Posts Tagged ‘Nathan Johnson’

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 11, 2013 1:18 pm

MAKEUP CONTEST: Get Spooky with QC!

UPDATE:

Congratulations to our winner Crystal Gray and runner-up Kylie-Elvis Schmoulianoff!

And we’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated! We were overwhelmed by the number of entries we received, and are wildly impressed with the level of skill and creativity shown. We wish you all a very happy Halloween!

Makeup Contest


 

Show us your very best Halloween makeup for a chance to win an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette and personalized audio feedback from celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson!

To enter this makeup contest, simply create a Halloween makeup look on yourself or a friend. Then head on over to QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook page, “like” this post, and message us with a photo of your spooky creation!

Nathan will be selecting the top 2 looks himself, and providing audio critique for both. The winner will receive the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, and the runner up will receive the Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette. Check out the image below to see exactly what’s up for grabs.

Contest begins today and runs until October 30th. The winners will be announced on Halloween. Good luck!

Halloween Makeup Contest with QC Makeup Academy


One of the most frequent beauty dilemmas a makeup artist encounters is perfect lipstick application on dry, irritated or chapped lips. Lipstick can enhance the face by adding color and freshness, but if it grabs on to dry or chapped areas it will do exactly the opposite. It is part of your job to know how to overcome this obstacle.

When caught in this pinch, many people grab a chap stick or a waxy lip primer. Yes, this will allow you to put the product on, but it will not last long or give your client any knowledge as to how to prevent the problem in the future. As a professional, it is not only our job to resolve the issue (to the best of our ability), but it is also our responsibility to educate our clients so they can prevent it in the future.

Don't let chapped lips get you down this fall

In the old days, people would grab a toothbrush and rub the dead skin away. This is acceptable as an at-home do-it-yourself, but as a professional, there are much better options. The Fabulips collection by Bliss will not only make the lips super smooth and supple, but it will also prevent any future dryness or irritation. The foaming lip cleanser is the first step on the road to flawless. It is a bubbly cleanser that lifts away debris without stripping or drying. Work this over your client’s lips and any of the residue that causes irritation will be wiped away. Step two, the Sugar Lip Scrub, is a delicious combination of finely ground sugar, almond shells, walnut shells, and hydrating oils. A light buff of this soothing exfoliator will turn your client’s chapped lips into a soft, perfectly smooth pout. Step three is a peptide packed Instant Lip Plumper that will immediately rejuvenate the lips with a lush, hydrated plump. To make sure the word chapped is never used to describe your lips follow the plumper with the Softening Lip Balm. Shea butter, jojoba and grape seed oil protect and penetrate, leaving the mouth soft, smooth and kissable.

A simple, smart routine, focused on protection and rejuvenation, is all you need to take the chap off your client’s lips.

 

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.


September 12, 2013 11:10 am

Nathan’s Tips: How to Do Bold Eye Makeup

Bold eye makeup is always in fashion. A bright pop of color framed by darkness is both sexy and unexpected, like this look I created below. If pink is not your thing, have no fear. It can easily be replaced by any color you choose. If you are not feeling bold, try replacing the color with a more neutral shade. By taking the following steps, and playing around with the colors, you will have an infinite number of new looks at your disposal. Read on to get the look…

Complexion

A bold eye always makes heads turn

Anything you do to your eyes, cheeks and lips will only look better if it is set on a flawless face. To perfect the canvas, try Natural Finish foundation by Cover FX and Magic Salmon Concealer by Eve Pearl. When set with a fine powder, these two powerhouses deliver a flawless, dewy glow.

Eyes

To maximize the pop, start with white Flash Color by Make Up For Ever. This opaque cream will completely cancel out your skin tone and allow the truest read of color on the lid. With the white applied from lash to crease, tap in Cherry Bomb Loose Color Concentrates by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. This little pot of magic is the find of the century. The pigment load is so high that these babies last all day and glide on like a dream.

In the crease and along the outer corner, sweep Onyx Eye Color by Make-up Designory. Using an angle brush, pull this color along the upper and lower lash lines to define the eye. The last step on the eyes is Mascara. Three coats to the upper and two to the lower will bring those lashes to unbelievable lengths.

Cheeks

To get a beautiful glow on the cheeks, try True Love Cheek Stain by Tarte. For added highlight, sweep Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm

on the cheekbone and inner apple area. An extra touch on the bridge of the nose, the chin, forehead and under the brow bone will add extra pop.

Lips

For a bee stung look try Vamp Lip Glistens by Beauty Society. A sheer coat really shows off the sexy pout!

