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QC Makeup Academy Ambassador Feature: Harleen Kaur Talwar

By About the School, Graduate Feature, QC Student Ambassador, Student Ambassador 6 Comments

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Harleen Kaur. I’m married, have a 4-year-old son, and live in Norway. In the past, I’ve served both the aviation industry and sales industry. Now I’m an Entrepreneur and own my own company, LOOKSSTUDIO, in Norway. I have a passion to travel, listen to good music, and I enjoy learning and grasping knowledge as much as possible… especially when it comes to makeup artistry!

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

I decided to become a professional makeup artist because I’ve always wanted to make people smile. I’ve been in the service industry since 2012. Moreover, I used to work with customers in the aviation industry. During this time, I had to use and be familiar with a certain amount of makeup.

One fine day, out of the blue, my mother asked me to do her makeup. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but apparently she loved it! People around her loved her look and complimented her. Plus, she had the BIGGEST smile on her face! When I looked at her, I smiled, too. In that moment, I realized that if I could bring a smile onto the faces of others, I would get so much happiness in return. So, I decided to be a makeup artist!

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

Originally, I actually was looking for a brick-and-mortar school in Norway. But what I came across were schools that offered no in-depth courses. Moreover, their tuition was all extremely expensive, and the courses were only offered in a particular language.

I wanted something that was more global, as well as in the language which most people understood. While I was searching the internet, I came across celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Johnson. I quickly discovered that he’s the executive makeup instructor for QC Makeup Academy. As soon as I saw him, I recognized him from two seasons of Project Runway and thought “Why not learn from the master himself?”

For what other reasons did you choose to enroll in with QC Makeup Academy?

Firstly, QC Makeup Academy offers self-paced courses. Secondly, they also provide internationally-recognized makeup certifications. On top of that, many of QC’s courses provide starter makeup kits to aid in the students’ training. Personally, I LOVED the makeup kit I was given for the Master Makeup Artistry Course! Their eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, lip, concealer, and corrector palette are all lovely.

Furthermore, QC Makeup Academy provides both digital and physical copies of their course materials, as well as instructional videos you can watch online. If I ever want to be clear in my approach to the looks I’m doing, I can always go back and refer to these resources. Plus, I also love that there’s a Virtual Classroom on Facebook where any and every question can be answered by fellow peers, Student Ambassador, QC staff, and tutors!

You’ve graduated from QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. How was your experience with this program and how would you say it helped you to grow as an artist?

“Incredible” would be a very small word to describe my experience. This course not only made me grow as an artist; it made me more confident, both personally and professionally!

The feedback I received from my tutors was totally bang on. It was never sugar-coated, which I appreciated. Rather, it was always very honest; said to try and bring out the in me. Through my training, I learned the core, fundamental techniques of makeup. I know now that I could never have learned this knowledge from just watching social media influencers. To be a professional MUA, you need a professional education.

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

This workshop is a step ahead and delves deeper into the art of makeup. In the Master Makeup Artistry Course, you lean the core techniques of makeup. Then, in the Pro Makeup Workshop, you develop your technical skills with more precision and through cleaner looks. It’s all about detailing and experimenting with your applications.

You’re also a recent graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Hair Styling Essentials Course. Why do you want to add hair styling to your repertoire? How do you intend to incorporate this advanced training into your makeup career?

Personally, I believe that if one knows how to do makeup and hairstyling, then that person is preferable. Such complementary skills will surely set you apart from the competition! Whether it’s a bridal appointment or a movie set, you’ll ALWAYS be the preferred choice in the eyes of a potential client.

Not only will this additional qualification help you expand your clientele; you’ll also have a better salary. You can even be the savior for a “hair gone wrong” emergency during a fashion shoot!

How useful have QC Makeup Academy’s course materials and assignments been for your learning experience?

All of the materials I’ve received have been super fun, educational, and detailed. Each course has been very easy to follow every step of the way, whether it’s related to makeup or hairstyling. In fact, I always go back to the written material and assignments when I create new looks. My QC course materials are like my comfort area.

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How valuable has been the feedback been from your QC Makeup Academy tutors, Nathan Johnson and Corianne Cowan?

I would say that Nathan is like an encyclopedia of makeup knowledge! His feedback is always to-the-point and honest. If your work is good, he’ll totally compliment you on where your strong points are. On the other hand, if you need to improve, he won’t sugar-coat it. Instead, he’ll be upfront about where you need to get better.

In particular, his feedback was especially beneficial for me during Unit B of the MMA Course. Nathan is truly an eye-opener. His feedback and words of wisdom are always in my mind palace. I’d easily say that he’s one of the best educators I’ve ever met in my life!

With Corianne, it’s like you’re working and learning from an all-rounder who knows it all. She is so gentle and sweet! Plus, she’s always approachable on social media and ready to help, no matter what you’re facing. She’s always there to above and beyond; letting you try all hair styling techniques and whatever suits you best for your assignments.

In the end, I can say that QC Makeup Academy, Nathan, and Corianne are like my second family. I can’t live without them!

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

Balance and consistency (both in terms of clean looks and humbleness in work) will help you in achieving your goals. Never rush into things, and practice as much as possible! “Practice makes perfect” is what these programs have taught me!

