SOS: Under the Weather Self-Care Tips

Whether you’re getting over a cold or trying to overcome the bad-weather blahs, your skincare and makeup routine can help you look and feel better. Defeat cold, dry weather with these nourishing skin tips and the perfect complimentary makeup look.


Make Up First Under the weather skin care makeup tips

First, renew your skin by using an exfoliating product to remove dead skin cells on the surface. Follow that up with a gentle cleansing product such as Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel.

Follow up with a moisturizer that’s suitable for your skin type. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is a good choice for most skin. Whatever you choose, it’s important to keep the skin (as well as the rest of your body) hydrated.

Condition and protect dry lips with a healing, hydrating product, such as Smith’s Rosebud Salve or . You can also use the Rosebud Salve on chafed cheeks or nose areas!

Cure achey, puffy under eyes with ToGoSpa’s Ice Water Eyes. Diminish dark circles in just 15 minutes, and for extra cooling power, chill in the fridge before you apply.

Finish off your night with an anti-inflammation eye cream, like Bioderma’s Sensibio Eye or Radiant Eye from Embryolisse, and leave your face feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.


Make Up First makeup under the weather tips

Start your day off with a splash of cold water on your face to close pores and wake up! Refresh and cleanse your face with Bioderma’s Sensibio H20.

Apply a light shimmer on the eyelids to reflect the light on the lids, especially the inner corners of the upper lids.

Add eyeliner in a cool color such as navy or purple to make the whites of the eyes pop. Kevyn Aucion’s The Precision Eye Definer is our top choice.

Use a kohl pencil (in a flesh tone) on the lower water line to take the red out!

Curl the lashes (we love these from Japonesque) and apply waterproof mascara in black, navy or purple.

Start with a primer under your foundation—the foundation will last longer and keep fine lines, wrinkles, and rough patches away.

Add an illuminzing product, such as Inglot’s Face and Body Illuminator, to your foundation and apply primarily in the center of the face where the light hits.

If you can keep it on after nose blowing, use a yellow concealer, like Becca’s Ultimate Coverage Concealing Creme, on the nostrils to cancel any redness.

To camouflage a sallow, pasty complexion, use a bright pink or peach on the apples of the cheeks to give a flushed (but not feverish) look. We prefer the Senna Slipcover Blush Palette. Add a pop of shimmery blush only on the cheekbones.

Set with a translucent powder to keep makeup in place.

For lips, use a creamy, neutral/pink lipstick, or if you’re feeling bold, a deep cherry lip. Get the entire range of colors with the First by Maqpro Lip & Cheek Palette.

Don’t forget to apply gloss to the lips frequently to keep them hydrated! 

Justin Talaga
Consolidated Basic makeup 1 & 2

Traveling from out of town? Busy schedule?
Get a jump start on your makeup artist certification with our Consolidated Basic Makeup 1 & 2 Course:
November 26th-30th!

Make Up First Consolidated Basic Makeup 1 2 Course

Our intensive, week-long consolidated course covers the entirety of our Basic Makeup 1 and 2 classes. This course is perfect for anyone looking to start their makeup artistry certification who may not otherwise be able to attend. If you’re traveling from out of town, or are restricted by other commitments, our consolidated course provides a great opportunity to start (and finish) your certification at an accelerated pace.

The course will cover all topics provided in Basic Makeup 1 and 2, including lessons on:

  • Contents of a complete makeup artist kit.

  • Proper hygiene and sanitation

  • Skin type identification

  • Color theory

  • Facial anatomy

  • Light makeup applications

  • Corrective makeup techniques (highlight and contour) to alter the face shape as well as the eyes, lips and cheeks

Additionally students will have the opportunity to apply makeup to models of varying skin tones, ethnicities, ages and genders.

This course is perfect for anyone who lives outside the city, has a demanding schedule, or wants to get a head start on their certification!

Justin Talaga
The Ultimate Post-Halloween Skin Care Guide

Now that Halloween is over and Fall is in full swing, your skin is in serious need of some TLC. Don’t let the elements keep your skin from looking flawless, fight back with the perfect product. We’ve got you covered with our step by step regimen—from removal and repair to full skin revival.


BIODERMA Sensibio H20

Treat your face with this refreshing micellar water formula that cuts through dirt, oil, and even waterproof makeup. The soothing cucumber extract leaves even dry, irritated, and sensitive skin feeling soft and refreshed.


Keep your lips soft and supple with this two-in-one combo from MODELROCK. Use the lip scrub to clean away old skin cells and the longwear lipstick comes in handy for any stubborn lipstick or gloss build up.


THE PASTEL SHOP Aloe Vera Essence Charcoal Black Mask

Rejuvinate your face with a refreshing blend of aloe vera and charcoal. The aloe vera moisturizes the face while the charcoal powder minimizes pores and absorbs oil for a deep facial cleanse.

