Makeup Artist Requirements in California

A lot of people who are interested in makeup artistry don't know the laws surrounding the profession. I did a lot of research and gathered all the information so I can share it all on one page! This will hopefully help you or anyone interested in makeup artistry that live in the state of California. Every state has different laws regarding this profession.

*I haven't been posting much the past two weeks because I have been really focused on makeup school. I am going to try my best to post at least once a week!

1) How much can I make as a makeup artist?

There are many factors that play into this. It depends whether you plan to work in sales or as a freelancer or in entertainment. It also depends on how many clients and jobs you get. 

This is a good website where you can find average wages of different jobs in the United States. Like anything, your success is up to you! 

2) Do I need a license to be a makeup artist?

Remember, I'm only answering for the state of California. In California, you do NOT need a license to be a makeup artist in the entertainment business or to be a freelancer. You can work for fashion shows, photography, motion picture, theatre, etc. You can also have your own freelancing business and do makeup on clients EXCEPT brides. You CANNOT do bridal makeup without a license. You CANNOT work in a salon or spa without a license. You can work in sales such as MAC, Estee Lauder, etc.

You can find more information regarding this here.

3) What kind of license or certification can I get?

A license isn't required unless you want to do bridal makeup, work in a salon, or work in a spa. You are still welcome to get a license to further your knowledge on the subject. You can get an esthetician license where the focus is on skin care. The other is a cosmetology license where the main focus is on hair. You can also become a certified makeup artist by going to a makeup artistry school. A certification is not the same as a license and will not make you eligible to work in a salon, spa, or do bridal makeup. Certification is just to further your own knowledge.

4) Which beauty school should I go to?

There is a list of beauty schools here. You should do your research and take campus tours before deciding which place is best for you. Take into consideration:

*Tuition Price
*Kit Price
*Student Reviews
*Campus Tour
*Customer Service

5) Do I need to go to school to become a makeup artist?

No. There are many successful makeup artists who didn't go to school. There are many benefits to go to school such as learning tips and tricks in person, getting hands on help and advice, networking, learning about sanitation, etc. 

If you would like to ask any questions, feel free to email me at!

June Makeup Bag

I have found myself loving false lashes once again. Stardell has pretty good quality lashes in my opinion for a very cheap price! Usually I can find these for around $2. Most other lashes found at Target can be around $6. Even though they're cheaper, I actually like them better!

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Melon Shimmer is my go-to lipstick this month. I just love this shade of orange and I think it's perfect for summer. It's so smooth and buttery. It also is sheer, but buildable! You can read my review here.

Clean Artiste Makeup Remover has been my favorite for a long time now. I always use the green bottle that is for long-lasting/waterproof makeup, but decided to try the 100% oil-free one instead. I love this! It doesn't have any greasy residue and is perfectly fine with my sensitive eyes. I recommend picking either of them up.

My face cleanser this summer is Simple. I use the foaming cleanser and then the replenishing rich moisturizer. They aren't too harsh for my sensitive skin. As long as I use the moisturizer, it doesn't dry me out either. With trying new makeup and searching for the perfect primer mixed with the hot weather, I am breaking out! This product definitely leaves my face feeling bright and clean. It also helps control my pimples.

The makeup bag I am using is still my bright summery Betsey Johnson travel bag. It is yellow with hot pink flamingos all over it and I am going to continue using it all summer!


Summer Lipstick Colors

1. Pink
Pink is one of the most popular summer colors! They are the most wearable, unless you go for something like hot pink. With sheer pinks and soft pinks, I don't have to spend much time putting it on. A quick swipe and I'm ready. It's great for a more natural look.
This is Revlon Color Stay Overtime in Keep Blushing. You can read my review on Revlon's liquid lipstick here. These are great for the beach or going to the pool since they're waterproof. It's comparable to Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge. They have a very glossy finish. It comes off with very oily/fatty food and tends to clump after that.

Here, I am wearing Maybelline Baby Lips in Strike a Rose. I love Baby Lips because they are moisturizing yet give a nice tint of color. They have a lot of different color choices, but to be honest, all their colors look similar when you wear them. They have a somewhat glossy finish.

While soft or sheer pinks are beautiful for a natural look, summer is the best time to pop out the hot pink! If you are feeling a little bold or want to add some brightness to your look, a hot pink is perfect. This particular color is Backstage Bambi. It's Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. You can read my review here. They have a gorgeous matte finish. This is my absolute favorite liquid lipstick. This is great for eating because even if the lipstick comes off, it stains your lips and is still even.

2. Orange
For those who want to take a break from pink, orange is becoming ever so popular. If you're a little braver than others, you can wear true orange or oranges closer to yellow. They look so bright and cheerful for summer! But if you are like me, then a more calm, quiet orange is for you. Sheer oranges and oranges closer to red are so wearable and beautiful. It's a nice change from the sea of pink.
This is Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in the color Melon. Read my review here. This is so creamy and a wearable sheer color. The orange leans more towards red and has a beautiful shimmer. 

