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QC Makeup Academy’s Top 10 Makeup Articles of the Last Decade

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Happy New Year, beauties! Though it may be the start of a brand new decade, we thought we’d do the ultimate 10 Year Challenge by paying our respects to the 10 most popular blog articles over the last decade.

So strap in, get comfy, and put your coziest socks on, because these blogs are well worth the read!

Fake eyelashes are fun and fabulous, but they can also be the literal worst to put on. Getting glue all over the place (such as around your eyes) can make for a real nightmare. Especially when you finally secure them on, only to realize they don’t even fit! Luckily, this article breaks down the basic steps to finding – and applying – the perfect falsies.

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It’s completely understandable to want to take the extra time to ensure your client is 100% happy with what you give them. You’re a professional, after all! That being said, you may actually be taking too much time in certain places that simply do not need it.

These extra minutes can instead be focused on the aspects of the appointment that matter most. QC executive tutor and professional MUA, Nathan Johnson, provides everything you need to know here, so you best know how to prioritize.

Believe it or not, not every cosmetic product pandered to you is actually required. In fact, many items – even those marketed as top-notch, quality products – either don’t deliver what they promise to, or can be easily replaced by something cheaper. This article is a must-read for anyone who’s looking to free up some unnecessary space in their professional makeup kit, while still keeping the essentials.

One of the greatest ways to get motivated is by seeing others just like you making a successful name for themselves in the makeup industry. This is why we love to showcase our QC students and graduates, and why they’re always such a big hit with our readers!

Special FX Makeup course graduate, Tyler Russell, is without a doubt a talented and valuable asset to the MUA world, so it’s no surprise that his feature made the Top 10! Keep reading to see his portfolio, learn about his personal makeup style, and hear how Tyler feels that QC Makeup Academy prepared him for working in the field!

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Let’s get real here: you may like makeup, but it takes a lot more than that to become a successful, working MUA. Unfortunately, an interest in cosmetics isn’t enough these days to make you stand out from the crowd. There are other crucial factors that are key to being able to turn makeup from a hobby into a career. If you read these 5 reasons why you shouldn’t be a makeup artist and find yourself agreeing with them, it may be time to revisit the chalkboard!

When it comes to the makeup industry, there’s a false notion that in order to be the best, you must always have the best. So basically, if you’re on a tight budget, you’re out of luck. But wait, don’t put your palettes away just yet! The fact is, this isn’t true at all. Many cheaper brands have been known to work just as efficiently as their pricier counterparts.

We highly recommend this article for any aspiring (or even working) makeup artist who’re looking for a few ways to save some cash, without sacrificing quality.

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Millennials are known for their innovation and ability to create new, amazing things. Credit where credit’s due: they’ve paved the way in terms of both makeup and fashion. But admittedly, there have been a few blunders along the way, and not all trendsetting attempts have hit their mark.

Written by QC Fashion Styling tutor and personal stylist, Mallory Sills, his article explores 4 millennial fashion trends that are definitely more cringey than cute.

Another SFX makeup enthusiast, Kirsten Hart is a Master Makeup Artistry graduate at QC Makeup Academy. She’s also paved quite the way as a professional MUA, known for her striking, colorful looks, and her epic Instagram branding.

Check out this article if you’re looking for some serious inspiration for your own portfolio, and are curious to see how online makeup schooling has helped Kirsten along the way!

Think you’re a hairstyling guru? A fountain of follicle knowledge? A sensei of the strands? (Okay, we’ll stop.) Take this popular quiz and find out if you really know as much as you think! Maybe we’ll stump you – and if not, feel free to brag in the comments!

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As a newbie makeup artist breaking free into the professional world, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But never fear! As The Beauty Buzz’s most popular blog article of the decade (WOW!), we’ll help arm you with 6 ironclad tips to not only get the ball rolling, but set you up for long-term success doing what you love most!

If the past 10 years were able to bring us this much amazing information, imagine what the next ten will hold! Is there anything you’re hoping to see and read about? If so, let us know in the comments!

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

7 Men’s Styling Mistakes That’ll Make You Cringe

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Mallory Sills is a Chicago-based personal stylist and Fashion Styling tutor at QC Makeup Academy. Today, Mallory talks holiday styling for the office professional!

