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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The Skintourage’s Holiday Beauty Must-Haves

By Mikala Ewald

MAC Viva Glad Lipstick in Gaga 1

Viva Glam Lipstick in Gaga 1 by MAC
Where to buy: MAC Cosmetics
The Skinny: Not only does this bubblegum pink shade look great on nearly everyone, it’s purchase supports the MAC Aids Fund. Pair it with a smokey eye for your holiday parties.

Marc Jacobs Rollerball Tri

Marc Jacobs Rollerball
Fragrance Trio

Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Lola and Daisy by Marc Jacobs are two of my all time favorite fragrances! This set includes both plus Daisy Eau So Fresh in a convenient purse size rollerball. Slip one into your clutch before heading out for the evening. Great for smelling fresh while on the go!

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: I ordered this set from Sephora about a month ago and have fallen in love! Not only is it a great price, but the products work so well. It includes Lancome’s ArtLiner, Mascara Enhancing Base, and Doll Lash Mascara. The ArtLiner takes a bit of practice to master, but with a steady hand and patience anyone can do it! Next apply the Mascara Enhancing Base. This product eliminates the need to use a lash curler and I only have to apply one coat of the Doll Lash Mascara after applying the base. They’re a great duo and make my lashes stand out.

Urban Decay Brow Box

Urban Decay Brow Box
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: No look is complete without groomed eyebrows! This cute little brow box includes 2 brow shades with an angled brush for the perfect application, a mini tweezer, a wax to keep your brows in place, and a mirror for on the go touch ups. I keep this in my makeup kit at all times to add soft definition to my brows.

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Bobbi Brown is known for creating subtle shades that anyone can pull off. This palette includes a variety of shadows both shimmery and matte, and glittery lip glosses perfect for any party!

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection
Where to buy: Lime Crime
The Skinny: If subtle is not your style I highly suggest you try out Lime Crime’s Magic Dust Shadows. They are bold, beautiful, and full of shimmer! I bought the entire collection and am thoroughly impressed with the wearability and color of the shadows.

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Every makeup maven knows NARS is the authority when it comes to cheek color. This palette includes NARS must have blushes & bronzers including the notorious Orgasm and Super Orgasm blushes that look great on every skin tone. This item tops of my wishlist!

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit
Where to buy
: Sephora
The Skinny: You can’t create a perfect makeup application without a flawless complexion. Make Up For Ever is by far the best at creating a flawless face. I use all the items in this kit on every single one of my clients and on myself every morning! First apply a thin layer of the HD Microperfecting Primer followed by the HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Finish by applying the HD Microfinish Powder with your new Kabuki brush!

The New Black Ombre Horizons Nail Shades 5-Piece Set

The New Black Horizons Ombre Nail Shades 5-Piece Set
Where to buy: Nordstrom
The Skinny: I am a huge fan of the ombre trend and this is a unique take on it! The colors were created to perfectly graduate from one shade to the next. Just paint each nail a different color beginning with the lightest shade and moving to the darkest.

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: This lash may look over the top to some, but what better occasion to wear them than a holiday party!? Who can resist lace and pearls?

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Thoughts From A Student (And Employee!)

Cosmetology Program at Clary Sage College

Cosmetology Program at Clary Sage College

By Mikala Ewald

There is no dispute, when it comes to schools in the beauty industry, Clary Sage College is by far the best. I’m very blessed to have experienced this fact in a number of ways. Even though I am now employed with Clary Sage College, my first experience with the College was as a student.

In 2008, I moved to Tulsa, OK with the sole purpose of attending Clary Sage College, even though I was raised in a very small town and didn’t know a single person in the city of Tulsa. It was a big decision for me, and I was nervous to say the least. Prior to moving to Tulsa, I heard about Clary Sage from a co-worker and after viewing their website, I was immediately intrigued. I decided to call and set up a tour of the College even though I had my sights set on Oklahoma City. This was the beginning of my long, happy relationship with Clary Sage College.

Once I stepped foot in the building, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be the College I would choose. Not only was it a beautiful building, but the people were welcoming and accommodating. Since I was unfamiliar with the area and had never worked in the beauty industry, I had many questions for the admissions representative during that first meeting. She was so helpful she even took the time to recommend apartment complexes in the area to help narrow my search. I loved the flexibility in the start dates, it was important for me to be able to start soon. Since the curriculum is on a rotating schedule, usually students are able to start school any Monday.

One of the best features the school offers, in my opinion, are the advanced classes. Many schools within the beauty industry only teach you just enough to pass the licensing examination. This is not the case with Clary Sage College. As a student at Clary Sage, I learned the basic techniques for my trade as well as many alternatives and advanced techniques. I also learned professionalism, customer service, and marketing techniques. These skills will always be a valuable asset to me no matter what career field I am in, but most importantly they are vital to those working in the beauty industry. I can honestly say that I received the best education the beauty industry has to offer in this area.

