrolled, you’ll receive your login details for QC Makeup Academy’s Online Student Center within 1-2 business days. As soon as you can access the OSC, you’ll have access to the digital copy of all of your textbooks, instructional videos, quizzes, work sheets, and assignments. Thus, you’ll be able to begin your course as soon as you want!

However, we’ll also be mailing you a physical copy of your course materials as well – right to your front door at no extra charge. Plus, since the Master Makeup Artistry also comes with a complimentary starter makeup kit, you’ll also receive that from us, too!

Competitive Tuition Rates

But it’s not enough for us to simply be more affordable than brick-and-mortar schools… After all, we want to make your decision to pursue your dream career as easy as possible! And this is exactly why we pride ourselves on our low monthly payments plans.

In general, QC Makeup Academy – like all other online schools – will offer cheaper tuition than what you’d find in an in-person makeup school. This is because we don’t have a physical campus to maintain or any of the additional overhead costs that would come with that.

Now, you absolutely can pay the full amount at the time of enrollment (which will get you a pretty nice Pay-in-Full discount). But you also have the option to pay a small deposit at the time of enrollment, followed by easily affordable payments for a set number of months afterward.

This way, ANY person with ANY budget can get QC’s top-quality education!

Read over 200 5-star reviews on QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook page!

BONUS: Join QC Makeup Academy’s Free Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

So, what are you waiting for? Come join us in the Virtual Classroom today! We look forward to seeing you there!

And just as importantly, you’ll get the best possible idea of whether QC Makeup Academy is the best fit for YOU!

This is why we offer a no-strings-attached 2-week trial for prospective students in our Virtual Classroom on Facebook. In this private group, you can connect with real QC students, graduates, and tutors. You’ll get to see the sort of things students are currently learning in their courses, gain access to top industry tips and insights, and begin networking with other beauty professionals.

There are very few schools out there (especially online ones) that’ll give you a chance to get a proper feel of the school before committing. But we understand that this is a big decision for you – and we certainly want you to get your money’s worth!

Oh, and did I mention that QC Makeup Academy also offers a 21-Day Money-Back Guarantee? Learn more about this here!

Ready to become a professional makeup artist? Take advantage of QC Makeup Academy’s exciting, limited-time promotional offer today and book your first client in as little as 2-6 months!

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5 Industry Secrets I Learned from QC’s Online Makeup Classes

By About the School, Career Advice, Education, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 2 Comments

Dream of being a professional makeup artist and thinking of pursuing your training through online makeup classes? Then look no further, because you’ve come to the right place! QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, Veronika Kelle, is here to reveal 5 industry secrets SHE learned through her online training!

About Me

Hi, everyone! My name is Veronika and I’m a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy. I’ve graduated from 3 of QC’s online makeup classes:

  1. Master Makeup Artistry Course;
  2. Pro Makeup Workshop;
  3. And the Special FX Makeup Course.

I ran my own modeling agency for 15 years. During this time, I organized beauty contests and fashion shows. Additionally, I worked alongside models, photographers, and makeup artists. I also organized photoshoots, castings, and modeling courses.

Obviously, professional makeup was a key factor in all of these. It’s no surprise that it was during this time I fell in love with makeup artistry. So, eventually I decided to learn about it myself and become a certified MUA!

Pursuing Online Makeup Classes with QC Makeup Academy

I began studying professional makeup at QC Makeup Academy back in 2018. Looking back, I can honestly say that without the knowledge I gained through QC’s online makeup courses, I wouldn’t have been able to build my own makeup business.

I feel happy and lucky to have found QC Makeup Academy because they literally changed my life!

The key to success is proper professional knowledge. Plus, of course, you also need a touch of courage. After all, diving into the beauty industry and launching your own business is a big deal! But it’s definitely an endeavor you should not shy away from, because pursuing your dream career is such a rewarding experience.

In this article, I’m going to discuss 5 of the most important industry secrets and skills I’ve learned, thanks to my online makeup classes and professional training with QC Makeup Academy.

