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How QC’s Pro Makeup Workshop Accelerated My Makeup Career

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Nadia Calabro is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, as well as a QC alumnus. She has graduated from the Master Makeup Artistry Course, the Pro Makeup Workshop, and the Skincare Course. She is also the proud founder of her very own makeup business, Beauty Beyond the Mirror. Today, Nadia reveals all the reasons why taking QC’s Pro Makeup Workshop has benefited her professional makeup career!

A little over a year ago, I decided I wanted to accomplish my dream of becoming a successful MUA and starting my very own makeup business! Prior to this, I was already a hair stylist. This means that I’m fully aware of how competitive the beauty industry is. (This is especially the case in my area.) So, I knew without a doubt that the first step to accomplishing my overall goal would be to get the best education I possibly could.

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I did my research, and lots of it. I looked into different makeup schools; trying to find the one that would best suit my needs. Once I discovered QC Makeup Academy, it quickly climbed to the top of my list!

The first thing that grabbed my attention was that all of their makeup courses are done completely online! For me, being able to do my studies from home was essential. As a busy mom of two young boys, sitting in a physical classroom all day and being away from them wasn’t an option for me.

As I continued my research into QC Makeup Academy, everything I found had me even more convinced that by enrolling in this school, I’d be taking the first step towards launching a great makeup career! I noticed that QC always had some sort of promotion running each month, so when I was ready to get started, I took advantage of the promo being offered to me at the time.

As such, after enrolling in the Master Makeup Artistry Course, I was also given the opportunity to enroll in a free Advanced Makeup Course as well. After careful deliberation, and reviewing the wide variety of courses QC had to offer, I decided that I would also enroll in the Pro Makeup Workshop.

Why I Chose the Pro Makeup Workshop

All of the Advanced Courses appealed to me. In fact, it was hard for me to choose which one I really wanted to enroll in at first! But I knew that my decision had to be based on whichever course would take my skills to the next level.

After all, you have to remember that my ultimate goal was to start a makeup career. I wanted to work professionally within this industry and find success. The beauty industry can be a pretty cut-throat world, so I knew that in order for me to prosper, I’d need to continue strengthening and refining my craft as much as possible.

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The only way for me to make my decision was to research into each class. To do this, I used the school’s website to read up the different course descriptions and outlines. After that, I then went onto their Facebook and Instagram pages. I wanted to find past and present students’ work, as well as read reviews from real people who had taken QC courses.

Of everything I saw, though, I have to say that reading the course breakdown of the Pro Makeup Workshop was actually the thing that convinced me on my decision. it ticked off each one of my boxes, in terms of what I needed to accelerate and succeed in my makeup career!

What I Learned from My Training

This course gave me so many amazing challenges and lessons! I got to build on the foundational skills I learned in the Master Makeup Course, in a way I didn’t think was possible. For instance, I learned advanced makeup techniques, such as:

  • Makeup for the limelight
  • Editorial, runway, and avant garde looks
  • Intricate eyeliner and cat-eye applications
  • The reverse smoky eye
  • Pin-up looks
  • And much more!

As part of the Pro Makeup Workshop, I also got to take classic looks and put modern spins to them. Most importantly, I got to take the techniques I learned about bridal makeup from the Master Makeup Artistry Course, and elevate them to the next level!

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A Look into My Assignments

The Pro Makeup Workshop gave a more focused look into both the classic and the most in-demand makeup techniques. I worked on creating makeup looks for:

On top of all this, I got to work with glitter for the first time, too. With the help of my instructor, I learned how to incorporate it into all my other looks. I practiced perfecting the brows and eyeliner – most specifically the cat eye.

Lastly, and most important for me, I got to take a very in-depth look at bridal makeup.

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My favorite parts of this course were the smoky eye lessons and the additional bridal makeup training. In my opinion, as a makeup artist, you can never know too much about the smoky eye! Literally everyone is always requesting this look, whether it be for a night out on the town, for a wedding, etc.

This course taught me the various stages to creating:

  • A flawless smoky eye, ranging from softer to more dramatic designs (i.e. starting with grays and moving to black shadows)
  • The different types of smoky eyes (i.e.e classic, reverse, and glitter smokey eye)
  • The ability to know which type of smoky eye is appropriate for any given occasion

The bridal component of the Pro Makeup Workshop was the most important piece for me. You see, my dream is to run a successful bridal makeup business! So, having the chance to learn how to create timeless, elegant, and picture-perfect bridal looks was EXACTLY what I needed!

Through my additional training in this course, I learned how to quickly and effortlessly take a clean, dewy, and simple morning bride – and transform her into a more dramatic, evening bride.

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Each assignment reinforced everything I’d originally learned in the Master Makeup Artistry Course, and then built upon it even further. The Pro Makeup Workshop gave me the chance to practice more and get better at my craft.

At the same time, it also took me to new levels as well. Getting extra training helped boost my confidence. It made me feel like I really could pursue a successful makeup career, and that I’d be properly prepared to do any look in the real world!

How the Pro Makeup Workshop Accelerated My Makeup Career

Taking this course allowed me to push myself to the absolute limits! When I completed the Pro Makeup Workshop, I truly felt like I would be able to tackle any task that I was presented with.

From me to you: when it comes to having a fruitful makeup career, there’s NOTHING more important than getting a high-quality education. The more you know, the more you can do! The truth of it is, when you’re working as a makeup artist in the real world, your clients will always be looking to see what you know and how you perform.

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While I knew that I could still make something of myself by completing only the Master Makeup Artistry Course, I also knew that I’d be increasing my chances of success by leveling up with the Pro Makeup Workshop. As the old saying goes: knowledge is power!

By learning how to create more advanced looks, thanks to the Pro Makeup Workshop, I’ve been able to improve my makeup portfolio and make it that much more impressive to clients. I’ve gotten noticed much more – and with this recognition has come even more people reaching out to me with booking requests.

By completing this course, I gained the tools, the power, and the confidence needed to take on ANY client that comes my way. I’ll never have to say no to a potential job ever again! For this reason alone, I could not be more grateful.

Ready to start your very own makeup career? Until September 18th, enroll in QC’s internationally-leading Master Makeup Artistry Course, and we’ll give you the Pro Makeup Workshop absolutely FREE!

Graduate Feature: Nicola DiMarco

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’ve been a dental nurse for over 10 years now. I originally chose this career because I wanted to help people. That being said, my main passion is getting creative. That’s always been the one thing I actually enjoyed and felt truly good at.
When I was 7-years-old, I really wanted to become a hairdresser. Unfortunately, I never followed this career path, as I suffered from a mental health condition known as Selective Mutism. I was unable to talk in certain situations and/or with certain people, due to severe anxiety. I eventually started to talk in my teenage years, but I was extremely quiet. Because of this, I convinced myself that a career in hair and beauty was not the path for me, since I didn’t know if I’d be able to talk to clients.
Instead, I chose to go into art college. I didn’t enjoy this much, though, as I wasn’t really interested in modern art. My passion was more geared towards painting nice watercolor pictures of animals, or other things that allowed me to feel inspired and apply myself in a way that made me happy.

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

There came a point when I decided that I was finally ready to follow my dreams. I chose makeup artistry because it’s similar to painting. You get to work with colors and brushes, and create art.
When I first started putting makeup on at school, I received many compliments about how I looked. Being extremely shy, this was such a boost of confidence! I would like to think I help to make my clients feel just as good about themselves, and give them the confidence to face the world.