Upon graduating, I had no trouble finding a job. Spas and salons in the Tulsa area love Clary Sage graduates. Although I learned a lot while working at my first spa, I required little to no training other than learning about their specific protocols and products. This meant a lot to me considering I was fresh out of school. I was able to begin making money in no time.

After working at the spa for quite some time, I heard that Clary Sage had an open position in their retail store. I immediately jumped at the chance to work for such an amazing company. I was hired to work as a product specialist in the store soon after applying. I think it is very important that Clary Sage trusts the abilities of their graduates enough to hire them to help run their own business. I have now been an employee at Clary Sage College for nearly 2 years, and have never been happier in a career choice. Currently, I am an instructor in the esthetics department.

Over the past year, I have actually graduated from Clary Sage College a second time. While working for Clary Sage College during the day I decided to attend their Master Instructor program in the evening. I was spending anywhere from 14 to 16 hours a day at Clary Sage College. Although I was tired from less sleep, I never got tired of the students, the employees, the work, or the atmosphere. Some may consider this to be the case due to my own dedication, but it’s more than that.
It has to do with the caring culture of the college, their mission, their dedication to their students and employees, and their desire to teach and motivate to help their students become successful professionals. The “CARES” message which is an acronym for Courtesy, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Success is not just a company slogan, but a way of life that the staff and faculty strictly adhere to at Clary Sage College.

No matter where life takes me, I will never forget the skills I have learned at Clary Sage College, nor will I ever regret the decision I made to attend such a wonderful school. Clary Sage has made and will continue to make a profound impact on my life. I hope my story inspires others to take the same jump that has been so rewarding in my life.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Nail Technician

Silicone, not just for breasts

By Christen Brummett

When most people think of silicone on or in the body it makes them think of breast implants, which can be made of silicone or saline. Many of the same reasons plastic surgeons use silicone are also the same reasons why your esthetician may recommend it for your skin. Silicone acts like an oil, forming an occlusive barrier on top of the surface of the skin. This mimics the skin’s natural barrier, which keeps the hydration in and helps to prevent a feeling of dry skin.

Both water loss and drier skin naturally occur as the skin ages, so silicone can be very beneficial for maturing skin. However the newer silicones aren’t just for your grandmother! Besides the protective barrier, silicone still allows oxygen in and out of your follicle, which prevents break outs. So unlike other oils, which can cause oily/acne skin to break out, silicone won’t do that. Silicones are also used as a makeup primer.

Your makeup can even out pigmentation, but won’t even out the texture. Silicone will sink into any crevices which leaves the skin feeling very smooth and primed for you makeup. So how do you know that your moisturizer or primer has silicone? Look for anything that ends with –cone; examples include dimethicone, methicone.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

5 Essential Steps to Becoming a Makeup Artist

By Mikala Ewald

So you want to become a professional makeup artist, but have no idea how to begin? I have compiled a comprehensive list of the steps necessary to become a professional makeup artist.

Step One: Learn Your Craft

Today, education is a key requirement for careers in any and every type of professional environment, and makeup artistry is no exception. Most people probably do not realize the number of skills and the amount of information that is necessary to become a skilled makeup artist—this art form requires much more than just a bag of makeup and some brushes.

In order to succeed as a makeup artist, you must be passionate about your artistry. The makeup artistry industry is very competitive and usually requires ample amounts of your time, energy, and volunteer services while you are just starting out. Before deciding to take your makeup artistry career to the next level, it is important to do your research and decide if you are willing to give your all to succeed in this competitive industry.

Once you have decided to commit to becoming a professional makeup artist, it is time to choose a school. Makeup artist education comes in a variety of forms; you may attend a strictly makeup artistry school, you may choose to get your esthetics license (makeup artistry, skin care and treatments, hair removal), or you might decide to get your cosmetology license which can include training in all of the aforementioned skills as well as hair styling, cutting, and coloring. Before making your final decision, you must research the laws regulating makeup artistry for the state in which you are planning to practice (you may be required to have a license in order to apply products) as well as research different schools extensively in order to choose the one that is the best fit for you. Different types of makeup artistry schools may only target specific areas of the craft, and you need to ensure you will be obtaining all the skills necessary to reach the goals you have set for yourself.

Below, I have provided a list of some vital educational building blocks that all potential makeup artists should look for and consider when choosing a school.

