Love Makeup? Check Out Our MUD Make-up Course!

With the rise of beauty bloggers, beauty YouTubers, and beauty Instagram influencers, makeup is more popular than ever. If you want to learn to do makeup like a pro, check out our Make-up Designory (MUD) Make-up Course at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose! MUD has provided beauty students, educators, and industry professionals with honest, quality products since 1997. In this course, you get a chance to work with high-end products and learn the innovative skills you’ll need for a career in today’s competitive world of makeup artistry.

About the Course

This course is designed to focus on the makeup techniques required in today’s beauty, entertainment, and fashion industries. A MUD Make-up certification can help you find a variety of jobs in the beauty industry, including a beauty advisor at a makeup counter or a wedding makeup artist. Already got a cosmetology license? You can take the MUD course after graduating! It’s a great way to add an in-demand set of skills to your existing beauty education.

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What You Can Learn

In this foundational makeup course, the curriculum is as follows:

  • Makeup Theory
  • Base Unit
  • Corrective Unit
  • Highlight and Shadow Unit
  • Eye Unit
  • Lip Unit
  • Beauty Makeup Unit
  • Natural Makeup Unit
  • Assessment

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Why Should Enroll in this Course?

If you’ve been considering beauty school but don’t feel ready to commit to a 1600 hour program, this is a great option. The MUD 84-hour (three days a week for six weeks) course can be completed in as little as six weeks! To enroll, you need a high school diploma or GED. This is an ideal course for anyone who is creative and passionate about makeup.

About the Educator: Katlyn Leal

We’re proud to introudce our MUD Make-up Course educator, Katlyn Leal! Prior to working with us, Katlyn worked at cosmetics counters for Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay. She is a talented makeup artist who specializes in weddings and special events. We are thrilled to welcome Katlyn to the TSPA San Jose family! Her real-world experience in the industry can help students prepare for their own futures in the beauty industry.

MUD Instructor Katlyn Leal.

Contact Us to Learn More

Put that love of makeup to good use! Take our Make-up Designory (MUD) Make-up Course and learn professional techniques from an experienced educator. To learn about enrollment, contact TSPA San Jose today!

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Why Makeup Artistry Isn’t Just for Women Anymore: Top 5 Male Makeup Artists

From ancient Egypt to 16th century Europe, makeup has been used for centuries by both men and women. So why is it that today we typically only associate makeup with women? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, we believe that anyone should feel free to express their passion for beauty. Here are five game-changing male makeup artists you should check out ASAP!

1. Manny MUA

Manny Gutierrez (AKA Manny MUA) creates simple, easy-to-follow makeup tutorials. He uses new, hot products and shows his audience how to work with them. In his tutorials, Manny offers guidance for popular makeup looks like contouring and highlighting to his millions of followers. He also does product reviews and “get ready with me” videos. Manny was the first male makeup ambassador for the cosmetics brand Maybelline.

Manny MUA.

2. Wayne Goss

British makeup artist Wayne Goss is one of the most famous male makeup artists on the scene. He has millions of followers and his own collection of makeup brushes. One of Goss’s most famous videos was a demonstration of the contouring technique made popular by reality star Kim Kardashian. While this was a hot topic for many beauty vloggers and bloggers, Goss’s stood out because he was a man practicing the technique on his own face. His straightforward and down-to-earth tutorials make him a great makeup artist to watch if you want to learn new skills.

Wayne Goss.

3. James Charles

James Charles became an overnight sensation at age 17 after posting a photo of himself in makeup on Instagram. Since then, he has gained over four million Instagram followers and over three million YouTube subscribers. He is the first-ever male beauty ambassador for CoverGirl. Charles’s upbeat attitude, makeup challenges, beauty routine videos, and tutorials have made him one of the most popular beauty gurus on the internet. From smoky eye looks to full-on Halloween makeup, he’s proven to be a truly talented makeup artist.

James Charles.

