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Celebrity makeup artist nathan johnsonQC Makeup Academy is excited to announce the upcoming launch of its newest offering, Pro Makeup Workshop with Nathan Johnson. The pro workshop, an online makeup workshop, gives students the opportunity to learn from celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson in a one-on-one setting.

The online makeup workshop features hours of video content in which Nathan Johnson shows you how to achieve more than six gorgeous makeup looks using advanced techniques that any pro should know. From the smokey eye and its many variations and perfectly defined brows to intricate eyeliner looks and advanced glitter application – this course is full of celebrity makeup artist tips and secrets. Your clients will think you’ve worked some serious magic!

This course is perfect for an existing makeup artist looking to really boost his or her skills or for someone simply looking to learn how to do a few makeup looks and do them well. If you have no experience in makeup, you should consider first enrolling in one of our existing courses: Makeup Artistry or Master Makeup Artistry. These two courses will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need to get the most possible out of the pro makeup workshop.

Take a look a sneak peek of the course host, Sandra Baranek, having her makeup done for an on-camera appearance! If you’d like to be added to the wait list and be the first to know about course pricing and launch information, send us an email now.

The course begins with Nathan Johnson applying on-camera makeup to course host, Sandra Baranek. In the video, Nathan explains the importance of flawless on-camera makeup. Take a look below to see some exclusive images from the first tutorial!




We hope you’ll enjoy the Pro Makeup Workshop with Nathan Johnson just as much as we enjoyed creating it. Exact launch date to be released shortly. Stay tuned!

Are you a makeup novice looking to learn the fundamentals of makeup artistry? Then look no further! QC Makeup Academy is here to help you learn how to apply makeup for any occasion.

How to Apply MakeupOur courses really teach you from the ground up. We provide in depth training on the makeup environment, how to use each and every makeup brush properly and effectively, and how to maintain a sanitary practice. For example, if you’re merely looking to further your makeup knowledge for personal use there’s no need to worry about double dipping into blush or lipstick pots. However, if your goal is to work to work as a professional in the makeup field, there are some very specific sanitation guidelines you must follow.

You’ll also learn everything you need to know about facial shapes and skin tones, correctors and concealers, and how to cover up any type of imperfection you might encounter. Through hours of instructional video you’ll be taught how to apply concealing makeup on clients with acne, aging skin, and tattoos. In addition, you’ll learn the ins and outs of bridal makeup, and how to apply makeup for film and television.

Throughout both our makeup courses there is a strong emphasis on teaching students how to apply makeup to a wide variety of clientele while always maintaining a professional tone. It may not be the first thing you think of, but applying the appropriate amount of brush pressure can sometimes be the one thing that makes a client come back to you a second, third, and fourth time.

Lastly, our panel of professional tutors and outstanding student support specialists really help to seal the deal for most of our students. Each time you submit work, your tutor will take the time to look at your assignments individually. They will provide you with letter grades and audio feedback, to let you know exactly what you did well, and what might need a little improvement. If you ever have questions along the way, our well-trained and friendly Student Support Specialists are always happy and available to help.

Whatever your goals, QC Makeup Academy can help you achieve them! Click here to find out more and request a free brochure!


March 15, 2013 1:51 pm

How To: Make a Rental a Home

I’ve been a renter for the last five years and as all my fellow renters will know, it’s quite a challenge to find a space that has everything on your wish list. In fact, more often than not we end up with retro kitchen cabinets (not the good kind), laminate floors that have definitely seen better days, and seriously outdated fixtures and hardware. I can’t tell you how many hours I spend dreaming of marble counter-tops, bleached hardwood floors, bay windows, and grand fireplaces. I’ve spent years looking for ways to spruce up my rentals, and I’m here today to share them with you!

