Make Up First How to Achieve Dewy, Glowing Skin

Good news (at least we think so)—natural, radiant skin is in! What exactly does that mean? In short, it means lit-from-within, glowy skin. The “no-makeup” look now takes us above and beyond. With minimal makeup, and the addition of only a few products, natural skin now looks fresh and radiant, but with an added inner glow. So ditch the harsh contours and shading, and focus on harnessing your inner, luminous beauty. Check out some of our favorite products below.

Danessa Myricks- Love & Light Beauty Oil

This fast-absorbing, lightweight illuminating oil is the perfect combination of hydration and radiance for a healthy all-over glow. You can use this highly-concentrated oil to hydrate the skin before applying your foundation, or mix it together for added luminosity.  Perfect for all skin types!

Danessa Myricks- Dew Wet Balm

Use this translucent, highlighting balm for an instant glassy-skin glow. Infused with Jojoba oil, this hydrating product works great over makeup as an instant filter to soften and diffuse, even if there is uneven skin texture or dry, cakey makeup.

BECCA- Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid

Achieve effortless dewy radiance with this lustrous liquid highlighter that perfects the skin with light-reflecting pearls for a dewy, natural-looking finish. This highlighter features a sophisticated prismatic effect that adjusts in any light to impart a soft focus, healthy-looking glow. Beyond highlighting, this is the perfect mixer to your favorite primer, foundation, or moisturizer for added luminescence.

Inglot Cosmetics- AMC Face and Body Illuminator

Shimmer up with this light, oil-free, liquid illuminator that contains pearlescent molecules. Shines and illuminates wherever you apply it, giving unmatched definition and shimmer to the contours of your face and body.

Melanie Mills Hollywood- Get it Girl Gleam on the Go Radiance Collection

The ultimate in radiant body beauty! This six pack set features a variety of colors that work great alone or mixed together to make the perfect shade. Create a buildable highlight or a sun-kissed tint that can also be mixed with a liquid foundation. Each shade provides that extra glow, and are transfer resistant and non-streaking!

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Bridal en Español at Make Up First!
Paloma Guerard

Don’t miss international makeup artist, Paloma Guerard, on April 29th as she teaches Bridal en Español!

Learn to perfect your bridal makeup as Paloma demonstrates how to create both the natural, enhanced bridal look, as well as an elegant evening bridal look.

Participants will also learn what products are a must-have for keeping the bride’s makeup intact throughout the day, as well as the best applications and products for HD photography.

En este curso aprenderás a perfeccionar tu maquillaje de novia. Se te enseñara un look de día y cómo convertirlo a un maquillaje de noche glamurosos. 

Domina la técnica y aprende cuáles productos son un must en tu kit y te garanticen que la novia esté intacta durante todo el día o noche. También te dará los tips para llegar al siguiente nivel como maquillista y lograr que el maquillaje se vea perfecto tanto en persona como en cámara de alta definición.

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Danessa Myricks now at the Make Up First Pro Shop!

Danessa Myricks beauty is an artisanal brand developed with the notion that makeup is art and that the world of beauty should be inclusive of every woman. Every formula is designed to be multifunctional in its use and work on a broad range of skin tones. Danessa Myricks Beauty gives both artists and consumers the ability to easily customize and freely create while exploring an inclusive world of beauty without boundaries.

Colorfix 24 Hour Cream Color—Metallics, Mattes, and Glazes

ColorFix Cream is a hybrid cream color and extreme long wearing paint that can be safely used on lips, eyes or face. It’s extraordinary silicone/polymer base can be mixed to create custom colors, transparencies or bold saturations. Optimized for a masterful color explosion. Ideal alone or as a base for powder products. ColorFix has tremendous endurance to withstand high temperatures head on and sustainable under water.

ColorFix Glaze is a transparent hybrid cream color glaze to create an editorial glossy effect on the eyes and lips.

Vision Cream Cover Palette Kit—Neutral and Warm

The Vision Cream Cover Pro Palette is a 10 shade foundation/concealer kit that comes with it’s own 10+1 Flexi-Palette. This versatile collection allows you to match or blend to any skin tone to create a smooth and flawless application on anyone.

