If you want to learn how to apply makeup, there’s no substitute for visual examples and step-by-step instructions. I’ve learned most of my own makeup techniques from years of experimenting with different makeup, time spent getting makeovers at department stores, and reading about different methods in beauty magazines. However, I recently was introduced to a program by the University of Makeup which provides video tutorials for every type of makeup technique you can think of.

The tutorials from the University of Makeup help you learn how to apply makeup like professionals, whether you want a natural day look, fashionable celebrity look, or the look of a dramatic photo shoot. I’ve been trying out several of the tutorials so far and have been extremely impressed with the quality of the video and clear explanations of technique. Here is the promo video they did to give an overview:

In the most basic course, My Makeup Course, you get lifetime access to 37 step-by-step video tutorials that take you through absolutely everything. You will learn how to take care of your skin and prepare it for makeup. You then learn things like how to select the right color foundation, which makeup brushes you need, how to use concealer, apply eyeshadows and blushes. You name it. The Full Makeup Course, which consists of 67 videos, will teach you how to become a professional makeup artist. You even receive a professional makeup artist certificate at the end! All of the videos can be watched on your computer or downloaded.

Here are just a few of the tips I’ve learned so far:

  • Use green concealer to cover red pimples and veins BEFORE applying foundation
  • If you wear glasses and are near-sighted (like me), use darker eyeshadow colors and focus on the crease and outer corners
  • To make small eyes look bigger – apply highlighter eyeshadow on the lids, a soft color in the crease and upwards, and only use eyeliner on the lower lid

One thing I love about the course is that you don’t have to buy a specific brand of makeup. Many video tutorials I’ve seen in the past are meant for a certain brand and are often produced by that makeup company. While these tutorials do show you what makeup they are using, you can apply the techniques with anything you have in your cosmetics drawer. However, the majority of makeup and brushes they use in the videos is by MAC, along with a few other brands. I love MAC makeup, so I’ve even been considering splurging a little over the holidays on a couple of the items in the video. After all, who couldn’t use another eyeshadow or lipstick?

When I first looked at the long list of makeup tutorials, I realized that it would take me hours to look at all of them. I assumed that this would involve some kind of monthly membership that would be way too expensive. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the price was just a flat fee for lifetime membership. The price for My Makeup Course is only $99, which is a lot cheaper than a lifetime of makeup tips from beauty magazines! However, the Full Makeup Course has quite a few more video tutorials and is probably worth the extra money if you really love to play around with makeup. In that course, you get all the tutorials about working with different types of faces and features (such as narrow foreheads, wide eyes, and different noses).

So, what are the downsides of this course? Well, the only real one is the lack of a list of makeup used in each tutorial. The company told me that they are currently working on putting together a list of makeup for each video, so that should be solved in the near future. In the meantime, I just look carefully at the types of makeup used. Then I pick a few from my drawer to experiment with. You can also pick up a few basics from the local cosmetics store and return anything you don’t like. To help you, I’ve put together a list of a some basic makeup products and tools you can use to get started.

Note: Since I first wrote this review, the University of Makeup has opened up their extensive online makeup store to all members at a 10% discount over the general public. They even offer FREE worldwide shipping! I don’t know any makeup store that does that!!!

– Sharyn

P.S. For all you MAC makeup lovers out there, the University of Makeup store sells loads of MAC cosmetics – all with free international shipping!

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