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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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Airbrush Tanning in Los Angeles

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It’s official!  Summer is here and everyone wants to be bronzed and beautiful.  Well I’m here to tell you…  FAKE your tan people!

Los Angeles in the Summer

Fun in the Sun Los Angeles

Here’s my recipe for getting that “I just got home from a vacation in Maui” look…

 

 

 

  • Start with clean skin the night before.  Mix a drop of self-tanner into your night cream.  Apply to face, neck and chest.  In the morning…Viola!
  •  Use a tinted moisturizer that is slightly darker to match your newly fake tanned skin.  This will make your skin look dewy and fresh!  No heavy foundation in the summer!
  • Tap a little highlighting gel on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and tops of brows.
  •  Select a bronzer that’s not too orange, you don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa!!!  I prefer one that has a little shimmer, and blocks of different shades of bronze, like the classic Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer.
  •  I love to use a fan brush to apply the bronzer.  That way you get a feather light application without streaking.
  • Beginning at the temples, apply the bronzer by creating an arc over the cheekbone.  Think of it as creating a rainbow of bronzer to highlight your bone structure.
  • Bronze your hairline and forehead, over the top of the nose (where your sunglasses would hit), and the chin.  Get all the spots where the sun would naturally hit.
  •  I always finish up the look by sweeping bronzer through the crease of the eye.  It pulls the look altogether!!

Apply a little mascara and a pinky gloss, and you have a beautiful, sun kissed glow!!

Find out how getting an airbrush tan is the best way to get your “base tan”!!  Enjoy!!

 

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Eyelash Extensions Los Angeles

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My clients always ask me about eyelash extensions…  Will I like them?  Will they make my lashes fall out?  What happens if I want to take them out?

Lucky for me, my BFF Billy Lowe is an expert in this matter!  Here’s what I can tell you.  It really DOES matter who you go to.  Get references, ask to see their work, etc.  If it is done by a true professional, that has the proper training and certification, you will absolutely LOVE the results!!

Forget all those chemical products that promise to make your lashes grow over time, and MAY alter the color of your eyes! (Yes, it’s true, I’ve seen happen!)  Billy is the real deal, and you’re sure to love the long, luscious lashes you get as a result of his fine work.

Now I know all about it, and you can too!  If you want to read all about eyelash extensions, check out Beauty Buzz 90210!!