3. Red
Red is a classic. I love red because it makes me think of picnics in the park. To keep with the summer theme, a bright red is perfection.
This is another Revlon Color Stay Overtime Liquid Lipstick. The color is Forever Scarlet. It's waterproof, perfect for swimming. If you are going to eat a lot, I wouldn't wear this. Since it's such a deep color, when you eat oily/fatty food or get it all over your mouth, noticeable spots of lipstick fade away and it becomes incredibly uneven and ugly! I also have to say reapplying this is hard, and it does get clumpy! If you eat carefully and don't get any on your lips, it will stay on perfectly the whole day.

How to Fill in Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

This is a tutorial on how I fill in my eyebrows using Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I use the color ebony since my eyebrow hairs are black. It is on the pricier side, but this will last months because only a little amount is needed. It looks very natural and is waterproof! You will need a small angled brush and a spoolie.

1) Use the spoolie brush to comb your eyebrows and get all the hairs in place.

2) Dip the angled brush into the pomade. A little goes a long way! Draw the bottom of your eyebrow starting in the middle moving towards the tail. Keep in mind the line is going to be harsh because the brush is full of product. This should be a curved line.

3) Use the small remaining amount to lightly draw the front of your brow. It should have a gradient effect.
4) Get more product on the brush. Draw the top of your brow using the same process. Start in the middle and move towards the tail. With the remaining product lightly draw the front of the brow. The top line can have a more sharper, angled shape that defines the tail.

5) Dip the brush in the pomade. Color in the tail, you can pull the line out a little further if needed. Fill in the middle of the brow using short strokes. It's best not to add more product to the brush. Lastly, fill in the front of the brow with a light hand. Remember, the goal is to have a gradient effect, otherwise it will look drawn on rather than natural. Use the spoolie to brush the product through the hair.

It may take practice to get the hang of drawing in your brows! The first few times will probably end up too dark, I know it did for me. If you want to have a natural look, use very little product, and don't overdraw your eyebrows. Stay as close to your natural shape as possible. Keep strokes short and feathery, use a light hand, have patience. 

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick Melon

I got Estee Lauder's gift set for summer 2014 (collaboration with Lily Pulitzer) that you receive when you purchase a $35 skincare or foundation. It has a few nice items, but what really caught my eye was the lipstick! The normal lipstick comes in a different container, but since this is part of the summer gift set, it is in a summery pink container that I just adore!
This is the Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in the color Melon. It is an orange color that does lean closer to red than yellow which makes it more wearable. It has a shimmery finish and it so perfect for the summer! It is sheer, but very buildable. I am pleased to say that it is in fact long lasting! It lasts for hours!

My Opinion

It's so nice and creamy, the color is beautiful, and it is long lasting. I LOVE it! Application is smooth and the lipstick doesn't feel drying. It is sheer, but you can build it to be more opaque. I definitely recommend this. When I run out, I am going to buy a new one right away!

Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick Backstage Bambi

I really like Kat Von D, so I have been curious about her makeup line for awhile. I've read so many great reviews about the Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick, and I just am a huge fan of liquid lipstick. I wanted a bright color to wear this summer.

This is the color Backstage Bambi. It is a bright hot pink. First of all, I love the packaging. It's sleek and also feminine. The applicator is a typical flocked doe foot.

These lipsticks have vitamin A, C, and E for hydration. It is a matte liquid lipstick, so it's still a little bit drying. It is highly pigmented, though, it may take two coats to make it completely even. Since it is very pigmented, make sure to put it on carefully and to take your time to keep it neat. While it is still wet, don't smack your lips together because they will be sticky and ruin the lipstick.

The finish is matte and dries fairly quickly. It isn't chalky or tight. Don't put lip balm on right before putting on this lipstick because it will cause the color to not stick to you lips and just slide everywhere. There was absolutely no color transfer once it dried. It lasts about 5 hours before I noticed the corners of my mouth slightly faded.

It's not waterproof so eating and drinking does ruin it. When wiping your mouth, just pat dry rather than rubbing it. I ate some rolls and soup which cause most of the lipstick to come off. A little bit of lipstick ended up on my chin, but I was able to wipe it off. There was a pretty stain left on my lips, but you can see the remnants of lipstick. I reapplied and it went on smoothly. There was no clumping.

My Opinion

This is the best liquid lipstick I have tried so far. It is very long lasting, but doesn't last through food and drinks. It's very pigmented and opaque. The finish is smooth and matte. It's not as drying as other liquid lipsticks, but I still find it to be a tad bit drying. Makeup remover or face wash takes this right off. All in all, I highly recommend this! I am definitely going to buy again and I want this in all the colors!

