Archive for the ‘Makeup’ Category

August 15, 2014 9:00 am

Back to School Giveaway and Sweepstakes

September is just around the corner, and with this in mind, we’re launching our QC Back to School Giveaway and Sweepstakes! From August 15th to September 15th, ALL North American students (in makeup, event, and design) will receive a free QC tote bag when they enroll in the course.

And that isn’t all.


*Tote bags available for North American students only

Whatever country you’re from, every makeup, event, and design student will have the chance to win FREE TUITION after they’ve enrolled in their course. Don’t miss out on your chance to win!

Here’s how to enter:

Step 1

Enroll online or by phone

Step 2

Enter the Free tuition draw

Step 3

Get more chances to win by:

  • Tweeting
  • Posting to the blog
  • Liking our Facebook Page
  • Pinning us

(These are all explained in greater detail once you enter the sweepstakes!)

Step 4

The winner will have his or her tuition FULLY REIMBURSED! This includes shipping fees, your deposit, and your course fee(s)!

Find out more about our Design, Makeup, and Event promotions.

February 19, 2014 12:13 am

Task Management Tools for Small Businesses

task management tools

Here at QC we completely understand what it’s like to be busy. Really busy. All the time. On one hand this might mean that your business is thriving and everything’s going just great, but it can also mean that you’re not managing your time as effectively as you could be.

After developing 20+ courses and managing 6 different schools, we like to consider ourselves experts in task organization and time management. So gather around everyone, today we’re going to share some of our favorite tools of the trade.

Caution: this first one isn’t for the faint of heart. StayFocused is a Google Chrome extension that allows the user to set a maximum time limit for certain websites. Select a site, set the timer, and get to work! Once the timer runs out, you’ll lose access to the site for the rest of the day. We find this is especially great when working on sites like Pinterest and Facebook. It’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked on social sites, and before you realize it a 5 minute status update can turn into a two hour creeping session. Admit it, this has happened to you on multiple occasions.


If StayFocused seems a bit too extreme for your taste, you might like this next one. FocusBooster is pretty much the same, just slightly less extreme. Well, a lot less extreme actually. Once the timer is finished counting down you simply get a polite notification letting you know. This is a great option for all you self-disciplined folk out there.


Now, moving on to our all-time favorite tool – Trello. We like it, we love it, we just can’t get enough of it. This easy-to-use task manager is incredibly helpful when creating detailed to-do lists and getting your business organized. It’s as easy as jotting down your tasks on virtual cards and placing them into lists.  You can categorize your cards and add checklists, due dates, attachments, comments, emoticons and so much more. The cherry on top of this delectable ice cream Sunday is that one account can have multiple users. This means that all employees (even if it’s just you and one assistant starting out) will be able to view and interact with the same cards. It makes delegating and communicating a synch, and it’s way prettier than a spreadsheet. Oh, and it’s also incredibly easy to learn. Go team go!


Do you have dreams of starting a small business? QC can help you get started by providing you with all the training you’ll need to become a successful professional in fields like makeup artistry, fashion styling, event & wedding planning, interior decorating, and more. Check us out!


January 28, 2014 10:00 am

Spring & Summer 2014 Makeup Trends

If you want to become a successful make-up artist, it is important to stay on top of the latest fashion trends in the field. Every year in the world’s most fashionable cities, designers put out their new collections on the runway which signal the latest make-up, hairstyle, and clothing trends for the season ahead. 2014 is poised to be the year of glam, with make-up looks reflecting bold features and understated enchantment in the forefront. Here are the Spring and Summer 2014 makeup trends your clients will be dying to imitate.

Iridescent Eyes
White, pale pinks, and shimmering pastels are the go to eye colors of the year. Paired with white eyeliner, this trend creates an ethereal, otherworldly look which radiates pure elegance.

Berry Beautiful Lips
Berry lips were huge in 2013, and it looks like they are around to stay. Instead of matching the darker hue with heavy eyes, try sticking with nude and natural colors on the rest of the face for the ultimate pop of color.

