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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!


June 11, 2013 3:28 pm

Graduate Feature: MUA Michael Smith

Michael Smith has always been interested in makeup. Before enrolling in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course his focus had mostly been on special effects makeup for motion pictures. Because of this background he understood the transformative power of makeup, and he was ready to work with the face as a canvas for beauty and glamor.

Michael excelled in his coursework and graduated near the end of 2012. He’s already well on his way to a thriving career as a makeup artist. We’re so pleased to bring you Michael’s story today, and invite you to visit his Facebook page and scroll through some photos of his work below.

Meet QC graduate Michael SmithBusiness Name: Blushstrokes Makeup
Course Taken: Master Makeup Artistry
Service Location: Central Ohio

A few of Michael’s noteworthy credits:

Makeup Artist, “Fish’n with Joe” Youtube episode, “Fishigan in Michigan” (makeup for spokesmodel) Columbus, OH.
Makeup Artist, International Talent models’ photoshoot. Columbus, OH.
Makeup Artist,  35mm feature “Oracabessa” (Tigest Films), Columbus, OH.
(Best Makeup Award Nomination) Makeup Artist, international competition film submission, “Perspectives”, Columbus, OH.


Where are you in your career?

I’m rediscovering my passion for makeup after several years of working in photography. I am building on past experiences, along with my schooling at QC, to better myself as a professional MUA.

What’s your favorite part about being a makeup artist?  

What I enjoy most about being an MUA is the variety of work I do. I can do a wedding one day, and then the next day work on a local film production or photo shoot.

What’s your dream job?

I would have to say my dream would be to work on a Hollywood motion picture production.

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

There are so many talented and gorgeous models and actresses out there. However, I’ve always been drawn to the glamour of the thirties and forties. I will say that to me, beauty is not just a pretty face. Beauty is also defined by what’s on the inside.

Why did you choose to study with QC Makeup Academy? 

In Ohio there are no schools for just makeup application, so I found the distance-learning lessons to be convenient. The materials (books, DVDs) that come with the lessons are good references to have even after graduation.

Some photos of Michael’s work…

MUA Michael Smith's take on Clara Bow

Photography by Jeffrey Glasser

QC makeup graduate Michael Smith

Photography by Jeffrey Glasser

Master makeup artistry graduate Michael Smith

Michael Smith's makeup artistry

QC graduate Michael Smith, MUA


If you are looking for an academy of makeup to build your skills and break into the industry, consider QC Makeup Academy. Their online learning system allows you to study from home at your own pace, with the careful guidance of a personal tutor. Take a peek into some of the topics covered in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry course:

  • Basic makeup artistry etiquette, and how to approach clients
    Each and every step of the makeup application process, from lips to eyebrows
    How to change your techniques for mature clients
    Creating a subtle look for your male makeup clients
    Bridal makeup
    Creating impressive glamour and fantasy makeup looks
    Contouring techniques
    Makeup for the stage

Are you looking for an academy of makeup?

Would you like to learn more about QC’s makeup artistry courses? Visit for more details and pricing information. Or email your questions to a Student Support Specialist at They would be happy to give you all the information you need to make an informed decision on your education and your future as a professional makeup artist. What are you waiting for?

What are you looking for in a makeup school? Let us know in a comment!




Did you know that QC Makeup Academy offers makeup artist classes online? It’s true! That means you can build your skills and train yourself as a makeup artist from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. With QC, you can enroll as a beginner and graduate with all the skills you need to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist.

QC offers makeup artist classes online

You’ll learn all the basics:

  • How to use your makeup brushes
    How to keep a clean work environment
    Makeup etiquette
    Assessing skin type and color
    Facial correctors and concealers
    The magic of contouring
    Makeup on male and mature clients

You’ll learn makeup for a variety of events:

  • Subtle daytime looks
    Dramatic evening looks
    Makeup for different seasons
    Subtle daytime looks
    Dramatic evening looks
    Makeup for different seasons
    Bridal makeup

If you enroll in the Master Makeup Artistry your course will continue for an additional two units on the following advanced topics:

  • Glamour and fantasy makeup
    Makeup for catwalk and fashion photography
    Makeup for publicity and live events
    Stage makeup applications, and how they’re affected by lighting
    Character makeup for television and film
    Tattoo cover-up

Many of our graduates are able to work as freelance makeup artists for a variety of clients. In addition, some go on to work for major cosmetic companies, or in salons. When you’ve got the right training and a passion for makeup, there are so many options. Click here to enroll in QC Makeup Academy now.


