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Top Pat McGrath Products We Need in Our LA Makeup School

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A self-confessed cosmetics nerd, Pat McGrath creates the looks for 80 major fashion shows a year. She’s had her work published in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and W, to name a few, and has worked with designers like Prada, Miu Miu, and Dolce and Gabbana. She’s also designed Armani’s cosmetics line and been in charge of Max Factor and Cover Girl cosmetics since 2004. Because of her success in the pro makeup industry, she is one of our muses at our LA makeup school

At Chic Studios, we take the expertise and knowledge of Pat McGrath’s legacy and cover it in our Fashion + Runway add-on! Our students not only re-create some of her runway looks, but they’re also given scenarios like working to create a uniform look and are timed to experience a real backstage setting. 

McGrath has launched so many items in the last year, but here are some of the products that are super chic and a must-have in any makeup lover’s collection! We can’t wait to get our hands on these products from Pat McGrath Labs in our LA makeup school classroom!

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Winter Beauty Trends We Teach at our Los Angeles Makeup School

The recent runway looks in NYC, Milan, London and fashion hotspots around the world showed off plenty of hot beauty trends for winter that we teach at our Chic Studios Los Angeles makeup schoolIn our LA makeup school, we take the expertise and knowledge of these growing trends and cover it in our Fashion + Runway add-on which is included in our Professional Makeup Course. Our students not only re-create some of these runway looks during rotations but they’re given a photoshoot at the end of the course to jumpstart their professional portfolio. 
As a professional makeup artist, which ones should you know by heart? Here are some top choices:

1. Sweet Imperfection

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When doing your model’s lips, think “perfectly imperfect.” One trend displayed by Giambattista Valli was the smudged lip in bold statement colors, but not too precisely defined. Diffused edges on the lips give a dreamy effect to pouty, pursed lips or show off thinner ones.
Create the Look: The trick is looking as if you applied the lipstick effortlessly, or as if your model has just been kissed and smeared a touch. Don’t use a harsh lip liner, and apply the lipstick with more natural blending strokes.

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Looks From the ’90s

Radios played Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Lilith Fair and Mariah Carey. It was the ’90s, and everyone was all about Oprah, Doc Martens and flannel shirts. Cellphones were a new thing, and email was just starting. And there was makeup to be worn. If you’re looking back to the ’90s, consider these five looks that are Chic Studios approved! In our Professional Makeup Artistry course, we cover the history of makeup and how it has changed throughout the years. For more information on our courses, check them all out here.

1. Grunge

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Dark liner, pale red eyeshadow and matte lipstick are required to bring back heroin chic. After applying foundation, line eyes with a soft black pencil and apply a light red shadow to lids, using darker red or brown to create depth. Avoid eyeshadows with an abundance of glitter of shimmer — ’90s grunge was more matte, giving off a sense of angst, unease, and a sleepless night of live music and post-performance partying. Dark red, burgundy, blue-gray or russet lipstick is a hallmark of grunge lips. Finish the face with a light application of mascara. Darken brows, brushing them upward or leaving them as is. This look is anything but precise and polished.

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Pro Tips from Fashion Week!

We have a passion for fashion at Chic Studios! Did you know? At Chic Studios, we offer an add-on course that teaches students the ins and outs of working backstage on a runway show. Along with that, students will understand trend forecasting and see how these trends are executed into makeup looks within the fashion industry. To learn more about our Fashion + Runway add-on, click here!

We noticed a lot of trends that took over the runway this Fashion Month and loved them so much that we’re going to show you how to recreate them! Keep on reading to learn about our favorite trends…

 Tip #1: Lower lash wings at Jill Stuart

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For eyes that multitask, flip the switch and draw a wingtip on the bottom eyelid with unapologetically thick liquid liner. The ultimate perk of this method, as demonstrated by Jill Stuart, is it leaves ample room for loads of glitter on the top lid.

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Gigi Hadid Revealed Her Full Maybelline Collection, and You’re Going to Want It All!

