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We all do it, continue on the quest for that perfect foundation. To help you guys out a bit I’m reviewing my experience with some foundations I’ve tried.

When it comes to looking for a foundation there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? Do you find that makeup doesn’t last? What current products are you using for your foundation and what do you like or dislike about them? These are questions you should ask yourself or your client.

Once you have determined these elements, here are a few guidelines to follow when choosing a foundation:

Oily skin: Oily skin can go a few different ways. There are now tons of liquid foundations that also mattify the skin. A powder would also work and many oily skins feel more comfortable with that. Look for mattifying, full coverage liquid or powder.

Dry skin: With dry skin, you should stay away from powders, and use them only to do minor setting if needed. Look for liquid, hydrating, moisture, or dewy.

Combination skin: Combination requires exactly that – a combination of products. Two different products for two different skin types, with the exception of certain liquids that work on both oily and dry skin. Look for liquid, mattifying, combination skin, powder, or cream to powder.

Here are five different foundations that are in high demand with my clients and popular among bloggers:

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This is a great medium coverage foundation, but only if you don’t have a ton of imperfections to conceal or smooth out. If you need a nice even wash of color and coverage, it’s great! If you have extremely dry or oily skin I would suggest you avoid this product. This product gives an amazing finish on normal to slightly combination skin with little to no pigmentation, acne or other skin concerns. With that being said, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had a clear-skinned client tell me she needs full coverage for her acne. Sometimes we misjudge our own appearance (I know I’m guilty of this!). Be sure to set those misconceptions aside when determining the foundation you need.

Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

This is a full coverage foundation. It’s buildable, but it also sheers out nicely. I would avoid this product if you have very dry skin (or make sure you exfoliate and hydrate well before application). The product is so thick and full that the texture can verge on feeling like a cream to powder and might stick to dry skin. With dry skin you need something that glides over, smoothing and hydrating as it goes. Mixing foundations is also a great way to get the exact finish you want, so try customizing your own foundation! Mix this with a tinted moisturizer to sheer it out or mix it with something luminizing to add a dewy finish. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

“Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion.”

The description says it all. This product is perfect for just a slight wash of colour and evenness. Any skin type with any skin concern can wear this product. It looks natural and not like you’re obviously wearing makeup. The reason I say any type of skin can wear this is because even for acne-prone skin, a sheer application can take a lot of redness down and won’t look cakey or flakey on problem areas. There’s always the option of using a concealer to cover problem areas, leaving the rest of the skin with a natural sheer finish.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

This powder is not quite a foundation. It’s almost like a tinted moisturizer in powder form, but you are able to build it up more. It gives a beautiful luminous finish to the skin, avoiding an overly powdery look. This powder is perfect for any skin type, although with any powder you want to ensure dry areas are hydrated first. It’s great for setting a liquid foundation or for a foundation retouch throughout the day. I’ve used it to blot over oil spots to mattify as well!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

This cream foundation has a natural buildable coverage. Cream foundations tend to be for more mature skin or if you have concerns with fine lines or wrinkles. With mature skin comes the possibility of dryness as we tend to lose moisture with age. Therefore, this product would also be great for dry skin. This product is light and fluffy, so it doesn’t add cakiness to creased or dry areas but gently glides over problem areas, filling in lines and hydrating dryness. Just because this is geared to a more mature client does not mean that this foundation wouldn’t be a perfect fit for a younger client, depending on skin type.

I hope you guys feel more “in the know” on some popular products out there, as well as what to look for when it comes to different skin types. Happy makeup-ing!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
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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.


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Study from home with an online makeup courseTaking an online makeup course is a great option for those looking to pursue a career in makeup artistry. Online learning allows you to study on your own time, while still receiving hands-on industry training. When it comes to online learning, QC Makeup Academy is a smart choice.

At QC, not only will you learn the ins and outs of makeup artistry, but you’ll also receive full business training. It’s the perfect way to complement your makeup skills – from marketing and promotion, to writing a business plan. Many QC graduates from all over the world are now working as freelance makeup artists. After you enroll, you could be finished your course in as little as three months. That means that right now, you could be three months away from your dream career! It’s very possible.

QC Makeup Academy is also an affordable option – the flexible payment plans mean you’ll be sure to find something that works for you. You’ve always been passionate about makeup, haven’t you? There is no reason why you can’t do makeup each and every day, and get paid for it. You’ll be working in an industry that you love, and you’ll get to meet a lot of amazing people along the way. It’s simpler than you may think!

Visit for more information on how you can take your place in the world of makeup artistry.


