WEDDING SEASON: BRIDAL KIT MUST HAVES!

Wedding Season is upon us! As a Professional Makeup Artist, it's your JOB to make sure you are prepared for any situation! To make sure your client's special day goes perfectly as planned, check out our Bridal Kit Must-Haves!

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SANITATION:

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner is the preferred brush cleaner among professional film and television makeup artists. It is an environmentally safe product that thoroughly and gently cleans synthetic and natural bristles. This unique cleaner dissolves all types of makeup products (powder, liquid, wax-based and adhesive) while conditioning and disinfecting brush hair!

TOUCH UPS:

  • 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. 
  • TWEEZERMAN Mini Slant Tweezer for all of your last minute tweezing needs!
  • 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.!
  • SENNA Brow Gel (Clear) will help tame unruly hairs. Also available in Blonde Shimmer, Golden Brown, Taupe, and Dark Brown, perfect for adding dimension.
  • 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. 
  • Callas Latex-Free Lash Glue is the perfect easy to use, waterproof, latex-free lash glue for false eyelashes. The applicator is perfect for last minute touch-ups!
  • Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color is rich in pigment, this lip color stays bright and luminous all day long... Not only does it leave the creamy formula in a state of fixed color, it won't smudge and wears for hours.
  • ModelRock Liquid to Matte Liquid Lipstick is long-wearing, ultra lightweight and 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. 
  • 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!

DON'T FORGET:

  • 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!
  • 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
  • Static Guard

ORGANIZATION:

  • 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.)
  • Vueset Palettes are clear durable palettes designed to work together as a system to help organize, consolidate, and increase efficiency on the job.
  • Monda Beauty Box is made for portability, accessibility, and organizing your kit. It has customizable dividers in the main compartment that are padded and sturdy enough for professional use and travel. 
     

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT US IN CHICAGO!

WHY YOU ASK?  BECAUSE THE THIRD COAST IS THE BEST COAST!

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • First, Make Up First® SCHOOL is located in downtown Chicago!

AND IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH:

  • Over 52 million people visit Chicago annually.
  • Chicago's nicknames include: The Windy CityCity of Big ShouldersThe Second City, and The City That Works.
  • Chicago's downtown area is known as "The Loop." The nickname refers to the area encircled by the elevated (‘L') train tracks.
  • The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel, modeled after the original one.
  • There are 5 citywide music festivals, nearly 50 neighborhood music festivals and 35 neighborhood food festivals!
  • Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music bands and artists, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths!  Lollapalooza will be August 2-5, 2018 in downtown Chicago!
  • Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival. Riot Fest specializes in rock, punk, alternative rock, and hip hop. Riot Fest will be September 4-16, 2018!
  • The Taste of Chicago is the world's largest food festival! It is held  in Grant Park from July 11-15, 2018!
  •  Chicago has approximately 369 landmarks and 46 historic districts!
  • There are over 5,195 restaurants!
  • More than 250 theaters, 225 music venues and 200 dance companies!
  • Chicago has 56 museums!
  • There are over 700 public art works!
  • Chicago has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris!
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Visit Make Up First® this Summer! Check out our upcoming workshops and classes below!

Upcoming Courses:

Upcoming Workshops:

 

 

Who, What, Where, When??

Jill’s on her way to Houston

the 2018 Image Expo: May 20-21, 2018

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WHo, what, where, when?

Answer these questions and you may receive a prize!

  1. Who should we bring in for a  guest artist next?
  2. What topics would you like us to add to our Mini Monday Workshop Series? Did you know these workshops are open to the PUBLIC and are eligible for CE hours!
  3. Where should Jill speak next?
  4. When are you planning on coming to Make Up First®?
AMERICA'S BEAUTY SHOW 2018 - Recap!

Our Make Up First® booth showcased creative and theatrical makeup looks all 3 days! 

Every year, Make Up First® Staff and Graduates meet and select three themes for all three days of the show.  This year, we were lucky enough to have Make Up First® Graduates, Doug Matson, Anna Buller, Arlene Orlando-Smith, and instructor Karla Arias, create eye-catching and memorizing makeup applications!

