Saturday, December 03, 2005

Welcome to The (Professional) Makeup Blog

This blog's mission is to create an entertaining, albeit effective forum for makeup lovers! We encourage makeup students, artists, professionals and anyone else involved or intrigued by the makeup industry to post questions, comments and articles. Check in often to discover new trends in makeup and useful tips and tricks!

Be sure to check out previous posts and links, located on the right hand side of this page.

Image courtesy of Cheryl Gushue. Photographer: Doug McMillan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A makeup blog is a great idea! I'm looking forward to reading more about makeup artistry. Be back soon!

Saturday, March 04, 2006 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

Any new makeup artists out there who can share some tips on how to self market yourself? Really eager to get started working in TV/Film, etc.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

Ashley might want to consider taking Jay Manuel's Workshop for makeup artists and industry members. He'll be in Toronto on April 15th, but also has dates scheduled for L.A., Montreal, New York and Miami. For more info, email

Friday, March 10, 2006 3:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Rob C. said...

Spring Trends

Think PINK this spring! But a more refined, dynamic pink! Pinks in the past have been either bubble gum Betty or too pale close to dead. These new colors for 2006 have found their middle ground – more than visible on the lips but refined and elegant, giving pink a new respect.

Most progressive cosmetic lines are on the pink bandwagon – coming out with luscious pale but dimensional pinks, taupey pinks or warm pinks, which contain just a hint of yellow in the color mixture to give them their flesh tone, salmon warm richness. And these new expressive colors are housed in sleek, slim compacts for the busy woman on the go. Bobby Brown has “the express face” with three shadows, three lips stains, and a blush to keep you perky throughout the day. The size of the color wells are perfect: not too tiny so you run out before the next season, and not too giving that you tire of the products. Don’t be afraid of the new shimmery eye shadows that Bobby has available for women over 30! They are so refined, that if the skin is hydrated and the eye shadow is worn properly, crepey will never be an issue.

The over all look for spring is fresh and colorful with an emphasis on lashes and gel liners, either worn thin and crisp or thicker at the end of the eye smudging to a halt. The real skin look is still being respected – that slightly over powdered look is in the shoe box on the self. Achieving this fresh skin has never been easier with the new breed of foundations and gel cream blushes available in multiple shades. When I studied makeup in “81” the founders of Mac had not yet (through their frustration) revolutionized colors & formulations in North America. Foundations were overly watered down or heavily oil based – too close to the salad dressing I use at home! Blushes were loud or chalky, and some so unrefined that they sat on the skin instead of looking like part of it. With the buzz of silicone being called the new oil, foundations now glide on with superior coverage yet are extraordinarily light to the touch, something I have never seen before. Some silicone foundation set without powder, encouraging that natural flawless second skin look that women adore. Blush for spring is still playfully visible, coordinating with your lipstick shade. The silicone cheek pots by STILA are from another world. Initially they behave like a cream but before you can blink a lash they have dried to a silky powder. Gone is the overly dewy wet cheek replaced with a satiny matt elegance. You will find your signature shade of pink lipstick at the counter very easily. Just remember two things: I you or the sales person must convince yourselves that the new shade you are wearing is kind of hot– it’s not for you. You should love your lips pretty much after the first take. Secondly, make sure the depth of the lipstick is in harmony with the depth of your hair. Obviously blonds will have more fun wearing a lighter pink lipstick, and the dark haired diva may introduce some blue, or smokey brown undertones in her pink version to accommodate the depth of her hair color framing her face.

Welcome the new pink… it’s hipper than you think!

Robert Closs
Director of Education
The School of Pro Makeup

Monday, March 20, 2006 5:10:00 PM  
Anonymous seher said...

hi, im a self employed makeup-up artist. i do alot of brides and party makeup, i was wondering if anyone could tell me where i could learn how to do updo's. (latest trends). im not looking for basic updo ideas, i need something more trendy and crazy!! hairshows , salons etc?? please someone help me!!


Wednesday, April 19, 2006 3:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Seher said...

does anyone know a photographer who would like to work with a makeup artist to build portfolio?


Wednesday, April 19, 2006 3:41:00 PM  
Blogger TKro said...

Hey, I'm a freelancer who works primarily in film and video. I'm getting ready to work on a short and was just informed it will be shot in HD. Anyone out there do much work in HD? How does the technique compare with video or film? I am finding the newer digital cameras are much less forgiving, so I assume HD will be more like working with larger format film.

Also, what are your favorite foundations for digital? I am finding that some do not stay true.


Tuesday, April 25, 2006 5:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

Hi Seher,
Have you already looked into workshops offered by any of the following academies: Loreal, Aveda and Metro Beauty Supply?
Also, check out for photographers interested in tfp creatives.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to ask a question about becoming a professional makeup artist. I understand that there are many principles that you must learn that are required to go into this occupation. Does anyone have any helpful information for a prospecting high school girl such as myself? I love being artistic, photography, and having a talent in makeup artistry. Help me out please and give me some helpful information.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Derek said...

