Winter Workshop Preview

This winter we've got workshops on upcoming spring trends, Valentine's Day looks, and our always popular Airbrush Bridal workshop, featuring the latest Temptu products. Find the session that's right for you below!

Mini Monday Workshop: Spring Trends
January 28th, 2019—10am-12pm

Photo courtesy of Butter London

Photo courtesy of Butter London

Join us for our first Mini Monday Workshop of the year as we showcase the hottest spring trends featuring Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral! We'll teach you the techniques you need to get the look and fill you in on what products can get the job done. Our Mini Mondays are demo only workshops that are open to both pros and the public, as well as eligible for Continuing Education hours under the IL Barber Act.

Workshop Deadline approaching, register now!

Mini Monday Workshop: Valentine’s Day Makeup
February 11th, 2019—10am-12pm

Makeup by Jordan Liberty

Makeup by Jordan Liberty

Our February Mini Monday is all about perfecting Valentine's Day looks for your special night out. Whether you're heading out on a date, or prepping a client for one, we'll feature several styles for you to choose from. Don't miss out on these sexy, seasonal looks!

TEMPTU-Certified Airbrush Bridal Workshop
February 25th, 2019—10am-4pm

This one-day, TEMPTU-Certified workshop, covers the Business of Bridal and Airbrush Makeup application! Students will learn how to create the highly sought-after, flawless face, and will be taught about various airbrush foundations, blushes, and contour shades. Equipment is provided for use during the one-day, six-hour session, and is also available for purchase.

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

Justin Talaga
Durable Bridal Makeup for All Seasons

Bridal Makeup is the ultimate in event makeup. Bridal season is no longer confined to just the summer months—it now lasts all year long! Regardless of the season, the makeup artist must make sure that the makeup will last all day, in any given environment. We’ll give you the tips, techniques, and products you’ll need for your bride to ensure long-lasting wear regardless of skin type or weather conditions.

The Eyes: Waterproofing the Eye Makeup

Eye Shadow
The bride’s eyes may tear, either from crying, or from the wind during an outdoor photo shoot on a windy day.  For a long-lasting eye makeup application, the lid—from lash line to brow—should be prepped with a cream, such as Cinema Secrets Pro Eyeshadow Base, and then set with a powder that is somewhat lighter in color than the skin. The layers of shadows will have more staying power if they sit on top of a prepped eye. When using loose pigments, shimmers, or glitters, try using Inglot Duraline as a mixing medium. Duraline becomes not only a binding ingredient, but will also work to waterproof the cosmetics. 

Eye Liner
For a liner that will not move until it is taken off with a beauty cleanser, nothing beats Ingot Gel (Black #77). Apply with a precise brush, such as the #762 Bdellium Brush. For a softer look, you can use a black liner on the upper lash line and a brown liner on the lower lash line.

Both before and after the false lash application, use either waterproof mascara, or the long-lasting Kevyn Aucoin Curling or Volume Mascara, which is less harsh for the lashes. Apply sparingly in thin layers, so as not to weigh down the lashes.  Be sure to use a new mascara, so that the lashes won’t be dry and flaky after curling.

The Brows – Pencil, Powder, Brow Mascara/Brow Gel
Always use a brow gel (Senna) to tame thick brows, and/or a brow pencil (Kevyn Aucoin, Senna) for sparse brows.

False Lashes
Apply the false lashes, leaving adequate time for your application, to ensure that the bride does not leave with a corner of the false lash line popping off. Be sure to use latex-free eyelash glue for strips or individuals, such as Callas Eyelash Adhesive.  The glue is very affordable, so you can easily send it with your client in the event of an emergency.

The Skin: Clean, Beautiful, Melt-proof

Prepping the Skin
In making the application durable, factors must be considered, such as the condition of the bride’s skin as well as the weather. The bride’s skin must be assessed and then properly prepped and primed according to her skin and the foundation selected.  For longevity and a radiant finish, we recommend using either a wax or silicone-based foundation.  Both wax and silicone are waterproof, and have a high melting point, which will combat hot weather conditions. Both wax and silicone-based foundations are flattering on all skin tones and types.

