our Travel MUST-HAVES!

KEVYN AUCOIN - THE SENSUAL SKIN POWDER FOUNDATION  Why we love it? This product is made of a silky, ultra-fine powder that transforms the look of your skin.  A versatile formula infused with quartz minerals maintains skin tone and texture.  For more coverage, wet the rough side of the sponge (included) with water to create a heavier consistency.

BECCA SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR® OPAL GLOW ON THE GO  The Shimmering Skin Perfector® and Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed feature BECCA’s bestselling Opal shade.  Perfect for creating a range of makeup looks, these travel-sizes of BECCA’s top-selling luminizer let you customize highlighting, touch ups, and a natural-looking glow wherever you are.

MONDA BRUSH TUBE  This cosmetic pouch is an artist favorite.  Soft cosmetic pouch, great for storing puffs, sponges, pencils and other personal items. Durable and easy to clean.  A sure way to keep your brushes intact during travel!

KEVYN AUCOIN - THE SENSUAL SKIN ENHANCER Perhaps the most unique and versatile skin-perfecting product you will ever use!  Flawless-looking skin just got a whole lot easier to achieve with The Sensual Skin Enhancer.  It offers sheer, medium or full coverage so you can find the look you're going for. To sheer this product out, we recommend mixing it with KEVYN AUCOIN - The Celestial Skin Liquid Lightening, or simply add some of your moisturizer or primer! 

STILAZZI SET BAG (109) Keep organized by using Stilazzi's most popular Makeup & Hair Bags.  Made of clear vinyl with nylon trim, this durable bag is ready to perform in any weather condition.  Being transparent makes it easy to find what you're looking for from the outside. *Products Not Included. Products Sold Separately.

JAO HAND REFRESHER  An instant disinfectant and aromatherapy boost in one!  Jao kills germs and freshens hands with ethyl alcohol (less drying) and their very own blend of antiseptic essential oils: Lavendar, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Sage.  Combined with cosmetic moisturizers and the essential oils Jao will not dry out your hands.  It'll feel like you just washed with an herbal lavendar soap.

FIRST® (MAQPRO) LIP + CHEECK PALETTE Multipurpose wax-based formulation. To change the consistency of this product from full to sheer coverage, use the FIRST by Make Up First® Makeup Mixer

SMITH'S ROSEBUD SALVE TUBE This aromatic lip balm with natural Beeswax and a trade secret blend of strawberry flavor is a favorite of both celebrities and athletes. For long travel days this product is perfect for keeping your lips hydrated! You can also use this product on chapped hands too!

MARIO BADESCU ROSE WATER (AVAILABLE IN OUR PRO SHOP ONLY) Revitalize skin with dewy radiance.  Whether spritzed for a hydrating boost or mid-day pick-me-up, MB's cult-favorite facial spray helps revive dehydrated skin anytime, anywhere. It's a rejuvenating mist infused with herbal and botanical extracts (like Aloe Vera, Gardenia, Rose, Bladderwrack and Thyme) that help soothe and re-energize skin—giving it a healthy, radiant glow.

MAKE UP FIRST® BY INGLOT FREEDOM SYSTEM PALETTE - 4-PAN Freedom System Palettes come in a range of sizes and for a range of products.  A magnetic layer on the bottom of the palette holds pans in place, but also allows you to rearrange and exchange each item for convenience and easy product replenishment. The unique Freedom System allows you to mix and match products and colors to make your own custom designed palette of almost any size.  All Freedom System palettes are eco-friendly and reusable.  Products may be purchased with the palettes or individually. Product is not included.

Customize your INGLOT FREEDOM SYSTEM PALETTE with INGLOT EYESHADOW SINGLES + INGLOT FREEDOM SYSTEM LIPSTICK SINGLES 

THE MINI MAKEUP ERASER  Wherever you’re going the Mini MakeUp Eraser is the perfect travel companion.  Throw the mini in your purse or suitcase and have a makeup remover that is so compact you can take it anywhere!

For more information on products or upcoming classes, please email info@makeupfirst.com!

10 WORDS FOR A STRONGER CAREER
About the Author: As the founder of The Powder Group, The Makeup Show and On Makeup Magazine, Michael DeVellis has the inside track on what it takes to make it big in the makeup artist industry. His more than 20 years of experience working with hundreds of top artists, product lines, artist agencies, trade events, productions, and publications make him uniquely qualified to share an insider’s perspective on the career of professional makeup artistry. He has worked on the development of programs and educated for such iconic industry beauty businesses as P&G, Kérastase Paris, Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Lancôme Paris as well as spending ten years with MAC Cosmetics where he held multiple executive roles working directly with the pro makeup industry including the position of Executive Director, Artist Relations where he created and launched the MAC PRO product line and retail concept globally. He has also, more recently, held the position of Vice President, Professional Division at MAKE UP FOR EVER where he and his team oversaw the brand’s professional makeup artist business development and expansion in the Americas. His company, The Powder Group – an artist resource and event production company based in New York City – launched in 2003 and since has produced educational programs and events in more than 20 cities around the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The company’s programs have featured well over 100 of the industry’s top makeup educators including the top talent and award winners from film, TV, fashion, editorial, theater, and commercial work. Michael has been a featured speaker at the industry’s top schools including MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy, Make-up Designory, Cosmix, AOFM and Makeup First, as well as at the industry’s biggest pro-focused trade-shows including International Beauty Show NYC, America’s Beauty Show and The Makeup Show, just to name a few!

About the Author:

As the founder of The Powder Group, The Makeup Show and On Makeup Magazine, Michael DeVellis has the inside track on what it takes to make it big in the makeup artist industry. His more than 20 years of experience working with hundreds of top artists, product lines, artist agencies, trade events, productions, and publications make him uniquely qualified to share an insider’s perspective on the career of professional makeup artistry.
He has worked on the development of programs and educated for such iconic industry beauty businesses as P&G, Kérastase Paris, Shu Uemura Art of Hair and Lancôme Paris as well as spending ten years with MAC Cosmetics where he held multiple executive roles working directly with the pro makeup industry including the position of Executive Director, Artist Relations where he created and launched the MAC PRO product line and retail concept globally. He has also, more recently, held the position of Vice President, Professional Division at MAKE UP FOR EVER where he and his team oversaw the brand’s professional makeup artist business development and expansion in the Americas.

