MUA School

As some of you may or may not know I am in school at the moment training to become a qualified makeup artist. I have been doing my course for 3 months now and am learning so much. When I first started I didn’t quite know what to expect so I thought I would write a bit about what we are learning and what my course goes through. Hopefully it gives people some ideas about what else is out there and may help them in deciding what to do or how to go about things.

The course I am doing is ITEC registered. ITEC stands for International Therapy Examination Council. So it is an international qualification that covers a range of beauty and therapy courses. This means that after I’m all finished and passed my exams I will be an internationally qualified makeup artist which would be handy to have if I ever decide to travel overseas and work.

The course covers Retail, Cosmetology and Theatre, Fashion and Media makeup. It is very intense and we are learning lots of new things every week. On Tuesdays we will usually do retail which will soon be Cosmetology then for the rest of the week we will be doing either makeup, special effects or working on our case studies. We are always doing something new each week and cover quite a range of looks.

For special effects so far we have covered things like wounds, scars, bruises, acne, scratches, grazes and will soon be doing burns. In makeup we have done things like day look, bridal and evening looks. Learning about face shapes, colour matching and different techniques. We are now moving onto the more creative and history side doing 1920’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, Fairy, 18th Century, WWII going onto mime and Renaissance next week. Thats just to name a few and we can cover up to two a week. One day we will go over the history of either the era or the makeup and what the makeup was like. Then we will usually have a demo showing us what the makeup looked like so then we can go practice the look. Then on the next day we have makeup lesson we will sit the practical assessment where we do the look properly and style and photograph it. Our marks are based on not only the makeup and techniques but also our appearance and client (which are our class mates) care. Once we have done the practical side of each look we have to do the case study part which includes a lot of typing and often done at home. We usually have to write about the history of either the look or era, write step by step instructions on how to achieve it and often other things that change between each look. We then have to include sketches and drawings which for say the 1970’s would be men and womens clothing, hair and accessories. There is a lot to keep up with but it is good information to have and learn.

I am really enjoying it and there is so much to learn. We will work in pairs for each look and then swap around with others in the class so we can get experience working on different people and skin types which is good. There is a lot of putting on and taking off makeup and you soon get used to going up town on breaks with some different makeup looks.

If you were looking into doing something I would recommend doing a course that was ITEC registered if possible. Not only is is widely recognised but there is also lots of good hygiene rules that you get into a routine of following. Which a lot I’ll be honest I never thought about prior to starting this course.

If you want to follow my week by week journey I’ll be trying to post more photos to my Instagram account of the final looks. So you are more than welcome to come say hi and ask any questions there. (Click here to find my Instagram)

I hope this was of some help or just an interesting read about what I’ve been up to lately. I’m also very much open to any tips or advice you all may have as its good to learn off each other. I am still very new to this and there is always new things to learn.

Love, Me



Life Updates

It has been a while since I last wrote a blog post and a lot has been happening in that time. There are some exciting things happening in my life at the moment and in the near future. Today I thought I would just write a little update post to catch you all up on what is happening and let you know what will be happening here in the future.

I can’t remember if I have mentioned it here before but for a while now I have been looking into different courses to do. At the end of last year I was looking at different colleges and the courses they had on offer as I wanted to do some sort of study this year to get some qualifications. I felt like I wanted to move forward and do something as I am managing my illness a bit better now. There wasn’t any courses that stood out to me though and I would always have doubts about starting one. For a while I stopped looking and just carried on with life.

A month or so ago for some reason I decided to start looking again. My brother had got a job and moved to a different city and I still had the desire to do a course and study more. There was a lawyer assistant course that I thought looked pretty good but I still had doubts. I couldn’t actually see myself doing that kind of work later on and there wasn’t a spark of excitement. The only good thing I thought about it was that the college was in the same city as my brother.

While I was looking into that course more I decided that I would search makeup courses. Just to see what there was. Makeup has always been something I have had an interest in and I was curious to see what was on offer. A few different courses came up in different cities and I felt myself getting excited about it. The more I looked into it the more I wanted to do something like that. There was one course that stood out. A bit part was because it was where my brother lived and I was also interested in how it looked and the kind of qualifications I could get from it. It was something I could see myself doing and enjoying.

As I was looking into it more online I noticed that it said the applications closed in February. It was already February when I was looking and I thought I was too late. I decided to ring up anyway to enquire even if it was for next year. It just so happened that for the course I wanted to do they were starting in May and that they still had spaces open in the course. The lady asked if I wanted to come in for an interview the following week. Now usually that would have been a problem as I live about 6 hours away from the campus but I had already had a trip planned for that week to visit my brother so it worked out perfect.