4. Arabia Felix

Want to learn more about drag queen makeup or cosplay? Arabia Felix is the makeup artist for you. Detailed, transformative makeup tutorials lead Arabia Felix to amass 91k subscribers on YouTube and 24.5k followers on Instagram. He teaches viewers how to conceal natural brows, tape their face, and even how to add curls to a synthetic wig. If you’re interested in learning how to do detailed character makeup, Felix has video tutorials that will make your jaw drop. For those who want to learn how makeup, wigs, and costuming can transform people, check out Arabia Felix’s channel.

Felix Arabia.

5. Patrick Starrr

Patrick Starrr is an experienced makeup artist. His videos offer audiences expertise and skills in a simple, relatable format. Starrr has a “one size fits all” philosophy when it comes to makeup, so his tutorials can be enjoyed by viewers from all walks of life. Starrr’s channel offers a little bit of everything. Product reviews, chatty tutorials, makeovers, and collaborations make up a large part of his channel. In his more detailed and elaborate videos, he uses makeup to transform himself into characters like the Wicked Witch of the West or celebrities like Beyonce. With 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, 4.1 million Instagram followers, and a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics, Starrr has successfully proven that anyone can apply and enjoy makeup if they’re passionate about it.

Patrick Starrr

Become a Makeup Artist

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you want to learn makeup artistry, we can help you! Contact TSPA San Jose to learn more about our cosmetology and esthetics programs. We’d love to help you get started on pursuing your passion!

Makeup: Pretty & Flirty Valentine’s Day Makeup Look!

Yes! The most romantic day of the year is here. The Salon Professional Academy loves to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The flowers, candies and romantic dinners. But before you head out on your date night. Check out this uber chic Valentines day inspired makeup look by BeautifulYouTV. We are loving the detail work she did on the heart eyeliner. Feel the love and get inspired! Happy Valentines day!

 

The Makeup World Is About To Turn Upside Down!

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The world is about to turn upside down with this amazing new silicone blending makeup sponge!

Silicone blending sponges are having a moment right now thanks to the Silisponge, an applicator that looks similar to a breast push-up pad and is designed to flawlessly blend in makeup. However, for some, the flat tool can be a little unwieldy, while others long for a textured surface similar to that of a true sponge.

A Kickstarter campaign for Evie Blender has taken the original silicone tool concept and claims to have perfected it. Its creator, makeup artist Angie Johnson, came up with the concept when working behind the scenes on television shows like Documentary Now!. For these programs, she put her special effects skills to use, and her experimentation with different silicone materials while creating prosthetics inspired Evie’s creation.

Its squishy, teardrop shape makes it easy to grip, and it features both a large end for buffing and a pointed end to get into small areas like under the eye and around the nose. It has a textured surface just like a real sponge but doesn’t hold on to makeup, making it easy to wash off (it doesn’t stain either). The hypoallergenic tool can even be boiled or wiped with rubbing alcohol to sanitize it — a major selling point for professional artists. Bonus: it’s sparkly!

Though the tool isn’t available for purchase yet, you can donate $28 to the Kickstarter campaign, which will secure your very own Evie for March delivery (should the campaign make its goal). Read on to see more shots of the Evie Blender, then give to the Kickstarter if you’re interested in trying it out!

 

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Makeup News: Cheeto Bronzer

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When applying bronzer, people often fear they’ll look unnaturally orange. Emily Susanah, however, is all about that cheese-like glow—literally. Weirdly enough, Cheetos bronzer exists. It debuted last month as part of the popular chip company’s holiday collection, and the beauty blogger recently posted a video on social media of herself trying the usual (and totally unexpected) beauty product out. When we say her mini tutorial has gone viral, we aren’t exaggerating. About 8.3 million people have viewed the clip she put on Instagram in the past week. We’re used to seeing Huda Kattan’s videos getting around 2 million, but 8 million people stopping to watch this hilarious video is a bit more than we can fathom. The universal love of Cheetos is real, guys. This video is proof.

