Are you Halloween ready?

Advanced Theatrical
October 7th-10th, 2019

October is a profitable time for makeup artists, and knowledge of theatrical makeup is a must. With our Advanced Theatrical course, you can elevate your skills for a more successful Halloween season! Students will learn advanced, professional techniques in the application of pre-made prosthetics and bald caps, as well as the correct technique for laying facial hair and use of moldable spfx products.
This Advanced Course is open to the public. Theatrical A/B is not a prerequisite.

Students should bring their basic makeup kit—all theatrical and spfx supplies will be provided.

Recreate the Makeup LOOKS from HBO's Euphoria!
Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Week after week, the incredible makeup looks from HBO’s Euphoria have the internet abuzz. Crafted by makeup artist Doniella Davy, the characters’ personalities and situations are reflected in the unique use of glitter, sequins, bold liner, and bright eye shadows. Even the red carpet and runways have taken notice.

These looks may seem tough to recreate, but all you need are the right products and bit of extra confidence. The Make Up First® staff has selected some of their favorite looks from the past season, and provide the perfect products to recreate them below!

Colorful “Halo” Liner

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

For bold eye color, choose highly-pigmented products that are going to stay in place, like Danessa Myricks 24-hour Colorfix. Use a precise detailing brush, such as the Bdellium Tools 712 Wet/Dry Eyeliner Brush, to place the pigment exactly where you desire. If you decide to use eyeshadow, make sure to mix it with Inglot’s Duraline to keep it bold and waterproof.

Bold Color with Creative Liner

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Danessa Myricks Colorfix Matte will give you the powerful pink color, and the Colorfix Glaze provides a glossy texture. Use a smudgeproof product, like Eve Pearl Liquid Liner, to create sharp line work, like the design featured above.

Bejeweled Winged Liner

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Photo and makeup by @donni.davy

Create the perfect winged liner with Stilazzi Borderline Intense Gel Liner (Amethyst) and the 708 Bent Eyeliner brush from Bdellium Tools. You can use Callas Eyelash Adhesive to glue on “eye jewelry” from any craft store, Complete the look with Stilazzi’s Lip Finish, which will give your lips an intense shine that lasts all day.

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary!

September 27th, 2019

¡De lo ordinario a extraordinario! con Paloma Guerard.

Al realizar este taller, llevarás fácilmente tus habilidades al siguiente nivel al aprender técnicas avanzadas de ilusión óptica, dimensiones y creación de lifting.

Para aquellos maquillistas que busquen un look especial de “Alfombra roja” para sus clientas.

Take your ‘red carpet’ looks to the next level with our advanced glam techniques. Learn how blending techniques can create the illusion of dimensionality and lift for your glam-inspired looks. Taught by international makeup artist Paloma Guerard, in both English and Spanish!

This workshop includes both demo and hands-on.

Last Days for Workshop Sale Price!

Face Chart Workshop | September 16, 2019

Sale Price ends September 6th!

Face charts are used, among other things, to plan a makeup application, to communicate a look to the client, and/or provide continuity for a makeup artistry team.  Once a makeup artist learns the basic techniques for creating a face chart, they will not only add to their skill set, but will also find it gratifying to turn a one-dimensional piece of paper into a three-dimensional work of art!

All materials during the workshop will be provided.
 Attendees will leave with a full pad (25 pages) of Make Up First ® School custom charts, valued at $20.00!


Labor Day Sale!

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 🎉

Our Pro Shop will be closed for the long weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on huge savings. Shop online and get 25% off your order using the code “LABORDAY” at check out!

Sale begins Friday, 8/30/19 at 4:00 PM & ends Monday, 9/2/19 at 11:59 PM CST

Check out some of our staff favorites below!

Deadline Approaching for Fall Registration

Our Fall Certification Session starts September 3rd!

It’s not too late to start your dream career!

At Make Up First, you can earn your certificate in just 10 weeks. With class times in the morning (10am-1pm), afternoon (2pm-5pm), and evening (6pm-9pm), we have a class time that works for even the busiest schedules.

Our comprehensive certification program is streamlined to give you exactly what you need to become a pro and start your professional career immediately. 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, and clinical!

Where Are They Now?

We are proud that the vast majority of our former students are actively working in the makeup artist industry! While some of our former students have moved on to Los Angeles or New York, most of our students find themselves gainfully employed in the Chicago area. Our former students work in film, television, theater, spas, and also freelance as bridal and commercial makeup artists.

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Pro Shop Picks!

The weekend is almost here, and the Make Up First team has you covered on all our newest products, best sellers, and restocked favorites in our Pro Shop.



