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Ambassador Feature: Elly Nunns

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

makeup classes graduate, Elly Nunns, doing makeup on herself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

makeup certification student, Cheri Stevens

Ambassador Feature: Cheri Stevens

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

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

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

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

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

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

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

At least, I hope so anyway!

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

Never stop learning, and put the work in. 

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

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

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5 Game-Changing Skills I Learned From My Online Makeup Course

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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 the top 5 skills she learned through her online makeup course!

I have been in the beauty industry for well over 10 years. But it was just over 2 years ago that I decided to make a change, and focus my energy into the places that made me the happiest. From there, my heart led me to makeup!

I have two young children at home, so the hardest thing for me was figuring out how I was going to get the education I needed while still being a mom. That is, until I found QC Makeup Academy! QC offered an online makeup course that had everything I needed to succeed. Most importantly, their self-paced, online learning environment gave me the freedom to pursue my training while still being with my kids.

Through QC Makeup Academy, I graduated from three different programs. Once I’d finished, I felt confident in my art and decided to open my own freelance business, Beauty Beyond the Mirror. Through my business, I have done makeup applications for special events such as graduations, engagement parties, baptisms, and photoshoots. Most recently, I’ve been given a spot on a team of professionals who do makeup for weddings.

bridal makeup

Before my Online Makeup Course

Before enrolling at QC Makeup Academy, I did have a makeup certificate through Cosmetology school. However, I never really felt like that was enough. So, I’d convinced myself that if I used that bit of knowledge, and watched YouTube tutorials on top of that, I would have everything I needed to be successful.

The thing was, each time I did an application, there was something about it that just wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t until doing my online makeup course through QC that I realized how little I actually knew.

I could go through the motions of a makeup application, but I had absolutely no technique or real knowledge. I understood very little (to nothing) about skin types, tones, undertones, or color correction. I lacked all of the fundamentals in makeup, which was ultimately causing me to be unsuccessful.

Enrolling with QC Makeup Academy

I wanted to do what made me happy, but because I had small children, I needed to find a way to do both. The only option for me was to do an online makeup course. To be honest, I didn’t even know where to begin when going down this route. What I did know was that everyone told me it was impossible.

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One day, while I was on Instagram, an ad for QC Makeup Academy popped up. I clicked the link, and from the moment I was sent to their website, I was intrigued. I read up on their online makeup course materials and who their instructors were. I also looked at past and present students, both on their website and through social media.

I knew they were the real deal!

I could have never known how incredible these classes would be. The text material and videos were so detailed, that I didn’t feel like I missed out on anything I would have learned in a physical classroom. The assignments really targeted the essential knowledge to do any makeup look – and then escalated to challenge that knowledge. I was pushed to put my own creativity into everything I did, which really helped me grow.

Through the assignments, I was able to see how important the basics of makeup are. They can be taken anywhere and applied to any look! I also learned that by knowing the basics, I was better able to create looks entirely on my own, rather than simply copying from others.

One of the most valuable things from my online makeup course was the feedback I received from my tutor. I appreciated that it was always honest and constructive. Even if it was to tell me what was not working in my looks, it helped me get better. By pin-pointing the areas where I was lacking, I could sit back, re-evaluate my application, and practice those areas more. As the course went on, I was encouraged to find ways to strengthen my weaker areas and sharpen my overall skin-set.

5 Skills I Gained Through My Online Makeup Course

QC Makeup Academy gave me all the skills I needed to have a successful career. They have rounded out my expertise, and have allowed me to create seamless applications that enhance my client’s natural beauty. Below are the top skills I have learned through my online training!

Skin Tones and Undertones

Skin tone and undertone are two very different things. Yet when it comes to makeup, they are equally as important. Skin tone is the color of the skin on the surface, while the undertone is the subtle hue beneath the surface.

Skin tones range from light, to medium, to dark. Skin undertones are considered war, cool, or neutral. Determining a person’s skin tone is easier than its undertone, as it can be seen just from looking at the person’s face. The easiest way to determine a person’s undertone is by looking at their veins. If their veins appear to be bluer or purple, then they have a cool undertone. But if the veins appear to be greener, they have a warm undertone. If it’s hard to determine what color is more dominant, it’s likely that the person has a neutral undertone.

