Learning Makeup

Beyond Beauty School: Learning Makeup

Most cosmetology programs have a very limited coverage of makeup. So you want to be a makeup artist? First of all, pursuing further education into it would be a great way to start. Here are some tips to dive more into learning makeup techniques and application.

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The first step in learning makeup is sanitation. First of all, Sanitation is a huge thing if you’re doing any kind of services on the public.It isn’t possible to over stress this topic.  Because consumers are expecting more from their experience everyday, providing a safe, sanitary environment is a big deal. Herpes, staph, & MRSA are just a few of the nasty things you can spread to your clients.  Most of all, some won’t have any noticeable symptoms.

Here is a Periscope from professional artist Melissa Street on sanitation that is a must watch: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1gqGvbjyywaGB

In conclusion, knowing how to sanitize your products and tools is extremely important. You should never double dip. In addition, always use spatulas to remove product. Also, use a clean set of brushes on every person. If you don’t have enough clean tools, you can often purchase disposables. Sally’s Beauty, stores for licensed professionals like Cosmoprof & SalonCentric, or order online from companies like Qosmedix carry them.

In addition, here is a great video & article from Sonia Roselli:


Learning makeup also means continuing to educate yourself. By far, the biggest tip that can possibly be given is to make sure you are following and learning from quality educators. They should actually have the knowledge and experience to provide you with a solid, well rounded education. As much as artists on Youtube and Instagram create beautiful looks, they won’t usually be applicable to T.V., photo shoots, or basic bridal in most occasions. Knowing how to do simple, clean beauty is extremely important.

The basics of skin prep, foundation and undertone matching, and application are very important. Most of all, you’ll want to create timeless looks that photograph well. You’ll need to be able to do looks on all skin tones & types. Look for seasoned, professional artists with a good background in the industry. They will be extremely helpful in improving your talents as an artist. That being said, the majority of professionals will tell you that there is no replacement for hands on training. I’ll talk about that later in this post, but here is a list of artists that provide tutorials & education to start with. Just look for their Youtube channels.

Here are some of my favorite educators:

Professional educators who have Youtube channels

Professional educators that offer webinars:

Professional educators who offer online training:

(Disclaimer: Also, these courses can’t offer the same benefits as hand on courses)

Professional makeup Facebook groups:

(Furthermore, this is a great place to search for professional info & recommendations)

Further reading on further education & picking educators:

Makeup Ed: Is It Worth It?

LiveGlam: Legit or Scam?

More Makeup Books:


And, in addition, it isn’t based on makeup, but you should read this book;

Tina Alberino: The Beauty Industry Survival Guide: A Salon Professional’s Handbook

Finally, there should be plenty of information in this post to get you started on your path to being an educated, sanitary makeup artist. If you still have questions or need help, please head over to my contact page and let me know!


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