Your One Stop Shop for Everything Makeup

Make Up First is the premier makeup artistry training school in the midwest, but did you know we also offer a wide range of additional services, including an on-site Pro Shop? Our Pro Shop is stocked with over 50 different brands, including pro cosmetics and unique products you won’t find anywhere else!

Check out more of the services offered at Make Up First below!


PRIVATE LESSONS

Private Makeup Lessons at Make Up First

Interested in makeup but not ready to commit to a full class? We offer private lessons on everything from daily beauty makeup and airbrushing, to bridal and theatrical applications. Private lessons start at 2 hours, but longer sessions can be arranged.

Please email info@makeupfirst.com for questions and availability!


CHAIR & STUDIO RENTAL

Whether you need space for your client or your entire company, Make Up First has you covered. Choose from a single chair rental—complete with director’s chairs and GLAMCOR mirrors—or the entire classroom/studio. Rates start at 2 hours!


MAKEUP DE-POTTING & KIT CLEANUP

Makeup De-Potting & Kit Clean Out Make Up First

On Fridays we offer Kit Cleanup sessions, which are dedicated to helping you clean out and update your makeup kit. During each session, our staff will help you sort through your items, declutter, and check expiration dates for all the makeup in your kit—free of charge!

While you’re here, browse the Pro Shop, or use the Z-Potter to de-pot and organize your makeup (free to use with the purchase of a Z Palette). We’re also here to recommend products for any job, event, or look, as well as answer any questions you have.

To schedule an appointment, please email info@makeupfirst.com with your desired date and one hour time slot.


Shop our products online, or stop by and see us at 100 N. La Salle St, 10th Floor, conveniently located in the Loop!

 
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Brush Up On Your Skills For Bridal Season

TEMPTU Certified Airbrush Bridal Workshop
Monday, May 20th, 2019

Airbrushed bridal makeup is here to stay. Learn the in’s and out’s of the bridal business, such as drafting contracts, setting your rates, and completing a successful trial run. Then, get hands-on with our immersive TEMPTU airbrush training where you’ll learn how to assemble and clean two different machines, as well as various airbrushing techniques, and how to choose the right products for your client.

Following the workshop, students will receive a TEMPTU Certificate of Completion!
All airbrush equipment and products are provided for use during this six hour workshop, and will be available for purchase at an already discounted price the day of the workshop!
This workshop is eligible for 6 hours of Continuing Education under the IL Barber Act

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Get 'Hands On' with Celebrity Makeup Artist Carl Ray!

Renowned celebrity makeup artist, Carl Ray, joins Make Up First to demonstrate his unique artistic approach to enhancing natural beauty.

Carl has been in the beauty industry for over 18 years, and since 2009, has served as the official makeup artist for former First Lady Michelle Obama. His experience includes a long roster of notable clientele, including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kerri Washington, Gabriel Union, Julia Child, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lin - Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

From 10am to 2pm Carl will demonstrate his method for enhancing natural beauty and bringing out the best of your client’s individual style.

From 2pm to 4pm attendees will create full-face applications with guidance from Carl Ray.

Options available for both demo-only and full day, hands-on portions. Limited space is available for the full day option.

Carl's work has appeared on and in the magazine covers & pages of: Vogue, Glamour, Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Essence, Harper Bazzar, More, Ladies' Home Journal, Variety, Seventeen, Red Book, People, and Time. Carl has a thriving bridal business and has been voted “top make-up artist” by Washingtonian magazine since the inception of his career in Washington, DC in 1999.

The artistic style of Carl Ray’s Way is rooted in enhancing a woman’s natural beauty. Carl enjoys getting to know each individual woman so he can bring out her own personality. Carl prides himself on complimenting individual beauty, and his range of techniques allows him to deliver a natural glam, polished, clean, fresh, and beautiful look.

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TELL US YOUR ANSWERS, AND BE ENTERED TO WIN!

At Make Up First, we’re always improving our curriculum to provide the best and most current information in the world of makeup artistry. A large part of that improvement is feedback from our community. We love to hear what you want out of your workshops and overall experience here at Make Up First.

Below we’ve provided a short feedback form so you can let us know what you want to see next! By taking the time to provide us with feedback, you’ll be entered to win a FREE KEVYN AUCOIN PURE POWDER GLOW!
Share our post on Instagram (and tag @makeupfirstschool), and receive a second entry for the drawing!