  • Color Theory
  • Contouring
  • Face Shapes and Structures
  • Sanitation
  • Blending
  • Tools of the Trade (brushes and disposables)
  • Product Ingredients
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Operations

Step Two: Build Your Kit

All makeup artists must have a kit that includes all of the tools needed to properly perform the services they offer. Here is a quick list of items that all makeup artists must have in their kit.

The Basics

  • Positive attitude
  • Foundations
  • Concealers
  • Powders
  • Blushes
  • Bronzers
  • Eyeshadows
  • Eyeliners
  • Mascaras
  • Brow shadows or liners
  • Lip liners
  • Lipsticks
  • Lipglosses
  • Lip balms
  • Train case
  • False lashes
  • Lash adhesive
  • Facial cleanser or makeup remover
  • Moisturizers and/or primers
  • Professional makeup brush set
  • Professional brush cleaner
  • Eyelash curler
  • Disposable makeup applicators
  • Makeup sponges/wedges
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues/paper towels
  • Headbands or hair clips
  • Cape to protect clothing
  • Makeup palette
  • Palette knife and/or spatulas
  • Tweezers
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Gum or mints
  • Business cards

The Extras

  • Theatrical/Special FX makeup items (bruise wheels, fake blood, liquid latex, wigs, etc.)
  • Airbrush makeup and gun
  • Folding director’s chair
  • Props (feathers, sequins, glitter, jewels)

Step Three: Perfect Your Skills

Becoming a talented makeup artist requires many hours of practice, practice, practice! Experiment on yourself and others in order to determine what works together and what does not. You will want to practice multiple makeup looks on a variety of face shapes and skin tones so that you will be prepared for anything.

Offer to do free makeup applications for those who volunteer to let you practice different makeup looks on them. Make yourself available to other makeup artists, and ask if you can apprentice for them; offer to clean their brushes, prepare their work area, bring them coffee, hand them their brushes as they are needed, assist with the makeup application, etc. Working with other artists in the form of an apprenticeship will allow you to pick up tips, tricks, and techniques, as well as know what is expected from you as a professional makeup artist. Continue researching the field of makeup artistry by consulting books written by makeup artists, looking for tutorials online (YouTube is a great resource), and continue studying and improving the basic building blocks you learned while in school. During this time you may have to do a lot of work for free, but in addition to the invaluable experience you will gain, you may also receive photos that you may use to begin putting together a portfolio of your work.

Step Four: Choose Your Niche

The field of makeup artistry offers a variety of career choices. During steps one and three it will be important for you to try to get experience in all areas of makeup artistry to aid in your search of what area you will specialize. You will want to find your strengths and weaknesses in order to pinpoint the career that is best for you. I have compiled a list of career options for makeup artists to help you make the choice that is best for you.

  • Freelance makeup artist (may specialize in any of the following)
  • Weddings
  • Photography
  • Print (advertisements, magazine shoots, etc.)
  • Televisions
  • Films
  • Special FX
  • Makeovers and makeup lessons
  • Cosmetics counter (retail makeup artist)
  • Theatre makeup artist
  • Camouflage and corrective makeup artist for a dermatologist or plastics surgeon
  • Salon or spa makeup artist (with appropriate license)
  • Fashion (runway) makeup artist
  • Proms and special events
  • Makeup artist for cosmetics brands/product educator

Step Five: Market Yourself

Once you have fully developed your skills and completed steps one through four, the most important thing you can do for your makeup artistry career is market your skills and services. You should be prepared to promote your makeup artistry at all times by always keeping your resume, business cards, and portfolio nearby.

Have some business cards printed with your name and/or logo in addition to some photos of your makeup work. Hand out your business cards to everyone you meet, particularly those who suggest they are interested in what you do. Distribute your business cards to local businesses who may come in contact with potential clients (e.g. if you do wedding makeup, leave your cards at a wedding dress boutique). Ensure that your business cards always have your most current contact information whether it be your phone number or email address…you want to be sure anyone interested is able to contact you easily.

Always keep a well developed resume with you as you never know when a career opportunity may arise. On your resume you will want to include a list of any and all makeup artistry education you have received along with a list of your experience and events for which you have done makeup. Update your resume regularly so that you are always handing out your most current and inclusive list of achievements.

From the day you start your makeup artistry education and career, you should begin keeping a portfolio of your makeup artistry. Work in conjunction with photographers and brides in order to obtain professional photos of your work for free or at reduced costs. Having photos of your work will help promote your skills and show potential customers your capabilities as a makeup artist. Including both before and after pictures demonstrates to your potential clients your exceptional talent. Before and after photos demonstrate a complete makeover/transformation, and prove that you have the necessary skills required of a makeup artist.

Now that you have obtained all the information necessary to become a professional makeup artist, it’s time to go out, choose your school, and get started! Good luck!