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3 Celebrity MUAs Every Student of Makeup Courses Should Know (& Love!)

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Ever wonder how celebrities always seem to look so flawless? Students in beauty school have a better idea than most about the powerful role that makeup can play in accentuating someone’s natural charms, hiding flaws, and making a provocative splash on the red carpet. Isn’t it a relief to know that stars don’t wake up looking so perfect? At a makeup artist school like International Beauty Institute (IBI), students learn the fundamental theories and advanced applications used for all types of purposes, including bridal, theatre character design, and fashion. Of course, to make your way in the ever-evolving world of style, you’ll want to keep up with the latest trends in celebrity cosmetics and seek the secrets behind those gorgeous faces. So without further ado, here are three celebrity makeup artists that every student should know, along with some of their best tips for making it in the industry.


1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Career Began in Makeup Artist School

Famed British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is widely regarded as one of the most sought after by faces in the spotlight. Longtime favourite of stars like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Penelope Cruz, Tilbury has worked with the best fashion magazines, photographers, and shows in the business during her illustrious career. Her award-winning skincare and makeup line (which shares her name!) is available in 37 countries. It includes the trendy “feline flick,” which she first created for her best friend Kate Moss. Charlotte’s a firm believer that with today’s technology merging skincare and makeup, cosmetics can help make women look younger—as long as they have the right products.

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Learning tips from celebrity makeup artists can elevate your own game


“As you get older, the colour drains from your face, so you need to put blush on – but you need the right kind of blush,” she says. “And as you get older, colour drains from your lips, so a little bit of lip colour is good. All these makeup-artist tricks can make women look a lot younger.”



2. Pat McGrath Offers Tips to Try in Makeup Courses

Pat McGrath is commonly called the most influential makeup artist in the world and definitely one that students in makeup artist school should know about. The creative force behind fashion week typically works with 30 to 50 assistants and travels in a motorcade. She is also the creative director of Max Factor, Cover Girl, and Dolce and Gabanna cosmetics. Her career breakthrough came by solving “the world’s ennui of grunge” in the early 90s with her innovative use of colour at i-D magazine. She’s known for her wide range and inventive use of materials, sometimes handmade and applied with her fingers instead of brushes. Once for a Louis Vuitton show, each model wore 10 sets of lashes pre-glued together!


3. Sir John’s Advice for Students in Makeup Courses

Now the trusted makeup artist of Beyoncé, Sir John began his stellar career in the art world. He landed a visual merchandising job at Gucci where he eventually worked with top makeup artist Pat McGrath and later as an assistant for Charlotte Tilbury. Supermodel Naomi Campbell became his first celebrity client after he approached her backstage at a fashion show. He advocates taking initiative in your beauty career and learning from mistakes, while nurturing communication and chemistry with your clients.

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IBI students learn tips like applying white for a larger eye look


Sir John is generous with his advice for aspiring artists in makeup courses. “It’s not good enough to be good you also have to be fast,” he says, recalling that he used to practice his speed by doing makeup for girls at clubs after his regular workday. He recommends planning out and expressing the desired look for a client but being prepared to change at a moment’s notice. His tip for lashes? Brush some volumizing mascara on the outer edges “for a mesmeric cat-eye effect” and pushing them up with a finger while they’re still drying. He also advises using only a light coat of brown on the lower lashes as “it’ll look like black from afar, but it’s more flattering up close.”

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