Looking for online makeup artist courses? QC Makeup Academy offers two courses in makeup artistry, and they’re completely available online. Online learning is a great option for so many people. Here’s why:

Online learning for a second career

Starting over in a new career can be scary. That’s why QC Makeup Academy minimizes the risk of changing careers by making education simple, convenient, and affordable. After all, we’re trying to get you working in your dream job as a makeup artist!

QC offers online makeup artist courses

Online learning for high school graduates

Online industry training with QC Makeup Academy lets new graduates enter the workforce and begin earning an income as quickly as possible, training professional makeup artists in a very short amount of time.

Online learning for remote students

Not everyone lives near a college or school that offers a program they’re interested in, and moving isn’t always a realistic option. Many QC students can study their passion – makeup – without sacrificing their locations.

Online learning to start your own business

Part of your online lessons as a makeup artist includes business training to help you achieve your goals of starting your own makeup artistry business. Lessons include marketing and promotion, working with clients, and choosing a business name.

Many people think it’s impossible to learn makeup from home, but our hands-on lessons are designed to get you practicing your technique. Many assignments require that you work on a live model and submit photos to your tutor for critique. Your tutor is a professional makeup artist, and will give you constructive criticism to help you improve your skills. For more information, visit





April 14, 2013 8:30 am

Win an Urban Decay Naked Palette!

From April 2nd to 29th, we’re running an exclusive Facebook-fans only giveaway at QC Makeup Academy. We’re giving away THREE Urban Decay palettes: Naked, Naked 2, and Naked Basics. All you have to do is submit your best smokey eye look to the Contests app on our Facebook page and you’ll be entered. On April 30th, we’ll choose our three favorite looks and announce the winners on Facebook. Sound good? Want to enter now? Click HERE! You can find all the contest details and entry form by clicking the tab that says “Enter to Win a Naked Palette!” This contest is open internationally. Read on for more details.

Makeup Contest

Grand Prize

First place winner will receive brand new Urban Decay Naked 2 palette.

The follow up to the original bestselling Naked palette, this stunning second edition proves that neutral is anything but boring. Showcasing a dozen completely different shades than the first bronze-based collection, it includes a stunning range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly. You’ll achieve a host of new neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. The palette also includes a travel-size Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked and a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette).

Palette includes:

  • 12 × 0.05 oz Eyeshadows in Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish), Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish)
  • Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush
  • 0.11 oz Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked (pinky neutral)
2nd Prize

Second place winner will receive brand new Urban Decay Naked palette.

This long, lean, and seductive case comes packed with 12 gorgeous neutrals that work for absolutely everyone. Shades range from delicate champagne to gritty gunmetal, and feature five stunning new shades. A variety of textures, including glitter, shimmer, and matte, ensure that you’ll never get bored. This versatile palette can go from office appropriate to a night on the town. The mirrored case also features a new professional-quality, cruelty-free Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush, plus a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion in original formula.

Palette includes:

  • 12 × 0.05 oz shadows in: Virgin (nude satin), Sin (champagne shimmer), Naked (buff matte), Sidecar (beige sparkle), Buck (brown matte), Half Baked (bronze), Smog (golden brown shimmer), Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer), Toasted (taupe-bronze), Hustle (mocha shimmer), Creep (near-black metallic), Gunmetal (dark grey metallic)
  • Good Karma Eyeshadow Brush
  • 0.13 oz Travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion
3rd Prize

Third place winner will win brand new Urban Decay Naked Basics palette.