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

If you wish to build yourself both personally and professionally, want to get the best education, and wish to learn something new, QC Makeup Academy is the place for you! This is truly a school that will help you turn your passion into a profession, in a learning environment that’s entirely at YOUR own pace. QC makes dreams come true!

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You’re located in Blystadlia, Norway. What has the COVID situation been like where you live? Has it affected the way you need to work as beauty professional? If so, how?

We are current in the second wave of COVID. Suddenly, the cases have increased. As a result, we’re in a partial lockdown wherein all malls and stores are closed. That being said, hair and beauty salons are allowed to remain open!

The beauty and personal care industry in Norway hasn’t changed much since 2019. Norwegians are typically affluent consumers who place a high degree of focus on appearance and personal care. Weddings and other such events are still happening. However, they can only have a maximum of 10 members present if it’s an indoor event. Because of this, many brides are either opting to do their own makeup, or they’re shifting their wedding dates.

But the fashion, movie, and television industries have not suffered as such. Moreover, the sale of cosmetics, haircare products, and skincare products have actually increased. This is, in part, because many social media influencers have increased the sales of eyeshadows and palettes.

What services do you currently offer your makeup clients?

Currently, I offer my clients makeup applications for day and night looks. For example, I offer ‘Deluxe Makeup’, which provides more attention to at least one focus point. I also teach a group makeup course (for a maximum of three people) that focuses on educating others on all the new medical and hygiene precautions/regulations out there. Recently, I’ve also been receiving a lot of male hairstyling clients in the salon where I work. I’m also a freelance MUA in this salon as well!

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What are your top career goals as a makeup artist?

To be honest, my career goal is to provide the education and techniques I’ve learned to those who can’t afford professional training. I wish to be an educator to everyone who needs it! To achieve that, I wish to grasp as much education and knowledge as I can from every single sector of the makeup industry. In my eyes, you can never know too much!

I also have a dream of doing a makeup look with Nathan Johnson. I’d love to assist him in his work – even if it’s only for a few minutes!

Finally: In your opinion, what is the true secret of success as a makeup artist?

Without a good education, patience, and practice, one can never reach up to their goals in life. To have success as a makeup artist, one must have balance and maintain all three!

Inspired by Harleen’s journey? Begin your own by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Reacting to My Tutor’s Feedback for My Online Makeup Course!

By #ThrowbackThursday, About the School, Education, QC Student Ambassador 4 Comments

Want to enroll in an online makeup course? Dream of becoming a professionally trained MUA? QC Makeup Academy‘s self-paced, online Master Makeup Artistry Course can help you kick-start your career in as little as 3-6 months! Your tutor will be a real industry professional. Moreover, this tutor will provide you with extensive audio feedback after EVERY unit! Thus, you’ll learn exactly where your strengths are – as well as where you need to improve!

Want a better idea of the sort of feedback you’ll be receiving?

Current student, Jordan Garcia, is here to share some of the feedback he received from his tutor, Nathan Johnson, after submitting Unit B!

Jordan’s Tutor Feedback for Unit B of His Online Makeup Course

Jordan is a current student of the following QC Makeup Academy online makeup courses:

Last summer, Jordan submitted his second unit of the MMA Course. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Unit B is considered one of the most challenging sections of this certification program! Needless to say, Jordan was definitely anxious to have his tutor – celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Johnson – review his work!

Lucky for us, Jordan is here not only to share some of the feedback and constructive critiques he received from Nathan… He’s also going to react to it and provide his thoughts in hindsight!

Watch the full video below!

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

Let’s Recap!

Why is Unit B of the Master Makeup Artistry Course so important? In a nutshell, here’s how Nathan summarizes the purpose of this second unit:

This is an amazing unit because within it, we start to go through all the individual techniques of master makeup artistry! When you put your time into mastering them, when you really understand them inside and out, you become capable of anything... because at the end of the day, whatever it is you want to make in makeup, it always comes down to combinations of basic techniques. Master them and they can be assembled into anything!

Nathan JohnsonQC Makeup Academy executive makeup instructor and celebrity MUA

So, how was Jordan’s feedback for Unit B of this online makeup course? Nathan has some very positive things to say about Jordan’s progress and strengths. In particular, he praises Jordan’s ability to ‘perfect the skin’, as well as his conceal and correcting skills.

At the same time, he also breaks down each component of Jordan’s hands-on work and points out where improvements still need to be made. Specifically, Nathan discusses what can be bettered when it comes to basic eyeshadow application and wedge eyeliner.

Hands-down, though, the BEST part about Nathan’s feedback is how motivating and supportive it is! Not only does he acknowledge and congratulate Jordan on his hard work; Nathan aims to push Jordan further by reminding him (as always) that he has it in him to succeed, and that he is always there to help Jordan however he can.

Talk about a loving, encouraging learning environment!

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Take an Online Makeup Course with QC!

QC Makeup Academy offers an online makeup course for every skill level!

Online Makeup Course: Foundational Training

Our Foundational Training will arm you with all of the core techniques and skill-set needed to launch a thriving career in the professional industry. There are 3 Foundation Courses you can choose from:

  1. Makeup Artistry Course – best for those who wish to take their OWN makeup game to the next level!
  2. Master Makeup Artistry Course – best for those who wish to work professionally as an expert MUA!
  3. Skincare Course – best for those who wish to learn everything there is to know about skincare, better your makeup skills, and/or work as a certified Skincare Consultant!

