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eHow Makeup Tutorials – What to Do So Your Eye Makeup Stays Without Using Primer

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Lesson #5:

How many times have you put on your eye makeup in the morning, only to find that mid day your mascara has smudged under your eye and your eye shadow has creased in your lid?  Here are some fool proof tips for getting beautiful eye makeup that lasts all day without smudging or creasing.

  1. Place concealer on the lid and blend with a concealer brush.  This erases any discoloration on the lid creates a blank “canvas” from which you can work from.
  2. Blend translucent powder through the crease and on the lid using a qtip.  This way your eye shadow doesn’t settle into the fine lines of the crease.
  3. To prevent smudging on the bottom lashline, create a barrier on the lashline with translucent powder.
  4. Don’t blend your eye shadow over your lid.  Rather, you should place the shadow first, then blend.  You won’t get the messy shadow dropping on your face.
  5. To set your mascara, use a clean, dry mascara wand with a little black eye shadow.  By putting powder over your mascara, you won’t have the mascara running or smudging on your face!

Book your private lesson with me, or learn more beauty tips with my eHow Makeup Guide.  Look and feel beautiful EVERY day!!

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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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Safe Makeup and Skincare

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While watching this show about makeup and how to be safe, I found myself running for a notepad to take notes…  I get so many questions about ingredients and quality control, and this information can help all consumers make smart choices.

Is Your Makeup Dangerous?

Lipstick is a $500 million a year industry – but are they using that money to harm you with cheap fillers??

Did you know…

Carmine is Beetle Wings

Lanoline is Sheep Skin

Guanine is Fish Scales

 

All of these things can be found in your cosmetics!!  Check the labels.

Look for these dangerous ingredients, if you see them, do not use the products:

DMDM Hydantoin – Formaldehyde

PEG – Petroleum Chemicals

Parabens – Cancer Causing Preservatives

 Follow these rules to be safe…

  • The fewer ingredients, the better
  • Look for ingredients you can pronounce
  • Spend more money on less products
  • Watch for the word “fragrance”, it could be anything!
  • Don’t trust the FDA.  In order for them to have concern with a product, it has to be proven “unequivocally” that something causes cancer
  • Use Vegan products to ensure there are no animal by-products
  • Be an educated consumer, use product lines that you KNOW are safe

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The Perfect Smoky Eye – Beauty Tutorial

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“How do I get a smoky eye?”  That’s probably one of the most frequently asked question I get.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret…There’s a big misconception out there.  A lot of the time, people use the term “smoky eye” to describe the color they are trying to achieve, like charcoal gray.  In reality, the term “smoky eye” refers to a technique, not a color.

Here are some basics to follow:

  • Choose a wash color, a dark color, and a medium pop of color.
  • The darkest shade should encircle the entire eye, closest to the lash line.  Don’t forget the inner rim!  That’s the secret for getting a true smoky eye!
  • Use the medium shade in the crease to blend the dark shade and the wash color together.
  • Thicken the lashes with loads of mascara or false lashes.

To learn how to style your hair to go with your smoky eye, check out Celebrity Hair Stylist Billy Lowe on BeautyBuzz90210.

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Makeup at Work: Melissa McNamara and Billy Lowe on KCal9 News w/Interview Tips for Your Hair and Makeup

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How should you wear your hair for an interview, what’s the best makeup for interviews? Aaaaargh!  As if job hunting isn’t stressful enough, right?

Putting your best face forward (and your best hair!) will be much easier when you follow these style tips from me (Melissa McNamara) and style guru Billy Lowe.

Below is a video of me and Billy Lowe are on KCal9 afternoon news.  Watch and listen to what one interviewer noticed about a job hunter!  Don’t let that be you!!

Remember to take into consideration the TYPE of job you are hunting for. If your job is in an extremely creative field, you can be more creative with your hair and your makeup. Take a clue from photos on the company website to see what the culture is like. Err on the side of being a little more conservative in your first meeting – and then adjust as you get to know the people at the company better.

Best of luck with your interviews!