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Day 1: Drag makeup

Our Make Up First® Artist's loved re-appropriating classic drag styles into colorful and dramatic characters for Saturday's theme. 

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Day 2: 3d embellishments

Each Artist had a unique take on Sunday's theme, "3D".  From crystals and flowers to studs and spikes, our models donned it all!

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day 3: color!

Make Up First® was inspired by modernist painter, Piet Mondrian, and took this cubist style to heart when creating Monday's looks.

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Owner and Founder, Jill Glaser sold out her Sunday classes,  "Say "I Do" to Airbrush Bridal Makeup" and "Light/Color Theory for the Makeup Artist"

For more information or handouts please email info@makeupfirst.com or call us at the School, 312-621-0801!

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America's Beauty Show ® (ABS) is owned and produced by Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC). Professional cosmetologists, nail technicians and estheticians from all over the world attend ABS every year to experience superior education and innovation in all aspects of beauty.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide!

Our Mother's Day approved products!

 Owner, Jill Glaser, and her Mother!

Owner, Jill Glaser, and her Mother!

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Kevyn Aucoin - The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation

An oil-free, luxurious, ultra-lightweight serum foundation that provides luminous coverage. The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation with its weightless, serum-like formula goes on the complexion for a no makeup feel. 

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Kevyn Aucoin - The Essential Eyeshadow Palette

A Five Shade set to highlight, contour, and define the eyes. Shade ranges work for day or night for a timeless look! Also chic and compact, perfect for travel!
 

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SENNA Powder Brow Pencil

Brow expert, Eugenia Weston, designed this perfect evolution of a brow pencil and powder in one. Color 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.

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FACE Atelier Lip Glaze

Impossibly shiny and smooth as glass, the non-sticky, moisturizing formula is a cinch to apply with its sanitary, slant-tip applicator. Lip Glaze gives a high-shine effect while hydrating and moisturizing your lips. A little goes a long way.

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Did you know you can purchase a gift certificate towards a private lesson, Classes and workshops, or product from our pro shop®?

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Gift certificates are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift certificates have no additional processing fees.

 

Can be used at Make Up First® School and Make Up First® Pro Shop. 

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BROW QUIZ ANSWERS!

Find out to see if you guessed correctly! 

ANSWERS:   1. Barbara Streisand, 2. Brooke Shields, 3. Madonna, 4. Elizabeth Taylor, 5. Grace Kelly, 6. Sophia Loren, 7. Katherine Hepburn, 8. Audrey Hepburn, 9. Diana Ross, 10. Marilyn Monroe

  Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn

  Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

  Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

  Madonna

Madonna

  Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

 
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  Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

  Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

  Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

  Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand

  Diana Ross

Diana Ross

 

 

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TAKE OUR BROW QUIZ!

Can you guess which eyebrow belongs to which celebrity?

  Katherine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn

  Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

  Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

  Madonna

Madonna

  Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

 
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  Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

  Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

  Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

  Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand

  Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Find out the answers on Friday's Post! 

 

 

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Skin - get ready for spring!

 

 

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The Pastel Shop Aloe Vera Essence Charcoal Black Mask

This black charcoal mask is formulated with charcoal powder which helps to minimize the appearance of pores and absorbs oil for a deep facial cleanse. Aloe Vera extract moisturizes and soothes the skin.

*Pro Tip: Use once or twice a week to maintain hydration!

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Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray

Made with the same top-quality ingredients found in heavy creams but applied via a fine, refreshing mist, Cinema Secrets Moisture rejuvenates skin. The moisturizing formula contains NAPCA, elastin, collagen, and sodium hyaluronate in a pure iodized water base.

*Pro Tip: Spray absorbs excess powder for a natural-looking finish

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Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Primer

Oil-free. Fortified with antioxidants, vitamins, and skin enrichers. Fills in fine lines and aids in smooth foundation application.

*Pro Tip: Use alone for cold-windy days to protect your skin from the elements!

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Smith's Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve Tube is a convenient way to help heal chaffed skin and lips, cuticles, and dry elbows, knees and heels. Rosebud Salve has been a standard home remedy to help relieve dryness for 100 years! 

