5 Tips For Your Professional Makeup Career

The road to becoming a successful Makeup Artist is filled with lots of passion, hard work and dedication. One of our goals at CHICSTUDIOS School of Makeup is equipping our students with the tools and knowledge to make that journey a bit easier. Here are a few tips from our CHIC staff that we wanted to share with everyone who is an aspiring or established artist!

1. STAY ON TOP OF YOUR MAKEUP KIT: 

It’s very important to always be on top of your makeup kit.  It’s very easy to let months, even a year go by without restocking it.  Keep an inventory of what you you have and when you reorder stuff. –JONNY POLIZZI, LEAD INSTRUCTOR

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2. STAY IN CONTACT WITH CLIENTELE: 

“Make sure that you have complete contact information for all of your clients! Email them monthly with any news and updates for your personal business.”  –JONNY POLIZZI, LEAD INSTRUCTOR

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3.  RESEARCH PRODUCTS: 

“Make sure that you really know the formulations of the products you are using in your kit. Certain chemical mixtures can breakdown products, so you want to be familiar with how to properly mix your products before going into a professional setting.”  –JONNY POLIZZI, LEAD INSTRUCTOR

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4. RETAIL IS YOUR FRIEND:

Retail jobs are a great opportunity to practice your craft on as many faces as possible, while also meeting potential clients. –CHRISTINA OLIVO, SENIOR SCHOOL DIRECTOR

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5. UTILIZE SOCIAL MEDIA:

Self promotion, especially in social media, is key — but be sure your social media is reflective of your personal achievements. A client that runs across your Instagram and sees photos of food or your bikini summer days could be turned off. The solution — have a separate, private page for your friends, and a work page for your budding career! 

CHRISTINA OLIVO, SENIOR SCHOOL DIRECTOR

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We just welcomed our newest round of students at CHICSTUDIOS NYC School of Makeup. It’s always inspiring to see fresh new faces, passionate about the art of makeup. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s been going on in the classroom:

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SPRING CLEANING: CHIC’S GUIDE TO CLEANING OUT YOUR MAKEUP BAG

As we move into warmer temperatures and more colorful palettes…it’s important to also take care of your cosmetics arsenal. Here are a few tips to help you clean out your makeup bag:

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1. Separate your products. 

Whether or not we like to admit it, bacteria loves to thrive on our faces, and one of the easiest ways to keep germs from spreading is to keep your brushes, face makeup, eye makeup and lipsticks/glosses all separate.

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2. Don’t underestimate the power of rubbing alcohol.

Cleansing products are essential, but one of the simplest methods to clean products is with a bit of rubbing alcohol (and gauze pads). Dip lipsticks right into alcohol and lightly pat dry with gauze pads.

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3. Clean out your pumps.

Flush bacteria out of pumps by running alcohol and warm water through until clear.

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4. Know when to say good-bye.

If pressed powders, shadows or bronzers show any sign of oil markation…toss them. Consult with your beauty professional, but make sure to also throw away old mascaras and eyeliners every three months at least.

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5 CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

JACKIE GOMEZ

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WHO SHE WORKS WITH…

BEYONCE

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CANDACE SWANEPOEL

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LILY ALDRIDGE

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SAM FINE 

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WHO HE WORKS WITH…

VANESSA WILLIAMS

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KERRY WASHINGTON

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QUEEN LATIFAH

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ETIENNE ORTEGA

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WHO HE WORKS WITH…

EVA LONGORIA

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PARIS HILTON

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YOLONDA FREDERICK

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WHO SHE WORKS WITH…

CIARA

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JENNIFER HUDSON

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KELLY ROWLAND

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LAUREN ANDERSEN

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WHO SHE WORKS WITH…

REESE WITHERSPOON

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JESSICA ALBA

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CHRISSY TEIGEN

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CONTOURING PRODUCTS WE LOVE

BRONZERS

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NARS MATTE MULTIPLE IN VIENTIANE OR CAPPADOCE

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THE BALM BAHAMA MAMA

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MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH POWDER IN SOFT AND GENTLE

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HIGHLIGHTERS

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YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT

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BENEFIT HIGH BEAM

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HIGHLIGHT & CONTOUR KITS

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THE NARSissist CHEEK KIT

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MAKE UP FOR EVER SCULPTING KIT

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS CONTOUR KIT

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ALL ABOUT LASHES

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Is there anything more enviable than long, luscious lashes? Voluminous lashes are flirty, fun and completely feminine! Here are a few tips, tricks and products that we love to help pump up our lashes:

MASCARAS

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We never leave the house with a couple coats of any of these amazing mascaras!