In her viral video, Emily Susanah brushed the Colour de Cheeto Bronzer, which looks like queso poured into a cosmetic jar, in the usual places one would want to glow, like the hollows of the cheeks, along the hairline, and down either side of the nose. The final result looked like she wiped powdery remnants from the bottom of a Cheetos bag on her face. In her Instagram caption, the beauty blogger suggested alternative uses for the cheese-colored bronzer. “Obviously this would work better for eyeshadow, special effects, lips,” she wrote. We couldn’t agree more.

You can watch Emily Susanah’s Cheetos bronzer below.

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Makeup News: Lite-Brite Henna

 

 

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OMG! Everyone at The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skincare school in San Jose are freaking out of the newest trend for 2017, UV henna. The colors are amazing under a black light. This is great to add a pop of fun to any New Years Eve Event!

 

If you know who to follow, social media is a beauty inspo treasure trove: Contouring and mermaid hair) were both born on Instagram and YouTube. Now UV henna tattoos will likely pop up on your feed, stat. And they’re not as sun-damagey as they sound. They’re actually glow-in-the-dark temporary henna tattoos, perfect for music festivals, nightclubs, or just your own after-dark amusement.

According to Popsugar, unlike traditional henna, these lite-brite inspired tats aren’t made with dye from the henna plant. Instead, UV henna tattoos are painted on with a special type of temporary body paint that glows under black light. (Which is to say the “UV henna tattoo” is a bit of a misnomer…) Although the colorful paint isn’t waterproof—and therefore, won’t last nearly as long as a real henna tattoo—the glow-in-the-dark effect makes a major statement. You can go the traditional route, and use the paint to draw on an intricate, henna-inspired pattern—we’ve got some major inspiration for you right here—or go a different route, and paint on just about anything you like. Maybe your initials? Your sign? Your address? (Kidding on that last one.) Either way, this fun, easy, and low-commitment beauty trend should definitely be on your list of trends to try in 2017—it’s certainly on ours. They’re kind of like a flash tattoo, if flash tattoos were glow-in-the-dark and DIY.

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Makeup News: IMATS IS COMING

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology school in San Jose is excited for the month of January, it is time for IMATS! Our very own Director of Operations, Mrs. Magdalena and Director of Education, Mrs. V are headed to L.A for IMATS. They are going to be meeting the top makeup artist in the industry, and one of the creme de la creme is Academy Award winning makeup artist Ve Neill. Check out the article below by  by VICTORIA STANELL.

 

 

What would you ask one of the world’s top movie makeup artists? Attendees at this year’s IMATS in Los Angeles had the opportunity to voice their questions to three-time Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill, who served as department head for this year’s Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.

Neill, whose legendary hands helped transform films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Pirates of the Caribbean, is currently a judge on SyFy’s special effects makeup competition Face Off, and is re-launching her brush line “Ve’s Favourite Brushes” after a two-and-a-half year development phase. Hearing her tips, tricks, and stories up close is one of the biggest beauty fan girl moments we’ve ever experienced. And no territory went uncharted—Ve imparted her no-nonsense advice to fledgling artists on everything from attitude on set, the one foundation she can’t stop using, and the number one mistake young makeup artists make. These are the bits of wisdom we captured.

On drawing the line between pretty and ugly [for “The Hunger Games”]…

“It’s a movie. The directors and producers say ‘no, we don’t want it to be ugly, we want her to be pretty.’ You do the best you can, you make them look the way you believe—if they say it’s too much, then it’s too much. You are the tool of the director, and if the director doesn’t want you to make them look ugly, then by gosh you better not. Yes, she can be cut up but we want her to be pretty. After all, they are selling tickets. With Hunger Games, it’s a fantasy. You have to fight your battles.”

On her current favorite foundation…

“I love Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I use it on almost everything now. I like it because there’s a lot of pigment, it can thin out, it holds up well, and is easy to repair. I used it exclusively on Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.”