His company, The Powder Group – an artist resource and event production company based in New York City – launched in 2003 and since has produced educational programs and events in more than 20 cities around the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The company’s programs have featured well over 100 of the industry’s top makeup educators including the top talent and award winners from film, TV, fashion, editorial, theater, and commercial work.
Michael has been a featured speaker at the industry’s top schools including MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy, Make-up Designory, Cosmix, AOFM and Makeup First, as well as at the industry’s biggest pro-focused trade-shows including International Beauty Show NYC, America’s Beauty Show and The Makeup Show, just to name a few!

Make Up First® Pro Shop is pleased to announce that we have added the newly released print version of Ten Words for a Stronger Career, More Meaningful Relationships and a Remarkably Focused Life.  A Guide to Action and Progress – By Michael DeVellis to our shelves!

This book is a call-to-action for pros, freelancers and business owners who are looking for a renewed focus on their careers and lives. The print edition, officially titled Ten Words for a Stronger Career, More Meaningful Relationships and a Remarkably Focused Life, widens that scope, approaching personal development in addition to professional growth. The added breadth of the subject matter makes the new book a must-have for those looking to move themselves, their relationships or their business forward.

“No matter how long we have been at it – our career, friendships, marriage – there can still be those moments of difficulty and self-doubt we go through while trying to make everything come together and move in the direction we hope it will.” said author Michael DeVellis “Ten Words was created as a program – and now as a book, or guide really – to give people some direction in pulling themselves out of their day-to-day and to help rethink their process.”

The book, which began as a keynote talk at The Makeup Show NYC in 2007, is being released to coincide with its ten-year anniversary as a program. Its compact design and comfortable writing style come together in a concise, engaging and to the point format, which is sure to appeal to today’s dynamic reader.

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SUMMER MAKEUP TIPS!

Did you see us on Fox Chicago this week?! Make Up First® shared our Summer Makeup Tips. In case you missed it, here they are!

Instructor, Rachael Heimbuch (left), showcased our Summer Tips on MUF® Grad,  Aviana Wyall (right) this morning on FOX 32 Chicago!

Instructor, Rachael Heimbuch (left), showcased our Summer Tips on MUF® Grad,  Aviana Wyall (right) this morning on FOX 32 Chicago!

No-Sweat Summer Makeup: Melt-free makeup strategies for warm, humid weather

How to keep your makeup intact?  There are a few tricks that pro makeup artists use to ensure long-lasting makeup even under the most extreme temperatures.

Step one, use a mattifying product to prevent the skin from looking shiny.  Add an oil-free moisturizer and SPF.  Make sure to use a primer before applying your foundation.  For oil-prone skin, try this one.  If you have normal or dry skin, use a regular silicon primer. For your daily foundation, try a light, silicone-based foundation; silicone is melt-proof and water resistant.  Since the silicone makeup won’t move, the face will not require any set powder, and the skin will retain its dewy glow. 

As for the eye makeup, we all know about waterproof mascaras.  However, now waterproof eyeliners are available as well; several liner pencils contain a silicone-derivative so that the liner won’t fade.   

INGLOT

AMC Gel Eyeliner will not fade, it's perfect for hot summer days and nights! Available HERE

If there is makeup added to the eyebrows, make sure to use a cream based product rather than powder; such as Anastasia Dipbrow.

An alcohol-based setting liquid should be lightly applied over the brow makeup to ensure longevity.  

Skindinavia 

Setting Spray

For the lips, a lip pencil that contains a silicone-derivative, as well as a highly pigmented lip product will ensure that the lips will stay intact throughout the hot day.

For more information on products or upcoming classes, please feel free to email us at info@makeupfirst.com!

 

JORDAN LIBERTY WORKSHOP - REGISTER NOW!

Jordan Liberty is an LA-based based professional makeup artist, photographer, educator and personality. His iconic work has been seen on national television, along the catwalks at New York Fashion Week, in magazines worldwide and on his professional YouTube channel as a premium content creator (with a total social media reach of 500k+ followers).

Liberty and his work have recently been featured in Allure, Glamour, On Makeup and Make-Up Artist Magazine; and online on Bustle, Stylecaster, and Beautylish as well as on Amazon's Style Code Live. In 2015 he received a coveted "Best of Beauty" award from Allure magazine, recognizing his innovative work as a makeup artist and digital influencer. Recent clients include Anastasia Beverly Hills, Frends Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, Refinery29, Wantable and QVC. Recent collaborators include Warby Parker, Clinique, Curology and go90.

 

BUILDING A BEAUTY PORTFOLIO WITH JORDAN LIBERTY

 

JULY 9–10, 2017

Create flawless “real-world” camera-ready images with an up-to-the-minute curriculum powered by the latest in technology. From product knowledge to hands-on application, covering all aspects of high definition beauty.
 

DAY 1: Jordan will perform two makeup applications on different models while sharing his tips, tricks and expertise. 

DAY 2: Hands -on application on 3 different models, while Jordan provides direction.  Photos will be taken by Photographer, Robert Beczarski. All high resolution photos of your work will be included.

A LOOK AHEAD... OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE

JUNE 24th - 26th  

INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY SHOW JILL GLASER, Owner and Founder or Make Up First® will be an educator at IBS, LAS VEGAS. To learn more, visit HERE

 

JUNE 26th

AIRBRUSH WORKSHOP  Students will learn how to assemble and use the airbrush and compressor. The students will be taught techniques and be guided in the selection of various airbrush foundations, blushes and contour shades, in order to create the highly sought-after flawless airbrushed face. REGISTER HERE
TEEN CAMP These single-session workshops are geared toward student’s ages 13-17. Students have the option of choosing all four sessions or any single session of their choosing. Session 1 will cover Skin Prep, Color Theory, and Makeup Application. All makeup and tools will be provided. REGISTER HERE
BASIC II Students will focus in on topics including makeup appropriate for all skin tones, facial features, and mature skin. Students will learn corrective techniques using the principles of highlight and contour.

