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Trying to build my professional make up kit – Where to start??

As some of you may or may not know I am trying my best to pursue my passion which is makeup and making people feel good and turn it into a career.  I recently did a blog post about enrolling with QC Makeup academy.  I am now no longer enrolled with QC makeup academy as I am now going to attend my local college instead. There are a few pros about taking this route instead of enrolling with QC makeup academy and then there are also some cons, such as enrolling with QC makeup academy I would have had my starter kit by now, I am not 100% sure if I will be supplied with a makeup kit with the course I am doing at college.  To be honest, I very much doubt it as in Scotland in order to go on to do the makeup artistry course I have to complete the NVQ beauty therapy course to  achieve the entry requirements, this course is a 1-year course, so I will not get any makeup starter kit until I am actually enrolled in the makeup artistry course.  One of the pros about going to college is that it is far cheaper, and I will get much more practical experience.  I am a mother of two young kids so the fact that I will not be forking out £60 per month for a makeup course will make a big difference to me and my children

What I have been doing to achieve my dream!!!

Although I have to do a year of beauty therapy before I can jump right into makeup artistry, I have been researching everything there is to know about the makeup artistry business and what it takes to succeed in this industry.  I have read book after book about the business side of things, about different techniques, about different ingredients, formulas, I have business plans, 5 years plan, and a ten-year plan.  I have also been reaching out to local established professional makeup artists asking if they were in need of an assistant for the day.  After contacting about ten makeup artists I eventually got word back from Lynne Mills, the owner of eye-candy.  Lynne is a well established professional makeup artist who has had her work featured in vogue, cosmopolitan and also did the makeup for Ronan Keatings nuptials.  As you can imagine I was elated when she contacted me, she invited me to assist at one of her makeup masterclasses.  I will be assisting the professional makeup artist with things like setting up, cleaning brushes etc.  Obviously, this is unpaid but the experience I will gain is priceless.  Opportunities like this do not come along often, so I have been cleaning up on basic techniques just in case I am asked to anything during the masterclass, I do not want to be caught out. I have a good while to prepare as the next lot of masterclasses do not start until the 11th of March which suits me fine as it gives me plenty of time to prepare myself.  I have also taken to cliptomize which in an online scrapbook where I am keeping snippets and photos of any looks that inspire me as well as any color schemes, formulas to try, face charts.  Although having an online scrapbook is great I am going to invest in a good scrapbook that I can hold in my hand, I prefer having a notebook to having everything on my computer.  In my spare time all I do is read up on the makeup artistry business, and take notes.

Building my kit!HELP

So now that I am getting into the swing of things my attention has now turned to my kit and where to start with it all.  I realize that most blog posts tell you what to put in your kit, where this blog post is more asking for help or advice than anything.  I have no clue as to where to start.  I do not know whether just to build it product by product on my own or to purchase a pre-assembled one, I also do not know which brands are good and which ones would get you laughed out of the studio.  I have spent at least the last month looking over makeup starter kits and to be honest I have just totally bamboozled myself.  One brand that has caught my eye is Shany, they have a great value kit that consists of everything that you would need when just starting out.  Of course, I would add to this kit as I go along.  Another brand that I have come across that looks really good is Mehron and RCMA but I have not managed to find any pre-assembled kits made by either of these companies.  I have had a really good look on amazon and eBay but the things is, because I am not aware of which brands to steer clear of I do not know if I am getting quality as well as value for money.

Please comment below, I really need some guidance.

So I know that this is a little unorthodox as most blog posts tell you how to do thigs and are normally full of information for you guys, but this time I am asking for a little help.  Like I have just mentioned there are lots of blog posts on how to make a starter kit but every post I have read is very6 different to the next, what is said to be a great make in one blog post is the one to steer clear of in another.  So I thought if I could get some response on this and take the most recommended products, or starter kit or even the ones to stay well away from and start from there.  Is Shany a good brand, does Mehron do starter kits??

Starter Kits with payment plans

This is also a subject that I can do with a little guidance on.  I have scoured the internet looking for proper professional kits that I could maybe pay up.  I know that there a few options available such as QVC easy pay, Beautylish offer a payment plan on their products, but I was wondering if there was a professional makeup artist out there that could point me in the right direction.  There may not be such a thing as a good quality starter kit that is available with a payment plan but if there is one out there then this is sure fire way to find out about it.  When I was contacting all of those professional makeup artists in the hopes that I would be able to be their assistant for the day, I never thought that anopportunityy like the one I have would present itself but it did, so hopefully this request will have a similar outcome.  My mum used to always say “if you dont ask you will never know”.



