Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey

Description: This 3 day hands-on class is taught by makeup artist Candace Corey, to show you makeup and business techniques needed to work as a professional makeup artist for print, events and TV.

Candace is a working makeup artist. Her work has been in various media including Access Hollywood, MTV, Olympics, NFL Draft, Rolling Stones magazine, Glamour magazine as well as concerts for Carly Rae Jepsen and Becky G.

To sign up:

(payment plans available)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Artist Summit 2015

Provincetown, MA from October 4 - 7, 2015

The Artist Summit is three day artist program for those in the professional makeup and beauty industries. The event will be held in Provincetown, MA from October 4 - 7, 2015 when two hundred of the most driven, focused and committed professionals in the business of beauty will come together for three days of insightful and inspiring discussion about artistry, career and industry at The Artist Summit 2015!
Produced by The Powder Group and hosted by Michael DeVellis and James Vincent, The Artist Summit will bring the pro community together in a way that no other makeup event has before. Designed to redefine and deepen the foundations of your business, strengthen your expectations and aspirations, and inspire you to create your most successful career imaginable - The Artist Summit will move you and your business forward.
The three-day event will consist of an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind seminars and talks that will include all new programs, exclusive to The Artist Summit presented by more than a dozen industry leaders including Albert Sanchez, Alee Cao, Chad Hayduk, Charlie Wan, Dani Fonseca, Eugenia Weston, Eve Pearl, James Vincent, Leslie Christin, Michael DeVellis, Pedro Zalba, Roque Cozzette, Stephanie Flor, and William Edge.
Two supplementary days of hands-on workshops will be held on October 8 - 9. These optional sessions are at additional fee and open exclusively to The Artist Summit attendees. For complete event details, presenter bios and event purchase information please visit, or contact us at 212.627.7447.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey

The Makeup Artist Workshop by Candace Corey!

Location: Dallas, Texas

Dates: October 22 - 24, 2015

Description: This 3 day hands-on class is taught by makeup artist Candace Corey, to show you makeup and business techniques needed to work as a professional makeup artist for print, events and TV.

Candace is a working makeup artist. Her work has been in various media including Access Hollywood, MTV, Olympics, NFL Draft, Rolling Stones magazine, Glamour magazine as well as concerts for Carly Rae Jepsen and Becky G.

To sign up:

(payment plans available)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Google+ Communities for Beauty

Google+ is often overlooked as a social media platform, but it's awesome to promote your website or blog. It's also Google's attempt at social media so it helps you with SEO and coming up higher on the Google Search Engine.

Amateur Makeup Artists and Lovers

Beauty (Group 2)
Beauty (Group 3)
Beauty UK
Beauty/Fashion Bloggers
Beauty Bloggers
Beauty Bloggers (Group 2)
Beauty Bloggers Forum
Beauty, Fashion, Health and Fitness
Beautiful Makeup
Beauty Gurus
Beauty Talk

Beauty Tips
Beauty Tips (Group 2)
Beauty & Health

Beauty and Fashion
Beauty and Fashion (Group 2)

Beauty and Lifestyle with Lena Semaan
Beauty and Makeup
Beauty and Makeup (Group 2)

Beauty and Styles
Beauty for Women
Black Fashion and Beauty
Budget Beauty's
Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Daniela Irimiea Make-up Artist
Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty Makeup Bloggers/Lovers
Fashion Beauty MakeupFashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle Bloggers
Fashion, Makeup, and a Double Latte! 

Health & Beauty Bloggers
International Beauty Movement

JamesC Makeup Designer
Korean Makeup
Lifestyle Bloggers
Make-up Blogs
Make-up, Nails, and Hair

Makeup (Group 2)
Makeup (Group 3)
Make up lover unite.
Makeup and Beauty

Makeup and Beauty Community
Makeup in Motion
Makeup Artist Melbourne

Makeup Fashion and Beauty
Makeup Geeks
Makeup Lovers
Makeup Lovers (Group 2)
Makeup Opportunity
Makeup, Skincare, and Hair Blogs

Makeup Tutorials
Moda G+
Passion Glam 2015
Promote Your Blog

Skin Care
Skin Care (Group 2)
Skin Care (Group 3)
Skin & Beauty
Skin & Hair Care
Skin Care and Beauty
Smart Makeup Artist

Youtube Beauty Guru

Friday, June 12, 2015

How Do I Start Doing Makeup?

