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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

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Are you a professional makeup artist and want to improve your portfolio? Have you been hired to do editorial makeup and you want to make sure you deliver the best possible results? Or maybe you’re a makeup lover who simply wants to improve your makeup photography skills for your Instagram feed?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we’ve got some great news for you! Makeup photography doesn’t have to be complicated. In this article, we’ll go over 18 secrets that will help you take your makeup photos from mediocre to magazine-worthy.

So, let’s get started!

The Importance of Makeup in Photography

Makeup plays an an important role in in photography, as it helps enhance your features and create a certain look. Furthermore, makeup also makes it easier for photographers to capture colors, tones, and textures in the images they take.

In the world of professional makeup artistry, makeup is especially important in editorial work. In a nutshell, editorial photoshoots are all about creating a specific look or atmosphere. Usually, the purpose is to sell some sort of product, tell a story, or portray a concept. Makeup is the key to helping achieve this vision!

You’ll also find that makeup photography is of major importance when it comes to building your professional portfolio. After all, as a makeup artist, your portfolio is essentially your resume! It’s what potential employers look at to determine if you have the skillset they’re looking for. As such, knowing how to apply makeup for the camera is a must.

Now, let’s say you’re not a professional MUA. Perhaps you simply want to take your social media content to the next level. Well, makeup is just as important here, too. It helps you look your best and creates a more polished image!

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18 Secrets to Makeup Photography Success

Okay, let’s not waste anymore time! Here are 18 tips to help you achieve the perfect makeup look for photography…

But WAIT! Before we reveal these 18 secrets, make sure you know HOW to build a professional makeup artistry portfolio first!

Secret #1: Prep the skin with moisturizer and primer!

Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is well-hydrated and prepped first before applying makeup. This will help ensure that the products you use stay put and look their best all day long!

Secret #2: Know how to color correct!

Color correcting is basically using a specific product to cancel out any unwanted tones in your skin. Make sure you have a good understanding of how to color correct before doing makeup for photography. Otherwise, you’ll end up with an uneven and inconsistent look.

Pro Tip: Become a color correcting master with the help of this educational webinar – hosted by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor and professional MUA, Nathan Johnson!

Secret #3: Use bold colors that’ll pop on camera!

When it comes to makeup photography, bold colors are always best! So, make sure you use products that’ll show up clearly and will stand out in photos.

Secret #4: Ditch the cakey foundation!

Cakey foundation looks unnatural and unflattering in photos. For this reason, it’s important to avoid this look! Instead, make sure you use a lightweight foundation that’ll provide a sheer and polished finish.

Secret #5: Focus on the eyes!

The eyes are the most important feature in makeup photography because they’re the “windows to the soul”. So, make sure you focus on creating a dramatic and beautiful eye look that’ll make an impact in photos. You can achieve this by:

  • Swiping on some colorful eyeshadow;
  • Applying a dramatic cat eye;
  • Doing a sharp, crisp wing;
  • Applying false lashes;
  • Choosing colors that enhance the eye color;
  • And more!

Pro Tip: Need help perfecting your smokey eye? This step-by-step video tutorial by QC Makeup Academy grad, Devyn Gregorio, will show you everything you need to know!

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Secret #6: Make sure the lips don’t go unnoticed!

Just because you’re focusing on the eyes doesn’t mean you should overlook the lips. Make sure to create a luscious and full-looking pout with the help of lip liner, lipstick, and/or gloss!

Secret #7: Go with matte products!

Shimmery and sparkly products can be distracting in photos. Furthermore, they can also cause unwanted shine. Instead, make sure you opt for matte or subtle sheen products instead.

By doing this, you’ll be able to create a more subtle and polished look!

Secret #8: Use powder so skin doesn’t look shiny!

While we’re on the subject, applying a translucent setting powder on the face is also essential for keeping skin from getting shiny or greasy. So, make sure you lightly dust this over your (or your client’s) face – either before or after taking photos.

Secret #9: The fashion should match the makeup (and vice versa)!

If you’re choosing your or your client’s wardrobe, make sure to choose an outfit that’ll match the makeup look. This means making sure the colors, styles, and textures don’t clash with each other! And if someone else has picked out the wardrobe, make sure to adjust the makeup accordingly.

Either way, creating a cohesive look is key for achieving the perfect makeup photography look!

Interested in a career as a Fashion Styling Consultant? Become trained and certified in as little as 8 weeks with QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Fashion Styling Course!

Secret #10: Choose colors that compliment the skin tone (and undertones)!

The colors you use in makeup photography can make or break the final look. Thus, we strongly recommend choosing colors that are flattering and will highlight the best features of the person you’re working with. Make sure to take their skin into consideration before you choose colors – as this will help create a more balanced and harmonious look.

For example, all people’s skin tones fall into any of these categories:

  • Cool (blue undertone)
  • Warm (yellow/golden undertone)
  • Neutral (a balance of cool and warm undertones)

Once you know the undertones, you can then choose colors that’ll enhance them!

Secret #11: Don’t be afraid of natural skin texture!

No amount of makeup in the world can completely erase skin texture – and that’s just a fact. Personally, when I see a model who has no pores, I immediately think “Photoshop”… And Photoshop doesn’t sell me on anything other than Photoshop.

So, when applying makeup for photography, as it’s important to keep some of the natural skin texture still visible. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should leave your or your client’s skin looking dull and dry. It simply means that you shouldn’t cake on the makeup.

Make sure to use the right products and techniques to create a glowing, healthy complexion without losing the skin’s natural texture. Remember: having texture on our skin is part of being human. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it!

Secret #12: Make sure to use a setting spray!

Setting spray is essential for keeping your makeup in place and ensuring it still looks fresh after hours of shooting. We recommend using a product that’s specifically designed for photography (such as any of these), as this will give you the best results.

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Secret #13: Know how to do a variety of looks!

You’ve probably noticed that so far, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on the bolder, more dramatic side of makeup photography. That being said, you should also be aware of the importance of subtler looks as well. Not only does your professional portfolio need variety; if you’re limited to one or two styles, you won’t be able to book as many photoshoot jobs!

With that in mind, you should learn how to do a variety of looks, such as:

  • Everyday makeup;
  • Soft glam makeup;
  • Bridal/wedding makeup;
  • SFX makeup;
  • Makeup for men;
  • Makeup for mature skin;
  • Global beauty makeup, etc.

Pro Tip: QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online courses cover ALL of these styles of makeup (and SO much more)! Plus, you’ll earn a legitimate, globally-recognized certification AND learn how to start/run your own MUA business… All in as little as 12 short weeks!

Secret #14: Do touch-ups throughout the photoshoot!

No matter how perfect the makeup looks at first, it’s bound to need a few touch-ups here and there. When you forget to re-apply powder or blend eyeshadow, the makeup will begin to look patchy and cake-like. So, make sure you have a few key products on hand to help you out when needed.

How to Retouch Makeup for Photography

If you or your client/model needs their makeup retouched during the photoshoot, you’ll need to do two things:

  1. Make sure your makeup is still intact (i.e., powder, eyeshadow, blush, etc.);
  2. And make sure your skin is still matte and not shiny or greasy.

To do this, use a setting spray to re-set the makeup and blot any excess oil with a tissue or blotting paper.

Secret #15: Lighting is literally everything!

We can’t stress this one enough! Makeup photography is all about playing around with light and making sure it’s hitting the face in the most beautiful and flattering way possible. Make sure to experiment with different lighting techniques, as this will help you create a more dynamic look!

Makeup Photography Lighting

Here are the different types of lighting you can work with, and the pros and cons of each:

Natural Lighting

This is widely considered the most flattering type of light, as it comes from the sun and is softer on the skin. However, you’ll need to plan your photoshoots around certain times of day (which may be difficult to do!)

Studio Lighting

This is often used in professional photography studios, and provides a more direct/intense light. It’s trickier to work with, as you’ll have to experiment a lot until you find the right balance.

Moreover, the type of light bulbs used will also affect the final result. For example, “warm” bulbs are often used to create softer and more subtle lighting, while “cool” bulbs can be used to create a sharper look.

Ring Lighting

Used predominantly by social media influencers and beauty gurus, this is a diffused light that’s perfect for makeup photography. Why? Because it provides an even and soft illumination on the face.

While ring lighting isn’t common for professional shoots, it’s definitely recommend for those wanting to take pics of themselves for social media. If you’re interested in trying out ring lighting for your personal photos, make sure to play around with the strength of the light, too. This will help you create different effects.

Secret #16: Take multiple shots from different angles!