So, let’s get started!

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Much More Than Makeup

If you’re brand-new to the idea of professional training, you might mistakenly believe that you are ONLY learning how to do makeup through online makeup classes. This, however, is false!

In reality, a proper course from a reputable makeup institution will also arm you with additional, equally-as-critical skills. As a whole, these skills will help you have a truly successful career for the long-term.

Some of these skills I’m talking about include (but are not limited to):

  • Business skills;
  • Customer service skills;
  • Negotiation/contracting skills;
  • Networking skills;
  • Marketing skills;
  • And SO much more!

It’s very important that a professional makeup artist has an extremely rounded-out skill-set. While you absolutely do need to know how to execute flawless applications, the skills mentioned above are just as critical. Without them, you’ll find it difficult to be successful and competitive in the beauty industry.

Luckily, QC Makeup Academy provides you with all of these additional skills! As a result, you’ll gain a huge advantage over your competitors and have a better chance of successfully achieving your career goals!

Each of QC’s online makeup classes has a full business and marketing unit. In this unit, you’ll find all sorts of useful, practical exercises, templates, and marketing/promotion tips. Moreover, you’ll discover how to manage yourself, how to launch your own makeup business, and how to develop your portfolio.

In summary: on top of learning the fundamental makeup theory and core techniques, you’ll also receive plenty of business training. With all of these things combined, you’ll be able to hit the ground running right after you finish your program and earn your internationally-recognized certification!

Want to learn all about the wide variety of online makeup classes currently offered by QC Makeup Academy? Here’s the full list!

5 Industry Secrets My Online Makeup Courses Taught Me

Okay, I know – you’ve been eagerly waiting long enough! Now let’s finally take a look at 5 of the most important industry secrets and skills I learned through my online training with QC Makeup Academy…

Secret #1: What’s needed to launch a makeup business of your very own!

Starting your own makeup business is an exciting experience… but it’s also a very challenging one, too. You’ll need perseverance, dedication, confidence, and a lots of planning!

If you want to launch your own business, you’ll need to master the logistics of business operations. Logically, this only makes perfect sense. If you don’t know how to run a business in a savvy, fruitful, and cost-effective way, how likely are you, really, to be truly successful?

My online makeup classes with QC Makeup Academy taught me how to set up my business, manage my finances, and build relationships with vendors. Furthermore, I also learned how to write my business plan from scratch, set up my business, establish my brand, and market my services properly!

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Secret #2: The value of professional networking with other makeup and beauty experts!

Professional networking is an essential thing in this industry! During my online makeup courses, I was taught how to find local vendors that I could collaborate with in my area. Such vendors included photographers, videographers, hair stylists, models, etc.

When you pursue your education with QC, you’ll discover how to locate and contact the vendors in your area, too! This is extremely important because working with these vendors will help you build your portfolio, connections, and booking potential. When you’re first starting out, you can involve vendors into your projects and collaborate with them – and I highly recommend doing so.

Networking is a perfect opportunity to build your professional relationships, get more contacts, and increase your likelihood of getting referrals!

Secret #3: Online makeup classes will teach you how to properly set your rates!

How you price your makeup artistry services will depend on many factors, such as:

  • Your location;
  • The demand in your area;
  • Competitors’ prices;
  • Industry standards in your country/city/town;
  • Your level of experience;
  • Whether or not you have professional certification training, etc.

As I worked through my online makeup classes with QC, I learned all the secrets of pricing. I discovered how to estimate professional fees for booking. As part of my courses, I was also provided with loads of useful advice that help me calculate my rates properly.

As a result, I was able to start my career at a distinct advantage!

Want more tips for accurately pricing your makeup services? Check out this blog article (and video) by professional MUA, Azzi Williams!

Secret #4: How to build your makeup portfolio (and the benefits of stylized photoshoots)!

A styled photoshoot is usually designed to inspire creativity in the participants. Moreover, taking part in one helps you to build networks – and importantly, your professional makeup portfolio.