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 13th.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Senna Powder Brow Pencil

First by Maqpro- Lip and Cheek Palette

Brow expert, Eugenia Weston, designed this perfect evolution of a brow pencil and powder in one. The long-wearing, fade-resistant color glides on with smooth precision to define, shape, fill in sparse areas, and create perfect arches.

This natural, wax-based palette is great on both cheeks and lips. The 10-shade variety provides full coverage in a wide range of colors that won’t dry out the skin and lasts all day.


Eve Pearl- Dual Salmon Concealer

Embryolisse- Anti-Age Re-Densifying Cream

Get rid of deep under eye tones and skin discolorations fast with this award-winning concealer. This dual-color combo works to eliminate darkness while the second tone brightens and highlights. Sensitive skin formula is perfect for mature skin.

Turn back the clock on aging skin with this firming, hydrating cream from Embryolisse. Visibly reduce fine lines while boosting collagen, elastin, and vitamins for healthy, radiant skin.


Glamcor- Riki Skinny & Riki Cutie

Make your mom feel special with the glamorous Riki Skinny. This countertop mirror features incredible lighting, attachments for a magnified mirror and phone, as well as Bluetooth capabilities. Perfect for a night out or getting ready each morning. For moms on the go, check out the travel-sized Riki Cutie, which has 3 brightness levels, a built-in leg stand, and retractable finger holder.

Check out the rest of the Mother’s Day Gift Guide here!

Start Your Dream Career Today!

Our Summer Certification Program Starts June 18th!

Turn your passion into a career with our makeup artistry certification program!

Turn your passion into a career with our makeup artistry certification program!

At Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry, our certification program is streamlined to give you exactly what you need to become a pro. Our program, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, offers in-depth makeup artistry training with extensive hands-on studio time using pro cosmetics and taught by the finest instructors. By offering professional instruction in all areas of makeup artistry, we prepare our students to be able to accept work in all avenues of the industry, including editorial, bridal, theatrical, media, clinical and more.

Our program begins June 18th with Basic Makeup I, which covers fundamental principles such as color theory, facial anatomy, and sanitation. In addition, students will learn crucial skills like highlight and contour, foundation matching, skin prep, shaping brows, false lash application and more!

Seeing is believing--take a guided tour of the school!

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The Makeup Bride Guide
Make Up First Bridal Tips

The business of bridal is the business of confidence! As a makeup artist, it is your job to make sure that the bride feels beautiful on her special day. In spite of the constant cycle of new trends, it is important to remember to keep looks classic and flattering, but also current. Always choose and apply makeup that is suitable for photos and videos, all of which will be shot in high definition. Check out artist Jill Glaser’s guidelines below to keep your bride happy and stress-free!
 

  • Bridal makeup is a hybrid of both straight-up beauty and media. Be mindful of color selection, highlight/contour, and blending.
     

  • Anticipate your bride’s needs. Although you may prefer the traditional bridal looks, your bride may want something else—make her happy! Looks include: Classic, Retro, Current Trend, and combination of current and classic looks.

 

  • Whatever look the bride selects, clean, flawless makeup is key.

 

  • For flawless skin, most brides believe there is nothing better than airbrush makeup.  DON’T DISAGREE WITH YOUR BRIDE!  Learn how to airbrush and invest in the equipment and products! Remember, you need to spend money to make money, and with one or two large bridal bookings your investment will be recouped.

    The benefits of airbrush makeup:

    a. Very quick application

b. Good for HD film/video and high resolution prints

c. Durable and long-lasting

d. Different, and perhaps less, face prep products and time

e. Easy reapplication

f. Excellent for camouflaging skin imperfections, including tattoos

g. Additional charge may be imposed for airbrush application

 
*Types of airbrush foundation for beauty applications: Water, Silicone, Water with added Silicone, Alcohol

  • Remember: your primary goal as a bridal makeup artist is to make the bride look and feel beautiful and confident in her beauty!

For more tips on achieving the perfect bridal looks, check out the workshops below!

Justin Talaga
Keep Learning, Keep Earning: Spring Workshops Approaching

Bridal en Español
April 29, 10am-2pm

En este curso aprenderás a perfeccionar tu maquillaje de novia. Se te enseñara un look de día y cómo convertirlo a un maquillaje de noche glamurosos. 

Domina la técnica y aprende cuáles productos son un must en tu kit y te garanticen que la novia esté intacta durante todo el día o noche. También te dará los tips para llegar al siguiente nivel como maquillista y lograr que el maquillaje se vea perfecto tanto en persona como en cámara de alta definición.