If you’re working with a professional photographer, we guarantee this is something they’ll do. But if you’re the one snapping the pics, you’ll need to remember to take multiple shots from different angles. This will ensure that you get the best results!

For starters, this will allow you to capture more detail (such as different eyeshadow colors). And secondly, it allows for better creativity, too, as you can choose the most flattering angles of your – or your client’s – face.

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Secret #17: NEVER take selfies!

This one’s important, whether you’re taking pics of makeup for your portfolio or simply adding content to your social media pages. Now, it’s first key to point out that when we say “selfie”, we don’t simply mean a photo you take of yourself. If done correctly, a self-portrait is absolutely fine!

What we’re referring to is when people take photos of themselves with their arms stretched out and the camera in an unflattering position. A better solution is to buy a tripod, position it at the correct angle, and place your phone or camera on it. This will provide much more professional-looking results.

Remember: makeup photography should be taken seriously. If you have trouble taking the perfect pic of yourself, try getting help from a professional photographer or even an assistant.

Secret #18: Know what makes for a high-quality shot!

Finally, it’s important to understand what makes for a high-quality makeup shot. If you’ve been hired for a professional gig, then you probably won’t have to worry about this. Chances are, the photographer hired will be able to deliver the best images.

Essentially, makeup photography should be crisp, clear, and detailed. It should NOT be blurry or grainy – no matter the type of camera you (or the photographer) are using!

How to Take Amazing Makeup Pictures

Here are some tips to help you achieve this, if you’re the one snapping the pics:

  • Make sure to adjust your white balance settings correctly, as this will help create a more even and accurate tone;
  • Set your camera to “Manual Mode”, so you can adjust the exposure, shutter speed and aperture;
  • Set your camera to the highest resolution available. This will ensure that no details are lost in translation;
  • If you’re using the camera on your phone, make sure to check your focus before taking a photo.
  • Furthermore, if you have an iPhone, you can also set your phone camera settings to “Portrait Mode”. This will greatly help you blur out the background – which is perfect for showcasing makeup looks!

If You’re Hiring a Photographer

Now, if you’re looking to hire a photographer to take the pics (say, for your professional portfolio or social media), the key is doing your research. The goal here is to hire somebody who has an eye for detail and knows how to capture the best shots.

Make sure to look through their portfolio and ask questions about their experience and process. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask them for any tips they have on taking great makeup pictures!

How to do Makeup for Photography: Black and White Photos

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention black and white photography. After all, makeup looks can look amazing in black and white! However, as an MUA, you’ll have to pay extra attention to detail when doing makeup for this type of photography.

The key here is to think of the contrast. Make sure your makeup pops! This means going for a bold lip or an eyeshadow that will stand out against the darkness of the photo. Plus, you should also make sure you also focus on highlighting your or your client’s features, as this will help them stand out even more.


Phew, that was a lot of info! Let’s wrap things up by answering some of the common questions people have about makeup and photography:

Q: What is makeup photography called?

A: Makeup photography is also known as beauty photography.

Q: What is the best makeup for photography?

A: Makeup for photography should be bold and full coverage, in order to make sure all the details show up in the pictures. Some brands that meet this criteria include (but certainly aren’t limited to):

  • Tarte Cosmetics
  • Rimmel London
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Hourglass
  • Urban Decay
  • Becca
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Jouer
  • Fenty Beauty
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • Huda Beauty
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • Patrick Ta

As an added bonus, all of these makeup brands are also cruelty-free! Win-win!

Q: What are the steps for flawless makeup on camera?

A: Here are the steps for flawless makeup on camera:

  1. Make sure your (or your client’s) skin is properly prepped and hydrated.
  2. Choose makeup products that are full-coverage and long-lasting.
  3. Make sure to pay extra attention to the lips, cheeks, and eyes.
  4. Keep your makeup natural and dewy-looking.
  5. Set the makeup using a setting spray or powder.
  6. Finally, adjust the white balance settings on your camera to ensure accurate colors.
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Q: What are the 7 tips for taking good photographs?

A: In the world of makeup photography, it’s important to keep these seven photo-taking tips in mind:

  1. Have a clear vision of what you want the end result to look like.
  2. Set up your lighting correctly.
  3. Choose the right lens and background.
  4. Stick to natural poses, as they tend to look better on camera.
  5. Pay attention to the makeup details and adjust accordingly.
  6. Use a setting spray or powder to set the makeup in place.
  7. Make sure the colors are accurate by adjusting the white balance on the camera.

Q: Why doesn’t my makeup look good in pictures?

A: Makeup doesn’t always look the same in pictures as it does in person – and there are lots of factors to consider.

Make sure your makeup is full coverage, long-lasting, and natural-looking. What’s more – make sure to focus on the details of the eyes, lips, and cheeks. Next, ensure that the lighting is good, and adjust the white balance on your camera. Lastly, use a setting spray or powder to make sure everything stays in place!

Q: Is makeup really necessary for photography?

A: Makeup is essential for photography – both for everyday pictures AND professional photoshoots! Makeup can enhance the features of whoever’s in the photo, as well as bring out the colors and help create contrast. Plus, it’s also a great way to experiment with different looks and create something unique!


Makeup is an essential part of photography, whether you’re a professional MUA or just someone taking pictures for personal use!

As such, make sure to pay attention to the details and use products that are full coverage and long-lasting. Your lighting should be good and the white balance should be adjusted on your camera for accurate colors. Lastly, set everything in place with a setting spray or powder.

With all of these tips in mind, you’ll be able to take stunning makeup photos every time! Make sure to also check out the recommended reading section for more information on makeup portfolios and how to showcase them.

Good luck, beauties, and happy snapping!

In as little as 2 months, learn how YOU can put together the ULTIMATE makeup portfolio for your career as an MUA. Enroll in QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online Portfolio Development Workshop and get started today!

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30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing ASAP

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

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

30 Beauty Habits You Should Start Doing Immediately

Beauty Habit #1: Stay hydrated!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #5: Wear sunscreen every single day!

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

Beauty Habit #6: Figure out your skin type!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #10: Eat a healthy diet!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beauty Habit #12: Switch your pillowcase!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #16: Get your beauty sleep!

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

Beauty Habit #17: Try using a serum!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beauty Habit #19: Prioritize your mental health!

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

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

What could be better than that?

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #21: Clean your phone screen!

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

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

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

Beauty Habit #22: Opt for natural skincare products!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the best part?

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q: How do I start a daily beauty routine?

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

Q: What habits make your skin glow?

A: The best habits for glowing skin are:

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

Q: What are the 5 basics of skincare?

A: The 5 basics of skincare are:

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

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

Q: How do I simplify my beauty routine?

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

Remember: beauty starts from within!

Q: What is a really good morning beauty routine?

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

Q: What skincare routine should I do at night?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck and happy beauty habits-ing!

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When to Throw Away Your Old Makeup and Skincare Products

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

Let’s get started!


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

  1. Makeup
  2. Skincare

So, let’s start with your makeup products…

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What Happens to Makeup as it Gets Old?

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

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

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

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

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Makeup?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When to Throw Away Makeup Products


Average Shelf Life: 6 – 12 months

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

When to Get Rid of Foundation

Some signs that your foundation is going bad are:

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


Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Concealer

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

Highlight and Contour

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Highlight and Contour Products

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


Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Blush

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


Average Shelf Life: 3 months

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

When to Get Rid of Mascara

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

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

Lipstick and Lip Gloss

Average Shelf Life: 6 months-2 years

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

When to Throw Out Lipstick and/or Lip Gloss

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

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Eye Shadow

Average Shelf Life: 2 years

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

When to Throw Out Eyeshadow Palette

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

Eye Liner (Pencil)

Average Shelf Life: 1-2 years

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

When to Get Rid of Eye Liner Pencil

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

Eye Liner (Liquid)

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

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

When to Get Rid of Liquid Eye Liner

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

Fake Eyelashes

Average Shelf Life: 6 months

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

When to Throw Out Fake Eyelashes

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

Makeup Brushes

Average Shelf Life: 3-5 years

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

When to Throw Away Makeup Brushes

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

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

Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

Average Shelf Life: 3-6 months

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

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

When to Throw Out Makeup Sponges/Beauty Blenders

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

How to Tell When Makeup Products Have Expired

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

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

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

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

Do You Really Need to Throw Out Makeup?

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

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

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

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

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Skincare Products

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

What Happens to Skincare Products as They Get Old?

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

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

What Happens When You Use Old/Expired Skincare Products?

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

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

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

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

What is the Shelf Life of Skincare Products?