While styled photoshoot are often unpaid, the benefits you’ll reap are still well worth your time and effort. Often, in exchange for your work, you’ll receive high-quality photos from the shoot. In turn, you can use these images in your portfolio, on your business website, for advertising, and to promote yourself.

Thanks to QC’s online makeup classes, I learned a lot about how to build my portfolio. I also learned how to organize stylized photoshoots, which was a HUGE help for me when it came to boosting my makeup business.

QC Makeup Academy’s Portfolio Development Workshop

In particular, I have to take a moment to highlight QC Makeup Academy’s Portfolio Development Workshop. In my opinion, this is one of THE most helpful courses you could ever possibly take! This 2-unit Advanced Course will teach you exactly how to build a professional makeup artistry portfolio that shows potential clients your talent and skills!

Furthermore, you’ll learn how to organize and execute styled shoots, take high-quality photos, and connect with industry contacts as you participate in a series of hands-on, practical assignments.

Read the full course breakdown for QC’s Portfolio Development Workshop here!

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Secret #5: How to find makeup clients!

If you’re new in the professional makeup industry, you might have a lot of questions and concerns about how to get started. Specifically, you’re likely wondering how to find clients, get bookings, and earn money.

QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes will provide the answers to ALL of these questions – and so much more! They’ll guide you through the maze of job searching, so that getting started and filling up your client book is an easy feat!

How QC’s Online Makeup Classes Have Skyrocketed My Career

Speaking from experience, I can say that enrolling in QC’s online makeup certification courses has been one of the best decisions of my life! Firstly, I acquired all the knowledge and skills needed to do any sort of makeup application on any kind of client.

Secondly, their vast range of classes allow you to hone niches and discover your specialties. For instance, I’ve always been interested in the exciting world of circus, theater, and movie makeup. That’s why I’d also chosen to enroll in the Special FX Makeup Course after completing my Master Makeup Artistry and Pro Makeup programs.

To build on this, I also wanted the possibility of working in the backstage of a theatrical or movie production. Thanks to QC, this dream has actually since come true! I’ve now worked as a makeup artist for more than one movie production, as well as commercials, passion productions, and countless photoshoots.

QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes and certification training helped me land these dream jobs. They taught me everything I needed to know to start my own makeup business and launch an amazing, prosperous career. I was armed with all the professional knowledge and makeup techniques I needed to do what I love for a living!

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The Top 3 Reasons I Recommend QC’s Online Makeup Courses

1. You’ll receive the exact same top-quality education as you would in a brick-and-mortar institution – but from the comfort of home!

The whole learning system of the school – such as their Online Student Center – is remarkably professional and extremely well-organized. Plus, your tutor is a guaranteed working industry expert! You’ll reap the many benefits of having a true expert as your instructor when you receive all of their extensive audio feedback after each course unit!

Learning with QC Makeup Academy is an easy and joyful experience. Believe me, you won’t ever be able to wait to dive in the next unit!

2. QC’s tuition fees are way more affordable than in-person makeup classes!

The fee for online makeup classes is a LOT more reasonable than what you’d find in a brick-and-mortar school. Online education is cheaper simply because there are no overhead costs or campuses to maintain. QC also offers awesome payment options, thereby allowing you to select the payment plan that best suits your budget.

So basically, you’re getting the exact same quality training, but at a fraction of the price!

Not to mention, online schools tend to offer better promotions and discounts. Every month, QC Makeup Academy always has an exclusive offer that you can take advantage of, for both prospective and current students alike!

Have you heard about QC’s current Back-to-School Promotional Offer? Read about it here and take advantage of it until Friday, August 27th!

3. QC Makeup Academy is more than a makeup school – it’s a community!

QC Makeup Academy is a family, a community, and an overall lovely, safe place to learn and make friends. In my experience, I’ve also found it to be a business training and a lifelong learning opportunity. QC offers amazing Student Support services, an easy-to-navigate Online Student Center, and a FREE Virtual Classroom on Facebook.

