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The tutors here at QC Design School are all design professionals currently working within the industry. They have years of experience and specialized knowledge and they use this to guide our students through their courses. Who better, then, to ask for tips on student success and improvement? We spoke to QC tutor and professional interior designer and decorator Tracy Campbell about which habits she sees her top students practicing and what she recommends for students who wish to improve their work.

Think outside the box

What are some habits of successful students?

My most successful students:

    • Think outside-the-box. When presented with a problem, they come up with more than one solution.
    • Follow course instructions to a tee.
    • Submit detailed, typed notes.
    • Submit professional assignments.
  • What are some things that students can do to improve their feedback and become top students?

    Every student can be a top student if they apply themselves. I would encourage all students to:

    • Not only read, but also study and then apply what they’ve learned.
    • Don’t rush to complete the course. Instead, relax and enjoy the journey.
    • I repeat…follow course instructions to a tee. It’s the key to their success.
    • If students need clarification on any part of their unit, contact the school before they submit an assignment. We want students to succeed!
    • Submit one unit at a time. Each unit builds on the previous unit.
    • Submit typed notes.
    • Submit professional work.
  • What kind of attitudes do you find your most successful students have?

    The kind of attitude that makes for a successful student is one who:

    • Doesn’t make excuses as to why part of the unit may be missing.
    • Provides more content than what is required.
    • Submits detailed work.
    • Submits professional work.
  • Be professional

    Are there any specific bad habits that students who want to be successful should avoid?

    In order to succeed, students should follow these simple instructions:

    • Ensure submission folders are free of coffee and/or food stains.
    • Follow instructions to a tee. If asked to include the wall thickness of a room, then add the wall thickness. If asked to include a floor plan of a living room without furniture, don’t include a bedroom with furniture.
    • Double check to ensure their work is complete before submitting an assignment.
    • Submit typed notes with no spelling or grammatical errors. Never rely on spell check alone.
    • Use a ruler to draw all lines.
    • Use scissors to cut out magazine samples.
    • Use pinking shears to cut out fabric samples.
    • Place scotch tape under furniture templates and magazines samples.
    • Use a pencil and/or a black artist marker to draw floor plans.
    • Never use a ballpoint pen.
    • Center floor plans on the page.
    • Ensure templates are neatly affixed to floor plans.
    • When asked to paint, stay within the lines.
    • Don’t make excuses like “I can’t draw”. Instead, say, “I can draw”.
  • I CAN draw

    Getting Practical: Quick tips for drawing windows!

    Here’s an example of “how-to-draw” a square-shaped window with four glass panes:

    • Draw a square (with a ruler).
    • Draw another square around the first square that is a quarter-inch larger.
    • To create a mitered corner, draw a line from the outer left corner to the top of the inner left corner.
    • Draw three additional mitered corners.
    • Divide the inner square into four equal parts and draw a vertical line down the center.
    • Draw a horizontal line in the center of the window pane.
    • Violà—students can now draw a window!
  • A note from Tracy!

    Go the Extra Mile

    Go the extra mile. If you are asked to suggest storage solutions, take it one step further and search online for a visual, and then include the link. Most clients cannot visualize an idea unless they see an example. Here’s a wonderful closet organizing solution.

    So students, before you ‘erect the walls’ (submit each unit), read, study, and then submit only your best work. This will ensure you’re creating a solid foundation that will carry you into the exciting field of Interior Design and Decorating.

    Happy Studying,

    Tracy Campbell, IDDP, ISRP, AIOP, PCCTM

    Apply these habits!

    Following tips and tricks like the ones recommended by Tracy will help set you firmly on the path to success! Remember, there is always room for improvement and there is no shame in seeking help when you need it. Students who remain open to feedback and really apply the advice of their tutors are students who will really experience the rewards of their hard work!

    If you’d like to learn more about good study and work habits for new and learning design professionals, check out the courses here are QC Design School!

    August 8, 2014 9:29 am

    Event Planner Alexandra Slawek

    In this article we get personal with Alexandra Slawek, one of QC Event School’s new tutors. She opens up about her career, her inspiration, and her recipe for success.