How would you describe your makeup style? Do you have a particular niche?

I think my makeup style is very influenced by the 1960’s. I’ve always been drawn to that era of fashion and makeup. I particularly like the look of bold eye makeup paired with nude lips.

You draw on classic techniques to create more elaborate, unique makeup looks. Which specific classic techniques would you consider to be the most important ones to learn in professional makeup training?

I think all the classic techniques are equally important! For example, through my makeup training, I discovered how important it is to have a good primer for BOTH the eye lids and the face, in order to create flawless, long-lasting makeup.

Another very important technique is to go in with a light hand and build the product using sheen layers. It’s so much easier to build towards the final look, rather than having to remove makeup if you’ve gone in too heavy-handed .

Your talent for intricate eye makeup looks is incredible! What would you say your favorite eye makeup look to create is, and why?

I would say my favorite eye make up look is creating a dark, smoky eye. It looks so sultry! I definitely enjoy getting carried away with the blending brush. I also love creating classic cat liner looks. It’s taken me a long time to master the symmetry, but every time I get a little bit closer, it’s SO satisfying!

You’re very active on QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom. What do you consider to be the most beneficial part of being a member of this Facebook group?

There are a LOT of benefits to being a member of the Virtual Classroom! Particularly, I really enjoy the exclusive advice, tips, and free webinars available to us.

On top of that, it’s nice to feel a part of something, and with QC, it’s definitely a sense of community. I get to be alongside other people who have the same passion for makeup as I do! I’ve felt so supported from the other members, and it’s so lovely to see Nathan Johnson so active on the page, too!

You’re in the process of building up your very own makeup artist business. So far, what’s been the most challenging part of launching your own business, and how are you working to overcome it?

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I have not been able to get set up and promote my business yet. However, in the UK, we’ve recently been given the green light to work as makeup artists again.

Now that I can safely get back into the game, my plan is to start building a portfolio of my work on Instagram, as well as create a new website. In fact, I have taken QC’s Pro Makeup Workshop in order to advance my skills and to show my applications on these sites!

You recently graduated from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. Since earning your certification, how has your makeup training helped you in your professional career?

My makeup training and certification have given me the knowledge I need to confidently provide a professional makeup service to clients!

What ONE piece of advice would you give aspiring makeup artists who are considering online school to receive their makeup training?

Do your homework in finding a reputable course provider! There are a lot of shady schools out there, but the RIGHT one will help you truly make a name for yourself in the beauty industry!

What made you want to enroll in online makeup school, and why did you ultimately choose QC Makeup Academy?

I did originally look at attending in-person classes, but I realized that my work commitments wouldn’t make that possible. So, I started to look into online courses, and that’s when I came across QC Makeup Academy.

I’ll admit: I was skeptical about it to begin with, as I’ve been stung in the past by terrible online “courses” from different “schools”. But in my research, I quickly found that this makeup school seemed the most reputable, with the most genuine reviews.

Also, when I reached out with questions via email, the Student Support Specialist team were very hands-on and answered every query very quickly. I decided to take the plunge and enroll in the course, and do not regret it at all!

Is there any particular makeup technique you’re currently working on perfecting?

I’m still working at improving my symmetry, particularly when using bold lip colors.

What’s in store for you and your makeup business in the next year?

In the next year, I hope to have built a website that advertises for both bridal and special occasion makeup applications. I’ve also enrolled in QC’s Airbrush Makeup Workshop, so that I can eventually offer this advanced service to clients as well, once I have mastered it.

Finally: you’re stuck on an island, and can only have one makeup OR skincare product with you! What do you choose, and why?

I think I would have to choose a beauty balm with SPF in it. That way, I’m protecting my skin from sun damage – while also having moisturized, flawless-looking skin!

Back to School season is here, so it’s time to start YOUR professional makeup training! Until September 4th, enroll in QC’s internationally leading Master Makeup Artistry course today and we’ll give you ANY Advanced Course for FREE!

My Career as a Makeup Artist in the Film Industry

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Caroline Edwards is a QC Makeup Academy Ambassador, as well as a current student in both our Master Makeup Artistry Course and Portfolio Development Workshop. She is the proud founder of her very own MUA business, specializing in makeup for film and television, Special FX, and personalized services. Today, Caroline discusses her career as a makeup artist in the film industry – and why her professional training with QC aided in her success!

Having the courage to follow your dreams, as well as your heart, is one of the most daunting experiences. But it’s also the most rewarding.

In terms of my career as a makeup artist, you might be wondering, how did my journey even start? It was quite simple, really. QC Makeup Academy kept popping up on social media feeds. Every time I saw it, I looked deeper and deeper into the school and their training. I was worried it couldn’t possibly be as good as it seemed. After all, you have to be careful with what you trust online these days.

But the truth is, I had no reason to worry. The more I learned about QC Makeup Academy, the more I was desperate to join!

Online vs. In-Person Training

You see, I really wanted to learn how to do makeup the proper way, but my options were limited. Online schooling was my only option, due to my personal schedule. In-person makeup courses were out of the question. I’m a full-time mother, responsible for looking after my son who has special needs. I needed to be available to him, as all of his schooling and care needs are done from home.

But while I couldn’t necessarily leave the house in order to pursue makeup training, I’d realized that during the times when my son was getting home-schooled, I could also use that time to get a solid education from the comfort of my own home!

A major perk to QC’s online courses is that there is no pressure; no deadlines. I could take my training at my own pace, and work towards my career as a makeup artist on my own terms. So, I decided to enroll! I made myself a promise that I would read my texts daily, and devote at least 10 minutes a day top hands-on practice.

I’ll admit, I always try to go above and beyond when it comes to my studies. Since it’s something I’m truly passionate about, I find that I’m like a sponge, soaking it all up. Once I started, I couldn’t get enough! All of my spare time became dedicated to makeup.

Optimal Learning with QC

The thing about trying to perfect your craft is that you need to go into it knowing you’re never actually going to perfect it. But that’s part of the excitement! I’m fully aware that I will never know everything, and that’s part of what pushes me to want to keep learning. There will always be something new to master. QC Makeup Academy engages you; sparking this fiery passion from the very start.

The course materials are well thought-out and very detailed. There are plenty of texts and videos to help mix up your learning experience. I love that I can re-read (or re-watch) anything at anytime, for as many times as I like. For this reason alone, I believe I’ve learned so much more than I would have in a physical setting.

Alongside this, the community I’ve become a part of has been invaluable. Particularly, the chance to network with my tutor, Nathan Johnson, as well as other QC students and grads. Honestly, I don’t think I could get better support anywhere else if I tried!

For example, QC has a Virtual Classroom where the QC community can get together, discuss the industry, and support each other. Everyone’s so eager and willing to provide helpful feedback and cheer you on in your journey!

The feedback you’ll receive from QC’s tutors will be personalized and tailored to your own work. It’s never sugar-coated, but it’s always beneficial. Your instructor will really make you think about your work. Some questions I’ve been asked by my tutor included:

  • Why are you applying a certain product?
  • What are you hoping to achieve by applying that product, in the way that you did?
  • What steps are you taking to achieve proper symmetry? Etc.

Your makeup education will train your eye, and teach you how to look at every fine detail. Nothing is off-limits! This is where the ultimate distinction is: a good school will teach you how to apply makeup. A great school will go one step further, by teaching you to understand why you apply makeup the way you do. This the true secret to successfully launching a career as a makeup artist, and making a name for yourself that will last for years to come!

