Beauty schools or cosmetology programs are terrific learning experiences for an aspiring makeup artist. But the education you receive also depends on whether you are willing to go the extra mile and master some advanced techniques that can help you better serve clients with harder to make-up features such as olive skin, deep-set eyes, or hooded eyes.
Here are three advanced makeup techniques you should master before leaving beauty school.
Shifting Skin Tone
Learning the basics of warm, neutral, and cool skin tones is introductory level material in cosmetology school. You will also learn early that most women have slightly different skin tones at different times of the year. The shifting skin tone can simply go from a lighter to darker shade of the same base color such as warm beige.
Or a warm skinned person in summer can turn neutral or even cool during the winter. A person with warm skin can lean closer to olive during the summer. These tricky shifts in skin tone can impact your work if you have long-term clients. But even if you don’t have long-term clients, a single-day client could have a tricky skin tone shift in progress that leaves her stark in the middle between two conflicting skin tones.
These situations are why it is vital to have a range of foundation and concealer shades in your kit including the harder-to-find olive undertones. The only true way to match a woman in the midst of a skin tone shift is to custom blend so that the final product isn’t too warm, cool, or olive for her complexion.
Women with deep-set eyes often have a hard time at counter makeovers or consulting sessions with an artist because so few artists understand how to handle this eye shape. With deep-set eyes, the mobile lid is set further back into the socket so that the socket bone itself forms a defined crease. There is then likely minimal space between the socket and the eyebrow. Deep-set eyes can also cause heavy dark circles under the eyes.
Concealing the dark circles should be obvious. But it can be less obvious how to treat the mobile lid and the crease, as different sources have different recommendations.
In general, you want to use a light, shimmery shade on the mobile lid to make that lid appear less deep-set. For the crease, you want to use a matte neutral shade in the crease and blended slightly up to sink the brow bone itself to make the bone less prominent. You can then use a matte light shadow to highlight the brow shape, if desired.
The techniques change a bit if the client has combination of deep-set and hooded eyes.
Hooded eyes refers to a flap of excess skin along the brow bone that hangs over the crease and sometimes the outer corner of the mobile lid. Hooded eyes can combine with other eye shapes such as the deep-set eye to make the make-up process even more complicated.
If your client has no mobile lid visible when her eye is open, simply use a light shimmery color on the lid that will show when she blinks and focus most of your attention on creating a crease. Use a fluffy brush and a neutral matte shade to sketch in where a more defined crease should be. You want that color to go over the fold to make it look less prominent.
You’ll learn these techniques and more at school like Tri-County Beauty College.
Cosmetology is a field that allows you to be creative while helping people feel their best. It can be a good career for many, but if you’ve had trouble finishing high school, can you possibly become a cosmetologist? The answer is that yes, you can. There are a couple of ways you can attend cosmetology school even if you don’t have a high school diploma.
What States Require
Most states require that you have a high school diploma or the equivalent to attend higher education, including beauty schools. Thanks to this requirement, many schools require the same, even if they are not located in a state that requires a diploma to attend higher education. For example, the state of Montana requires a high school diploma or GED to attend a beauty school but Illinois does not. It’s important to check your state’s requirements before applying to a school, but you should assume you’d need a high school level education to attend.
The GED, which stands for General Educational Development or General Education Diploma. This is a set of five tests that you can take to prove you have a high school level of education. Once you pass all five tests, you are given the GED certificate. This is enough for you to enter beauty school without having gone through a regular high school education.
If you don’t have a GED or are having trouble obtaining one before you apply for cosmetology school, you may still be accepted to a school. You may be able to find a school that will allow you to enroll on a provisional basis. This means you can attend beauty school and work towards a diploma as long as you are also working towards a GED. If you don’t obtain the GED, then you won’t get the diploma from the beauty school either.
Ability to Benefit
Sometimes, a student has to leave school and the road to getting a GED is going to be a very long one. This could be because the student is an immigrant, had an extended illness, or other extenuating circumstances. In this case, there are some schools that will allow you take what is called the “Ability to Benefit” test. This test allows you to prove that you will be able to learn what is needed in order to graduate in a classroom environment. If you pass, then the school may waive the requirements for a high school diploma or GED.
It’s always a good idea to have your high school diploma or a GED before applying to any beauty school, but there are ways to get around it if needed. Check with your preferred schools to find out what the entrance requirements are so you can have the career you want.