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CE Hours - Make Up First!
Continuing Education Hours at Make Up First

Every two years cosmetologists and estheticians must fulfill between 10 to 14 hours of Continuing Education to keep their license active under the Illinois Barber Act. While half of the required hours can be completed online, the other half must be earned in the classroom. At Make Up First, many of our courses and workshops are approved for Continuing Education Hours, and are suitable for all skill levels— from two hour, demo-only workshops to immersive, hands-on courses.

Check out our upcoming workshops and courses below to see what’s right for you!


TEMPTU CERTIFIED AIRBRUSH BRIDAL
SEPTEMBER 23RD | 10AM-4PM

Airbrush makeup is here to stay, and for bridal clients, it’s a must-have skill. Our Temptu-Certified Airbrush Bridal Workshop is continuously updated with the newest products, information, and how-to guides from Temptu—the industry leader in airbrush makeup.

In this workshop, attendees will learn how to navigate the business of bridal, 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, various airbrushing techniques, and how to choose the right products for your client.

Attendees will learn how to use both the Temptu S-1 traditional gun and compressor and the portable, handheld Temptu Air. Afterwards, head over to our Pro Shop to stock up on our Temptu products, available for purchase at an already-discounted price!

Following the workshop, students will receive a TEMPTU Certificate of Completion!

This workshop is eligible for 6 Continuing Education Hours under the IL Barber Act.


ADVANCED THEATRICAL COURSE
OCTOBER 7TH-10TH | 1PM-5PM

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 sfx 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 sfx supplies will be provided.

This workshop is eligible for 16 Continuing Education Hours under the IL Barber Act.


MINI MONDAY WORKSHOP SERIES: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP
OCTOBER 14TH | 10AM-12PM

Join the Make Up First staff for this two-hour, demo-only workshop showcasing some fun ideas for Halloween using theatrical makeup. This demo is open to the public!

This workshop is eligible for 2 Continuing Education Hours under the IL Barber Act.

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.

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.

Last Days for Workshop Sale Price!

Face Chart Workshop | September 16, 2019

Sale Price ends September 6th!
$125.00
150.00

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!

SUITABLE FOR ALL SKILL LEVELS!

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!

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.


NEW ARRIVALS

DANESSA MYRICKS- EVOLUTION POWDER TRIO

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!

SENNA- BROW FIX X (NUDE BLONDE)

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.

DANESSA MYRICKS DEW WET BALM (ROSEWATER)

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.


BEST SELLERS



Turn Heads with Our Hairstyling Workshop!
Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

August 27th-30th, 2019
10am-2pm

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
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Day 4 will focus on Advanced Editorial Styles and Current Trends
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$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!

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

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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.

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!

SHOP ONLINE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
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Before you kick back for your cookout, head over to the Make Up First Pro Shop for DISCOUNTS ON EVERYTHING IN THE STORE

Get 10% off all products using the code ‘FIREWORKS’ at checkout, or click here to apply the link automatically! Browse our new arrivals, including the Danessa Myricks collection, Lashes in a Box, and our Summer Favorites:

And while you’re there, see if you qualify for the Make Up First Pro discount program to receive everyday discounts on hundreds of products in the store!

*Sale ends July 7th at 11:59pm (CST); Online orders only*

Prep for Pride!

The 19th annual Chicago Pride Fest is a legendary two-day street festival held the weekend leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade with up to 100,000 expected to attend, celebrating LGBTQ+ life, culture and community.

The festival features live music by popular artists, 4 stages, food and drink, 100+ arts/craft and merchant vendors, DJ’s and dancing, drag shows, pet parade, Out At Wrigley National Anthem Singing Contest, sponsor booths and more. Come out and celebrate, June 22-23, in Boystown on Halsted Street between Addison and Grace.

Prep for the festivities with some of our favorite products below!


Danessa Myricks- Colorfix 24-Hour Cream Color, Mattes and Metallics

This collection has a color for any outfit or look. These hybrid cream colors are durable in the heat, safe for the eyes, lips, and face, and extremely long-lasting. Use individually, or create custom colors!


LASHES IN A BOX- N°29/N°23 (10 Pack)

Keep your lash game going strong all week with this 10 pack. All lashes are handmade and cruelty-free, so you can feel good while you look good. Multiple styles available!


Stilazzi- Spellbound Eyeshadow Palette

With 18 different, vivid shades, from mattes to shimmers, this palette has something for everyone. This massive collection is your one-stop shadow shop for all of pride week, with enough shades to share with your friends!