So, would I recommend QC Makeup Academy? Without a doubt!

Thanks to my training here, I’ve since been able to start my very own bridal business. I’m proud to say that this business has so far garnered a lot of success! On top of that, through my personal network, I was able to branch out into the film and television industry, too!

Taking My Career as a Makeup Artist to the Big Screen

Thanks to a friend, I was offered the chance to work on a filmset as a makeup artist for a day. I don’t believe this would have been possible without my fantastic training from QC Makeup Academy. I can’t even describe for you what that opportunity felt like. It was the most incredible day!

I got to see how a movie is put together, and let me tell you: the amount of cast and crew involved for a single project is downright insane. As part of my role that day, I was given a set number of cast members to work on. It was my job to do both their hair and makeup.

In order to know the kind of hair and makeup that was expected of me, I was provided with a brief, which I had to follow closely. Once I finished with each cast member, they were then checked over by the head of makeup. Once given the green light, they were good to go to set. While the actual filming was taking place, I had to stay extremely quiet and remain on standby, in case any checks or touch-ups were needed.

Sometimes, though, a small opportunity can actually open the door to a much larger one! As it so happened, what was supposed to only be a single day of work turned into me staying on with this film for an entire year!

The film itself is a rather harrowing story, set in Victorian times and based on a true story. Feel free to learn more about it on Instagram, if you’re interested!

Thanks to my professional training and this unique opportunity, I’ve since discovered my niche. I have found that my career as a makeup artist is being geared towards the film industry. Moving forward, this is where I’ve decided I want to stay and focus my efforts.

Food for Thought

As a parting note, I just want to take a moment to say anything is possible for you. It doesn’t matter what your age, gender, background, or other commitments are. If you have an interest or passion for this craft, you CAN have a career as a makeup artist. This is an industry that’ll never be too full of talent. There will always be room for you, if you make room for it.

On that note, I urge you to join QC Makeup Academy. My experience with QC has set me up for the most amazing journey, and I know it can do the same for you. So, get that classical training under your belt, and chase those dreams. They are waiting for you!

Until August 21st, get TWO makeup courses for the price of ONE! Enroll in our internationally-leading Master Makeup Artistry Course and choose ANY Advanced Course for free!

How QC’s Skincare Course Helped Me Become a Better Makeup Artist!

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Nadia Calabro is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, as well as a QC alumnus. She has graduated from the Master Makeup Artistry Course, the Pro Makeup Workshop, and the Skincare Course. She is also the proud founder of her very own makeup business, Beauty Beyond the Mirror. Today, Nadia draws on her experience with QC’s Skincare Course to tell YOU why it’ll take your makeup career to the next level!

Following your dreams can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve been in a job you don’t love, or at home raising kids for a while. I know it was a nerve-wracking decision for me! I knew I wanted so much more; that being a professional makeup artist was what I needed in my life. But I didn’t know how I could make this happen.

My sons were still young and needed me, so going back to a physical classroom was impossible. I had to find a way to be home and complete my makeup courses at the same time. The only option was to find an online makeup school.

I had been told that makeup school online would never teach me everything I needed to know in order to start a successful career. I’ll be honest, it discouraged me… That is, until I found QC Makeup Academy.

QC’s makeup course was so detailed and thoughtfully put together that within four months, I was a confident, certified makeup artist! I studied at home online, all on my own time, and at my own convenience. The best part was that all the while, I was still able to be with my kids.

Furthering My Education into Skincare

After my Master Makeup Artistry Course, I pushed my education by doing the Pro Makeup Workshop. My instructor, Nathan Johnson, suggested a few times that I look into doing the Skincare Course as well. He assured me that it would really enhance my talents.

I sat on this for a while; not sure if it would really be for me, or if I could work with the information I already had. So, I decided to do some research, to get a better idea of what a Skincare Course could do for my career.

I started by looking up general information on different skin types, different products, proper skincare regimens, and the impact of taking care of your skin. From there, I went to the QC Virtual Classroom and looked up posts by current students in the program.

What I found astounded me!

No one had anything negative to say. In fact, the consensus was all the same: skincare was a MUST! From there, I went onto the QC website and read what would be covered in the Course, and I was sold!

My online makeup courses through QC were excellent, so I had no doubt that the Skincare Course would be the same. I already knew that if I was going to pursue skincare, it would be with QC. To top it all off, I was going to be adding more certifications to my name, while still be home with my kids.

It was a win-win all around!

How the Skincare Course Has Changed my Career as MUA

If I’m being honest, even with all I knew about makeup, there were times when I would apply a full face and not be able to shake the feeling that something just didn’t look right. No matter what I tried, the foundation wasn’t setting right. My skin was dull instead of dewy, and the whole look felt wrong.

I would beat myself up over it, wondering what I was doing wrong in those moments. Turns out, the Skincare Course answered that question! It had NOTHING to do with my makeup knowledge. It was the skin itself that was lacking, and ultimately setting my look up for failure.

By doing the Skincare Course, I am now better able to see, know, and understand different skin types and concerns. Then I can take it a step further by being able to properly address them.

For instance, I know how to properly moisturize and prep the skin, even before laying down the makeup primer. I learned how to work with my makeup on a whole different level! Before getting any skincare training, when I thought of working with a person’s skin, I’d always put the emphasis on the primer. I thought that so long as the primer was right, the rest would all fall into place.

I was so wrong!

By understanding the skin, I’m able to use my powders and creams in appropriate ways and areas. Furthermore, I can set my makeup accordingly. If I need my clients’ looks to last all day, I know exactly how to make that happen. This is critical knowledge!

The most amazing thing was that by doing the Skincare Course, I added a whole new, marketable service to my list. Most importantly, it added to the types of services I can offer brides (who are my target market). I’m now able to speak to them about what to use on their skin. I can help them ensure that it looks absolutely flawless on their big day, as well as in their pictures that will last a lifetime.

Doing the skincare course has added to my credentials and my income!

Skincare Course Assignments

From the moment I started the Skincare Course, I was captivated. I never knew how much there was to learn about skin, or how important it really is!

It isn’t only about perfecting makeup and appearances; it’s about a person’s overall health. The course textbooks are filled with so much detailed information, that I actually found them hard to put down! I loved every lesson, as each brought something different to the table, and opened my eyes to the types of services I could offer my clients.

Below are some of the amazing topics that are covered in the Course:

My Favorite Assignment

It’s hard to pick my favorite assignment! But I have to say that the final assignment – where I needed to complete a full skincare consultation – was the best part for me.

It brought everything I had learned together, and really tested what I had retained. I got the chance to work with a real client, and get comfortable with asking questions and taking notes. I got to practice my researching skills and build a proper report.

This hands-on assignment also gave me a chance to get feedback from my instructor on where I could improve. Even more importantly, it gave me the opportunity to get feedback from a client, in terms of what they thought of this both service and me. The client was able to tell me what areas really made sense to them, versus which areas I needed to add more detail

They also told me which parts of my report worked, as well as the parts I should fix. This assignment was able to really show me that my own clients would be satisfied with such a service, and even be something they’d gladly pay for.

I truly believe that this assignment really prepared me for all that was to come in my future!

Ready to start YOUR skincare training? Enroll in QC’s leading online Skincare Course today, and get certified in as little as 3-6 months!