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SPRING TRENDS: Part 2

POPS OF PASTEL

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BLUE EYE-SHADOW

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ORANGE EyE-SHADOW

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PRETTY IN PINK

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RED STATMENT LIP

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SHIMMERY ACCENT POINTS

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OUR SPRING CERTIFICATION PROGRAM SESSION STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 2nd! 

 our next mini monday is on spring trends! register now for our april 16th workshop! 

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A LOOK AHEAD: UPCOMING COURSES AND WORKSHOPS! NOT TO BE MISSED!

UPCOMING COURSES

OUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM SPRING SESSION BEGINS APRIL 2ND, 2018! 

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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.


UPCOMING WORKSHOPS - Continuing education hours offered!


SPRING TRENDS: PART 1

THINK GREEN

THINK GREEN

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GET THE LOOK

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USE COLOR THEORY TO CREATE THE PERFECT LIME GREEN HUE. CREATE THIS LOOK USING THE FIRST® BY MAKE UP FIRST (maqpro) "Primary Palette"

 

PRO TIP: SET CREAM EYE SHADOW WITH A TRANSLUCENT POWDER.

 
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CREATE THIS FRESH SPRING LOOK WITH THE SENNA DECADES PALETTE "70's"

 
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RECREATE THIS LOOK USING EYESHADOW.

 

PRO TIP: FOR A STRONGER PIGMENT, USE A CREAM EYESHADOW AS A BASE.

 

INGLOT EYESHADOW IN MATTE #331

 
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PRO TIP:

 

FOR DIMENSION, ADD SHIMMER IN THE CENTER OF YOUR LID.

 

INGLOT EYESHADOW IN SHINE #58

 

 

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FIRST® BY make up first (maqpro) single eyeshadow in #7008

 

spring is right around the corner... there is no better time to start your career!

START YOUR CAREER NOW!

our spring session begins april 2nd, 2018! 

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Color Theory

 

A color circle, based on the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, is traditional in all forms of art, including makeup artistry. The primary colors of the color circle cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of any other colors; conversely, all other colors are derived from these three colors, or hues (a color in its purest form).

Why Do Makeup Artists Study Color Theory?

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Color Theory and Complexion

•The temperature and color of the undertone of the skin need to be determined in order to choose the correct foundation.

•Warm vs. Cool (Temperature)

–Warm:  look for a golden tone

–Cool: look for a blue, or green and sometimes pink tone

            •Dark vs. Light  (Value)

            •Coverage (Intensity or Saturation)

The visible spectrum of light, as seen by the human eye, was first imprinted on a “color wheel”, first created in 1666 by Sir Isaac Newton. Several variations of the color wheel have been made since then, but the theory behind the color wheel remains the same; there are three primary colors, three secondary colors and six tertiary colors.   The colors on the outside of the color wheel are pure hues; you can alter these colors by tinting (adding white), shading (adding black) to the color, and toning (adding shades of grey).

The Color Wheel is divided into a warm and a cool side.  Red is a warm primary color; however, when tined, red becomes cool. Green, a secondary color, can be either warm or cool.  All other colors on the pigmented color wheel are either warm or cool.
 

Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Colors of the Pigmented Color Wheel

Primary colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue.  These colors cannot be created by mixing other colors.

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FIRST by Make Up First® (maqpro) Primary Slim Palette

Secondary colors: created by mixing an equal amount of two primary colors.

                        –Red and Blue create Violet (or Purple).

                        –Red and Yellow create Orange.

                        –Blue and Yellow create Green.

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FIRST by Make Up First® (maqpro) Corrector Slim Palette

Tertiary colors: created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color.

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MODERN BASICS COLOR RICH PALETTE

                        –Red and Orange create Red-Orange.

                        –Red and Violet create Red-Violet.

                        –Blue and Green create Blue-Green.

                        –Blue and Violet create Blue-Violet.

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MODERN BASICS COLOR RICH PALETTE

                        –Yellow and Green create Yellow-Green.

                        –Yellow and Orange create Yellow-Orange.

Temperature

•True colors are either warm or cool.

            •One half of the color wheel is warm; the other is cool.    

Value

•The value of a color is measured by how much black, white or grey, has been added to a color.

            •White is added to create a tint

            •Black is added to create a shade.  (Deeper, more powerful)

            •Use black sparingly; it can quickly “muddy” the color.