    What made you decide to pursue a career as an event planner?alexandra-slawek

    I’ve always had an interest in planning and organizing events. The first time I officially organized an event was when I was attending university, and I found I really enjoyed it. When my children had grown up, I found that I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I got a job at the Wedding Pavilion, a one-stop shop wedding venue here in Calgary, as an event manager. I think that’s when I truly fell in love with working with brides and grooms and the whole wedding ambiance. I decided to become certified through QC Event School so I could be more knowledgeable in the field. A year later, I opened my own business!

    Tell us about the early years. How did you get your name out there, find clients and hone your craft?

    When you’re first starting out, you have to do a lot of trial and error experimenting in terms of what works and what doesn’t for your business. The first way I reached out with my business was hosting a booth at The Bridal Expo. It happens every September in Calgary. I also placed ads in local community magazines and in the Calgary Bridal Guide. I didn’t have a lot of success with these initial endeavors, so I started networking with other wedding industry vendors. That proved much more successful. I also attended many workshops and conferences to get better ideas on running my business. My website has attracted a number of clients, so making sure it is top-notch is very important. Finally, I became a member of the Calgary Bride Association, which has helped me get my name out there and connect with other wonderful wedding planners.

    What was your “big break”?

    I think my “break” happened when I befriended another wedding planner. She was incredibly supportive and hired me on several occasions to work her events. I got lots of exposure and experience that way. Last year, I took part in a wedding show, “A Spoonful of Vintage”, put on by a team of vendors that specialize in vintage décor, dresses and photography. I designed a Downton Abbey table and that particular piece put me “on the map”, so to speak.

    Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    I am often inspired by my brides and their creative imaginations. I spend time on Pinterest and other social media sites watching for new trends.  I also network with other wedding planners to share ideas and collaborate.

    If you had to do it all over again, would you? Any past career decisions you would change?

    Yes, I would absolutely do it all over again! I really love it. The only thing I would change is the way I went about advertising at first. I’d put a lot more time into conducting research to determine what kind of advertising works for my target market. That way, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time or money on something that proved to be ineffective. It was an expensive learning experience, to say the least.

    Alex Tutor 1

    What are some “golden rules” you believe every single event planner should follow?

    Here is a list of personal rules I follow:

    1. Always answer emails within 24-48 hours
    2. Return phone calls and texts ASAP
    3. Stand by your word. If I say I will do something for someone, I always do.
    4. Listen more to what other vendors have to say rather than talk about your own experiences. You can learn much more by listening!
    5. Maintain a solid reputation through integrity and honesty in business. I have found that having a good reputation is the key to other vendors promoting me.

    Do you have any final words of wisdom for QC’s students?

    To QC students: be passionate about your work! Clients love to work with people who are enthusiastic about their work and learn to trust in their passion. Be honest and have integrity in your work, and always be kind and respectful to other industry vendors.

    Best of luck in your studies at QC!

    Alex is a tutor in QC’s Event and Wedding Planning and Event Decor courses. For more information on these courses, head over to QC Event School.

    February 11, 2014 8:27 am

    Watch the Video: 1 LBD 3 Ways

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    January 20, 2014 12:00 am

    Do-It-Yourself Makeup Repair

    Part 1: Repairing Broken Shadows with Everyday Ingredients

    Here's what you'll need to repair broken shadow

    We’ve all been there. Either you’ve hit the pan on your shadow and it’s lost its form and crumbled, or you’ve dropped your shadow and it’s smashed into a million pieces. The worst. But there is a solution! There are a few different ways to fix broken powders, but here is what I do…

    What you’ll need:

    Spray bottle

    Step 1
    – First off, gather up all your broken powder pieces and loosely put them back into the pan.

    Step 2 – Next, spray the loose pieces of powder with alcohol. Make sure your product is pretty wet.

    Step 3 – Mold the shadow pieces together using the Q-tip.

    Step 4 – Then, take your spoon and smooth and press the product back into perfect form.

    How to repair broken shadow

    And ta-dah! Your product is saved. Personally, I suggest waiting at least 48 hours to use the product so it really has time to set back into place. Now, onto Part 2!

    Part 2: How to De-Pot Shadows

    As makeup artists (and makeup junkies), we tend to have tons of different shadows and palettes. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to remove products from containers in order to move them into a magnetic palette. A quick trick to remove a pan shadow from a container is to let your hair straightener heat up, then place your shadow onto the straightener for about 30 seconds…

    How to remove a shadow from its pot

    Once it has had time to heat up but not long enough to melt the packaging, lift the pan from the container with a butter knife.

