Lessons I Learned in Makeup School

It costs a lot of money to look this cheap! -Dolly Parton

1. Invest in some high quality makeup brushes. I don’t always believe that more expensive means better but it is usually true with brushes. The ones that you are getting at Target simply are not the same as the ones at Nordstrom. Sorry. 😦 The good news is that if you take care of these, they will last you a very, very long time. So at least you are getting your money’s worth.images-1

2. Makeup will never look good on dirty, un-exfoliated skin. Take care of the canvas and your makeup will look so much better! Come see me if it’s been awhile since your last facial. You will be amazed at the difference.

3. Apply lip balm prior to makeup application so your lips will be ready for your lip gloss, lip pencil or whatever you are using.

4. Lips and Cheeks should work in harmony.

5. Eyes- Think color theory! Going with colors that are the opposite of your eye color will bring out your eyes.

6. Shadows have always been the most flattering to fill in your eyebrows but now they have brush on colors and I love them. Black is too harsh for everyone! If you apply the eyeshadow color against the hair, it will stick to the skin and last longer.

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7. Eyeliner is to help eyelashes look thicker. Avoid liner on the lower lids as this can age you and force peoples eye to look lower. You always want them to look up…top of your face. Imagine it or do it on a friend. It makes a difference. Sometimes you can use it if you’re going for a certain look or if you have the eye shape for it.

8. Blush- It should be the color you naturally blush. No one blushes orange!!

9. Do not confuse bronzer with contour. Most often bronzer has shimmer in it. Contour is to help shape your face and shimmer will add attention to that area. Bronzer mimics where the sun would hit your face. Orange is not a bronzer or a contour color!!

10. Your lip color should not match your outfit. It should go in harmony (as I said above) with your cheek color and also your skin.

Have fun with your makeup but always look your age!

Nothing ages someone more than trying too hard to look young!!

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Where it All Started…

I am often asked where I got my education and how I know what I know and do what I do. Well, it really did start with Donna Mee and Empire Academy of Makeup.

I was 21 and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life until I met a new friend. She loved makeup and would always do mine when we went out. After she moved to New York, it got me thinking. Makeup was fun and interesting and I saw a lot of potential in it as a career. So I did some research and found Empire. It wasn’t the cheapest but it seemed to be the best. I really wanted to learn and I didn’t want to be just another student in a classroom.

I made the phone call and it changed my life. Their tagline… For Those Serious About Makeup. If you’re serious, if you don’t want a lasting and successful career in makeup, do not go here. Don’t waste your time, their time or your money. But if have a passion for makeup and know that you want this to be your career, make that phone call NOW!

Now, obviously I took a different route. I did makeup for a few years but always felt like my passion was more in skin care. I wouldn’t have known that if I didn’t go to Empire though. It was there that I first learned about skin. Not in a superficial way. We really learned about how to care for the skin and fix it!

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In the end, it didn’t matter that I wanted to do skin instead of makeup because Donna teaches business too. We were taught how to market ourselves and how to be professional. That’s invaluable information and has helped me in so many ways.

Here is some information on Beauty Boot Camp in Bali…

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One-Day Class in San Francisco on August 23rd…

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