Do you have an eye for color and design, and enjoy apply makeup to yourself and your friends? When you read a fashion magazine, do you focus more on the makeup than the clothes? Or, when you watch a movie, do you like to see what lipstick color the actresses have on —or check out their total makeup look? If you’ve always had an interest in —and a talent for — makeup application, you may think about becoming a professional makeup artist.

Makeup artistry is a competitive business that requires professional training, but with the proper education and initiative, you may land yourself a job as a professional makeup artist. Here are some things you can do to become a professional makeup artist:

Hone your skills. Apply makeup to yourself and friends. Practice on people of different ages, and on those with different skin tones and textures. Observe the lines and angles of the face, as well as the bone structure. Experiment with different brands and textures of makeup to see what gives the best results. Try using a variety of brushes and sponges to discover what works to achieve the look you’re going for. Look to see what techniques, color and texture work under various types of lighting.

Research different looks. Pour through fashion, wedding and fan magazines to discover the looks you like — or those you’d like to try recreating. Perhaps clip photos and add to an album or inspiration board. You might also watch “how-to” videos and then practice on your own. Another place to check out makeup trends is on social media and makeup brand websites. Pay attention to what popular celebrities are doing to stay on top of the latest trends.

Work at a department store’s makeup counter. If you wear your makeup well and think you have a pretty good eye for what works on other people, try to get a job at the makeup counter of a department store. You’ll have a chance to test merchandise and may even have the opportunity to try it out on customers.

Seek professional training. Getting professional cosmetology training from a facility like Paul Mitchell the School is vitally important to your career. You’ll learn advanced techniques, such as airbrushing, that professionals use for flawless application. In addition, you’ll train to apply makeup for special occasions like weddings, as well as for film and TV, special FX and corrective makeup application. When you study Advanced Makeup at Paul Mitchell the School, you’ll get hands-on training from industry professionals who will prepare you for a career as a professional makeup artist. Additionally, you’ll get help in creating a professional portfolio — essential to finding work in the field.

Once you’ve completed your cosmetology training and are armed with the skills you need to work in the makeup field, there are a few things you can do to find the best job for you.

Determine which industry you’d like to work in. Do you want to work behind the scenes in film, TV or theater? Would you prefer to work in the fashion industry doing makeup for models for photo shoots? Perhaps you want to specialize in something like wedding makeup. The options are there: You just need to decide which path to follow.

Network like crazy. Mingle with stylists and designers. Go to bridal expos. Get your name out there and build your personal brand. Perhaps volunteer to do the makeup for your friend’s wedding. Do you live in a town with a local theater group? Offer your services. If you’re interested in working in film, contact your city’s casting offices and tell them you’d like to help out when movies will be filming in your area. Contact your local TV station and see if there may be an opportunity there. Let people know what you can do and what you want to do because you never know which connection will be the one that launches your career.

Create a portfolio that showcases your creativity and versatility. While you are training at Paul Mitchell the School, you’ll begin creating your portfolio. It’s very important to feature professional photos. Splurge on a good camera and learn to use it, or hire a professional photographer to take shots of your work. Make sure you have digital photos, too, because you can use them to market yourself.

Promote yourself online and via social media. If you don’t have an Instagram account or a professional Facebook profile, now would be the time to open or create one. Put your portfolio online, start a blog and/or get a website. The internet is one of the least expensive platforms for reaching a vast number of people in a short period of time. Work it as well as you can!

Keep learning. You may have finished your initial training, but there’s always more to learn. Go to seminars and trade shows to learn new techniques and network with more professionals in your industry.

According to O*NET Online, the employment outlook for makeup artists is projected to grow 10–14% through 2026 — higher than the growth average for other industries. Along with comprehensive training, practice and persistence can really pay off — and lead you to the career of your dreams.

To learn more about training for a career as a professional makeup artist, contact Paul Mitchell the School.

In cosmetology school, you’ll learn to cut and style all types of hair. You’ll use your creativity to apply color and highlights, and you’ll learn the techniques to apply makeup flawlessly. Once you graduate and pass your state board exam, you’ll be ready for your first salon job. Being successful in your new cosmetology career goes beyond the technical skills: you also need to practice good salon etiquette to earn the respect of your clients and coworkers. The good news is that exhibiting proper salon etiquette is pretty much common sense.

As you hone your technical skills, build your reputation as a respectful, professional stylist. Follow these 10 commonsense rules of etiquette; they’re not that much different than those you would practice in most social situations.

Be on time. When a customer selects a particular appointment time, it’s for a reason. If you are so irresponsible as to come to work late, take too much personal time or make your customers wait, you’re immediately off to a bad start. Be considerate and respectful of your customers’ time and mindful that your behavior reflects on the salon’s reputation.

Keep your cell phone quiet and out of sight. Taking personal calls while you are doing a client’s hair is just plain rude. Restrict your calls to breaks and lunchtime. If there’s truly an emergency at home, instruct your family to call the salon and leave a message.