    Now you have your pan shadow out and you can pop it into any magnetic palette or the brands corresponding palette. I like to do this because I have a few MAC palettes but I tend to receive individual MAC shadows as gifts from people. So instead of carrying around a million little shadows, I like to amalgamate them into my palette.

    Hope this was helpful to you guys. I know these tricks on makeup repair are life savers for me!


    Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
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    Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


    January 9, 2014 3:00 pm

    Makeup Tips: One Product, 3 Uses

    Today’s topic is three-in-one products. Gotta love ‘em! They’re not only a time saver, but also a money saver. There are tons of products out there but today I’m going to talk about one of my faves, as well as other options that may already be in your makeup kit.

    I’m a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics – have been for years now. As a retired Sephora Cast member I not only worked with and sold Benefit cosmetics but I was a long time fan well before I worked at Sephora. So being quite familiar with the brand, I hope this post will be extra informative!

    Use a tint for a multi-purpose product

    Tints are a great three-in-one product – they can be used on lips, cheeks and lids. Benefit has a bunch of color options as well which is great: Benetint (rose hue), Cha Cha Tint (coral hue), Lolli Tint (candy hue), and Posie Tint (poppy hue). Although Benefit does not advertise their tints as being used on the lids, they can be – you just want to use a specific technique. You want to dab the product onto the back of your hand and then pick up the product from there with a brush or your fingertip. If you have uber-sensitive skin I may avoid using these more liquidy tints on the lids – opt for a more creamy texture instead.

    Personally, I prefer using tints, stains, and creams with my fingertips. With a liquid or cream product, they tend to blend better when heated up by skin on skin friction. You may find that if the product is not warmed by the skin and applied with a brush, it might be more difficult to blend. Sometimes people suggest applying three dots along the cheek and blending out. I don’t recommend that application technique – if you don’t work quickly enough or if the product is a very strong stain, you may be left with three unsightly dots. I suggest applying a dollop of the product on the back of your hand or petri dish first and picking up the product from there via your fingertips.

    Below I am going to use Benetint. I suggest completing all your makeup except the lid, cheek, and lip if you wish to follow along. That’s what I’ve done below. Feel free to use anything you have on hand, a cream blush will work and so will most lipsticks!

    *Quick Tip* If you are applying your cheek tint over your foundation/concealer, be sure to use gentle tapping motions as not to disturb the product below. Also as a rule of thumb, you want to apply all your creams/liquids first and then finish with powders.

    Here goes…

    A 3-in-1 makeup look by Brittany Hall

    Step 1 – Start with the rest of your makeup complete (foundation, concealer, contouring, brows and highlighting). Apply cheek stain with the tips of your fingers, gently patting into the skin. What’s nice about this stain is its buildable (as most are), so you can continue to build to your desired color.

    Step 2 – Dab the stain gently onto the lid.

    Step 3 – Apply a neutral brown shadow into the crease.

    Step 4 – Apply a highlight into the tear duct.

    Step 5 – Dab the stain onto your lip, building to your desired shade of pink.

    Step 6 – Apply a lip liner to add some definition to the look.

    Step 7 – Apply a gloss to finish off the look!

    Apply your mascara, lashes, and liner and there you have it! One product, three uses and a super quick and easily achieved look. These types of products are perfect for on the go, busy women. They’re also great for a makeup artist’s kit as there are a variety of uses! A closer look at this pretty pink look…

    A pretty pink 3-in-1 makeup look by Brittany Hall

    Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
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    Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.

    January 2, 2014 8:01 am

    The Truth about Acne, Part II

    With a better idea as to how to outsmart our genes, we can move on to the trickier cause of acne — life. Stress and personal care products can, and will, cause acne flare-ups. In other words, unless you intend to live your life in your apartment avoiding all human contact and never allowing anything to come in contact with your skin, you are likely to encounter acne triggers on a daily basis.

    When it comes to triggers, stress is the nastiest offender. We live in a dog-eat-dog world and chronic stress is as normal a part of our daily lives as breathing. Like a chain of dominos, it sends our adrenal glands into super-drive, boosting our sebum production and setting the stage for that uninvited guest, acne. I wish I could suggest a surefire way to prevent stress, but the truth is – it’s impossible. Something will always cause worry or anxiety in our lives and instead of pretending they aren’t there, its better to face our stressors head on.