SMITH’S Rosebud Salve

A cure-all salve for chapped Fall lips that also works on raw skin, cuticles, and ashy elbows. Use this in a pinch to help heal razor or flat iron burns.



This revitalizing cream accelerates skin restoration while nourishing and moisturizing with a combination of sugars, Vitamin E, soft butters, and aloe vera extract. Apply morning or night to achieve brighter, healthier skin.

EMBRYOLISSE Secret de Maquilleurs

Fight back against puffy under eyes and dark circles with amazing treatment stick that brightens and smooths eye contours in minutes. Use on both upper and lower eyelids, and for a stronger cooling effect, store in the refrigerator!

Justin Talaga
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.

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.

Get TEMPTU Certified with our Airbrush Bridal Workshop

November 12th, 2018 | 10am-4pm

Make Up First Airbrush Bridal Workshop with TEMPTU

Join us for our TEMPTU Certified Airbrush/Bridal Workshop. This one-day workshop at Make Up First School will cover the business of bridal, as well as airbrush makeup using TEMPTU products!  Students will learn how to assemble and use the airbrush and compressor, in addition to learning application techniques, and selection of various airbrush foundations, blushes and contour shades in order to create the highly sought-after flawless airbrushed face.

Learn how to use both the handheld TEMPTU Air and the classic TEMPTU compressor/gun combo.

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.

Upon completion, students will receive a TEMPTU Certified by Make Up First® Certificate!

Check out make up first’s halloween showcase on WGN's Around Town!

On October 17th, catch the Make Up First team on WGN’s Around Town with Ana Belaval as we preview this year’s hottest Halloween looks. Our team of Make Up First graduates will be showcasing a dozen different makeup designs, from the special FX heavy blockbusters of 2018 to the trending styles of Instagram. We’ll have something for everyone as we preview makeup and costume combinations for men, women, and children just in time for Halloween.

Tune in between 8am-10am to catch the full segment!

Check out some photos and video of the segment from years past!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

How To Help

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during the entire month of October Make Up First® will be donating a portion of our sales on select products to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Make Up First BCRF Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. We provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.”

Shop our “Pink Picks” and help donate to an incredible cause!

You can also donate directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on their site here!

Get The Facts

According the the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women aside from skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in America will be diagnosed with breast cancer over their lifetime. Preventative lifestyle and early detection remain paramount, but even after a diagnosis, breast cancer survivorship has tripled over the last 60 years. Get more information below and stay proactive.



Help Choose Our Next Workshops!

This year we hosted our first Mini Monday Workshop taught entirely in Spanish, and we loved the response we got. As we prepare for another exciting year at Make Up First®, we’d love to hear which workshops you’re interested in taking. Please choose from the choices below of past workshops, or write in your own suggestion!

Michelle Boyce, Make Up First Grad, featured in Voyage Chicago
Michelle Boyce Make Up First Voyage Chicago

We’re proud to share Voyage Chicago’s write up on Make Up First® graduate Michelle Boyce! After completing her certification, Michelle has gone on to work fashion shows, bridal events, and created Elle Artistry.

Michelle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I have been obsessed with makeup for as long as I can remember. Even as young as elementary school, I remember begging my mom for my very first eyeshadow one day when we were out running errands. She agreed, and I happily picked out a light purple shade; so 90s. I was the kid who was always wanting to give my friends “makeovers” and the one buying new lip glosses on vacation instead of souvenirs. Makeup has always been my form of art, my hobby, my passion. I grew up practicing on every face I could get my hands on and testing out the latest palettes. Then, one day in high school it suddenly occurred to me that I could do this for a living! I knew with time, I would make this a reality.

I went to college and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education and shortly after completed my Master’s degree. Teaching has allowed me to grow both professionally and as a person. Teaching has taught me countless skills and developed personal attributes that transfer over into the makeup world. It has taught me the discipline required to be a businesswoman and entrepreneur. As a makeup artist, being reliable and professional is everything. Clients depend on you to have great communication skills and to be able to deliver flawless looks under pressure. When I knew I was ready to make my longtime dream a reality, I enrolled in Make Up First School. This school is INCREDIBLE, to say the least. They helped me transform from a self-taught beauty guru to truly an artist. I learned the ins and outs of makeup for theatrical, bridal, media, fashion, etc. I’ve never been more excited to attend class!

Since graduating from Make Up First, I have had experiences I never dreamed of. Whether it be working backstage at fashion shows, applying makeup in the dressing room for former SNL stars or getting to be a part of a bride’s best day of her life. Makeup has brought me so much joy and I can’t wait to see where my journey will take me next!