Online Makeup Course: Advanced Training

Our Advanced Training is designed to add to the foundational skills you built-in (any of) the previous 3 programs. Here, you’ll refine your craft further, create cleaner, more precise applications, and master next-level techniques that are sure to boost your career!

QC Makeup Academy currently offers 3 Advanced Courses:

  1. Pro Makeup Workshop – best for those with previous makeup training and/or graduates of the Master Makeup Artistry Course!
  2. Global Beauty Workshop – best for MUAs who want to be able to work on ANY skin tone and adapt their applications on a worldwide scale!
  3. Portfolio Development Workshop – best for those starting their professional career and interested in creating a strong, client-attracting makeup portfolio!
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Online Makeup Course: Specialty Training

Lastly, QC Makeup Academy also offers Specialty Courses that will add to your existing qualifications, set you apart from your competitors, and become a one-stop shop for clients! Here are the 5 Specialty Courses we currently provide:

  1. Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  2. Special FX Makeup
  3. Fashion Styling
  4. Hair Styling Essentials
  5. Virtual Makeup Training

Ready to get started? Enroll with QC Makeup Academy today and earn your internationally-recognized certification in as little as 3-6 months!

Breaking Down My Makeup Portfolio

By Career Advice, QC Student Ambassador 6 Comments

Building your makeup portfolio for the first time and need some tips for getting started? QC Makeup Academy‘s Student Ambassador, Paula Alleyne, is here to help!

Paula is a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. Her business, PAULA MONIQUE, specializes in bridal, editorial, and special occasions makeup. Connect with Paula directly in the QC Virtual Classroom on Facebook! 

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The Importance of Your Makeup Portfolio

A makeup portfolio is a snapshot of some of your greatest work. It should represent you and allow potential clients to see your capabilities. Portfolios can typically come in 2 forms:

  1. A physical portfolio,
  2. Or an online one.

Physical vs. Online Portfolios

Before the world went digital, having a great physical portfolio book was essential. An MUA’s physical makeup portfolio contained tear sheets of any magazine publications of their work. It also contained high-quality printed images of their artistry in photoshoots. It wasn’t uncommon for a physical portfolio to have a section with business cards, too. This way, you could easily distribute them when you met with possible clients.

In today’s age, however, physical portfolios are not the only thing that’s required. You also need to have an online presence! With the click of mouse, potential clients from all across the world can access and view your work. Online makeup portfolios can typically be seen on an MUA’s social media pages and/or business website.

While we absolutely urge you to post your original work on social media platforms, remember that having a professional business website is always recommend! After all, a polished website will give off that professional edge you’re looking for when portraying your work.

Demonstrating Your Skills

Your makeup portfolio is also a great way to demonstrate your versatility as an artist. This is because the shots you showcase will display varying styles and techniques you’ve mastered. Just keep in mind that showcasing too much variety can be a recipe for disaster. You never want to lose your identity! Similarly, you never want to mask a dominant style that best represents you.

Your portfolio images should not confuse potential clients. When they look at your portfolio, they should quickly become aware of what distinguishes YOU from the competition. A makeup portfolio is one of the major factors that’ll draw in potential clients. Once drawn in, they’ll be more likely to book with you. In turn, they’ll likely share your work (and their positive experience with you) with people they know.

Thus, a solid makeup portfolio ensures that a chain of employment opportunities is created!

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4 Tips for Your Makeup Portfolio

When building your makeup portfolio, there are a few tips you can follow:

1 – Only use high-quality professional images.

During your certification training with QC Makeup Academy, you’ll discover the difference between professional and unprofessional photos. For example, a candid picture taken with your mobile device is often times not a photo you’ll want to place within your makeup portfolio. Such photos may be appropriate for a social media account. If the photo – in any way – gives viewers a more personal and/or daily work-life experience of you as the makeup artist, it’s NOT the type of imagery that should be displayed in your portfolio selection.

Want some more tips for taking/choosing the BEST photos for your makeup portfolio? Keep reading here!

2 – Be patient.

Building a portfolio with quality imagery takes time. Some professional artists state that a minimum of three years is what took for them to build a solid professional makeup portfolio. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to perfect your portfolio too quickly. Otherwise, you’ll be setting yourself up for unnecessary disappointment.

3 – Network with other industry professionals.

One really smart way to build your portfolio is to network with other professionals in your area. Just as you’re an upcoming makeup artist, there are plenty of upcoming photographers who are looking to develop their own portfolios. Collaborations are a great way for you to gain professionally-captured images, while also meeting and forging relationships with other people within your industry. Such collaborations may even transform into long-term partnerships and/or employment as the vendor develops his or her career.

Photographer, makeup artist, and model on set of photoshoot

4 – Reflect who you are in your makeup portfolio.

If you’re a makeup artist who loves clean beauty, let that shine through in your portfolio! If you gravitate more towards avant-garde looks, then when people view your makeup portfolio, they should clearly be able to see you as an artist who loves bold, colorful creations.