By knowing this information, I was able to ensure that I picked the right foundation that would give them the most natural results for each individual.  Without properly matching the foundation to their skin, you run the risk of:

  • Making their face appear green or gray
  • Making their face a different color than their neck
  • Creating a mask-like effect that’s overtly unnatural
female models with different skin tones

Color Theory

By using the color wheel, I was able to learn how to color correct areas on a person’s face that were not wanted. The color wheel teaches which colors cancel each other out. For example, to remove redness in the skin, you would use a green color corrector. By cancelling out unwanted colors in your client’s skin, you’re able to create a more even skin tone. This then allows for an easier application of foundation, and a more perfect complexion overall.

Primers

We have all heard of primers, without ever really knowing the importance of them. The fact is, facial and eye primers set the mood for the entire application!  Without primer, you do not get the proper base for application. You won’t be able to get the most out of your products.

Using an eye primer is particularly important because it keeps oils at bay and prevents the eye shadow from smudging, breaking, or moving. It also enhances eyeshadow colors and helps them to pop. Using primers on the face and eyes keeps the makeup in place all day!

Classic Makeup Technique

Trends will always come and go. While it’s important to learn these trends, it’s equally as important – if not more so – to learn the basic, classic looks.

Classic makeup techniques have proven to surpass the test of time. They are techniques that have influenced every trendy look that’s ever been created, in one way or another. By taking an online makeup course and learning the classics, you can take a look anywhere!

Some of these classic techniques include:

  • Eyeliner (basic to the cat eye)
  • Filling in eye brows
  • Enhancing the natural crease in the eye
  • Blending eyeshadow
  • Lipliner

Working with Different Skin Types

Not every client is going to walk in with a perfect canvas. We aren’t made like that. As artists, we need to adjust to each person’s individual needs. In order to do this, you need to first determine if they have dry, oily, combination, or normal skin.

While I truly learned all about skin types from QC’s Skincare Course, my online makeup course still touched on this in a beneficial way. Makeup artists need proper skin knowledge if we want to be the best at what we do. Without it, we cannot properly prep the skin, and could potentially use the wrong products for our client’s skin type.

Why YOU Should Consider an Online Makeup Course

Through QC Makeup Academy, I have been able to achieve my dreams and do it in a way that worked for me. QC’s online courses allowed me to still be a mom while I learned my craft. The programs are self-paced, so I could choose when and how much I focused on my studies. Since students get a full 2 years to complete their online makeup course, I was also provided the room to focus more on the areas that needed particular attention and never feel rushed.

On top of this, QC’s tutors are real industry experts with extraordinary experience. They’ve worked in all areas of the industry and have years behind them. Their feedback pin-points areas of strength and weakness in order to open your eyes to your own work. With their guidance, you can be sure to get things right and symmetrical. They push you to your limits so that you’re able to see your own potential – and grow!

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Sometimes, what holds people back from pursuing their dreams is how much getting a proper education can cost them. QC Makeup Academy is amazing for this, as their monthly payments are SO low! They also offer amazing monthly promotions.

It’s also worth mentioning that the support through QC is endless! This is more of a family than a school, because everyone wants to ensure you are successful in your endeavors. There’s a full team of Student Support Specialist who are always ready and willing to answer any questions you may have along the way.

One of my favorite parts of being in the QC community is having access to the online Virtual Classroom on Facebook. This is a safe place where current, past, and even future students can connect and grow together. We can work through our challenges together, learn as a group, and celebrate each other’s successes.

Taking the first step towards following your dreams is always the hardest. But I promise you, it’s worth it. Start on the road to happiness TODAY by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

online makeup school student ambassador paula alleyne

Ambassador Feature: Paula Alleyne

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Paula Alleyne. I am married, live in the wonderful Caribbean island of Barbados, and I decided to take makeup artistry more seriously within the last three years. It’s only when I started on my professional makeup journey that I realized my love for makeup actually began years ago.

When I was younger, I remember doing makeup on my neighbor. I loved being able to do something that helped boost her self esteem. I also always loved to read makeup books and fashion magazines, and I was absolutely enthralled with eye shadows.

As I became serious about makeup artistry, I became more selective of who I followed on social media. Once I knew that I wanted to only learn from the best, I decided I wanted to become professionally trained.

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

The answer to this is two-fold:

  1. I wanted to develop my brand as a qualified makeup professional, and
  2. I didn’t want to just follow what everyone was doing on social media. Instead, I wanted to learn the actual techniques and proper education behind makeup application.
online makeup school student ambassador paula alleyne's makeup portfolio - bridal shoot

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

My makeup style is clean and classic. My niche is for persons who prefer natural enhancements of their features through makeup application.