            Grey is added to create a tone.  (more subtle coloration).

            A color may also be “toned down” by adding its complementary color in       various increments.

Undertones/Surface tones – Temperature and Value

•Foundation selection is based on the undertone: warm foundations work with warm undertones; the same is true for cool undertones and cool foundation.

•Foundation must be selected according to value; light to dark.

•With the lightest and darkest skin tones, the greater the margin is for error:  lines of demarcation will be more apparent.

Surface tones are frequently mistaken by new MUA’s as the undertone.

•If the skin’s surface or overtones are incorrectly identified as the undertone, the foundation selection (and concealer) will be incorrect and unflattering.

Theories of Color Harmony – pleasing arrangements for the eye

•Complementary colors are those that are directly opposite one another on the color wheel; the competing colors create a strong, dramatic visual

 •Analogous colors are those that are touching one another, are usually three colors with one predominant color, and are on the same side of the color.  When well done, an analogous color scheme presents a seamless color flow.

Split Complementary colors include a primary color and then one of two colors next to the direct opposite.

Monochromatic color scheme is one in which only one true hue is used, and is accompanied only by tones (shades of grey).  The item in color then becomes the focal point.

Nature – colors appearing in nature often are inexplicably beautiful and provide inspiration.

Accent Points-Eyes, Lips, Cheeks

•Color Theory is also important when choosing accent points.  

•The makeup artist’s selection will determine whether the look will be neutral, or will “pop” with color.

•Neutral accent points are created when staying within the same temperature as the skin undertone.

•Vivid accent points are created when using colors, which are the opposite of the undertone

•Textures, which include shimmer, will create more drama, even for the neutral palette.

PHOTOS FROM OUR RECENT COLOR THEORY CLASS AT IBS - NYC!

 Image Courtesy of Zee Gustafson, @zeegustafson

Image Courtesy of Zee Gustafson, @zeegustafson

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Image Courtesy of Zee Gustafson, @zeegustafson 

 

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WE'RE MAD ABOUT MARCH'S NEW PRODUCTS!

SHOP OUR NEW ARRIVALS!

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MONDA® BEAUTY BOX

The Beauty Box is a new form factor for Monda Studio makeup cases and made for portability, accessibility, and organizing your kit.  Easy to carry, with an included shoulder strap, the Beauty Box is able to carry more than its size suggests. It has customizable dividers in the main compartment that are padded and sturdy enough for professional use and travel. A brush roll is included in the main compartment underneath a velcro secured flap. Two additional zippered enclosures can be found to maximize your kit space!

 
 
 
 
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CELEBRE PRO-HD CREAM FOUNDATION 12 COLOR CONTOUR/HIGHLIGHT PALETTE

Mehron's best-selling, innovative Celebré Pro-HD™ Cream Makeup foundations deliver satin-smooth, non-greasy, build-able coverage for all skin types.  Mehron’s unique formula can be customized for opaque coverage or smoothed for full coverage, all while leaving skin looking naturally flawless.  Available in a lightweight eco- friendly palette edited with our 12 best-selling shades ready for the runway and television to editorial and every day.

 

 
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BDELLIUM STUDIO 761 TIGHT LINER BRUSH

Details matter.  That is why we designed the 761 Tight Liner Brush for the most precise applications on even the smallest areas of your eyes.  This brush is so small and compact, it is the best tool to define your lash line with gel liner or eye shadow.

 
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MODELROCK LIQUID LAST LIQUID TO MATTE LIPSTICK - NEW COLORS!


PHOTOSHOOT FUN! MORE TO COME!

Our MEDIA RUNWAY | EDITORIAL | FASHION Course just wrapped -- and our students had a blast working with agency models to create looks for their portfolios!

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Want to learn more about makeup and the industry?

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Our next Session is just around the corner! Start with our full Certification Program on April 2nd!


Can't wait?

 Make Up First® School attracts students from all over the world!  We also have local students who are unable to devote the time needed for the full, four weeks necessary to complete the two prerequisite Certificate Program courses.  In order to accommodate those students, Consolidated Basic Makeup I and II is offered periodically throughout the calendar year.  In the Consolidated Course, Basic Makeup I and Basic Makeup II, are combined and is taught over a consecutive five (5) eight-hour days.