Graduate Feature: Emma-Louise Churcher

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

It all started on my wedding day. The makeup artist that did my makeup did such a fantastic job – I looked and felt amazing!

I decided then and there that I wanted to make others feel the way I felt. The feeling you get when a client looks into the mirror for the first time, after you’ve done their makeup, is the best feeling!

How would you describe your makeup style?

Bridal Glam is absolutely where my passion lies, but I also love to be creative with color!

You first began your makeup training with QC Makeup Academy back in 2017. How has your professional career grown since then?

When I started my QC journey, I was a complete novice when it came to makeup! I mean, I didn’t even know the difference between a cut crease and a smoky eye. Now I have my dream job on a makeup counter, and I’ve just started taking bookings for bridal makeup jobs in 2021!

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You have a knack for creating innovative and artistic eye makeup. Where does your inspiration come from?

I take inspiration from everywhere! My camera roll is full of images of other people’s work that I admire. It can even come from a pretty pattern, or a flower that caught my eye.

Social media also has a huge impact on what inspires me. I enjoy spending hours looking at other people’s creations.

You also have a lot of fun, quirky looks involving glitter, jewels, and funky makeup colors. What draws you to this out-of-the-box style of makeup?

Festivals and bright neon colors represent summer time for me. I thoroughly enjoy representing this side of myself through my makeup!

Makeup is an art; it’s a way to express yourself. I use my Instagram platform to showcase the different kinds of makeup I enjoy, and to show how versatile makeup can be. I also like the idea of being able to inspire others to get creative!

You offer a large array of services to you clients, such as: bridal makeup, prom/occasion makeup, skincare assistance, waxing, eyelash/eyebrow services, and even makeup training! What’s your favorite area of the beauty industry, and why?

Makeup is by far my favorite area of beauty. It took me a little while to realize this, as my MUA journey started by accident. For years, I have been a Beauty Therapist/Nail Tech, offering treatments to friends and family in my spare time.

Eventually, my friends started asking me to do their makeup. After realizing I had a natural flair for it, I decided to pursue this as a career and study to become a professional makeup artist.

What has the process been like in starting your own business?

As with all things that start from scratch, it was tough at the beginning. I live in quite a remote area, so building clients was a long journey. But honestly, I only started because I was passionate and wanted to share my passion with others. Everything that has followed has just been an amazing journey!

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🌈 Love is Love 🌈⠀ ⠀ My Pride Inspired Look - Happy Pride Month ⠀ I’m constantly inspired by how people express themselves through art & my art is my makeup, my face the canvas. What inspires you the most?? ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 I enjoyed recreating my pride look from last year — it’s good to see how far I’ve come in just a year! Swipe to See ➡️⠀ ⠀ Products Used:⠀ Base:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @elfcosmetics @elfcosmeticsuk Pore Putty Primer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @makeupforever Ultra HD Foundation⠀⠀ @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_uk HD Concealer⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @makeuprevolution Trans Setting Powder⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Healthy Glow Bronzing Glow⠀⠀⠀ @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer⠀⠀⠀⠀ @b._by_superdrug Liquid Blush⠀⠀⠀⠀ @hudabeauty Winter Highlight Palette⠀⠀⠀⠀ @morphebrushes Setting Spray⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eyes: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @plouise_makeup_academy @plouise1 Base⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette - Wasted, Mood, The Hype, Inferno, Lit, Keen ⠀ @peachesmakeup Pigment - Moonlight⠀ @rimmellondonuk Black Kohl Liner⠀⠀ @lagirlcosmetics Neon Liner - Screamin’ & Gotcha⠀ @collectionlove Lash Surge Mascara ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @anastasiabeverlyhills @abhlondonuk Dip Brow Pommade - Medium Brow⠀⠀⠀ @pinkhoneyuk Raspberry Flex Hold Brows @__dollbeauty_ lashes - Jamie G⠀ @morphebrushes @jaclynhill @jeffreestarcosmetics @jeffreestar Brushes Used⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lips:⠀⠀⠀⠀ @ctilburymakeup Medium Pillow Talk Liner @ Refresh Rose Collagen Lip Bath

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You also have your own beauty vlog on YouTube! What are your long-term goals for your channel, and how do you intend to achieve them?

YouTube is something that I have always wanted to get into. The concept of sharing advice and knowledge is really appealing to me. Between you and me, I’m a serial YouTube watcher! I know that I personally have learned so much, so I thought it would be fantastic to be able to give something back.

What ONE piece of advice would you give aspiring makeup artists who want to get makeup training and one day launch their own business?

Never give up!

If you’re super passionate about something, then always follow that dream. The journey there will likely be hard, and you will have moments of doubt. But know in your heart that it’s what you really want, and don’t stop striving for it until you reach your final goal.

What made you want to earn your makeup certificate, and why did you decide to do your makeup training through online school?

My love for makeup came a little later in my life. By the time I realized that this was what I wanted to do, I already had a full-time job. As much as I would of loved to attend a physical makeup school full-time, it wasn’t really an option for me.

So, I decided to look into other options. A friend of mine had already enrolled with QC Makeup Academy and recommended it to me. After doing extensive research, I decided to go ahead and book with them.

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Today I start a new series —— A series of looks inspired by people I follow who I find constant inspiration from ——— Whether that is from the looks they create or from being genuinely lovely people! ⠀ ⠀ Today’s look is inspired by @katiewakenshaw —— Her account is GOALS if you love bold colourful makeup as much as I do!! ⠀ ⠀ I have been trying really hard to improve on my blending skills and create more bolder looks —— I just HAD to get a close up of this one as I am really proud of my progress 🙌⠀ ⠀ Products Used: ⠀ Base:⠀⠀ @elfcosmetics @elfcosmeticsuk Pore Putty Primer⠀⠀ @ctilburymakeup Unisex Healthy Glow⠀ @nyxcosmetics @nyxcosmetics_uk HD Concealer⠀⠀ @makeuprevolution Trans Setting Powder⠀⠀ Healthy Glow Bronzing Glow @physiciansformula Butter Bronzer⠀ @b._by_superdrug Liquid Blush⠀ @hudabeauty Winter Highlight Palette⠀ @morphebrushes Setting Spray⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Eyes: ⠀⠀ @plouise_makeup_academy @plouise1 Base⠀⠀ @staceymariemua @bperfectcosmetics XL Carnival Palette ⠀⠀ @peachesmakeup Pigments - Snakebite @lagirlcosmeticsuk @lagirlcosmetics Neon Eyeliner⠀⠀ @collectionlove Lash Surge Mascara ⠀⠀ @soapbrows Brow Lamination Effect ⠀⠀ @anastasiabeverlyhills @abhlondonuk Dip Brow Pommade @cocoandclassbeauty Lashes - Elizabeth ⠀⠀ @morphebrushes @jaclynhill @jeffreestarcosmetics @jeffreestar Brushes Used⠀ ⠀ Lips:⠀ @muacosmetics Lip Liner - TLC & Lipgloss Unique

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At first, I was anxious about learning such a hands-on skill online. But the resources available, as well as the feedback from the tutors, really are amazing!

I didn’t feel like I missed out from not being in a physical classroom. If anything, I think it was better because I was able to go at my own pace. If there was something I needed to practice more before moving on, I knew I had the time to perfect that skill.

Why did you ultimately choose QC Makeup Academy for your makeup training, and how has your experience been?