You’ve recently become one of QC Makeup Academy’s Student Ambassadors. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little bit about what your new role will entail?

As a Student Ambassador, my main responsibilities entail:

  • Encouraging new students who have enrolled in QC’s online makeup school
  • Providing support and encouragement within the Virtual Classroom on Facebook
  • Promoting QC Makeup Academy as an institution of quality learning
  • Creating high quality content, such as blog articles
  • Directing potential students who may have queries about QC’s online makeup school and educational process

Interested in becoming a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy? Submit your application here

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Your makeup business specializes in editorial and bridal services. What is it about these areas of the beauty industry that appeal to you the most?

These areas appeal to me because they fit right into my style of natural, clean beauty!

What has been the most challenging (and the most rewarding) part of starting your own business?

Firstly, the most challenging part was being confident in my style. Due to social media, I observed that many persons loved the heavily applied makeup and heavily sculpted features. As a professional artist, I can create that look if needed. However, I prefer to enhance a person’s features – not transform it into something that’s not theirs.

The most rewarding is when clients request my services, and it’s because they want the natural enhancements, and they love the finished product!

online makeup school student ambassador paula alleyne's makeup portfolio - bridal editorial shoot

How did your online makeup school training assist you in your journey of starting and running a successful MUA business?

Obtaining an education with QC Makeup Academy assisted in my journey in numerous ways:

  1. I became knowledgeable about makeup application techniques for various faces. Each client has their own unique skin tone, skin type, eye and facial shape, etc. Understanding these differences assists with providing an application that’s best suited for each individual.
  2. QC’s online makeup school has always promoted professionalism on the job, and this is a value which has greatly helped me in my interactions with clients. I always seek to maintain professionalism on the job. In fact, I’ve had many clients recognize and comment on this!
  3. QC Makeup Academy provides business insights for makeup artists, such as the development of contracts and business document templates. These customizable templates have proven incredibly useful in my own business transactions!

You graduated from QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course with flying colors! Overall, how did you find the program?

I found the Master Makeup Artistry Course to be informative and interesting! I enjoyed learning all about makeup artistry in various fields such as film, theater, and SFX. The practical assignments focusing on SFX makeup were loads of fun!

How was your experience being tutored by QC executive instructor and celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Johnson?

It was great! Having Nathan critique my work was such a confidence booster. He was always encouraging, yet critical. His feedback motivated me to continuously improve. Hearing an expert within the field commend my work made me recognize that once quality was maintained, it surpassed geographical boundaries!

online makeup school student ambassador paula alleyne's makeup portfolio - bridal shoot

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

Before pursuing online makeup school, I originally looked around for a brick-and-mortar school where I lived. However, the options appeared extremely limited, and I was unsure about the depth of content.

I then decided to pursue online learning. Whatever I chose, I knew it had to be flexible, as my time was already limited. Just as importantly, I had to be convinced that the online makeup school in question wasn’t a sham.

I ultimately chose QC Makeup Academy when I saw how active they are on social media. I realized it was also an established educational institution, accredited with an A+ ranking by the Better Business Bureau. All of this definitely allayed my fears, and showed me that QC is a legitimate as they come!

What advice would you give aspiring makeup artists who are considering online makeup school in order to earn their professional certification?

Go for it! “Never stop learning” is one of my stances. In this current environment, and in light of COVID-19, there’s been such a surge in online learning. It has become the new norm, and is truly the safest form of obtaining a solid education these days! Earning a professional certification can only enhance your ability, so don’t delay.

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What’s in store for PAULA MONIQUE in the next year?

Glad you asked! You should look out for some educational content coming soon. Starting out as a professional makeup artist can be daunting. Breaking into the industry and finding solid, professional advice can feel a bit tricky at first. You can easily fall prey to trends promoted on social media.

I’m still learning, and will always be learning. Therefore, I invite everyone to learn alongside me as I engage industry professionals on topics surrounding makeup artistry!

Ready to start your own journey as a professional makeup artist? Until September 30th, 2020, enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course and receive our new Virtual Makeup Training for FREE!

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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.

qc ambassador, nadia calabro, showing her skills in makeup career have improved

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!

qc ambassador nadia calabro showing natural bridal makeup on face
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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.

qc ambassador nadia calabro - smoky eye with glitter look

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!