This is probably the question I get asked the most and the reason I started this blog to begin with. How do I start doing makeup without having any training? Makeup can be intimidating when your first starting off especially when the only face you've done makeup on is your own. So where do you begin?

The first place to start practicing is on yourself. This is the one place you can really feel safe to practice, try out new things, and master basic skills. Learn how to blend eye shadow, how to add eye liner (wing eyeliner if your feeling confident), how to apply liquid foundation, how to apply cream foundation, how to add blush, how to conceal pimples and under eyes. Every time you try something new, lay out all the tools and makeup you used to create the look. Snap a picture of your supplies and a selfie, even it it's not great. This is for your own private portfolio, so that you can self critique your learning process. If you are able to, write down all the steps you took and how you liked each product and why. They say the best way to master something is by teaching it, so even if it's just written it will help you understand your application much better.

The next place is family and friends. We all have people that love and support us, this should be a place we feel safe and supported. Don't go apply makeup on the debbie downer friend or a jealous family member. Share your dreams with people that will help keep your dreams afloat. When I started playing with makeup around 17 or so I would make my own clothes and make my little sister "model" for me. This was perfect because she was my little sister she would never say no, what 12 year old isn't going to enjoy dressing up and getting her face painted? So I began practicing on her over and over, quickly realizing how different our face shapes and features were. To this day she is the most difficult winged eyeliner I have ever mastered. I can always do it on the right eye and the left eye just causes me so many problems which I would have never known if I didn't try.

Which brings me to my next point, don't ignore women that are older, overweight, have acne, or are a race your not used to applying makeup on. This is where you will really test your skills as a makeup artist. Dive into it head first! Your grandma came to visit? Cool give her a make over. We all want pictures of makeup on flawless, young, model type skin so we can show off our work but that skin isn't hard to mess up. It's easy to make someone flawless look at least decent, but if you can make grandma look 10 years younger, or someone with a birth mark on their face feel confident about going to a HS reunion, or the senior who went through HS with acne feel beautiful when she goes to prom, that to me is a talented makeup artist.

As far as having a makeup kit be patient, it can take time to build up. When I started I bought a tool box at Wal-mart, when I started actually using it and doing makeup on people I invested in a hard shell makeup case. Eventually I moved onto a fabric nylon makeup case with drawers. Almost 7 years after purchasing my tool box I finally invested in a Zuca Pro and their artist backpack.

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Favorite Makeup Books

I completely consider myself a book worm, I grew up in a family that loves to read and often book swaps. So it makes sense that one of my favorite tools to learn makeup, technique, and more is makeup books. Here are my favorite ones:

My all time favorite makeup book is The Professional Makeup Artist: Motion Picture, Television, Print, Theatre by Joe Blasco and Vincent J-R Kehoe. This book is my favorite because of the knowledge and information that is available, I call it my makeup bible. It was written by two founding fathers of makeup, if you don't know who Joe and Vincent are Google them. You won't believe all the things they have accomplished in their careers and how much  they have influenced the industry. This is also the book that is used at the Joe Blasco Makeup Training Center which can cost thousands of dollars. This book outlines everything from color theory, makeup application, kit supplies, history and more. So to spend under $100 and get at least some of the information that is shared for this course is such a bargain!

Kevyn Aucoin books are a must have for any beauty lover, especially a makeup artist. He is the reason I became a makeup artist and what opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a makeup artist despite any adversity I faced. His books share techniques, explanations for tools and products, as well as my favorite makeovers from celebrities to everyday women. His knowledge and inspiration still stand true years later. Again another person to add to your Google list.

The luxury of Nars cosmetics is brought to book form in Makeup Your Mind Express Yourself by Francois Nars. I love the variety of races in this book and the mixture of  men as well. Being able to clearly see the before and afters will inspire you to play with your makeup and see what you can accomplish.