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Gigi Hadid is showing love for the East Coast in the most glamorous way. The supermodel revealed her entire Gigi x Maybelline East Coast Glam Collection on Instagram over the weekend! This set of goodies joins the existing Jetsetter Palette in her first-ever beauty line. This is the perfect palette for our Chic Studios’ NYC classroom!

The products in the collection fall into one of two categories: East Coast Glam, inspired by the NYC’s trendy vibe, and West Coast Glow, which combines a warm, beachy SoCal feel with the a touch of Hollywood glamour. To differentiate each category, Hadid accented her East Coast Glam products with silver lettering, and her West Coast Glow products with gold lettering. We love how there’s variations in color for each coast represented!
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Chic Studios’ Favorite Fall Makeup Beauty Trends

Time to put away your shorts and tank tops and bring out cozy sweaters and boots! Fall is right around the corner (it officially begins on September 22)! We’re excited to celebrate the return of pumpkin spice lattes, leaves changing colors, and Halloween. Not only that, the return of darker and more romantic looks that match the season. Here are our favorite makeup trends to get inspired from and incorporate into your beauty routine!  

 

Vampy Lipstick

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Photos courtesy of @BrandonLundby and @nyane

Nothing screams autumn more than a burgundy lip- a staple for the Fall season! It’s a romantic look that is fitting for the colder months and can be paired together with a dramatic cut crease or a simple cat eye (pictured above).  Wearing dark lipstick can be intimidating, but it can also be empowering! Our pro tip would be to line and fill in your lips with a similar colored lip liner. For extra reinforcement for your budge-free lip, blot some lipstick off and then reapply.

 

Feathery Lashes

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Full false lashes not only look great, but they make your eyes look larger and more awake. As long as your lashes and brows are on, you’ll instantly look more put together! Keep your eyeshadow simple for a modern touch that won’t overpower those voluminous  false lashes. We also suggest giving your bottom lashes some extra TLC as well! Just apply a coat of mascara and line your waterline with black eyeliner. For an extra touch of drama, add some bottom individual false eyelashes as well.

 

Angelic Glow

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Time to lighten up on the heavy-handed highlight and contouring!  It’s all about placing your highlight on strategic places like your forehead and top of your cheekbone. These areas are where you want people to look at and be mesmerized by your glow. Another pro tip would be to enhance it more with either a luminizing primer or highlight stick. Even when the weather is gloomy, you’ll stay looking sun kissed even during the stormiest days!

 

Nude Lips

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Great news for our beauty lovers: you can wear your nude lipsticks all year round! Stick out from the crowd and rock your favorite summer lip instead if you’re not feeling a darker lip color. Shades in the range of peaches, pinks, beiges, and browns bring and show warmth to your face. Pair everything off with an eye look that’s PSL-inspired and you’re ready to go!

Stay tuned for next week where we talk to our Chic Studios’ instructors about their favorite Fall products!

Fourth of July Inspired Makeup Looks

Step outside of your comfort zone this 4th of July and experiment with some bold pops of color. Here are some gorgeous ways to incorporate the red, white, and blue into your look!

Patriotic Eyeliner

Red, White and Blue Tutorial by Zabrena

Show off your eyeliner with this sleek look! For an additional sparkle, either draw stars using a liquid white liner or apply glitter to the lid.  

 

Lip Art

Image from Hotness Cosmetics

We have something for our lip addicts! Everyone will be doing a classic red lip so why not show off your skills and patriotism too!

 

Statement Brows

Look by Portrait of Mai

Take a high fashion spin on the red, white and blue! Play with your shadow and eyeliner to create a gorgeous gradient effect.

 

Faux Freckles

Look by Courtney and Candace

Draw on some festive freckles and stars for a “star-spangled” look! Simple, yet eye-catching– swap out your usual brown for white, blue, and red eye pencils!

 

An Instant Classic

Look by Vanessa Saucedo

Bring on the drama with a patriotic twist! Carve out a cut crease using liquid silver liner. To tie in the look together, add blue glitter sparkles to your sleek cat eye.