How Much Do You Know About Hair and Makeup?

Are you passionate about all things beauty? If you are, we bet you’ve learned a thing or two about hair and makeup over the years. Want to put your knowledge to the test? Take our quiz to see just how much you know about the world you love. You may be surprised by how much more there still is to learn!

hair and makeup quiz

Can’t get enough of learning about the beauty industry? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we help students turn their passion for beauty into a career! In our cosmetology program, our instructors teach both the technical and business side of beauty so students can feel prepared for their career after graduation! Contact us to learn more about us, our program, and how you can get started.

How to Keep Your Beauty Space Clean

It’s no secret that everyone should always make sure to keep up good hygiene practices but that doesn’t mean we’re always following them. With everything going on right now, there’s no better time to start doing everything you can so you can stay safe and healthy. For a beauty professional or student, the best place to start is with your beauty tools and stations. If you’re nervous that what you’re doing right now isn’t enough, read our blog to find out the best methods for keeping your beauty spaces sanitary.

Sanitize Your Makeup

We’ve all heard to make an effort to stop touching our face. Well, what about our makeup brushes? Just think how often they’re coming into contact with areas that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has repeatedly told us not to touch, like our eyes and nose. That’s why you need to make sure that you’re always properly sanitizing these brushes. While there are different guidelines for each type of brush and its specific use, here are some good things to have in mind:

  • Throw away old makeup brushes. These can differ but most should be thrown out after 2-3 months.
  • Rinse your brushes in lukewarm water and scrub your brushes with a drop of soap.
  • Clean your brushes this way at least every 7-10 days.
  • Use sanitizing sprays for your powder eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, and more
  • Don’t forget to also sanitize your makeup bag where your brushes are stored. An antibacterial wipe should do the trick.

set of makeup brushes

Remember that just like you should be washing your hands after using the bathroom or before eating, you also need to do this before applying your makeup. It might be a good idea to start carrying around a small bottle of hand sanitizer in case you want to touch up your makeup where water isn’t readily available.

Don’t Forget About Your Beauty Tools

Brushes aren’t the only things us beauty mavens use and touch every day. There are a variety of beauty tools that can quickly spread germs if you’re not cleaning them regularly. Here are all the things you should clean but probably don’t.

Metal Beauty Tools

Nail clippers and tweezers are just some examples but any tool you use that’s metal should be cleaned after each use. Have you ever thought about how close your eyelash curlers are to your eyes? It’s so important that you take the time to clean tools that are constantly near your face! You especially don’t want to use the same metal tool as someone else without giving it a good scrub. All you need is some antibacterial soap and water!

Curling Irons and Other Heat Tools

How long has it been since you last cleaned your curling iron or other heat-styling equipment? Some of you may be thinking that you’ve never even thought about cleaning those beauty tools before. Well, now is the time to get started! While the irons are unplugged, wipe down the surface with a cotton ball that has rubbing alcohol in it. Once the surface is clean, finish by wiping it with a clean cloth that’s been soaked in water.

woman curling hair with a wand

Combs and Brushes

Make sure you’re removing all the hair that gets into your combs and brushes. You’ll then want to rinse them out with water and even use some shampoo to work into the bristles.

Clean Your Station Between Clients

If you’re a beauty professional and you’re seeing multiple clients each day, it’s important that you’re cleaning everything we mentioned already along with everything else around your station. Your chair, the table you keep all your supplies on, where clients wash their hair are all examples of places you need to be scrubbing between each client.

Since so many different people use these spaces, there’s a risk of cross-contamination between clients. This means that germs can easily spread from person to person. You should always follow these practices but now it’s even more crucial that you take these recommendations seriously.

Want to Know More About Beauty and Health

We know that these are unprecedented times and it feels uncertain when everything will go back to normal. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose we’re here if you ever want to chat about how this affects your future in beauty. We are also offering virtual tours for anyone interested. Contact us if you’re ready to learn more.

Which Eye Shadow Palette Matches Your Personality?

Bold and bright, or shimmery and soft? Does your makeup match who you are inside? Your cosmetic style can say a lot about you, especially when it comes to eyeshadow.

From pops of color to glittery highlights, eyeshadow can showcase your best features. It can make your eyes appear bigger, accentuate their color, and even change their shape. Take our quiz to find out what kinds of eyeshadow best fit your personality type!

Eyeshadow pallet quiz

Now that you know what palette fits the true you, it’s time to learn the best ways to apply them. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we are as excited as you are to improve our knowledge in all things beauty! We’re here to share some secrets for getting the best eyeshadow look for your next night out.

How To Wear Neutrals

Neutral palettes will likely contain a lot of nude shades as well as colors like gold, reds, browns, and pinks. Far from being boring, neutral tones can provide you with a few dramatic looks.

Start with the right primer for your lids. This could even be your foundation that you apply to the rest of your face. A good primer will help eyeshadows stay on your lid longer and will prevent it from getting stuck in the creases.

Next, choose your eyeshadow color base and dust your lids from corner to crease. If you are doing a smokey eye, use a darker tone like brown. Want something lighter? You can do that with neutral looks too! If you have a lighter pink, a second and darker shade of pink can add depth and dimension to your eyes. Once you’ve applied the darker color, don’t forget to blend!

After your shadows are applied and blended, you can use an eyeliner pencil to draw a thin line on the upper lash line and out to the corners to highlight your lashes.

How To Wear Glitter

With glitter, you have a few different styles to work with. For a soft, subtle shine you can use palettes that include glitter in the product. Apply it to your lower lash line for a sweet sparkle. You can also add just a shimmery nude shade to the entire lid for a classic look that matches everything.

