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 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

 

 

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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.

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Lips-PLUMP IT UP!

ToGoSpa- Rose Gold Lips

These micro-infused collagen gel masks with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins C & E (with added Resveratrol), Rose Extract and Gold Powder create a supercharged anti-aging lip restoration Mask to moisturize, re-hydrate and soothe lips, and smooth out lines and wrinkles around the mouth. With just one 20 minute application, you will see improved elasticity, texture and overall appearance of the lips. 


Stilazzi- Lip Vinyl

This brilliantly creamy and smooth hydrating gloss has a semi-opaque coverage with intense shine. This powerful vinyl works great by itself or as a perfect addition to any lipstick. Choose from a variety of seven shades ranging from soft pinks to dark, bold burgundy.


Stilazzi- Lip Finish

Add a glossy, frosty, glittery texture to any lip look with Stilazzi’s Lip Finish. Make those luscious lips “pop” with this formula, which is ultra-smooth, ultra-shiny and sinfully shimmery.

Choose one, two or all three of these products!

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Our New 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 looks like at Make Up First on our Instagram below!

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Survival Tips: Makeup for Working Out

Working out with a face full of makeup seems like a bad idea. In many cases, it can be. Makeup can clog the pores during a workout, trapping sweat, dirt, and bacteria in your skin. However, in reality, many people don’t have time to remove their makeup before they work out—or in many cases, makeup gives them the confidence to work out in public in the first place. Thankfully, the right products, applied in moderation, can bridge the gap between confidence and cleanliness.

EXERCISING OUTDOORS

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When exercising outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Make sure to choose a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 20 to not only keep your face safe, but looking good as well. These products provide a light, breathable coverage that blends uneven skin tones while keeping your pores open. Also consider a protective salve or balm for your lips to protect against wind and exposure. If you end up working out and you haven’t had time to remove your makeup, a setting spray can help keep your makeup from moving.


EXERCISING INDOORS

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Working out at a gym, especially inside a class area, can get particularly humid. Cardio-based classes are meant to make you sweat, and with a full face of makeup on, that can lead to dirty, clogged pores and breakouts. Still, there are ways around going bare-faced.

Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners add definition to you eyes, and hydrating lip stains, or even an airy, nude lip product, add color without clogging pores. In addition, a light brow product, such as Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Brow Pencil can go a long way in making you feel totally put together.

Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear makeup, be sure to cleanse your skin after a workout, as well as exfoliate and hydrate your skin!

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New Product Spotlight: Quick Fixes for Beauty and Style Emergencies

There’s never a good time for a style emergency. Maybe you’re waiting for an interview and you’ve just noticed your smudged eyeliner, or perhaps you’re in the middle of a date and you’ve spilled food on your dress. We’ve all been there. Thankfully, the Make Up First Pro Shop has you covered. Introducing the Hollywood Fashion Secrets Style Emergency Kit and Eye Makeup Corrector/Remover!

These two products, that both fit discreetly inside a purse or makeup kit, ensure that you’ll never be left high and dry again. The Style Emergency Kit features 14 head-to-toe fashion fixes including everything from lint removing sheets and a travel sewing kit to a hypo-allergenic earring back for worst case scenarios. With this kit in hand, you can fix clothes, nails, jewelry, hair, and everything in between.

The Eye Makeup Corrector & Remover is the perfect product for fixing any makeup blemish in seconds. The 24-pack of portable cotton swabs come pre-filled with a gentle makeup remover (made from Vitamin E and Aloe Vera) that can correct or remove unsightly makeup instantly. Skip bulky wipes and cotton balls—these precise, ready-to-go correctors are simple to use and make the perfect touch-up tool.

Together these two products make the perfect addition to any makeup artist’s “what if’s” collection.
To learn more about everything included in the kits, click below!

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Make Up First Mailbag

We’re opening up the mailbag! Make Up First owner, Jill Glaser, is here to answer your questions this week about switching up your normal makeup routines. Check below to see if your question was chosen!


Question: When I attended airbrush was less popular. Is an airbrush application better than a full coverage foundation application (ie Mac studio fix fluid & beauty blender)?

Jill: We know that we can achieve the same flawless look as airbrush with manual products and techniques; however, airbrush is great for (straight men especially) commercial/corporate shoots. In addition, almost all brides now insist on airbrush makeup application. In either event, if the makeup will be worn for a long time, whether airbrushed or otherwise, it should be sprayed with an alcohol-based finishing spray.

Personally, if time permits, I like to create a more durable, long-lasting finish by topping off the manual cream or liquid foundation with a compatible airbrush formulation. I also like to use airbrush for highlight and blush.  Once the face is totally dry, I will powder with a translucent setting powder. My favorite product is the Temptu Perfect Canvas Hydra Lock .


Question: I don’t want to wear foundation every day, but I don’t want to go out bare-faced either. Is there a compromise?