Read more about Michelle’s journey here!

And don’t forget to check out the great articles spotlighting other Make Up First alums:

Emilie Vukovich

Kasey Surges

Taylor Darcy

Nini Jenkins

You Wanted It-We Listened!

our first ever workshop taught in Spanish: Bridal en español!

Make Up First Bridal en Espanol

September 17th, 2018 | 10am-12pm

Join Make Up First™ as we demonstrate a Bridal Makeup Application! This class will focus on bridal techniques; dramatic eyes, bold lashes, as well as a traditional full-face application! Hosted by Paloma Guerard.

Te esperamos en Make Up First. Haremos una demostración de maquillaje de novia! Esta clase estará enfocada en increíbles técnicas de novia; ojos dramáticos, pestañas 3D y muchos tips mas de la maqullista Paloma Guerard. Terminado con un look completo de maquillaje de novia.

Paloma Guerard

Paloma Guerard

Paloma Guerard is an international makeup artist with more than 13 years of experience.  She trained at Blanche MacDonald Centre, a world-renowned makeup academy in Vancouver, Canada.  She is widely recognized as one of the premier bridal makeup artists in Mexico and has also worked with superstar artists such as Alejandro Fernandez, Diego Torres, Camila, Maná and Eugenia.  Paloma is also the founder of Colombe Makeup School in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Paloma Guerard maquillista internacional con mas de 13 años de experiencia, estudio en la prestigiosa escuela Blanche MacDonald Centre. Paloma Guerard es conocida como una de las mejores maquillistas de novias en México y ha trabajado con artistas como Alejandro Fernandez, Diego Torres, Grupo Camila, Maná y Eugenia Leon, a su vez Paloma es fundadora de la escuela de Maquillaje Colombe localizada en Guadalajara México. 

Catch Make Up First at the Chicago Women's Expo

Make sure to stop by the Make Up First booth at the Chicago Women's Expo September 15th and 16th! We'll be located in the Beauty Pavilion on the Expo floor. Graduates of the program will be giving mini makeovers to attendees, and while you're at our booth, make sure to check out our exclusive products from our Pro Shop! 

Spotlight on SFX Artist Tom Devlin!

Make Up First® is proud to host Tom Devlin for the upcoming Special FX Workshop September 22nd-24th.

Tom has been working professionally as a special makeup effects artist for over 17 years. Through his company 1313FX, Tom has provided creatures and special makeup effects for over 100 feature films, working with many of the actors and directors who inspired his path. 

In 2011, Tom appeared as a contestant on Season One of the SyFy reality series "Face Off". He quickly became a fan favorite with his winning horror villain "Teddy Told Me To", a terrifying take on the teddy bear. In addition to his work in film and television, Tom has created a line of Halloween masks for the Haunted Attractions industry. He sells his creations to some of the most well-known haunts across the country. 

We are excited and honored to have Tom Devlin teach our Special FX workshop.

Check out Tom in action:


End of Summer Looks

Summer is coming to a close, but there's still time to get the most of your end-of-summer looks! Make Up First is here to help. Whether it's a barbecue, outdoor concert, or night out, you can bring these bold looks to any setting. And don't forget to treat your skin to a little R&R after you're all done.

Stilazzi Gel Eyeliner Make Up First



Borderline Intense Gel Eyeliner

Perfect for a colorful graphic liner or a sizzling smokey eye. Grab this Amethyst color for full end-of-summer flair.

Stilazzi Bahamas Make Up First



Bahamas Blush Palette

Complete with mattes and shimmers, this blush palette is the ultimate sunny day go-to. Feeling adventurous? Try it around your eye for extra emphasis.

Make Up First Melanie Mills Hollywood

Get It Girl Gleam on the Go

Makeup, moisturizer, and glow all in one that's great for body or face. Highlight, enhance natural skin tones, and create a subtle glow that won't stain, streak, or rub off. 

Bioderma Hydrabio Serum Make Up First

Hydrabio Serum

A Make Up First Pro Shop favorite. Keep age lines away with your skin's new best friend. This moisturizing serum is the perfect way to repair your face during any season.

ToGoSpa Eyes Make Up First

Ice Water Eyes

Supercharge your eyes with these nutrient-packed collagen gel pads. These cooling pads are great after stressful days, sleepless nights, and everything in between. Perfect for anyone with a face!

Embryolisse Lait Creme Make Up First

Lait-Crème Concentrè + Gloss

This 2-in-1 packs a punch: moisturizer for your face and healing gloss for your lips. Ideally sized for anyone on the go and a must have for any purse or pocket.

Halloween: Get ready!

October is a profitable time for makeup artists and knowledge of theatrical makeup is a must.

Don't miss out on our upcoming Advanced Theatrical Course and Special FX Workshop featuring Tom Devlin!