In this private group, you can connect with current students, past grads, and even QC’s executive instructor and celebrity MUA, Nathan Johnson! If you’re not a student, you can still join for a no-strings-attached 2-week trial.

Become a member today and connect with my directly!

Final Thoughts

What do YOU think are the most important industry secrets as a professional makeup artist? I’d love to know your thoughts, so share them in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes today and earn your internationally-recognized certification(s) in as little as 2-6 months!

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6 Reasons to Train with QC Makeup Academy This Fall!

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Thinking of enrolling with QC Makeup Academy? Want to pursue your dream career as a professional makeup artist? QC graduate and industry expert, Gabrielle Rivera, breaks down 6 key reasons why you NEED to start your training this upcoming fall season!

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Start The Career of Your Dreams This Upcoming Fall!

Fall is quickly approaching! This means back to school – and for many of us, back to work, instead of working from home. Returning to our normal (but busy) routines can be a big adjustment.

However, with autumn just around the corner, this can also be a great opportunity for you to make some much-needed change in your life, too! Specifically, you can use this new season as an opportunity to practice a bit of self-care and work towards the career of your dreams.

Here’s the good news: QC Makeup Academy can help you achieve this goal, all from the comfort of your own home!

Why should you enroll with QC Makeup Academy over other online makeup schools this fall? I’ve got 6 killer reasons, so let’s take at look at them together!

6 Reasons to Enroll with QC Makeup Academy

Reason #1: Total Flexibility = Less Stress

The great thing about taking a course with QC Makeup Academy – unlike attending other online or in-person schools – is that you really do have the freedom to customize your schedule!

With many of us returning to in-person jobs, having the freedom to learn at your own pace is invaluable. Since QC’s learning environment works around your availability (rather than the other way around), you can find time to study and build your skill-set whenever it’s convenient for you.

The best part? There are NO strict deadlines! Once you enroll, you have 2 full years to complete your course. However, during this time, when and how often you focus on your studies is entirely up to you. As a result, you’re granted a stress-free learning environment, which is proven to get you the most out of your education!

Fun Fact: Many of QC’s graduates have found that by devoting a mere 1-2 hours per week to their studies, they were able to graduate and earn their internationally-recognized certification(s) in as little as 2-6 months!

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Reason #2: QC Makeup Academy is Affordable for ANY Budget

You might be wondering, “How much does QC Makeup Academy cost?”

Don’t worry, I’m covering this for you, too!

Course tuition varies, depending on which program you want to enroll in and where you live. That said, QC ensures that every course is fairly priced. While the tuition reflects the high quality of the training provided, they also don’t want their students to go broke in the process.

This is why – on top of their already affordable rates – they offer payment options that best suit your budget. When you enroll with QC, you have the option to either:

  1. Pay the full amount upfront, which will earn you a sweet little “pay in full” discount.
  2. Or pay a small deposit at the time of enrollment, followed by low monthly payments. Thanks to this option in particular, countless QC students on a tight budget have been able to pursue their makeup training without worrying about any financial burden.

Reason #3: Advanced, Thorough Education

I just so happen to be a graduate of QC Makeup Academy myself. For me, one of the most important takeaways was how thorough this school is in delivering a high-quality, advanced education. Something that separates this makeup academy from others is that they supply you with all of the tools you need to excel – and I don’t just mean makeup.

QC goes above and beyond other schools by providing instructional videos for each section of your course. Moreover, you’re given academic booklets (both digital and physical), as well as makeup products and/or tools that would be required for the training.

Additionally, you’re also assigned an instructor who’s a legitimate expert in the makeup and beauty world. This tutor is there to assist you and give comprehensive feedback on your assignments. Speaking from experience, I can assure you that your tutor feedback will be anything but generic!

When I was completing my own course, I found that the responses given to me where always exceptionally thorough, detailed, and mindful. QC Makeup Academy’s instructors truly take the time to review your work with a fine-tooth comb. This way, they can offer constructive feedback to help you grow and perfect your artistry.