A Look Into My Makeup Portfolio

As a makeup artist, my personal style is natural beauty. I love naturally enhanced creations for bridal and editorial shoots. The following are some of the images which best represent me as an artist…

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PHOTO CREDIT – Photographer: Rommel Alleyne / Makeup Artist: Paula Alleyne / Model: Bethany Pile of Casting Barbados / Bridal Designer: Jaye Applewaite / Hair Stylist: Tina Burrow of Déjà vu Salon / Diamond Distributor: Diamonds International Barbados / Jewelry Designer: Sonia King of SRK Designs / Lighting Assist: Akinwole Jordan / Venue: Barbados St. James Parish Church

As you can see, this wedding photo is elegant and soft (which ties back in with the overall theme). My model’s dress, hairstyle, and location are very much princess-themed. Moreover, the goal was for her makeup application to be enhanced enough that it defines her features, while remaining soft for the theme.

Paula wedding photo 2
PHOTO CREDIT – Photographer: Rommel Alleyne / Makeup Artist: Paula Alleyne / Model: Tiye Kelly of Casting Barbados / Bridal Designer: Jaye Applewaite / Lighting Assist: Akinwole Jordan / Venue: The Crane Resort Barbados

Now take a look at this wedding photo, which has a more defined smoky eye. The aim of this application was to utilize the smoky eye technique in a manner which defined the client’s eyes. However, the look still needed to remained soft enough to be suitable for a wedding.

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PHOTO CREDIT – Photographer: Rommell Alleyne / Makeup Artist: Paula Alleyne

I particularly love this editorial photo! It enhances the talent’s rich, brown tones. Creating natural beauty images for editorial work requires a level of technical ability, as well as a fine balance.

On the one hand, you must apply enough makeup for the camera to pick up on it. But on the other hand, you also need to make sure there’s not too much product buildup. Otherwise, the look won’t appear natural. Furthermore, an application of various shades of brown can easily look like one wash of color, rather than creating slight definitions around the eye.

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PHOTO CREDIT – Photographer: Rommell Alleyne / Makeup Artist: Paula Alleyne

Finally, this last photo is a great age-appropriate shot. My client had turned 16. As a minor, her makeup application had to ensure that she was still recognizable, while not appearing overly mature. At the same time, the makeup still needed to be prominent enough to enhance her beautiful features.

Why Professional Training Makes for a Better Makeup Portfolio

Getting professionally trained in makeup artistry is a guaranteed way to enhance your skill level. By extension, it’ll also elevate the creation of your makeup portfolio. Remember: anyone who looks at your portfolio should be able to easily notice your level of skill and technique. By enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s online certification courses, you’ll gain all the knowledge and mastery needed to reflect this advanced skill-set in your work!

QC offers great advice on building your makeup portfolio. This is particularly the case in their Portfolio Development Workshop. In this 2-unit program, you’ll learn the difference between a professional versus an unprofessional image. Moreover, you’ll learn the ins and outs of building your professional network. As we touched on earlier, establishing your network will only benefit your portfolio development in the long run.

If you dream of becoming a professional makeup artist, I strongly recommend checking out this online school. QC’s education will not only develop your technical ability; it’ll teach you all about industry practices and standards, too. In addition to this, you’ll get regular constructive critiques from your tutor(s). Plus, your course materials will provide you a wealth of knowledge on:

  • Dealing with facial corrections;
  • Learning eye and facial shapes;
  • Color theory;
  • Identifying skin types;
  • Starting (and running) a successful business;
  • And so much more!

If you’d like more information, feel free to contact QC Makeup Academy’s Student Support Team anytime! You can also connect with me directly in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook. Thanks for reading!

Learn the technical skills needed to create a stunning makeup portfolio by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy today!

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Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Multiple Amputee

By About the School, Graduate Feature, QC Student Ambassador 2 Comments

Thinking of becoming a makeup artist – but worried that personal circumstances and potential setbacks will stop you from being able to pursue your dream? We’re here to tell you right here and now that if you have a dream, you owe it to yourself to follow it. After all, life is too short to not do the things you love! 💕

Becoming a Makeup Artist as a Multiple Amputee

Amanda Ramey is a multi-graduate and Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. She is also a multiple amputee. Despite the barrier this could have posed her, Amanda chose not to see her situation as something capable of holding her back. Instead, she focused on her passion, her dedicated work ethic, and her desire to learn. The result? Amanda now has several internationally-recognized certifications under her belt and is an absolute makeup artistry wizard!

Watch the video below to learn more about Amanda’s journey…

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

Let’s Recap!

Amanda’s Experience Becoming a Multiple Amputee

At the age of 23, Amanda fell ill. Gradually, things took a turn for the worse, with Amanda’s body falling into septic shock. In order to stop things from progressing any further, Amanda underwent several surgeries to remove both of her legs below the knee, as well as the majority of her fingers. After spending a month and a half in the hospital, Amanda then spent another 4-5 months at home recovering – and even re-learning how to walk!

Prior to her amputations, Amanda worked as a professional tattoo artist. Despite everyone (including doctors) telling her that she’d never be able to continue this job again, Amanda refused to believe this. Through perseverance and determination, Amanda learned to adapt; to approach her crafts in a new way, in order to continue doing the things she loves best. As a result, she’s still a professional tattoo artist to this very day – defying the odds and proving all those who said she couldn’t do it wrong.