Overall, my experience has been fantastic! There is so much support from the QC Virtual Classroom, the live webinars, the online live chat with QC’s Support Team. There’s always someone nearby to answer any questions you might have.

I have learned so much in the past 3 years, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the support of QC. Also, the personalized feedback you receive after you submit each unit is great! Because it’s recorded and sent to you as an audio file, you can listen to it as often as you need to.

That way, you can practice, practice, practice!

Is there any particular makeup technique you’re currently working on perfecting?

At the moment, I’m really trying to get into more creative looks. I love the idea of playing with different textures and face paint. It’s exciting to learn new skills again and push myself out of my comfort zone more!

What’s in store for you and your makeup business in the next year?

Bridal makeup is something that I definitely want to be doing more of, as being a part of someone’s wedding day is such a special experience. I’m also just about to join a local salon, so hopefully in a year, I’ll be doing more of what I love every day!

What is your ONE Holy Grail makeup product and why?

I think it would have to be Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter. If you like glowing skin, this product will change your makeup game! It looks so stunning when used as a primer underneath foundation, but you can also apply a very small amount over the top of foundation as a gorgeous highlighter. I find that it blends into the skin perfectly!

Ready to begin YOUR makeup training and start your MUA journey? Enroll today in QC’s internationally-leading online Master Makeup Artistry Course!

Graduate Feature: Brenda Waters

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Brenda Waters. I have a loving, supportive husband, and am the proud mother of two doctors. I also have five beautiful grand-babies!

I was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, and migrated with my family to New York City at twelve years of age. In 1990, after earning my baccalaureate degree in nursing, I commissioned into the United States Air Force.

From there, I left New York City and started exploring the world!

Why did you decide to earn your makeup artist certification and become a professional MUA?

As a child, I possessed compassion, as well as a desire to provide comfort and encouragement. This is why my original career choice was to become a nurse. As a nurse, I fulfilled my calling by caring for people, and helping them improve their lives.

As of this summer, I’m proud to say that I’m completing a successful, 30-year career as a military nurse. I decided that from there, I will embark on a new journey! I’ll enhance the lives of others by becoming a professional makeup artist.

This path will allow me to fully evolve, and walk on the path that God has set for me.

I look forward to blending my military nursing experience with my vast knowledge of skincare and cosmetics. My goal is to showcase my clients’ natural radiance, so that they may present their “best” for any opportunity or occasion!

What’s the meaning behind your business’s name, KQBawi?

My goal is for EVERYONE I touch to feel like Kings and Queens! This is where the first two initials (KQ) in my business name are from.

“Bawi” stands for Brenda, Adrion Waters Inc. These are my husband’s and my initials. I combined all the letters together to create an exotic, elegant, and classy name.

Ultimately, these are the ways I want my clients to feel.

How would you describe your makeup style? Do you have a particular niche?

I am an educator. I teach clients how to enhance their natural beauty for a professional look, suited for work or social events.

However, I love to add an extra spark or “shine”, too. This can transform that everyday look into red carpet glamour; perfect for an evening out with friends, or any sort of special occasion!

As you mentioned, you’ve served as a military officer and nurse for the past 30 years. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your service! What practices, values, and work ethics would you say you’ve taken from your military experience and incorporated into your makeup career?

I have extensive experience caring for people, as well as organizing both formal and informal ceremonies. Moreover, I’ve applied and provided makeup education to VIPs and business associates.

I also have an excellent track record of customer service. This is evident by repeat customers, who return not just for my artistic skills alone, but also for tips to expand their use of cosmetic products.

I have lived in multiple countries, thus creating a vast pool of contacts, both nationally and internationally. Europe, Canada, Asia, and the Caribbean are just a few examples!

I intend to devote myself as faithfully to my clients as I did when in the military!

Your business specializes in working with battered women and underprivileged girls. This is truly inspirational; thank you for giving back the way you do! Why did you choose to devote your makeup career to this cause, and what type of work does this typically entail?

As a nurse, I found joy in healing wounds and restoring health to people in need. Moreover, I once was a battered woman myself. Before that, I was an underprivileged teen.

During those periods of my life, I wished that I had someone to make me feel good about myself, and teach me I matter. So, I have made it one of my life’s goals to make EVERY effort to do what I wish someone had done for me.

I relished the opportunity to rebuild self-esteem and confidence in these young ladies!

By teaching them the benefits of makeup, it reveals their outer and inner beauty. This can start the rehabilitation process, and provide strength for them to overcome their situations.

It’s so rewarding to witness these ladies’ attitudes and confidence transform exponentially. Plus, it was also a wonderful outlet for me to give back to my community!

KQBawi also offers organic skincare products for purchase. What is your holy grail skincare product, and why?

After traveling around the world and trying many different products, I ultimately chose Soielle’s natural, organic skincare products. The Soielle products are incredible at cleaning, soothing, and brightening my skin!

My husband and I also use them to treat multiple skin conditions. For example, my husband used Soielle’s black soap and mango butter to relieve his inflammation and discomfort from razor bumps. He also used mango butter to reduce the appearance of fine facial lines.

As for me, I use the black soap and castor oil to remove my makeup and clean my makeup brushes. Soielle’s natural butters (Shea and mango butter) are the best for:

  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging components
  • Anti-inflammatory treatments
  • Regenerating skin cells
  • Protecting natural products
  • And so much more!

I find that these skincare products best protect my skin from UV sunlight and harsh climates. For example, the Shea butter is a natural ingredient already existing in everyday body, hair, lip balm, and lotion products. I utilize all these items, and I am always looking for different manners to employ them.

If I didn’t truly believe in Soielle’s products, I would not offer them on my website!

The services you offer clients are very eclectic; ranging from full face applications to bridal makeup, to airbrush makeup, to makeup specifically for men, and so much more! Of all the types of makeup and beauty services you offer, is there a particular favorite you most enjoy doing?

I aim to be all-inclusive. I love providing all of these services!

However, my favorite specialty is creating the evening or special occasion look. This isn’t a quick, everyday look, nor is it the extensive bridal makeup service. Rather, it falls somewhere between the two.

In my experience, this is the look most of my clients prefer. My clients often request something a little more than their everyday professional/work makeup, but not too much as what they’d wear for a formal event.

You graduated from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course back in 2015. Since graduating, how has your training and makeup artist certification helped you in your professional career?

I loved my training from QC Makeup Academy! I refer to it all the time!

If I receive a request that I have not performed in a while, I actually refer back to my QC Academy books as part of my research. As I work to initiate and further my business now, I’ve even been implementing the QC Academy Business Plan template!

What ONE piece of advice would you give aspiring makeup artists who want to one day launch their own business?

Conduct your research on what, where, when, and how your business will provide services. Then complete all the administrative paperwork, such as a business plan, business registration, website, etc.

By doing all of this, it’ll free your mind. You’ll have more room to create your artistic work, and start working towards what you envision your business to be!

What made you want to earn your makeup artist certification online, and why did you ultimately choose QC Makeup Academy?

I always loved makeup, and often applied it to my family and friends. But I wanted to learn more! I wanted to develop and incorporate more techniques, along with different looks and styles. I also wanted to properly learn how to work with colors.

I originally went to the makeup stores like Sephora, MAC, and Ulta, and applied for jobs. But I couldn’t find employment. I even offered to work as an assistant to other makeup artists for free, but that didn’t work out.