Light Work Palette

The Light Work six piece, multi-tonal palette is designed to lift, shape, and highlight while adding  soft subtle dimension to the face. This weightless, soft, creamy, powder formula is infused with micro light refracting pearls that amplify your natural radiance while offering a sophisticated “lit from within” glow. Perfect for all skin types and skin tones!

Shop the entire Danessa Myricks collection below!

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Deadline Approaching for March Workshops!

We’ve got something for everyone this month. Take advantage of the warming weather and join us for our upcoming workshops!

TEMPTU Certified Airbrush Bridal
March 18, 2019 10am-4pm

This workshop is the perfect primer for the upcoming bridal season. Students will not only learn the business of bridal, but also various airbrushing techniques using the latest products from TEMPTU. All participants will receive a certificate upon completion verifying their participation in this TEMPTU-Certified workshop!

Intensive Hairstyling for Makeup Artists
March 20-22, 2019 10am-2pm

In this 3-day intensive hairstyling workshop, instructors will focus on the use of multiple hairstyling tools, braiding, backcombing, up-do’s, down do’s and the art of pin curling. This workshop is perfect for both makeup artists and enthusiasts looking to expand their skillset!

Teen Camp
March 20-21, 2019 12pm-3pm

These single-session workshops, geared towards students ages 13-17, will cover both beauty and theatrical makeup over the course of two days. Students have the option of choosing one or both days.

Skin Prep, Color Theory, and Beauty Makeup Application.
Students will learn how to Highlight + Contour, as well as other beauty techniques!
All makeup and tools will be provided. 

Theatrical makeup including cuts, scars, and bruises,
Students will learn various theatrical applications, ranging from Sugar Skulls to Pop Art Zombies.
All makeup and tools will be provided.

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Is Failure to Prime a Crime?

Even among makeup enthusiasts, primers remain a topic of debate and mystery. Do you need to prime, and if so, what type of primer should you use? Between mattifiers, luminating primers, and hydrators, the entire process can be overwhelming—so we’ve come up with a short guide to help sort things out.

What are Primers?
Primers are a prep product that goes on after your skin care products but before your foundation, concealer, or tinted moisturizer. The primer will smooth lines and wrinkles while blurring imperfections for an even, flawless makeup application. In addition, since a primer is a layer between the skin (and its natural oils) and the foundation, the primer increases the longevity of the foundation application.

Do I need a Primer?

Unless you or your client has perfect skin, the application of a primer before the foundation is recommended. With the aid of a primer, your makeup applications are easier, smoother, cleaner, and last far longer. Primers can remove fine lines, fill in uneven skin, and even refine pores. There’s a primer out there for almost any skin type.

Okay, so what kind of Primer do I need?

It really depends on the individual. It’s important to assess the type of skin are you priming, and also what base of foundation that will be applied over the primer. Certain primers can serve as color correctors that can be used prior to your base or foundation. Other primers utilize hyaluronic acid to increase hydration, or have a built-in sunscreen to protect you outdoors. 

For areas with red surface tones, use a perfect green primer for color correction. Mauve or light purple will counteract sallow undertones and pink will brighten the skin.

For the application of a cream makeup that contains some silicone, to provide more slip, we recommend a silicone-based primer.

For those with dry skin, there are primers that offer additional hydration.

For those with oily skin, we first recommend a mattifing agent, and then a primer that will control oil while keeping skin mattified and pores minimized.

What are your favorite primers?  Email us at and join in on the conversation!



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Carl Ray in the house june 10th!

Renowned celebrity makeup artist, Carl Ray, joins Make Up First to demonstrate his unique artistic approach to enhancing natural beauty.

Carl has been in the beauty industry for over 18 years, and since 2009, has served as the official makeup artist for former First Lady Michelle Obama. His experience includes a long roster of notable clientele, including Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kerri Washington, Gabriel Union, Julia Child, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Morgan Freeman, Lin - Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, former President Bill Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.

From 10am to 2pm Carl will demonstrate his method for enhancing natural beauty and bringing out the best of your client’s individual style.

From 2pm to 4pm attendees will create full-face applications with guidance from Carl Ray.