Becoming a Makeup Artist

Shortly after the birth of her newborn, Amanda started dabbling in makeup. Lo and behold, what began as nothing more than a hobby quickly turned into something more! Amanda quickly discovered that she had a natural talent for makeup artistry and wished to get a true education in it. But with her full-time job and busy schedule as a parent, in-person classes wouldn’t be an option. So, she researched into online schools… and found QC Makeup Academy!

Becoming a makeup artist article: Amanda Ramey with and without makeup, side by side comparison

Becoming a Makeup Artist with QC Makeup Academy

In her video, Amanda discusses the many reasons why she chose to enroll with QC Makeup Academy, and how her training has allowed her to become a makeup artist. Some of these reasons include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Of all the online makeup schools she found, QC seemed the most legitimate and respectable;
  • Moreover, she also found that QC Makeup Academy has the best reviews;
  • Plus, the self-paced, online learning environment was exactly what she was looking for!

So, how was Amanda’s experience with QC? According to her, her training completely changed the way she perceives and approaches makeup! She specifically credits the thorough tutor feedback she received after every unit as part of the reason why she’s grown as much as she has.

Amanda now has the following certifications/certificates under her belt:

  • Master International Makeup Professional (MIMP)
  • Pro Makeup Workshop certificate
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop certificate
  • International Special FX Makeup Professional (ISMP)

Thanks to QC Makeup Academy, Amanda has been able to become a professional makeup artist and use her knowledge to grow her makeup career in the direction best suited for her goals!

Inspired by Amanda’s story? Start your OWN today and get certified in as little as 3-6 months! Becoming a makeup artist has never been easier than by training with QC Makeup Academy!

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Revealing the Holy Grail Items in My Makeup Kit!

By Makeup Reviews, QC Student Ambassador 3 Comments

On the hunt for some awesome products and tools to add to your makeup kit? Then look no further, ’cause this article is for YOU! 💄

A Look Inside Amanda Ramey’s Makeup Kit

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

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

In the following videos, join Amanda as she walks us through her top MUST-HAVE cosmetics inside her professional kit and why she loves them!

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

Build Your Makeup Kit with QC Makeup Academy

Did you know that most of QC Makeup Academy’s self-paced, online certification courses come with FREE makeup products as part of the tuition?

It’s true!

The following training programs will provide you with a starter kit:

  • Master Makeup Artistry provides a 5-piece Master Kit!
  • Makeup Artistry provides a 5-piece Makeup Starter Kit!
  • Global Beauty Workshop provides a 20-shade conceal & correct palette, as well as Henna paste!
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop provides an Airbrush Kit and airbrush machine!
  • Special FX Makeup provides an 8-piece Special Effects Starter Kit!

Want to learn more about the products that come with QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course? Click here!

As a bonus, you can use the promo code ELITE at checkout to upgrade your kit to QC’s exclusive Elite Kit. As part of this upgrade, you’ll also receive a highlight palette, contour palette, eyebrow palette, 4-pack of false lashes, makeup travel bag, and a stainless steel palette with spatula… at NO extra cost!

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Extra Perks of Being a QC Student

As if training with QC Makeup Academy wasn’t already exciting enough, check out these additional benefits that you’ll receive once you enroll:

  • The chance to train at an internationally-recognized makeup school with an A+ Better Business Bureau ranking!
  • 50% off ALL future courses!
  • Monthly promotional offers and discounts!
  • Self-paced training programs! As a result, you can complete from the comfort of home – whenever suits YOU best!
  • Lifetime access to your course materials in the Online Student Center!
  • Competitive tuition and affordable payment plans!
  • A 21-day money-back guarantee!
  • The chance to have your work featured on QC’s social media and blog!
  • A wide variety of makeup discounts from big name brands!
  • Guidance from legitimate beauty pioneers!
  • Moreover, get personalized tutor feedback after every course unit!
  • Access to the QC community, where you can connect and network with fellow peers, tutors, etc.!
  • Internationally-recognized certifications you can add to your resume!
  • And SO much more!

Ready to get started? Stock up your makeup kit and become a professional MUA in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling with QC Makeup Academy!

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How to Become a Makeup Artist: Working on Photoshoots

By Career Advice, QC Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career One Comment

Want to know how to become a makeup artist? Ready to turn your passion into a professional career? QC Makeup Academy graduate, Angelica Hamlin, reveals why taking part in photoshoots will help you achieve your goals!

How to Become a Makeup Artist: Angelica’s Tips for Working on Photoshoots

Angelica Hamlin is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador. She’s a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry and Virtual Makeup courses. Moreover, she is currently enrolled in the Skincare certification program.

(Fun fact: Click here to discover why Angelica chose to enroll with QC – even though she was already a licensed cosmetologist!)

Today, Angelica is here to reveal how YOU can become a makeup artist by taking part on photoshoots! Watch the full video below.

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

How to Become a Makeup Artist: The Value of Stylized Photoshoots

As you learn how to become a makeup artist, you’ll discover the importance of:

  • Your professional makeup portfolio;
  • Hands-on training;
  • Professional etiquette;
  • And networking with fellow industry experts.

Stylized photoshoots provide you with a unique opportunity to achieve ALL of these goals! In the beginning of your career, you likely won’t know a lot of people or have a large number of clientele right away. However, a styled shoot will give you the chance to meet/work with others in your industry, apply your knowledge on real-life models, and obtain high-quality photos for your portfolio!

