Lessons on lessons on lessons

First of all, I want to thank everyone who read my last blog. We got over 25,000 views in 3 days. It was nuts! I’m completely taken back that even 1,000 people read it, let alone more than 20,000. Wooohoo!


As you can probably tell by the title of this blog, I will be talking about education. This is so important in your career as a makeup artist or hairstylist. We never stop learning in this industry, its THE BEST. I love learning, and I love teaching/sharing my knowledge. Whether you want to do hair or makeup, there are so many options for us to utilize as learning tools. We live in an age where education is extremely accessible. Books and trade magazines have always been my go-to, though.

If you’re thinking about getting into this industry, I strongly advise to learn as much as possible about the people in it (if you’re doing hair, learn about the best hairstylists. If you’re doing FX, then learn about the best FX artists, etc.). Research the best schools. Purchase educational dvds or books. There is SO MUCH to learn, and there’s no end to learning in this career.

Some of my favorite books are:

Shortcuts by Diana Schmidtke, Special Makeup Effects for Film and TV by Todd Debreceni, Makeup: The Ultimate Guide by Rae Morris, and The Fantastic Hairdresser by Alan Austin-Smith. All great sources of information, education, and inspiration.

shortcutsRSRae MorrisSFXHairdresser

My favorite trade magazines are:

Makeup Artist Magazine, Behind the Chairand American Salon

There are SO many great schools if you are at the very beginning of your career and in the process of finding a school. I attended Aveda for cosmetology and Makeup Designory for makeup, so I am slightly biased. HOWEVER, these two schools are OUTSTANDING in education. Most of all, MUD’s career services for their alumni is really impressive. I graduated 3 years ago from MUD and they still contact me for really awesome gigs. They offer continuing education, too, for graduates. Pretty cool! Other great schools are

Hair: Paul Mitchell, Toni & Guy, Vidal Sasoon, Pivot Point

Makeup: Cinema Makeup, Stan Winston School

Learning doesn’t stop once you graduate from hair or makeup school, though, so don’t ever think you know it all. I’ve worked with some major artists who have 20 more years of experience than I do and have told me they still learn from new artists. There’s always something new to learn! We all learn from each other!

If you have any favorite sources of education/inspiration, share with us and comment below!


Amber T./Director of What It Takes

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