Paint the Walls

If your landlord allows you to paint, definitely go for it. Choose colors that make you feel happy and comfortable, as you always want to feel like you’re coming home when you walk through the front door. Keep in mind that landlords are a lot more open to paint color if you choose something neutral, so if you absolutely love aqua blue, try finding a subtler toned down version of it. Take the room below as an example. The subtle buttery yellow really warms up the space, and is probably landlord-friendly.

Consider Window Treatments

Deck out your windows in pretty new curtains. If your apartment already has blinds installed ask your landlord if you can temporarily take them down for the duration of your lease. If not, simply install your new curtains over top. Rentals are usually pretty standard and don’t have a lot of architectural interest, so try going for a patterned or colorful material to bring some character to the space.

Replace Light Fixtures

Those unflattering fluorescent lights have got to go! Switching out dated light fixtures will make a huge difference, and make your space just that more unique. Look for fixtures that will softly diffuse the light, and if possible, add dimmers. Keep the old fixtures in storage, and simply switch them back when you’re ready to move again.

Spruce up Cabinets

Updating kitchen cabinetry can completely transform even the most hopelessly out-of-date kitchen. Since your landlord probably won’t look kindly on you painting them or ripping them out, you can try one of the following two approaches. Unhinging cabinet doors and going for the open-storage look is a quick and easy way to modernize the space. Just keep them in storage and re-install them when you’re ready to move out. However, if you’re slightly ashamed of the mismatched dishes you’ve been hauling around since college, you may want to keep those cabinets covered. In that case, opt to purchase new cabinet hardware. It’s a quick and sure way to bring new life to a space. Again, keep the old hardware stored until you’re ready to move.

Keep it Clean

It may seem like a no-brainer, but keeping your apartment clean will make it a more comfortable and relaxing place to be. A well-made bed and tidy kitchen will do wonders. Also try using attractive storage containers that double as furniture to hide away clutter. I love the idea of using vintage trunks as a side-table/storage. The more creative the better!

These may not all be options for you, but even just implementing one or two will help! Have you rented before? Do you have any tricks for making the space your own? Let us know in a comment below!

March 8, 2013 9:30 am

On Trend: Crimson Lips

One of this coming spring’s key makeup trends is the dark crimson lip. It’s typically a fall/winter staple but 2013 seems to be switching things up a bit, and we love it! The only drawback is that winter is still lingering and our skin’s been pretty sun deprived for the last few months. Many of the ladies in the office are shying away from the deep hue because they’re worried about looking like wannabe extras in whatever vampire flick is coming up next. Fortunately, we’ve figured out how to make it work! Read on to learn how to get crimson lips that are perfect for you.

Crimson LipsStep 1: Do a Lip Scrub
Please please please take the time to apply a quick lip scrub before even thinking about trying out this look! This will ensure that the color goes on smoothly and evenly, and you won’t have to deal with any streakiness or flaky dead skin. Yuck. You can DIY it with some white sugar and honey, or you can go with our favorite product right now – Lush’s Sweet Lips. It smells and tastes like chocolate chip cookies. Yum.

Step 2: Choose Your Hue
No matter what skin tone you have, if it hasn’t seen the sun in a while and you’re not an avid fake tanner, you’re complexion – like ours – may be lacking its usual luster this time of year. In this case we suggest opting for a lighter berry shade, as it won’t completely overwhelm your look. A stain will do nicely, as it offers shearer coverage, and extra layers can be added until the desired richness is reached. We love Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush. It suits a wide range of skin tones and while the color is lasting, it layers very well. It’s also very moisturizing for lips that have had a rough go in the winter months.

Step 3: Determine Your Lip Shape
Another thing to take into consideration is your lip shape. If you have fuller lips you won’t have any problems, but if they’re on the thinner side you’ll want to opt for a lighter shade. Going dark will just make your lips look smaller, and that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve! Start by lining your lips just slightly outside of your natural lip line, as this will give the illusion of a fuller pout. Then fill it all in with your crimson shade of choice. Give NARS Gloss Lip Pencil in Club Mix a try. It’s more of a gloss, which will reflect light and add the illusion of some fullness. It’s super flattering on olive complexions but it’s sheerness works for fair skin as well.