Prepare the Canvas: Oil Control (Summer) – Very Dry Skin (Winter)
If you notice during the trial run that your bride has dry, dull skin (particularly during the winter months) be sure to encourage a good skin routine. Advise her to exfoliate regularly, followed by facial oils (see below) and moisturizer, each night after washing the face with a creamy facial cleanser. Recommended: Mario Badescu Botanical Scrub, Embryolisse Lait Crème, Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser

Check to see if the skin then needs more moisturizer. Based on your client’s skin concerns before the bridal makeup application, consider adding facial oil prior to the moisturizer (Mario Badescu Rose Hip Nourishing Oil or Burt’s Bees Facial Oil). To combat dry skin, as well as winter wind-burned skin, we recommend first spritzing with an electrolyzed water (Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray) to help the moisturizer better absorb into the skin. Make sure to follow it up with a richer, more emollient moisturizer with sunscreen. Don’t skip out on sunscreen in any season! Recommended: Mario Badescu The Moisture Magnet with SPF 15.  For moisturizing, we love Embryolisse products and the MAQPROMakeup Mixer which works as both a moisturizer and a primer. The Mixer is a lotion with wax that makes it compatible with the silicone or wax foundation. 

Before applying the foundation, it’s important to prime the skin, which creates a smooth surface. For primers, select either a silicone-based primer such as Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Primer, or a primer with some shimmer for a radiant glow. (Becca Backlight Priming Filter, Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer, or the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Fluid Foundation).  

Color Correcting
To treat any redness, like wind-chapped skin, sun damage, or acne, we recommend applying, where necessary, the color green. You may also need to color correct under the eyes. If your bride has dark shadows, or a blue/purple cast, be sure to use a brightening corrector or peach color to neutralize the shadow. Follow up with a concealer, like the Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer. Waterproof the concealer, buff it in, and then powder.

Selecting the Foundation, Cream Blush, Highlight, and Setting Powder
Wax or silicone-based foundations are great for longevity and durability. For staying power with a beautiful finish, we recommend MAQPRO Fard Crème, Temptu Silicone or Hydra Lock Airbrush Foundation, or FACE atelier foundations. Before setting the foundation with powder, apply a cream blush which will provide a long-lasting stain on the cheeks. Try our MAQPRO Lip and Cheek Palette. With respect to highlight, layer liquid and then cream highlighter on the cheekbones. Add a powder highlighter to set. Finally, using a powder puff set the foundation with a colorless translucent setting powder (Cinema Secrets, Inglot, First by MAQPRO).

Once you have set the foundation, you can heighten the blush color with a powder blush (First by MAQPRO, Inglot, or BECCA). If desired, then use a powder contour product like Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder.


Dry or Chapped Lip Treatment
You can first exfoliate the bride’s lips, using the MODELROCK Lip Scrub or Cinema Secrets Lip Scrub. Once the lips are exfoliated, use a moisturizing lip balm such as Rosebud Salve. Then, reach for a lip pencil- your kit should include, at a minimum, a neutral light pencil and a neutral deep pencil (Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in “Medium” or “Minimal”), to create a crisp line.

For long-wear, next apply a liquid lip—we prefer the non-drying, long-lasting ModelRock Liquid to Matte Liquid Lipstick. Apply a creamy lip color over the liquid lip (Inglot). If your bride would like a glossy lip, apply on top a thick, yet non-sticky lip glaze such as FACE atelier Lip Glaze.

Finally, “set the face”, with an ultra-fine, misting, alcohol-based setting spray (Skindinavia) to ensure that the makeup will hold up throughout the entire event.

And there you go!  A long-lasting beautiful application, fit for any season, for your beautiful bride!

Photography by Bozena Voytko

Justin Talaga
Jordan Liberty Workshop-Building a Beauty Portfolio

May 3rd & 4th

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.

A Look Ahead: Make Up First in 2019

Our Winter Session starts January 7th!

Make Up First Basic Makeup 1 Course

The first course in our Certificate Program, Basic Makeup I, covers fundamental principles such as color theory and facial anatomy. In addition, students will learn to highlight and contour, prep the skin, match foundation shades, color correct, false lash application, and more!

If you missed out on this start date, don’t panic—try for our Spring Session, starting April 2nd!

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

Workshops for ALL!