JUNE 27th

TEEN CAMP Session 2 Theatrical makeup class will focus on Gore! Students will learn how to create wounds; cuts, bruises, and scars. Students will also have the option to create Glam + Gore looks. All makeup and tools will be provided. REGISTER HERE

JUNE 28th

TEEN CAMP Session 3 Advanced Beauty Makeup Application. Students will learn how to Highlight + Contour, Strobe, among other beauty techniques! This Class will also focus on New Year's Eve Makeup. All makeup and tools will be provided. REGISTER HERE

JUNE 29th

TEEN CAMP Session 4 will demonstrate various theatrical applications ranging from Pop Art to Zombies.  Students will learn theatrical techniques to create characters. All makeup and tools will be provided. REGISTER HERE

JULY 9th - 10th

JORDAN LIBERTY WORKSHOP Create flawless “real-world” camera-ready images with an up-to-the-minute curriculum powered by the latest in technology. From product knowledge to hands-on application, covering all aspects of high definition beauty. REGISTER HERE

JULY 17th

Mini Monday Workshop Series - THE MODERN BRIDE Come join us for demos and more! Open to the public from 10am -12pm.  Learn classic bridal techniques and how to incorporate current trends into you bridal application. *This course can be used as 2 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act. REGISTER HERE

AUGUST 7th - 11th

CONSOLIDATED BASIC I + BASIC II

This course is designed for those students who want to take an intensive, one-week program combining Basic Makeup I and Basic Makeup II.   As with Basic Makeup I, the instructors will discuss and show the contents of a complete makeup artist kit. Students will learn proper hygiene and sanitation. Skin type identification, color theory, facial anatomy and light makeup applications will be taught, as well.

As with Basic Makeup II, principles and methods of Basic Makeup I will be taken further in order to learn corrective makeup techniques (highlight and contour) to alter the face shape as well as the eyes, lips and cheeks. Additionally students will have the opportunity to apply makeup to models of varying skin tones, ethnicities, ages and genders.

In addition to the tuition cost, There will be a one time fee for The Basic Makeup Kit ($800), which is available for purchase at the School. REGISTER HERE

AUGUST 14th

Mini Monday Workshop Series - COLOR THEORY Come join us for demos and more! Open to the public from 10am - 12pm.  Color theory plays a strong role in the perfect makeup application. Join Make Up First®  as we demo several looks using different color theories. *This course can be used as 2 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.  REGISTER HERE  

SURPRISE! ROSHAR will be WITH Make Up First® AT The Makeup Show!

It's that time of year again, The Makeup Show is finally here!  We are kicking off the weekend with our appearance down the runway for the a charity event hosted by TMS for Deborah's Place.  The charity fashion show, "The Uncommon Bride" will take place at Revel Studio in Chicago's West Loop.  Visit here for details (open to those in the industry).  The Makeup Show officially opens Sunday, June 18th at 9am.

 SURPRISE! We will have a special guest, World-Renowned Makeup Artist, ROSHAR, in the Make Up First® BOOTH: A7!

Visit us at The Makeup Show Sunday, June 18th - Monday, June 19th, from 9am - 5pm.  ROSHAR will be demonstrating on models-- come by our Booth A7 to see ROSHAR in action.  Not to be missed!

Along with the demonstrations at our booth we will be selling some of our Make Up First® Pro Shop favorites at SPECIAL SHOW PRICING!

On Monday, June 19th, Jill Glaser, Owner and Founder of Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry, will be sharing, "Seasonal Trends: From Summer and Beyond" on the Main Stage at 12:45 - 1:30pm.  Seats are limited, be sure to come early!  

 

Follow us on Instagram @makeupfirstschool to see behind the scenes all weekend long! We hope to see you there.

 

 

 

SUMMER SESSION STARTS MONDAY, JUNE 12th! Register NOW!

Our Summer Session begins this Monday, June 12th! Class times are offered at 2pm - 5pm (afternoon) OR 6pm - 9pm (evening).  Registration is still open -- ENROLL NOW!

The Certificate Program, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, is a comprehensive, in-depth makeup artistry-training program.  By offering professional instruction in all areas of makeup artistry, we prepare the students to be able to accept work in all avenues of the industry, including editorial, bridal, theatrical, media, clinical and more.  In addition, the duration of the Program is specifically designed to allow the students to quickly launch their career.

Q + A:

Q: Why should I choose Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry?

A: The mission of the School is to ensure the best education possible so that the student will be best prepared to pursue makeup artistry as a viable career.  The School is nationally recognized as an excellent educational art program for makeup artists in Chicago. Students will not only gain experience in Chicago, but will be exposed to major artists from New York and LA. Students will also meet photographers and others successfully working in the industry throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Q: How much is your program?

A: The cost of the Basic Certification Program is $6900.00.  There is also an additional kit fee of $800, which is required for purchase. Each course may be taken individually, and each course may be individually paid for in full, on or before the first day of that course. Download the Consumer Disclosure Information here. Payment can be made, in person or online, HERE.

Q: What happens if I can't pay for every course offered in the program at once?

A: For some students, due to either time or financial constraints, the courses are taken over a period not to exceed two years-they are still able to start working even though their education is not completed.  

Q: What makes your certificate different than other, shorter programs?

A: Other programs may advertise and offer a "certificate" give after within only one week, or sometimes even after only one day.    If the student is seeking a only a certificate,  they will just end up with a piece of paper, but will not be fully trained and highly employable.   Our program is so in-depth, that we include, among so many other subjects,  camouflage techniques for severe skin discolorations.  Students work on "real people", thereby better preparing them to confidently accept and be considered for any job in the industry.  The Certificate of Completion, via the State of Illinois and issued by the School, is just so much more than a piece of paper.

Q:  How do you help with job placement?