Make Up First® School attracts students from all over the world!  We also have local students who are unable to devote the time needed for the full, four weeks necessary to complete the two prerequisite Certificate Program courses.  In order to accommodate those students, Consolidated Basic Makeup I and II is offered periodically throughout the calendar year.  In the Consolidated Course, Basic Makeup I and Basic Makeup II, are combined and is taught over a consecutive five (5) eight-hour days.

Our next Consolidated Basic I and II Course is NEXT month, March 19-23rd!


Calling all makeup artists!

 BUILDING A BEAUTY PORTFOLIO WITH JORDAN LIBERTY | APRIL 8th - 9th | 10AM - 5PM

BUILDING A BEAUTY PORTFOLIO WITH JORDAN LIBERTY | APRIL 8th - 9th | 10AM - 5PM

Our next JORDAN LIBERTY Workshop is fast approaching! Register now for our April 8th - 9th Workshop! (...Hurry! Spots are filling up.) 

ELEVATE YOUR ARTISTRY

 

            ADD AIRBRUSH TO YOUR MENU OF SERVICES & INCREASE YOUR EARNINGS!

  • “You need to spend money to make money.”
  • Your cost of the compressor, foundations, may be tax deductible expenditures.
  • You will book more brides; in fact, brides will often hire only those makeup artists who are skilled at airbrush makeup.
  • You will be able to work more quickly, thereby completing more faces and increasing your earnings.
  • You will be able to charge extra for your airbrush services; you will also be able to charge extra if/when you are able to camouflage tattoos using alcohol-based airbrush products.

 

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    TEMPTU AIR BEST SELLING KIT

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    JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT WORKSHOP!

    Camouflage Makeup for Severe Skin Discolorations

    Camouflage makeup is used to even skin tone, compensate for hair loss, and, particularly in the case of burn survivors, redefine features.  The makeup artist may be hired for a one-time application; for example, for the camouflage of a bride’s tattoo on her wedding day.  On the other hand, individuals with skin conditions, such as vitiligo, melasma and hyper-pigmentation, may come to the makeup artist on a regular basis to learn how they themselves can best apply their makeup.

    Camouflage makeup can be very rewarding.  When a makeup artist is able to color-correct the skin, and the result successfully mimics “real” skin, the client’s confidence is immediately boosted. Camouflage makeup can also be extremely frustrating. In the case of uneven skin texture, the makeup artist will only be able to color correct, but will not be able to even out the texture of the severely affected skin, and the result will fall short of looking like “real” skin.   In the case of textured skin, both the client and the makeup artist must be realistic and lower their expectations.

     Image courtesy  of Lauren Elyse @laur_elyse

    Image courtesy  of Lauren Elyse @laur_elyse

    Important Considerations:

    • Excellent sanitation practices are an even greater consideration than usual; the last thing we want to do is to make the client’s condition worse by cross-contamination.
    • The foundations selected should be opaque.
    • The makeup should be durable and long-lasting; however, in no case should any alcohol-based products be used on skin grafts.
    • There should be no need to use more than two foundation colors, and both should be found within the same product line.
    • Finally, the client’s dexterity is also a consideration: in the case of burn survivors, the hands/arms may be constricted, making it difficult for the client to finesse the makeup application.

     Foundation Selection

    Foundation for the Surrounding Skin: Regardless of the reason for or area to be camouflaged, the first thing that the makeup artist should do is find, and set aside, the foundation color or colors that will match the skin surrounding the affected area.

    Skin Prep: To the extent possible, the skin should be moisturized and hydrated.  Silicone primers, which provide “slip”, will work well with foundations that are silicone or wax-based.  If there is some silicone in a crème-based foundation, by using a silicone primer, the foundation will also work to make the skin look more life-like. 