Want to learn more about stylized photoshoots and how they can help you become a makeup artist? Keep reading here!

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How to Become a Makeup Artist with QC Makeup Academy

QC’s self-paced, online training can get you fully trained and certified in as little as 3-6 months. As a result, you’ll be able to add an internationally-recognized designation to your resume and begin booking clients ASAP!

When you enroll, we provide you with both online and physical copies of your course materials. Plus, most QC courses come with a free starter makeup kit, too! Thus, you’ll have everything you need to get your training underway at your earliest convenience.

Moreover, all of our tutors are legitimate industry experts with decades of in-field experience. The tutor you get paired up with will review all of your work after each unit. Afterwards, they’ll provide you with extensive audio feedback to help you grow and better your craft.

Think you can’t get hands-on experience through an online course? Think again! With our wide variety of practical assignments, you’ll get all sorts of real-world training. Furthermore, our courses will teach you everything you need to know to launch (and run) your very own business. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and take the beauty industry by storm!

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Additional Perks of Being a QC Student

Not only will QC Makeup Academy teach you how to become a makeup artist… We’ll also give you all sorts of incredible benefits just for enrolling with us! Here are just some of the perks you’ll get as a student:

  • Major makeup discounts with big-name brands like MAC, Anisa Beauty, Urban Decay, Smashbox Cosmetics, and more!
  • Competitive tuition and flexible payment options!
  • 50% off ALL future QC courses!
  • Monthly promos that’ll help you earn more certifications for a fraction of the cost!
  • Regular makeup challenges (to help you strengthen your skill-set) on our social media and in the Virtual Classroom!
  • 24/7 access to our amazing Student Support Team!
  • Networking opportunities galore via QC’s tutors and your fellow peers!

Why wait any longer to make your dreams a reality? Enroll with QC Makeup Academy!

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QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course: Zombie Assignment

By Education, QC Student Ambassador, Special Effects Makeup 7 Comments

Thinking of enrolling in QC Makeup Academy‘s Special Effects Makeup Course? Veronika Kelle is here to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how she completed her final assignment: zombie makeup!

The Special Effects Makeup Course: Veronika Kelle’s Zombie Application

Located in Thailand, Veronika Kelle is a Student Ambassador of QC Makeup Academy. In addition to the Special Effects Makeup Course, she has also completed the Master Makeup Artistry Course and Pro Makeup Workshop.

In the following video, Veronika shares what her experience was like:

  • Prepping for her final course assignment;
  • Applying the special effects zombie makeup on her model;
  • And seeing her vision come to life through an on-location photoshoot.

As a reminder, this assignment was the final one in her Special Effects Makeup Course. Thus, she is using all of the fundamental techniques, makeup theory, and skills learned throughout her training. As you’ll see, the final result is truly remarkable!

Watch the full video below!

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

About QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course

This 4-unit Specialty Course teaches you everything you need to know to work as a professional SFX makeup artist! Among the many skills you’ll learn, discover how to:

  • Safe and sanitary special effects makeup applications;
  • How to identify (and work with) common skin disorders;
  • Bald cap application, aging makeup, and how to work with fake hair;
  • How to create an original character from a script;
  • SFX prosthetics and their many uses;
  • How to create realistic wounds and gore;
  • How to create your very own special FX makeup kit;
  • The fundamentals of starting a successful business;
  • And SO much more!

Once enrolled, all of your course textbooks and instructional videos will be accessible directly within the Online Student Center. As a result, you’ll be able to start your training immediately! But if you prefer to work with physical course materials, we’ve got you covered there, too. We mail you a physical copy – as well as a free starter makeup kit – directly to your front door!

You’ll get paired with a tutor who’s a real industry expert, with years of experience. After every unit, your tutor will review your work with a fine-tooth comb and give you extensive audio feedback. And just because this course is online doesn’t mean you won’t get any hands-on training. Quite the opposite! In fact, you’ll get TONS of real-world experience through your practical assignments.

The best part? Once you graduate, you’ll get an internationally-recognized certification/designation! Thus, you’ll have a game-changing qualification to add to your resume and impress clients with!

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Photography by Janusz Ciechowski.

Other Reasons to Enroll with QC Makeup Academy

We’ll be real with you: there are far too many perks and benefits to list here! There are just so many of them! However, here’s a handful of the top reasons why QC students and grads recommend our school:

  • QC Makeup Academy holds an A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau!
  • Furthermore, our school and all of its online courses are internationally-recognized!
  • In addition to our Special Effects Makeup Course, we offer a HUGE variety of other makeup, hair, fashion, and skincare courses. Click here to see all the courses we currently offer!
  • QC’s learning environment is 100% self-paced and remote. As a result, you train on your schedule and from wherever works best for YOU!
  • Our tuition is extremely competitive. Pay your tuition in full when you enroll (and save some money by doing so), or take advantage of our low monthly payment plan!
  • Moreover, all future QC courses will then be 50% – forever!
  • The moment you enroll with QC Makeup Academy, you get access to a long list of makeup discounts from big-name brands!

So, what are you waiting for? Enroll in QC’s Special Effects Makeup Course and earn your certification in as little as 3-6 months!

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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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My Review of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course

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

Thinking of getting professionally certified by enrolling in QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course? Cheri Stevens just graduated from this very program – and she’s here to tell you EXACTLY what you can expect!