This unique powder was designed in the studio under the scrutiny of professional photography, beauty illumination and state of the art technology to ensure it absorbs oil, sets makeup, reduces shine, and minimizes texture with skin blurring technology. Can be applied with a brush, or sponge on top or underneath foundation. Kit and travel friendly!


Hydrating, smooth gliding formula has conditioning Chamomile and Allantoin to strengthen brow hair, add healthy shine, and tame and soften course brows. Fine fibers plump and texturize for a fuller, thicker look. Unique precision brush delivers perfect payoff to coat and define individual brow hairs. Tints fill in sparse brows and cover light blonde or gray brow hairs while blending in with natural hair color. Gives all day hold and is water soluble to remove easily.


A lightweight translucent highlighting & hydration balm for an instant “glass skin” fresh glow. Infused with jojoba oil and other hydrating and skin softening ingredients. Wear over makeup as an “instant filter” to soften and diffuse texture and the look of dry and cakey makeup. Wear alone as an instant hydrating/highlighting boost.


Turn Heads with Our Hairstyling Workshop!
Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

August 27th-30th, 2019

Looking to add a little flair to your hair? Join our Intensive Hairstyling for Makeup Artists workshop where you’ll learn all about styling, techniques, and hair tools from professional cosmetologists!

During this three day 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—answering any questions you have along the way!

Optional Day 4 Advanced Class Available on August 30, 2019
Day 4 will focus on Advanced Editorial Styles and Current Trends
$150 to attend this day only, or $100 if already attending the workshop
-Must have previous hairstyling workshop or experience to attend Day 4

Check out some of the hairstyles from our previous workshops below!


August 26th: 9am-6pm

Demo-Only: $300 | Full-Day: $650

Final call to register for this incredible one-day workshop with international celebrity makeup artist, Roshar! This workshop includes:

Roshar will direct attendees as they create flawless looks on agency models for their portfolios. Photographed by professional photographer Robert Beczarski.

Get an exclusive look at the techniques Roshar uses to create his signature looks, with time for Q & A.

Roshar Portfolio Building Workshop



All attendees entered to win a Glamcor Riki Skinny Mirror!
We’ll be giving away THREE!

Don’t wait, limited spaces available!

Why Wait? Scholarships and Grants Can Help start Your Career now!

You want to become a makeup artist, but financially you don’t know how to make it happen. Don’t let the fear of financial burdens hold you back—use the tools and resources available to turn your dreams into a reality.

There are hundreds of scholarships and grants available for prospective students in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Some you can apply for in less than 15 minutes! There are also benefits for US veterans, employer education stipends, and much more! With a little digging, you may find that you’re eligible for multiple options to help pay for education.

Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the scholarships and grants used by previous students of Make Up First to help you jumpstart the process!

Scholarships and Grants

Note: Some scholarships require Cosmetology and or Aesthetics licenses in order to be an eligible applicant. Be sure to research requirements carefully prior to submitting an application. 

• The Professional Beauty Association provides scholarship information for organizations such as Minerva, Hans Neumaier, Sally Beauty Supply, and America’s Beauty Show!

• The Presidents Scholarship from America’s Beauty Show and Cosmetologists Chicago can help you take your career to the next level. Regular members of Cosmetologists Chicago® (CC), Cosmetologos Latinos® (CL), American Assiociation for Esthetics® (AAE), and International Nail Technicians Association® (INTA) can apply for up to $2,500 a year ($7,500 lifetime maximum) for Advanced Classes and Seminars.

American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) partners with industry sponsors to offer scholarships and grants to deserving cosmetology students. Beauty Changes Lives (BCL) currently offers seven scholarships in all categories representing the beauty and wellness industry. They also offer two advanced education scholarships, one in cosmetology and one in makeup. Since 2013, BCL has given away more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to students attending cosmetology, esthetics, nail, massage, makeup and advanced courses.

Beauty Schools Directory is donating a $2500 Scholarship to help pay for education at the beauty school of your dreams! Deadline is October 31st!

Blessons Scholarships for Women are funded by donations and are unique and may often function as the only source of support for women where no other granting and scholarship organizations may exist or are accessible in it’s nature where grade point average is NOT a deciding factor. They give women the resources to realize their educational goals to use the funds in whatever way that helps them most such as: books, tuition, on-campus health insurance, cafeteria, computer labs and transportation.

The Chade Foundation Scholarships Program is offering financial aid to incoming and current college or graduate school students. In order to show our gratitude and support to the Chicagoland community, the company established Chade Foundation in 2007. We invite all eligible students to apply for our 10th Annual Scholarship Awards.


