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From Ordinary to Extraordinary!

September 27th, 2019
10am-3pm

¡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.

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

Sharpen Your Skills This Summer
Make Up First Summer Workshops

CARL RAY WORKSHOP
JUNE 10, 10AM-4PM

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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.

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


INTENSIVE HAIRSTYLING FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS
JUNE 11-13, 10AM-2PM

Make Up First Workshop Intensive Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

In this 3-day intensive hairstyling workshop, instructors will focus on the use of multiple hairstyling tools, as well as braiding, backcombing, up-do’s, down do’s and the art of pin curling.

This course can be used as 12 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act. 


ADVANCED THEATRICAL
JUNE 10-13, 10AM-4PM

Students will learn advanced techniques in application of pre-made prosthetics, bald caps; correct technique for laying facial hair and use of spfx products will be taught. Students are asked to bring your basic makeup kit, all theatrical and spfx supplies will be provided.

This course can be used as 16 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.

Jordan Liberty Workshop-Building a Beauty Portfolio

May 3rd & 4th
10am-5pm

Make Up First is excited to have Jordan Liberty join us for his Building a Beauty Portfolio Workshop on May 3rd and 4th! This two-day workshop is unlike anything else Jordan teaches, as he dives into creating flawless, camera-ready looks, and then guides attendees through their own applications.

On Day 1, Jordan will share his tips and tricks for looking flawless without retouching, while demoing looks on three different models. Jordan is known for his mantra, ‘beauty that is not afraid of a closeup’, and you’ll see just that, as students can get interactive while he photographs each of his models. If continuing to Day 2, Jordan will give you your assignment for the next day’s photoshoot.

On Day 2, students will work on three professional models under the direction of Jordan Liberty. Each model will be photographed, and all images will be sent to students. In addition, all two-day attendees will receive a Swag Bag with exclusive products!

Day 1 is open to both makeup artists and enthusiasts. Space is limited for Day 2, so sign up now!

Jordan Liberty is an LA-based makeup artist, photographer, educator and creative director. In addition to producing iconic beauty campaigns, his work in consulting, marketing, and product development have made him the secret weapon behind the success of top makeup and skincare brands. Most known publicly for his professional approach to education (via his former YouTube channel), he continues teaching pro-level workshops, makeup classes and seminars, and developing educational platforms when not in the studio.

Liberty and his work have been featured in Allure, Glamour, On Makeup, LADYGUNN, ELLE, and Make-Up Artist Magazine; and online on WWD, Beautylish, Refinery29, i-D and W Magazine as well as on Amazon's Style Code Live and QVC. In 2015 he received a coveted "Best of Beauty" award from Allure magazine and was named "Artist of the Year" in 2017 by The Makeup Show. 

Recent clients and collaborators include NARS, Urban Decay, MAC, Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora, BITE Beauty, Stilazzi, Jouer, Sigma, Anastasia Beverly Hills, DOSE of Color, LORAC, CoverGirl, RealTechniques, Tatcha, Clinique, and NYX Cosmetics. 

Liberty completed his 2018 International Beauty Tour teaching professional master classes in 27 cities in 18 countries and will continue in 2019.

Corrective Makeup for lips

The Lips: Shape and Color

The easiest and quickest way to alter a face is to simply apply color and/or texture to the lips.  A great lip color will brighten not only the smile, but also the entire face.   The key to creating a beautiful lip is creating a mouth that contributes to the overall harmony of the other features and shape of the face. Makeup artists can create subtle changes by use of a lip pencil, and a variety of textures to manipulate the shape of the lips.

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The texture of the lip products may be matte, creamy, iridescent, glossy or pearlized. It is best to work with richly pigmented lip products; the makeup artist will have more flexibility; the lips can be kept deeply pigmented, or the lip product can be opaque sheered down, or gently applied on the lips with a dab of the fingertip for a softer effect. In addition, with intensely saturated lip color, there is less chance that the product will move. Layering color will make the lips look fuller and create the impression of depth and volume. In short, the selection of the lip product color and texture, together with the shape defined by the artist, will dramatically alter the appearance of the lips and, therefore, the face.

In various corrective lip techniques, the makeup artist may first choose to use concealer or foundation, and then set with powder, to create a new palette on which to better define the lip shape.

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Full Lips:  In order to deemphasize the full, symmetrical lip, the makeup artist may also choose to use a neutral lip pencil and draw within the lip lines to make the lip look smaller. Conversely, to create full lips, the makeup artist may also choose to use a neutral lip pencil and overdraw the lip lines to make the lip look larger. The use of gloss and/or a bright, heavily saturated lip color will make the lip look more prominent.

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Small Lips: The use of gloss is key in creating the illusion of a larger lip. The makeup artist should first, using a natural-tone lip pencil, draw the lip lines slightly outside of and wider than the natural lip lines until desired fullness is reached Deeply saturated color and harsh lines should be avoided but gloss is recommended to enhance the enhanced lip shape. 

 

 

Thin Lips: Similar to small lips, correction involves drawing just outside of the natural upper and lower lip lines and adding a gloss. The lip pencil should correspond to the lipstick color and be applied symmetrically. Lip products in red, or in light to medium tones may be used to create the illusions of larger lips.