Don’t miss international makeup artist, Paloma Guerard, on April 29th as she teaches Bridal en Español!

Learn to perfect your bridal makeup as Paloma demonstrates how to create both the natural, enhanced bridal look, as well as an elegant evening bridal look.

Participants will also learn what products are a must-have for keeping the bride’s makeup intact throughout the day, as well as the best applications and products for HD photography.


TEMPTU-Certified Airbrush Bridal
May 20, 10am-4pm

This one-day workshop will cover the business of bridal, as well as airbrush makeup using TEMPTU products!  Students will learn how to assemble, clean, and use both the handheld airbrush and traditional gun/compressor combo. In addition, students will be guided in the selection of various airbrush foundations, blushes, and contour shades in order to create the highly sought-after flawless, airbrushed face.

Equipment is available for use during the one-day, six-hour session, as well as available for purchase. Students should bring brushes from their makeup kits.

Upon completion, students will receive a “TEMPTU Certified by Make Up First®” Certificate!


Carl Ray Workshop
June 10, 10am-4pm

Renowned celebrity makeup artist, Carl Ray, joins Make Up First to demonstrate his unique artistic approach to enhancing natural beauty.

Carl has been in the beauty industry for over 18 years, and since 2009, has served as the official makeup artist for former First Lady Michelle Obama. His experience includes a long roster of notable clientele, including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kerri Washington, Gabriel Union, Julia Child, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lin - Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

Options available for both demo-only and full day, hands-on portions. Limited space is available for the full day option.

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WE CARE! AVOID CROSS-CONTAMINATION!

Brushes, beauty blenders, sponges, tools, and cosmetics are a potential, realistic breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. BEWARE! If left uncleaned, said brushes, sponges and tools may cause breakouts, irritation, and in the worst case scenario, infections!

Keeping your client happy and healthy is easy—check out our cleaning recommendations below!


BRUSHES

Clean your brushes. No excuses. Not only does regular and thorough brush cleaning prevent bacterial infections, it also helps extend the life of your brushes! Be good to your brushes and they will be good to you! Cinema Secrets has the perfect setup for cleaning your brushes, both between clients and at the end of the day. Their brush cleaner is a quick-drying formula that works great on both natural and synthetic brushes, and the cleansing tin serves as the perfect mini cleaning station.

COSMETICS

Professional, sanitary makeup artists clean their cosmetics before after each use; it’s a practice everyone else should adopt as well. Solutions of at least 70% isopropyl alcohol should be used to effectively kill bacteria on contact for all cosmetics, including cream palettes, lipsticks, and powders. Our popular misting spray, First Sanitizer, makes it easy to quickly sanitize all of your cosmetics before and after each application.

DEEP CLEANING

Gunk happens. It’s inevitable. Sometimes a product will build up on your brush, and a quick clean won’t do the trick. It’s important to have deep cleaning tools at your disposal. Heavy duty cleaning tools, such as Sigma’s Spa Brush Cleaning Glove have several different cleaning textures to help you strip away build-up from any of your brushes. The resilient, reinforced silicone textures are made to withstand hundreds of cleanings without wearing down or collecting bacteria. Pair with beautyblender’s blendercleanser solid pro soap for deep cleaning of both brushes and Beauty Blender sponges!

DISPOSABLES

When all else fails, use disposable applicators and sponges! It is inexcusable for the pro makeup artist to use the same mascara on different people. For non-pros, mascara wands can clump, beauty blenders and other sponges wear down after heavy usage—but single use products are designed to be fresh, effective, and safe every single time. Remember, every new coat of makeup should have a new applicator-no double-dipping and you will avoid cross- contamination.

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Calling All Industry Pros: Apply for Your Discount!

Make Up First® PRO is a discount program for working industry professionals. PRO Members will enjoy exclusive pricing and offers on our over 50 brands carried at the Pro Shop.

Joining is easy! First, you need to create an account with us here.
Next, see the list of the following documentation acceptable for approval. If you have any questions, please email pro@makeupfirst.com 


Two of the below documents are required along with your Government issued photo ID:

  • Makeup artistry school certificate from a recognized makeup school*

  • Current cosmetology or esthetician license

  • Call sheet (with name credit for paid print, film or video job- dated with in the last 12 months)

  • Tear sheet (with name credit for paid print, film or video job- dated with in the last 12 months)

  • Business website (with portfolio and services)

  • IMBD Web Link

  • Union Card (with name printed on it)

To apply, scan and email your documents to pro@makeupfirst.com 

Justin Talaga
Spring Statement Trends

NEON LIP

Instagram: @monaleannemakeup

Instagram: @monaleannemakeup

Vibrant lip colors can emphasize your look, even without much else on your face. Choosing a strong neon color is tone-setting statement look that anyone can use to break up their makeup monotony. Orange, Coral, Hot Pink, and Fuchsia have been popping up all over runways this spring, so don’t hesitate to add these bold colors to your collection.