If you’re looking for something bolder, use an adhesive to stick colorful, heavy glitter right onto your lid line. A pop of glitter in one long line can bring the attention right where you want it. Go all out and glue glitter across the entire lid for a heavy-metal and totally dramatic style.

How To Wear Neons

Creativity and individuality are key when it comes to curating a neon eye. You really can’t go wrong when applying your colors. Lately, inner-eye highlights have been a popular trend. Use two different neon tones in the corner and around the edge to show off your eye’s definition.

You can also use a cut crease to add a little flair. Trace a thin line across the crease to the outer corner using your favorite shadow. Read our wedding makeup guide to learn how you can apply your own cut-crease look.

Go all-in by substituting a neon shade in a regular smokey-eyeshadow look. Pinks look great on almost anyone, and turquoise shades work great if you have brown or hazel eyes.

How To Wear Jewel Tones

From amethyst to emeralds, jewel-toned palettes can cover a wide range of colors and moods. Apply your favorite toned liner to your upper lash line and end it with a slight wing at the outer corner. Dust a matching shadow along the top and bottom lids and add neutral highlighter under your brow bone.

Use two different tones for a mismatch of gems on the top and bottom lids. A bold sapphire blue on top with smudged amethyst along the bottom lash line can make a clash that looks daring and deliberate. You can also do multiple shades on the top lid with minimal blending. Use a dark color in the middle and lighter edges for a glowing effect that looks like a real gemstone.

Give Us Your Best Eye Look!

Break out your eyeshadow pallets and try one or all of these looks. We can’t wait to see how they turn out! Share them with us on Instagram @tspa_beauty_school.

At TSPA San Jose, our esthetics program teaches students about the latest in makeup artistry and skincare. If you want to expand your makeup knowledge and learn new techniques, contact our admissions office today! We’ve even expanded our makeup education with a make-up designory course that introduces techniques modern makeup artists need to know.

5 Makeup Looks for Wedding Season

Summer is just around the corner, which means that wedding season is officially in full-swing. We love seeing the beautiful styles people wear on their special day. If you’re planning your wedding or you know someone getting married in the next few months, chances are that you’ve been busy. From deciding which shoes match your outfit to finding the perfect dress, there’s a lot to think about. With so much happening, it can be easy to forget about the little details like how to do your makeup. Don’t worry! We’ve put together a guide of makeup styles to wear, inspired by looks from our students. Whether you’re a guest, bridesmaid, or the bride herself, our blog has your wedding makeup inspiration.

Smokey Eyeshadow

If you’re the bride and you want to wear a timelessly classic makeup style, look no further than a smokey eyeshadow look. This is a great way to make your eyes pop with whatever shade goes best with your eye color. Don’t have a lot of time to get ready? Although this style seems complicated, it actually only takes a few simple steps to achieve perfect smokey eyes. Start with a natural shade just darker than your skin tone and build up gradually bolder shades on your lid. Just make sure to blend in your layers of eyeshadow and watch the magic unfold. Complete your look by applying a few coats of mascara to help your eyes stand out even more!

smokey eyes

Inner Corner Highlight

With all the different color combinations available for this look, an inner corner highlight is a great makeup choice for bridesmaids to wear. No matter what color your dress is, matching it with a base eye color and brightening up the corner with something extra can help complete your look! This added splash of color can make your eyes look brighter and more awake. Although the inner corner doesn’t take up that much space, highlighting it with a shimmery eyeshadow will make a big difference in your wedding style. Don’t worry about spending all morning on your makeup! This makeup look is extremely easy and won’t take long to accomplish!

inner corner

Natural Glam

The trendy look of natural glam makeup has been gaining in popularity and it’s not going away anytime soon. That’s totally okay with us! We love this more natural look and think that it’ll look amazing on any bride when she’s walking down the aisle. Using natural colors is the perfect way to help your facial features stand out without looking like you’re wearing a lot of makeup. Add on some foundation and a little bit of blush and you’re ready for your big day. We love this subtle lipstick to go with the natural glow!

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Cut Crease

Looking for a makeup look that can go with your bridesmaids dress? The cut crease is a trendy makeup style that’s amazing for showing off and opening up your beautiful eyes! Not only will it go with any dress, but it’s also super easy to apply once you get the hang of it. After you add transitional shades in the crease and brow bone area, use concealer on a stiff brush to carve out your crease line. Then add a glitter eyeshadow on your lid and blend a darker shade above to soften your crease line. Blending in these shades will help give your eyes some extra dimension! The darker eyeshadow above your lid will look incredible against your full lashes.

cut crease makeup

Bold Eyeshadow Color

Whether you’re the bride or not, don’t be afraid to try out an eyeshadow color that you normally wouldn’t wear. If you’re the bride, this is your special day and all eyes are going to be on you. Now is the perfect opportunity to wear an eyeshadow that’s bold and emphasizes just how beautiful your eyes are. We love how this blue eyeshadow is just one example of how you can make a statement. The thick eyeliner, full eyelashes, and shiny lips are the perfect combination for this style to look even more gorgeous! If you’re worried about trying out a bolder look, you can always apply different shades before the wedding to find out which one you love best.

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Want to Learn How to Apply Makeup

Did you love seeing these makeup ideas? Are you already planning on trying these and other wedding makeup ideas? If you have a passion for makeup and helping others feel amazing, then an education in makeup could be a great option for you! Contact us to find out more about Makeup Artistry program and learn how you can start the application process.

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.

A photo of a MUD student kit.

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

Makeup artist doing a brunette woman's makeup.

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!

Model surrounded by several makeup brushes.

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 makeup designory course, 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!





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



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.