Determined not to give up, I attended a bunch of free makeup classes on various topics. I just wanted to learn!

So, one day I was doing some extensive research on the internet, looking for makeup schools. In doing so, I came across QC Makeup Academy! They offered the courses I wanted,. Best of all, I didn’t have to take extracurricular classes, like I would’ve needed to in cosmetology schools.

I called QC and spoke with a very nice lady, who assured me that I would only be enrolled in makeup classes (with no hidden gimmicks). From there, my adventure began!

What’s in store for KQBawi in the next year?

KQBawi is a freelance makeup business, strategically located in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. My aim is to provide clients with professional and/or casual looks for ALL occasions.

I’m looking to attract as many customers to my business in the first year as possible. So, I am working to build a solid business structure. This way, I can achieve my desired goals and objectives.

My biggest goal being: meeting and exceeding the expectations of my clients!

Inspired by Brenda’s story? Write your very own! Enroll today in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course today, and get certified in as little as 3-6 months!

Graduate Feature: Gemma Mannering

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Gemma! I’m 28 and married, with 2 beautiful boys. I have my own beauty
room at my house, which is perfect because it allows me to work from home whilst still being a mum.

I am also trained in lash extensions, lash lift and tint, henna brows, massages, and a lot more!

Why did you decide to get your makeup training and become a professional MUA?

I love being creative! I always used to draw when I was a kid, and loved expressing myself through art. As I got older, I found makeup, and my passion grew!

Eventually, I knew I really wanted to do this as a job. It took me a while to get the confidence, and to find QC Makeup Academy, but I am very glad I did. It’s been an amazing journey!

You’ve been getting straight A’s in QC’s Pro Makeup Workshop, Master Makeup Artistry Course, Airbrush Makeup, Hair Styling Essentials, Special FX Makeup, AND Skincare – congrats! Tell us a little about your instructors, and what you’ve learned under their instruction.

Oh my goodness, my instructor is literally the best! I had Nathan Johnson as my tutor for all the courses that I’ve graduated from. As it so happens, I also have him as my tutor for the classes I’m currently taking!

I honestly cannot thank him enough for all the knowledge he’s given me in, every aspect of makeup and skincare. I’ve not only learned classic techniques; I’ve learned how to use them on everybody, and not just to copy someone from Instagram or YouTube.

It’s important to remember, after all, that not everyone has the same eyes or face shape!

Another major point I’ve learned from my makeup training with Nathan is symmetry! It’s critical for every single job, and it’s something I never even considered before enrolling in my QC courses.

Tell us all about some of your greatest accomplishments to date.

In my day-to-day life, I would have to say my children. I am so incredibly proud of them both!

In terms of my career, however, I’d definitely say my greatest accomplishment so far is how how I’ve been expanding my business, and building up an amazing clientele. Many of my clients have become close friends!

What’s been the most gratifying moment in your career so far?

I’m actually the special effects makeup artist for a local film company! We haven’t done a lot to date yet, due to recent events, but we’re hoping to do a lot more in the future!

Is there a technique you are currently working on mastering?

Eyeliner! It’s something I have struggled with since day one. But I’ve been practicing on the face charts that Nathan recently gave out during a webinar. Since then, I’ve been seeing a great difference in my work!

I’m also working to improve my bruising techniques. Specifically, I’m trying to work on difference stages of bruises, such as how they look after a few days.

What advice would you give for an aspiring MUA who’s also interested in getting makeup training and starting their own business?

You just need to go for it! Really understand your products, and how to apply makeup the right way. Then you can always fall back on your knowledge of classic techniques.

Ask friends to be models, until your confidence is up. Ask them for honest, constructive feedback for how you can better yourself. It’s the best way to grow as an artist!

How would you describe your makeup style?


I love doing natural looks, but I’m also really loving the bold, out-there looks!

Why did you enroll in online makeup training, instead of getting your education from a brick-and-mortar school?

Being a full-time, stay-at-home mother, I don’t have the option to go to a physical college for makeup. I found QC Makeup Academy, and instantly enrolled after reading the amazing reviews!

It also helped that I would be working with an actual, professional celebrity makeup artist. That really sold me! I knew they would be the best of the best. I could trust my QC tutors to be honest, and help me achieve my dreams.

Name your Holy Grail product that ALL makeup artists should have (and why)!

NARS’s Bali eyeshadow! Nathan recommended it. It’s literally the perfect mid-brown shade. It works on literally anybody, for any sort of eye makeup.

Also, I really love the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip palette. You can create any shade you need from just one palette, which is perfect for any
makeup artist out there!

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Graduate Feature: Chloe Olivier

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Tell us a little bit about yourself! Why did you decide to get professional makeup training?

I decided to become a professional makeup artist because I love fantasy and history! I’m always looking for new ways of creating, and bringing the images of my imagination to life.

Since I was little, I taught myself to draw. One of my hobbies it to illustrate fantasy characters and create fashion/beauty-themed artworks. I always wondered how I could bring them to life, and OUT of the flat paper they were on.

I’d considered sculpting, and I also studied fashion design. But I still felt like something was missing! I wasn’t quite satisfied. I then realized that it was a career in makeup that I needed to pursue.

I’ve always had extreme passion for beauty, fashion, and makeup. I find a certain sense of wonder in the fact that they have no limits! The world will never run out of designs that can be created and applied. This is what excites me and entices me to create!

I wanted to be part of this world; to take a life trajectory where I could ensure that my career did not put boundaries on my creativity. Instead, my imagination need be my only limit.

How would you describe your makeup style? Do you have a particular niche?

My makeup style is a bit crazy and varied! It covers the realms of art, history, fantasy, fashion, and beauty.

I love researching facts and creating historically-accurate looks, as well as harnessing anything from my imagination. I love to create looks that defy color theory, as well as looks that adhere to color theory, too.

It’s my goal to tell stories and evoke emotion through my makeup. I want to design looks that bring out all the wonderful features a person didn’t even know they had! If I can help them discover these features, so that they can love themselves a little bit more, then I’m succeeding in my goals.

In my mind, this is especially the case for woman who are oblivious to their beauty, and what makes them truly beautiful.

Your talents expand across a very broad spectrum – from bridal makeup, to character makeup, to editorial, and beyond! Which would you say is your favorite type of makeup to do, and why?

I would say my favorite would be theatrical makeup. This type of makeup can involve character and historical makeup. I can also combine them to result in the manifestation of worlds that don’t always exist anywhere else but in someone’s head.

I love the fact that a makeup artist can completely change the appearance of someone with the use of brushes and paint. I see it as magnificent art!

You’ve started your very own makeup business, Narrate Makeup Artistry. How did the optional Business component of your makeup training help prepare you to be an entrepreneur?

Oh my gosh, it helped me SO much! I’ll refer to my books and the Business Unit for the rest of my makeup career!

It’s taught me how to start AND manage a business properly. Importantly, it taught not to just rush into things, no matter how eager I may be to get started. Rather, you need to take the time to adequately prepare yourself for everything that will be required of you.

The business training also helped me to realize that sometimes, I need to put my imagination on hold. Admittedly, this is not always easy. But it’s a really great thing for practical reasons, and even for the creative process (which I can be quite consumed by).

A creative business owner also needs to periodically come back down to earth and think rationally in order to thrive. I want my business to be a success, and QC’s business training will help me make it so!

As you’ve mentioned, you have quite the passion for history and fantasy! Do you intend to work these interests into your professional makeup career?