To Learn More About Cheri, Read Her Full Ambassador Feature Here

My Journey Into Makeup Artistry

Hi, folks! My name is Cheri Stevens and I’m a graduate of QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Program. I’m also a Student Ambassador. Since graduating from my certification program, I’ve become a freelance makeup artist and run my very own business. Let me tell you: there is NOTHING more rewarding than doing makeup as a career!

I’ve been working as my own boss for approximately 6 months. I work with clients on location, doing bridal work and before-and-after photoshoots. In addition to this, I spend lots of time networking and collaborating with many amazing photographers, in order to make all of my work come to life!

If you’re thinking of turning your passion for makeup into a legitimate profession, then I urge you to keep reading. QC Makeup Academy quite literally changed my life… and it can do the same for you, too!

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

Professional makeup artists are industry experts who work with the face (and body) as a medium. As an MUA, you can apply makeup on others for:

  • Special occasions (i.e. weddings, proms, graduations, baby showers, etc.);
  • Theater;
  • Television;
  • Film;
  • Fashion;
  • Magazines;
  • Other productions (i.e. aspects of the modeling industry);
  • And more!

Click here to learn even more about the job description of a makeup artist!

Is Professional Makeup Artistry Training Necessary?

In my opinion, professional training is very necessary in the world of makeup artistry. A client will always want to hire a makeup artist who’s been educated and certified! After all, these qualifications provide reassurance that they’re booking someone who can truly give them the results they want.

Moreover, you want to be a makeup artist who thoroughly understands skin, color correcting, proper technique, and all those little tips and tricks that’ll take your applications from good to great. With these skills to arm you, you’re definitely going to be more in-demand for any and all clients – especially when compared to competition who doesn’t have your level of training.

Another benefit of getting professionally trained is that you’ll have an internationally-recognized, reputable certification to add to your resume. As a result, you’ll be able to obtain more clients, have a much stronger skill-set, and gain a competitive edge over other MUAs in your area. Plus, this education will boost your income, as you’ll have the education needed to set your professional business standard!

So, are you ready to get the ball rolling and enroll in a makeup course? If so, I’m here to tell you that ALL of these goals are achievable with QC Makeup Academy!

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Why I Enrolled with QC Makeup Academy

As a woman who already had a passion for makeup, I decided it was time to up my game. I was a Service Industry worker for years, but I wanted to switch gears. Professional makeup artistry was really appealing to me. So, I began my search. Not long ago, I wound up seeing an ad on Facebook for QC Makeup Academy and it piqued my interest!

I was curious as to how I could get this education by attending a school online. But after reading all the reviews saying how amazing QC’s education was, I was sold. What really caught my attention was that through QC Makeup Academy, I could complete my training on my own schedule. They even had easy, affordable payment options that fit right into my budget!

Why Did I Pick the Master Makeup Artistry Course?

QC Makeup Academy offered a wide variety of courses suitable for ALL levels of experience. Since I’d never been trained in this field before, I wanted a certification program that would teach me everything from the ground up. The Master Makeup Artistry Course was the exact solution I was looking for!

This 7-unit program will teach you all the theory and proper techniques you could possibly want to know. Moreover, you’ll learn how to apply makeup for theater, film and television, weddings, unique fictional characters, and more.  Once you enroll, you’ll be paired with a legit industry expert who will be your individual tutor. After each unit, this tutor will examine your work and provide you with extensive audio feedback to help you get better and grow as an artist!

Additional Perks

Another reason I wanted to take this course? There’s a full unit at the end, all about business training! As I knew I’d want to start my own makeup business, this unit was essential to my learning experience. It was also important to me that upon graduation, I would receive an actual certification for my resume. Luckily, the Master Makeup Artistry Course gives you just that! Once you’ve completed the program (and paid for it in full), you’ll be sent a physical copy of QC’s Master International Makeup Professional certification.

Community and networking opportunities were also things I was looking for, too. So, guess how excited I was when I discovered that QC also offers a free Virtual Classroom on Facebook for current, past, and prospective students? In the Virtual Classroom, I am lucky enough to connect with my fellow peers and together, we help one another succeed in our journeys.

I am proud to say that I’ve since graduated from the Master Makeup Artistry Course. If you’ve read this far, then you’re in luck – because I’m now going to give you my honest review of this program (as well as QC in general)!

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My Review of the Master Makeup Artistry Course

My Personal Highlights of the Program

First, let me start by reiterating that I LOVE QC Makeup Academy! My tutor was Pat Armstrong. I found her to be so sweet and extremely helpful. Pat has worked with the National Women’s Show, Lise Watier, and Shiseido.  Her clients include Steven Harper and Olympic Gold Medalist, Elizabeth Manley. Pat’s breakdown and critique of my work were always really informative and helped me understand exactly what I needed to improve along the way.

When I enrolled in the Master Makeup Artistry Course, I not only got a digital copy of all my course materials – I was mailed a physical copy, too. These materials included all of my booklets and a high-quality makeup kit! Each book was extremely informative! Furthermore, the fun, educational videos hosted by the lovely Nathan Johnson were perfect learning tools. Nathan is a gem. He shows you exactly how the look should be applied, with a few little personal tips thrown in.

