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10 Things About...Makeup Application

Written by Noreen Young, L.E.
Makeup can do wonders when it is applied properly to the skin. With the recent emphasis on makeup on social media, clients often think that they have to contour, strobe, highlight, reverse contour, and more. However, that kind of application becomes too overwhelming when done on a daily basis. Clients should focus on using makeup to enhance their features. They should not hide behind it…

Fall Makeup’s Artistic Inspiration

Written by Tasha D. Manigo-Bizzell, makeup artist and aesthetic nutritionist
This fall, makeup trends feature an eclectic mix of tradition and taboo, redefining beauty and pushing the limits of fashion. The fall season welcomes all degrees of artistic expression, but the challenge lies in interpreting the runway's over-the-top style for the everyday wearer; the dos and don'ts of makeup, like lining the eye crease in black pencil or drawing outside of the natural lip line…

The Wonderful World of Body Painting

Written by Amanda Azar, founder and executive artist for Azar Beauty
Skin is the new canvas for both skin care professionals and makeup artists. Pushing the boundaries beyond the face, makeup artists create illusions, characters, and works of art on the entire body. Body painting has become increasingly popular in the last few years due to media exposure and markets a different kind of customer. Like any other craft, body painting requires specific supplies and equipment…

Micropigmentation

Written by Anita Dawn Jones, national master instructor for Nouveau Contour USA; Nelly Kirschner, executive director for Nouveau Contour USA; and Armand Hoes, CEO of Nouveau Contour USA
Micropigmentation is one of the fastest-growing specialties in the beauty industry. Over the past few decades, this specialty has evolved from modest approaches to superior techniques. Although implanting pigment into the skin has been evidenced since the Ice Age, implantation devices have drastically improved over the years.  

The Evolution of Eye Shadow

Written by Mary Ann Lovre, president of Audrey Morris Cosmetics International
The use of eye shadow can be traced back to ancient Egypt where women used eye shadow to help them look more like the deities they worshiped and to help reduce the effect of the sun’s glare off the desert landscape.
This season’s colorful palette is reminiscent of a vintage candy shop, with shades ranging from pixie-stick blue to crystal pink.

A Bride’s Best Makeup

Written by Michelle Richardson, L.E., freelance makeup artist and co-owner of California Makeup Academy
When preparing for a wedding, most women spend weeks or even months choosing the right dress and finding the perfect shoes. They will also devote time to selecting the wardrobe for the entire bridal party. However, despite all of this planning, many women wait until the last minute to plan their makeup and hair application. As a skilled makeup artist it is important to be…
An eyebrow that has never been tweezed, waxed, threaded, or altered in any way has approximately 550 hairs per eyebrow; they are bold, beautiful, and youthful. On the other hand, a groomed eyebrow has approximately 250 hairs. Today, there are clients with thinning eyebrows due to hormonal changes, medications, and illnesses. While a non-defined eyebrow can age the client, bold and beautiful eyebrows add a…

Bridal Makeup: A Freelance Artist’s Guide

Written by Courtney Freeman, owner and licensed aesthetics instructor for Southeastern Esthetics Institute
In the life of a budding makeup artist, understanding business logistics is an undeniable key to long-term success! These fundamental tips from a working bridal makeup artist can help to alleviate stress and streamline a routine for gorgeous brides, every single time!

Picking the Right Shade of Red Lipstick

Written by Carolyn Diamond, L.E., makeup artist, owner of Carolyn Diamond Make
Red lipstick is a universal classic and has yet to go out of style. Although red lipstick can be one of the most powerful weapons in any client’s beauty arsenal, many assume they cannot wear it.Many clients, when they gather enough courage to attempt wearing red lipstick, often feel awkward, as though everyone is looking at their lips. Truth be told, they probably are! Beautiful,…

Winter Makeup Colors

Written by Angelica Itomura, makeup artist at Downey Makeup Academy
Makeup, like clothing and hair styles, change every year. Cosmetic companies are continuously challenged to come out with new colors, techniques, and textures.

Believable Brows: An artistic technique for creating realistic eyebrows for clients with cance

Written by Pamela Taylor, internationally-recognized fashion and celebrity makeup artist
Hair loss is traumatic experience that can result in a client looking and feeling different. One of the side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss, including the eyelashes and eyebrows. Although this situation can be difficult for clients with hair loss, it is possible to create realistic-looking eyebrows.

Halloween Makeup

Written by Maurice Stein, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Cinema Secrets Cosmetics
Usually, makeup is about enhancing the client’s beauty with the proper tools and techniques. Sometimes makeup can be about deception and transformation, such as turning a client into a monster, creature, or animal. For a professional makeup artist, makeup can be very rewarding and, especially during Halloween, a lot of fun.

Fall Makeup for Luxurious Eyes

Written by Anabel De La Vega, skin care program director at Boca Beauty Academy
The new trends for the fall makeup 2015 season are classy and original. Makeup looks for this season become more elegant and fashionable, as the colors become darker. Fall 2015 brings smoky dark blues and luminous colors such as bright yellow, gold, and orange.

Highlighting and Contouring

Written by Angelica Itomura, makeup artist at Downey Makeup Academy
The concept of face sculpting, or contouring, is creating a symmetrical face. The key factors of highlighting and contouring are in the understanding of light and shadows. Understanding the way light falls on the face is how the eyes will perceive shadows. When using both techniques, the illusion of a balanced face can be created.

Lipstick is Instant Gratification

Written by Noreen Young, L.E., owner of Noreen Young Cosmetics
When a woman is blue, she knows just what to do. She buys herself a new lipstick! A survey says that 75 percent of women believe that wearing lipstick improves their confidence and makes them look and feel better. It is definitely a cheap thrill. If a spa does not retail lipsticks, clients are buying it elsewhere after they leave the spa. Even in tough…

Uncover a New Summer Secret

Written by Liru Chen, sales marketing director at Cailyn Cosmetics
Summer beauty is all about keeping it fresh and natural! While looking for new things to experiment this season, it is important to utilize makeup products that are both lightweight and waterproof to beat the hot summer days. Lucky for you, we have obtained a new beauty secret just in time!

Bridal Makeup

Written by Pamela Taylor, internationally-recognized fashion and celebrity makeup artist
Bridal makeup is a very specialized field within the makeup profession. When applying bridal makeup on a bride’s actual wedding day, there is a marked difference in the application. Why is bridal makeup different? When applying makeup for a magazine shoot, the application is often done for the camera. The subject is prepared using makeup that does not have to be water resistant, long-wearing, and…

The Real Purpose of Makeup

Written by Christine Pemberton
It is generally true that most people eat with care to ensure that what they ingest supports major internal organ function. When cooking, simple and clean ingredients often create the best cuisine. The same principle should hold true for the makeup that clients use on a daily basis to enhance, not mask, their appearance. Makeup is meant to enhance outer beauty without harming the skin.…
Although there are many different ways to apply makeup, temporary beauty fads, and cultural norms, there are also beauty trends that are classic and timeless. For the average person in most cultures, the daily goal is to have natural beauty be the focus with some enhancement. When we start to overdo or go to the more extreme end of the beauty spectrum, we might end…
When it comes to makeup, everyone has a different style. Some women like bold, bright, colorful makeup. Others might prefer a more subtle, natural look. And many might even go au natural more often than not. Understanding each client's makeup style is the first step to a great makeup application, but what comes next? There are many important factors that come into play when teaching…
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