A:  In addition, we have an on-going relationship with our students/grads to ensure that they have a head start in the industry.  We have relationships with world-renowned makeup artists (who also come to the School and teach) and we actually have recruiters who come to the School to hire. Make Up First® also has an agency for current and former students. We post jobs on a regular basis, ranging from weddings, corporate shoots, production, and many more!

Q: Do you offer classes in Spanish?

A:  We do have a bilingual instructor that can assist with translation. 

Q: What are the requirements to enroll?

A:  You do not need previous experience in makeup, or need to be a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician to attend.  The requirements are simple:  the student must be 18 or older and have graduated High School or received a GED, or equivalent. That's it!

*Upon Summer Basic I sign up, mention you saw this on the blog for a complementary pro product! 

What are you waiting for? Register HERE!

 

 

Melt-free Makeup

It’s sunny, humid, and hot.  Your makeup starts to melt and run down your face.  How to keep your makeup intact?  There are a few tricks that pro makeup artists use to ensure long-lasting makeup even under the most extreme temperatures.

Use a mattifying product to prevent the skin from looking shiny.  Then, ditch the heavy foundation and powder.  Instead, look for a water-resistant moisturizer.  Or, opt for an oil free moisturizer with SPF.  If more coverage is desired, add a light, silicone-based foundation; silicone is melt-proof and water resistant. Since the silicone makeup won’t move, the face will not require any set powder, and the skin will retain its dewy glow.

As for the eye makeup, we all know about waterproof mascaras.  However, now waterproof eyeliners are available as well; several liner pencils contain a silicone-derivative so that the liner won’t fade.   

If there is makeup added to the eyebrows, use a mousse or pomade for staying powder.  

For the lips, a lip pencil that contains a silicone-derivative, as well as a highly pigmented liquid lip product will ensure that the lips will stay intact throughout the hot day.

You may also choose to add an alcohol-based setting spray over your foundation/powder as well.

A recommended list of products, all of which can be found at the Make Up First® Pro Shop:

Mattifying Product: Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine Gel

Prep: Embryolisse Hydra-Mat (or Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30, available in-store only)

Face: FACE atelier Foundation, Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Enhancer (use as a concealer, or sheer it out with your moisturizer for a custom foundation).

Eyes + Brows: INGLOT AMC Gel Eyeliner (available in a variety of colors - perfect for Summer), Anastasia Dipbrow® Pomade

Lips: OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencils, OCC Lip Tar

Seal the deal: Try Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Mattifying Spray, lock in your look with this all-in-one makeup primer and setting spray.  The lightweight anti-shine formula can be used under and/or over makeup to lock powders, liquids, and creams into place.  Perfect for high humidity climates.

For questions on products or upcoming classes, please email info@makeupfirst.com or call Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry 312-621-0801.

Memorial Day Must Haves! Staff Pick edition!

Jill, Owner and Founder of Make Up First® - FIRST Makeup Mixer, "The FIRST Makeup Mixer (by le maquillage maqpro) is so versatile; it can be used as a primer, a moisturizer, a product to sheer out your foundations, and as a makeup remover.  FIRST Makeup Mixer is a  4-in-1 product, all in one easy to transport bottle."

 

Molly, Classroom Manager - FACE Atelier Ultra Pro Foundation, "The coverage of this foundation is amazing! The consistency leaves the face dewy without feeling sticky.  The range of colors, together with the 'Adjustors',  are fool-proof when it comes to matching foundation for any and every skin tone. Ultra Foundation is a silicone-based emulsion that floats on top of the skin, does not crease or flake, and lasts all day long. Hydrating yet oil-free, it fills in tiny lines and pores to ensure a smooth finish."

Rachael, Retail Manager - Glamcor Riki Skinny, "I am obsessed with the Glamcor Riki Skinny!  Lighting is key for a flawless makeup application! This mini LED lighted vanity mirror also comes with a magnifying mirror and phone clip. The mirror has Bluetooth connectivity as well so you can be hands free for the perfect selfie! What could be better?!" 

 

 Emili, Business Manager -  Kevyn Aucoin - The Celestial Skin Lightening Liquid, "I mix it with my foundation to sheer it out and to create a dewy glow".  (A waterproof and 12-hour wear, cream and gel hybrid formula that can be used to illuminate and as a skin treatment primer and foundation developer. The skin enhancer is infused with jojoba and honey to help moisturize the skin, and it provides complete, crease-proof coverage. Smooth on radiance and a delicately highlight with this highly pigmented, lustrous formula that provides a boost of shaping light—and it never appears shimmery, glittery, or greasy!)

Ora, Theatrical Instructor - Mehron Metallic Powder, "Mehron Metallic Powder in Rose; I love to add the Mehron Mixing Medium to create a 'flashy'  liner, or I can use the Metallic Powder alone  for an over-the-top highlight.  The soft Metallic Powder Makeup is finely crafted, evenly blended and formulated to add dynamic shiny accents to any makeup look.  The design possibilities are unlimited."

Torie, Administrative Manager - INGLOT Freedom System Lipsticks, "The consistency is ideal for clients and personal use. The lipsticks are creamy and highly pigmented, they last all day! Seriously! The range of nudes and pinks are perfect for any bridal kit; and the Freedom System allows you to create an array of INGLOT palettes with the ingenious magnetic cases and size assortments, everything is customizable.  I am currently obsessed with the orange/red color #37 for my Summer go-to."

Karla, Classroom Assistant - INGLOT Duraline, "Definitely Inglot Duraline.  It's the perfect mixing medium for any pigment, glitter, or eyeshadow. It's great for transforming shadows into water-resistant liquid  eyeliner. It also helps revive any dried up gel liners, dipbrow, etc!" 

Mallory, Instructor - MODELROCK Lip Scrub, "I love this product because it exfoliates my lips while also removing my favorite MODELROCK Liquid Lipstick.  The MODELROCK Liquid Lipstick is a long-wearing, ultra lightweight liquid to matte lipstick that will last for hours. Intense highly-pigmented, sharp colors, with a velvet-like feel to the lips. Wear alone or partner with your favorite lipgloss." 