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

Carl's work has appeared on and in the magazine covers & pages of: Vogue, Glamour, Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Essence, Harper Bazzar, More, Ladies' Home Journal, Variety, Seventeen, Red Book, People, and Time. Carl has a thriving bridal business and has been voted “top make-up artist” by Washingtonian magazine since the inception of his career in Washington, DC in 1999.

The artistic style of Carl Ray’s Way is rooted in enhancing a woman’s natural beauty. Carl enjoys getting to know each individual woman so he can bring out her own personality. Carl prides himself on complimenting individual beauty, and his range of techniques allows him to deliver a natural glam, polished, clean, fresh, and beautiful look.

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ToGoSpa- Rose Gold Lips

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

Stilazzi- Lip Vinyl

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

Stilazzi- Lip Finish

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

Choose one, two or all three of these products!

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Our New Session Starts April 2nd!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming Spring Session starting on April 2nd! Our program begins with Basic Makeup I, which covers fundamental principles such as color theory, facial anatomy, and sanitation. In addition, students will learn crucial skills like highlight and contour, foundation matching, skin prep, shaping brows, false lash application and more!

To learn about our eight course Certification Program, click here.

Make Up First® is the premier makeup artistry training program in the entire Midwest. Our program, approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, offers in-depth makeup artistry training with extensive hands-on studio time using pro cosmetics and taught by the finest instructors. By offering professional instruction in all areas of makeup artistry, we prepare our students to be able to accept work in all avenues of the industry, including editorial, bridal, theatrical, media, clinical and more. Start your dream career today!

To schedule a tour, click here and choose the date and time that’s right for you!

Check out what a normal day looks like at Make Up First on our Instagram below!

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Survival Tips: Makeup for Working Out

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



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



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

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

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

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New Product Spotlight: Quick Fixes for Beauty and Style Emergencies

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

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

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

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

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Make Up First Mailbag

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Justin Talaga
Just Announced: New Workshops & Advanced Courses

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

March 20-21, 2019

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

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

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

March 20-22, 2019

In this 3-day intensive hairstyling workshop, instructors will focus on the use of multiple hairstyling tools, braiding, backcombing, up-do’s, down do’s and the art of pin curling. This is the perfect workshop for makeup artists looking to expand their skillset. All tools will be provided.

June 10-13, 2019
advanced theatrical

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

June 10-13, 2019

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

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Kit Cleanup Fridays

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

Make Up First Student Kit

Kit Cleanup Fridays are dedicated to helping you clean out and update your current makeup kit. During each one-hour session, our staff will help you sort through your items, declutter, and check expiration dates for all the makeup in your kit—free of charge!

While you’re here, browse the Pro Shop, or use the Z-Potter to de-pot and organize your makeup (free to use with the purchase of a Z Palette). We’re also here to recommend products for any job, event, or look, and answer any questions you have.

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

Check out our other organization products here!

Watch the tutorial on de-potting your makeup below!

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Winter Lip Care

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

Make Up First Lip Care


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


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


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


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


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

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How to Choose Your Shade Using Gleam Body Radiance from Melanie Mills Hollywood

Melanie Mills Hollywood has long been a staple of the Make Up First® Pro Shop, but you might know the brand most recently from the photo below. This stunning photo of Kourtney Kardashian features Gleam Body Radiance used to perfection, highlighting the skin’s natural glow while blurring small imperfections. Used as a moisturizer, shimmer, highlighter, and bronzer, the Gleam product line shines as the ultimate all-in-one must-have.
Find out how to choose the perfect shade for your skin tone below!

How do I find the best shade of Gleam Body Radiance for my skin?

Choosing a shade of Gleam Body Radiance is easy, remember each shade will melt into any skin tone. You choose your desired finish. Are you looking to highlight or get a sun basked glow?

Choose a shade close to your natural skin tone to enhance and perfect skin, blur skin imperfections, and achieve a subtle glow.

For example, fair to medium skin may want to choose Rose Gold or Peach Deluxe for a kiss of color, medium to deep skin tones could select either Bronze Gold or Deep Gold to even skin or add a touch of color. To deepen your color for a sun-basked look, choose a darker shade --and voila!--instant color. To illuminate or highlight, choose a shade lighter like Opalescence.

If you are looking to really sparkle the night away, Disco Gold is your shade. . 