Monday, January 14th
Mini Monday Workshop- Spring Trends featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year

Join Make Up First® as we demo upcoming Spring trends, featuring Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral! This workshop will feature applications using different Spring-inspired products to create current looks. Open to the public—CE hours available!

Monday, January 28th
TEMPTU Certified Airbrush Bridal Workshop

This one-day, TEMPTU-certified workshop, covers the Business of Bridal and Airbrush Makeup application! In order to create the highly sought-after flawless face, students will learn about various airbrush foundations, blushes and contour shades. Equipment is provided for use during the one-day, six-hour session, and is also available for purchase.

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

Monday, February 11th
Mini Monday Workshop- Valentine’s Day Makeup

Join us just in time for Valentine’s Day as we demo several V-day and Boudoir-inspired applications. This workshop is perfect for those wishing to wow their special someone, or prep their client for a big night out!

Makeup by Jordan Liberty from our Portfolio Building with Jordan Liberty Workshop.

Jill On the Go!

Make Up First Jill Glaser

Make Up First owner, Jill Glaser, will be in Long Beach, California at the International Salon + Spa Expo on January 27th and 28th! Attendees can catch Jill on stage both days as a guest educator, talking about the essentials of the makeup kit and the differences between manual and airbrush bridal makeup. If you’re a SoCal resident, make sure to grab tickets now!

Justin Talaga
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!

Makeup Resolutions for 2019
Make Up First Makeup Resolutions 2019

1) Moisturize Every Day
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it takes a beating: it’s exposed to sun, chapped by wind, and dried out by makeup removers and cleansers. Moisturizing daily can go a long way, setting up a smooth, supple surface for daily makeup application, amongst many other great effects moisturizer has on your skin.

2) Expand Your Horizons
New Year, New You! Use that positive 2019 energy to invest in yourself. Take a makeup workshop and learn how to finally match your undertones correctly. Grab that bold lip color you’ve been scared to try. Switch to a liquid liner, or ditch your old foundation. If you keep your options open, you might find your new favorite product.

3 )Embrace the “No Makeup” Look
Dewy skin and the naturally flush face are here to stay. Master the secrets of the barefaced, “no makeup” look and walk out the door in under 15 minutes. Buying the right products means easier application, no second-guessing, and flawless natural-looking beauty.

4) Try Out a New Eye Look
You mastered your signature eye look, now it’s time to shake things up. Experiment with any number of awesome liner or shadow styles from the Spring 2019 Runways, including colorful gel liners, inner eye highlights, and bold, dramatic shadows. If you’re feeling truly courageous, try out a new brow shape using Senna’s foolproof From-a-Brow Stencil Set.

5) Organize!
So maybe your makeup collection is a mess, but it doesn’t have to be! Use the new year to get organized—from consolidating (or customizing) your palettes, to finding the travel bag that’s right for you. It’s also a good time to check all those expiration dates on your makeup and make sure you’re keeping your cosmetics clean and sanitized.

Justin Talaga
Make Up First Mailbag
Make Up First Mailbag with Jill Glaser

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Make Up First owner, Jill Glaser, is here to answer your mailbag questions this week on everything from skin prep to job opportunities. Check below to see if your question was chosen this week!

Question: What is a foolproof way to combat oily skin? I’ve tried everything in skincare, primer & foundation in the $40 range (pro and “regular brands”) and NOTHING works!

Jill: Battling oily skin isn’t easy and it takes a multi-faceted approach to stay on top of it. In terms of skincare, Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel is specially curated to re-balance oily skin with alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes. You can use Mehron’s TouchUp Anti-Shine gel to remove shine and oil instantly, and it comes in 3 different skin-tone shades. Bioderma’s Mat Control lotion works great for all-day against block pores and sebum regulation. If all else fails, turn to beautyblender’s Blotterazzi Pro or Palladio Rice Papers to absorb oil quickly on the spot.

Question: I'm thinking about moving to the south or west coast. What cities are good markets for bridal and commercial makeup?

Jill: There are brides everywhere - but there is probably less competition from other makeup artists in the South.  LA is crawling with MUAs. As for commercial, that is a very broad question. Films? Corporate shoots?  Atlanta/Nashville would be the only southern cities I would think have opportunities.  Both NYC and LA have a great number of commercial opportunities (as does the Chicago area).