Definitely! I plan on building my skills in these areas to become the best I can be!

I want to be partly responsible for that ‘WOW’ feeling an audience can get; that gasp when the curtains open and the actors begin their performance. I want to use what God has blessed me with to make memorable and inspiring moments for other people.

I make sure to read about the history of makeup on a regular basis. Whenever an idea for a fantasy look pops into my head, or I see something I’m inspired by, I’ll also ensure write it down and draw the look on a face chart.

You positively excelled in the Master Makeup Artistry Course. Congrats! Overall, how did you find your makeup training?

I found the Master Makeup Artistry Course to be absolutely INCREDIBLE!!!! Everyone who works at QC has been so efficient and helpful!

The course material is amazing, and I honestly cannot tell you how much confidence and courage Nathan gave me. It was the type of courage that I’d been looking for and working towards my whole life!

He gave all his thorough feedback to me in his audio notes, and I am more grateful than he’ll ever know. Nathan’s instruction and mentoring provided me with the strength to be myself, and to not be afraid to use my imagination! He helped me to realize that I don’t have to follow what everyone else is doing (such as those I see on Instagram).

He taught me to love my own skills and uniqueness!

What was the most challenging part of your makeup training, and what was the most rewarding?

The most challenging part of my makeup training was finding models for my practical, hands-on assignments. I recently moved to a new country, and don’t know many people here yet.

Even though the assignments encourage us to do makeup on faces other than our own, Nathan was incredibly flexible in light of my circumstances. He allowed me to do my makeup assignments on myself. Originally, I was a bit worried me in the beginning, because I thought it might make me lose marks. But it didn’t. It turned out perfectly alright!

The most rewarding part of my makeup training was comparing the initial photo I’d taken for Unit A (of my everyday makeup) to my later photos. I was gob-smacked at how far I’d come, how much I had learned, and how vastly I’d improved! It’s a wonderful feeling; knowing that I’ve developed a very in-demand skill. I knew that I’d truly learned from the best!

Since then, I’ve absolutely loved putting into practice what I learned thanks to QC Makeup Academy. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing how amazing makeup is when applied properly!

What made you want to enroll in online school for your makeup training, and why did you choose QC?

I decided I wanted to study makeup and follow it as a career, but I couldn’t afford to go to an expensive school. I also didn’t want to take too long to complete my course.

So, I started researching online schools on Google, and QC Makeup Academy came up as one of the options. The reason I chose QC was because this school promised amazing things (which were completely fulfilled, I might add!). Its business website was extremely attractive and professional. I also found QC to be very reasonably priced!

I was very intrigued by the amazing courses they offered. Actually, I initially wanted to study with their Special FX Makeup Course, but I ultimately decided against it. (Gore isn’t my thing.)

I then did a bit more research, and decided to do a Foundation Course first. This proved to be the best decision! By starting with the Master Makeup Artistry Course first, I was able to discover which types of makeup were best suited to my personality and passions.

Thanks to my makeup training with QC, I know now that my style of makeup includes color, fantasy, beauty, and wonder!

Is there any particular makeup technique you’re currently working on perfecting?

It may sound cliché… But I think that many aspiring MUAs would agree with me that applying eyeliner is a technique that’s both VERY important and VERY stressful to perfect.

So, I’m trying all the different ways I can to master this. I know it’ll all boil down to practice, persistence and patience.

What’s in store for Narrate Makeup Artistry in the next year?

I want Narrate Makeup Artistry to gain a name for itself as a professional and creative business that delivers what they promise. I also want to get into all types of makeup, such as bridal, editorial, and theatrical.

I plan to create a strong online presence in order to advertise my services, and I’d like to find creative ways to stand out from other makeup artists in my area. Lastly, I’m going to try to get as many jobs as I can so I can build my portfolio and experience!

Imagine: you’re stuck on a deserted island and only have ONE holy grail makeup product with you. Which product is it, and why?

MASCARA! Mascara makes your eyes pop. Even if you’re having a bad skin day, putting mascara on gives your face character. When someone looks at you and talks to you, they naturally look into your eyes.

Eyes are the window to the soul. Your soul defines your personality, and I believe this is the source of true beauty. As such, the eyes need to be framed. Foundation might make a woman look put together, but nothing can beat mascara!

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Graduate Feature: Amanda Ramey

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am 30 years old and live in Ohio. I’m a wife, and the mother of two amazing children (aged 5 and 2). I’ve been a professional tattoo artist for the last 10 years. In addition to this, I’m also a painter, an illustrator, a graphic designer, and a jewelry maker (just to name a few). Becoming a certified MUA is my most recently acquired skill!

Because I tend to dabble in so many artistic mediums, I consider myself to be a creative Jane-of-all-trades!

I went to Kent State University for 2.5 years, where I majored in Architecture and Environmental Design. I feel as though all of my creative outlets give me a different, expanded perspective, which I can easily transfer over into makeup.

Also, I am disabled, insofar as I’m missing most of my fingers (which is evident in my YouTube Videos). I’ve also lost both legs, below my knees. When it comes to who I am as both a person and an artist, this just barely scratches the surface!

Why did you decide to become a makeup artist? What about it appeals to you?

I started really dabbling in makeup about 2.5 years ago. I was on maternity leave, and wanted a new, creative outlet. I needed something that wouldn’t be as time-consuming as my primary job, or my main hobby/side hustle (jewelry making).

After my daughter was born, I got a lot more serious about it. I started practicing makeup, my application, and my technical skills on the daily. But even at that point, it was just something I wanted to get better at, on my own personal time. I found makeup to be very relaxing and calming.

I spent nearly a year learning on my own. While I gradually became a lot better than I was when I started, it wasn’t getting me where I wanted to be. So, I decided to look into makeup school.

I enrolled in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. At the time, the Pro Makeup Workshop was included for free, so I took that course, too. That was truly the beginning of my makeup obsession!

How did you feel the Pro Makeup Workshop helped fine-tune the skills taught to you in the Master Makeup Artistry foundation course?

I learned so much in the MMA course! But it was during the Pro Makeup Workshop that I had the absolute pleasure of being tutored by Nathan Johnson. Admittedly, he was really tough on me – which was exactly what I needed. Nathan can definitely have a kind of “tough love” way of teaching.

All the feedback he gives you is strictly meant to help you grow, though. He literally changed my way of seeing makeup and practice application. Even after I completed the course, I’ve stayed in touch with Nathan. He’ll often comment on my looks (on social media), and encourage my journey along the way.

I feel like I’ve gained SO much more than just a couple certificates from these courses. I would definitely recommend QC Makeup Academy to anyone willing to put in the work. As with everything, you only get what you put into it.

You also run your own beauty vlog on YouTube. Can you tell us a little about your vlogging style, and the kind of niche you hope to be known for within the makeup vlogging community?

I’m a part of a few different beauty communities online. After a while, several people were coming to me with tutorial requests for my makeup looks. That’s when I decided to start making YouTube videos.

I don’t know if I have a particular style, per se. But my goal is to be informative! I want to show practical techniques, as opposed to the clichéd ‘social media makeup’ that’s become so popular.

Do you have any plans in the future to start your own MUA business, work in a salon, etc.? Tell us a bit about your career goals!

Yes, I would like to do more freelancing in the future. I’m working on my SFX course with QC right now. Once I finish that, I plan on taking the Airbrush Makeup Workshop.