    The best defense against a stress trigger is a healthy lifestyle. If you think I am about to launch into a diatribe about cutting out all the junk, you’re wrong. I would never ask that you eat only healthy food, because that demand would set you up for failure. You can indulge yourself in this extra large, double cheese world, just as long as the good you consume surpasses the bad. It’s easier than you might think to add a vegetable. If you want that burger, have it with a salad instead of fries. Put frozen banana and Greek yogurt puree over your brownie instead of ice cream. The added dose of vitamins and antioxidants will send a pulse of nutrition directly throughout your body and that alone will do a great deal to keep the acne away. Another quick way to head off the stress monster is mind-body synchronization. As cliché as it sounds, deep breathing, yoga, or even a short jog in the park do will wonders not only for your skin, but also for your overall well-being. And, if it hasn’t already been made it crystal clear, the two are intimately connected.

    As if genes and lifestyle aren’t enough, the products you choose to use on your skin may be the biggest offenders of all. Some of the most common “healthy” products are actually loaded with ingredients that cause or exacerbate acne. Here are some of the monsters to look out for. Lanolin is a common moisturizing agent, but being a fatty oil derived from sheep’s wool, it quickly coats the skin and blocks the pores. Artificial fragrance and dyes are the most frequently overlooked culprits. Found last on the ingredient list, these little devils ravage the face causing irritation and sensitivity. The end result is a swift boost in the production of protective sebum and you know where that leads.

    Insider tip: artificial fragrance and color in skin care products will bring you no benefit. If acne and oily skin are your primary concern, you want to look for products that contain salicylic acid. This power player works fast to reduce swelling and redness, de-clog pores and minimize breakouts. In terms of multi-purpose, that single ingredient takes the cake. There is also a belief that people with oily skin do not need to moisturize and that could not be further from the truth. Water and oil are two completely different things and a balance of both is necessary for optimal skin health.

    When it comes to acne, there is rarely a single cause. To successfully treat, clear and prevent breakouts, the cascade of events leading to their development must be controlled. A healthy lifestyle, regular facials and great home-care routine are the only way to keep the spots at bay.

    These are just a few basics about the monster we call acne. The better you understand it, the more valuable you will be to your clients.


    nathan johnsonWritten by Nathan Johnson

    Nathan Johnson is a film, television, celebrity, and real women’s makeup artist with 18 years experience in the industry. Nathan believes in education and empowerment – his personal mission is to make America more beautiful one woman at a time. He brings product reviews, makeup tips, and personal experience to the QC blog.


    December 26, 2013 8:41 am

    The Truth about Acne, Part I

    As a makeup artist, you will be required to hide breakouts. But you will also be looked to as a skin expert. It is one thing to be able to hide them, but if you can give your clients the information they need to prevent them you can become more than a makeup artist. You can become an invaluable resource.

    There comes a moment in almost every person’s life when they wake up to find that acne has taken up residence on their face. It is a dreaded condition that almost all people have experienced to some degree at some point in their lives. One of the greatest misconceptions about this self-esteem destroying disorder is that it only affects adolescents and teenagers. Unfortunately, the increasing number of twenty-somethings who suffer from breakouts, oily skin and other such skin conditions debunk that myth.

    Acne has many causes but the most common are genetics, stress and personal care products. The predisposition and behavior of our skin happens on a molecular level and, truth be told, it is something we have little to no control over. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take preventative counter measures to ensure those breakouts never see the light of day.

    The most common genetic disorder that causes acne is called retention hyperkeratosis. It is a terribly ugly phrase that simply means you are producing more skin cells than you can shed. When these excess cells combine with the sebum you naturally produce, a pore blocking cement is formed. This cement settles into the pores depriving the follicles of oxygen and creating the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria. As the bacteria thrive, they invite along a few of their best pals–swelling, redness and inflammation. When left untreated, this perfect storm is an express pass to a face covered with pimples. Exfoliation is the only true way to outsmart retention hyperkeratosis. It’s plain logic – if you regularly slough off the excess skin there will be nothing left to mix with the sebum and plug the pores.

    A second major genetic factor is an overactive pilosebaceous unit. In simpler terms, this means that the oil glands within the follicles are producing sebum at an above average rate. Most people think that harsh cleaning or over exfoliating will solve this, but it actually does the complete opposite. Skin that has been stripped will want to protect itself and the only way it can do this is by producing excess oil. It’s a total catch-22, and over-cleansing is definitely not an option. The key to calming oil production comes down to the ingredients in your products. Key players to look for are zinc salt and willow bark. These two powerhouses will help to regulate sebum production giving you the glowy, non-oily skin you have longed for.