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

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

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

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

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How to Tell When Skincare Products Have Expired

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

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

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

What Happens if You Get an Infection?

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

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

Better to be safe than sorry, right?

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

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How to Make Your Makeup and Skincare Products Last

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

Here are a few things you can do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy shopping (and throwing away)! 😊

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Hiring a Makeup Artist: Everything You Need To Know

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Is hiring a makeup artist worth it?

Well, picture this… You’re all dolled up for your friend’s wedding, and as you take a step back to admire your handiwork in the mirror, you realize that something doesn’t look quite right. Your eyes are puffy, your lipstick is smudged, and your blush is streaky.

Uh oh!

It’s time for a wardrobe change – but not before you put on some concealer to cover up those dark circles!

If this sounds like a familiar story, then you know firsthand how important it is to have a good makeup artist on-hand. In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about hiring a makeup artist – from the benefits they offer to the key information you should gather before booking with anyone.

So, let’s jump in!

First Thing’s First: What Is a Makeup Artist?

A makeup artist is a professional who uses their creative talents to apply cosmetics and enhance an individual’s appearance. They have the ability to completely transform a person’s look with the stroke of a brush, and they often work in the fashion, film, television, and theater industries.

Makeup artists typically use a wide range of products, including:

  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Concealer
  • Eye shadow
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  • Fake eyelashes
  • And more!

What’s more, they may also use special-effect makeup to create certain looks or bruises.

What Does a Makeup Artist Do?

In terms of job duties and responsibilities, makeup artists typically:

  • Meet with clients to discuss their specific needs and wants
  • Create a custom makeup look that meets the client’s individual needs
  • Apply the makeup using a variety of techniques
  • Touch-up the makeup throughout the day or evening as needed
  • Remove the makeup at the end of the event or shoot

Furthermore, many MUAs work as freelancers and/or run their own business. As such, they are also responsible for:

Pro Tip: Learn even more about the job description of a professional makeup artist!

Hiring a Makeup Artist: Know The Different Types

There are six main types of makeup artists:

  1. Beauty makeup artists
  2. Theatrical and performance makeup artists
  3. Airbrush makeup artists
  4. Makeup artists for TV and film
  5. Special FX makeup artists
  6. Celebrity makeup artists

Let’s take a closer look at each one, shall we?

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Beauty Makeup Artists

Beauty makeup artists typically work in the cosmetics industry. They may be employed by a cosmetics company, department store, or salon. Alternately, they may freelance and/or run their own business. Either way, their job is to apply makeup. They may also teach people how to properly use cosmetics as well.

Bridal makeup artists are a particularly popular type of beauty makeup artist. As the name suggests, they specialize in doing makeup for brides (as well as, potentially, bridesmaids and family members) on their big day.

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Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists

Theatrical and performance makeup artists are responsible for applying makeup to actors, dancers, and other performers. They often work in live theater or film and television productions.

Airbrush Makeup Artists

Airbrush makeup artists use an airbrush gun to apply a thin layer of makeup. This type of makeup is often used in weddings, proms, and other special events. It can also be used in the film and television industry.

Interested in airbrush makeup? QC Makeup Academy also offers a self-paced, online Airbrush Makeup Workshop, too. We’ll even provide you with your very own airbrush kit as part of the course – absolutely free!

Makeup Artists for TV and Film

Speaking of the film and television industry, makeup artists who work in this field are responsible for creating makeup looks for actors, actresses, and other on-screen talent. This may include special effects makeup as well.

Special FX Makeup Artists

And then we have special FX MUAs. These professionals are responsible for creating realistic (or even unreal!) effects using makeup. This might include wounds, bruises, scars, aging, etc. Special FX makeup artists often work in the film and television industry as well.

Interested in special effects makeup? You guessed it – you can also get professionally trained and certified in this niche with QC Makeup Academy! Check out our self-paced, online Special FX Makeup Course to see how you can become an International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP) in just 2 months!

Celebrity Makeup Artists

Last but not least, we have celebrity makeup artists. As the name suggests, these professionals work with celebrities to help them create red carpet-ready looks. They may also work with models, athletes, and other high-profile individuals.

Should YOU Hire a Makeup Artist?

There are countless scenarios in which hiring a makeup artist can help save the day! For instance, maybe you’re getting married and want to look your absolute best for the big day. Or, perhaps you’ve been invited to a gala or black-tie event and need some help creating a glamorous look.

Other times, you might just need a little pick-me-up after a long week. Hiring a makeup artist for a makeup lesson can teach you techniques to help you feel more confident in your everyday makeup routine.

Additionally, if you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, having your makeup professionally done can help boost your confidence – not to mention make the right impression on your potential employer or client.

In short, there are lots of reasons why someone might seek out the services of a makeup artist. And there’s no shame in it! Hiring a professional to help you look and feel your best is a smart investment.

Benefits of Hiring a Makeup Artist

There are many benefits of hiring a makeup artist, whether you’re getting ready for a special event or you just want to feel more confident in your everyday makeup routine.

For one, a professional makeup artist can help you create a look that’s tailored specifically for you. They’ll take into account your unique features, skin type, and personal style to create a look that flatters you and makes you feel your best.

Additionally, makeup artists have access to the latest products, trends, and techniques. They know which products work best for different skin types and can help you find the right foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, etc. to suit your needs.

And lastly, a makeup artist can save you time and hassle. They’ll do all the hard work for you so that you can sit back and relax while they transform you into a glam goddess!

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How Much Do Makeup Artists Cost?

Now that we’ve discussed some of the reasons why you might want to hire a makeup artist, let’s talk about how much it might cost.

The average cost of hiring a makeup artist varies depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Their location
  • Their experience of the makeup artist
  • The length of time needed
  • The type(s) of service(s) you’re requesting

Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50-$200+ for professional makeup services. According to Thumbtack, for example, the current national average cost for an MUA in the United States is between $120 and $170 USD.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that you usually get what you pay for.

If you’re looking for a top-notch makeup artist to help you create a stunning look for your wedding day, you can expect to pay on the higher end of the spectrum. However, if you just need a little help with your everyday makeup routine, you may be able to find someone who charges on the lower end.

It’s also worth noting that many makeup artists offer discounts for groups, so if you’re getting your makeup done with a friend or family member, you may be able to save some money!

What’s Included In The Cost?

When hiring a makeup artist, you’re not simply paying for them to apply makeup in a one-and-done situation. Instead, you’re paying for their time, expertise, and access to high-quality products.

Typically, the cost of hiring a makeup artist includes:

  • A consultation: This is where you’ll discuss your desired look, skin type, etc. with the makeup artist. They’ll use this information to create a custom look for you.
  • A makeup trial: This is an optional service, but it’s a good idea if you’re hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day or another major event. During a trial run, the makeup artist will do your makeup exactly as they would on the day of the event. That way, you can see how you like the finished product and make any necessary adjustments.
  • The actual makeup application: This is the time when the magic happens! The makeup artist will use their skills and expertise to transform you into a glam queen.
  • A touch-up: Once the initial makeup application is complete, the makeup artist will usually do a quick touch-up to ensure that everything looks perfect.

What You Should Know Hiring a Makeup Artist: Key Questions To Ask

Before The Consultation

If you’re thinking about hiring a makeup artist, there are a few key questions you should ask before making your decision and scheduling a consultation. These include:

  • “How professional is their website?” A professional website is a good indication that the makeup artist is serious about their work and takes pride in their business. It also shows that they’re willing to invest in their career.
  • “What is their education and/or experience?” It’s important to hire a makeup artist who has plenty of experience. If they also have some sort of professional training/certification, this is also a great indication that this MUA is the real deal… And will be worth your time and money!
  • “What are their rates?” As we mentioned before, the average cost of hiring a makeup artist ranges from $50-$200+. However, it’s important to get an idea of the MUA’s specific rates before booking anything. That way, there are no surprises later on.
  • “What’s their portfolio like?” Seeing a makeup artist’s previous work is critical! After all, this will give you a good idea of their style and whether or not they’re a good fit for you.
  • “Do they currently have any discounts?” Many makeup artists offer discounts for groups, so if you’re getting your makeup done with a friend or family member, you may be able to save some money.
  • “Are they on social media?” Social media is a great way to see what kind of work a makeup artist does on a day-to-day basis. It’s also a good way to get an idea of their personality and see if you’ll be a good fit.
  • “What do their reviews say?” Checking out online reviews is always a good idea before hiring any type of professional. That way, you can see what other people’s experiences have been like and get an idea of what to expect.