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Reason #4: Special FX and The Halloween Season

Not only does QC Makeup Academy offer beauty makeup certifications – they also offer a Special FX Makeup Course, too! This 4-unit certification program delves into makeup for theater, fantasy, gore, and classic SFX looks. What better time to become a master of special effects makeup than for the upcoming Halloween season?

Obtaining an International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP) certification with QC Makeup Academy is a great asset to add to your resume. Firstly, because it’ll help you land more clients for the upcoming fall season. Secondly, because having this training will open up SO many career opportunities and paths for you.

For example, it’ll make you more marketable to work as a makeup artist for haunted houses. Additionally, it’ll help you network with photographers for a variety of autumn-themed shoots. Not to mention, SFX training can get your foot in the door for movies, television shows, and live theater gigs!

Did you know that my SFX makeup knowledge has helped ME land a sweet seasonal job for a haunted house? Read my full story here!

Reason #5: QC Makeup Academy Will Get You Certified in Time for The Wedding Season Craze

For MUAs who specialize in bridal makeup, the 2021 wedding season has been a nonstop whirlwind! Even though we’re all still in the midst of a global pandemic, life is beginning to open up again. As a result, weddings that were once put on pause are now in full effect.

From my own personal experience, I can attest to the wedding craziness. I’m already booking bridal parties well into 2022! So, believe me when I tell you that NOW is the optimal time for you to maximize the upcoming fall season by gaining a professional certification that’ll really impact your business.

Unlike other makeup schools, QC Makeup Academy offers all sorts of certifications that can take your bridal services to the next level. For starters, they offer an entire course devoted to airbrushing (which has become extremely popular in the bridal industry).

Furthermore, QC also offers a Skincare Course, Hair Styling Essentials Course, Global Beauty Workshop, and so much more! Their most popular program, the Master Makeup Artistry Course, also focuses on bridal applications. You can then further this knowledge through the Pro Makeup Workshop, which explores advanced bridal makeup artistry.

In a nutshell: getting certified NOW will mean you’ll be ready to book bridal clients this upcoming Fall. And when it comes to where you should obtain this training, QC Makeup Academy is the way to go. Their in-depth programs will truly help your artistry and career flourish!

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Reason #6: Professional Benefits

A final benefit of enrolling with QC Makeup Academy this upcoming fall is that you’ll automatically become eligible for SO many discounts from reputable big-named brands! For example, depending on where you live, you’ll be able to save money on products from MAC, Temptu, Urban Decay, Mehron, and many others!

Learn more by checking out QC Makeup Academy’s full list of partner discounts!

So, what are you waiting for? Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and become a professionally certified MUA in just a couple short months!

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What Are The BEST Online Makeup Courses?

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Wondering what the BEST online makeup courses out there are? Join QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, Luisa De Pietra, as she reveals 4 critical criteria that all makeup courses NEED to have in order to be worth your money!

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Introduction

Pursuing a career in makeup artistry is currently in high demand. Over the years, more and more people have become drawn to this career path. As a result, more promotions of supposed “makeup courses” have started emerging from the depths of the online world.

It’s of utmost importance that you’re fully aware of the shifty tricks and crafty techniques these sites will pull, in order to try and obtain your money.

My name is Luisa de Pietra and I’m an Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. I am a graduate of both the Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop. Moreover, I’m currently working my way through the Portfolio Development Workshop.

If you are an aspiring makeup artist, perhaps you dream of kick-starting your makeup career – but you’re not quite sure where to start. If so, this article is exactly what you’re looking for! My goal today is to help you in your pursuit of becoming a professional makeup artist. And, of course, that all starts by better understanding what you should be looking for in proper online makeup courses.

So, let’s jump right into it!

First Thing’s First: How to Avoid Shady Online “Makeup Courses”

In an online world that’s increasingly rife with fraudulent schemes and shady dealings, one must have their wits about them when conducting research on the best online makeup course. Vague information, dubious customer reviews, and an overall lack of professionalism should all raise red flags when doing your research.