Statement Lids & Inner Eye Color

Instagram: @namvo

Instagram: @namvo

Pastel colors are taking over! Grab a pink, purple, or blue and decorate your lids with emphasis. Customize your look with whatever you feel comfortable doing: defined lines, hazy edges, or completely circle the eye with color. If you’re feeling intimidated, start with tiny pops of color on the inner lid using a precision brush. Get creative!


Monochromatic Makeup

Instagram: @namvo

Instagram: @namvo

Monochromatic makeup is here to stay. Instead of piecing together a complex look of complimentary colors, stick to just one or two matching shades and accent the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Peaches, pastels, and soft tans bring dimension to the face without overcomplicating things. Opt for multipurpose products that you can use on different areas of your face.


WARM BRONZER

Instagram: @kilprity

Instagram: @kilprity

Ditch the heavy highlights and go for the newly-tanned warmth of a subtle bronzer. Rose gold and champagne are dominating the bronzer game right now, giving face illuminators their time to shine. Apply and blend to the apples of your cheeks for an instant glow that will give you the perfect sun-kissed look.

Justin Talaga
New Workshops Announced!

Roshar Portfolio Building Workshop
August 25-26, 2019

Make Up First Roshar Portfolio Building Workshop

During this two day workshop, international celebrity makeup artist, Roshar, will demonstrate his approach to avante-garde and editorial makeup.

On Day 1 Roshar will teach you how to achieve his signature look through two unique demonstrations.

On Day 2, participants will work on a model photoshoot, directed by Roshar, with professional photographer Robert Beczarski. All participants will receive images of their work to build their portfolio.


Special FX Workshop with Roy Wooley
September 14-16, 2019

Make Up First Special FX Workshop with Roy Wooley

This multi-day prosthetic workshop participants will learn how to mold, create, paint, and apply silicone and/or latex prosthetics. This workshop will be taught by Roy Wooley, Special FX artist and contestant on SyFy's Face Off, Seasons 3 and 5!

Roy Wooley is a highly skilled special effects makeup artist and prop master whose impressive resume spans more than two decades, and includes work on such box office hits as Zombieland and Rob Zombie’s Halloween II.  

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Around town with make up first!

Make Up First owner Jill Glaser will be teaching two educational classes at America’s Beauty Show this Sunday, March 31st!

Join her at 11:30am for ‘The Trendy, Traditional, Flawless Bride’ to learn how to incorporate current trends while still creating a classic bridal makeup look.

At 1:30pm, stop by Jill’s demonstration on ‘The Makeup Artist Kit’ to find out what essentials you should always have with you, and how to plan for makeup emergencies.

Tickets are still available—click below for more details!


Celebrate the kick off of Chicago Fashion Week with the Evening Wear Show! Make Up First graduates will be on site providing makeup and hairstyling for the models walking the runway. Come support all the wonderful designers, models, and artists by purchasing a ticket below!

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Our Spring Session Starts April 2nd!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming Spring Session starting on April 2nd! Our program begins with Basic Makeup I, which covers fundamental principles such as color theory, facial anatomy, and sanitation. In addition, students will learn crucial skills like highlight and contour, foundation matching, skin prep, shaping brows, false lash application and more!

To learn about our eight course Certification Program, click here.

Make Up First® is the premier makeup artistry training program in the entire Midwest. Our program, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, offers in-depth makeup artistry training with extensive hands-on studio time using pro cosmetics and taught by the finest instructors. By offering professional instruction in all areas of makeup artistry, we prepare our students to be able to accept work in all avenues of the industry, including editorial, bridal, theatrical, media, clinical and more. Start your dream career today!

To schedule a tour, click here and choose the date and time that’s right for you!


Check out what a normal day at Make Up First looks like on our Instagram below!

