Archive for September, 2011

How to Cover Up Acne – Video Demonstration

This video is a bit long, but a great demonstration of how to cover up acne while drawing attention to your best features and the areas where your skin is clear. This one is from a British makeup artist, so for those of you who need a translation – “spots” = pimples.

How to Prevent Forehead Acne

Many people complain about their forehead acne and mistakenly believe that it is caused by their makeup. In fact, it can actually be your hair that is the reason, as one of our readers correctly guessed.

Question: I have bangs and I’ve been noticing that I have a lot more acne on my forehead than usual. Is this because of my bangs? If so, what can I do to prevent the acne?


Having bangs actually can affect some girls’ skin, especially those with oily skin or hair. Here are some tips for determining if your hair is one of the causes of your forehead acne and how to prevent it:

  • First, try keeping your bangs off your forehead for about a week or two. If your acne starts to get better, then you know that your bangs are probably the source of the problem. If this happens, don’t worry! There are many things you can do to prevent your bangs from giving you acne.
  • Make sure that you wash your bangs thoroughly every day and try not to use any hair products in them, since oils and products in your bangs can transfer to your skin and break you out.
  • If you are exercising or sweating at all, keep your bangs off your face using hair clips or a headband.
  • If you find that your bangs get oily during the day, use a dry shampoo or baby powder to soak up the oils.
  • To treat the acne in the meantime, try using an over the counter salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide treatment once a day.
  • Last but not least, make sure to wash your face thoroughly in the morning and at night to keep your skin fresh!

You can always conceal the acne on your forehead while it is healing. Check out some of our recommendations for the best makeup for oily acne prone skin to find ones that will work for you without making you break out further.


P.S. You can also use an acne makeup that has medicine in it to help heal the breakout. Read our article on The Best Two-in-One Products for some recommendations.

Makeup Artist CourseDo you love playing around with makeup, trying out different looks, or doing makeovers on your friends? Are you passionate about the idea of doing what you love as a career? If you are interested in learning how to become a makeup artist from the comfort of your own home, then this review is for you!

If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, then you might have read my previous post about the University of Makeup. I wrote that review after my first experience with their Basic Makeup Course which, as the name suggests, has a series of basic makeup video tutorials that take you through all the steps you need for applying your own makeup. However, they also have two other courses. One is for people that want to learn how to apply bridal makeup. It includes a series of video tutorials that demonstrate how to achieve different types of bridal looks, such as romantic, modern, or Asian. The other is an extensive series of video tutorials that covers absolutely everything.

Learn how to become a professional makeup artist online

The University of Makeup’s third, and largest, program is called the Full Makeup Course. This is the series that teaches you everything you need to know to become a professional makeup artist, all through online video tutorials. At the end, you have to fulfill specific requirements before receiving an official makeup artist certificate.

What the Full Makeup Course Includes:

  • Access to all the videos from the Basic and Bridal Makeup Courses, along with many more.
  • The complete course consists of 67 video tutorials (they just added another 19 videos before I published this review)!
  • Additional lessons cover everything from photo shoot makeup and corrective makeup to how to give a makeup lesson and how to apply makeup to different types of face features and skin.
  • Free professional makeup kit
  • Big discounts in their extensive cosmetics store (free shipping included)
  • Tons of other freebies, including MAC face charts, a slew of e-books, and makeup artistry templates
  • Personal support from a professional makeup artist
  • A professional makeup artist certificate, after completing all the videos and requirements

Important note: While it is not required to get a certificate, if you want to receive the professional certification you will need to reproduce a number of looks and send those pictures to the University of Makeup. You also need to complete an online exam.

Before I tell you about my own experience with the videos, here’s a look at their promotional video. You might not want to watch the full video, but there’s some great before and after images of what you will learn (plus some fun music).

My own experience:

Since there are so many videos in the course, I didn’t go through the complete course yet and get the certificate. However, I did watch a large number of the videos and was extremely impressed with the quality and professionalism. These are not the types of videos you see on YouTube where someone just sets up a camera and puts some makeup on themselves or someone else. This is a professional makeup artist walking you through every step of the way. You learn about which makeup to use, the correct brushes, and all different techniques. You get to see the artist totally transform herself.

Some of the best tips I got out of the course had to do with working with my own imperfections. I now know that I need to put eyeliner just on my lower lid to make my eyes look bigger. I also concentrate my darker eyeshadow just on the outer part of my upper eyelid to accentuate my eyes when wearing my eyeglasses. I’m extremely nearsighted, so my eyes can look really tiny otherwise.


  • 67 video tutorials cover everything from basics to bridal to achieving celebrity looks
  • Professional makeup artist certificate
  • Very clear instruction and visual examples
  • Can do everything at home
  • Cheap compared to going to a physical makeup artist school
  • Loads of free ebooks on all types of beauty topics, delivered to your email regularly


  • Expensive if you just want the videos and are not interested in becoming a professional, but far cheaper than going to a makeup school
  • As with any video tutorial, it’s not quite the same as having a live instructor who watches you apply the makeup

I’m sure I’ve missed something, but there are so many features in the course that I couldn’t list them all.

If you really want to learn how to become a makeup artist, online is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to do it. I highly recommend that you go check out the Full Makeup Course at University of Makeup for something truly exceptional and professional. Actually, I love it just because I can go watch a video any time I want on any makeup technique or look that I want to play around with that day.


P.S. Don’t forget that you can also get the basic makeup video tutorials in the Basic Makeup Course.

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The Best Drugstore Makeup for Teenagers

I just received the following question from a reader and, since finding the best makeup for teenagers is such a common concern, I decided to address it in a post for everyone to share.

Question: I’m 16, and becoming interested in beginning to wear makeup. My skin has a cool undertone (it’s quite pale), and I think my brown hair has more of a “warm” one (it reflects a coppery colour in sunlight). My acne is currently under control due to the medications I’m using, but I can break out at the drop of a hat. What are some product/colour recommendations you might have for face powder, concealer, and some other basics? I’m pretty frugal, so I’m looking for mid- to low-range pricing.


Hi Alana,

That’s so great that you’re interested in starting to use makeup and learning how to use it correctly! My skin and hair are actually very similar to yours, so I’m going to recommend to you some of the best drugstore makeup products that have worked wonders for me.

The drugstore is a great place to find makeup and I’m a huge fan of the brands found there. CoverGirl’s “Clean” line has specific products meant for sensitive skin and I love their liquid foundation and pressed powder. They also have a pretty large color range with plenty of pale shades!

If you’re looking for eye makeup, I would recommend starting with a neutral palette such as the CoverGirl “Country Woods” palette or the Wet ‘n’ Wild “Vanity” palette.

My favorite natural-looking mascara is Maybelline’s Full ‘n’ Soft mascara in a dark brown shade, since sometimes black can be too dramatic on pale skin.

Once you start feeling more comfortable and adventurous with makeup, try using some different colors of makeup – check out my “How to Choose the Right Makeup Colors for Your Skin” article for tips.

I hope some of these products will work for you and I wish you the best of luck!