In many cases, these “makeup courses” will lack the quality of content, research, and development normally invested in a high-quality program. The best makeup courses are not cheap (even though they can can absolutely be affordable). Thus, being thorough and meticulous in your research is essential!

Scamming websites will not hesitate in taking advantage of you. The excitement and eagerness to embark on your makeup course, only to later discover that you’ve been cheated, would frankly be awful. So, in order to avoid such a circumstance, I’d highly recommend forgoing reviews from the company’s own website.

Why? Because scammer companies will more often than not present “customer reviews” written under fake profiles names.

Personally, I did a considerable amount of research before I chose to sign up with QC Makeup Academy. I researched their tutors and made sure that their staff (particularly their Student Support Team) were actual, real people. In fact, I even made contact with a few QC students, so I could ask them about their own experiences learning with QC Makeup Academy.

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4 Criteria Your Online Makeup Course Should Meet

Now that we know what to avoid, it’s time to better understand what you should be gravitating towards. These are the top 4 criteria that, in my opinion, all online makeup courses need to meet in order to be worth your time, effort, and money…

1. The tutors/instructors are all legitimate beauty experts who work in the makeup industry.

One of the biggest advantages of becoming an accredited makeup artist with QC Makeup Academy is that you get to be taught by real industry professionals. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of ensuring that the people who are training and guiding you are legitimate beauty experts!

Otherwise, you won’t be learning from the best. It’s that simple.

At QC Makeup Academy, students are under the careful tutelage of reputable names in the beauty world. These tutors are highly experienced. Furthermore, they all have expansive, rich knowledge of the makeup industry.

Whether you’re interested in SFX makeup, editorial, or perfecting your bridal looks – QC Makeup Academy caters to ALL student needs!

Want to learn more about the wide variety of professional beauty and makeup courses offered by QC? Check out our full course breakdowns here!

2. You’re provided with thorough, constructive feedback throughout the entire makeup course.

As a student of QC Makeup Academy, your tutor will give you personalized audio feedback on all of your assignments. I would wager that this form of online learning is even better than the conventional means of teaching, typically found in a group classroom setting.

Why? Because you’re able to receive the personalized attention that can only be provided through one-on-one training! The critiques you receive will be coming from a highly reputable makeup artist. More importantly, all critiques will be tailored to your work, and your work alone.

In my own experience with QC, my tutor was industry veteran and celebrity MUA, Nathan Johnson. Nathan is deeply involved in the beauty industry and has worked diligently to make an unforgettable name for himself. Through his expansive knowledge and experience of the beauty world, I was able to receive comprehensive, invaluable feedback after each and every unit I submitted!

Quite simply: being associated with a makeup school that teaches the core, timeless, and fundamental techniques – rather than “trends” or “hacks” found solely on social media – is what ultimately gives an accredited school like QC Makeup Academy the educational prestige over other online makeup courses.

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3. There’s some level of business training included in the makeup courses, as well as real-world, hands-on training.

Business Training

As a makeup student, you’re going to be immersed in a creative sphere – full of core techniques, color wheels, brush sizes, complementary lip shades, glitters, and bases. But at QC Makeup Academy, they go to even greater lengths than other institutions to enhance the quality of your learning experience.

You’ll also receive business training, brand-building knowledge, and marketing skills, too!

Lesser-quality makeup courses are unlikely to include this broader education. Instead, they’ll tend to focus only on the creative side of makeup artistry. QC Makeup Academy, on the other hand, recognizes the need to turn out students who are business-savvy professionals.

After all, only with proper business training can you truly succeed in a such highly competitive industry!

Once you earn your internationally-recognized QC certification, you’ll be thrown into a labor market that can be rather tricky to navigate. This is particularly the case if you have no prior experience as a professional MUA. Demand and earnings vary widely. As such, you’ll need basic business skills if you want to be well-established.