Check our our NEWEST product, FIRST Sanitizer!! It effectively cleans, destroys bacteria, and rejuvenates all your cosmetics within seconds! All-natural, certified organic ingredients. Disinfects without destroying the integrity of your cosmetics.  

 

For OUR Make Up First® Pro Shop Memorial Day Sale

we are giving away A 4oz Bottle of our NEW FIRST Sanitizer for every purchase over $99!

USE PROMO CODE : MDW20

for all online orders to receive 20% OFF! *Exclusions may apply

WEDDING SEASON! The "His + Hers" Emergency Kit Guide!

Wedding Season is upon us! Let's face it, planning the big day can take months and even years!   You want to make sure you are prepared for any situation to make sure your special day goes perfectly as planned.  For that reason,  our "His + Hers" Emergency Kit Guide is a must!

For The Groom

  • Jao Sanitizer is the first "upscale" antibacterial is an instant disinfectant and aromatherapy boost all in one.  Perfect for post cocktail hour mingling.  Jao kills germs and freshens hands with ethyl alcohol (less drying) and their very own blend of antiseptic essential oils: Lavendar, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Sage.  You can also use Jao under the arms for an instant refresher! Throw it in your honeymoon man bag.
  • Mario Badescu Lip Wax (available in Make Up First® Pro Shop only).  Keep lips soft, smooth, and hydrated regardless of how many speeches you have to give.  Lightweight, non-greasy, and never sticky in texture;  it's enriched with antioxidant Rose Hip and Vitamin E Oils to nourish dry skin as nutrient-rich Beeswax ensures lasting hydration. 
  • Cinema Secrets Micro Scissor is the worlds smallest facial trimmer! Use in a pinch for trimming facial hair without cutting, pulling, or irritating skin. You can also use this for pesky threads, shirt tags, etc.!
  • TWEEZERMAN Mini Slant Tweezer for all of your last minute grooming!
  • SENNA Brow Gel (Clear) will help tame unruly hairs.
  • Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine even if you're nervous on the inside, you will look poised (not shiny) on the outside! Especially useful for bald heads.  Apply a single dab to the face or head and shine will immediately disappear.
  • Palladio Beauty Rice Paper Oil - Blotting Papers are tissues made from natural rice and provide great oil-absorbing functions —in a more compact form. Use the matte side to blot away shine throughout the day. Packaged in a handy component, these tissues will fit inside even in the smallest pocket.
  • Shoe Polish (Brush or Wipe)
  • Floss
  • Breathe mints
  • Sewing Kit
  • Lint Roller
  • Stain Remover
  • First-Aide Travel Kit (Band-Aids, Neosporin, Ibuprofen, and Antacids)
  • Keep all of your must-haves in one place! the MONDA Mesh Bag is perfect for storing your go-to's.

For The Bride

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  • Jao Sanitizer is the first "upscale" antibacterial is an instant disinfectant and aromatherapy boost all in one. Jao kills germs and freshens hands with ethyl alcohol (less drying) and their very own blend of antiseptic essential oils: Lavendar, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Sage. You can also use Jao under the arms for an instant refresher! A multi-use must for any travel bag or purse!
  • TWEEZERMAN Mini Slant Tweezer for all of your last minute tweezing needs!
  • Skindinavia® Makeup Finishing Spray, kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof, Skindinavia’s ultra-fine spray is specially designed to resist the effects of excess moisture and helps keep makeup looking flawless. Their award-winning mist controls stress-induced shine and keeps makeup photo-ready for up to 16 hours. Recommended for all skin types!
  • FIRST by Maqpro HD Powder, translucent pressed setting powder perfect for last minute touch-ups!
  • BeautyBlender® blotterazzi™ pro is an alternative to blotting papers. It is a washable and 100% reusable blotting cushion.  The unique, award-winning material stays “thirsty” and absorbs excess oil while the open cell structure helps to re-texturize makeup, mimicking the appearance of natural skin. The flexible sponge is designed to fit all the contours of the face leaving behind a naturally flawless looking complexion. The chic mirrored compact contains two black cushion blotters for beauty touch-ups on the go.  A vented back and clear, hygienic separator ensures sponge freshness. 
  • FACE Atelier Lip Glaze Petite features FACE Atelier's best-selling shades in a smaller size that are perfect for the wedding and honeymoon.  Lip Glaze gives a high-shine effect while hydrating and moisturizing your lips. And as per usual for FACE atelier, a little goes a long way!
  • Floss
  • Breathe mints
  • Sewing Kit
  • Lint Roller
  • First-Aide Travel Kit (Band-Aids, Neosporin, Ibuprofen, and Antacids)
  • Nail Polish Remover Wipes
  • Hair Spray, Hair Tie, and Bobbi Pins
  • Stilazzi Set Bag - 109 is made of clear vinyl with nylon trim, the durable bag is ready to perform in any weather condition. Being transparent makes it easy to find what you're looking for from the outside. (Individual Products Not Included. Products Sold Separately.)

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan Liberty is coming to Make Up First®!

 
 

Jordan Liberty is an LA-based based professional makeup artist, photographer, educator and personality. His iconic work has been seen on national television, along the catwalks at New York Fashion Week, in magazines worldwide and on his professional YouTube channel as a premium content creator (with a total social media reach of 500k+ followers).

Liberty and his work have recently been featured in Allure, Glamour, On Makeup and Make-Up Artist Magazine; and online on Bustle, Stylecaster, and Beautylish as well as on Amazon's Style Code Live. In 2015 he received a coveted "Best of Beauty" award from Allure magazine, recognizing his innovative work as a makeup artist and digital influencer. Recent clients include Anastasia Beverly Hills, Frends Beauty, Benefit Cosmetics, Refinery29, Wantable and QVC. Recent collaborators include Warby Parker, Clinique, Curology and go90.

Liberty has also been praised for his stage demonstrations at industry trade shows IMATS, The Makeup Show and PHAMExpo, and will continue educating in 2017 on The American Beauty Tour hosted by The Powder Group.

