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QC Fam Friday: My Career BEFORE QC Makeup Academy

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Welcome to QC Makeup Fam Friday! This new monthly series will explore the thoughts, stories, and opinions of real QC students and grads. Each month, they’ll weigh in on topics surrounding makeup training, finding work in the professional world, and being an MUA in the beauty industry!

Today, they’re here to answer one very insightful question:

What was your career path or career goals BEFORE enrolling in QC’s makeup courses?

Let’s see what the QC makeup fam has to say!

Ashley Martinez

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

“Outside of my makeup courses with QC, my career is as a Professional Luxury Photography, designed to empower women. I decided to join the QC family so I can add makeup to my client's photography experiences. Helping women feel good while with me, and helping them learn how to apply their own makeup, is the best career ever! xoxo"

Izzy Burfeind

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"My professional goal before enrolling in QC's makeup courses was to start working as a makeup artist for a local photographer. I wanted to perfect my makeup artistry and become certified. I want to provide the client with the best service possible. I love helping women feel beautiful!"

Brittany Bauhaus

Master Makeup Artistry / Special FX Makeup

"Before pursuing makeup artistry, I was working at a personal support worker, taking care of the elderly. As rewarding as it was, my heart wasn’t in it anymore. So thankful I found QC's makeup courses!"

Corinea KiKi Fowler

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup / Skincare

"My career path has been 8 years with the Military as an All Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and retail. I also owned my own vape shop until I fell ill last year with a cancer called Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Losing my hair was the worst thing for me, besides the sickness. I no longer felt beautiful or like myself, so that's when I really started experimenting with makeup. The feeling I felt when I applied my makeup is what I want my clients to feel: pure amazement, and so beautiful that they can take on the world!"

Bronwen Pilgrim

Master Makeup Artistry

"I have worked in hospitality for the last 11 years. But after my daughter was born 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to turn my passion for makeup into a career, with the goal of eventually gaining certification in other areas of beauty. I'd love to have my own salon where I can offer a range of services!"

Tasha Allen

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"Before joining QC, I didn't really have a career. I am a stay-at-home mum with 4 wonderful babies (3 boys and a girl). Of course, they love the fact I am now doing makeup. I love it!!! Taking makeup courses was the best decision I have ever made, and I can't wait to show the world what I can do!"

Debbie Traugh

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"Hi everyone! I have been a nurse for the past 34 years. I have always loved the world of makeup, but never thought of it as a career. I found QC's makeup courses a few years ago and thought I was too old. But I decided to take the plunge a few months ago. We will see where it takes me!"

Elly Antonia Nunns

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"Before I began my amazing time at QC Makeup Academy, I was a youth group leader and youth worker. I loved engaging with my young people and pushing them to succeed in life, and to say it warmed my heart everyday is an understatement. After 5 years, I decided that it was time to push MYSELF to succeed as a makeup artist!"

Danielle Merrick

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Airbrush Workshop / Hair Styling Essentials / Special FX Makeup

"Hello, QC family! I was a family counselor and worked with a lot of women who lost their partners, self esteem, or were lost. I was always overwhelmed with the fact that they let themselves go. I stopped practicing counseling and decided to work from a different angle, and help those women feel pretty again. So I fell in love with makeup artistry, and here I am, fulfilling my dreams!"

Aimee Balcarcel

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"My [current] career path is working for a bank. But that doesn’t always fulfill me, so I chose to enroll in QC's makeup courses to follow my dreams!"

Manpreet Kaur Rai

Master Makeup Artistry

"Bizarrely, my career has been in IT - first In financial services, and now in retail. [But] I’ve always had a passion for makeup!"

Sandra Gabriela

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"I have been working in the childcare field for over 16 years, but I’ve been passionate for makeup since I was young. Unfortunately, in the town that I live in, there are no schools to study this field. But when I found QC and their makeup courses, I automatically enrolled - and my passion for makeup came back even stronger!"

Veronika Kelle

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Special FX Makeup

QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador

"For 15 years, I managed my own model agency, for which I organized fashion shows and beauty contests. I enjoyed working with models, designers, and photographers. During that time, I fell in love with makeup artistry and decided to become a makeup artist. Luckily, I found the QC Makeup Academy, whose makeup courses have helped me to change career paths and make my dreams come true!"