MODELROCK- Liquid Last Liquid-to-Matte Lipstick

Long-wearing, ultra lightweight liquid to matte lipstick that will last for hours. These intense, highly-pigmented, sharp colors look amazing and leave you with a velvet-like feel to the lips. Wear alone or partner with your favorite lipgloss.

Take care of dad this father’s day
Make Up First Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and you’ve waited until the last minute to shop again. Instead of getting dad another necktie, a set of golf balls, and whatever you can find in the checkout line this weekend, why not give him something thoughtful? While some dads may not take time to care for themselves, you can show them a little love this Father’s Day with the perfect self-care starter pack. Check out our favorites below!


Embryolisse Men’s Energizing Shower Gel

This multi-purpose shower gel works great on your face, body, and hair while gently moisturizing and invigorating. The foaming gel washes away easily, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed, while scents of mint and eucalyptus keep you smelling great all day long.


Smith’s Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm

Re-energize your lips after a day in the sun with this soothing balm. Menthol and eucalyptus provide a cooling, refreshing sensation without being overly fragrant. Works great on chapped, dry lips as well as cuts or razor burns!


Cinema Secrets Micro-Scissor

The world’s tiniest grooming scissors make the perfect father’s gift. These discreet micro-scissors can hide away easily in a medicine cabinet or on the go, and make trimming unsightly facial hairs with pinpoint accuracy a breeze.


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Great skincare is for everyone. Introduce your dad to skincare step one with this highly effective moisturizer. This formula is light and fast-absorbing, which makes it easy to apply and noticeably nourishing right away.

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.

TELL US YOUR ANSWERS, AND BE ENTERED TO WIN!

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

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

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 13th.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Senna Powder Brow Pencil

First by Maqpro- Lip and Cheek Palette

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

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


Eve Pearl- Dual Salmon Concealer

Embryolisse- Anti-Age Re-Densifying Cream

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

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


Glamcor- Riki Skinny & Riki Cutie

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

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

Our Winter Session Starts Soon

Don’t miss out on our upcoming Winter Session starting January 7th! 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, various eyeliner styles, shaping brows, false lash application and more!

To schedule a tour, follow this link and choose the date and time that’s right for you!

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!

Don't Miss Our November Workshops

Whether you’re a pro or a makeup enthusiast, we have something for you this November. Choose from a variety of workshops including makeup for special events (in Spanish!), fall trends, and our always popular airbrush bridal workshop. Did we mention all of our workshops can earn you CE Hours under the IL Barber Act? Read on for more details!


Special Event Makeup en Español
November 4th, 2018 | 10am-4pm

Make Up First Workshop Special Event Makeup en Español November

In this workshop, international makeup artist Paloma Guerard will cover two different looks for special events. The first look will be focused on makeup for Red Carpet Beauty. Paloma will share her best secrets of how to achieve a Perfect Luminous Skin and Bold Red Lips. For the second look, she will focus on Dramatic Eyes and teach how to place color to achieve an elegant Glam Look.

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En este curso aprenderás dos looks que te llevarán al siguiente nivel como maquillista profesional.  El primer look estará enfocado en un maquillaje para Red Carpet Beauty.  Paloma compartira sus mejores secretos de cómo lograr una Piel Perfecta Luminosa y unos Labios Rojos de Impacto. Tambien, Paloma te ensenara a como lograr un maquillaje de larga duración.  Para el segundo look, se enfocara en unos Ojos Dramaticos y ensenara como colocar color logrando un Look Glam muy elegante.


Mini Monday Workshop: Fall/Winter Trends
November 5th, 2018   10am-12pm

Mini Monday Workshop Fall Winter Trends Make Up First

Join Make Up First School as we demo the season's hottest trend! This class will focus on makeup application and products. Open to the public.

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

*Image courtesy of Instagram. MUA: Andrew Gallimore, @andrewgallimakeup


TEMPTU Certified Airbrush/Bridal Workshop
November 12th, 2018    10am-4pm

Make Up First Airbrush Bridal Workshop

Join us for our TEMPTU Certified Airbrush/Bridal Workshop. This one-day workshop will cover the business of Bridal as well as Airbrush makeup using TEMPTU products. After completing the workshop, you will receive TEMPTU Airbrush certification! Topics covered:

  • Preparing the skin for airbrush makeup

  • Using different formulations: water, silicone and alcohol based

  • How to select the matching foundation

  • Create matching foundations, using color theory

  • Airbrush foundation, blush, highlight and contour colors

  • How to quick-clean the airbrush between product/client change

  • Disassemble, clean, and reassemble the airbrush

  • The Business of Bridal

  • How to create a Bridal Contract, pricing, etc!

  • Learn appropriate Bridal looks.

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