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Makeup School LA Approved Products for Pro Artists

As a makeup artist, you always want your tools to be the best in order to make your client look and feel beautiful. It’s a great feeling having your clients gush and compliment you on a job well done. Makeup artists need products that meet their client’s criteria: long lasting, versatile, works with many skin types, and enhances natural beauty. Here is a list of makeup school approved products that are perfect for pro artists! These products are a must have in any makeup kit– beginner or expert.

MAC Cosmetics Face and Body

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MAC Cosmetics Face and Body is an absolute cult favorite for makeup addicts! It is seen everywhere worldwide, used by top professional makeup artists, and a favorite in our Los Angeles makeup school classroom. From everyday makeup routines to TV/Film, this foundation promises to stay beautiful no matter what.

This foundation delivers a satin finish and offers a completely sheer, but buildable coverage. The moisturizing long wearing formula glides onto the face and body and provides stay true color. With 13 various shades to choose from, people can find their flawless and perfect match by simply mixing the colors. This foundation is so easy to mix so you can create a custom made shade for any client. It covers any imperfections all while remaining invisible and hydrating. Face and Body is a common go-to for makeup artists when it comes to brides. Most brides don’t usually wear a lot of makeup, so putting on a lightweight foundation will feel comfortable to them. It’s long lasting and also gives clients a healthy glow! If you invest in Mac Cosmetics Face and Body, you will not be disappointed.

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Chic History: Viola Desmond and Her Impact on Los Angeles Makeup & Beauty Culture

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If you haven’t heard of chic Viola Desmond, you are about to learn a little about a woman who is a real Canadian hero (our very own founder, Amy Nicole hails from Canada as well, so we have an extra sweet spot for Canadians). The culture of beauty and the cult of beauty owe very much to this woman born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We wouldn’t have a thriving professional makeup school at Chic Studios NYC and LA if it wasn’t for her doing. Because of Viola’s perseverance, we’re able to teach students the history and the art of makeup in our Basic Makeup 101 class!

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What to Look for When Choosing a Professional Beauty School

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Sites like YouTube and Instagram have launched the world of makeup and beauty farther than anyone ever knew it could go. The US beauty industry is expected to market over $126 billion annually by 2019. With numbers like that, there is no better time to dive head first into the competitive field of makeup artistry.

It is important to note that the salary of makeup artists has an extremely wide range. This is a career of skill, and the best trained will be the ones making the most out of their education and receiving the highest pay. At Chic Studios we understand the competitive nature of this industry and all the hard work and dedication it takes to make it to the top.  So, we wanted to dive deep into the real questions when choosing a professional beauty school….

Going to beauty school, where do you begin? Here are just a few things to consider when deciding on which school to attend:

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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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The Chic Studios Breakdown on Real Techniques Makeup Brushes

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Having the right makeup brushes is crucial when becoming a professional makeup artist. A great makeup brush will truly make a difference with any application. At Chic Studios, we make sure that our students have the right tools and we’re proud to exclusively use Real Techniques in our students’ makeup kits. In each kit, we give incoming students 18 new brushes that can be used to apply foundation, set powder, groom brows, and create gorgeous eye looks.

One of the most important things behind makeup artistry is using the right tools, and for many women, they’re not quite sure where to start. The majority of artists have grown up using triangle wedges, eye applicators, powder puffs, and even their fingers to apply makeup. Now that YouTube has been thriving as a way to learn the pro secrets, brushes seem like the perfect fit.

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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’ 5 Must-Follow Beauty Influencers

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With so many different influencers and gurus to follow, we narrowed it down to our top 5 favorites! These beauty gurus came from humble beginnings and were able to cultivate and create a following in the last 7 years. Did your favorite make the list? If not, comment down below and share their instagram and youtube with us!

At Chic Studios, our Digital Beauty Influencer course takes some of these influencers’ aspects to help you define your brand and elevate your social presence. We teach you how to build your social media as a mini portfolio for your clients and followers. Learn more at the link.

Read more, take notes, and hopefully we’ll be seeing your name as a “must-follow” beauty influencer!

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