During The Consultation

Once you’ve found a makeup artist whose work you like and who you feel you can trust, it’s time to schedule a consultation. This is where you’ll discuss your desired look, skin type, etc. with the makeup artist. They’ll use this information to create a custom look for you.

Some things you should ask during the consultation include:

  • “Do you offer trials?” As we discussed earlier, trials are a great way to see how the makeup artist’s work will look on you in person. Not all makeup artists offer trials, but it’s worth asking if they do.
  • “What’s included in your rates?” When hiring a makeup artist, you’re not just paying for them to apply makeup. You’re also paying for their time, travel expenses, etc. So, it’s important to know what’s included in their rates.
  • “What products do you use?” Make sure to ask about the products the makeup artist uses. That way, you can avoid any potential allergies or skin reactions.
  • “Are you available on the day and time that I’ll need you?” This is critical! Make sure to ask about the makeup artist’s availability before booking anything.
  • “Can you do my makeup on site?” If you’re getting your makeup done for a special event, you’ll want to make sure that the makeup artist can do your makeup on site. Otherwise, you’ll have to travel to them, which can be inconvenient.
  • “What is your cancellation policy?” Life happens, and sometimes things come up that we can’t control. So, it’s important to know the makeup artist’s cancellation policy in case you need to cancel or reschedule.
  • “Can I take a look at your contract?” Always, always, always read over the contract before signing anything! This will help you avoid any misunderstandings or surprises later on.
  • “Do you have insurance?” Hiring a makeup artist who is insured is always a good idea. That way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll be covered. If you discover that the MUA does not have any insurance, this should be considered a red flag.
  • “What makeup look would you suggest for me?” Although you may come prepared with some inspiration/reference photos, it’s always a good idea to get the makeup artist’s professional opinion. After all, they’re the experts!
  • “Do you have any questions for me?” This is an important one! Make sure to ask if the makeup artist has any questions for you. This will help them understand your vision and create a look that you love. And if they don’t have any questions for you, just know that that’s a bad sign.

Fun Fact: Here are 6 questions that most makeup artists will ask you during the consultation!

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How To Pick a Makeup Artist: Breaking Down The Process

Now that you know what to ask and what to look for, it’s time to start the process of finding a makeup artist. Here’s how to do it:

1. Know what you need!

The first step in finding a makeup artist is knowing what you need. Are you looking for someone to do your makeup for your wedding? Or do you just need a makeup lesson? Once you know what you need, you can start the process of finding a makeup artist who can provide that service.

2. Set a budget!

Before you start reaching out to makeup artists, it’s important to set a budget. Makeup artists typically charge by the hour, so you’ll need to know how much you’re willing to spend. That way, you can avoid any sticker shock later on.

3. Do your research!

Use Google, social media, etc. to find makeup artists in your area. Once you’ve found a few MUAs that you like, check out their websites and social media pages to get a better idea of their work.

4. Make a list of your top 3-5 choices!

After you’ve done your research, it’s time to make a list of your top 3-5 choices. Once you have your list, you can start reaching out to the makeup artists to set up consultations.

5. Set up the consultations!

This is where you’ll get to meet the makeup artists in person and see their work up close. During the consultation, be sure to ask all of the questions that we listed above. And when you’re done, you should have a good idea of which makeup artist is the right fit for you.

How To Pick a Makeup Artist: Red Flags To Avoid

Now that you know how to find a makeup artist, it’s time to talk about some red flags to avoid. Here are a few things to watch out for:

  • Makeup artists who are underinsured or uninsured. As we mentioned earlier, it’s always a good idea to hire a makeup artist who is insured. That way, if anything goes wrong, you’ll be covered.
  • Makeup artists who refuse to sign a contract. A contract is important because it protects both you and the makeup artist. So, if a makeup artist refuses to sign a contract, that’s a major red flag because it shows that they’re not professional.
  • Makeup artists who are late to the consultation. This is just unprofessional and shows a lack of respect for your time.
  • Makeup artists who are inexperienced or untrained. Hiring an inexperienced and/or untrained makeup artist is definitely a gamble. And while you may get lucky, it’s probably not worth the risk.
  • Makeup artists who have little to no online presence. In today’s day and age, it’s important for businesses to have an online presence. So, if a makeup artist doesn’t have a legitimate website or social media page, that’s a major red flag!
  • Makeup artists who have more bad reviews than good ones. When you’re looking at reviews, it’s important to take the bad with the good. But if a makeup artist has more bad reviews than good ones, that’s definitely something to be aware of.
  • Makeup artists who are self-taught through YouTube videos. Watching YouTube videos does not make someone a professional makeup artist – FULL STOP! Hiring a self-taught makeup artist is a huge risk because they likely have no formal training. Instead, they’ve only learned the style of “social media makeup”, rather than actually learning the core techniques that’ll allow them to do ANY style of makeup.

Pro Tip: Here’s why YouTube tutorials are NOT the same as professional makeup training!

So, Is Hiring a Makeup Artist Worth It?

Now that we’ve gone over everything you need to know about hiring a makeup artist, it’s time to answer the big question: is hiring a makeup artist worth it?

The short answer is: yes, hiring a makeup artist is definitely worth it! Here’s why:

  • A professional makeup artist has the experience and training to do your makeup exactly the way you want it!
  • Professional makeup artists will save you time and hassle!
  • A professional makeup artist comes with a kit full of high-quality products – products that you likely don’t have access to!
  • Professional makeup artists can give you advice on what colors and styles will look best on you!
  • Hiring a makeup artist is a great way to pamper yourself and feel your best on a special day!
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How To Become a Makeup Artist Yourself

If by now, you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey, that sounds like an awesome career… I want to do that!” – then great news, because you can ABSOLUTELY make this happen.

What’s more, with the help of QC Makeup Academy, you can make it happen in as little as 2 short months!

With QC’s self-paced, online makeup certification training, you’ll gain all the skills you need to take the beauty industry by storm – all while learning right from the comfort of home, on your preferred schedule!

Starting from the date you first enroll, you’ll be given two full years to finish your program. However, since there are no deadlines or due dates, you get to choose how much or how little of those two years you’ll actually need. For reference, many of our grads found that they could complete their training and earn their internationally-recognized certification in approx. 2-6 months… All by dedicating a mere 1-2 hours of their week to their studies!

If this sounds like the path for you, then make sure you check out our full list of wildly popular online makeup and beauty courses!

Wrapping It Up

We hope this article has helped to give you a better understanding of what’s involved in hiring a makeup artist, as well as whether or not it’s worth it for you.

Remember, if you’re thinking of becoming a professional makeup artist yourself, then QC Makeup Academy can help make your dream a reality! With our world-renowned, online makeup courses, you’ll be able to study right from home and graduate in as little as 2-6 months!

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out in the comments below and we’ll answer them as best we can. Alternatively, our Support Team is available 7 days a week (between 9am and 5pm EST) and are always happy to chat. Don’t hesitate to contact them by email, phone, or live chat.

Thanks for reading! 💕

Become a working, successful makeup artist by starting your training with QC Makeup Academy today!

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The Basic Skills EVERY Makeup Artist Should Know

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Makeup artists are responsible for making their clients look beautiful, no matter what the occasion. The best makeup artists not only have technical skills – but also a number of other important skills that help them do their job properly. In this article, we’ll discuss the basic skills that every makeup artist should know.

By possessing these specific, key skills, you’ll be able to find true success in the professional beauty industry!

But wait! Before we dive in, have you read our ultimate guide on becoming a makeup artist (even without any prior experience)? No? Then make sure to check it out here!

Is Doing Makeup a Skill?

A lot of people seem to think that applying makeup is a skill that anyone can do. And while it’s true that literally anyone can apply makeup – not everyone can do it well.

Think about it this way… You wouldn’t trust just anyone to give you a haircut, would you? The same logic applies to makeup. Just because someone knows how to put on a little foundation and mascara doesn’t mean they’re qualified to give you a full-blown makeover!

No, in order to be considered a skilled makeup artist, there’s MUCH more than that required… And this is exactly why professional training is critical to long-term success. So, let’s take a look at that, shall we?

What Subjects Do You Need to Be a Makeup Artist?

In order to be a successful makeup artist, you’ll need to have a firm understanding of basic artistry and color theory. We’re talking about concepts like shading, highlight, and contouring – along with an understanding of how light interacts with various colors.

You’ll also want to make sure you have a good grasp on hygiene practices (more on that later) and understand the different skin types people have. Oh, and don’t forget about the actual makeup application techniques themselves! The better you are at applying makeup, the happier your clients will obviously be.

See? There’s a lot more to being an MUA than just “putting on some lipstick”.