It’s the best of student work! Meet Cristina Iliescu, Joshua Gilchrist, and Lynn Phu. We’re introducing you to these three standout QC students and grads today, because we’re so proud of the work they’ve accomplished! We want to give a big thanks to all three of our featured MUAs for sharing with us their inside perspectives on the makeup industry…and of course, some gorgeous photos of their work.

QC: What’s your favorite part about being a makeup artist, or makeup artist in training?

Cristina: My favorite part is that I can express my creativity and I can bring confidence, self-esteem, and a smile to my clients.

Joshua: I love working with people. The fact that makeup artistry is a very artistic field allows me to be creative!

Lynn: My favorite part is showing off my creative side because I love art and I love my clients’ happy reactions when I finish their makeup looks.

QC: What’s your dream job?

Cristina: Being a makeup artist is my dream job. It is the only job that makes me feel me.

Joshua: To be a world renowned makeup artist who everyone would love to work with.

Lynn: My dream job would be to do fantasy makeup for runway shows.

QC: If you could do anyone’s makeup, who would you love to work with?

Cristina: I would love to work with celebrities like Angelina Jolie or Kate Moss because they have that natural beauty that makes a makeup artist’s work a pleasure, but I know that I would feel totally fulfilled as a makeup artist if I could bring back the lost beauty of those people who have had a tough life.

Joshua: I would love to do makeup for Adele.

Lynn: Emma Stone, because she seems very laid back and easy going. I also think any makeup would work for her.

QC: Why did you choose to study with QC Makeup Academy?

Cristina: I wanted to study more about this passion of mine (as you all know, in makeup learning never ends!), so I was looking for something professional enough to feed my hunger for information but also allow me to continue my job. After almost two months of searching for the best school for me, I discovered QC Makeup Academy. After doing some research, I decided that it was exactly what I was looking for, so I enrolled immediately. I am so happy I did, and I am so honored to be part of this fascinating family.

Joshua: I was very happy with the great source of information. The Student Support Specialists are amazing and the assignments were a great way to evolve me into a wonderful artist.

Lynn: I chose QC Makeup Academy because the step-by-step guide was well planned and I wanted to learn something new.

Scroll down for photos and contact information…

Cristina Iliescu:
Service location: London, England
All images c/o Cristina Iliescu


Joshua Gilchrist:
Noir Makeup Artistry
Service location: On location in Madison, Wisconsin
Photography by Vince Padilla


Lynn Phu:
Service location: Houston, Texas
Images c/o Lynn Phu









Any artist who has used primer already knows the drastic difference it makes in the application and longevity of foundation. Since this hidden gem works such wonders on the skin, I found it only fitting to do some investigation into whether other spot-specific primers might garner just as favorable results. Low and behold, I found some amazing products that really can maximize the eyes, lips and lashes. Here are my recommendations for some alternative primers that will definitely make the most of the whole face…but don’t be afraid to experiment and find a favorite of your own.


Disappearing and creasing shadows seem to be a major complaint for most women and makeup artists. A well-formulated primer will lock shadow in place for the entire day. Urban Decay Primer Potion is my go to. This powerhouse makes three promises: 1. Eye shadow that lasts. 2. More vibrant color 3. No creasing. And miracle of miracles, it delivers on all three.

If the smokey eye is a look for you, try Pixi Smoky Eye Primer. The base is dark gray, so when you lay the darker shadows over it, they will blend well and disappear seamlessly into the shaded primer. When lightly laid on the lid, it actually does half of the work for you. It can also be used on its own as a sultry cream shadow.

Under eyes

Concealer loves two things, to look obvious and to crease. The Sue Devitt Microquatic Prime Target Intensive Eye Treatment Primer will prevent both of those unsightly under-eye catastrophes. This multipurpose product is a clear gel that hydrates, reduces puffiness and most importantly, gives concealer something to flawlessly bond to.


If you intend to eat, drink, or even lick your lips, you might as well not even wear lipstick without a primer. The Senna Totally Transforming Lip Primer is perfect for keeping the color on. In addition, it uses peptides to plump and promote health and silicone to fill lines. I sure do love a product that improves the skin while making make up look better!

As a makeup lover and artist, I am always on the hunt for products that will improve wear-ability and make application smoother and more flawless. These products certainly fit the bill.

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.


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It’s all about the liquid liner! Liquid liner has been quite popular for years but tends to experience bursts in popularity. As of late, we have seen a lot of this trend on celebs like Katy Perry, Adele, Kim Kardashian, and many more. What’s great about this look is it’s completely customizable. If you don’t see yourself sporting a thick line with a big wing, you can totally tame it down and do a thinner line with no wing – which will still give that oh-so-thick lash look!