Scott Barnes, creator of the infamous J.Lo glow, has been notorious for working with some of the most legendary women of our time.

Iman is one of the most iconic super models, business women, and cosmetic empire. She created one of the first makeup books dedicated to addressing concerns for makeup across all skin tones featuring Salma Hayek, Tyra Banks, Eva Mendes, Venus and Serena.

Jemma Kidd Make-up Masterclass: Beauty Bible of Professional Techniques and Wearable Looks in her step by step guide Jemma really breaks down beauty looks into simple steps anyone can recreate. She also has Make-Up Secrets: Solutions to Every Woman's Beauty Issues and Make-Up Dilemmas.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, B.B. Living Beauty, B.B. Beauty: The Ultimate Beauty Resource Book
by Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown books are good to pick up at the library or buy used online they are good books for MUA's that are starting out. She goes over color theory and has really great photography in all her books.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

MUA: Most Commonly Asked Questions

One of the most common fears of new makeup artist, is 

"What questions will my clients ask me?"

And How do I answer them?

1. How long have you been doing makeup?
      Honesty is the best policy, don't lie about your experience or feel embarrassed for not           having years under your belt. Have pride for your passion, experience, and the fact that         you are pursuing your dreams. Every makeup artist starts somewhere, share how long         you have been doing makeup, what you have accomplished ( 2 weddings, 8 week                 makeup course, 1 fashion show etc.) and why you love doing makeup.

2. Have you worked on any celebrities? If you have who       are they?
      Again honesty is the best policy, be honest and do not plagiarize the work of another             artist. Don't say you did makeup on a Kardashian last week, if you didn't. If you assisted       on a celebrity shoot or job state that you assisted, never take credit for someone else's         work. Even if you think that they will never find out, integrity in this industry matters.               Additionally if you signed a non disclosure contract that prohibited you from stating that         you provided services to this celebrity or speaking of this celebrities' behavior abide by         your contract, and do not disclose any information.

3. Are you self taught or did you go to makeup school?
      People like to know how you learned makeup, so feel free to share with them what your       journey has been. Have you always played with makeup? Did you learn by attending a         school, or have you gotten your hands on every face you can get ahold of? If you have         been certified share your certification, techniques you learned, and what influences you         as a makeup artist?

4. What are your makeup rates?
      Research makeup rates in your area, feel free to email other makeup artist and ask               them what they are charging? Get as much detail as possible for all inquiries. Ask how         many people will have their makeup done? How long you are expected to be there? Will       you stay for touch ups? and more. Figure out how much you will spend to get this job           done, your products, wear and tear on brushes, gas money, etc.

5. What products do you carry in your kit?
      People want to know what they are paying for, they want to know if you carry high end           products, products they might be allergic to, and some people want only use organic or         cruelty free or vegan products. Be honest and share what products you use. This                   question is easier to answer if you take the time to educate yourself about your                     products. So learn everything you can about the products you carry from ingredients to         possible reactions.

6. Could I see your work?
      Of course people want to see your makeup work before hiring you. The most                         professional thing is to have a website. It provides a level of professionalism that                   Instagram or Facebook doesn't. Again, do not plagiarize work, if you use work from               another artist, there are so many ways for them to find out. Not to mention you might not       be able to recreate their technique. It's always best to use your own work.

Monday, June 1, 2015

30 Questions to Ask Before Enrolling in Makeup School

Not all makeup schools were created equal and for that reason before handing over your hard earned cash, please make sure to do your homework on the makeup academies of your choice. From tuition to instructors and post certification, these questions will help you make an informed decision on choosing a makeup academy.

How long does it take to complete your course?

What is the cost of attendance?

Do you offer payment plans?

What form of payment do you accept?

What are your refund policies?

What happens if I was unable to complete due to personal reasons, or illness?

Do you have any satisfaction guarantee policy?

What is the student to instructor ratio?

Does my tuition include a beauty makeup kit? What comes in it?

Is a special FX kit purchased separately or included?

Does my tuition include books?

Do I need to purchase a uniform?

Do you offer any online resources while I am enrolled? Such as a student forum, online videos of the course

Is there tutoring or resources available if I don't understand a technique or concept?