Uneven Lips: The most challenging correction will be on those lips that are not even or symmetrical. In this case, the makeup artist may first wish to cover the lips with foundation and then set with powder. With the use of lip liner, the lips may be redrawn. The artist may first correct whichever side is uneven to match the other side; i.e., draw the even side as is, while the other side will have to be drawn to match.

 

Downturned Lips: In order to give the mouth a “lift”, the makeup artist should avoid sharply defining the outer corners of the lower lip. The lip line can be filled in accordingly, but the focus on the outer corners of the lower lip line should be minimized by even adding concealer and drawing the lower lip line up.

Mature Lips: For the lip line, the lip pencil in a neutral tone is used to draw a cupid bow at the top center of the upper lip. The lines from the bow’s peaks should be drawn naturally curving down. A natural curving line, directly under the Cupid’s bow, should be drawn in order to better define the lower lip line. 

This article may not be reproduced or copied without the express written consent of Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry.

Melt-Free Makeup

It’s sunny, humid, and hot.  Don't want your makeup to melt? There are a few tricks that pro makeup artists use to ensure long-lasting makeup even under the most extreme temperatures!

Use a mattifying product to prevent the skin from looking shiny.  No need for heavy foundation and powder.  Instead, opt for a BB or CC cream with SPF.   You can also use an oil free moisturizer with SPF.  If more coverage is desired, add a light, silicone-based foundation; silicone is melt-proof and water resistant. Since the silicone makeup won’t move, the face will not require any set powder, and the skin will retain its dewy glow.

As for the eye makeup, we all know about waterproof mascaras.  However, now waterproof eyeliners that contain a silicone-derivative so that the makeup won’t fade.   

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

For the lips, using highly pigmented liquid lip product will ensure that the lips will stay intact throughout the hot day.

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

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

Mattifying Product: Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine Gel

Prep: Embryolisse Hydra-Mat (or Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 30, available in-store only), Embryolisse CC Cream (coming soon!), Embryolisse BB Cream (coming soon!), Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Primer 

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

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

Lips: MODELROCK Liquid to Matte Liquid Lipstick

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

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

FESTIVAL LOOKS!

  new products Perfect for your Festival Look!

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don't miss out on our next workshop:

MINI MONDAY WORKSHOP SERIES: FESTIVAL LOOKS + AIRBRUSH

JULY 9, 2018

10am - 12pm

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Join Make Up First® as we demo Festival Trends! This class will focus on current Summer trends, makeup applications, and more! We will also focus on airbrush techniques!

Advanced Theatrical Is Back!

About the Workshop:

August 27 - 30, 2018

10am - 2pm

Students will learn advanced techniques in application of pre-made prosthetics, bald caps; correct technique for laying facial hair and use of spfx products will be taught. Students are asked to bring your basic makeup kit, all theatrical and spfx supplies will be provided.

**This course can be used as 16 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.

 

 

About the Instructor:

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Richard Jarvie is a freelance Makeup Artist and Wig Designer with over 30 years of experience in the field.  Before embarking on a full-time freelance career, “Rick” worked for the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 28 years—11 of them as Wig Master.  Having received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, Rick also trained under the San Francisco Opera Wig and Makeup Training Program.  Rick has been involved in opera houses too numerous to mention.

 
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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:

 

 

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!


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

Image Courtesy of Zee Gustafson, @zeegustafson 

Image Courtesy of Zee Gustafson, @zeegustafson 

 

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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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    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.

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    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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    SHIMMERING SKIN PERFECTOR®

    OPAL GLOW ON THE GO

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

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    MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA XL EYE PENCIL WATERPROOF EYELINER

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    AMC EYELINER GEL

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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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    MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, HERBS, AND ROSEWATER

     

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    MARIO BADESCU FACIAL SPRAY WITH ALOE, CUCUMBER, AND GREEN TEA

    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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    A LOOK AHEAD - DECEMBER WORKSHOPS

    MINI MONDAY WORKSHOP SERIES: NYE MAKEUP | DECEMBER 4, 2017 

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    Join Make Up First®  as we demo several NYE applications using different products to create bold looks to ring in the New Year!

    Our Mini Monday Workshop Series is open to the public.  This workshop is demo only.  Workshop will run from 10am - 12pm.

    This course can be used as 2 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.

    *Makeup by Make Up First® Instructor, Karla Arias

     

    INTENSIVE HAIRSTYLING FOR MAKEUP ARTISTS | DECEMBER 9-11, 2017

    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.

     

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    ADVANCED THEATRICAL | December 11-14, 2017

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    Students will learn advanced techniques in application of pre-made prosthetics, bald caps; correct technique for laying facial hair and use of SFX products will be taught. Students are asked to bring your basic makeup kit, all theatrical and SFX supplies will be provided.

    About the Instructor: Richard Jarvie is a freelance Makeup Artist and Wig Designer with over 30 years of experience in the field. Before embarking on a full-time freelance career, “Rick” worked for the Lyric Opera of Chicago for 28 years—11 of them as Wig Master. Having received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY, Rick also trained under the San Francisco Opera Wig and Makeup Training Program. Rick has been involved in opera houses too numerous to mention.