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Learning Via Social Media Vs. Proper Courses

Social Media

Importantly, the knowledge mentioned above isn’t something you can acquire simply by watching YouTube tutorials, or by following social media gurus. Why is this?

Simply put, most of these MUAs – while great at what they do – only know how to apply makeup to their own face. They can’t actually teach you the foundational knowledge required to know how to apply techniques to other faces. Sure, knowing how to create a stunning look on your own face is useful… But clients will have different bone structures, facial features, skin types, skin tones, etc.

If you can’t actually apply your skill to other people, you won’t be much use to them, will you?

Furthermore, most makeup gurus on social media only know how to create the “social media style“. A lot of the time, this style of makeup doesn’t actually utilize professional, classic techniques. As such, it won’t be overly useful in most areas of the professional beauty industry (such as in bridal makeup, editorial makeup, SFX makeup, etc.).

As a makeup artist, you have to be able to create any and every style of makeup the job is asking for – not simply one style. The only way to know how to create any style is by first understanding the core techniques of makeup artistry… And this is where a legitimate makeup school comes into play.

Professional Makeup Training

So, what’s the best way to learn how to legitimately do makeup to a professional standard? The answer is simple: by enrolling in a professional makeup training program!

In a proper makeup course, you’ll learn from qualified instructors who have years (if not decades) of experience in the industry. They’ll be able to teach you everything from the basics of color theory and artistry… To more advanced techniques like airbrushing, special effects makeup, and even henna tattoos.

What’s more, your practical assignments will also give you plenty of hands-on experience working with real models. This is critical, as it’ll give you the chance to put your newly-learned skills into practice. As a result, you can then grow in confidence as you see just how great you’re at doing makeup!

Not to mention, once you graduate, the right makeup course will arm you with an actual certification and professional designation. These will look amazing on your resume – and be sure to impress potential clients and prospective employers alike!

These are just some of the reasons why professional makeup training is so important, and why social media simply can’t compare. If you’re serious about becoming a skilled MUA, make sure to enroll in a quality course… It’ll be the best decision you ever make!

Did you know that QC Makeup Academy offers self-paced, online certification courses that you can complete in as little as 2-6 months? It’s true! QC has been a pioneer of distance learning since 1984 – and you can learn all about our school on our website!

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Do You Need to Be Good at Drawing to Be a Makeup Artist?

No, you don’t need to be good at drawing to be a makeup artist. However, being able to understand and visualize different types of art can help you create better makeup looks.

For example, if you’re doing a period-inspired look, being familiar with classic paintings can give you a great starting point for your design. Similarly, if you’re creating a modern or avant-garde look, knowing about contemporary art styles can help you come up with something truly unique!

Of course, at the end of the day, the best way to improve your skills is simply by practicing as much as possible. The more looks you create, the better you’ll become at understanding what works and what doesn’t.

So even if you don’t consider yourself to be particularly “artistic”, don’t worry – you can still become a great makeup artist. The key is to simply never stop practicing, and to always be open to new ideas!

Makeup 101: Simple Makeup Skills All MUAs Need to Master

By the time any makeup artist is taking on paying clients, there’s a certain level of subject-matter expertise they’re expected to have. Otherwise, the customer likely won’t be getting their money’s worth – and you probably won’t get a very good review.

For instance, here are just 5 basic skills/techniques you’ll need to master BEFORE booking any jobs:

1. Skin Prep

The first step to any good makeup look is proper skin prep. This means cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing the skin to create a smooth, hydrated base.

If you don’t prep the skin properly, your foundation will look patchy and your concealer won’t stay put. Furthermore, if you don’t know how to identify your client’s skin type, you won’t know the right skin products to put on their skin – let alone the right makeup products!

In other words: take the time to do this step right, and your whole makeup look will be better for it!

Become an International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP) in as little as 2 short months by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course today!

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2. Hygiene

As a makeup artist, you’ll be working with all sorts of different people. This means it’s important to always practice good hygiene, both for your own sake and for the sake of your clients!

Some key things to remember:

  • Always wash your hands before starting any makeup application
  • Use clean brushes, sponges, and other tools
  • Use disposable applicators whenever possible
  • Never share makeup products with anyone
  • Disinfect your workstation before and after every application

By taking these simple precautions, you can help prevent the spread of bacteria and illness – and keep yourself (and your clients) healthy and happy!

3. Color Correcting

Color correcting is a technique used to neutralize discoloration on the skin. This can be anything from dark circles to redness, hyperpigmentation, or even bruises!

Makeup artists use color theory to determine which concealer shades will cancel out specific types of discoloration. For example, green concealer is typically used to neutralize redness, while yellow concealer can help cancel out dark under-eye circles.

If you don’t know how to color correct, your concealer will just end up looking muddy and won’t do a very good job of hiding imperfections. As a result, your client’s skin will look uneven and their makeup will appear cakey and heavy.

To avoid this, make sure you know the basics of color correcting before taking on any clients!

Not sure where to start? Watch this informative color correcting webinar by celebrity MUA and QC Makeup Academy executive instructor, Nathan Johnson!

4. Color Matching

Once you’ve prepped and corrected your client’s skin, it’s time to start matching them to the right foundation shade!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many makeup artists get this step wrong. The wrong foundation shade can completely throw off the rest of your client’s makeup – and make them look either washed out or overly made-up.

To avoid this, it’s important to take the time to identify your client’s skin tone and then find their perfect foundation match. If you don’t have a product that already matches their skin tone, don’t worry! Your training will equip you to mix and match your foundations in order to create the color they need!

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5. Eyebrows

Eyebrows are arguably the most important feature on the face. As a makeup artist, it’s your job to make sure they look their best!

(And we’re not talking about the boxy, unnatural brows we’re all so used to seeing on social media… No, in the world of professional makeup, eyebrows still need to look natural!)

This means knowing how to shape your client’s brows, fill them in, and highlight them properly. It also means being able to identify the different eyebrow shapes and determine which one will suit your client’s face the best. If you don’t know how to do all of this, your client’s eyebrows will end up looking uneven, sparse, and just plain bad.

And let’s be honest – no one wants that!

So, if you’re serious about becoming a makeup artist, make sure you put in the time to master the art of eyebrow shaping. Once you’ve got that down, the rest will be a breeze!

Check out this incredible step-by-step tutorial by QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, Amanda Ramey, on how to achieve natural, realistic brows… Even if your client has no eyebrows at all!

The Basic Skills Every Makeup Artist Should Know: Soft Skills

Now that we’ve gone over some of the basic technical skills every makeup artist should know, let’s talk about the soft skills you’ll need to be successful in this industry.

While hard skills are important, they’re not the only thing that will make you a great makeup artist. In order to really excel in this field, you’ll need to possess certain soft skills as well.

Some of the most important soft skills for MUAs include the ability to:

  • Listen to and understand your client’s needs
  • Communicate effectively with your client
  • Build a respectful, positive rapport with your clients
  • Stay calm under pressure
  • Embrace and learn from constructive criticism

These are just a few of the essential soft skills you’ll need to master if you want to be a successful makeup artist. So, if you’re not already proficient in these areas, now is the time to start working on them!

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What Hard Skills Does a Makeup Artist Require to Run Their Own Business?

In addition to the basic technical skills and soft skills we’ve discussed, there are also certain hard business skills every makeup artist should have if they want to be successful long-term.

Some of the most important business skills for MUAs include the ability to:

  • Market and promote your business
  • Manage your finances
  • Network and build relationships with other industry professionals
  • Set goals and create a business plan

If you don’t already have these hard business skills, it’s okay! There are plenty of resources out there that can help you develop them. And, of course, your training at QC Makeup Academy will also provide you with some essential business education.

After all, EVERY one of our online certification courses comes with a full unit devoted entirely to business training!

Here’s our full list of online makeup and beauty courses, in case you’re interested in checking them out!

To Wrap Things Up…

There you have it! These are just a few of the basic skills every makeup artist should know. So, if you’re thinking about becoming a makeup artist, make sure you brush up on these essential skills before taking the plunge!

And, of course, don’t forget to enroll in a reputable makeup artistry course so you can receive proper training from experienced industry professionals.

At QC Makeup Academy, our online courses are designed to provide you with all the education and resources you need to launch a successful career in the beauty industry – no matter where in the world you happen to be!

So, what are you waiting for? The time to start your dream career is NOW!

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17 Makeup Trends in 2022 You’ll Want to Try!

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Do you love all things makeup? Dream of a career as a professional MUA? Then here are 17 upcoming makeup trends in 2022 that need to be on your radar!