    Stay tuned! I’ll be going over more causes of acne, and how to overcome them.

    nathan johnsonWritten by Nathan Johnson

    Nathan Johnson is a film, television, celebrity, and real women’s makeup artist with 18 years experience in the industry. Nathan believes in education and empowerment – his personal mission is to make America more beautiful one woman at a time. He brings product reviews, makeup tips, and personal experience to the QC blog.

    December 12, 2013 8:46 am

    Cranberry Glitter Makeup Tutorial

    Hey Guys!

    So as most of you probably know, QC is running an awesome contest. Check the details out here! You need to create a look using glitter. I’ve created another look to inspire you to get creative with glitter. If you’d like to check out a previous glitter inspired post by me, click here.

    This time around I used the beautiful model Marie. I also decided to incorporate more than just the eye in my step by step instructions so I can show you how we achieved her complexion as well. For a glitter look or any type of bolder eye look, I find it’s easier to start with the eyes. That way you can just wipe clean any fallout from the glitter or dark shadows with a makeup wipe. Here is a look at the shadows used to create this eye look:

    The products I used for my second glitter look

    I used:

    1. A matte black shadow
    2. A cranberry shadow
    3. A brow highlight
    4. A glitter (this look can be done with any type of glitter you have in your kit!)

    Step by step for a holiday glitter look

    Step 1 – Start with a clean, primed eyelid

    Step 2 – Since this is very fine milled glitter, I did not need to use glitter glue. The primer was enough to hold the glitter. Apply the glitter to the high point of the eye, just in the center of the lid. The glitter I used is limited edition from Make Up For Ever, but check out their glitters and diamond powders. They are amazing! This one has a reddish undertone with a blue/green glitter. It reminds me of mermaid skin!

    Step 3 – Take a cranberry shadow (MAC has a great one called “cranberry”), and blend it into the outer crease

    Step 4 – Take that same cranberry hue and blend it up around the top of the glitter into the crease and down into the inner corner of the eye

    Step 5 – Deepen the outer corner of the crease with a matte black shadow

    Step 6 – Clean up any fallout and sharpen up the edge of the shadow using a makeup wipe

    Step 7 – Apply a brow highlight and a tear duct highlight

    Step 8 – Apply liquid liner and mascara

    Step 9 – Apply a nice, full set of false lashes!

    Next up: Complexion

    Prime the face and apply medium to full coverage foundation. In Marie’s case, I wanted to do some color correction as there is a bit of redness in the skin. I used a color correcting primer and I used a slightly yellow foundation to counteract the pinkness in her skin.

    Creating a clean face with color correction

    Next up, I applied an under-eye concealer to brighten up the look. I chose to keep the under-eye clean of any shadow or liner, so I brought the concealer right up along the lash line. This will give us a very clean look. Then I contoured her face using a liquid foundation in a dark color. I applied this contour along her hairline, under her cheek bone, and under her jaw line.

    Adding some contour to the face

    Then, I softened the liquid contour using a fluffy brush. With that same brush (as shown in first picture below), I applied a matte bronzer to set the liquid contour, blending into the center of the face to soften any edges. Next, I applied a blush along her jaw bone right on top of the contour.

    Blend out your contour

    Lastly, I set the whole look using a translucent powder and applied a powder highlight along the tops of her cheekbones (right above the blush), and down the center of her nose. Pop on some lipstick and away you go! I chose to stick with a super neutral lip as the eyes are the focus in this look.

    Set the look with a powder highlight

    Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial! The best of luck to those who are entering the All That Glitter’s contest! Not only is this an inspiration for that contest but it’s also a great look for holiday parties or any night out! Here is a look at the finished product…

    A fabulous glitter look for the holidays

    Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
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    Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.

    November 5, 2013 8:53 am

    5 Pro Makeup Tips from a Celebrity MUA

    With over two decades in the beauty business under my belt, I have stumbled upon hundreds of little secrets. Some of them make my job easier, some correct mistakes, and some are just plain fun! Today, I want to share a handful of my favorites with you.