You should go to, it's an information site for makeup artists, and has information on makeup artistry & how to choose a makeup course. It might be a good first step...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Babs said...

Love the idea of a blog for makeup artists. Wish we had a stronger community. Has anyone seen that cool Max Factor Sweepstakes with CArmen Electra? You can win the pro brush set gifted to tons of celebs at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Fun auction kind of Sweepstakes. Go to or text MAXME to 41414 on you cell to enter to win.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 7:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professional Tips To Summer Proof Your Makeup
By Eileen Hammel

As summer temperatures heats up do you find your makeup literally melting down your face? By midday has your perfectly applied makeup fallen victim to the heat and humidity of summer and disappeared? Are you ready to surrender to Mother Nature and stop using any makeup in the summer? Well, now you can chill out, enjoy the summer and with these professional tips used by some of the world’s top makeup artists to look beautiful all summer long.

• Don’t apply makeup for at least 5 minutes after applying moisturizer.

• Use an oil free moisturizer or a moisturizing lotion instead of a cream.

• Use oil free loose powder.

• Apply a light dusting of loose face powder before applying foundation.

• Use a light weight liquid or powder foundation instead of a cream foundation.

• Use a tint moisturizer instead of foundation.

• After foundation and concealer is applied blot any oil built up with a clean tissue press gently into moist areas. This will allow the color to last longer and avoid a cake look.

• Use waterproof products.

• Keep your lip pencils, eye pencils and lipsticks in the refrigerator.

• Before applying eye shadow apply an eye shadow base.

• For long lasting eye color apply powder eye shadow with a damp brush.

• To keep eyeliner in place and color looking fresh, use an eyeliner pencil then go over the pencil with a thin line of eye shadow in the same color .

• Limit mascara to one coat.

• Avoid using mascara on lower lashes.

• After applying your color mascara apply a clear sealant mascara over it.

• For lip color that last; instead of using lipstick, apply lip balm to lips then fill in with lip pencil.

• To set make up and keep make up looking fresh longer spray face with a professional setting spray or a fine mist of water after applying your make up.

Eileen Hammel is a Nationally & Internationally Recognized Image, Style and Beauty Expert. Ms.Hammel is President of Smarter Image, and Smart Skin Care - Smart Cosmetics by Smarter Image.

Article Source:

Wednesday, August 09, 2006 1:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I was just wondering if anyone has tried George Lauren Cosmetics? I just tried the mineral foundation and think it's great!They also have an all over body glow and I was wondering if anyones tried it yet?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Hi Everyone.. anyone Haha.
Im am starting my study at a makeup artistry school next year.

I was wondering if anyone has any tips? Or anything I should know to prepare my self for my first days/weeks ect of study.

I really want to do well and any tips and help would be appriciated!


Tuesday, December 26, 2006 2:51:00 AM  
Anonymous nicole said...

Hey all - makeup artist looking for work in the OC area ... seems much requires hair skills looking for makeup... Love the site

Monday, January 15, 2007 6:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi my name is laura and I have been doing makeup for a long time. My website is
I was wondering how most makeup artists get the big jobs in magazines, advertising and tv on a consitent basis. I don't know if it is because I live in San Antonio that I am ourtside of the loop or what but I thought I would ask.

Laura J

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 3:12:00 PM  
Anonymous sexyredzs said...

I wanted to say that it is awsom that we as make- up artist have site we can relate to each other.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

I am so excited that I found a makeup blog!! I wanted YOUR opinion - I am a liscensed Esthetician and specialized in manicures/bridal makeup before, I was pregnant, then pregnant again!!So, I've been out of the field approx. 4yrs. Do you know of any workshops in the city that can give me a refresher on what's new?techniques? Any suggestions Pls!

Thursday, March 08, 2007 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Webmaster said...


You should contact The School of Professional Makeup, they can help guide you as to what you would need to do to get back into the industry, and most likely offer the courses you would need to refresh, i.e. airbrush makeup, fashion makeup, etc.

Thursday, March 22, 2007 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone familiar with Naked Minerals by ITV? It's a pressed mineral-based makeup I saw on television. I just started using it and I am very impressed with it.

Saturday, March 31, 2007 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

I´m so glad to find this blog!!!...
Thanks for share it with everyone.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Ally said...


1) Does anyone out there can suggest a good professional makeup brush set that's reasonable pricing (under $200)?

2) Has anyone heard of a French cosmetic brand "Rhea - Flore"?

Thank you so much!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fairly new to the pro makeup world..looking for information on airbrushing if anyone knows of a school in florida or a video or book to start reading up on info.
I am looking for any tid bit in this topic.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Derek said...

Hi Pandoras,

Have you read through the previous airbrushing posts on this blog? If not, you can find more information on airbrushing here:

Both posts have a video demonstrating airbrush makeup technique.

Good luck!

Thursday, November 01, 2007 3:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I live in Houston and I wish to learn prosthetic makeup as a hobby - I would appreciate if anyone can guide me regarding the same


Friday, November 30, 2007 8:59:00 PM  

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