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DEWY SKIN IS IN
Make Up First How to Achieve Dewy, Glowing Skin

Good news (at least we think so)—natural, radiant skin is in! What exactly does that mean? In short, it means lit-from-within, glowy skin. The “no-makeup” look now takes us above and beyond. With minimal makeup, and the addition of only a few products, natural skin now looks fresh and radiant, but with an added inner glow. So ditch the harsh contours and shading, and focus on harnessing your inner, luminous beauty. Check out some of our favorite products below.

Danessa Myricks- Love & Light Beauty Oil

This fast-absorbing, lightweight illuminating oil is the perfect combination of hydration and radiance for a healthy all-over glow. You can use this highly-concentrated oil to hydrate the skin before applying your foundation, or mix it together for added luminosity.  Perfect for all skin types!


Danessa Myricks- Dew Wet Balm

Use this translucent, highlighting balm for an instant glassy-skin glow. Infused with Jojoba oil, this hydrating product works great over makeup as an instant filter to soften and diffuse, even if there is uneven skin texture or dry, cakey makeup.


BECCA- Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid

Achieve effortless dewy radiance with this lustrous liquid highlighter that perfects the skin with light-reflecting pearls for a dewy, natural-looking finish. This highlighter features a sophisticated prismatic effect that adjusts in any light to impart a soft focus, healthy-looking glow. Beyond highlighting, this is the perfect mixer to your favorite primer, foundation, or moisturizer for added luminescence.


Inglot Cosmetics- AMC Face and Body Illuminator

Shimmer up with this light, oil-free, liquid illuminator that contains pearlescent molecules. Shines and illuminates wherever you apply it, giving unmatched definition and shimmer to the contours of your face and body.


Melanie Mills Hollywood- Get it Girl Gleam on the Go Radiance Collection

The ultimate in radiant body beauty! This six pack set features a variety of colors that work great alone or mixed together to make the perfect shade. Create a buildable highlight or a sun-kissed tint that can also be mixed with a liquid foundation. Each shade provides that extra glow, and are transfer resistant and non-streaking!

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Bridal en Español at Make Up First!
Paloma Guerard

Don’t miss international makeup artist, Paloma Guerard, on April 29th as she teaches Bridal en Español!

Learn to perfect your bridal makeup as Paloma demonstrates how to create both the natural, enhanced bridal look, as well as an elegant evening bridal look.

Participants will also learn what products are a must-have for keeping the bride’s makeup intact throughout the day, as well as the best applications and products for HD photography.


En este curso aprenderás a perfeccionar tu maquillaje de novia. Se te enseñara un look de día y cómo convertirlo a un maquillaje de noche glamurosos. 

Domina la técnica y aprende cuáles productos son un must en tu kit y te garanticen que la novia esté intacta durante todo el día o noche. También te dará los tips para llegar al siguiente nivel como maquillista y lograr que el maquillaje se vea perfecto tanto en persona como en cámara de alta definición.

Justin Talaga
Danessa Myricks now at the Make Up First Pro Shop!

Danessa Myricks beauty is an artisanal brand developed with the notion that makeup is art and that the world of beauty should be inclusive of every woman. Every formula is designed to be multifunctional in its use and work on a broad range of skin tones. Danessa Myricks Beauty gives both artists and consumers the ability to easily customize and freely create while exploring an inclusive world of beauty without boundaries.

Colorfix 24 Hour Cream Color—Metallics, Mattes, and Glazes

ColorFix Cream is a hybrid cream color and extreme long wearing paint that can be safely used on lips, eyes or face. It’s extraordinary silicone/polymer base can be mixed to create custom colors, transparencies or bold saturations. Optimized for a masterful color explosion. Ideal alone or as a base for powder products. ColorFix has tremendous endurance to withstand high temperatures head on and sustainable under water.

ColorFix Glaze is a transparent hybrid cream color glaze to create an editorial glossy effect on the eyes and lips.


Vision Cream Cover Palette Kit—Neutral and Warm

The Vision Cream Cover Pro Palette is a 10 shade foundation/concealer kit that comes with it’s own 10+1 Flexi-Palette. This versatile collection allows you to match or blend to any skin tone to create a smooth and flawless application on anyone.


Light Work Palette

The Light Work six piece, multi-tonal palette is designed to lift, shape, and highlight while adding  soft subtle dimension to the face. This weightless, soft, creamy, powder formula is infused with micro light refracting pearls that amplify your natural radiance while offering a sophisticated “lit from within” glow. Perfect for all skin types and skin tones!

Shop the entire Danessa Myricks collection below!

Justin Talaga
Deadline Approaching for March Workshops!