I went to have a look at the campus and have the interview type things and I got in! There is only about 12 students this year I think and the course goes for 8 months. At the end of it I will be a fully trained makeup artist with internationally recognized¬†qualifications. We will be learning all things makeup from special effects to the makeup right through the different eras. There will be some retail papers as well which will be good to have. I honestly am so excited about it and can’t wait to start. They were understanding about my illness and said to not worry about that side of things and just be excited about the stuff we will be learning. So hearing them say that helped put my mind at ease about that part of things.

Everything else has been falling into place too. I have a place to stay with my friends while I am up there and there is a bus that takes me into town pretty close to the campus. There was a moment where I was so nervous about it all and was stressing out that I wouldn’t be able to do it but that soon passed and now I can’t wait. My bestfriend can see that it is a course that is perfect for me and everyone has been pretty supportive about it.

So my blog. The course is pretty intensive but I still want to keep up with my blog as much as I can. I know I will be pretty exhausted and I still don’t quite know what my fatigue and pain will be like. So I’m thinking of aiming my blog more around makeup and how I’m doing with the course. That way I can just include pictures or some of my work if I need to. I will also write about how I’m feeling and the experience. It is going to be a huge change for me moving out of home for the first time and even though I’ll be busy I think it will still be great to document it. Change is good and I know I need to keep moving.

Love, Me

Pinterest Love

Recently I have been looking on Pinterest for makeup inspiration. It is a great place to find lots of photos and makeup is one of my favourite things to look at.

I have been loving the dark eye makeup looks lately and I am keen to give some a go. I would have to say that the last one is my favourite. I like how in a way it is simple but still dramatic at the same time. Wearing false eyelashes isn’t something I have tried much but I really think that it adds something extra to the last look.

That is what I have been loving recently. Have there been any makeup looks you have really been loving?

Love, Me


Travel Make-up Items

As my trip away gets closer I am starting to think about what I am going to take with me. Makeup is something I want to take but I also want items that will be quick to use and easy to travel with. The things I decided to take are items that I use regularly and are favourites.


Photo by Continuing With M.E

The face products I’m taking are my favourite face powder by Rimmel. The Glow palette by L.A girl which I have been loving at the moment. It has two blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. I thought it was good having it all in one place. The other product is a BB cream that I have been using for a while now.


Photo by Continuing With M.E

For the eye products I’m taking three eye shadows which I can use for either a simple look or more dramatic one. They also come in small packaging which is great for travelling. The mascara has been my go to for quite a while now and I love how it looks. I also included a brow pencil and gel. For lip products I decided to take ones that were a bit more moisturising and ones I didn’t have to re apply as much during the day like some other lipsticks have to be. On the days I will wear makeup I don’t want to have to think about touching up my lipstick throughout the day.¬†I will also take some brushes but not many.

So that is what I am taking with me travelling in terms of makeup. Do you have any items you must take with you when travelling? Make-up or other items?

Love, Me

Getting A Facial At A Training College

As I mentioned briefly in my weekly roundup blog post, last Monday I went to get a facial at my local training college. I found it so nice and I thought I would write a bit more about it to share my experience. It was a really new thing for me and I went in not knowing what to expect. I didn’t get any photos but I hope I can describe what it was like.

I knew what part of the college I needed to go to and when you get there they have a reception and waiting room set up like you would have in any other beauty salon. I didn’t have long to wait before the person doing my facial came out to get me to take me to where I would actually get my facial. The first thing that I noticed when going into the room was that it looked like a hospital ward. I think I was a little shocked at first but then it didn’t really bother me. There was what looked like the curtains you see in a hospital separating each persons space and the top of the curtain was able to be looked through. I’m pretty sure that will be so the tutor can walk around and make sure everything is going well. Each student has a space with a spa bed and the things they needed. It was set up how you would expect in a beauty salon.

At the start of the facial I was asked some questions about my skin and my skincare routine and a few other general questions. Then I was left alone to get ready and get into the bed. I needed to have my neck and shoulder bare. Once I was ready the facial got started. It included having my face cleansed and then I had a steamer on my face for five minutes. I was asked first if I felt claustrophobic with having steam on my face and I said it was fine and I was ok with it. I was always checked on to make sure it was all ok. I also had a face, neck and shoulder massage and a face mask which was really nice. I was always told what was happening next and when products were being applied to my skin. It was really helpful for me as I can get frights quite easily but since I was told each step I knew what was happening.

I found the whole experience great and I would definitely go again. My college charged $10 for an hours long facial which is really good considering they are a lot more at beauty salons. I didn’t mind that they were training as I knew there would be a tutor there and it all felt very professional. If I had to chose a downside it would be the hospital feeling curtains but then that can’t really be helped and I wouldn’t want to be in an open room with no privacy. It wasn’t that it was a bad thing I just wasn’t expecting it and the curtains did actually work well.

Have you tried anything like this before? Do you get regular facials? I would love to hear about it.

Love, Me

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