August 27th-30th

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.

Tom Devlin Make Up First 2

Special FX Workshop with Tom Devlin

September 22nd-24th

Multi-day prosthetic workshop: molding, creating, painting and applying silicone and/or latex prosthetics. This class will be taught by Tom Devlin, Special FX artist and contestant on SyFy's Face Off, Season 1.

Since 2001, Tom's company, 1313FX, has provided makeup effects on over 100 film and television projects. He has created custom masks for some of the biggest haunted attractions in the US, and even appeared as a contestant on season one of the SyFy reality series "Face Off". 

Create and take home your project just in time for Halloween!!

Justin Talaga
Upcoming Workshops!

From Mini Mondays to Guest Artist Workshops, August and September are jam packed with all your education wants and needs! 





AUGUST 25-26

International celebrity makeup artist, Roshar, demonstrates avant-garde/editorial makeup creations on Day 1.

On Day 2, Roshar will be on site, directing the attendees’ photoshoot with Chicago professional photographer, Robert Beczarski.

First Day: Lecture and demonstration of two looks.

Second Day: Photoshoot with professional models. Directed by Roshar.

Photographed by Robert Beczarski. Participants will receive all images of their work.




Multi-day prosthetic workshop: molding, creating, painting and applying silicone and/or latex prosthetics. All materials will be provided! This class will be taught by Roy Wooley, Special FX artist and contestant on SyFy's Face Off.

Have you attended one of Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry's Mini Monday Workshops? These workshops are held once to twice a month, 2 hours for just $25...demo-based and always a different topic! Open to both pros and the public. This is eligible for 2 CE Hours under the IL Barber Act.



This class will focus on the art of Drag Makeup and the many interpretations of drag styles.
Make Up First® graduate, “Thirsty Alley” demonstrates application techniques to create their avant-garde take on drag makeup!


Professional Makeup Artist, Sana Rehman, demonstrates a classic South Asian Bridal Makeup Application!
This class will focus on dramatic eyes, bold lashes, as well as a
traditional full-face application!

Eye Techniques will include:
Cut Crease, Winged Eyeliner, Smokey-Eye, and Full Lashes.


This class will focus on theatrical makeup with prosthetic makeup applications!

We hope you can join us! 

rachael heimbuch

It's Lollapalooza week here in Chicago! We will be seeing our streets filled with seas of shimmer and glitter on everyone's face and bodies. Check out a NEW product from Inglot to get the look!


Introducing Inglot 'Sparkler'
Face, Eyes and Body Highlighters.

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These brilliant, baked 'Sparklers' are for face, eyes and body containing shimmering particles. Illuminates and adds glow to your skin. Perfect for natural makeup or a bold look, depending on the application. 'Sparklers' are available is INTENSE, MEDIUM and SOFT finishes. Try adding Inglot's mutli-tasking product Duraline with any of these for a chrome-like finish!



ROSHAR - Portfolio Building Workshop




Known for his 'out of the box' avant-garde looks, International Celebrity Makeup Artist, Roshar joins Make Up First® School for the 5th time for his 2 Day Workshop.

August 25-26


On Day 1 ROSHAR will be demonstrating his avant-garde/editorial makeup creations.

On Day 2, Roshar will be on site, directing the attendees’ photoshoot with Chicago professional photographer, Robert Beczarski.


First Day: Lecture and demonstration of two looks.

Second Day: Photoshoot with professional models. Directed by Roshar.


Photographed by Robert Beczarski. Participants will receive all images of their work.



Don't wait... the registration deadline is August 3, 2018 at 11:59pm CST!



Mackenzie (“Zee”), a state-licensed cosmetologist, began her makeup career at Sephora as a Color Specialist. After receiving her Certification of Completion from Make Up First School® in 2010, she began to pursue makeup as a full - time freelance artist/ hair stylist.

In the late summer of 2016 she moved to the New York City television market to freelance with the international news channel CNN as well as The Wall Street Journal among others.  However, Zee continues to maintain clients in Chicago as well.

In the last ten years Zee has made her mark in the Chicago/Los Angeles/New York City markets with clients such as Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Orlando Bloom,  Emily Ratajkowski, William Shatner and Charles Barkley.   Zee's work has been featured across multiple forms of media including but not limited to Film/Television (CNN, Netflix, MTV, WGN, TLC) Magazines (TIME, Glamour, Sports Illustrated) Advertisements (Walgreens, State Farm) Fashion  and Red Carpet Events (Oscars, CNN Heroes, NYFW). 

Zee continues to teach our Careers Course, sharing her journey and expertise. 

Torie ConnComment
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.


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.


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.


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. 

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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 or call Make Up First® School of Makeup Artistry 312-621-0801.