    This course can be used as 16 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.



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    AIRBRUSH WORKSHOP | DECEMBER 18, 2017

    Students will learn how to assemble and use the airbrush and compressor. The students will be taught techniques and be guided in the selection of various airbrush foundations, blushes and contour shades, in order to create the highly sought-after flawless airbrushed face. Equipment is available for use during the one-day, four-hour session, as well as available for purchase. Students should bring brushes from their makeup kits.

    This course can be used as 4 hours towards Continuing Education. Make Up First® is an approved sponsor under the IL Barber Act.



    TEEN CAMP | DECEMBER 26-29, 2017

    These single-session workshops are geared toward student’s ages 13-17. Students have the option of choosing all four sessions or any single session of their choosing.



    MINI MONDAY WORKSHOP SERIES:

    HOW TO: REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP (THE Correct WAY)

    Why, you ask?

    Throughout the day, your skin is exposed to pollution in the environment, regardless of whether or not you have on makeup.  Over time, the buildup of pollution, free radicals, and makeup can result in clogged pores, acne, skin damage, and even fine lines and wrinkles, due to loss of collagen!

    To prevent clogged pores which can lead to acne, you NEED to remove your makeup and wash your face every night. Sure, one night of skipping your routine won't cause irreversible damage, but it could lead to an unwanted pimple or two!

    How to remove your makeup: 

    Step 1: 

    Use a  makeup remover wipe, or  makeup remover, or micellar water and a cotton wipe to rid your face of eyeliner, mascara, liquid lipstick, etc! 

    Step 2:

    A makeup wipe may take off much of the makeup on the surface of your skin, but will not remove everything.  You will need to use a cleanser or exfoliator to remove unwanted makeup and debris from your pores.  

     

    STEP 3:

    To balance your skin before you moisturize, use a non-alcohol toner or facial spray based on your skin-type.

     

    For acne-prone skin, use a non-alcohol based toner; Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion to soothe and disinfects skin; the Witch Hazel in the cleanser will help to deep clean pores. For stubborn pimples, follow with  spot treatment, such as the award-winning Mario Badescu Dyring Lotion

    What about for dry skin?

    To hydrate and calm skin, use Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rose Water or Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. Pro Tip: use either facial spray or moisture spray by Cinema Secrets, as mid-day refresher. 

    Step 4:

    Follow with a moisturizer and under-eye cream. 

    Moisturizes for skin-types:

    Normal to Dry:

    • Embryolisse Lait-Creme is a makeup artist cult- favorite!  A rich moisturizing lotion  is really three products in one: use it as a primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. 

    Dry Skin: 

    • Embryolisse Filaderme Emulsion is an enriched moisturizing cream that maintains the optimal pH of your skin while protecting it from external forces. The concentrated formula means a little goes a long way.  Pro Tip: apply sparingly with fingertips over the whole face and neck so that only a fine sheen remains on the skin. 
    • Embryoderme is a rich moisturizing and revitalizing cream that helps to regenerate the surface of the skin, making it appear smooth, supple, and well-toned. Its simple, effective formula provides the skin the nutrition and repair it needs and ensures rapid correction of problems associated with very dry skin.  Elastin, collagen, shea butter, Vitamins A, E and F work to intensely to revitalize the skin. It provides the skin with natural nourishing and moisturizing elements to repair it and eliminate all signs of dryness and discomfort. Its rich texture soothes the skin, leaving it supple, soft and smooth.

    Oil-Prone:

    • Use Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion, as it ensures optimal moisturizing and a long lasting matt effect. It absorbs excessive sebum and reduces shininess; the apricot oil naturally tones skin.

    Anti-Aging:

    • Embryolisse Anti-Aging Firming Cream combines soluble collagen with hyaluronic acid to visibly firm skin, boost elasticity, tone and reduce wrinkles. Once applied, the nourishing base adds density and softens skin in a matter of seconds. This rich, nourishing, non-greasy formula restores skin’s substance to re-sculpt the facial outline and erase wrinkles.

    Under-Eye Cream:

    • Embryolisse Smooting Eye Contour Treatment presents a non-greasy eye treatment that has been specially formulated for the fragile area around the eyes. Rich in active ingredients, this multi-purpose product acts to improve skin tone, firm skin, and reduce the appearance of small wrinkles and crow's feet.

    Don't forget:

    Your lips! To rid your lips of chapped skin or stubborn liquid lipstick, exfoliate with ModelRock Lip Scrub or Cinema Secrets Lip Scrub . Follow with a lip salve, such as Rosebud

    Your body and hands! Embryolisse Nourishing Hand Cream contains a combination of natural shea butter and wheatgerm oil to give very dry, damaged hands a smooth, plumper appearance, leaving skin feeling comfortable and soft to the touch!

    Once or twice A Week:

    Exfoliate! Products such as Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser and Botanical Exfoliating Scrub are designed to dissolve dead skin cells and refresh complexion. Induldge using a treatment mask, available for all skin types and skin concerns; Musteav Masks are antioxident and vitamin-infused to target and combat skin concerns.