Liquid Liner For Your Eye Shape:

The hardest part about liquid liner for most is trying to determine how to apply it correctly for their eye shape. Following your natural eye contour is very important; you don’t want to fight creases on your lid. This will result in a wonky and wiggly liquid line.

A great general rule is to extend your lower lash line out and up. This will be the base of your winged edge. Drawing a line following your lower lash line will give you the best angle for your eye. The picture below is a step-by-step on how I apply my liquid liner. Every eye will be slightly different but this is the application technique that I find most effective.

liquid liner

Different Looks

Creating different looks with liquid liner is so much fun. Feel free to get creative, whether you want a “bedroom eye,” “cat eye,” “pin up,” or “contemporary”! Here are some tips on creating different looks…

The “bedroom eye” is a term used to describe Marilyn Monroe’s look and many other old Hollywood starlets. Marilyn used to extend her liquid liner more straight out, to elongate her eyes horizontally. This created the illusion that her lashes were weighing down her eyes so much she could barely open them! For this look you want to extend your line more straight out rather than up. Once you have extended your upper lash line out (as far or as short as you wish your wing to be) flick up slightly. Like this…

liquid liner

Here is another example…

 liquid liner

This look below is an example of cat eye but it’s also very contemporary. If you want to create a cat eye stop at step #4 – continue on for a more contemporary approach to liquid liner. This is just an example I created but feel free to get inventive with your lines and wings. Be sure to follow the natural contours of your eyes and don’t fight angles, that way, no matter what you come up with it will look unified.

 liquid liner

I’m not one for saying there are rules when it comes to makeup. The general rules of artistry apply, such as lines of symmetry, contours, color matching, and balance, but rules and regulations – no! It’s an outlet of expression and an artform. Let your creative juices flow and come up with some chic ideas.

For Christmas this year I loved wearing this look below. This is super easy and simple to recreate. I did my usual liquid liner and then took a gel liner brush (any brush will do really, just make sure it’s small and dense). I used the gel liner brush to apply a gold cream shadow just on the first half of my lid (over the liner). Then with the remaining product on the brush I blended out until the cream shadow faded off into nothing. You could try this with any color! I found that a cream shadow worked nicely on dry liquid liner. It glided on smoothly and didn’t disrupt my work. If you were to use a pencil liner it may drag and pull off some of the liquid liner (something to keep in mind when choosing to mix textures and finishes!).

liquid liner

There you have it, some techniques, tips, tricks, and chic twists on an everyday liquid liner approach. I hope this information was helpful and please feel free to leave me any comments or questions!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter and Facebook

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.

how to become a freelance makeup artistAre you wondering how to become a freelance makeup artist? The best way is to take a course in makeup artistry, like the ones offered by QC Makeup Academy. Depending where you live, cosmetology school might be a requirement for you to work in the industry. Unfortunately, cosmetology school is very expensive, takes a long time to complete, and does not offer the in-depth makeup training you need to specialize in makeup. That’s why whether or not you’re taking cosmetology classes, taking a course from QC Makeup Academy is a great career choice.

Depending on your interests, there are two courses for you to choose from: Makeup Artistry, and Master Makeup Artistry – a more advanced course that goes into topics such a glamor and fantasy, makeup for film and television, and makeup for the runway and photography. If you need some help deciding which course is right for you, give the school a call and talk to a Student Support Specialist. They know the courses inside and out, and they can assist you in this important career decision.

Many students don’t have the advantage of living in a city with a makeup school. That doesn’t mean they’re out of luck when it comes to receiving top quality makeup training. QC Makeup Academy’s courses are done entirely through distance education – that means no matter where you live, you can learn how to become a professional makeup artist! QC is an international school, and has students studying makeup from all over the world, and graduates using their skills to advance their makeup careers.

Want to learn more about QC Makeup Academy? Visit, and request a brochure!


Building a career as a makeup artist is different than getting started in a lot of other industries. For one thing, most of the jobs you get will not be advertised online. When trying to get freelance makeup artist jobs, you need to get your clients to come to you. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Are you looking for freelance makeup artist jobs?Buy the right tools – It is a bit of an investment to build a professional makeup kit, but it will be well worth the money when you’re going into a job well prepared and with the tools you need to create beautiful makeup looks. That means collecting a range of colors in eye shadows, lipsticks, blushes, and foundations that will suit a variety of different skin types and different events. It’s also very important to come to a job with professional brushes and a good brush cleaner. This will ensure that you show up to any job like a professional.