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BENEFIT “THEY’RE REAL” MASCARA

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TOO FACED “BETTER THAN SEX” MASCARA

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EYE LINERS 

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Basic black eye liner helps define your eyes and create the illusion of volume at the base of your lashes. We love using liquid eyeliner to add a hint of drama!

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…or below your lashes!

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STILA SMUDGE PROOF, WATERPROOF EYE LINER

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LASH SERUM

Stroger lashes = fuller and longer lashes! We recommend the addition of a lash serum into your beauty routine to help condition them and promote growth!

GRANDELASH MD

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CHICSTUDIOS AT BEAUTYCON LA 2014

CHICSTUDIOS NYC is going to BeautyCon LA and we couldn’t be more thrilled!! At the CHIC STAGE, we’ll be hosting demos by Beau Nelson and Scott Barnes, as well as a panel discussion all about Success In The Beauty Industry.

For a complete BeautyCon LA guest list visit: http://www.beautycon.com/guest-list/

To purchase tickets for the show visit: http://bit.ly/1nC0DxD

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BEAU NELSON

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Color inspiration can come from almost anywhere though, from a jelly bean, to a swatch of car paint, to a picture in a magazine. Everywhere I look, I see inspiration for something.” –Beau Nelson, on finding inspiration.

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Beau Nelson’s amazing talent for makeup artistry continually inspired us! At the young age of 14, Beau already knew he wanted to work in beauty and fashion. As he became increasingly dazzled with editorial images in Vogue and Elle, Beau decided to pursue makeup artistry. And the rest is history….

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Beau is known for his work with celebrities such as:

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Kristen Stewart

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Nicole Richie

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Jessica Alba

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Sienna Miller

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MEET BEAU AT THE @CHICSTUDIOS STAGE, AUGUST 16TH, 2014,

IN LOS ANGELES AT #BEAUTYCONLA

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: http://bit.ly/1nC0DxD

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ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT: MARY PHILLIPS I GREGORY ARLT I LUCIA PIERONI

Mary Phillips

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“During [American Idol], it was fun because we got to do something new every day.  The juices were constantly flowing, and you were constantly flowing.” ~Mary Phillips on her work with American Idol.

How you know her:

  • Favorite makeup artist of Jennifer Lopez (see her work in the Same Girl music video)
  • Currently also works with the Kardashians
  • Worked with Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazzard

MARY’S WORK….

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Jennifer Lopez in the April 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine

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Jessica Simpson in the film Dukes of Hazzard.

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Mary working on Jaclyn Smith.

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Gregory Arlt

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“I consider myself a beauty exorcist. Instead of piling makeup on the face, I bring out a woman’s beauty, respecting her features, bone structure, coloring, and most importantly, her personality.”

How you know him:

  • Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics
  • He’s a red carpet favorite for celebrities, such as Dita Von Teese, Victoria Beckham and Alicia Keys
  • Creator of of runway looks for popular designers including Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen

GREG’S WORK

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Gregory speaking during one of his MAC Pro Master Classes.

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Gregory’s work with Gwen Stefani in a recent Shoedazzle campaign.

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Lucia Pieroni

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 “It’s always my goal—when working with any woman—to enhance her natural beauty. And that’s definitely also my approach when working with celebrities”

How you know her:

  • Created looks for runway shows like Jason Wu, Missoni and Vera Wang
  • Works with celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz.
  • Makeup creative director for Cle de Peau Beaute

LUCIA’S WORK

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Lucia creating another beautiful runway look.

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Lucia’s editorial work with LOVE Magazine.

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CHIC SPOTLIGHT ON: PETER PHILLIPS

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• Philips recently stepped down as Creative Director of Chanel Make-up but will still be working on their runway shows

• With his unlimited budget, he was able to develop new Chanel products from scratch to end product

• Best known for his outstanding, unique polish colors like Jade, Particuliere and Mimosa

• Born in Belgium, Philips is a graduate of the prestigious Antwerp Academy

• His mother was a huge inspiration in his career path. He can remember applying her makeup for a ball, causing his father to exclaim: “My God, you look 15 years younger!”

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