Question: On mature clients, what is your opinion on eyeliner on the lower lash line? Also for mature clients, what is your opinion on matte vs. satin. vs. shimmer eye shadows? And what age is the mature client? If a 60 year old should not wear shimmer shadows, how do you decide for a 45 year old?

Jill: Mature skin is defined by the condition of the skin, not be the chronological age of the person.  Under eye liner usually closes up the eyes, but if the eyes are round, it may look good as a soft, blurred line.  Matte is great, except for those with deep skin tones—in that case, satin or even some shimmer may work.  Rule of thumb: anytime the product makes the skin look more wrinkled, avoid it.  Shimmer is usually pretty unflattering if the eyelid skin is loose.

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

Justin Talaga
Give the gift of education!

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Treat the makeup enthusiast in your life to something special. We have a variety of workshops to choose from for everyone in your family, ranging from beginner to advanced. Master the art of airbrushing with our Temptu-Certified Airbrush Bridal workshop, or bring the whole family along to our Mini Monday demonstration to see what’s trending in 2019.

Scroll down to find the perfect gift!

TEMPTU-Certified Airbrush Bridal workshop
December 17th, 2018

Make Up First Temptu 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! Students will learn how to assemble and use the airbrush and compressor, and will be taught various airbrushing techniques. Participants will be guided in the selection of various airbrush foundations, blushes and contour shades, in order to create a flawless airbrushed face. Equipment is available 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!

Exclusive Pro Shop discounts day of workshop for attendees!

Teen Camp Workshop
December 26th-28th, 2018

Make Up First School Teen Camp Workshop

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

Dec. 26th: Skin Prep, Color Theory, and Makeup Application

Dec. 27th: Advanced Beauty Makeup Application. Students will learn how to on trend eye looks, highlight + contour, among other beauty techniques.

Dec. 28th: Theatrical makeup class that will focus on Gore! Students will learn how to create wounds; cuts, bruises, and scars. Students will also have the option to create Glam + Gore looks.

All makeup and tools will be provided each day.

Mini Monday Workshop: Spring Trends—Featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019 “Living Coral”
January 14th, 2019

Make Up First Mini Monday Workshop Featuring Pantone's Color of the Year Living Coral

Our Mini Monday Workshops are open to the public, so everyone can join in! We’ll showcase Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019, “Living Coral”, and preview the hottest looks for the upcoming season.

This workshop will be help from 10am-12pm, and can be used as Continuing Education hours under the IL Barber Act!

Justin Talaga
Winterizing Your Makeup Routine

Prepping your skin for the cold, winter months can be challenging, but adapting your routine can make a world of difference. Switch it up! Change your skincare products and you’ll notice the difference in your skin and makeup application. Make Up First’s Rachael Heimbuch shared her favorite tips with Fox this week—read on to get the scoop and watch the full segment below!

Make Up First on Fox Winterizing Your Makeup Routine



-Avoid cleansers with harsh, drying ingredients and gritty scrubs that can over sensitize skin

**Recommendation: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. It dissolves away makeup, oil and dirt without drying the skin. Contains AHAS (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which gently exfoliate the skin.



-Swap lotions for creams

-Look for ultimate hydration ingredients: Ceramides (helps maintain and not breakdown skin barrier) Hyaluronic Acid (holds moisture in the skin)

-Add a hydrating serum before cream to give extra boost of moisture

-Press skincare products into the skin as opposed to rubbing in

-PRO TIP: Apply skincare in order from thinnest product to thickest for maximum absorption of products

 **Recommendation: Embryolisse Cicalisse, Embryolisse Anti-Age Firming Cream, Bioderma Hydrabio Serum



-Exposed skin (like your lips) requires daily hydration, especially during the winter. Don’t neglect these areas, including the eyes, that aren’t protected from the elements. Choose products for sensitive areas that are easy on the skin.

**Recommendation: Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre + Gloss (2 in 1!), Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Treatment, Bioderma Sensbio Eye, Smith’s Rosebud Salve 



-Sheet masks are a great way to combat weathered skin, but be sure to use for the recommended amount of time only (do not exceed!). When used for longer than directed they can dry out and have reverse effects of intended result.