    Color Theory: Assess the undertone/value/color of the affected skin when working to camouflage bruises, birthmarks, and tattoos.  Sparingly apply thin color corrector foundation to cancel the discoloration.   Examples:  unresolved scar tissue and skin grafts are usually red, therefore green will help cancel the red.  If the affected area looks sallow (yellow, green), then lavender and pinks will be a good choice.  For sallow, deep complexions, orange in the correct value, will work to diffuse the affected area.  After the completion of color correction, apply the foundation product that matches the surrounding skin tone and cover-powder-cover-powder.

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    Product Camouflage: In their makeup kits, makeup artists should have a wide color selection of opaque, camouflage products, to ensure that all skin tones can be camouflaged. As stated above, the goal is to find no more than two shades to successfully camouflage the discoloration and/or the surrounding skin.  Sometimes “moles” are added to make the area look more realistic.

    Product Consistency:  Try to use the most lightweight camouflage makeup possible, in an effort, to create a more natural look.

    Product Durability: Set Powder, either in various pigmented shades, or translucent, is highly recommended (unless the skin is severely dry) to create a water-resistant finish.   When satisfied that the area is successfully camouflaged, and following the powder application, the artist may wish to lightly spritz ionized water to “bring back” the look of skin. If the client seeks a waterproof finish, such as on the hands, following the last layer of set powder, the artist can spray the area with an alcohol-based setting spray – However, alcohol products should never be used on skin grafts.

    Brows: Loss of hair may be due to alopecia, chemotherapy or other reasons.  The artist must use a waterproof, durable makeup product, together with a small brush to draw individual hairs; some artists also find that using stencils is helpful. False brows, using human hair, can be custom-made and then applied to the brow bone with medical surgical glue, such as pros aide.

     

    Eyes: The makeup artist may need to apply the principles of highlight and contour to redefine a natural shape to the eyes.

    • For durability, it is important to first prime the eyelids before adding any powders. 
    • On uneven, textured eyelids, the artist should always avoid adding more textures, such as shimmer, frost, and glitter.
    • If the client seeks lashes, the artist can usually add false lashes, using latex-free glue.

    Lips: First, to recreate symmetry and balance, the makeup artist should use a long- wearing, silicone-based lip pencil, followed by a long-lasting liquid lip product that will not dry out the lips.

    • If lipstick is applied following the lip pencil application, the makeup artist should set the lipstick with a setting powder through a one-ply tissue, this can be repeated up to two times or more.
    • It is advisable to avoid the use of bright, heavily saturated color; instead the artist may wish to apply a more neutral tone.
    • Men should typically avoid any lip color, with the exception, if necessary, of a brown pencil to redefine the border of the mouth.

    Male Facial Hair: Men can find false beards/mustaches to recreate facial hair; they can also use a stipple sponge with a cream, followed by powder and spray, to create beard stubble, or to recreate the look of hair on their fingers.

    Other Considerations:

    1. Use alcohol to clean a stainless-steel palette knife and palette.

    2. Before using any products, be sure to spray products with a sanitizing spray, such as FIRST Sanitizer.

    3.Prep the skin by cleaning and moisturizing according to skin type.

    4. Use a silicone based primer.

    5. Using the stainless-steel palette knife and palette, select a color that will match the undertone of the skin, then set that color aside. If the color cannot be found, two colors may need to be mixed. Next, select another cream color or colors, if necessary, to color correct or diffuse the discoloration.

    6. Apply the camouflage cream, using a soft, latex-free sponge.  Starting in the middle of the area and blend out the edges; make sure to apply the cream that matches the undertone both over and around the scar.

    7. Liberal use of the powder, either clear translucent or with some pigment, is necessary – brush away excess and then add more camouflage cream; repeat the entire process two or three times.

    8. To achieve a more natural look, “moles”, “freckles”, or hair follicles can be painted on the camouflaged area with either a brush or stipple sponge.

    9. To bring “life” back to the camouflaged skin, apply a sheer spray of ionized water

    10. If the hands or neck is the area to be camouflaged, and must be waterproofed, apply a sheer spray of an alcohol-based spray, except in the cases where the skin is grafted.

    11. For pitted scarring on small areas, a topical silicone product, such as Dermaflage, may be used.

    12. Avoid the use of blush over the camouflaged area. The blush will bring back the color that the artist/client was trying to camouflage.

    13. If the client is willing and able, airbrush makeup is a quick and effective way to camouflage skin discolorations and tattoos.