What does your certification cover? Bridal, Special FX, Theatre, Airbrushing etc.

Are your instructors currently working in the industry?

Is your academy in affiliation with any company? (For example the line of products used, or cosmetic companies that offer discounts)

Does your course cover marketing?

Does your course cover taxes, insurance, and the legalities of starting a business?

Do I receive discounts to trade shows or classes taught anywhere else?

Do I need to join an organization?

Are there any annual fees?

How long has your facility been open?

Are you part of the BBB (Better Business Bureau)?

Do you have any type of accreditation or awards?

What resources are available post certification?

Do you offer discounted rates for continued education?

Do you offer job placement or assistant opportunities? Such as resume creation, portfolio creation

What kind of salary should I expect to make 6 months after completing your course?

Please give the names of your three most successful students

Try to tour at least 3 makeup schools. Always ensure you visit the school in person, request the ability to maybe stop by a class that is in session to get a feel for the administration, instructors, and student body. Whatever you do, don't enroll into a school until you have toured all of your options.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Enrolling in Makeup School

Why do you want to do makeup?
Do you want to learn makeup application for yourself, as a hobby, or as a business?

What kind of makeup artist do you want to be?

Do you want to do makeup for bridal? For Television? For Events?

Do you want to work in a salon?

Do you want to teach makeup?

What's the most important quality a school has to offer you, is it reputation, price, convenience, and/or flexibility?

Do you have support from family and friends?

Do you have transportation to get to school and events?

If you have children do you have a reliable babysitter?

Do you have money saved to attend school and work for trade while building your portfolio?

What are you willing to do to succeed as a makeup artist?

How much income do you want to make as a makeup artist?

These are just a few things to ask yourself before signing up for makeup school. You want to set yourself up to win, so make sure to get your personal life arranged so that you have the best makeup school experience. This is not just a hobby this is your career and your education can be a great cornerstone for your future.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stephanie Flor + The Powder Group Around The World Beauty Seminar NYC

Stephanie Flor's Around the World Beauty project and blog reveals beauty methods and techniques that are practiced in different cultures around the world. Her website introduces readers to international beauty rituals and traditions that she has discovered during her ATW travels - literally around the world. Her mission is to keep beauty heritage alive, and share secrets told by ancestors and grandparents from cultures as far reaching as Tanzia and India to Costa Rica and Peru. 

Now, in a special event series produced by Michael DeVellis and The Powder Group, Stephanie will bring a selection of these cultural references to modern beauty showcasing the influence of various cultures on modern beauty makeup.

In the Around The World Beauty Seminars, Stephanie will create red-carpet ready beauty looks inspired by our history lesson of trends, while discussing common concerns for women of a wide range of cultures that include everything from foundation matching, skin issues, making makeup last in different weather conditions and creating authentic beauty.

Register for Around The World Beauty by clicking here! 

ATW Beauty: Asian Influence
Wednesday, June 3, 6:00-8:00 pm
Join Stephanie as she returns this month from a whirlwind trip through Asia bringing to this program a very special take on the culture of Japanese and Korean beauty. Both cultures being such pioneers in products, heritage and unique beauty fixes, this program is sure to be a must-experience! Stephanie will discuss some of the everyday beauty rituals, and traditions that have centered Asia as the leader in skin and beauty through the years and will incorporate their beauty secrets and makeup technique to this final event in this one-of-a-kind series!

All Around The World Beauty events will be held at: 
Inglot Studio
Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Fee: Other programs will be $45.00 for TPG Pro members. $65.00 for non-members.

Visit and share our online event page by clicking here. 
Register for Around The World Beauty by clicking here!

About Stephanie Flor

Celebrity makeup artist Stephanie Flor, has been featured on Glamour magazine, Redbook, NBC, Latina, Cosmo for Latinas, and eHow. Flor's expertise in multicultural beauty has made her a go-to ambassador for cosmetic and hair care brands, such as Head and Shoulders, Makeup Forever, L'Oreal Paris, La Bella, Thicker Fuller Hair, and Maybelline. Stephanie's makeup artist website and also that I'm represented by Cloutier Remix

About the Around the World Beauty Blog
Around the World Beauty, is a beauty blog about rituals and traditions practiced in different cultures by women all over the world. From Cleopatra's milk baths to India's 5,000 year old Ayurvedic system, there are countless beauty regimens that have existed from the beginning of time.