17 of the Hottest Makeup Trends in 2022

#1. Natural Skin

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the world’s hottest makeup trends saw a shift back towards more simplistic, natural looks. Embracing one’s fresh-faced, authentic inner glow quickly became the new norm… and this won’t be going anywhere in 2022!

So, embrace the skin that you’re in and show it off with pride!

Want your skin to look its best? Get properly trained and certified in skincare by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy‘s online Skincare certification course! In as little as 2-6 months, you’ll become a master of your own skincare game – and be able to get paid to help others with theirs, too!

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#2. A Bold Lip

In terms of hot makeup trends in 2022, we’d be making a HUGE mistake by not including a stunning, bold lip. After all, this is one of those beauty trends that’s been around forever – and rightfully so.

A nice, bold lip can pair effortlessly with almost any look. It can accentuate a dramatic, smoky eye, or give some POP to an otherwise soft, natural glam application. Either way, a bold lip has been popular for as long as we can remember.

So, it’s absolutely no surprise that it’ll continue being just as popular for countless years to come!

#3. Embracing “Imperfections”

This makeup trend ties back to the first one on our list, in that it’s all about accepting who you are and what you look like in all of its forms. Imperfections are beautiful. At their core, they’re what make us who we are as individuals.

So, as we welcome 2022, don’t try so hard to cover up your “flaws”. Rather, be proud of all the little quirks that make you, YOU! Remember: confidence and self-love are the sexiest qualities a person can have.

(And, hey, if you struggle with that, we totally get it. All we’re saying is, give it a try. We have no problem showering you with all the love and support you need until you feel within yourself!)

#4. Colorful Eye Makeup

Playing around with boldly colored eye looks has been a thing throughout all of history. Back in the 80s, for example, eyeliner was worn in all sorts of crazy hues, as was eye shadow. Since then, this long-standing makeup trend has had its up and downs, in terms of popularity.

But in recent years, it’s made quite the comeback!

A striking, colorful eyeliner can elevate nearly any look and give it a unique edge. Moreover, this trend can also be a great go-to if you don’t feel like wearing much on a given day, but still want to add a little va-va-voom to your appearance. (I’m thinking a bright, colorful liquid eyeliner to create a sleek cat-eye on an otherwise au natural face!)

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#5. Natural, Fluffy Brows

Since we’re reminiscing, remember in the early 2000s when pencil-thin eyebrows were all the rage? Yeah… That time was a lawless wasteland… 😅

In the years since then, the trend has shifted in the opposite direction. These days, and as we’ll continue to see in 2022, it’s all about those natural, full brows. After all, our eyebrows help frame our faces and give us a healthy-looking glow.

If you’d like some tips on achieving this gorgeous look with your own eyebrows, this article by Greatist will teach you everything you need to get started!

#6. Neon Shadow

Hey, remember that time back in the 90s when blue eyeshadow was a thing? Okay, this makeup trends is basically like that – but better.

In recent years, bold, colorful eye looks have started trending again. If done improperly, with a lack of fundamental makeup technique, the results can be a little… well… scary. However, when done right, you’ll create something truly stunning.

It’s not just us who predicts this makeup trends in 2022 either! In fact, the Spring/Summer 2022 Fashion Week runways had a lot of models and celebs alike sporting dramatic, colorful eye looks. And if it’s Fashion Week-approved, you know this is a trend train to hop onto ASAP!

#7. Embellishments

According to Vogue, embellishments “catapult otherwise bare complexions to a different dimension”. For this reason, it’s one of the hottest makeup trends we can expect to see in 2022.

But what exactly are embellishments? This trend first started back in the disco era, and is all about adding a little (or a lot of) pizzazz to any given makeup look. Embellishments can be added to eyes, lips, brows, cheekbones, and so much more through the use of gems, jewels, sequins, crystals, etc.

You can even take things one step further by using any of the above items to create the illusion of 3D embellishments. So long as you’re feeling creative, you can get as funky as your heart desires!

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#8. Dyed Brows

Note: Let me preface this by saying that when dyeing any hair on your body, it’s always safest to seek out the expertise of a certified professional (namely, a trained hair dresser). Therefore, when we discuss dyeing your brows here in this article, we do NOT recommend doing this yourself. Rather, consult an expert and have the dye job done properly, in a professional environment.

As I mentioned earlier, eyebrows are one of the single best ways to frame the face. Because they’re a natural focal point, there’s also a LOT of room to get playful, make your brows stand out, and use them as a statement-maker.

For this reason, getting creative with our brows is a trend that’s gotten pretty hot over the past few years – and is something we’ll keep seeing in 2022. While many are choosing to dye their brows one solid, vibrant color (often, in contrast to the color of hair on their heads), you can also do partial dye jobs, if you’d prefer.

That said, if you’re not comfortable with the commitment that comes with permanently dyeing your brows, never fear! You can use your professional makeup training and knowledge of core techniques to instead use makeup to create a similar effect.

#9. Russet-Flushed Eyes

Another makeup trend worth knowing about in 2022 is russet-flushed eyes. Other popular hues in-line with this trend would also be pink and/or peach. One way to maximize this trend would be to use these colors as an eyeliner. Another would be to go full-out and use them as eyeshadow, both on top of and below your eyelids.

Pro Tip: You can achieve a pretty whimsical look if paired with an otherwise natural application. Take it one step further by finishing off your look with a bold lip!

#10. Purple Blush

If you’ve ever found yourself on the beauty side of TikTok, you’ve likely seen this makeup trend already. More and more makeup connoisseurs are now sporting purple blush, which is why countless beauty sources are predicting this trend to continue with full force in the New Year.

If you like this particular trend and want to give it a try, we recommend either cream or powder blushes in violet, lavender, or plum colors. These seem to work best on a wide array of skin tones (and undertones) while delivering the most aesthetically-pleasing results!

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#11. Face Paint (But for Adults)

As kids, didn’t we all love to have our faces painted at one point or another?

This awesome makeup trend of 2022 will allow us to tap back into our childhood – except with a mature, grown-up twist! Spotted at shows like Rodarte and Paul & Joe, the beauty industry can expect to see an increase of whimsical, artistic expression being incorporated into makeup applications.

For example, rainbows, clouds, flowers, and galactic imagery have become quite popular staples of this trend. Really, though, you can get as imaginative as you want. Let your creativity guide you and see what you can come up with!

#12. Lower Waterline Eyeliner

Yes, winged eyeliner and cat eyes will always be a popular makeup trend. However, the beauty industry has seen a bit of a shift down south as of late – wherein the focus of eyeliner is now more below the eye than above it.

Of course, this particular trend won’t necessarily work for every makeup look. It’ll be up to you to apply it at your discretion, based on what you’re trying to achieve and what the makeup is being worn for. For example, bold eyeliner on the lower waterline might not be the most appropriate choice for a bride on her wedding day.

But it most definitely can be the right choice for a high fashion editorial look, runway look, or for performance art!

#13. Eyebrow-High Shadow

I won’t lie – whenever I think of eyeshadow going all the way up to the brows, I can’t help but picture Mimi from The Drew Carrey Show. Rest assured, this is NOT what we’re referring to when we discuss this makeup trend.

Instead, what we’re talking about is eyeshadow properly blended up to the eyebrow (and, of course, with hues that compliment the overall look and skin complexion). When executed using proper, professional technique, this look is absolutely perfect for editorial looks and/or high fashion photography.

If you’re someone who likes going out of the box, taking risks, and getting experimental, this is definitely one trend you’ll want to try in 2022!

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#14. Creamy, Warm Bronzer

This makeup trend in 2022 will be especially useful for you if you offer bridal makeup services as part of your business. Indeed, the demand for soft, brown tones is here – and moreover, it’s here to stay.

The beauty of brown hues is that it naturally warms up any complexion. While it’s forever a popular go-to for brides’ eye makeup, we also recommend incorporating it into their bronzer application. This will add a subtle, sun-kissed touch to their already glowing skin (which is always perfect for wedding photos, regardless of the season).

#15. Pastels

The pastel craze has been at its pique for quite some time now, and it shows no signs of ebbing or slowing down next year. These soft yet bright pops of color can turn an otherwise natural look into something funky and distinctive. On the other hand, it can be added to an already dramatic application in order to enhance it that much further.

When playing with pastels, you can incorporate them into your makeup look via:

  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Graphic eyeliner designs
  • Eyeshadow(s)
  • Lipstick or lip stains
  • Embellishments
  • Brow colors
  • Blush
  • And more!