    Read some of Nathan's pro tips

    1. Softening harsh lines and too much color

    If you have ever put on too much blush or gone a bit heavy on your brow powder, eyeliner, or eye shadow, you know the woes of having to wipe it off and start the makeup fresh. The good news is that you don’t have to take off all the makeup anymore! There is an easier alternative that can save the day. Translucent powder and cotton swabs are two must-have products. If you go a bit heavy on the eyeliner or the brow color, a touch of translucent on the swab will blend it down until it is the perfect depth. For bigger areas like the cheek or eyelid, use the power on a brush or your fingertip.

    2. Lower lash definition

    Most people tend to avoid mascara on the lower lashes out of fear of the raccoon eye! If you don’t know how to apply it right, that’s probably for the best. If you want all the magic of a defined lower lash line without any of the negatives, apply the mascara for color and depth, not for length. Just set the wand tight to the lash line and wiggle it back and forth. You will get the perfect lay of color. Black is always beautiful, but if it seems too heavy for you try brown instead.

    3. The perfect “overnight” smoky eye

    This may seem like a huge no-no, but if you want the perfect smoky eye with minimal effort, sleep in your eyeliner. The liner will smudge so perfectly, you would not be able to duplicate the look if you tried. If you want to give this a go, I have one tip…swap out your white pillowcase!

    4. Glowing cheeks

    If you watch award shows, you will notice the dewy glow that most of the celebrities have on their cheeks as they walk the red carpet. There are a lot of ways to achieve this, but my favorite, and perhaps the easiest, is to apply a skin-brightening primer over the blush. True highlighters can sometimes be too bold but a brightening primer will take a beautiful cheek to AMAZING. Just tap it over the blush with a foundation brush.

    5. Super Bright Eyes

    Lining the inner rim of the upper lash line with a blue pencil will make the whites of the eyes look super bright! This trick is amazing because you can magnify the intensity of the eyes without anyone knowing you used a blue pencil. An added bonus is that it adds immediate depth to the lash line giving the appearance of fuller, thicker lashes.

    Those are a few of my favorite little tricks. I would love to hear a few of yours! Leave a comment letting me know what makeup tricks you’ve discovered along the way.

    Pro tip: Check out QC’s Pro Makeup Workshop with Nathan Johnson for even more of Nathan’s expert tips!

    nathan johnsonNathan Johnson is a film, television, celebrity, and real women’s makeup artist with 18 years experience in the industry. Nathan believes in education and empowerment – his personal mission is to make America more beautiful one woman at a time. He brings product reviews, makeup tips, and personal experience to the QC blog.


    October 28, 2013 12:00 am

    How to: Sultry Smokey Eye for Fall

    Recently QC Makeup Academy posted a picture on Facebook of a lovely fall-inspired smokey eye. Everyone was swooning over it so I was asked to recreate it for you guys in my own way. I hope you like it!

    Here are the colors I chose. If you don’t have these exact colors, don’t worry! You can use ones close to these. Unfortunately a couple of these are discontinued or the label has rubbed off, so I can’t list the exact shadow names. Regardless, I thought I would show you what they look like so you can see if you have something similar. Never be afraid to mix colors to get your desired shade. I mixed the dark green single shadow with the lighter green shadow in the palette for the green I used below.

    Here are the shadows I used…

    The colors you'll need for a fall smokey eye

    Here’s the final look…

    A gorgeous green and gold fall smokey eye, by Brittany Hall

    And here are the steps to re-create it yourself…

    Step by step for a fall smokey eye

    Step 1

    Start with a clean, primed eyelid. Apply your primer from the root of your lash line all the way up to the brow.

    Step 2

    Take your desired green shade (I mixed the dark and light green you saw above) and apply it to the center of the lid. You’re applying at the roundest part, or the “peak”, of the lid.

    Step 3

    Apply a bronzy gold into the inner corner of the lid and along the top of the green. Blend it into the first half of the crease.

    Step 4

    Pick up the cranberry color on a blending brush and apply to the outer corner of the crease, blending into the green and bronzy hues.

    Step 5

    Apply a brow highlight underneath the brow and into the inner tear duct. This will add a little pop!

    Step 6

    Add liquid liner and lashes.

    Step 7

    Smudge the cranberry shade along the outer lower lash line.

    Step 8

    Smudge the bronzy shade along the inner lower lash line.

    That’s all she wrote, folks! I hope you found these instructions comprehensive and are able to recreate this look with ease. If you have any questions, leave them for me in a comment below!

    brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
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    Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.