 

BUILDING A BEAUTY PORTFOLIO with Jordan liberty

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July 9–10, 2017

Create flawless “real-world” camera-ready images with an up-to-the-minute curriculum powered by the latest in technology. From product knowledge to hands-on application, covering all aspects of high definition beauty.
 

DAY 1: Jordan will perform two makeup applications on different models while sharing his tips, tricks and expertise. 

DAY 2: Hands -on application on 3 different models, while Jordan give you direction for your looks. Photos will be taken by Photographer, Robert Beczarski. All photos will be given for your use. 

Both 1 and 2 day options available. 

Mother's Day Must Haves!

 

Mother's Day is around the corner! Our gift guide is sure to please!

 

Skincare Products - Mom-Approved! 

Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Lip Balm hydrates lips and allows color to glide on smoothly with precise and even application. Lip moisturizing balm that doubles as a lip primer. Moisture is increased by 90% with continued use for a week. Derived from Japanese Rice Bran which stimulates blood flow.

Embryolisse Re-densifying Eye and Lip Contour Cream  a multi-active, youth reactivating treatment for eyes and lips. It associates re-densifying and antioxidant ingredients (Resveratrol and Vitamin E), with smoothing, plumping ingredients (hyaluronic acid and marine collagen) and age spot ingredient (white mulberry). Fragile skin around the eyes and lips are reinforced, firmed, toned and elastin is built up once again. Fine lines are erased and deeper wrinkles are diminished.

Embryolisse - Anti-Age Firming Cream  is an anti-aging cream that combines collagen and hyaluronic acid to boost elasticity, tone and firm skin.

Embryolisse Embryoderme is a vitamin moisturizer and revitalizing cream helps to regenerate the surface of the skin.  An effective formula that provides skin with the nutrition and repair it needs to ensure rapid correction.

Makeup - For the Mom-on-the-go!

Eve Pearl Duo Concealer  is a  revolutionary, counter-intuitive way to cover dark under-eye circles, Dual Salmon Concealer that holds two shades. Use darker shade to neutralize blue undertones under the eye. Highlight the inner and outer corner of eyes with the lighter shade.

Kevyn Aucoin – Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is an oil-free, ultra-lightweight serum foundation that provides luminous coverage. It is infused with a powerful marine based algae extract known to fight the production of a protein known to accelerate aging, encouraging loss of firmness, elasticity, and wrinkles.

Kevyn Aucoin -The Volume Mascara is an award winning volumizing mascara that amplifies lashes for a stand out look! Infused with bold pigments and volume-building fibers to thicken, separate, and dramatically lengthen lashes. Tubed technology prevents the lashes from clumping and holds the natural curl of the lash all day long. Jojoba oil ensures lashes are soft and shiny from root to tip. Smudge-resistant. Long-wearing. Unique skinny styled brush makes application effortless and coats each and every lash.

SENNA Powder Brow Pencil  glides on with smooth precision to define, shape, fill in sparse areas, and create perfect arches. Long wear and fade resistant, it gives total control for a natural or bold look with a soft powder finish. Spoolie brush tip blends in color and grooms brows.

Kevyn Aucoin - The Lip Pencil a cult classic creates fuller-looking lips and prevents lip color from bleeding. Its long-wearing, non-drying formula easily glides onto lips to create the perfect lip look.

MODELROCK – Liquid to Matte Liquid Lipstick is a long-wearing, highly pigmented, and lightweight. Wear alone or partner with your favorite lipgloss.

MakeUp Eraser removes 100% of your makeup with water only. Just wet the cloth and remove your makeup. This includes waterproof eyeliner and mascara, HD makeup and much more.

Spring Cleaning!

It is that time of year again! Jump start your spring cleaning with our NEWEST product; FIRST Sanitizer! Available in an easy to use spray bottle; FIRST Sanitizer effectively cleans, destroys bacteria, and rejuvenates all your cosmetics within seconds! All-natural, certified organic ingredients. Disinfects without destroying the integrity of your cosmetics.

Directions: Hold spray bottle 6" away from product. Mist lightly. Do not saturate. Ingredients: Organic Ethyl Alcohol, Organic Rose Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Vanilla Extract

Directions: Hold spray bottle 6" away from product. Mist lightly. Do not saturate.

Ingredients: Organic Ethyl Alcohol, Organic Rose Water, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Vanilla Extract

Lets start with the basics…

Cleaning your makeup is equally important as cleaning your makeup organizer(s). Whether you are a seasoned professional or a makeup enthusiast, we recommend Stilazzi Set bags for storage, as they are great for storing and organizing your products! The clear plastic material helps to make sure you can see everything, and not to mention, CLEAN everything when your personal or professional kit becomes dirty. Start by taking your products out. Once your organizer is empty, you can use a sanitizer (FIRST Sanitizer), or dish soap, water, and a towel to wipe down the inside and all the compartments. 

Need to consolidate?

The makeup artist favorite, Vueset offers a line of versatile, functional pro palettes and cases meant to store a broad variety of products and tools. Palettes and cases are made of high-quality acrylic, making it easy to see what they hold within, and CLEAN! 

Too many eyeshadows? 

The Z Palette is a staple in every makeup artist's kit. Large enough to fit up to 28 standard-sized, round eyeshadow pans, the Large Z Palette is still super slim, sleek and perfect for travel. Its clear window allows you to see all of its contents at a glance and CLEAN! Durable yet eco-friendly, the Large Z Palette features a lid that folds completely under the bottom portion, a unique space-saving feature!

 

Now to the nitty gritty…

Here is a sheet of how to tell when products are a "go" or a "throw"…

We hope this helps! For questions or product information, please email info@makeupfirst.com!

Happy Cleaning! :)

 

FESTIVAL SEASON! PART II : FAKE LIP PIERCINGS

 

festival season countdown begins! Try the newest Social media trend...

 Fake Lip piercings!