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!

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Top 10 Most Popular Makeup Blog Posts of 2019

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It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of not just 2019, but the decade!

Before we ring in and bring back the roaring 20s, we thought it’d be nice to look back at the top 10 makeup blogs of this past year that were your all-time favorites!

Part of our QC Graduate and Student Feature series, this article focuses on talented SFX graduate, Sophie Kraynak. Taking one look at a sampling of her portfolio shows us all that her success is truly well deserved (and why this article made the Top 10, even though it was only published earlier this month)!

With a unique background in the Marines, Sophie delves into how this experience shaped her makeup skills and personal style, as well as how QC Makeup Academy played a part in growing her professional career. Now a professional MUA, Sophie has earned quite the presence on TikTok, has worked with TTDEYE Contacts, and was even contacted by Rihanna’s cosmetic line, Fenty, to take part in an online challenge!

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We all know that you can have all the makeup knowledge in the world, but without a good understanding of skincare, makeup alone will never reach its full potential on your client’s face. In this informative article, Nathan breaks down 5 popular misconceptions that will actually make you break out (among other things). Have you fallen prey to any of these myths? Debunk them now for healthier skin in 2020!

Whether it’s shapeless clothing or culturally insensitive attire, there are certain fashion trends that millennials have been known to adorn that, frankly, need to stay in the past. QC Fashion Styling tutor and personal stylist, Mallory Sills, explores a handful of different fashion faux pas: what they are, why they do not work, and how we’ll be doing ourselves a favor by keeping them as far away from the new decade as possible.

Written by QC graduate, Student Ambassador, and professional makeup artist, Gabrielle Rivera, this article piqued our readers’ interest thanks to its focus on teaching which SFX products to outright avoid. We admit, some of these (like not using character kits) came as a surprise, even to us! If you want to make sure your Special Effects work is top-notch, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by ditching these items from your makeup kit, and opting for better alternatives!

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Here, QC executive makeup artist and tutor, Nathan Johnson, discusses 5 common makeup errors you might be making, without even knowing it. Many of these habits stem from a lack of proper makeup knowledge and education – something that online makeup schools can definitely teach you! Are YOU guilty of making any of these mistakes? 2020 can be the year you kick them to the curb!

Speaking of mistakes: is there a better way to enter the New Year, with a brand new set of resolutions, than by first making sure you’re not bringing any bad habits from 2019 with you? We think not! Nathan’s back, this time using his expertise in the field to let you in on 8 more crucial errors you may be making when it comes to makeup technique and etiquette – and how to go about breaking them so you can best succeed as a professional MUA!

Time is precious to any makeup artist, so it’s important to learn where you can afford to shave a few minutes, so that you always have ample room for what really matters. Nathan touches up on 5 key moments during a job where you may find yourself putting too much time into something that doesn’t actually need it.

From the initial greeting to the kind of conversation you make with your client, this article is chalked full of useful info that will help polish up your A-game and keep you on the ball during appointments!

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of cosmetic products that you actually don’t need in your repertoire. Whether it’s because they don’t truly work as advertised, or simply because there’s a more cost-effective substitute you can use instead, this article explores 5 makeup products that are surprisingly useless to you. Let us know if any of these come as a shock!!

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Another SFX makeup enthusiast, Tyler Russell is a graduate of QC’s Special FX Makeup specialty course, and now a professional MUA. Known for his painstaking attention to detail, Tyler goes into depth about what’s required in order to excel in the SFX field, as well as how QC helped fine-tune his skills. In addition to his epic goals for 2020, Tyler also reveals the one piece of advice he wishes he’d known before starting his makeup training! (Guess you’ll have to read it to find out what that is!)

Special Effects makeup has definitely shown itself to be a favorable topic for our readers, and the fact that this is our most popular blog of 2019 is proof! Part of our QC Student Feature series, this article focuses on Master Makeup Artistry student, Kirsten Hart, exploring both her background and makeup portfolio.

Displaying a wide array of different SFX (and even glam) looks, Kirsten goes into why she chose QC out of all the makeup schools to further her cosmetic education. She also shares some valuable tips on how to build up a solid Instagram presence!

It’s definitely going to be fun to see what articles will become most popular next year! Is there a specific topic you’d like to read about in 2020? Let us know in the comments!

Ready to make your dreams a reality in 2020? Enroll in QC’s leading Master Makeup Artistry course and start your MUA journey today!