Breaking down scholarship opportunities, and where to find them

Database of Vocational Scholarships

Justin Talaga
Build Your Professional Portfolio At Make Up FirsT!

Do you have high-quality photos of your work that demonstrate your full range and talent? You should! At Make Up First, our eight course Certificate Program includes an entire course on Media Makeup, so all your looks come out flawless.

You will work with agency models, under the direction of Chicago’s finest professional photographer, and receive high resolution photos of all of your images so you can start building your website and portfolio immediately! Take a look at some of the incredible work our students have done in the past below.

Our Fall Certification Program starts September 3rd! Sign up today!

Already an established makeup artist? You won’t want to miss the upcoming portfolio building workshop, with celebrity makeup artist Roshar. During this two-day workshop, Roshar will demonstrate his signature avant-garde approach, and attendees will:

  • Get an exclusive look at the Roshar’s techniques

  • Work on professional agency models under the direction of Roshar, photographed by professional photographer Robert Beczarski

  • Receive all high res images of the photographed looks for their portfolio

  • AND! Day 2 attendees will be entered to win one of three GLAMCOR RIKI SKINNYS

  • Receive a FREE SWAG BAG full of products from our sponsors

Justin Talaga

Stilazzi, in collaboration with Jordan Liberty, introduces to you his “holy grail” eyeshadow palette, aptly titled DARKROOM. Jordan’s international career as a makeup artist and beauty photographer has set his work apart from the crowd, and DARKROOM is a celebration of the colors and textures that have captured his imagination across the globe on his world tour in 2018 and 2019. A homage to his early roots in the photographer’s darkroom, Jordan explores the importance of light manipulation to both makeup artistry and photography with 18 carefully crafted eyeshadows.

“Nine lean cool and nine lean warm shades with a mix of matte, soft metallic, intense metallic, and sheer shift shades (which I hope you’ll love as much as I do). At first glance the palette looks incredibly colorful - and while there are some fantastic brights inside, DARKROOM is firmly grounded in neutrals and I probably spent most of my time in development on some of my favorite transition shades ever…there are 4 shades that can be used as transitions on various skin tones or as highlights or shadows on others.”

- Jordan Liberty

To see more of Jordan’s work, check out his website here!

Justin Talaga
Build Your Professional Portfolio with Roshar!

AUGUST 25 & 26, 2019


Build your professional portfolio and expand your artistic boundaries with international celebrity makeup artist, Roshar! Join us for this two-day, hands on workshop as Roshar demonstrates his signature avant-garde approach at Make Up First! During this workshop, attendees will:

  • Get an exclusive look at the techniques and approach Roshar uses in his work

  • Work on professional agency models under the direction of Roshar, photographed by professional photographer Robert Beczarski

  • Receive all HD images of their photographed looks for their portfolio

  • Day 2 attendees will be entered to win one of three GLAMCOR RIKI SKINNYS

  • Receive a FREE SWAG BAG full of products from our sponsors

To see more of Roshar’s work, visit his website and Instagram!

Justin Talaga
We're celebrating National Lipstick Day All Week Long!

Monday was National Lipstick Day, but why dedicate just a day when you can celebrate all week long? Spend $25 or more, online or in store, at the Make Up First Pro Shop and receive a FREE full-size lipstick! Add the shade of your choice from the Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Matte Lip Color’ Collection, and with any qualifying purchase, your lipstick cost will be deducted at checkout- no code needed! 💋

Check out our staff favorites below!

Danessa Myricks- Colorfix 24-Hour Cream Color- Matte

JILL: Colorfix by Danessa Myricks is a hybrid cream color and extreme long-wearing paint, that can safely be used on the eyes, face, and lips. Apply it and forget it, no need for touch-ups. Boldly saturated, ideal by itself or as a base for other products.

MODELROCK- Liquid Last Matte Lipstick

MOLLY: Modelrock is a flexible, full coverage, highly-pigmented matte liquid lip. This lightweight formula keeps your lips feeling hydrated and comfortable all day. You can eat, drink, and kiss your momma with this lipstick.

Stilazzi- Lip Vinyl

RACHAEL: I prefer glossy lips over matte, so Stilazzi’s Lip Vinyl is perfect. It is super creamy and hydrating with semi-opaque coverage and lots of shine. Bonus—it smells like a tropical vacation!

Kevyn Aucoin- The Sensual Lip Balm


JUSTIN: Lipstick is always better on healthy, full lips. Kevyn Aucoin’s 'The Sensual Lip Balm’ is the ultimate go-to for keeping your lips in tip-top shape. Not only does this balm hydrate and repair your lips, it serves as a lipstick primer as well—so every application goes on flawlessly smooth.