#16. Juicy Textures

According to M.A.C Cosmetics’ senior national artist, Keri Blair, “juicy textures are going to be huge for 2022”. Now, you might be looking at this and wondering, “What are ‘juice textures’?”

Think of it this way: you know what it looks like when you apply a fresh coat of shiny lip gloss?

That’s basically it in a nutshell – except for this trend, it can be applied in other areas of the face as well.

Dewy, shiny lip and/or eye products will be your best bet if you want to to jump on this trend. Use these as finishes on lip and/or eye applications. Blair also recommends taking it one step further by focusing on “fun, berry shades”.

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#17. Clean, Safe Beauty Products

This trend isn’t so much a makeup look as it is a makeup lifestyle. These days, consumers want the peace of mind in knowing that the products they’re buying are ethically-sourced, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. What’s more, you want to ensure that they’re actually good for your skin and won’t cause any unwanted damage.

So, we recommend doing your research before purchasing any new items, regardless of how well-known the brand may be. For instance, this article by Eco Friendly Habits, lists their Top 15 organic and toxic-free makeup brand suggestions. In contrast, this article by Her Agenda provides a list of brands to avoid.

It’s also just as important that your skincare products contain only the most trustworthy ingredients. Not sure which ingredients to look for and which to steer clear of? Watch this informative webinar, hosted by QC Makeup Academy executive instructor and celebrity MUA, Nathan John!

Which of these makeup trends in 2022 are YOU most excited to try out? Can you think of any others to add to this list?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! 💕

Dream of a career as a professional makeup artist? Earn your internationally-recognized certification in as little as 2-6 months by training online with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Learn How to Do Makeup with Certified MUA, Gemma Mannering!

By Makeup Tips and Tricks, QC Student Ambassador, Special Effects Makeup No Comments

Looking for even more ways, beyond your certification training, to learn how to do makeup? You’ve come to the right place! Join QC Makeup Academy‘s Student Ambassador, Gemma Mannering, as she reveals some awesome tips and tricks for special effects makeup!

Get to Know Gemma Mannering!

Gemma is a professional makeup artist located in the United Kingdom. She’s a certified graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, Skincare Course, and Special FX Makeup Course. Additionally, she’s also currently enrolled in the:

  • Global Beauty Workshop
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  • Hair Styling Essentials Course
  • Virtual Makeup Training Course
  • Portfolio Development Workshop

When she isn’t hard at work on her studies, Gemma is the proud owner of GL Makeup. She also devotes much of her time as a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. As part of this role, Gemma provides guidance and support for prospective, current, and past students.

Gemma Introduces Herself

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

Learn How to Do Makeup with Gemma

In the following Instagram videos, join Gemma as she demonstrates core SFX makeup techniques she learned through QC’s Special FX Makeup Course! Moreover, Gemma will give you a some tips and tricks to help YOU recreate these applications yourself.

Warning: These special effects applications may depict fake blood, gore, and/or wounds. Please be advised!

Video #1: Half Glam / Half SFX

This Instagram Reel might just leave your jaw on the floor! At first glance, the left side (photo right) of Gemma’s face has been dolled up in a classic glam look. However, she then unveils the other side of her face… and we’re quickly stunned by the realistic bruising and road rash effect! (And maybe a little squeamish, too!)

How is it possible that Gemma could pull off BOTH applications with such perfection?

Because she’s been properly trained in classic makeup techniques and SFX techniques, that’s why! With a skill-set like this, Gemma can easily apply her talents to every client imaginable. From movies and TV, to brides, and everything in-between… her career opportunities are endless – and yours can be, too!

Video #2: Hand Wound Speed Tutorial

If you like to learn how to do makeup by watching speed tutorials, then you’re going to LOVE this video! Here, Gemma takes to IGTV. Watch as she demonstrates the necessary steps involved in creating a gory, bloody wound between her thumb and index finger. The final result looks like a crazed zombie just took a big bite out of her. Ouch!!!

Video #3: Learn How to Do Bruise Makeup

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do bruise makeup with such realism and finesse that everyone you know will be asking, “What happened to you!?”

Remember: bruise effects are a lot easier said than done. You need to keep in mind the age of the bruise, the placement, and what caused it. Only by taking these 3 criteria into consideration will you be able to create truly realistic bruises each and every time!

And this is EXACTLY why a proper certification course (such as QC’s Special FX Makeup Course) will help you learn how to do special effects makeup like a true, seasoned pro!

Learn How to Do Makeup: More About QC’s Special FX Makeup Course!

QC Makeup Academy’s Special FX Makeup Course is 100% online and done at your own pace. Thus, you can complete your training and gain hands-on experience from the comfort of home, whenever your schedule allows it! The best part? Once you’ve graduated, we’ll mail you an official International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP) certification. As a result, you can refine your resume, attract more clients, and better your career prospects!

Interested in learning even more about this certification program?

Here are some resources we recommend checking out:

Ready to get started? Learn how to do makeup professionally and earn your certification in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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3 Makeup Theory Hacks to Improve Your Mastery

By Makeup Tips and Tricks, QC Student Ambassador 4 Comments

Want to take your makeup game to the next level? QC Makeup Academy‘s Student Ambassador, Veronika Kelle, is here with 3 life-changing makeup theory hacks that are guaranteed to do the trick! 

Veronika is a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Special FX Makeup Course. Connect with her on Instagram, as well as in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

A Little About Me

Hi, my name is Veronika and I’m a Student Ambassador for QC Makeup Academy. Through QC, I am now a three-time certified makeup artist. I ran my own modeling agency for 15 years; organizing beauty contests and fashion shows. In addition, I worked alongside models, photographers, and MUAs. It was during this time that I fell in love with makeup artistry and decided to learn it professionally!

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Becoming a Makeup Artist

Are you interested in entering the world of professional makeup? Would you consider yourself a makeup enthusiast? Do you love doing makeup, but you don’t know how to do it professionally? Have you been learning makeup through watching videos on YouTube – or have you been learning makeup through professional training?

These are all very good questions! And if you answered “yes” to any of them, then this article is definitely for you!

First of all, I can’t stress enough that the proper understanding of makeup theory is ESSENTIAL. It’s especially critical if you want to work as a professional makeup artist. In this article, I’m going to discuss why aspiring MUAs should have a proper understanding of makeup theory. Moreover, I’ll explain how your makeup applications can be hindered if you don’t understand it. Lastly, I’ll also list 3 makeup theory hacks that are guaranteed to improve your mastery.

(So, basically, you do NOT want to miss out on all of this golden nugget information!)

What is Makeup Theory?

Makeup theory is the heart and soul of your craft. It encompasses all of the knowledge, expertise, and essential techniques that allow you to apply a professional makeup look clients will be happy with.

In any profession, it’s important to know the theoretical foundations of that craft. The exact same thing applies to makeup! As an MUA, it’s critical that you learn and understand the proper makeup techniques, products, colors, shapes, shades etc. Moreover, you also need to know how to apply them professionally.

After all, clients will come to you for many different reasons. Every client has a different skin type, skin tone, and a unique face shape. You, as a beauty expert, have to choose the right products and know which ones will best match the client’s skin. Without learning makeup theory, you can lose a LOT of credibility in your work!

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Learning Makeup Theory Through Professional Training

When you learn about makeup theory, your techniques become more flawless than ever! On top of this, you’ll also properly understand how skin works and how to work with different conditions. As a result, you’ll be able to provide clients with high-quality, professional services – as well as a much better experience overall!

As an MUA, the goal is to provide an experience so positive and unforgettable that your client would never be able to find it anywhere else. This is what will get you repeat customers, positive reviews, and countless referrals! And when it comes to learning how to do makeup to this standard, the key is to get a proper education.

Only through professional training can you gain a mastery of proper makeup theory, as well as the fundamentals needed to create any type of makeup look. Social media platforms may be useful for teaching you how to copy different looks or styles – but they don’t teach you how to master foundational techniques. They won’t teach you how to create looks that are 100% your own.

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, every look you create will be precise, symmetrical, and detailed. The best way to learn the basics of makeup and to understand makeup theory is to enroll in a professional certification course!

3 Makeup Theory Hacks to Improve Your Mastery

There are a LOT of makeup theory hacks out there, but I’ve picked 3 that I believe are the most important. Namely, because I learned these 3 theory hacks through QC Makeup Academy and they have allowed me to improve a LOT of my own skill-set as a makeup artist!

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Makeup Theory Hack #1: Skincare First!

All beautiful makeup applications start with flawless, healthy skin. Skin is the canvas on which you’ll apply makeup, so always remember to prioritize skincare just as much as the makeup artistry itself. Good skincare is essential at any age, as it helps your skin to stay in good condition.