OCC RTW LIP TAR in "NARCISSUS" + FIRST by Make Up First® (Maqpro) Star Pigment in "Metallic Gold US.13"

OCC RTW LIP TAR in "NARCISSUS" + FIRST by Make Up First® (Maqpro) Star Pigment in "Metallic Gold US.13"

For 40% off all obsessive compulsive cosmetics

USE CODE : FESTIVAL40 

Top Image: MEHRON Metallic Gold Powder/ Mixing Liquid Set + OCC RTW LIP TAR in "GRANDMA" Bottom Image: MEHRON Paradise AQ Glitter in "Green" + INGLOT Duraline Transforming Gel

Top Image: MEHRON Metallic Gold Powder/ Mixing Liquid Set + OCC RTW LIP TAR in "GRANDMA"

Bottom Image: MEHRON Paradise AQ Glitter in "Green" + INGLOT Duraline Transforming Gel

Top Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "Belladona" Middle Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "RX " + "Feathered" (PRO TIP: Mix a hing of blue with the white to create the blue shown!) Need something to mix with? And On? Try this Palette Knife and Palette  Bottom Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "Queen"

Top Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "Belladona"

Middle Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "RX " + "Feathered" (PRO TIP: Mix a hing of blue with the white to create the blue shown!) Need something to mix with? And On? Try this Palette Knife and Palette 

Bottom Image: OCC RTW LIP TAR in "Queen"

For 40% off all obsessive compulsive cosmetics

USE CODE : FESTIVAL40

 

To create the negative space, shown above; try using a synthetic brush (even an eyeliner brush will do the trick) and Embryolisse's Micellar Lotion (makeup remover), to draw a clean line down the center of your lip. If all else fails, try a pointed swap to clean up the line!

 

For 40% off all obsessive compulsive cosmetics

USE CODE : FESTIVAL40

For more information on products, please email info@makeupfirst.com

 

 

Flawless Festival Faces! Your Go-To Products!

Coachella kicks off festival season! Get your bright and boho makeup inspiration from our Pro Shop! Products are available in store and online!

For more information on products, and education, please email info@makeupfirst.com!

Bridal season!

CLASSIC BRIDAL MAKEUP:

  • Bridal makeup should look natural, creating a more enhanced, radiant version of the bride (on her best day).
  • Bridal makeup must be long-lasting (durable).

            a.  Use thin layers; and

            b.  Use waterproof or water resistant cosmetics. 

  • Bridal makeup should harmonious with the rest of the wedding party.

 Airbrush Makeup Is:

  • Great for high definition video and high-resolution photography;
  • Durable and Long-Lasting;
  • Applies in sheer layers.

The Makeup Application:

SUGGESTED PRODUCTS: (all available at the Make Up First ® School Pro Shop: shop.makeupfirst.com) Note: Brushes for personal use can be found here. We love the I AM FIRST 10 Piece Brush Set by Bdellium, also available at MUF

1.    Skin prep: Mattifier for oil control-by Mehron; Embryolisse Hydra-Mat for Moisturizer/Primer

2.    Eyelid prep:  Cinema Secrets Eye Base

3.    Under Eye prep:  Embryolisse Soothing Eye Contour Treatment

4.    Lip Prep:  Rosebud Salve

5.   Inglot Eye Shadow Singles and Inglot Freedom System Palette

TEMPTU Air is the first cordless airbrush makeup device for instant, effortless skin perfection. Temptu's patented technology delivers less makeup and more complete coverage than makeup brush application!

TEMPTU Air is the first cordless airbrush makeup device for instant, effortless skin perfection. Temptu's patented technology delivers less makeup and more complete coverage than makeup brush application!

15. Translucent Set Powder by AJ Crimson in Bamboo

16.  Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector® Pressed Powder

17.  Lip pencil Kevyn Aucoin in Medium

18. Lipstick by Inglot, create your own bridal palette with the Inglot Freedom System Palettes

Want to learn more about Airbrushing? We have our next Airbrush Workshop this Monday, April 3rd, from 10am - 1pm. Learn more by clicking the button below!

Want to book a makeup artist? Email info@makeupfirst.com for more information!

 For more information about Make Up First ® School and/or Make Up First® Pro Shop, email info@makeupfirst.com or call 312.621.0801.

Green, Gold, & Glitter all over! Find your pot of GOLD at our Pro Shop!
Products Featured (Left to Right): Mehron Paradise AQ Glitter (Available in Green and Light Green), INGLOT Single Eyeshadows (Available in Multiple Shades), Mehron CreamBlend Stick (Available in Multiple Colors), Mehron Paradise Paint, BeautyBlender Micro Mini Pro, Mehron Metallic Powder (Gold), TEMPTU Air, TEMPTU Dura Singles (Available in Multiple Shades), 

Products Featured (Left to Right): Mehron Paradise AQ Glitter (Available in Green and Light Green), INGLOT Single Eyeshadows (Available in Multiple Shades), Mehron CreamBlend Stick (Available in Multiple Colors), Mehron Paradise Paint, BeautyBlender Micro Mini Pro, Mehron Metallic Powder (Gold), TEMPTU Air, TEMPTU Dura Singles (Available in Multiple Shades), 

TURNING INSTAGRAM MAKEUP TRENDS INTO WEARABLE LOOKS (OR IN REAL LIFE - IRL)

According to social media platforms, most notably Instagram and YouTube, contouring, highlighting, and other names given to describe makeup looks, are new and exciting beauty trends.  On the contrary! The techniques of playing with light and shadow (chiaroscuro) are not new in the art of drawing and painting; nor are these techniques new to makeup; professional makeup artists have been incorporating some or all of these makeup techniques for decades!  What is new about the“Instagram face”, however, is the heavy-handed, “one-look-suits-all” makeup application.  In this workshop, we will examine the current social media look, and then work to best incorporate the look into a realistic application, thereby creating a flattering and “wearable” look.

