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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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CHICSTUDIOS

Merry Christmas from CHICSTUDIOS NYC

 

We’ve had a wonderful year at CHICSTUDIOS NYC and would like to wish all of our friends a lovely Christmas! Here’s to wishing you a holiday filled with lots of happiness, peace, love (…and presents!).

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1/1: CHIC STAFF NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

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A PEEK AT CHIC & POP ART!

ABOUT CHICSTUDIOS

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CHICSTUDIOS NYC (CHIC) provides all the necessary tools for aspiring makeup artists to create a lasting career in the beauty industry. CHIC, a New York State Education Department licensed school, was founded in 2009 by makeup artist Amy Nicole, and currently located in the heart of New York City. CHIC continues to provide top quality educationby beauty professionals for beauty professionals.

CHICSTUDIOS NYC offers the ideal location for students to develop relationships with industry connections and future clientele. Upon graduation students become part of the ‘CHICPRO Community’, an exclusive part of #CHICSTUDIOS with freelance opportunities, advanced education courses, professional makeup gigs, hiring fairs, networking events and job fairs.

Take a look at the CHICSTUDIOS website today and start your journey on the way to a rewarding career in makeup artistry. To stay up to date with all the latest in all things beauty and fashion, subscribe to our blog, A CHIC LIFE.

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POP ART MAKEUP

_CHICSTUDIOS OPEN HOUSE - MARCH 21 2014

 LOVE IT CREATE IT!

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Girl In Mirror. Roy Lichstenstein, c. 1963.

Inspired Look…

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Products we recommend:

Before adding benday-dots, apply ModelCo Face Base Skin Primer

Get extra POP with NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Fashion Rebel

Apply Benefit Pin-Up Lashes to add extra volume

Don’t forget MAC Lipstick in Relentlessly Red

LOVE IT CREATE IT!

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Turquoise Marilyn. Andy Warhol, c. 1964.

Inspired Look…

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Products we recommend:

Define brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

All over lids apply MAC Eye Shadow in Aquadisiac

Use Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color in Peche

For a peachy glow on the cheeks use NARS Cream Blush in Enchanted

Next up…

3/20: Hottest 2014 Trends: Hair, Makeup, Fashion & Nails

3/27: Makeup Artist Spotlight – Mary Phillips, Gregory Arlt and Lucia Pieroni

 

HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR WITH LEAD INSTRUCTOR RUTHIE WEEMS!

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BRANDS USED TO ACHIEVE THIS LOOK:

-MAC Cosmetics

-Cover Fx

-Alcone

-Ben Nye

-NARS

-Makeup Forever

-BH Cosmetics

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PRODUCTS USED:

All Over/Face and Body/MAC/C4

Under eye/Studio Finish Concealer/MAC/NW30

Under eye/Cream concealer/Cover Fx/G-M

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PRODUCT USED:

Highlight planes/cream concealer/Cover Fx/N-XLT

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PRODUCTS USED:

Contour planes/camouflage system DermaColor/Alcone/D17+D375

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PRODUCTS USED:

All over set/Luxury powder/Ben Nye/Banana

Cheek & temple blended/Pro Long Wear bronzing powder/MAC/Nude on Board

Cheek and eye contour/Sculpting Powder/MAC/Shadester

Cheek highlight/Cream color base/MAC/Pearl

Under eye contour/Sculpting Powder/MAC/Shadester

Brown bone highlight/Sculpting powder/MAC/Emphasize

Cheek and nose highlight/Extra Dimension Skinfinish/MAC/Whisper of Guilt

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PRODUCTS USED:

Apple of cheek/Cream blush/NARS/Cactus Flower

Apple of Cheek/Mineralize Skinfinish/MAC/Light Flush

Transition crease/shadow/MAC/Brown Script

Lower lid/shadow/MAC/Carbon+Brun

Under eye smudge/shadow/MAC/Sketch

Lash/Smokey Lash/MUFE/Extra Black

Waterline/liner/3CC/medium

All over bronzer/Mineralize Skinfinish/MAC/Med-Deep

All over lip/pencil/MAC/Chestnut

All over lip/pencil/BH Cosmetics/Magenta

Bottom lip/Dazzleglass/MAC/Get Rich Quick

Set skin/Fix+/MAC

COMING SOON…

12/26 – NYE STYLE!

The Makeup Show 2013

TMS logoThe Makeup Show was created in New York City 8 years ago as the only event offering the beauty industry an opportunity to meet owners, executives and artists, learn, get inspired, and shop for their kits. It began with 50 exhibitors and 20 educational events and has grown ever since to 80 exhibitors and 60 different educational events including hands-on workshops, keynote speakers and seminars! Now traveling the world, The Makeup Show is held annually in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Orlando and Europe. Read on to learn about the largest pro-driven beauty event and why it is a must-attend event for everyone working and studying in the beauty industry!

Meet the Owner of the Makeup Show, Shelly Taggar!

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Here are some of our top picks for workshops, keynotes forums and events to attend:

• An Artists Perspective Keynote Forum- How to thrive in an always-changing Fashion Industry by Brigitte Reiss-Andersen Sunday, May 5 from 3:30-5PM, 5th floor.

Behind the Scenes Keynote Forum with Dick Page Monday, May 6 from 2-3:30PM, 5th floor.

Makeup for Photography (2) Workshop with Orlando Santiago Monday May 6 from 10:15AM-1:15PM in Studio 3.

For the full education schedule check out: http://themakeupshow.com/makeupshow/NY/index.html

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Make Up For Ever.  Temptu Pro. Crown Brush. Stila. Nars Cosmetics. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. Inglot. Smashbox. MAC Cosmetics. Alcone Company. Mehron Inc. Ellis Faas. Kevyn Aucoin. Embryolisse. Senna Cosmetics. Graftobian Make-Up Company. T3 Micro. Bite Beauty. Mario Badescu. Zuca. Pinnacle Cosmetics. Velour Lashes and many more.

You will be able to shop these amazing brands (and others!) at unbelievable discounts! And don’t forget to stop by the CHICSTUDIOS Booth, B12 to continue your learning and inspiration. We can’t wait to see you there!

Peek into our Kit Pt. 2!

Ever wondered what products the pros use? Take an exclusive peek into our very own CHICSTUDIOS kit!

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A world of opportunity is at your fingertips with this 32-color palette for lips! Create endless looks like ombre lips or focus on one, bold color.

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MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in Black

We can’t say enough about this gel eyeliner! Use an angled brush to create fabulous cat-eyes!

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BH Cosmetics 6-Color Duo Blush Palette

The colors in this blush palette create a flawless finish and natural glow on every skin tone!

Best of all, each CHICSTUDIOS grad receives one upon completion of our 4-week program! You can see the complete products in our kit on our Pinterest board. You can also keep up with everything Chic on our Facebook and Twitter!