Photo credits:
Above: photo-quad images by Jason Setiawan and Marley Kate.
Below: collage images by Stephanie Flor 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beauty in All Eyes Workshop with David Hernandez

One of my favorite makeup artist educators, David Hernandez is at it again. He's going to be sharing his techniques for beautiful eye makeup on your clients at Nigel's Beauty Emporium. This workshop will teach you several different techniques to please your client in all realms of eye makeup. Understand the different shapes of the eyes and how to enhance and dramatically change them. From natural beauty, editorial, fashion and avant garde, learn the magic of using different lashes and tools. You will not be disappointed as Nigel Beauty Pro Educator David Hernandez opens your eyes to the beauty in everything in this 3 hour workshop.



Cancellations must be made 48 hrs. in advance. Absolutely no refunds afterwards. Please arrive early, street parking only Must present your workshop receipt for the workshop & to redeem products. To sign up click here.

Facebook Groups for Professional Makeup Artist

Facebook groups are great to network, you may already be a part of a few makeup groups. I rounded up the best professional makeup groups on Facebook that are created by some of the most beloved leaders, educators, and peers in our industry. Before joining make sure to read each groups' set of rules FIRST, participate by asking questions or giving your best advice. Be tactful, respectful and REALLY take a second to think before you post. Don't forget to spell and grammar check! 

Michael DeVellis of the Powder Group created the  group "So You Want To Be A Makeup Artist..."

Welcome to So You Want To Be A Makeup Artist...
"We are a pro-focused, positive and welcoming group of makeup artists, business leaders and those looking to develop their career in makeup and beauty. This is a place to share and ask about product, technique, artistry and career. This is a place for engagement and community. No one here will reprimand you if you ask a question that has been asked before. No one here will allow negativity and criticism - not from our members and certainly not our administrators. We welcome dialogue and debate that encourages open communication without aggressiveness or unapologetic self-promotion. We are here for you - not ourselves. Brought to you by The Powder Group and our industry partners."

I love this group because there is a great mixture of professional industry makeup artist, beginning makeup artist and everyone in between. There is a positive vibe in this group and it's so nice to see makeup artist happy to mentor other makeup artist. There is never drama, bullying, or heckling of any members. The focus is on the work and what it takes to be a professional makeup artist. This FB group gives you a good preview of what it's like to be a member of the Powder Group and the benefits that are available to you as a member.

Glossible & Glossible PRO

Chicago's Sonia Roselli is giving you industry insight with no censors. She's all business, straight forward, and focuses on true makeup artistry. She launched her blog Glossible to help bring back classic makeup artist values and education. Her blog is one of my personal favorites. Join her Glossible group on Facebook or her Glossible Pro group if you are a professional

Glossible: A forum where professional makeup artists recommend professional products, trends to consumers and other pros. 

Glossible PRO:
This is a group for working professional makeup artists. You MUST have a www. website to join or an official IMDB page.

***If we can't see your pro website in your about page on Facebook, we don't let you 

After requesting to join, please make sure to check your "other" inbox in case we are trying to reach you with any questions. 

Thanks for understanding! "

In My Kit

The infamous Kevin James Bennett has a website In My Kit this website has reviews on cosmetic products for beauty professionals. He created the FB group "In My Kit" to create a social conversation where beauty professionals and enthusiast can ask questions and give tips or advice. He's at  over 25,000 group members, want to know why? Click here to join

The IN MY KIT® Group's focus is sharing product knowledge, application techniques, education, industry news, and interesting cosmetic facts.

This is a PUBLIC Group for Professionals AND Consumers - DO NOT discuss business procedures, contracts, rates or client issues.

We've all worked hard to build this community, please respect the following policies, rules and guidelines when participating in this group. "

Mee Inc Industry Workshops

The beautiful Donna Mee has over 33 years in the beauty industry. She's an entrepreneur, and launched her makeup academy in 1997. Her students are notorious for working in the industry and standing out. Join her FB group here.