That’s how easy it is to get this beautiful bold look.

Photo by Thomas Cantley

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Written 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.


August 7, 2013 9:32 am

How to: The Five-Minute Face

Here’s a question I hear from my clients all the time: “I lead a busy life. Is there a trick that can have me looking great in just a few minutes?” Let’s face it – even the biggest stars do not have a makeup artist living in their house. They love what we do for them, but they want a fast way to feel great on the days we are not there. Below you will find quick steps for a natural-looking glow that I recommend to all my clients!

Step 1: Foundation

Nathan Johnson's five-minute faceImmediately after applying moisturizer, work one pump of a liquid foundation into the skin. Use a brush or your fingers to blend it. This little touch will even out the skin in an effortless, natural way. (If you have oily skin, use powder instead.)

Step 2: Concealer

Using your pinky or a brush, apply a light touch of concealer under the eye. Apply it only where needed. To find that spot, tilt your head forward when you look into the mirror. A half-moon of darkness will leap right out. That is what you conceal. Done properly, this is the step that will give you the well-rested look.

Step 3: Powder

Set your foundation and concealer with a mica or silica based setting powder like the ones by Make Up For Ever or Cover FX. These look the most natural and will not change color through the day like talc based ones will. (If you used powder foundation, use this powder only on the concealer.)

Step 4: Eyeliner

Apply a dark brown liner to the upper lash line. Use a brush or cotton swab to smudge the color into the lash line for a really natural liner look. This small step makes the eyes pop!

Step 5: Highlight

It is the features that make this natural face so magical, so we need to make the right areas pop. With a brush, sweep a touch of highlighter across the high point of the cheek bones, along the brow bone and on the upper lid above the tear duct.

Step 6: Mascara

A touch of black mascara on the top lashes will make the eyes the focal point.

Step 7: Blush

For an effortless glow, add a little outdoorsy color to the face with a peachy-pink blush. When swept over the apples of the cheek, a fluffy brush will leave the perfect amount of color.

Step 8: Lips

A sheer, pink gloss adds freshness to the lips and face.

Final look

This natural look can be done in 2 to 5 minutes and will have any of your clients ready to face the world when you can’t be there!

 

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.

 

 


Nathan's tips to keep your skin looking great this summer

With the freezing weather finally behind us, more than just sweaters and snow blowers can be tucked away. As you pull on your thinner summer clothes, be sure to lighten up on your makeup and skincare as well.

In the warmer months, thick cleansers and creams can feel just as heavy as a winter coat would. For better feeling skin, try switching to something light and gentle like Cetaphil. This little powerhouse will cleanse, soften, and gently remove all the excess debris from your skin without stripping all the natural emollients. There is a fine balance between removing the excess and removing too much. You want the skin to retain a healthy amount of oil so you will look young and beautiful without looking oily. It will help keep the skin hydrated, and even and free of pesky breakouts.

In the summer months the skin is naturally oilier. Not only do we produce more oil, but the humidity in the air can seal it into the skin. Your choice of a summer moisturizer is even more important than the cleanser. Unless you are have very dry skin, dense, oil-based moisturizers in the warmer months will lead to clogged pores and excessive oiliness. Active Moist by Dermalogica is one of my all time favorites. The formulation is sheer but very effective. With a combination of silk amino acids and botanical extracts, this super hydrator will keep the skin supple while smoothing the skin’s surface.

When you open your medicine cabinet and put away the thicker moisturizer, store away the heavy foundation as well. Choosing tinted moisturizer in the summer keeps the skin fresh, dewy, and light while evening out the tone and cutting the red. I adore SkinTint FX by Cover FX. The base is a super-lightweight silicone and it is packed with the perfect amount of color and bronzer to make the skin glow with summer illumination. As if that wasn’t good enough, this mulit-tasker tossed in SPF as well as vitamins F, A, C and E to soothe, calm and hydrate the skin.

There is a big difference between dewy glow and slick shine. To keep excess oil at bay, tap De-Slick Mattifying Powder by Urban Decay onto all of your hot spots. This lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder works equally well over foundation or bare skin. It’s a lifesaver.

A few simple changes in your daily routine will ensure that your face stays cool regardless of the temperature. Don’t worry about storing away your heavier products over the summer, they’ll hold up just fine until the fall.

Put the heavier products away, but don’t worry, they will hold up just fine until the fall.

 

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.