Style isn’t just for women. Men need and want great style, too! While some may argue that men don’t care as much about style, it is an area that can affect their life. Whether they need to elevate their wardrobe for their career or personal life, or they just want to feel more confident, it’s important not to forget about them.

To get you started, I’m going to go through a few of the most common styling mistakes I see men making. Read on!

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Why Should You Work With Male Fashion Styling Clients?

As a personal fashion stylist, working with men can be a great way to grow your business. Gone are the days of it being taboo for a male to genuinely care about his appearance, particularly his wardrobe. In many cases, when a man is seeking the assistance of a personal stylist, it is because he genuinely wants the help of an expert like you. Since you are the expert, he will take your advice wholeheartedly. This is where working with men differs (more often than not) from women. They trust your expertise on style more readily. Men aren’t (typically) as hard on themselves as women, often adding to their trust in experts.

Some argue there aren’t as many options in men’s fashion as there are in women’s. But that’s started to change significantly, giving men more and more brand and retail options to choose from. Just like working with a female client, it’s essential that you spend some time getting to know your male client. Find out what his style goals are, what he struggles with, etc. In other words, communication is key, whether you’re working with a male or female. If a male is seeking the help of an expert, he wants you to fully communicate where he’s going wrong in his style choices and what needs to happen to improve.

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1. Too Many Patterns or Statement Pieces in One Outfit

Patterns and statement pieces are a great way to style a unique outfit. However, wearing too many in one outfit is a common mistake a see men making. Whether it’s wearing too many bold accessories, mixing too many prints, or even wearing too many layers – it can be overpowering. More isn’t always better. I recommend choosing 1-2 focal points of an outfit and working around those to prevent overstyling.

2. Trousers That Are Too Long

Trousers that are too long can ruin an otherwise great look. You will know trousers are too long when they bunch up at the ankle. Not only do too-long trousers make an outfit look less polished, but it isn’t the most flattering to a figure.

3. Baggy Shirts and Jackets

Similar to trousers that are too long, baggy shirts and jackets can completely alter a male’s overall look. Baggy shirts, in particular, are one of the most common style mistakes men make. In essence, proper fit is crucial to menswear for style and figure-flattering purposes.

4. Misplacing Tie Bars

Tie bars have grown to become a big accessory option for men. Not only are they a fun way to accessorize, but they are also functional and help keep ties in place. The mistake many men make with tie bars is misplacing them. First of all, tie bars should not take up the entire width of a tie. Second of all, the tie bar should generally be placed between the 2nd and 3rd button on the shirt. Any lower or higher and it tends to look awkward.

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5. Square-Toe Dress Shoes

Let me preface this by saying that not all square-toe shoes are mistakes for men’s style. What I’m talking about here is a square-toe dress shoe worn with a suit. This shoe style instantly dates a male and his wardrobe. Round- or slightly pointed-toe dress shoes are much more classic and offer a modern aesthetic to the look. Shoes can be an area where men go wrong rather often, but they’re important to completing his look!

6. Ties That Don’t Flatter

As you have probably gathered, fit is incredibly important in men’s fashion. Fit also applies to ties. Not all ties are created equal, and not all flatter every male. Ties that are too long or too short can create an awkward look to the overall outfit. Typically, the ideal placement for the end of a tie is where the belt is (or would be). This offers a flattering, sophisticated appearance. The width of the tie can also have an effect on how a tie complements (or doesn’t complement) an outfit. Ties that are too wide tend to look outdated, primarily because they are. The ideal width of a tie is 2.25” or 3.25”.

7. Wearing the Wrong Socks

Socks have become a way for men to accessorize their outfits. While you don’t always see a lot of a man’s sock, wearing the wrong socks is a common style mistake. The most common sock mistake I see is men wearing athletic socks when they aren’t at the gym or wearing athletic shoes. Even if a man isn’t into all the colorful sock options, athletic socks are a no-no with dress shoes.

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How to Gain Experience and Knowledge on Men’s Fashion

If you don’t have a lot of experience in men’s fashion now, I suggest going shopping with any male friends or family members in your life. Research brands and fits. Immerse yourself in learning as much as possible about men’s fashion. And just like with anything, as you gain more experience and knowledge, you will become just as confident working with men as you do women.

Any other cringe-worthy men’s fashion mistakes we missed? Leave us a comment!

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