On hiring a makeup PA…

“There’s a lot of gofering on set, stuff that has nothing to do with makeup application. Instead of hiring an actual artist, I will hire a PA. Most shows have a budget that allows me to hire PAs with very minimal pay. The very first intern/PA I ever had in 1998 is now a member of 706 [a local makeup union]. This is another way for you to get in and meet people. I’m not the only one who does it. Every department head in 706 will always hire a makeup PA.”

On the biggest lesson she’s ever learned in her career…

“Never leave town without your makeup assistant. I have gone on location without my people and it’s been horrible. They know how you work.”

On taking jobs…

“This is for you working artists: NEVER TURN DOWN A JOB. I don’t care if they tell you they’ll pay you in gas money. Take the money, put it in your car, and get over there. Because you never know who you’re going to meet. You can go to a job, work for free, kill yourself, and wow—you just met the person that’s going to give you your next job. Or you can sit at home and drink a beer. What would you rather be doing? You need the experience, you need to get out there and practice. You need to get out on a set and see what it’s like to work as a team member. It’s very important to have all that in your basket. Everyone works differently—all productions, producers, and production managers are different. You have to learn how to deal with these people.”

On school vs. real-world experience…

“It’s definitely important to get an education now. Makeup has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are so many products out there and so many different ways to do things. Plus, there are a lot of good schools now. I’m self taught—when I started there were no schools for me! There was one beauty school called Elegance, and they had a mini course on effects but I went and did it myself. Schools are pricey, but you have to consider what it’s going to give you. Your competition is going to school. Your competition will have all that knowledge; do you want to be without it? I don’t think so. You’ll be introduced to products, how to use them properly, and how to take care of your equipment.”

On what’s currently in her kit…

“I use a lot of La Mer because it’s a big name and actors love it. My favorite skin care is made by Natura Bissé, which is dreadfully expensive but amazing. Embryolisse also makes great stuff. I use a lot of MAC skin care for guys that don’t want to mess around, and wipes from L’Oréal because they take off my eye makeup lickety split. For prosthetics, I’ll always clean the face with Kiehl’s Blue Astringent, then I’ll do applications with adhesives.

On letting actors leave makeup on…

“It’s really important that your actors do not leave the set with their makeup on. They go out to eat, get lazy, then go to sleep with the makeup on. Skin care is a really important part of a makeup artist’s job, because how they come back to you the next day is your fault if they’re covered in pimples or dry patches. I always put a skin care kit together for my makeup artists for every actor to take home. On the set of Hunger Games, I would use a galvanic wand treatment on the kids; in many cases a lot of the young skin really improved from doing those treatments.”

On what you can’t teach in makeup school…

“What most kids are lacking is obviously experience, something you only really get by trial and error. Experience is what teaches us our craft. I think those are the things you can’t really teach people in school. Also, set etiquette is really difficult to learn. I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I showed up on set. Who are these people? What do they do? Learn the roles.”

On burning bridges…

“Always take the high road, guys. Never burn a bridge—you don’t know when you will see that person next. Always be pleasant to everybody, because you might work with that same person someplace else. I make it a habit never to be unpleasant to anybody—you never know whose daughter they are, whose boyfriend they are, or who they’re married to.”

On knowing it all…

“As far as I’m concerned, if you are a makeup artist you damn better know how to do it all, because if you’re going to work on movies there are no ‘categories’ for artists. If you’re in movies you have to do it all. If you’re going to work for me you have to do it all. There are a lot of people who only specialize in special effects or glamour makeup, and that’s all they’ll ever be hired for. But a good, rounded makeup artist should never put themselves in a box.”

On staying honest…

“Don’t lie. Don’t start putting your name on shit you didn’t do—really, you don’t need to. Get your test makeups on your resume or your blog, but don’t take credit for other people’s work because someone will bitch-slap you good. Be honest about your resume, try to keep it to what you’ve actually done. If you were background on something, just write “BG”—there’s nothing wrong in saying you were in the bullpen doing background on a movie. Nobody likes a liar.”