We’ve got something for everyone this month. Take advantage of the warming weather and join us for our upcoming workshops!

TEMPTU Certified Airbrush Bridal
March 18, 2019 10am-4pm

This workshop is the perfect primer for the upcoming bridal season. Students will not only learn the business of bridal, but also various airbrushing techniques using the latest products from TEMPTU. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion verifying their participation in this TEMPTU-Certified workshop!


Intensive Hairstyling for Makeup Artists
March 20-22, 2019 10am-2pm

In this 3-day intensive hairstyling workshop, instructors will focus on the use of multiple hairstyling tools, braiding, backcombing, up-do’s, down do’s and the art of pin curling. This workshop is perfect for both makeup artists and enthusiasts looking to expand their skillset!


Teen Camp
March 20-21, 2019 12pm-3pm

These single-session workshops, geared towards students ages 13-17, will cover both beauty and theatrical makeup over the course of two days. Students have the option of choosing one or both days.

SESSION ONE
Skin Prep, Color Theory, and Beauty Makeup Application.
Students will learn how to Highlight + Contour, as well as other beauty techniques!
All makeup and tools will be provided. 

SESSION TWO
Theatrical makeup including cuts, scars, and bruises,
Students will learn various theatrical applications, ranging from Sugar Skulls to Pop Art Zombies.
All makeup and tools will be provided.

Justin Talaga
Is Failure to Prime a Crime?
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Even among makeup enthusiasts, primers remain a topic of debate and mystery. Do you need to prime, and if so, what type of primer should you use? Between mattifiers, luminating primers, and hydrators, the entire process can be overwhelming—so we’ve come up with a short guide to help sort things out.

What are Primers?
Primers are a prep product that goes on after your skin care products but before your foundation, concealer, or tinted moisturizer. The primer will smooth lines and wrinkles while blurring imperfections for an even, flawless makeup application. In addition, since a primer is a layer between the skin (and its natural oils) and the foundation, the primer increases the longevity of the foundation application.

Do I need a Primer?

Unless you or your client has perfect skin, the application of a primer before the foundation is recommended. With the aid of a primer, your makeup applications are easier, smoother, cleaner, and last far longer. Primers can remove fine lines, fill in uneven skin, and even refine pores. There’s a primer out there for almost any skin type.

Okay, so what kind of Primer do I need?

It really depends on the individual. It’s important to assess the type of skin are you priming, and also what base of foundation that will be applied over the primer. Certain primers can serve as color correctors that can be used prior to your base or foundation. Other primers utilize hyaluronic acid to increase hydration, or have a built-in sunscreen to protect you outdoors. 

For areas with red surface tones, use a perfect green primer for color correction. Mauve or light purple will counteract sallow undertones and pink will brighten the skin.

For the application of a cream makeup that contains some silicone, to provide more slip, we recommend a silicone-based primer.

For those with dry skin, there are primers that offer additional hydration.

For those with oily skin, we first recommend a mattifing agent, and then a primer that will control oil while keeping skin mattified and pores minimized.


What are your favorite primers?  Email us at info@makeupfirst.com and join in on the conversation!

 

 

Justin Talaga
Carl Ray in the house june 10th!
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Renowned celebrity makeup artist, Carl Ray, joins Make Up First to demonstrate his unique artistic approach to enhancing natural beauty.

Carl has been in the beauty industry for over 18 years, and since 2009, has served as the official makeup artist for former First Lady Michelle Obama. His experience includes a long roster of notable clientele, including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kerri Washington, Gabriel Union, Julia Child, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lin - Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

From 10am to 2pm Carl will demonstrate his method for enhancing natural beauty and bringing out the best of your client’s individual style.

From 2pm to 4pm attendees will create full-face applications with guidance from Carl Ray.

Options available for both demo-only and full day, hands-on portions. Limited space is available for the full day option.

Carl's work has appeared on and in the magazine covers & pages of: Vogue, Glamour, Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Essence, Harper Bazzar, More, Ladies' Home Journal, Variety, Seventeen, Red Book, People, and Time. Carl has a thriving bridal business and has been voted “top make-up artist” by Washingtonian magazine since the inception of his career in Washington, DC in 1999.

The artistic style of Carl Ray’s Way is rooted in enhancing a woman’s natural beauty. Carl enjoys getting to know each individual woman so he can bring out her own personality. Carl prides himself on complimenting individual beauty, and his range of techniques allows him to deliver a natural glam, polished, clean, fresh, and beautiful look.

Justin Talaga