Daniela Kolehouse

Master Makeup Artistry

"After 8 years of working as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist in the pharmaceutical industry, I changed my life and work path. I moved to a different country and decided to follow my passion: to start a career in makeup!"

Joy Gonzalez

Master Makeup Artistry

"Before QC, I was working as an Account Manager, doing inside sales and accounting. For the last 9 years, I have been a stay-at-home mom, but I have always wanted to work as a makeup artist!"

Ready to join QC’s awesome makeup family? Until September 18th, enroll and get TWO online makeup classes for the price of one!

QC Makeup Fam Friday: The #1 Reason You LOVE Online Makeup Classes with QC!

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Welcome to QC Makeup Fam Friday! This new monthly series will explore the thoughts, stories, and opinions of real QC students and grads. Each month, they’ll weigh in on topics surrounding makeup training, finding work in the professional world, and being an MUA in the beauty industry!

Today, they’re here to answer one very insightful question: What is the #1 thing they love MOST about their online makeup classes with QC Makeup Academy?

Let’s see what the QC makeup fam has to say!

Nicole Rutle

Master Makeup Artistry

“I love QC’s online makeup classes because you can take your time, it’s flexible, and the tutors are super helpful!"

Harleen Kaur Talwar

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Hair Styling Essentials

"I love the online makeup classes with QC because we go through our study material and videos again and again, so we can practice them. Also, our tutors and the QC staff are ready to help us at any moment! I also love how we, as students, can get together in the Virtual Classroom and share our work and experiences together."

Bek Kapfer

Master Makeup Artistry

"I joined QC 5 years into my career as a makeup artist. I was self-taught and didn't learn much about makeup in esthetics school. Much of my knowledge came from YouTube and Instagram. I knew I was lacking the techniques to be a true artist. The feedback I have had gotten from Nathan has been a tremendous help in improving my work. He also helped me to believe in myself, my work, and my WORTH."

Brittany Bauhaus

Master Makeup Artistry / Special FX Makeup

"The #1 reason I love QC's online makeup classes is my kids. I get to start a career AT HOME! The learning process is done at my own pace, so I can still be there for my children at all times."

Carly Lister

Makeup Artistry

"I love my online makeup classes because I can study at my own pace! It fits perfectly into my busy schedule of being a mum. Also, the fact that we can connect with other students and alumni is fantastic! The beauty community definitely needs more support and encouragement from one another. I really feel that the QC staff, tutors, and students are spot on with it! The tips and tricks just keep flowing, so there's always something new to learn."

Makayla Noelle Andrews

Master Makeup Artistry

"I love that you can always refer back to any of your course materials. I love that I can spend HOURS practicing on my own time, perfecting looks for my assignments. I always look forward to my feedback at the end of each unit from my incredible tutor, Nathan Johnson. It's always straight to the point! I've never been more motivated and disciplined towards ANYTHING until I found QC Makeup Academy!"

Marnie Johansen

Master Makeup Artistry / Special FX Makeup

"I started my online makeup classes with QC a couple of years ago. I love how convenient it is to be able to work in my own time, but still have support any time from the QC community. I went from knowing only the basics to now having my own makeup business!"

Samantha Thomas

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"I love the convenience and flexibility of QC Makeup Academy! I'm a single mom of 2. When I first enrolled in my online makeup classes, I was working 2 jobs and trying to start my own business. So, the flexibility of working at my own pace was really necessary for my lifestyle. There are no deadlines - just give it your best!"

Caity Francess

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop

"I love doing my online makeup classes because they can work around my full-time job, being a mum, and sports commitments. Flexible online learning was the only way I was going to ever be able to move forward as a makeup artist."

Donna Holder

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"I love the online makeup classes with QC Makeup Academy because I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. I needed something that would fit in my crazy schedule, because I also home-school both of them while my husband works. Having the videos and tutorials ready and available whenever I need them is amazing, too. I’m so thankful I found this!"

