Brush Basics

Any Makeup Artist will tell you when it comes to makeup, their best friend are their brushes and here at CHICSTUDIOS we want you to be prepared with the basic knowledge of these very essential tools!

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A basic makeup kit should consist of 8 essential brushes:
(Here at CHICSTUDIOS we use @RealTechniquesBeauty brushes)

1. Foundation brush
2. Concealer brush
3. Fluffy powder brush
4. Blush brush
5. Small blending brush
6. Flat eye shadow brush
7. Precision angle brush
8. Lip brush

Brushes have different functions
Brushes can help you in a multitude in ways! They help provide precision and give you control for creating different effects while also allowing for you to blend your looks evenly.

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Brushes should always be cleaned after use
Not only for sanitary reasons but cleaning your brushes can reduce your chance of breakouts and will help your brushes to last longer!

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Know the difference between brushes
Its important to understand that there are two different kinds of brushes, synthetic and natural. Synthetic are soft and smooth and are used for cream applications while natural brushes feel rougher and typically are used for powder applications.

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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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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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SAG AWARDS 2015: RED CARPET FAVORITES

It’s official…awards season is upon us! Our favorite part? Watching celebs walk the red carpet, of course! Here are a few of our red carpet favorites from the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore 2015 SAG Awards

In this beaded, emerald Givenchy Couture gown, Julianne Moore proved nothing short of stunning. We love how her natural makeup and wavy down-style complement the look!

Camila Alves 

Camila Alves 2015 SAG Awards

Camila looked gorgeous in her amethyst Donna Karan Atelier gown! She also kept her hair and makeup sleek, simple…making the whole look incredibly CHIC!

Emma Stone 

Emma Stone 2015 SAG Awards

Emma has been full of daring and bold fashion choices this season! This all-black Dior-Couture gown proved no exception. It was high fashion and fabulous.

Julia Roberts 

Julia Roberts 2015 SAG Awards

Julia’s black tuxedo Givenchy jumpsuit was a great choice. She looked effortlessly glamorous.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon 2015 SAG Awards

Reese’s custom Giorgio Armani gown and Harry Winston jewels looked beautiful. She kept the look very classy with sleek pony and pink lipstick.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o SAG Awards 2015

We love how Lupita not only looks gorgeous in her Elie Saab gown, but she seems so incredibly confident! The colors on this gown worked perfectly with her red lipstick.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara SAG Awards 2015

Sofia looked like a total bombshell. This red, form-fitting Donna Karan Atelier gown fit her impeccably.

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2015 GOLDEN GLOBE FAVORITES: MAKEUP, HAIR & FASHION

With Hollywood‘s A-listers in their best-dressed, the red carpet is like a feast for the eyes…and this year was no exception! Here are our choices for the best in Makeup, Hair, Fashion. We’ve also included a bonus winner for OVERALL, this CHIC beauty‘s name kept coming up in every category, so we decided she deserved an award of her own!

MAKEUP

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen Golden Globes 2015

We loved the simplicity of Chrissy’s look for this year’s show! She’s a natural beauty and had such a radiant glow. 

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chasten Golden Globes 2015

Jessica’s smokey eye was the perfect complement to her gorgeous locks and gown! We love how dramatic eye was off-set with a more natural lip.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes 2015

Lupita’s plum colored accents were gorgeous with her gown, but not too matchy-matchy. She’s another one of our favorite natural beauties!

HAIR

Allison Williams

Allison Williams Golden Globes 2015

Allison’s sleek waves had the perfect touch of Old Hollywood glamour. A job well done!

Kate HudsonKate Hudson Golden Globes 2015

Kate’s sleek up-do was classy and a great match with her gorgeous earrings. 

Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller Golden Globes 2015

Sienna Miller looks like she just woke up ready to walk the red carpet. Her blonde bob is perfectly ‘CHIC.’

FASHION

Jennifer Lopez Golden Globes 2015

Never one to disappoint, J-Lo looked like a true goddess in her gown…showing just the right amount of skin!

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale Golden Globes 2015

Kate’s dress was not only beautiful, but fit her impeccably. The glittery beaded accents amp up the glam-factor.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts Golden Globes 2015

Naomi made a daring choice with this bright yellow gown, but it pairs stunningly with her modern necklace and simple clutch.

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Amal Clooney Golden Globes 2015

Amal Clooney had everything right for the Golden Globes. In addition to her white gloves, she has another perfect “accessory”…her husband, George!

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FALL INTO WINTER LOOK-BOOK

MAKEUP

Focus on your eyes with a jewel toned pop of color. Recreate the look with Stila Magnificent Foils in Jade.

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Recreate Dior AW 2014 Stila

Add that extra bit of glamor with some false lashes, such as Lashes In A Box in style #7.

Top Shop AW 2014

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If you want to play up your lips, then go for a bronzy shade. We love Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige.

Rodarte AW 2014

Laura Mercier Lip Glace

HAIR

We are fully embracing these effortless and casual hairstyles. For a loose top knot, we recommend using Evo Builder’s Paradise.

Missoni AW 2014 Evo Builders Paradise

For a down and tousled look try using a bit of Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme.Chloe AW 2014 BB Texture

FASHION

To make the transition from Fall to Winter, keep lines and colors simple and classic.
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 For a  bit of extra edge, add a few retro inspired pieces into your wardrobe

Marc Jacobs Retro AW 2014 Gucci Fall 2014

Top off your look with a killer pair of statement boots.

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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

LATIMES

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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KAT GRAHAM

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YOLONDA FREDERICK

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FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM @YOLONDAFREDERICK

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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FOLLOW HER ON INSTAGRAM @LAUREN_ANDERSEN

WHO SHE WORKS WITH…

REESE WITHERSPOON

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JESSICA ALBA

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CHRISSY TEIGEN

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A TRIBUTE TO RED LIPS

It’s a well known fact that the perfect red lipstick is a must-have for any woman! Red lipstick makes us feel confident, sexy…and CHIC! Here is a brief look at the history of this signature shade:

1930 – GUERLAIN COSMETICS

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1940 – DOROTHY GRAY COSMETICS

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1950 – REVLON

1950's Revlon

1960 – MAX FACTOR

Max Factor 1960's

1970 – TANGEE COSMETICS

Tangee 1970's

1980 – CHRISTIAN DIOR

Christian Dior 1980s

1990 – CHANEL

Chanel 1987

PRESENT DAY – NARS

NARS 2000's

PRESENT DAY – ELIZABETH ARDEN

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PRESENT DAY – GIVENCHY

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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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