While teaching in the third world countries of Bali, Indonesia and Johannesburg South Africa, in mid 2014, Donna was approached by several individuals that traveled far just to meet her. They told her that they truly aspired to become makeup artists but that they could not afford to take courses or training anywhere so they would never realize their dream of doing makeup and making a living as an artist. This weighed very heavily on Donna's heart. Before she left Bali, she had a vision... to break up her 4 - 20 week intensive training courses into much smaller segments of just 1 - 10 days. This allows more individuals to get started in the industry and ideally allows more aspiring artists to follow their dream career. "

World Wide Alliance of Makeup Artist

WAMA created by Celebrity Makeup Artist and Educator Sandra Hamill is also a large group with over 10,000 members. SANDRA HAMILL' in makeup artistry took and unusual but incredible path, one long envied and respected by even the best in the industry.

Twenty years ago Sandra went to school to learn her craft and graduated at the top of her class from a CIDESCO certified program, which holds the highest standard of beauty education in the world. 

Six months after graduating, she was working at the House of Commons in Ottawa as an in house makeup artist and her school had her in as a guest speaker for new and upcoming artists and her career was on its way. 4 years later she moved to Toronto and went to work for Queens Park. Before long she was doing the makeup of every notable politician and dignitary including Her Madgestys QE 11 appointed Governer General of Canada and the Dept of National Defence .

Finding her niche in civil service was exactly where Sandra felt she belonged. Sandra was well respected, trusted and called upon, often times at a moments notice, and she was there.

Sandra even has clearance to do the President of the United States and was originally invited to the roster under the Clinton administration. In fact, she has done the makeup of over 750 political figures!

She has also worked with an incredible number of celebrities and has been a favorite artist of famed photographer The Hon Al Gilbert, who didnt work with makeup artists until he met her. She is honored to have had her picture taken by Al Gilbert MASTER PHOTOGRAPHER-ORDER OF CANADA as well.

She considers it a pleasure and an honor to serve in this way and respects the position she is in saying, "When you are four inches away from a politician,diplomat or an Oscar winning director's face, you really need to know how to work and keep a good rapport with them." She says she rarely finds anyone difficult, maybe demanding, but not difficult.

All that being said her proudest achievement is being the creator and founder of the Worldwide Alliance of Makeup Artists. She created WAMA in an effort to help promote and network makeup artists all over the globe, assisting them in job placement, helping them perfect their craft, promoting them as well as the profession and so much more.


Friday, May 22, 2015

About Face NYC by Nicky Posley

Fascinated by the transformative power of beauty art and fashion, Nicky Posley began his career in makeup. With 16 years in the industry, Posley believes that makeup is art and empowerment, with the ability to transform the spirit. 

See his work here:
Instagram: @nickyposley

The $99 is to reserve your seat, and is (Non - Refundable) The remaining balance of $125 is due day of the class, upon arrival (cash only)  Total investment is $225. Space is limited for the New York class. 
Time: 10a.m. -1p.m.  (doors wil open at 9:15 a.m. for check in)
Location: to be announced
Thank you for your interest and support! Beauty and makeup are two of my greatest passions! I believe that makeup is art and empowerment. It can transform the spirit. If you love makeup and the power of transformation, this is for you! Join me as I share my passion and all that I have learned to take your artistry to the next level!! Just bring your positive energy, a pen and paper. Let's go NYC!
About Face is a full  makeup demonstration class w/Q&A that will focus on techniques, tips and tricks that will translate into more polished/impactful work in the worlds of beauty, fashion, editorial and celebrity.
Topics covered: 
Selecting the right foundation shades
Bulletproofing your makeup for more long-lasting results
Using creams and powders to sculpt and highlight the features for a seamless and elegant finish
Creating the perfect brow to frame and bring balance to a client’s features
Placing/blending eyeshadow to perfection
Applying and customizing false lashes
Finishing details that will set you apart from the rest
Using social media to build and introduce your brand and much more.
Photographs are more than welcomed, but there will be no video-taping allowed during the demonstration. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Sign up here

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