Another awesome perk is that even though the course is done online, there are TONS of practical assignments that give you critical hands-on training. I found this hands-on learning to be especially exceptional. Of all my assignments, my favorite one was the Stylized Shoot. I chose to do a makeup application for a 50’s-style bridal photoshoot. It was so much fun because we had to style the entire model from head to toe! I used my old wedding dress, did a classic red lip, and shot it in front of our old piano. I was over the moon with how this assignment turned out!

3 Important Lessons I Learned In My Training

Throughout the course of my program, 3 lessons I learned that I found to be especially important were:

  • If you have to second-guess your work, it’s not ready to submit.
  • Use quality products for the best results.
  • Many of your products can actually have multiple different uses.
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3 Key Lessons I DIDN’T Know Before Taking the Master Makeup Artistry Course

  • Less can often be more. For example: applying eyeliner with a dark powder and an angled brush along the lash line can open an eye, without it being overpowering. Sometimes, that’s all you need to have a wide-awake-looking eye!
  • Eyebrows are meant to be sisters, not twins.
  • Sometimes, all a client needs are to balance their complexion – instead of covering the entire face with foundation.

Remember: You’ll Get What You Put Into It

Here’s the honest truth: no, the Master Makeup Artistry Course isn’t easy. It’s not meant to be! Rather, it’s designed to push you. It’ll force you to evaluate your work objectively, practice over and over again, and be your own biggest critic. In the world of professional makeup, this is the ONLY way you for to learn properly and maximize your chances for success!

Personally, I found all of my assignments to be quite challenging. However, that only ever reiterated to me that I’d picked the right school and the right course. After all, you shouldn’t want your training to be basic and easy! This course will challenge you, but in a good way. It’ll give you every tip and trick taught by industry professionals. This way, you’ll have the best education possible. You’ll be prepared to be the BEST makeup artist you can be!

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So, Should YOU Enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course?

100% YES!

I absolutely encourage you to join QC Makeup Academy and enroll in this course if you’re considering a professional education in makeup artistry. Even if you’re already an established MUA, I recommend this school. Maybe you don’t yet have formal training. Perhaps you do but want to build upon your existing skill-set. Either way, QC will offer you something to better your craft!

In my experience, the Master Makeup Artistry Course can truly help you level up your game. This is because it’ll give you the proper tips and techniques needed to become an even better MUA. I’m so happy I chose QC Makeup Academy. This school has allowed me to start my career on the right track. In fact, I have plans to add even more QC courses to my repertoire in the future!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my honest review of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course. I really appreciate it! Please feel free to leave a comment below, and please come connect with me in the Virtual Classroom on Facebook! I look forward to seeing you there!

Turn your dreams into a reality by enrolling in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course today!

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Why YOU Should Join QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom

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

Want to become a professional makeup artist? Thinking of enrolling with QC Makeup Academy for your certification training?

If so, then you should DEFINITELY join QC’s free Virtual Classroom on Facebook today! 💕

Interested in learning more about this Virtual Classroom first? No problem, we’ve got you covered!

What is the Virtual Classroom?

The Virtual Classroom is a private Facebook group run by QC Makeup Academy. The purpose of the Virtual Classroom is two-fold. Firstly, it’s a safe space for current students and past graduates to gather together, discuss their courses/careers, connect with tutors, and network amongst each other.

Secondly, it’s also a place for prospective students, too! Say you’re not yet enrolled with QC but have been thinking about it. You can simply hop into the group for a 2-week trial, chat with students, get their perspectives, etc. As a result, you’ll have a crystal-clear idea of what YOU can expect once you enroll – before investing any money into your decision!

Pretty cool, huh?

Jordan Garcia Spills the Tea

Jordan Garcia is an aspiring MUA and a current student of QC Makeup Academy’s Master Makeup Artistry Course, Pro Makeup Workshop, and Skincare Course. Fun fact: he is also one of our awesome Student Ambassadors! As a result, he’s got the inside scoop about why QC Makeup Academy is THE makeup school to train with!

Watch Jordan’s full video below and join him as he reveals all of the major perks of joining the Virtual Classroom on Facebook!

Ready to join? Click here to become a member of the Virtual Classroom!

Perks of Enrolling with QC Makeup Academy

Beyond the Virtual Classroom, there are a TON of other reasons why QC Makeup Academy needs to be on your radar! If you dream of working as a professional makeup artist, QC will:

  • Get you fully trained and certified in as little as 3-6 months!
  • Pair you with a real industry tutor (with years of experience), to act as your guide up the mountain of success!
  • Provide you with a start makeup kit!
  • Give you 2 full years to complete your program!
  • Provide a self-paced, remote learning environment!
  • Mail you a physical copy of your course materials, in addition to your online access!
  • Make you eligible for a BUNCH of amazing makeup discounts from big-name brands!
  • Teach you everything you need to know about booking clients, marketing yourself, and launching your very own business!
  • And SO much more!

Another awesome benefit? QC Makeup Academy has been a pioneer of the online learning experience since 1984 and holds a solid A+ ranking with the Better Business Bureau. Moreover, all of our certifications are internationally-recognized. Thus, once you graduate, you can use your expertise to service clients anywhere you want!

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Turn your dreams into a reality today! Enroll with QC Makeup Academy and make 2021 the year you pursue your ultimate dream!

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