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Face Facts


By Nicole Endsley

Defined as a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids, Rosacea affects well over 16 million people yet there is no cure. Of that 16 million, most people don’t know they have it and 78 percent of all Americans have no clue how to spot it. So, here I am giving you the run down on Rosacea. It is possible to diagnose it yourself, but the wise decision would be to seek professional help, Rosacea can also appear on the chest and those with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men. Common signs of Rosacea are bulbous nose or bloodshot eyes, burning or stinging, dry appearance, plaques, swelling, skin thickening, visible blood vessels, persistent redness and flushing, and bumps and pimples.

The four types of Rosacea are all unique. Subtype 1 is characterized by simple flushing persistent blood vessels. Subtype 2 is persistent redness with bumps and pimples. Subtype 3 has skin thickening, usually resulting in a larger nose. Lastly, Subtype 4 has dry eyes, tearing or burning, swollen eyelids, and potential sight loss from corneal damage.

Rosacea may be incurable, but it is controllable. At times, dermatologists will begin a treatment with oral and topical medication for immediate control, but then continue to use only a medical medication to maintain progress. Not only does medication work, but gentle skin care regimens helps to control the disease as well. It is suggested that the face is cleaned with a mild and nonabrasive cleanser, rinsing with lukewarm water then blotting the face dry being sure to never pull or tug at the skin with anything rough.

For those wanting to cover their Rosacea with makeup, here are a few tips. Make sure the face is always cleansed, moisturized, and sun block is used. Sun is the number one irritating factor that will worsen Rosacea. Also, keep in mind the words your mom always said: less is more. When using concealer or foundation you want something thin, oil-free and with a green tint to reduce the redness. For a matte finish, mineral powder is ideal. Also, go easy on the blush and stay away from red lipstick.

Coping with and managing your Rosacea can be difficult, but if precaution is taken regularly it can be done. Always protect your face from the sun; extreme weather and wind have been known to aggravate the disease. Stay in a cool environment in the summer and cover up with a scarf in the winter. Also, don’t forget to moisturize. A good diet and exercise is a great way to combat Rosacea. Stay away from spicy or hot foods. It is common for people to become red or flushed after drinking too much, so watch your alcoholic intake. When exercising, keep it short and simple with multiple 15-minute workouts a day. Try to exercise indoors and stay as cool as possible.

If you have concerns as to whether you have Rosacea or not, find a doctor or physician in your area right away and help get this disease under control. To learn more about this disease, go to and until then always use sunscreen.

Skin Facts

  • Your skin is considered the largest organ in the human body.
  • Your skin is made up of three major layers – epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis (also called the subcutaneous tissue).
  • Your skin protects your inside organs while keeping infections out and prevents you from getting sick.
  • Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening.
  • Your skin sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days.
  • Your skin swells when it absorbs water.
  • Your skin contains a protein called keratin which is also found in hair and nails
  • Your skin is the thinnest on the eyelid.
  • Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body.

Did you know?

  • One person dies every hour from skin cancer
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer
  • 85% of all aging is due to sun damage
  • Skin cancer in women under the age of 40 has tripled in the past 30 years
  • Five sunburns doubles a woman’s chance of getting skin cancer
  • UV exposure at tanning salons is just as risky as sunbathing outside
  • People with fair skin that burns rather than tans, people who have red hair, and people with blue eyes are at greater risk of developing skin cancer
  • People who have extensive freckling on their upper back are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer
  • People who have a history of sunburns, especially during childhood, are at a greater risk for skin cancer
  • The depletion of the ozone layer may be significantly affecting the incidence of melanoma
  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun between 10 am and 3 pm and exposure at high altitudes are the most dangerous times to be exposed to the sun
  • Those with an impaired immune system–especially those who have had an organ transplant, leukemia, or lymphoma–are at a great risk of melanoma
  • According to one study, the use of a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher during the first 18 years of life would cut lifetime risk of melanoma by 78%

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

The Dangers of Tanning Beds

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By Kaylee Pruett

Did you know that more than 1.3 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in the United States? Melanoma is continually rising faster and faster each year, more than any other cancer, while causing around 8,000 deaths every year. What is the number one cause to this rise you wonder? UV rays! Where you live can affect your chances of skin cancer as well. If you live in a place where the UV rays are stronger you are more likely to get cancer. For example, someone who lives in Texas is more at risk than someone who lives in Minnesota. Yet tanning booths are allowing people to receive UV rays all year round in all areas.

More and more people are flocking to tanning salons for that beautiful golden tan. Although what they don’t realize is how much they are increasing their chances of getting skin cancer. Nearly 30 million people in the United States expose themselves to UV radiation in tanning beds. Many people don’t realize that UV rays can come through the clouds and windows as well as through some cotton clothing. Yet only thirty-three percent of the population wears sunscreen.

There are three different types and levels of severity of skin cancer. Each determined by the type of cell that is affected. Due to the rapid uneven dividing of cells, skin cancer creates tumors and causes damage to DNA.

The most common and least severe type of skin cancer is called Basal Cell Carcinoma. You may recognize these spots by light, pearly nodules. This type does not spread very easily and can be removed surgically or by other medical procedures.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most severe type of skin cancer, recognized by red or pink scaly papules or pustules. These can bleed easily and create open sores that do not heal. Squamous Cell Carcinoma can spread to other areas of the body.

The third and most sever type of skin cancer is called Malignant Melanoma. This can be deadly because of its ability to spread more easily to other parts of the body including internal organs. If you notice black or dark patches that are uneven in texture, rigid, or raised, this could be Malignant Melanoma. It can even be found on areas that aren’t exposed to the sun as often such as legs, feet, and toes.

Skin Cancer is Avoidable! You can wear sunscreen and be sure to get checked out by a dermatologist when you have a suspicion of a mole changing or a new formation. If detected early enough, the growth can be removed. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your children as well, because eighty percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of eighteen. Also try to avoid severe sunburns; skin cancer chances double if you’ve had five or more sunburns in your lifetime or one sever sunburn as a child. Often skin cancer will appear after the age of 50, but the earlier you start protecting yourself the less chance you have to get it.  Be aware and be prepared to protect yourself!

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

To Tone or Not to Tone?

facial-tonerDo you use a toner? Do you even know what they’re used for? Many people wonder if it’s even necessary. Toners have two purposes: to remove and residue left on the skin after cleansing and to balance out the skin’s PH level after cleansing. Toners have also been said to help contract the pores.

Some people swear by toners, but  many beauty consultants do not. A famous beauty expert claims,  “Toners are only for copy machines.” I personally feel that if you’re cleansing properly, you shouldn’t need a toner to make sure the skin is clean. As to balancing the PH, the skin does that on it’s own.

It seems to me like just another marketing scheme to give us yet something else we feel we have to buy and do. Some of the best skincare lines on the market don’t even offer toner.  H-m-m-m.  So that being said, I know there are oily skins out there who love their toner and I understand (but suspect the overuse  of toner is possibly part of the problem). Ultimately though, if it works for you and you like it, enjoy it…but don’t feel obligated!

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!