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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.

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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How to Use Makeup to Contour Your Face

Professional makeup artists know how to use makeup to contour your face and create the illusion of perfection, even without any airbrush or photoshop tricks. For the rest of us, contouring is often seen as only existing successfully on the stage or at a professional photo shoot. This is certainly not the case! When done correctly, contouring is a simple and easy way to make your face look slimmer and your features more defined and radiant.

We’ve got three tricks that will help you learn how to use your makeup to contour your face that you can master quickly. You will need to have some good makeup brushes on hand to use these methods effectively. If you don’t already own some, check out the Sephora deluxe antibacterial brush set. They are excellent quality and a good value. You can also buy individual ones to fill in any gaps in your brush kit. My favorite are from Bobbi Brown. I’ve had them for years and they are still in excellent condition.

Now, grab your brushes and start sculpting!

1. How to Slim Your Face

A slimmer face is a goal that to some may only seem possible through weight loss, but with a little bit of contouring makeup, you can have a slimmer looking face in less than five minutes. You will need a non-shimmery, matte bronzer three shades darker than your skin tone and a small fluffy face or bronzer brush. If you are having difficulties finding a bronzer without shimmer, simply use a face powder a few shades darker than you would usually wear. Dip your brush lightly in the bronzer and create the “E” “3” shape on your face. To do this, start at your temple and curve the brush around and under your cheekbone, then back around and under your jaw. This creates a letter “E” on your left side and a number “3” on your right side. Then, use a clean brush or makeup sponge to blend any harsh lines.

2. How to Sculpt Your Nose

A simple trick to making your nose seem slimmer and straighter involves the same bronzer or dark face powder you used to contour your face and an eyeshadow brush. Dip your eyeshadow brush lightly in the bronzer and run it vertically down from the bridge of the nose to the tip on each side of your nose, leaving the center of your nose clean. To create a more defined tip of the nose, create a tiny “V” under the tip of the nose using the bronzer and eyeshadow brush. Use a clean fluffy brush to blend all harsh lines.

3. The Best Way to Use Highlighting

The last step to creating a perfectly defined and contoured face is to highlight your key features. You can use a liquid, cream, or powder highlighter in the color and shade of your choice. For this step, a shimmery product is preferred. If you are using a powder highlighter, clean your small fluffy brush from the face contouring step and use it to brush the highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, in the middle of your forehead, and on your cupid’s bow. If you choose a liquid or cream highlighting product, repeat the same steps using your fingers and blend out lightly. For a long-lasting effect, layer your products by first using a cream or liquid highlighter, then going over it with a corresponding powder highlighter.

All done! Now, all you have to do is practice. It may take you a few times and a little experimenting to find the right colors, but you’ll be amazed at the difference a few contouring tricks can make.

Want to learn more about how to apply makeup like a professional? Check out the video tutorials from the University of Makeup. They will also recommend the right professional style brushes and makeup to use. I even learned how to apply makeup when I’m wearing my glasses so that my eyes look bigger!

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How to Choose the Right Makeup Colors for Your Skin

One of the most daunting tasks when buying or applying makeup is figuring out which colors will work best for you. The intimidating rows of dozens of shades of the same color eyeshadow or lipstick lead many women to get into a rut with makeup colors, or simply give up altogether. Here are three fool-proof tips that will help you choose the right makeup colors for your unique features.

1. Skin Undertone

During your search for the perfect foundation, you’ll probably discover whether you are a cool, warm, or neutral undertone. If you haven’t, use this fail-proof trick: Look at the veins in your wrists. If they are green, you are a warm undertone, if they are blue, you are a cool undertone. Women with warm skin usually look better in gold jewelry while women with cool skin look better in silver, and women with neutral undertones look good in both. After finding your correct undertone, you can work from there to discover which makeup colors will work best for you. Warm-skinned girls look good in gold, orange, mocha, bronze, and warm brown tones. Cool-skinned ladies look best in blue, silver, gray, purple, and cool brown tones. If you have a neutral skin tone, you’re in luck because you can wear any color you want!

2. Hair Color

Your hair color, in conjunction with your skin’s undertone, also has an effect on whether certain colors of makeup will look good on you or not. If you have warm hair – such as chestnut or golden blonde – and a warm skin tone, stick with bronze-y, summery colors. With cool hair – like platinum blonde or ash brown – and a cool skin tone, use silvery, wintry colors. As a general rule for redheads, if you have warm red hair, stick with those shades recommended for warm hair colors, and vice versa. All redheads should steer clear of overly red or orange makeup colors and should use greens and blues in the correct undertone to enhance their features.

3. Eye color

Last, but certainly not least, your eye color has a huge effect on the makeup colors you should choose. Girls with blue eyes look best in peach, gold, copper, and brown, while green eyes pop when paired with purples, pink, and plum. Those women with brown eyes are incredibly lucky, because you can wear whatever colors you want! However, the best colors to accentuate beautiful brown eyes are purple, teal, and green.

Want to learn how to apply your makeup like a professional? I absolutely love the video tutorials from the University of Makeup. Even better, they now give you a professional makeup kit when you sign up, it’s a one-time price for lifetime membership, AND they have a store that sells everything and ships worldwide for free! They even have all the MAC makeup! Check it out:

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes can be a prime cause of acne, rather than the makeup itself. That is why it is essential to clean them on a regular basis to avoid transferring bacteria to your skin. Yes, it is a hassle and requires extra time which you don’t necessarily have in your daily routine. However, think about the consequences to your skin and follow these easy steps on how to clean makeup brushes. This will ensure that your brushes last a long time and will continue to be your best allies in creating that look of flawless skin.

Makeup Brush Cleansers

You have several different choices of what to use to clean your brushes. My favorite professional brush cleanser is the MAC Brush Cleanser. When time is tight, I also use the Japonesque Professional Brush Cleaner Spray. However, I have also used just a gentle foaming anti-bacterial cleanser at times. Baby shampoo is always a good option, since it is gentle on the natural hair bristles of good quality brushes. Finally, I’ve been told that using a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar can be great for disinfecting your brushes. Just make sure you rinse them well, since I have to imagine that the smell can be a little off-putting.

Cleansing Methods

For professional brush cleansers, follow the directions on the bottle. For quick-change cleansers, usually this involves spraying the cleanser on the brush and then wiping it on a towel.

For baby shampoo or other gentle cleansers, work up a lather and then gently work the lather through the brush. Rinse the brush carefully and repeat if there is still makeup evident. When you are finished, lay the brush flat on a towel to dry thoroughly.

It helps if you have good quality brushes to start with, such as a good Sephora brush set or those from other top makeup lines. I’ve built up a whole selection of great makeup brushes over the years, which encourages me to take good care of them. A high quality makeup brush is an investment, so take good care of them.

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