**Recommendation: MustaeV Mood Masks, ToGoSpa Eye and Lip Masks




-Opt for a hydrating silicone-based primer. Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation Primer fills in fine lines, smooths skin texture, and extends foundation wear, creating a barrier on face that soothes skin and helps retain moisture. 

-Use cream foundations instead of powders, as creams typically hold more moisture.
Go with Cinema Secrets 5-in-1 Foudations or Mehron’s Celebre Foudations.

-Choose cream blushes over powders, such as FIRST by Maqpro Lip and Cheek Palette, which doubles for cheeks as well as lips!

-Favorite cream eye product: Stilazzi Borderline Gels.

-Give skin a glow with a cream or liquid highlighter: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (liquid or poured), Inglot AMC Face & Body Illuminizing Liquid.

-Give skin a hydrating spritz before and after application (or a mid day refresh), with Mario Badescu Aloe or Rosewater sprays, or Cinema Secrets Moisture Spray.

To see the whole segment, click below!

Justin Talaga
New Year, New Career

Make a resolution that sticks this year! Turn your passion into a career!

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!

Justin Talaga
Travel-Friendly Makeup Tips

Tis the season! With the holidays approaching, it’s important to be prepared to travel. Being away from home can seriously throw off your makeup routine, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled some travel-friendly makeup tips to make your holiday trip as seamless as possible!

Choose the Right Cosmetic Travel Bag
Have a plan. Are you going for 3 days or 10? Can you survive with a small travel bag, or is bigger a better choice? Are you the person who needs the big bag regardless? Whatever the circumstance, plastic is always a good choice. In the event something spills (or explodes), it makes for an easy clean up. Look for bags with pockets, flaps, or folds where you can keep your products organized, or go for a few individual organizers.

Keep It Simple
Don’t bring the one-time use seasonal glitters or bold lip colors. Grab your go-to products and the makeup you use every day/night. Opt for multi-purpose, simpler solutions, like Face Atelier’s Liquid Foundation, that doesn’t need a makeup primer. We love MaqPro’s Palette that can be used on both lips and cheeks.

No Liquids (But…)
Select as many non-liquid products as possible for a hassle-free trip through the security checkpoint. Choose pressed powders, pens and pencils, cream palettes, and compacts. Cleansing wipes make life easier on the go in place of any bottled cleansers. If you really need anything liquid, make sure to grab small, clear, and reusable containers which are eco-friendly and cut the cost of buying travel-size products each trip. Make sure to double-bag your liquids in case of an untimely spill.

Grab Products with a Purpose!
Find products that are multi-purpose, or eliminate the need to pack an extra item. The Makeup Mixer from MaqPro is the ultimate example, serving as a makeup remover, primer, moisturizer and product to sheer foundations or concealers! Pack easy-to-remove makeup, like Kevyn Aucoin’s Volumizing Mascara, that comes off with just water, allowing you to leave extra makeup removers at home. Look for lip or eye pencils that are self-sharpening and save yourself some room for other products.

Protect Your Items
Whether your makeup is in your carry on, or stuffed into a suitcase, chances are it’s gonna get tossed around. Make sure your makeup is wrapped up tight, so when your bag is dropped, smashed, or stuffed into a compartment your products stay in one piece. Small hand towels or t-shirts make great padding in or around your makeup bag. Pressed powders, like MaqPro’s HD Setting Powder, stay in place, even when your luggage does not.

Justin Talaga
Our 3 Day Black Friday Sale is Here!

Shop hundreds of Black Friday products up to 30% off, enter our giveaways, and MORE!


Deep discounts on tons of brands!

Get up to 30% off hundreds of products in our Black Friday Collection using the code "BLACKFRIDAY" at checkout:

  • FREE 8oz First Sanitizer with any purchase over $75

  • Every purchase made during the sale will be entered to win a FREE Eve Pearl Travel Case filled with over $300 in makeup from your favorite brands!

Visit the Pro Shop and start saving!


Sign up for any class or workshop from Nov. 21st-23rd and receive $25 in Pro Shop Credit!

Register for all 8 Certificate Courses during our Black Friday Sale and you'll be entered to win a FREE Zuca Pro Artist Bag valued at over $300!

Visit our Certificate Courses or Workshops pages to sign up!

Justin Talaga
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!

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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!