    Product Removal: Apply a liberal amount of cleansing cream (Cerave, or Cetaphil are inexpensive options) on the entire area.  Wipe off the makeup/cleansing cream with a non-irritating moistened cotton square or non-scented baby wipe.  For the eyes and lips, a gentle makeup remover, such as a micellar water is recommended.

    Sources:

    • Clinical Cosmetology:  A Medical Approach to Esthetics Procedures, Victoria Rayner (1993)
    • Milady Standard Makeup, Michelle D’Allaird (2003)

    This writing is created for and owned by Make Up First, LLC, and cannot be copied or otherwise duplicated without express written consent of the owner.

    WINTER SKIN TIPS!

    GET READY INDOORS BEFORE YOU GO OUTDOORS! 

    Tip 1: Prep your face with moisturizer!

    Hydrate according to skin type.  For added hydration and protection, layer your moisturizer with a serum.  

    • For Dry Skin, add serum under a thicker formulation moisturizer. 
    • For Oily Skin, use an oil-free serum and oil-free moisturizer.
    • For Combination Skin, try oil free products on the T-Zone and thicker moisturizer on the cheeks. 
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    Tip 2: Use Primer.

    Primers may be used under makeup or alone to even out surface texture and fill in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to protect against, dry, cold windy wintery air! 

     
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    Tip 3: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate! 

    Exfoliate your body, face, and don't forget your lips! We recommend using face scrub 2-3 times a week. For chapped lips, be sure to exfoliate, followed by using a lip moisturizing product, like Rosebud Salve.

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    Tip 4: Use Finishing Spray. 

    To add longevity to your makeup, make sure you spritz your face with a  Finishing Spray.

     
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    Winter Makeup Ideas!  The best applications can be created on hydrated skin;  

     1.     Use a silicone-based foundation which will provide a radiant finish and also create yet another barrier from the wind and cold. 

     
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    2.     Highlight the high points of the face to reflect whatever light we have in the winter! 

     
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    3.     Use waterproof mascara (snow, wind) and water resistant eyeliner pencil or gel liner.

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    Don't despair!  Srping will be here before we know it!

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    NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

    5 RESOLUTIONS TO ACTUALLY KEEP:

    RESOLUTION #1:  Take you makeup off before bed. Every night. No matter what.  

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    May we recommend The MakeUp Eraser?  Meet your new bed-time best friend. The MakeUp Eraser cloth removes 100% of your makeup with water only, including waterproof eyeliner and mascara, HD makeup and much more. The machine washable cloth will last up to 1,000 washes and eliminates the need to buy any disposable product to remove your makeup. 
    How to use: With warm water, fully soak the cloth before using. Beginning with the short-pile side, use circular motions to loosen and remove makeup. Continue with the other side to exfoliate and perfect your clean skin.

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    BIODERMA Sensibio H2O  works on all skin-types  and is gentle enough for everyday use. This product is perfect for cleansing and removing makeup from the face and eyes.   Its potent vitamin E enriched formula works to soothe and clear up irritated skin.

    How to use: With a cotton pad or linen square, apply the micellar solution on your face to remove product and debris.  We recommend after you wash your face or after you use your MakeUp eraser. 

     

    RESOLUTION #2: Hydrate! Drink more water and don't forget your skin! 

    Give your skin an instant refresher with facial sprays.  From Rose Water to Cooling Aloe, our Pro Shop has it all! *Mario Bedescu Products are available in-store only.

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    RESOLUTION #3: BE MORE BOLD! 

    Try a new lipstick! We have a plethora of Pantone-approved purples!

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    RESOLUTION #4: Clean your brushes and sponges on a regular basis!

    No, seriously, do it. Your professional makeup kit is a non-negotiable. You already clean and sanitize before and after every client. So, why wouldn't you treat your face, brushes, and cosmetics with the same respect?! It's easy as 1,2,3!

     

    RESOLUTION #5: go with the faux

    Don't be afraid to try false lashes! Go ahead, look more wide-eyed!  With quick-dry lash glue and lash applicators, adding your own lashes becomes a breeze!

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    QOSMEDIX CURVED EYELASH APPLICATOR

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