On the one technique that’s hard to master…

“Good ‘dirty’ is hard to do. You’ve got to make it look like its ground in, like it’s been there. Everyone in Hunger Games was dirty, even if didn’t look like they were—but the beauty is in the subtle things. If they weren’t dirtied up they’d look spanking clean and weird. Practice good dirt.”

Makeup News: The World Has Gone Baddie!

 

Here at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetology and skincare school. We love Urban Decay and the Instagram sensation Baddie Winkle, and now the two have combine! Baddie is now this months beauty muse for the brand. Just out the awesome article below, and take a sneak peek at whats to come from the collaboration!

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You might know 88-year-old Baddie Winkle best from Instagram. There, you can see the badass grandma hanging out with Khloé Kardashian, staring in a Fergie music video, donning a pink feathered robe to the Grammys red carpet, or rocking a bedazzled nude bodysuit to the MTV Video Music Awards. Basically, she is living her best life. And who am I kidding? She’s living my best life, too.

Well, Winkle just got even cooler: Urban Decay named her its latest Monthly Muse. It’s a pairing that makes total sense; Urban Decay is all about having fun with your look, making your own rules, and living colorfully. And you can find few who do that better than this social media star who currently has 2.6 million Instagram followers and a bio that says “Stealing your man since 1928.”

For the Muse shoot, Urban Decay flew the Tennessee-native to Los Angeles and dressed her up various cool-girl ensembles, including a see-through fishnet top, sequin silver dress, pink bomber, and a star-stitched jean skirt. It looked like what I imagine would happen if Rizzo from Grease decided to become a street style blogger.

But the sartorial choices are all par for the course for Winkle, she tells Urban Decay in an accompanying Q&A video. “I’ve always been stylish, and I love color,” she says. “Color for clothes inspires me.” For her makeup, Winkle says she uses eyeshadow, lipstick, and Urban Decay’s Setting Sprays.

Winkle fits right into the Muse series, where the brand featured twin-sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, founders of Coco and Breezy eyewear, lifestyle blogger Hieu Cow, and model-photographer-DJ Alie Layus. They’re all cool AF women who are defining beauty on their own terms, while being total bosses.

Makeup News: Prep+Prime Essential Oils

 

The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skincare school based in San Jose, is super excited about M.A.C Cosmetics new product launch of their Prep and Prime Oils. Check out the article below to learn more!

Just when you thought M.A.C. was done dropping its holiday offerings, the cult-favorite cosmetics brand goes and reveals a collection so cool it’s worthy of your immediate attention: the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils line.

The cosmetics-first brand is digging deeper into the skin-care realm with its latest line, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection. How, you might ask? With a set of soothing plant-derived essentials oils formulated specifically for post-cleanse application—as a primer, if you will—before the rest of your skin-care routine. In case you’re just casually reading this post and not picking up what we’re putting down, it’s pretty big news. M.A.C. has managed to create an oil that isn’t slick or makeup repellant. Instead, it quenches the skin as it clings onto whatever you layer on top. That’s big news here in the beauty-sphere. Happily, the claims stack-up. A few drops under makeup result in nothing short of a healthy glow (and makeup that doesn’t budge).

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These botanical-infused oils come in three different scents for every nose-proclivity: There’s the zippy Grapefruit & Chamomile, the calming Sweet Orange & Lavender, and the energizing Yuzu, and each retails for $27. And in case you didn’t notice from the photo above, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection also includes a Prep+Prime Essential Oils Stick, which offers the same soothing and hydrating benefits as the oils but in a solid stick form that’s great for under-eye touchups and hitting those hard-to-reach crevices, like around the nose. We should also mention, if you’re always on the go, this tiny tube might just be your new go-to, as after a few swipes of application, you can quickly pop it back into your bag before heading out the door. Can’t wait to get your hands on the line? Us either. Too bad you’ll have to wait until December 26. Post-presents shopping spree, anyone?

 

Article by SARAH KINONEN