At QC Makeup Academy we’re always asked questions about beauty products and dilemmas by our students. One of the most common questions has to do with the problems of setting powder. Even young women can find it settling into fine lines, and making them look much older than they are. We decided to put the question to celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson. Read his tips below!

QC: As one gets older is less often more with make-up? I am having trouble with “setting” powder being too obtrusive, especially around the fine lines of the eyes. Sometimes I avoid the powder all together there. What am I doing wrong? Please help!

Nathan: This is truly an excellent question. Powder and makeup settling in and around fine lines is an issue that professionals and women at home deal with.

Your question is tricky because with liquid or cream foundation, setting powder is necessary. Without it, your makeup will run, crease, and have a lot less longevity. There are a few things that may be at fault. So let’s look at them one by one until we find the culprit.

First of all, regardless of a woman’s age, when it comes to foundation and setting powders, less is ALWAYS more. Skin is a beautiful thing and you should not hide it. Perfect it, yes. Hide it, no. I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing only the level of coverage that you need. If you have chosen a texture of foundation that is too heavy, it’s going to look even heavier when you set it. Believe it or not, the weight of your powder may be the fault of your foundation or concealer. If you are using cream, have you tried liquid or tinted moisturizer? We usually need a lot less than we think to create the illusion of perfection.

If you find you’re using the right texture of foundation, then setting powder is probably the culprit. Talc powders can grab onto the foundation and force everything into the fine lines giving you the look of an ancient paper maché mask (I’m being a bit dramatic). And the problem only gets worse when your oil starts to come through the makeup.

There is one sure-fire way to combat this. Use a setting powder that is silica or mica based. Setting FX Setting Powder and Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder (pictured at right) are both 100% talc free. Both powders have absolutely no texture, so when you rub them between your fingers they disappear like a fine silk. And, no texture means no settling into fine lines. Put a touch on the end of a fluffy brush and lightly tap it onto your skin. The foundation will grab only what it needs. The formulations are 100% mineral based, non-drying to the skin, and the reflectivity of the mica picks up the light and makes the skin look even more luminous. Is that not awesome?

Solve the problem by following these steps and I have no doubt you will look flawless all day long.

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Written by Nathan Johnson
www.nathansbeauty.com
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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April 4, 2013 2:45 pm

How To – Day to Night Makeup Looks

Women don’t just work hard; they live and play hard as well. Daily life is busier and more hectic than ever. Work, romance, and fun flow one into another, so it only makes sense that we have a makeup plan that can transition with us.

The idea of changing makeup seems like way too much work for most women. But it is our job as artists to teach our clients the tricks that make transitioning far less of a task. Since most women wear the basics during the day (foundation, liner, and mascara), I am going to cover some quick tricks that will change any makeup look from daytime to party-ready in a flash.

Foundation Touch-up

Using the pinky finger, or a small synthetic brush, reapply the perfect shade of foundation to areas where it has worn away. Under the eyes and around the nose are two places to pay attention to. People touch, tug, and wipe their noses constantly, and this tiny fix will do wonders.

Powder

Most people develop a bit of shine during the day. So tone it down by dusting a light touch of powder over the entire face. If you don’t want to take a powder brush everywhere with you, cotton balls do an amazing job. Now remember, I said a light dusting. The goal is to tone down the shine…so less is more.

Eyes

If eyeliner and mascara are left over from the morning, don’t reapply. Lets dress up the lids by applying a soft, sultry shade, one that will immediately jazz up the eye. Go from the lash line right up to the crease. Lining the lower lid will add depth and definition. Use an angle brush or a pencil to add the color. If you want an extra pop, liquid eyeliner is really your best bet. Use it only on your upper lid…and if you want to get the cat eye, pull it just beyond the outer corner and flick it up.

Lips

To make the mouth pop at night, depth and drama are key. The easiest way to get the look is to apply a shade of lipstick or gloss that is two shades deeper than the color you wear for the day.

These day-to-night tricks are really simple, but you will see that the finish is a universally flattering, slightly more dramatic version of the daytime look. The perfect combination of depth and darkness will guarantee you a flawless face that will look great in any nighttime lighting.

Here’s a tip. Have your client assemble a small make-up bag that fits in her purse or desk drawer. Then she will always have everything she needs to make the day-to-party transition.

nathan johnsonWritten by Nathan Johnson
www.nathansbeauty.com

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.


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!

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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!


March 14, 2013 4:30 pm

Have You Found Your Perfect Primer?

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.

Eyelids

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.

Lips

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
www.nathansbeauty.com

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.

 

Image 1 via www.urbandecay.com
Image 2 via www.sennacosmetics.co