Rorie McLaughlin

Master Makeup Artistry / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Skincare / Special FX Makeup

"I love QC because I have many health issues that keep me from going to a physical school. When I found QC's online makeup classes, I got so excited that I almost cried! I've been so limited; I thought my dream of being an SFX makeup artist was too far-fetched. But it's not now, and I am SO happy!"

Katie Stegeman

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare / Global Beauty Workshop / Airbrush Makeup Workshop / Hair Styling Essentials / Portfolio Development Workshop

"QC has changed everything for me! I signed up after about a year of searching for different online makeup classes. I’m a stay-at-home mom with 5 kids under 10, so I needed an online school! I'm forever grateful for the QC family, the Virtual Classroom, and the connections I have made. The instructors have given amazing feedback, and are so thoughtful and caring. They truly want us to succeed."

Charlee Carey

Master Makeup Artistry / Pro Makeup Workshop / Skincare

"The #1 reason I love my online makeup classes with QC Makeup Academy is that they have made me realize the true extent of my passion for makeup! This is the career path that I was always meant to pursue. The flexibility of the classes has allowed me to study whilst being a full-time mum. They've brought a whole new positive light to my life. It's been a life-changing experience."

Erika Bendfeldt

Master Makeup Artistry / Skincare

"The best thing about learning online makeup classes through QC has been the flexibility to go at your own pace. The knowledge you'll receive is invaluable. Lastly, I love the connection we're able to have with other students/graduates. It truly does feel like a family. We're all invested in each other's success!"

Ready to join QC’s awesome makeup family? Until August 10th, enroll and get TWO online makeup classes for the price of one!

Student Feature: Travis Grimm

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi, I’m Travis! I’m 24, non-binary gay, and I live in New York! My “natural” hair color is blue/green, as I’ve had that shade most of my life. My entire life has been influenced and surrounded by film and television. That’s how I get to most of my destinations in life!

I used to be an entertainment writer, and somehow have joined the makeup world. So, I can definitely say that film and television is my calling – at least to some capacity.

Why did you decide to become a professional makeup artist?

It actually stemmed from my love of film and television! I’ve always wanted a career in the entertainment industry, but I never knew in what capacity. I absolutely love recreating clothes, signs, etc from movies and television.

One day, I was inspired to recreate a specific makeup look, and that was when I instantly fell in love with makeup. I love the idea that you don’t always have to use it to hide your flaws, but rather, to express yourself. It’s kind of like dying your hair, but more intricate!

How would you describe your makeup style?

I go through phases! More recently, I’ve loved natural makeup styles. (Which is a very odd choice for me, given my day-to-day style.)

But my staple makeup looks, the ones I absolutely love doing and that got me started, are editorial looks! I love the idea of taking these looks that you would wear for photoshoots, film, etc and wearing them everywhere! All the shapes and colors make me so happy! Anything from very clean-cut looks to messy, eyeshadow everywhere looks… I love it so much.

The more color, the better!

You have a talent for creating fun, colorful eye looks! Where does your inspiration come from?

Everywhere! I truly just love color! My entire surrounding is a rainbow; from my desk, to my shelves, to my actual makeup. Color makes me happy, and it tends to make most people you meet happy as well. So, I like to incorporate as much color as I can.

Sometimes, I’ll take an entire rainbow eyeshadow palette and use every single color. Why? Because no one can stop me, haha!

My biggest inspirations for liner looks, and the use of gems/rhinestones, comes from other Instagrammers, as well as HBO’s Euphoria! Both of these combined make my brain explode in creativity. I typically sit down without an idea of what I want to create, and then just dive in!

Either it will look clean and sharp, or it’ll be messy. But honestly, I love any outcome. Anything will look purposeful if you believe it is!

You’ve had your YouTube channel for the past several years, but started incorporating makeup into your content focus over the past 10 months. What are your hopes and goals for your beauty vlog, and how do you intend to achieve them?

This was something I really had to sit down and think about when I started posting videos. I have many long-term goals for my beauty vlog, but my first goal is to eventually be able to do it full-time. I have yet to find a job setting that I thrive and feel comfortable in – and making videos does both for me.