Step 4: Get Your Flush On!
We also want to stress how important it is to add some color to your cheeks, as it will really help to balance this dramatic look out. You’ll want to keep it subtle though, so be sure to choose a shear product and apply it with a light hand. A blush we’re loving right now is the drugstore brand N.Y.C’s Cheek Glow Blush in Westside Wine.

Et voila! Now go take that chic crimson pucker out on the town! Have you found the perfect crimson hue? Share it with us in a comment!


March 6, 2013 3:24 pm

How To Become a fashion stylist

We are so excited to announce the upcoming launch of our newest course in Personal Styling. If you’ve ever wanted to become a fashion stylist, now is the time. Our online course will have you studying from e-books, DVDs, and completing hands on assignments. You’ll submit them to your Style Mentor – a professional and established fashion stylist.personal styling course

You’ll learn about topics such as working with body types, maternity styling, bridal styling, fashion over forty, second hand shopping, styling for men, and more. We’ll also provide you with the business savvy you’ll need to succeed. You’ll learn all about topics such as networking, how to network online, how to use social media for your business, marketing, promotion, and more. We teach it all.

You’ll also be learning from NYC fashion stylist, Alison Stewart of She’s styled for endless print and ad campaigns, worked with celebrities, and has a roster of editorial and personal styling projects that will inspire you. Alison is actually one of the style mentors, too, so you may even be paired with her when you enroll. Your Style Mentor will provide you with audio feedback on each assignment you complete so you can move forward with confidence and keep improving all through the course.

Click here to learn more now. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter, the QC Style Report, so you never miss an update from our style HQ.





February 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Get Defined Cheekbones Now

Cheeks are one of the most important features when it comes to transforming the face. Instead of just showing them off with a touch of blush, let’s accentuate them with some basic contouring. Proper contouring will reshape your face. Whether you want to show off your cheekbones, or make a full face appear slimmer, this is the trick for you. Get defined cheekbones now!

Contouring with cream or powder foundation
First off, you have to find the contour color that is right for you. Whether you choose powder or cream, the ideal shade is one to two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. If you have a matte bronzer that is deep enough, you can create the illusion this way, is not, invest in a separate product.

Here’s a tip: Use only matte bronzers for this effect. The shimmer in many bronzers will catch the light, illuminate the area, and defeat the purpose.

To apply: If you are using a powder, begin at the center of the ear and sweep it along the hollow of the cheekbone. If you are using a cream product, use your fingers or a foundation brush to smooth the product in the hollow below theNathan Johnson teaches you how to contour those cheeks cheekbones. Whichever product you choose, powder or cream, be sure to stop before you reach the point where the hollow reaches the apple. The outer corner of the eye is a good guideline for most. If you are confused as to exactly where the hollow is, suck in your cheeks. That spot where the shadow falls is exactly where you want to apply your color.

The most important tip I can give you about contour color is to BLEND. The contour shade should melt effortlessly into your foundation. A hard line will look like just that, a hard line of makeup. A blended kiss of deeper color will look like the shadow thrown from a beautiful high cheekbone. As a finishing touch, warm up the apples of your cheeks with your favorite shade of blush.

Contouring with blush
The steps to this are very similar, you just need to change products and colors. Choose a cream or powder blush in a deep nude shade. Apply the cream or powder blush; sweep it from the center of the ear along the hollow of the cheekbone. Bring it right up onto the apple of the cheek like a Nike symbol. Using a more romantic, and perhaps shimmery shade, apply the color to the apple of the cheeks. A beautiful rose or flirty pink really adds light and contrast to the beautiful depth created by the contour.
Either of these techniques will slim the face, lift the cheekbones and make the face into a perfect platform to showcase the eyes and lips. Contouring is a great secret to have in your makeup arsenal.