You can also use more than one shade, one for face to prime or mix with foundation and one for the body. Be creative and mix a few shades together to create your own glow!

How much Gleam Body Radiance should I use?

The more Gleam Body Radiance you use, the more color and coverage you will get!

Melanie suggests to use a generous quarter-size for each leg, half as much for each arm, and another half a quarter-sized amount for the chest.

Melanie blends a dime-sized drop over her entire face, followed by foundation on top.

Gleam is highly pigmented, but blends flawlessly, so you can be bold and play! Unleash your inner Gleam goddess!

Can I mix Gleam Body Radiance with lotion?

Yes, but for maximum transfer resistance, we suggest using Gleam Body Radiance alone on clean, dry skin. Gleam Body Radiance is an excellent moisturizer and will sufficiently hydrate skin all by itself.

Will Gleam Body Radiance get everywhere?

No, Gleam Body Radiance is transfer resistant and stays put until you wash it off with warm water and a mild soap. We do suggest that you use reasonable care when applying Gleam Body Radiance. It is a pigmented, radiant makeup and some strategy may be required for formal evening wear. On hot days in a car with leather seats, lay a towel down. It is best to slip into tight dresses and undergarments first, before you apply Gleam Body Radiance. Once the product is set, it has amazing long-wearing life and a casual brush against clothing or fabric should not be an issue. You can dance the night away and your legs, décolleté and arms will keep a gorgeous glow all evening!

Looking for an extra lock? Apply the Gleam Body Radiance let set then lightly mist the Gleam Body Sealing Spray on top.  

Does Gleam Body Radiance stain?

Definitely not! If, for any reason, it does transfer, when used alone Gleam Body Radiance comes out easily with a little soap and water; even the darker shades of Gleam Body Radiance will wash out.

Is Gleam Body Radiance waterproof? 

Gleam is designed to be transfer-resistant, but it is not waterproof.

Does Gleam Body Radiance streak?

No, Gleam Body Radiance blends beautifully into your skin for smooth, seamless coverage! If you see a streak, simply blend the product a touch more.

Can I use with a self tanner with Gleam Body Radiance?

Gleam is a great complement to self-tanning! If you plan to wear Gleam Body Radiance after self-tanning or basking in the sun, select the shade closest to your tanned skin for an optimal bronzed effect—or apply an even darker shade to enrich and deepen your tan. Gleam Body Radiance also helps to smooth out any rough patches of self-tanner around the edges of the feet, elbows, knees or anywhere the self-tanner has an uneven look. Melanie suggests letting the self-tan develop, shower and then use Gleam Body Radiance as a daily finisher.

Is this a self tanner? 

No.  Gleam Body Radiance is a makeup, moisturizer and skin perfecter all in one. 

Is Gleam Body Radiance safe for sunning? 

There is no SPF protection in the Gleam Body Radiance products. For sun protection, we suggest lightly misting an oil-free sunscreen after Gleam has set. On the face, you can mix Gleam Body Radiance with some sunscreen lotion or makeup.


What does Gleam Body Radiance do to my skin? 

Gleam is a makeup and moisturizer that enhances skin tone and gives it a healthy radiance. This product was originally formulated for the body, but the ingredients make it a safe, instant beautifier for the face as well. Gleam contains Kalparian, which is a wrinkle filler, and brown seaweed extract, which works to tighten skin.  Gleam is made with a high quality crushed pearl (mineral) it helps to diffuse cellulite and to blur imperfections like varicose veins, stretch marks and skin discolorations. Often described as “liquid pantyhose”, Gleam gives you sexy natural skin in an instant.

What does the Gleam smell like?

Gleam Body Radiance is lightly scented with a hint of vanilla orchid essence. 

Can I use Gleam Body Radiance on my face?

Absolutely! Gleam Body Radiance is the perfect way to prime and perfect the skin, to mix with your favorite foundation or to use as a highlighter on cheekbones, the cupid’s bow and along the brow bone.

Is Gleam good for my skin?

Yes! Gleam Body Radiance is paraben- and sulfate-free and benefits skin with a cornucopia of botanical ingredients. Gleam Body Radiance is also cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free.

Want to be #Gleamalicious? Shop the Melanie Mills Hollywood collection below!

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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!

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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!