I want to be as well-rounded as possible first. That way, I can offer more services to the clients when I do start my own business!

You have a knack for creating bold, stunning eye makeup looks! Where does your inspiration come from?

Honestly, inspiration for me comes from anywhere and everywhere. I pull inspiration from textures, patterns, the color story of an image, and/or other pieces of artwork.

As you mentioned, you’re also currently enrolled in QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course. What is it about SFX makeup that draws you to it, and how do you hope to incorporate it into your makeup career?

I love horror and fantasy! I’m extremely drawn to the idea of being able to use prosthetics and makeup in order to create characters, injuries, and gore within these realms.

It just seems really fun and versatile, as far as what you can do with your Special Effects makeup knowledge!

In general, how did you find the online learning experience with QC Makeup Academy? (Such as the course materials, the information being taught, tutor feedback, etc.)

The experience was incredible! The coursework was easy to follow and submit. I always got my feedback returned in way less time than the window given.

Admittedly, for the Master Makeup Artistry course, I did feel as though the feedback I received wasn’t as critical as I would have liked. It didn’t seem like my tutor offered me enough recommendations, or areas where I could have improved.

However, in direct contrast, the Pro Makeup Workshop with Nathan Johnson was amazing! His feedback was extremely detailed. He offered constructive criticism in all the areas that needed more work. But he also made sure to always compliments the aspects of my work that were done well, too.

I think he could see how passionate I was about learning. So, he pushed me to be the best I could be! I’m incredibly thankful to him for that! I feel like I not only gained invaluable information, I gained a different view of the art form.

Why did you enroll in online makeup courses instead of offline?

I liked the idea of learning online because I could work on the materials at my OWN pace. You have up to 2 years to complete your course! That made the whole educational experience much more manageable, because I could devote my time to it when it best suited my schedule!

What would you say is the #1 most beneficial thing so far that QC Makeup Academy has helped teach you?

I don’t know that I can narrow it down to just 1, so I’ll give my top 2:

  1. Proper techniques – and the reasons those techniques are used.
  2. The history and background of makeup (which is included as part of the course material).

Both of these things are NOT something I would have learned if I hadn’t taken proper makeup training. Knowing the right techniques and history behind the makeup process provides a stronger foundation to build upon. Plus, being able to explain why I do things the way I do helps me be more professional.

Is there a particular makeup technique you’re still working to improve?

I’m always striving to improve my makeup application in all areas. There’s always room to grow and learn! Personally, honing in on applications for different skin types (other than my own) is a goal of mine for the future.

Name your Holy Grail product that ALL makeup artists should have (and why)!

Knowledge. I know that isn’t something you can buy or carry in your kit, but I think it’s the most important thing you can have.

You can use the highest quality products – but in the end, if you don’t know how to use them properly, they aren’t going to work. I’m a firm believer that you can make most products work if you know how to use them.

You need to understand which situations and skin types will require the right cosmetics. It’s not the product itself that create the best results. It’s the knowledge of how to use that product!

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Student Feature: Caroline Edwards

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi everyone, my name is Caroline! I’m 46 years old, with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Before makeup came into my life, I worked in a special needs school. I adored it, and only left because my own child became chronically ill.

I love spending time with my family, friends, and generally having a giggle. Truth be told, you’ll often find me hanging out in my makeup room during my spare time. I eat, sleep, and breathe makeup!

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

I found makeup during a very dark time in my life. Struggling to accept my child’s illness, and that fact that he could no longer be able to go to school, I became very isolated. One day, however, an advert popped up on my news feed about becoming a makeup artist.

I’ve always loved makeup, but I never considered it a potential career for myself until that moment. So, I decided I would take the class for myself. No one could have foreseen how this journey would ultimately save me and help me grow. It’s absolutely the reason why I’ve gotten to where I am now!

Despite still being a makeup artist student, you already have your own successful MUA business. Can you tell us a little about its history, and the kind of professional services you offer clients?

I started building my bridal business last year. I figured, why not just bite the bullet?

I began by putting my name out there, which led to a position within the most beautiful salon. My coworkers there knew of my aspirations to open up my own business. They really supported me and encouraged me to go for it!

I’ve taken part in a lot of bridal photoshoots, in order to network with other suppliers and gain some professional images for my website. In addition to doing makeup, my business also offers skincare advice and makeup lessons (group sessions and/or 1-on-1s). I’ve slowly started adding hair-related services, too.

I just love to share my knowledge and help others!

You’ve been super busy lately working as a makeup artist for a feature film. WOW, that’s truly amazing (congrats are in order!). How did you land this job? What’s the experience been like?

This opportunity came to me after I’d connected with another makeup artist. We clicked straight away, and she has become a very dear friend. She was working on a film at the time, and after chatting for a while, she offered me a place on her team.

It’s been the most incredible, wonderful experience! The cast and crew are absolutely amazing. We’ve all become a little family unit. What started out as 1 day of work experience has turned into an ongoing job for me! It’s now been 10 months since I joined this film crew. I feel very blessed.

You look to have done your fair share of regular makeup, SFX makeup, bridal makeup, and even editorial makeup (for ELEGANT magazine). Of all these different categories, do you have a favorite one?

That’s hard! I adore every aspect of makeup. I think my favorite style, though, is red carpet glam.

That being said, I adore editorial makeup and photoshoots. Nothing can ever take away that feeling of seeing your work published!

You’re enrolled in Nathan’s Master Makeup Artistry course, and are currently killing it with an A average! How are you finding the program so far? (E.g. The tutor interaction, videos, course texts, assignments, student support, etc.)

I don’t have enough words to say how wonderful QC Makeup Academy is. Nathan is extraordinary! He’s honest, but never cruel. You always know that everything he tells you is coming from the heart.

If you want to learn and improve as an artist, you need to be able to take constructive criticism. It’s not harsh, nor is it meant to upset you. It’s merely to help train your eye and keep pushing you.

My whole experience has been nothing but a pleasure. The videos are clear to understand, and in addition to looking beautiful, the text books are full of all the information you need! I found the assignments to be very detailed.

There are quite a lot of them, so you must work hard to be able to learn. But you WILL learn, and gain all the tools you need to do this job professionally!

It’s also worth noting that my fellow students are simply awesome. The student-run support group on Facebook has been life-changing. There’s a very real sense of family community within QC, whether it’s between the students, or extended from the staff. I love that!

What made you want to enroll in QC’s Portfolio Development Workshop? What specifically do you hope to learn and take away from it?

I thought it would come in handy to understand how to organize photoshoots and develop my business portfolio. After all, without a decent portfolio, how can I properly showcase my work?

Why did you enroll in online makeup courses instead of offline?

It would be impossible for me to attend in-person classes with all my personal commitments! So physical makeup school wasn’t an option. After that, I turned my focus to online schools.

I had initially done a few online courses elsewhere, but they really didn’t teach me much. After that, I researched some online makeup schools, and QC Makeup Academy jumped out at me. The deal was sealed from that point on!

Is there a particular technique you’re still working to improve?

I’m always working on my skills! But for me, blush and lips are things I want to take to the next level.

Name your Holy Grail product that ALL makeup artists should have (and why)!

I don’t have just 1 product. But I AM in love with the brand, Charlotte Tilbury. In my experience, her product line works beautifully for bridal makeup. They’re also just as awesome for editorial looks, too, since they show up so well on camera. I couldn’t be without her products!

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