Build a portfolio – In your free time, practice your artistry on friends or family members, take good quality photos of your work (keep in mind the lighting!), and upload them online. It’s a good idea to get a professional Facebook page for your freelance business, especially if you don’t yet have a website, for your portfolio pictures. When you get business cards, be sure to include your Facebook fan page link so potential clients can easily see your work.

Create a network – Reach out to models and photographers who are looking for a makeup artist to help with a shoot. You might not get paid for your work, but you will make valuable industry contacts and will probably get to keep the photos for your portfolio. The more people who know you’re working in the industry, the more likely you are to be contacted when one of them is looking for a makeup artist. It’s all about who you know.

QC Makeup Academy can help you reach your goals. Visit to find out how.

March 7, 2013 4:53 am

Looking for An Online Beauty School?

What are you looking for in an online beauty school? Online learning is becoming an increasingly popular option for students looking to build their skills. After all, studying from home gives you the freedom to learn on your own schedule without sacrificing the professional training you’ll need to find industry success.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the exciting world of makeup artistry? That’s great! But all beauty schools are not created equal. Many of them don’t offer the in-depth makeup training you’ll need to become an MUA.

That’s why QC Makeup Academy offers two comprehensive courses in makeup artistry – for those creative souls who have a passion for makeup, but want to learn from home, on their own time. The best part is it’s all done through distance education! Here are a few things that make QC Makeup Academy courses stand out:

looking for an online beauty school?Full business training

Along with your in-depth makeup training, you’ll also learn the ins and outs of starting and developing your own business. From the fun task of choosing a business name to learning the best ways to market your services, QC’s business training will give you the freedom to take control of your career and forge your own future.

One-on-one mentorship

When you enroll, you’ll be matched up with one of our fabulous makeup tutors – all of whom are successful makeup artists in their own right. Your tutor will review all the work that you submit and provide you with personal feedback. They’ll let you know what you’ve done well, and what areas could be improved. They’ll even give you their inside tips and tricks along the way.

Student support

Many people think that learning from home means learning alone. That’s not the philosophy of QC Makeup Academy. Any time you feel stuck on an assignment, or just need to chat about your course or your career, you’re more than welcome to contact the student support specialists. They’re easy to reach by phone, email, or even Live Chat!

To learn more, visit


March 5, 2013 2:38 pm

Think About Makeup Artist Classes

Are you considering a career in makeup artistry? Have you thought about your training yet? Taking makeup classes is the perfect decision if you’re interested in pursuing a career in makeup artistry. Sure, you might be great at picking the right foundation color for the right skin tone, or coming up with interesting color combinations, but there are some things that you just can’t teach yourself. Do you know how you work with clients? What about correcting skin flaws and discoloration to create a flawless finish? QC Makeup Academy’s online makeup classes can help you fill those gaps.

makeup classes are a great investmentIf you truly want to invest in your future, you must choose the proper training. The best things about taking makeup classes with QC Makeup Academy are:

A distance education program – Working from home allows you to work on your time. It’s the best option for those with an already busy schedule (many students are able to study while still maintaining a full-time job), or those with demanding home lives.

A personal tutor – As a student of QC Makeup Academy, you’ll be paired with your very own personal tutor who will follow your progress throughout your course. Your tutor is a professional makeup artist with vast experience in the industry, and he or she will share that knowledge with you. Your tutor will mark all the work that you submit, and provide you with audio feedback to guide you in your artistry.

A support network – Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you’re working alone. You’re invited to contact the school any time you need assistance to receive one-on-one support from the Student Support Specialists. They’re there to help!

To learn more, visit


March 1, 2013 3:45 pm

Beauty Courses Have So Much to Offer

You have big dreams, right? You’re creative, you’re independent, and you see beauty everywhere you go. Have you thought about taking some beauty courses? It might be the perfect gateway for you to explore your creativity, start fresh, and become a makeup artist. It’s your chance to start an exciting journey in a career you’ll love, not just a job. What could be better than that?

QC Makeup Academy has two different courses in makeup artistry to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s right for you. Graduates have gone on to start their own freelance makeup artistry businesses, work at top cosmetic brands, or even break into the exciting world of editorial and film. There are so many options available!

have you considered beauty courses?Here are some advantages of being a makeup artist:

1. The freedom to work on your own terms and set your own hours

2. The ability to express your creativity each and every day

3. The gratification of making other feel beautiful and help with self-esteem

4. The excitement of meeting new people and forming relationships with your clients

5. The satisfaction of living your dreams!

Still have questions? Go to and request a brochure for even more information on how you can find yourself in this exciting industry. If you enroll today, you could be working in as little as two months! There’s no reason you can’t live your dreams and become a makeup artist. All you have to do is take the first step.