Big and Bold Eyebrows
If there is one must-have accessory for 2014, it is a big and dark eyebrow. Supermodels such as Cara Delevingne have brought eyebrows the attention they deserve, and as any make-up artist knows, a good eyebrow can make or break the style. Shop around for the latest brow definers and powders, and give your clients that HD look.

Dramatic Lines
Everyone loves a good cat eye, and this year the craze meets day-time. Don’t be afraid to throw on liquid eyeliner for lunch, or change it up using bright blues and oranges instead of the traditional black.

Gilded Goddess
Bring out the gilded goodies. Gold, bronze, and silver are this year’s big winners. Paint those lids like they are precious metal, and don’t skimp on the bronzer. This year, expect to see all your favorite A-list celebrities walking the red carpet, glimmering and golden from head to toe.

To refresh, simple and clean looks are a must this Spring and Summer season but can be accentuated with berry hued lips. Grow out the eyebrows, wearing them natural but defined. For a night on the town, bring out the glitz and don’t be afraid to paint on dramatic cat eyes before the sun sets.

Jessica Galbraith is a full-time writer and author of the travel blog The Fly Away American. She spends her free-time working on her online reputation through social media and networking.


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
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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.

December 9, 2013 8:34 am

How to: Gold and Orange Glitter Makeup

Okay, so as you hopefully know by now, QC Makeup Academy is hosting an amazing All That Glitters Contest! To enter, you must create a look featuring glitter, then submit your photo for a chance to win the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I thought I would get the ball rolling with some inspiration. Below you will find a look I created using these products…*This is just to show you the colors I used. You can substitute any of these products for something you have in your kit!

Here's what Brittany used to create a glitter lookNars duo in Mediteranee / MAC Glitter Brilliants in Gold / MAC shadow in Folie

Follow these steps to achieve the look:

Steps to achieving Brittany's glitter look

Step 1 – Start with a clean, primed lid.

Step 2 – Apply a glitter glue onto the lid. I used Too Faced Glitter Glue. Then take a flat, stiff, synthetic shadow brush and apply the glitter pigment onto the glue using a pressing technique rather than a buffing technique.

Step 3 – Draw a line in your crease with an orange shadow.

Step 4 – Soften that line with a blending brush.

Step 5 – Take a dark brown and blend that into the crease, softening the orange shade.

Step 6 – Apply a brow highlight. I used something with a gold iridescence.

Step 7 – Take a piece of tape and use it to pick up any glitter fall out.

Step 8 – Apply liquid liner, mascara and false lashes!

Here is the completed look:

A beautiful glitter look from MUA Brittany Hall

This is a simple yet beautiful look using glitter! What I love about this look is it seems like it took a lot of time and skill, but really it is a super quick and easy look to pull off for any special event. With New Year’s Eve around the corner, this could be the perfect glittery accessory to top off your outfit!

Makeup Artist Brittany HallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

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.

Makeup contest

‘Tis the season…to sparkle!

To celebrate this holiday season QC Makeup Academy is hosting a makeup contest on their Facebook fan page! The theme is All That Glitters, and entering is easy. All you have to do is create a makeup look featuring glitter of any color. Once your look is complete, simply upload a photo for the chance to win.

Where do I enter?

Just click the following link to go to the submission page:

How many looks can I enter?

Just one, so make it count!

How long does the contest run for?

The contest runs from December 2nd at 11am until December 23rd at 11am EST, but make sure you enter early so you don’t miss the deadline!

More importantly, what’s the prize?!

The winning entry will receive the coveted Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay!

How is the winner chosen?

From among all the users who have won a minimum of 50 votes we will hold a prize draw to select the winner. Don’t forget to share the contest and invite your Facebook friends to vote for you!

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve morning.

Need some inspiration?

We’ve been pinning up a storm, so take a look through our Makeup Inspiration and Eyes We Love boards on Pinterest!

Hurry up! Go get your glitter on!