Other than that, I want to be an inspiration to EVERYONE who enjoys makeup! I want people to embrace the notion that makeup has no rules; that they can just run with it.

I’ll never be a place where people will come to learn how to do a natural, soft glam look. That simply isn’t me. Soft, natural looks are something I practice and want to learn on my own time, but it isn’t necessarily the brand or message I want to send to my audience.

Rather, I want people to take as little or as much makeup as they want, and just throw it on their face and find the beauty in it! I’m still getting there. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me! Most of my current videos are makeup hauls or reviews. It’s all I can think of doing right now, and that is totally fine.

It’s not the most original content right now, but as long as I can entertain someone for 10 minutes or so and help take their mind somewhere else, I’m happy. I want my channel to evolve naturally – even if that takes me a lifetime.

Who are your MUA idols? Tell us why!

Vanessa, a.k.a @cutcreaser on Instagram. She is the graphic liner queen. Her looks are so detailed, yet simple. I wish I had just a sliver of her skills for one day!

I also look up to Patrick Starr. He truly embodies the notion that makeup is for everyone, and it shows it in everything he creates. I wish to help spread that same message one day.

Other MUAs I admire are Doniella Davy, Kirsten Sage Coleman, and Tara Lang. They all did makeup for HBO’s show, Euphoria, and that series basically launched my journey into fun and weird makeup looks.

If you could see yourself 5 years into the future, where do you hope your makeup career will be? What will you have accomplished?

I would love to be doing makeup for film and television. I’m never one to stay in one place for long, so who knows where I will be doing makeup!

I also hope to have made YouTube a profitable platform that I can rely on, as well as launching my very own eyeshadow palette. I’m trying not to overthink it all, but bigger and weirder thing can happen in a span of 5 years. So, we shall see!

In your own opinion, what makes a YouTube beauty vlogger successful and popular with their audience?

People want someone who is real; who are themselves, unapologetically and unabashedly. I believe that is the core of it. You can post whatever content you want, but if you’re not being yourself, no one will enjoy it to the fullest extent. Even if being authentically yourself puts you back 10 more steps than the rest of the crowd, in the end, it’ll throw you 50 steps ahead.

For me, success isn’t defined by numbers or money, even if they do play a part in it. I mean, you can have the best of both worlds, but being successful is such a personal thing. It’s up to you and what you want to achieve.

For me, personally, it would be to do beauty content full-time. Keep in mind that my idea of success might grow after achieving that. I think it’s good to continue to raise the bar for yourself. Just don’t let those goals equate to your idea of success!

Let your success be a personal thought – not numbers or money.

You’ve completed Units A through C of your online makeup class. What important things have you learned so far that you didn’t know before?

This might sound very strange, but a smoky eye. Yes, a traditional smoky eye! Like I said before, natural makeup has never been my thing. It’s beautiful, but not for me. So, learning that technique blew my mind!

It was super easy and looks gorgeous. I immediately had to do a smoky eye with colorful shadows. It’s a new favorite look of mine. I’m very happy I now know how to achieve that flawless blend.

Another thing learned is working on other people! I’ve only done that a few times, but it’s been nice learning about sanitization and being gentle with clients. (These are both things I fail to do when I put on makeup on myself.)

Online makeup classes really make you think more about what you’re using and not using, and I really like that.

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

I really needed that certificate of approval; that I’m capable of doing this, and that there’s an accredited makeup institution that can attest to my skill. I love labels for myself, so why not add to the roster?

I chose online makeup school because I’m ALWAYS moving! Not by choice really; just how life seems to roll with me, which I love. So online was necessary, as I could never commit to a brick-and-mortar makeup school for so long. I like the flexibility of being able to do my work whenever, and from wherever.

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

I’d heard nothing but great things! I loved the prices and the course breakdown. It was exactly how I pictured my online dream school would be. Also, the flexibility of doing my work whenever I had the time was a big thing. Overall, my experience has been excellent! I have received nothing but support and love from everyone.

You’re being tutored by celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Johnson. How has your experience with Nathan been so far?

