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Speaking of Beauty: A Guide to Discovering and Defining Your Self Worth Regardless of Media Influence

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Inner Beauty Journal – book by Holly Fulger and Melissa McNamara

It’s finally here!!  I’m pleased to announce that after 3 years of providing inner-outer beauty workshops for women from every walk of life, actress Holly Fulger and I have collaborated on a book together!

This book includes self discovery exercises, meditations, a Values Based Style Profile, and makeup looks designed for each Style!  Are you an Inspirer, a Dreamer, a Seeker, a Leader or a Thinker?  This book will help you to understand and redefine how you present your self to the world.

We did interviews with 10 VERY different women to find out how they define beauty, what their childhood experience was with their image, and how their life experience shaped them to be the person they are today.  All of these women are absolutely fascinating, and provide great insight into the world of beauty!

LAUNCH PARTY

You are invited to attend the Speaking of Beauty Inner Beauty Journal Launch Party to celebrate the uniqueness of women and experience the book for yourself.  The Speaking of Beauty Team will be available to talk to you about the book, provide makeup tips and guide you through the journal process.

Please join us:

Bleu Clothing - 454 S. LaBrea  Los Angeles, CA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wine and Cheese will be served

Please contact me with any questions:  Beautifuloutlook@gmail.com

See you there!!!!!

 

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Makeup Schools Los Angeles and Ventura County

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I get asked all the time about the best way to become a professional makeup artist.  I am here to answer all of these questions for you!  It’s so hard to decide the right path to take when you are doing your research…  I’ve broken it down for you in a few easy steps.

Melissa McNamara Makeup School

Do I need to pay thousands of dollars to attend a big school?

It depends on what your goal is.  If you want to enroll in a full time, long term commitment education, then this might be the right choice for you.  I always say that for some students, this is a good choice.  If you are looking to hang out with a lot of students, work on projects in a school setting, and take your time to learn, and money isn’t a roadblock, consider this option.

If you are on a budget, and want to get working immediately, there are other options.  This is why I created a short term, focused program for those students that want to learn while doing from a working professional.  Learn more about my makeup artistry training.

What should I look for when choosing a school?

Beautiful Outlook Makeup Training

#1  Are your instructors ACTIVELY working in the industry?

This is KEY to your education.  I happen to know of some instructors that have been teaching the SAME curriculum for 20+ years!!  Plus, they haven’t worked in the industry for just as long!  Products, social media,  job booking, techniques…  These things are changing all the time, and you need to be instructed by someone that can really teach you the “ins and outs” of the industry.

#2 Get references from ACTUAL students.

Ask the school for references from students, but more importantly, do some research online.  Look on google, yelp, etc. to see what people are saying.  I found an extremely helpful blog that talks all about the different options where actual students weigh in on the pros and cons of each option.  Click here to learn more.

#3 Make sure you’re not being conned into buying a kit with crappy makeup.

Sorry, but it’s true.  So many schools REQUIRE that you spend an exorbitant amount on a kit full of makeup that they make money on.  NOT NECESSARY!  You can get a kit with all you need to get started for under $300!!  Don’t be fooled by imitations, they just want to make money off of you!

Do I need a cosmetology license?

Not if you plan on working in film, print, runway, photography, tv, retail or weddings.  The only time you need a license is if you want to work in a salon or spa environment.  In fact, I have a lot of students that attend my training that are in aestheticians school, because they inadequate makeup training!!

Contact me if you want more information regarding my makeup school.  Most of my students are assisting me on the job and working within 2 weeks.  If this sounds like something you want to do, I’d love to meet you!

 

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What Does Beautiful Mean? Redefining Beauty

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Melissa McNamara Questions the Definition of Beauty

It’s a New Year, and it’s time for a New You.  Right?  Isn’t that what we all strive for?  The truth is that beauty is so much deeper than a resolution that is impossible to keep.  It is a reflection of who you really are and the uniqueness you bring to the world.

As a makeup artist for over 19 years, I’ve seen the impact that media has on the everyday woman.  The outside world places so much emphasis on our physical beauty.  Just open any magazine, and take a look.  The way beauty is defined is so limited, and let’s face it, it is completely unrealistic to strive for.  It’s no wonder that many of us look in the mirror and feel less than ideal.

Think about what beauty REALLY means to you and how you present that to the world. I believe that if we are truly aware of what makes each and every of one us unique, special and different; your core beauty shines through naturally.  Once you have a deeper understanding of your core beauty, then you can work on small improvements with makeup artistry tricks or a new hairstyle.

 

Here is my challenge to you in 2012.  At the end of every day, think of something beautiful about yourself. If you make someone laugh, you are humorous – which is beautiful.  If you lift someone’s spirits when they are down, you are compassionate – which is beautiful.  Always appreciate the fabulous person you are, and you will always feel beautiful.