Traditional Makeup Artist Training

The traditional training for makeup artists involves study with skilled makeup artists, both in formal (school) and informal (on-the job) settings.  In order to become marketable, after years of work, and continuing education, makeup artists must build an impressive portfolio, to reflect both their area of expertise, as well as the range of their work.  The professional makeup artist may be more skilled in creating a character for theater or film, or may excel at enhancing a client’s face and features, for high definition television, print, and film.  Some professional makeup artists may become proficient in both theatrical as well as beauty makeup.  The goal of the professional beauty makeup artist is to use the art of makeup, which has always utilized light (and corresponding shadow), to enhance existing features.  The goal of the theatrical makeup artist is to first create a character, and then, through the appropriate use of dramatic contrast between light and shadow, ensure that the character is visible to the audience.

The New Influencers

Historically, those who have influenced style and makeup trends have included the monarchy, the fashion industry, from designers to “super models”, as well as the celebrities in the motion picture industry.  During the 1980’s, makeup artistry came into its own as a viable profession, with Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbie Brown, as examples of prominent, influential celebrity makeup artists. 

The new influencers, however, are famous for making themselves famous through social media.  Following the unrealistic, filtered example of reality celebrities, (notably the Kardashian/Jenner women), we are bombarded with social media “how-tos,” created by virtually anyone who decides to record their techniques in front of a mobile device.  These untrained artists work on their own faces, and frequently use the same heavy-handed techniques that can be found in drag, or theatrical makeup applications for large venues.   The goal of the Instagram “artists” and YouTube “artists” is to gather a large following, thereby gaining the attention of cosmetic companies, who can then expand sales through these video “artists.”  The most popular, and therefore most successful social media personalities, many of whom are not professional makeup artists, can easily earn an income merely by using, blogging and endorsing beauty brands.  The result is a cult following of impressionable youth who desire that “Instagram” look, whether or not it is flattering for the individual.  With this current trend, many of the professional makeup artists find that the artistry has been removed from the art of makeup.

The “Instagram” Look

It is easy to spot an Instagram face: the eyebrows are dramatically structured, the lips are over-drawn, the eye makeup incorporates a “cut crease” and a “cat eye” and a heavy hand is used to contour and highlight the face, without regard to face shape, lighting, or its appropriateness for the time of day.  Heavy, unnatural-looking shimmer is heavily placed on the cheeks (“strobing”). 

Create a “Wearable “ Instagram Look (IRL)

 It is possible, however, to incorporate the desired social media trends, using a lighter hand, and with attention paid to the needs of the individual’s specific face/features, time of day, and formality of the occasion.

 The Skin

We all want beautiful skin; however, there is a current obsession with highlighting, overdone in an effort to achieve an unnatural glow to the skin.  For a current look, IRL, the skin can be radiant and luminous without the excessive use of hyper-real highlighting. For an instant, everyday “lit from within” effect, start with a well-moisturized and primed face.  Use an age-appropriate, (sheer) foundation, adding concealer only where needed to color-correct, typically under the eyes.  To achieve the natural, luminous effect, blend a cream or liquid highlighter lightly over areas of the face where the light naturally hits: the forehead, the top of the cheekbones, under the arches of the brows, down the nose and, sparingly, on the cupid’s bow of the mouth.  Avoid contouring, unless you are skilled at blending to create a natural look.  In fact, “nontouring”, or simply highlighting without contouring, is thankfully becoming mainstream, following reality star, Kim Kardashian and her currently pared-down makeup.

Suggested Products: Glow: KEVYN AUCOIN – The Celestial Skin Lightening Liquid, Contour: KEVYN AUCOIN - The Creamy Glow Duo #4 Contour Duo #4 OR KEVYN AUCOIN - The Sculpting Powder, Blush: FIRST by Make Up First® (MAQPRO) Lip + Cheek Palette, Highlight: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector - Poured Creme , Set: Cinema Secrets - Loose Setting Powder

The Instagram “Cut Crease” and “Cat Eye”- Soften the look for IRL

The Instagram eye makeup application is so harsh IRL, that instead of enhancing the eyes, it actually takes on a life of it’s own and creates a distraction. For an eye makeup look that is not harsh, as well as appropriate for daytime, we suggest trying the following:  Prime the eyelid: apply an eyelid primer such as Cinema Secrets Eye Primer. Select either a translucent setting powder or an eye shadow powder lighter than your skin tone to set the eyelid. At this point, it may be desirable to simply curl the lashes and add mascara.  For a more finished look and to create the illusion of the desirable almond-shaped eye, you may apply an additional eye shadow to the lid. Select a darker color or tone and apply to the crease and outer corner of the eye.  Apply a light tone, with or without texture, under the arch of the brow and sometimes also in the corner of the eye. To add dimension, you can apply a subtle pigment or shimmer in the center of the lid. Line the upper lash line with a tight line of powder or gel, and smudge the liner with a lighter tone. Line the lower lash line, in the same manner as the upper eye, if desired.  Curling the lashes will “open” the eyes, while mascara will help define the lashes.  While you can add “wispy” and light false lashes during the day, avoiding the social media trend of applying excessive layers of mascara.

Suggested Products: Prime: Cinema Secrets Pro Eyeshadow BaseEyes: FIRST by Make Up First® (MAQPRO) Pro Matte Eyeshadow PaletteFIRST by Make Up First® (MAQPRO) Star Powder Loose Pigments or Glitters, INGLOT Duraline, Lashes: Tweezerman Promaster Las Curler, Kevyn Aucoin - The Essential Mascara

Everyday Brows

For brows that are groomed but not overdone, as well as appropriate for real life, avoid the dark, highly structured, angular Instagram brow.  The eyebrows provide a frame for our eyes; if the frame is too dark or too harsh, we detract from the beauty of the eyes and face.  Stay away from the use of dark, heavy pencil, and instead try using the more forgiving brow gel or brow mascara.  Follow the natural shape of the brows and with subtle technique, alter the shape to suit the particular individual.  The new powder pencil by Senna creates a soft brow; the Senna gel, Brow Fix X, has a fiber formula that creates the illusion of a fuller brow. For those blessed with full brows, we recommend the use of a brow gel to subtly enhance the brows, while keeping stray brow hairs groomed.

Suggested Products: Brows: SENNA Brow Book, SENNA Powder Brow Pencil,  SENNA Brow Fix X Mascara

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