QC Makeup Academy equips their students with all the business and marketing skills that are key to success in any field – including the beauty and makeup industry!

Hands-On Experience

You won’t be getting your money’s worth if you enroll in a makeup course that provides no hands-on training. Moreover, you definitely won’t be doing your skill-set any favors either. After all, being a makeup artist is all about actually knowing how to do proper makeup.

Do you see a makeup course where the “training” is limited to nothing but written assignments and/or multiple choice quizzes? If so, then taking this kind of course is a huge mistake. In doing so, you’d be starting your career at a DRASTIC disadvantage.

All of QC’s online makeup courses provide ample real-world practice. You’ll be tasked with completing a wide variety of looks on models with different skin tones and types. Furthermore, you’ll be challenged to do applications on models of different ages and genders as well.

Firstly, these practical assignments will teach you how to correctly apply core makeup techniques. Secondly, they’ll also make you a master of countless makeup styles. As a result, by the time you graduate, you’ll know how to create any look for any type of client!

4. The makeup course provides a variety of learning methods – such as textbook readings, instructional videos, quizzes, and practical assignments.

Top-rated makeup courses will almost ALWAYS include a variety of learning materials. This often includes course textbooks, instructional videos, quizzes, and practical assignments. Luckily, QC Makeup Academy makes all of this accessible to you directly through their Online Student Center!

Trust me: you will derive very little value from a low-quality makeup course that relies solely on passive learning. You may as well be watching tutorials on YouTube.

QC, however, provides an enriched learning experience that relies on tangible, high-quality learning materials. They do this because building a foundation to grow your knowledge and wisdom in the makeup world requires theoretical learning. This is just as important as the practical knowledge you’ll receive, and this institution recognizes that.

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How QC Makeup Academy’s Online Makeup Courses Have Met MY Criteria

I strongly believe that the value of an educational institution is reflected in the quality of their students’ work. Before I made the decision to enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, I did thorough research.

Student Testimonials

As part of this research, I appraised the work of past and current QC students work. Additionally, I made direct contact with a handful them and asked them to shed some light on their learning experience with QC Makeup Academy. The responses I received were all overwhelmingly positive.

Brand Parternships

I was also extremely impressed with QC’s strong network and social media presence. As well, I was amazed by the partnerships they have with countless big-name brands in the beauty industry. For instance, they’re a MAC Pro eligible school!

On top of this, they also have 21 other esteemed brand partners across North America, the UK, and Australia. The best part of this? Once you become a QC student, you’re automatically eligible for major discounts with all of these companies!

Community Culture

Everything I saw while conducting my research assured me that QC’s makeup courses are truly the best of the best. Ultimately, this was why I decided to pursue my certification training with them. No other beauty school (at least, that I could find) provides such an all-inclusive, tangible approach to quality learning.

They’ve also cultivated a tight-knit student community, which is a major bonus. For example, they run an active Virtual Classroom on Facebook that currently has 2,000 members. This group encouraging you to build your professional relationships and connect with other QC students/grads.

Moreover, their social media pages, Beauty Buzz blog, and exclusive webinars placed them far above any other makeup schools I looked into. To put it simply: QC Makeup Academy provides a legitimate, quality learning experience.

If you’re looking for a school that truly prioritizes their students’ needs and puts YOUR interests first, you need look no further!

Want to see what others have been saying about their experience with QC Makeup Academy? Here are 200+ raving reviews on our Facebook page!

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, choosing an online makeup course can be tricky. The internet can be a difficult place to navigate when you’re frequently exposed to fraudulent schemes and dodgy companies.

Here’s the point: you MUST do your due diligence by conducting thorough research!

Find a makeup school that provides their students with quality learning and feedback from legitimate professionals. This school must offer a range of learning methods, as well as provides students with professional business and networking tools.

With this, my fellow artists, you’ll be well on your way to success in conquering the professional makeup industry!

Enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup courses today and start your dream career in as little as 2-6 months!