Foundation Fridays!

You love foundation and we do too! The artists and instructors at Make Up First (enthusiastically) tried out dozens of different foundations to find the best ones on the market so you don’t have to. Check out our favorites below!

Cinema Secrets—Ultimate Foundation 5-in-1 Pro Palette

Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Palettes are an industry favorite that provide expert-level customization to match any skin-tone with ease. Use to color correct, contour, and highlight for a perfect custom blend. The sheer-to-full coverage foundation provides a natural matte finish that’s water resistant and long-wearing. Comes in six universal shade ranges based on depth and undertone.

Danessa Myricks—Vision Cream Cover Palette Kit

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, blend, or customize your shades to any skin tone to create a smooth, even application on anyone. The compact and kit friendly flexi-palette allows you to customize and store your shades beforehand, and travel with them easily.

FACE atelier—Ultra Foundation Pro

FACE atelier’s Ultra Foundation Pro is a silicone-based emulsion foundation that floats on top of the skin, does not crease or flake, and lasts all day. Hydrating yet oil-free, Ultra Foundation Pro fills in tiny lines and pores to ensure a flawlessly smooth finish. With 12 different foundation shades (and 5 foundation adjusters), you can combine or adjust to create the perfect skin tone match every time.

Education, Exhibitors, and More at Face & Body Midwest 2019!

Join Make Up First at Face & Body Midwest 2019 in Rosemont! This two day expo features educational classes from leading industry experts, an expo hall full of exhibitors with the latest in skincare and wellness, and tons of deals on products, workshops, and more!

Make Up First owner, Jill Glaser, will be demonstrating Camouflage Makeup for Severe Skin Discolorations on Monday, July 29th at 12pm, which is free to attend for all ticket holders. Get your tickets now and save up to $25 by purchasing tickets before the event!

Check out some of the industry experts speaking at this year’s event!

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Download the Pre-Show Program here!

Justin Talaga
Don’t Miss Color Theory in Flesh Tone with Makeup artist Terri Tomlinson!

August 19th, 2019 | 1pm-4pm

Color Theory in Flesh Tone is a hands-on workshop that translates color theory into the language of makeup. One of the greatest tools a makeup artist has is color theory. Being able to actively work and use the principles of color theory during application makes every artist stronger and more efficient.

In this workshop we revisit the basics of Color Theory, and the principles of color used in makeup application. Learn to translate color into flesh tone using The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™, and determine skin tone, highlight, contour and correction. See how using color theory affects every color choice including foundation, eyeshadow, and lips. In the hands-on portion, students will utilize the “Wheel” together with an included color theory makeup palette, to create foundation, highlight, contour, and corrective colors.

This class has a demo and lecture followed by a hands-on portion.

All participants will receive The Flesh Tone Color Wheel, “Rescue Palette” 10 Cream Color Makeup, Stainless Steel Palette, and Palette Knife!


Terri Tomlinson is a working makeup artist, educator, and owner of Makeup Training Academy in Dallas. Her most recent creation, The Flesh Tone Color Wheel™, is both a guide and tool for anyone who works with skin, showing you undertone, highlight, contour, analogous and corrective colors for makeup. Along with the wheel, Terri has created a method of working with color theory in skin tones and neutrals.

Read more about Terri here!

Justin Talaga
Just Launched: ATTN! Beauty!

Introducing ATTN! Makeup Sanitizer Mist! 

This quick-drying formula cleans and disinfects all powder and cream-based cosmetics, as well as tools, palettes, and spatulas.

ATTN! Makeup Sanitizer Mist is a clean product: All ingredients are all-natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and artificial fragrance-free!

LAUNCH WEEK SPECIAL: Buy one, get one half off!

Coming later this summer:

Add a drop of Mixing Medium to your makeup to intensify, combine, or revive your product. Aloe Vera gel helps to seal your look in, creating a waterproof, sweat-proof look that also moisturizes.

Moisturizes skin while cleaning and removing all makeup—even waterproof products! Safe for sensitive skin; oil-free, alcohol-free. No added fragrance or colors.

Visit the ATTN! Beauty site to be the first to know about deals, new products, and MORE!

Our Fall Certification Session begins September 3rd!

Our new session starts September 3rd 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!

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, and clinical!

Refer a friend and earn a $250 workshop credit!

See what’s new at Make Up First!

Justin Talaga
Advance Your Bridal Business!

TEMPTU Certified Airbrush Bridal Workshop
July 22, 2019 | 10am-4pm

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