The long-awaited, multipurpose MATTE companion to Naked is the palette everyone needs in their beauty arsenal. With six versatile and extremely wearable Naked shades, it has everything you need for the perfect neutral matte eye—including four totally new and exclusive shades. It all comes in a sleek compact embossed with a pretty, metallic NAKED on the front that has a slight sheen and suede-like feel that begs to be touched. Best of all, the slim design is perfect for travel, so you’ll never have to be without these must-have shades.

This palette includes:

  • 6 × 0.05 oz eye shadows in Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (very light yellow/white matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).
Contest Instructions

To enter, create your best smokey eye makeup look and upload a photo to the contest application through QC Makeup Academy’s Facebook fan page. Be sure to create a complete look, not just the eyes!

Contest Starts
April 02, 2013 @ 09:00 am (EDT)
Contest Ends
April 29, 2013 @ 05:00 pm (EDT)
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QC Makeup Academy offers a fully integrated, online learning experience. Study to become a professional makeup artist from home!

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.


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.


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.


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

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.


March 27, 2013 6:46 pm

Bronze, Blush, and Highlight

Bronze, blush, and highlight – the three key staples to a flawless complexion. Once you have perfected and neutralized (removed any redness, dark circles and spots) the skin with foundation and concealer it’s time to bring back the color and definition. Sometimes after we apply foundation we feel a little washed out or pale. Bronzer, blush, and highlighter are perfect ways to brighten up the face!

There are no rules for the order of application. I prefer to apply bronzer, blush, then highlighter – in that order – but you may have another method and that’s okay too! I find that applying bronzer first allows you to see the face shape better and identify where you need to apply the other two products.

When applying bronzer you want to focus on the hollows of the cheeks, the top of the forehead, and underneath the jaw bone. This is a gentle contour for the face and helps the face appear thinner and more sculpted.

When applying blush, focus on the apples of the cheeks blending back towards the ear, basically right above where you have applied the bronzer. Use small circular buffing motions to apply the blush. This will help with an even application of product and a natural finish.

Lastly, highlighter should be applied where you want to highlight certain areas of the face. Applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones helps to accentuate the contouring you have already done. With the darker bronzer in the hollow of the cheekbone (drawing it in) and a bright highlight on the top of the cheekbone (drawing it out) you’re really able to make cheekbones appear more pronounced. You can also apply highlighter along the bridge of the nose up into a V on the forehead, as well as temples, centre of the chin, cupids bow (just above the upper lip), and brow bone!

Here is a diagram I drew to give you a visual on these application tips!

bronze blush and highlight

Model: Siobhan Bolton / Makeup: Brittany Hall

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.


When you’re just starting out, the pay can be unpredictable, and the world of makeup artistry is no different. It can be difficult to secure regular work – and get a paycheck for it! So what can you expect from a makeup artist salary?

The answer is – it depends. Here are a few factors that can affect makeup artist salary:


Makeup artists in large urban centers have more opportunity to earn a higher living, compared to their rural counterparts. They have a larger pool of potential clients, more access to high paying industries (like film and editorial), and generally a wealthier client base. However, with more opportunity comes more competition – definitely something to consider.


Makeup artists often start as freelancers, and while it takes some time to fill up your schedule with new clients, this field offers the most freedom. The potential earnings are the lowest in the industry – about $30,000 annually, on average – but it’s a great way to make connections and get your name out there, especially when you’re starting out.


A huge opportunity for makeup artists is to work at a beauty counter or under a major cosmetic label. It might not offer the creative freedom of freelance work, but it does offer a consistent salary, with the possibility of benefits as well. The average annual income for a makeup artist in this field is $35,000.

TV and Stage

If you live in an area with a thriving television or theatrical scene, a career as a makeup artist on the set of a television show or theater company could be a very lucrative option. In this field, you have the potential to earn anywhere between $45,000 and $75,000, depending on your experience and skill level. If you’re interested in this career path, QC Makeup Academy offers a Master Makeup Artistry course that teaches makeup for theater, live stage performance, and television.

The possibilities are practically limitless. There is a lot of money to be made in makeup artistry, and a field that’s suitable for any MUA.

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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
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.


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