Thanks Annmarie



Delving into the world of make up artistry with QC make up academy

Here is a little bit about me and why I have decided to take those vital steps and enrol in the QC Make up academies make up artistry course and why the traditional approach did not fit my needs.

Why not college??

Hey there everyone.  I have been interested in taking the first steps to becoming a make up artist for a really long time and so I applied to college.  I was accepted but due to my son having to do an extra year at nursery I am unable to attend this year.  I was totally gutted but I knew that sacrifice’s would have to be made when I became a mother.

So I started looking online, initially I was searching for books or tutorials on how to become a make up artist in order to gain as much information as possible before re-applying to college next year.

That’s when I stumbled upon a make up academy that sounded to good to be true.

About QC Make Up Academy, and why its right for me.

The one thing that firstly attracted my attention to this academy was the fact that they had payment plans in place.  As a mother of two young kids, I do not have the funds to pay for the course in full.  The course costs £958 all in.  You have the option to pay this in a variety of ways, either, in full, monthly, Bi weekly, or weekly.  For me the best option would be to pay it weekly as these payments are obviously the lowest.  My payment plan would be as follows.  £14 per week, every Tuesday for 70 weeks with one last payment of £5.  I have not come across any other courses that offer this flexibility.

Once I had a look at the prices and saw how flexible they were I then had a look at the different types of make up artistry courses they had to offer.  They’re are two courses that I was interested in, the first one is the Make up artistry course, this is the description of the course that is given on the website ” Learn the fundamentals of makeup artistry, daytime, evening and bridal makeup. Then, learn how to start your own freelance makeup business” The other is the course that I am enrolling in and that is the Master make up artistry course, here is the description of the course given by the academy on the website “Learn everything in our Makeup Artistry course plus makeup for theatre, movies, fashion shows, and photo shoots.” Pretty much what the first course offers but with a more in depth look at make up and the business side of things.

After deciding what course I was interested in taking I then looked in to what I was getting for my money and exactly how the online learning schedule worked.  With it being an online course you can study at your own pace there are no deadlines to  meet.  You get a make up artistry starter make up kit as well as DVD’s, books and a personal tutor.  There are six personal tutor and you are paired with one who will grade your work and will talk you through any obstacles that you may find difficult along the way.

You are asked to finish an assignment by being given a look and told to re create this look on yourself, you will then take a photo that you will upload to your tutor where they will grade your work.  There is other types of assignments not all of them are going to be putting make up on yourself and taking a selfie.  There is also the option to learn how to set up your own freelance make up artistry business.  If you are not interested in taking these classes then you do not have they are completely optional.  I however will be taking these classes as I feel that they are a fundamental part of a make up artistry business being successful.

About the tutors.


If you are wondering who the tutors are then you can read all about them and their success’s on the website, here is a little bit of a description about the tutors that is on the website

Our tutors are dedicated to your success. You’ll be learning from the best in the industry! You’ll upload your assignments electronically to our Online Student Center including photos of your makeup applications. Your tutor will review your work and will send you an audio file with advice on what you are doing well and where you can improve. You’ll form a close relationship as you work together.

Each tutor has years of experience. Learn professional makeup artistry with Nathan Johnson, Azzi Williams, Michele Mulkey, Corianne Cowan or Pat Armstrong.

QC’s Fashion Styling course is taught by fashion expert Alison Stewart. The course is mentored by Katrina Lee-Jones, Mallory Sills and Nathan Johnson. The Hair Styling Essentials course is taught by styling expert Laurie Vukich. The course is tutored by Laurie and Azzi.


Is there anyone that has already taken this course??

I have done my research and have had a good look through the mountains of reviews that are out there and they all seem to be positive.  I would love to hear from someone that has done this course to get a little bit more feedback on it.  So far I love the sound of this course.  If you think that this course could be for you then click the link and you can check it out for yourself. QC make up academy – About

There is loads more information on the website.  You can see for yourself what is included within each module you will be learning and you can read the reviews there too. I would have loved to go to college this year but I really like the look of all of the benefits you get with this course, you can read more about the benefits on the website, one of which is discounted make up!!!!!!!