Our skin is the largest barrier against infection, virus, and bacteria. So, keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keep this barrier strong! An effective skincare routine can help prevent acne, treat wrinkles, and help the skin to appear more radiant and fresh. That’s why understanding different skin types, skincare products, ingredients, and their effects to the skin is all extremely useful. If you use products that are not suitable for the client’s skin type, the application won’t turn out the way you (or your client) want.

Worst case scenario, it will actually cause irritation, allergic reactions, etc. This is NOT the desired result, and you’ll likely lose the client’s trust.

Makeup Theory Hack #2: Learn About Color Theory!

Color theory is the foundation of a good makeup application. To avoid using the wrong colors or undertones for the skin, it’s very important to master your color theory! A basic understanding of color theory will give you the knowledge to evaluate your client’s skin tones. In turn, this will help you in color correcting, matching undertones, picking the right hues for the skin shade, and choosing the right colors for the applications.

Many of the principles of color theory are based on the color wheel. This easy-to-use tool is the basis for the infinite palette of colors you see around you, and will help you to use colors properly.

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Makeup Theory Hack #3: Know Your Classic Makeup Techniques!

Classic makeup techniques are the bases of everything in makeup. Once you know the classics, you can create any kind of look! Over the years, there have been tons of viral makeup trends. Some of them have disappeared; some have come back into style. But classics makeup techniques are eternal.

By learning these staple techniques, you’ll be able to perfectly apply/create:

  • Winged eyeliner
  • Cat eye
  • Smoky eye
  • Red lip
  • Glitter glam
  • Well-shaped brows
  • False eyelashes
  • Natural and no-makeup looks
  • And so much more!

One of the most essential classic techniques is contouring and highlighting. When applied correctly, this technique can minimize asymmetries, enhance bone structure, and actually make the look appear younger.

In short: understanding the classic techniques of makeup artistry will help you to enhance your client’s natural beauty. Moreover, combining these techniques will allow you to create any type of makeup look – from natural, to glamor, or even fantasy!

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Why You Should Learn Makeup Theory with QC Makeup Academy

Do you want to avoid making mistakes in your makeup work? Would you like to truly be successful in the beauty industry? Then you MUST learn makeup theory through professional training! Practice your techniques, even when you’ve perfected them. Lifelong learning is also a major activity for a professional makeup artist. Updating your skills, learning new techniques, and expanding your knowledge will always pay off!

If you haven’t yet found the right makeup school to teach you professional makeup, look no further! I can recommend the best school for you: QC Makeup Academy!

QC provides a wide selection of makeup certification courses, provided through a unique, online learning system. Not only do you have the freedom to complete your training from home; you can do it at your preferred pace, too! I will forever recommend QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes to all aspiring and working makeup artists alike. Through this school, you’ll learn and understand makeup theory. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a master of all the professional, core techniques!

Food for Thought

In your opinion, what is the most important makeup theory?

I’d love to know your thoughts, so let’s discuss it in the comments section below! As always, thank you for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me in QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook. I’m always happy to help you and answer your questions. 🙂

Become a master of makeup theory in as little as 2-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Learn How to Do Makeup: Realistic Eyebrows Tutorial

By Education, Makeup Tips and Tricks, Makeup Tutorial, QC Student Ambassador 4 Comments

Want to learn how to do makeup so YOU can pursue a professional career as an MUA? We’ve got a killer tutorial that’ll help you get started! 💕

Amanda Ramey’s Realistic Eyebrows Makeup Tutorial

Amanda Ramey is a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. She is also a graduate of the follow certification courses:

  • Master Makeup Artistry
  • Pro Makeup Workshop
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  • Special FX Makeup

Today, she’s here to demonstrate just how much QC’s competitive training has helped her learn how to do makeup! In the following video, watch as Amanda breaks down the technique and steps involved in creating hair-like, realistic eyebrows… even if you have no eyebrows at all!

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

Let’s Recap!

When it comes to learning how to do makeup, the key is to get a proper education. Only through professional training will you gain a mastery of proper technique, makeup theory, and the fundamentals needed to create ANY makeup style.

In this tutorial, Amanda utilizes several critical techniques taught to her in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. Particularly, she demonstrates:

  • A light hand;
  • The use of fine, hair-like stokes;
  • An understanding of color theory;
  • How to create dimension;
  • And how to achieve symmetry.

Prior to the tutorial itself, Amanda also shows an old photo of what her eyebrows used to look like before she got professionally trained. As you’ll see, the difference between then and now is like night and day!

Learn How to Do Makeup with QC Makeup Academy!

QC Makeup Academy offers a wide variety of self-paced, online makeup courses suitable for EVERY skill level. You get two full years to complete your program – but since your training is done entirely at your pace, you can graduate in as little or as much time as you need!

As part of your course, we will provide you with direct online access to all of your course materials. Moreover, we’ll also mail a physical copy of your materials – as well as your free makeup kit – right to your front door. Our wide array of assignments range from quizzes, self-studies, and hands-on training. Your tutor will be a real industry expert with years of in-field experience. After you submit each Unit, your tutor will review all of your work and provide you with audio feedback to help you grow and better your craft!

Once you graduate, you’ll receive your official, internationally-recognized certification in the mail. This certification is the PERFECT addition to any makeup artist’s resume. Not only will it impress your clients; it’ll help you stand out from the competition!

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Additional Perks of Being a QC Student

Here are a handful of other reasons why you should learn how to do makeup with QC Makeup Academy:

  • We hold an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau and have been a pioneer of online learning since 1984.
  • Furthermore, all of our courses and certifications are internationally-recognized.
  • Our tuition is highly competitive, as well as flexible. You have the option to pay your course in full, or take advantage of our low monthly payment plan.
  • Plus, once you enroll in one course, all of your future courses will be 50% off.
  • As a QC student, you gain access to all sorts of amazing makeup discounts with big-name brands.
  • Our Customer Support and online community are second to none.

So, what are you waiting for? Learn how to do makeup professionally and start your dream career in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC today!

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Do These 5 Viral TikTok Makeup Hacks ACTUALLY Work?

By Makeup Tips and Tricks, Makeup Trends, QC Student Ambassador No Comments

There are countless trending TikTok makeup hacks floating around out there… but do they actually work? QC Makeup Academy’s Student Ambassador, Amanda Ramey, is on the case and aims to find out once and for all!

Testing 5 Viral TikTok Makeup Hacks

Amanda Ramey is a professional makeup artist and a graduate of the following QC Makeup Academy certification programs:

  • Master Makeup Artistry
  • Pro Makeup Workshop
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  • Special FX Makeup

In the following video, Amanda uses her professional knowledge and experience to test 5 popular TikTok makeup hacks. Her goal? To see if they achieve what they say they’ll achieve – or if they fail the test!

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

To Recap…

Amanda reviewed and tested out the following makeup hacks (as made popular on TikTok):

  • Face Lift Concealer Hack (1:02 – 3:27). After testing out this hack, keeping in mind the professional training under her belt, Amanda gave it a score of 9/10.
  • Fork Contour Hack (3:29 – 5:25). Scoring the lowest of all 5 viral TikTok makeup hacks, this one earned a painful (but warranted) 0/10 rating from Amanda.
  • Blush Hack (5:27 – 7:18). Thanks to this makeup hack’s accurate techniques and correct application, Amanda gave it a solid 10/10!
  • Eyebrow Tweezer Hack (7:20 – 10:04). There is so much wrong with this hack, we don’t even know where to begin. In fact, it got Amanda go shook that she didn’t even remember to rate it… But based on her reaction after trying it out, we think she probably gave it a -5/10.
  • Eyeliner Hack (10:05 – 12:50). While this hack technically works, it’s going to make symmetry and matching the other eye a major challenge. For these reasons, Amanda gave this hack a rating of 6/10.

Why NO TikTok Makeup Hacks Can Beat Professional Training

Makeup hacks are fun to try, – and definitely cool when they work as promised. However, they can never truly replace professional training! Learning makeup through social media will never be the same as learning proper practice from industry-trained experts.

Remember: when you learn makeup from influencers, you are only learning how to copy a style. Style is not the same as technique. Knowing only style will forever limit you to being a trend-follower.

Techniques, on the other hand, are the foundations you need to learn in order to be able to create different makeup styles. Technique will arm you with all the skills needed to be able to transcend, get creative, and become a trend-setter.

You need one in order to be able to master the other – but ALWAYS in this order. As the saying goes, “You have to learn to walk before you can run.”

Become a professionally certified makeup artist in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!