I love Nathan! He breaks down everything so perfectly in the course videos. You can tell he has a real passion for makeup, and it shows in everything he does. His critiques for my work have been so helpful, too! He catches stuff that I never even thought of before. It’s definitely changed the way I view certain makeup looks!

What’s ONE false myth about makeup artists that you’d like to debunk right here and now?

That they are better than you. This is something I used to think of makeup artists, and I’m ashamed I was ever so judgmental like that.

Makeup artists aren’t here to tell you you’re wrong; they are here to help you! They also have bad makeup days, and they also don’t know certain techniques. They’re learning just like everyone else. And I can tell you, they definitely do not talk about you behind your back. The most they’ll do is sometimes brag about what a good job they did… but can you blame them!?

Imagine: You get to banish ONE makeup product out of existence for the remainder of time. Which product do you choose to get rid of, and why?

I still use these because I have so many, but let’s be honest… liquid to matte lipsticks.

I have NO idea why we thought these were the coolest thing ever, but we did. While the payoff is incredible, our lips just don’t deserve the harsh treatment it goes through. They all are always so drying! You have to apply them too often for comfort, or it winds up looking like you’re dehydrated.

Again, the payoff of the color is admittedly incredible. But the feeling is so unpleasant. It’s not worth it for me!

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Graduate Feature: Rachael Condon

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Name: Rachael Condon

Location: Mount Annan, New South Wales, Australia

QC Courses taken:


Instagram: @rc_beauty_studio

Email: [email protected]

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a wife and mother to four little boys, an avid horror and zombie fan, and a Doritos and V energy drink nut! Along with makeup artistry, I also love to dabble in photography and cake-baking. With all my passions and hobbies, I always strive to perfection—you can call me a perfectionist!

Rachael Condon makeup transformation before and after

Why did you decide to go into makeup artistry? What about it appeals to you?

I guess it really came down to inspiration. I never used to wear much makeup at all; however, upon getting my makeup done for my wedding, my makeup artist really inspired me. Since then, I began practicing more and buying a lot more makeup products. It wasn’t until I came across QC that I seriously considered a career in makeup. I decided to have some faith in myself and my abilities to give it a go. I’m grateful I took that leap as I feel I’ve found my calling.

In regards to Special FX makeup, I’ve always been in awe of the creations that can be made within this field. Special FX can really be anything you can imagine! It comes down to creativity and your wildest imagination, which is what I love about it. You can transform from nothing to an amazing creature in record time.

rachael condon graduate feature - glam makeup look
rachael condon special FX makeup

You cover a broad range of makeup styles in your portfolio. What is your favorite type of makeup service to provide?

I love it all! But you guessed it, I’d have to say Special FX, for sure. I love to create looks that make people say “wow”! They fall in love with it, whether it be creepy or uniquely different. It’s something where no two days will be alike, and it provides a fun challenge to test my makeup skills.

What’s one thing you wish someone had told you before starting your makeup training?

I wish someone had told me that applying makeup on other people was so much different than applying it to yourself. I had always thought it would be easier, but no two faces are the same! What works for one makeup client isn’t necessarily going to work for another client.

makeup artistry student Rachael Condon

How do you think QC Makeup Academy has prepared you for working in the field?

Wonderfully, I cannot express my gratitude in words. My whole experience has been a dream, and has really given me the feedback and knowledge that I require to further myself in the industry. The information provided within this course are highly valuable. To be taught by prestigious experts within the makeup industry is priceless, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I am definitely aiming to complete all beauty-related courses with QC!

What was your favorite assignment during your Master Makeup Artistry course and why?

Oh, that’s are hard one—they were all so much fun. If I had to choose just one, it would have to be the “Create a Stage Character” assignment from Unit F. The door is open wide to create whatever character look you please. I created a female tin-man. Although, looking back now and knowing what I know now, I really think I could have created something better, something more unique.

Check out her Before and After photos for Unit F Assignment 3 below!

Master Makeup Artistry course assignment F3 before photo of Rachael Condon
Master Makeup Artistry course assignment F3 after photo of Rachael Condon

If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would have to be my brow palette. I cannot live without having my brows looking perfect. I use the Brow Obsession Palette in Brunette from Younique.

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