3 Ways You Are Hurting Your Face

A lot of us don't realize how sensitive the skin on your face is. Since your face is the first thing a person sees, it's important to take care of it! These are three common issues I have seen.

1) NEVER wash your face with bar soap! 
Bar soap is too harsh for your skin. Even the most gentle bar soap is a no-no. These bar soaps and body soaps are designed to remove dirt and oils that are different from the ones on your face. They will dry out your skin and can irritate it. It can even lead to making eczema act up.

There are some liquid soap, such as Johnson's Baby Soap or Cetaphil Facial Wash, that are fine to use. Even better, find a facial wash that is directly for your skin type. There are many that can help with dryness, oiliness, and acne.

2) NEVER use body lotion on your face!
Remember, the skin on your face is delicate- much more than the body! Body lotion is formulated to penetrate thick skin. This may sound like a good thing, but it ends up clogging your pores and making your skin oily! Also, body lotions are usually scented or even colored which can cause an allergic reaction.

3) Avoiding Face Care Altogether. 
Just as bad as using harsh soap and body lotion on your face, is doing nothing at all!

Your face is always exposed to pollution, dirt, etc. If you wear makeup, that's even worse! You need to clean your face with some kind of face soap. Leaving makeup or dirt on your face can cause your skin to age or breakout.

ALWAYS moisturize your skin! Your face needs to be hydrated and this tends to be a step that is skipped. This will help prevent dryness or irritation. Another thing is SPF. I highly recommend using a face lotion with SPF if you plan to go outside. The harmful rays aren't just present when the sun is out- they cut through the clouds.

Taking care of your face may take a few minutes out of your day, but it is very important. Even if you plan to cover your face with makeup, the first step to beautiful makeup is to take care of your skin!


Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award! I'm very excited to do this post as it seems very fun! It's a great way to help each other get more recognition and to learn new things about one another.

Thank you Sarah from Bows and Pleats for nominating me! She has an amazing beauty blog that I definitely recommend!♥

The official rules are as follows:
1) You must link back to the person that nominated you.
2) You must answer the 11 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3) You must pick 11 bloggers to be nominated for the award with under 200 followers. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
4) You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5) You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

My Answers

1) If you could only choose one makeup product to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is such a hard question! It would have to be liquid liner. I could dress it up or down, and I love how it makes my eyes stand out. I'm currently using Sana Super Quick Liquid Liner.

2) Who is your favourite celebrity couple?
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. They look so in love, and they make me think of That 70's Show which is one of my favorites.

3) Would you rather go out for dinner & drinks with friends on a Saturday night or stay in with a book/movie?
I'd rather go for dinner and drinks! There is nothing like sitting down and eating out. If it's a sit-down restaurant, I am there!

4) What is your favourite meal to eat?
It's a tie between steak and sushi. It depends what mood I am in.

5) Who is your most admired beauty icon?
I'd say Bettie Paige. I think she is so unique and so beautiful.

6) What is your favourite thing about makeup?
My favorite thing about makeup is how fun it is. There's no boundaries and everyday can be a different look.

7) What characteristics about a beauty blog encourage you to visit it for a second time?
The posts have to be informative/helpful or at least interesting. I also like when I can see some personality through the posts.

8) If you could only buy 3 high end makeup items every year, or buy a new drugstore product every month, which would you choose?
I love high quality makeup, and there are a lot of high quality drugstore makeup! I would prefer being able to get a new thing every month and have variety.

9) Would you rather have naturally bold and beautiful brows or naturally long lashes?
I would rather have bold and beautiful eyebrows. I feel like if I had to draw in my eyebrows too much it would just look weird. But I think false lashes are so fun!

10) What is your holy grail foundation?
I just discovered Dior Nude BB Cream. This is the best! It has a nice build able coverage, but feels so light. Best part is that it's not oily or cakey!

11) What is your favourite aspect of being a beauty blogger?
My favorite is the community of beauty bloggers. Everyone is so nice and we love to help each other and support each other.

I Nominate

1) Karla Sweet Sunny Bits
2) Hannah Hips Like Cinderella
3) Pauline Addicted to Makeup
4) Alice Alice's Beauty Madness
5) Christine A Southern Seashell
6) Esha Wellness and Vanity
7) Mikayla Beauty for Dayz

And all the other blogs I follow have too many followers!

My Questions

1) Why did you decide to start blogging?
2) Is there any beauty product that you absolutely hate?
3) What is your favorite makeup brand?
4) What is your hobby besides beauty?
5) What is the best blush you have ever used?
6) If you could only wear 3 beauty products to a big fancy event, what would they be?
7) Which outfit gives you the most confidence?
8) Lipstick, lipgloss, or liquid lipstick?
9) How do you keep your beauty products organized?
10) Do you carry any makeup in your purse?
11) What is your number one drugstore makeup and high end makeup?