Jill: If you are not comfortable wearing a full face of foundation every day, a great compromise is a light coverage, liquid formula that has an SPF of at least 15. Do not add powder, as you will need to apply the sunscreen every few hours.


Question: I want to break out of my normal, boring makeup routine—what’s one product or tip you recommend that everyone try?

Jill: If you are ready to break out of your personal makeup routine, try incorporating some new looks as seen on the NYFW runways. Personally, I love the neon creams and liners that give a shocking splash of color on the eyelids. I'm also happy to see that the glossy eye is still on trend, and that there are now so many new products that will help achieve that look and not crease immediately after application.

Thanks everyone for the excellent questions, and check back next time to see if your question is chosen!

Justin Talaga
Just Announced: New Workshops & Advanced Courses

Make sure to check our blog each week to see what else we have planned for 2019!

TEEN CAMP WORKSHOP
March 20-21, 2019

Our Teen Camp workshops focus on introducing new makeup artists to both fundamentals of the craft as well as different types of makeup within the field. These single-session workshops are geared toward student’s ages 13-17. Students have the option of choosing both sessions or either session of their choosing.

SESSION ONE
Skin Prep, Color Theory, and Beauty Makeup Application. Students will learn how to Highlight + Contour and other beauty techniques! This Class will also focus on Special Occasion Makeup. All makeup and tools will be provided.

SESSION TWO
Theatrical Makeup. This class will include various theatrical applications ranging from Pop Art to Zombies, as well as Gore (cuts, bruises, and scars) and Glam + Gore looks. All makeup and tools will be provided.


INTENSIVE HAIRSTYLING FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS
March 20-22, 2019

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 is the perfect workshop for makeup artists looking to expand their skillset. All tools will be provided.


BALD CAPS, FACIAL HAIR, AND PROSTHETICS
June 10-13, 2019
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Students will learn advanced techniques in application of pre-made prosthetics and bald caps. Correct technique for laying facial hair and use of spfx products will be taught as well. Students are asked to bring their basic makeup kit; all theatrical and spfx supplies will be provided.


ADVANCED MEDIA MAKEUP
June 10-13, 2019

Students will continue with advanced methods, techniques and applications suitable for each media format. In-depth emphasis will be placed on contour and corrective makeup techniques necessary to create the desired image for the camera. Students will further their media training in editorial, runway and fashion makeup. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn creative freestyle makeup.

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Kit Cleanup Fridays

Is your makeup kit a mess? It happens to the best of us. Between busy schedules and an ever-expanding makeup collection, your organization can get out of control. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce our new Kit Cleanup Fridays!

Make Up First Student Kit

Kit Cleanup Fridays are dedicated to helping you clean out and update your current makeup kit. During each one-hour 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, and answer any questions you have.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please email info@makeupfirst.com with your desired date and one hour time slot. Remember, Kit Cleanups are hosted on Fridays!

Check out our other organization products here!


Watch the tutorial on de-potting your makeup below!

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Winter Lip Care

Winter can be a particularly unforgiving time for your skin. While most people bundle up against the cold winter winds, they tend to leave their face and mouth unprotected. The lips are especially vulnerable, as they dry out ten times faster than the rest of your skin on your face. With that in mind, we’ve compiled our list of lip care tips for battling cold weather.

Make Up First Lip Care

HYDRATE

Not only is drinking water great for your lips, it’s great for your skin in general (and the rest of your body too)! Hydration is a key part of keeping lips soft, supple, and full of life. If you’re having trouble hydrating, make a rule to drink an entire glass of water before you walk out the door in the morning. Speaking of hydration…

USE A HUMIDIFIER

As the weather dries out, so does your skin, making it increasingly important to add moisture to the air. Putting a dehumidifier in your home can go a long way in stopping dry, irritated skin before it starts. Misting humidifiers can cost as little as $30, which is less than 50 cents a day if you use it two months out of the year. Your skin will thank you.

DON’T LICK YOUR LIPS

It sounds simple, but it can be a hard habit to break. When cold weather dries your lips out, it’s a natural impulse to lick them and add moisture. This ends up drying out your lips even faster, and leads to damaged, chapped lips. Resist the urge and apply lip balm instead.

EXFOLIATE

Even well-treated lips need to be exfoliated. Make sure to scrub away any dead skin from your lips each night during your skincare routine. We recommend Cinema Secret’s Lip Scrub, which has a softer sugar scrub, or a volcanic option that’s more abrasive.

MOISTURIZE

After exfoliating, it’s important to follow up with a nourishing, moisturizing product to keep your lips healthy and soft. Try your exfoliating and moisturizing routine before bed when your lips have time to rest and heal. Bioderma’s Atoderm Baume Lévres balm provides a rich, protective layer for the lips that repairs and regenerates chapped lips. Make sure to reapply in the mornings before you leave!

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