Get a clear understanding of what your client wants, and be honest about what you can do. If your client wants a shorter haircut, for example, you need to clarify exactly what that means. Shorter to her might mean a trim, but to you it could indicate a complete style change. Also, if a client with stick-straight hair wants curl and volume, you might need to explain why her hair’s texture might not give the exact results she wants. Be very clear to avoid disappointment. It’s ok to make suggestions, but never just assume.

Remain courteous and professional when talking with your client. Avoid talking about volatile topics, including religion and politics. Watch your language, too, so that you don’t offend anyone. If possible, focus on the client’s interests and hobbies. It might help to take notes after your appointment so that you’ll know what to talk about next time – the new grandchild, her dog, the vacation to Hawaii, etc. Hopefully, you’ll develop a long-standing professional relationship with your client. Remember that referrals are good for your business!

Look the part. What you wear and how you look reflects on your work. If you show up looking as if you just got out of bed, that’s not going to bode well with your clients. Be clean, neat, well-manicured and well-dressed. Your clients come to you hoping for a new look – or at least a better look – and your appearance can give them hope that they can look that good, too.

Smell good.  Make sure your breath is clean and fresh, avoid excessive perfume and don’t forget to use your deodorant. You and your client (as well as your coworkers) will be in close quarters long enough to notice.

Avoid gossip. Don’t talk negatively about your boss, the salon or your coworkers to your clients, and don’t share gossip. It never ends well.

You don’t need to shout. Nobody likes a loudmouth. Speak at a level that’s loud enough to be heard, but not by everyone in the salon.

Prepare your station before your client arrives. Have all of your tools set up and ready to use, and clean your station. Sweep up the hair from your previous client, and be prepared to offer your full attention to the client in your chair.

Keep learning. A hairstylist’s world is ever changing and competitive. To stay on top of the latest trends, tools and techniques you’ll need to keep learning. Attend seminars and trade shows. Take professional classes. Read the trade magazines – and know what the celebrities are wearing and doing. If you do, you’ll be more confident and comfortable doing hair.

Are you ready to become a hairstylist and study cosmetology? Regardless of your goal in cosmetology, MTI’s Paul Mitchell The School helps you develop the beauty and cosmetology skills you need for a rewarding career. Maybe you want to work in a family member’s salon or for a world-class franchise. Perhaps you’d like to share your expertise by teaching others or work as a professional makeup artist. The opportunities are out there.

At Paul Mitchell The School, you’ll learn salon techniques, as well as the business fundamentals you’ll need. You’ll learn about marketing, merchandising, client retention and cash flow management. All of that plus small class sizes and one-on-one attention from your industry-professional instructors will prepare you for the next step: taking the California State Cosmetology Board exam. From there, the sky’s the limit.

Make your dream a reality. Register for the cosmetology program at MTI College today.

Opening your own spa or salon is exciting! You probably have the name picked out and may even know how you want to decorate it … but you’d better slow down. If you are a cosmetologist and plan to set up a new business, there are several things to consider before you start doing the fun stuff.

As of 2016, there were approximately 270,000 salons in the United States, but salon and spa services grew by 3 percent to $62 billion in sales. Regardless of the state of the economy, people make room in their budget for haircuts and styling. That’s good news for you! If you plan well and are smart about your salon’s operations, you could very well succeed in this highly competitive industry.

Before you sign on the dotted line and set up a new business, make sure you have meticulously considered the following:

  • Financial matters – Unless you have won the lottery or have a significant amount of personal wealth, you may need to look for financing for your spa or salon business.
    • Find a strong business partner or mentor to share financial responsibilities (and profits).
    • Determine a budget. You’ll need to buy equipment and supplies and pay utilities and employees.
    • Think about the services you’ll offer and how much you need to earn to break even every month.
    • Discover ways to save from the beginning, and you’ll be in a better financial position if unexpected problems arise.
  • Legal, licensing and insurance concerns – Contact the Small Business Administration to find out which licenses you’ll need before you can open your salon.
    • See if your city and state require special licenses.
    • Make certain that each cosmetologist you employee is certified.
    • Your salon must pass health, fire, sanitation and electrical inspections to deem it safe for customers and operations.
    • Look into small business and liability insurance as well.
  • Location choice – This may well be your most important decision. With so many salons vying for market position, you want to be sure that yours is not within easy reach of another that offers the same services.
    • Look for an area that gets high traffic but has easy access to parking and/or public transportation.
    • Choose an area frequented by your targeted demographic. If you’re catering to young adults, you’ll want to be in an area where they shop and hang out. You want your clients to be comfortable in your location).
    • Drive around the area or areas you’re considering and look for properties that might be available to buy or lease. You could also enlist the help of a local realtor.
    • Maybe you know of an existing salon that is closing. If so, you might get a really good deal that includes equipment. A cosmetic overhaul is certainly easier than starting from scratch.
  • Staffing issues – Unless you plan to be the sole stylist, you’ll need to hire employees – and hire wisely. Your business is only as good as the people who work there.
    • Think about whether you want to pay on commission or rent out chairs in your salon. If you do the latter, realize that if the stylist leaves there’s a good chance his or her clients will follow.
    • The ideal salon or spa employee has a mix of skill, attitude and personality. You know the image you want your salon to project, so look for stylists who share your ideas. Obviously, they must be licensed and at least know the basic techniques. You can always help them hone their technical skills, but you can’t restructure their personalities.
    • Do a background check and get references. A good employee must be reliable, follow sound business ethics and not have a tarnished record or reputation.
    • A skilled barber or stylist needs to show good customer service abilities and engage with the clients. They need to be likable and confident – and preferably have a good list of clients.
  • Marketing goals – You can have the most beautiful salon around with highly skilled stylists that offer cutting-edge services, but if no one knows about it you won’t succeed. Along with a business plan, you need a marketing plan. Here’s where your creativity can shine.
    • First of all, have a good website. Make certain that it is user friendly, and add an appointment-booking feature if you can. If you need to, hire a professional to build and maintain it. If not, there are some low-cost options for a do-it-yourself website.
    • Take advantage of free marketing through social media. Put up a Facebook page for your business, and post photos on Instagram. Get on Twitter. Then share with friends and family, and ask them to do the same. Build up a potential client base from the “likes” you get.
    • Have an open house or a “grand opening” to get people in the door. Offer free bang trims or demonstrate a makeup application. Offer a coupon for a first visit or a referral discount. Be sure to have complimentary snacks on hand for your event.
    • You might also partner with another local business in a reciprocal arrangement. When customers of ABC Restaurant dine, they get a coupon for a percentage off at your salon and vice versa. Ways to promote your business are only limited by your imagination.
    • Partner with a known cosmetics line or hair product company. It may help you with marketing tips and promotions you can offer your clients.
    • Join professional trade organizations. You can network with your peers and find out what has worked for them.

If this is all a dream for you and you haven’t even gone through school, the cosmetology program at MTI College in Sacramento is an excellent choice. MTI’s Paul Mitchell The School helps you develop the beauty and cosmetology skills you need for a rewarding career – and maybe even your own salon. Class size is small, and the one-on-one attention you receive from your instructors – professional hairstylists and estheticians – helps you succeed.

Make your dream a reality. Register for the cosmetology program at MTI College today.

If you’ve decided that cosmetology school is for you, you probably already have a keen interest in makeup and the cosmetology products that are on the market. Go to any drugstore or big-box department store, and you’re likely to find that the array of available products is overwhelming — especially when it comes to anti-aging products whose makers claim that the use of their creams, potions, and lotions will make a person look younger.

At MTI College Paul Mitchell The School, you can enroll in the Advanced Makeup Add-on course to learn all about the latest cosmetology products and techniques, and how to use them on yourself and your clients. The 15-module course improves your employability because you’ll study advanced techniques not found in the traditional beauty school curriculum — starting with the basics of skin care for all types of skin.

Can you imagine how frustrating it must be for a person with a non-cosmetology background to go shopping for products that will make their skin look younger? It’s impossible for a layperson to accurately evaluate the effectiveness of all the products offered. In fact, during your cosmetology training, you’ll learn that many of the products on the market do not and cannot deliver the results they claim. Your training will teach you the basics of skin care and also how to recognize the products that do work.

For example, let’s consider mature skin and anti-aging products.

What causes skin to appear older?

  • Collagen loss is one of the main reasons that skin appears older. This structural protein gives skin its firmness and strength. It’s the most abundant protein found in the human body. With collagen loss, the skin gets loose and saggy, and wrinkles appear. So it’s only natural for a consumer who sees a product containing collagen to assume that it will help skin look younger. But the problem with most of these products is that the collagen molecules they contain are too large to penetrate through the skin.
  • Loss of hyaluronic acid is something else that causes skin to age. Hyaluronic acid helps balance moisture in the skin, and it is needed to produce new epidermal (surface) skin cells. Like collagen, hyaluronic acid molecules in topically applied products are simply too big to thoroughly penetrate the skin.
  • Free radical damage from the sun and atmosphere can cause wrinkles and visible signs of age, including sun spots, dryness and uneven skin tone.

How can the signs of aging skin be reversed?

  • Antioxidants that penetrate the skin can help repair free radical damage. Coenzime Q10 (aka CoQ10) is one that can be effective —but only if the molecules have been reduced in size. Look for anti-aging products that list nanoparticles of CoQ10 in their ingredient lists.
  • Cellular rejuvenation technology can help by tightening the cells’ DNA, giving them a chance to “detox” and take in new moisture and minerals. This stem-cell technology is usually a serum that, when applied, can firm and re-texturize skin, repair damaged cells, smooth and fill in fine lines, and stimulate new cell production.

What tricks of the trade will make skin appear more youthful?

Part of your cosmetology training at Paul Mitchell The School involves applying corrective makeup and makeup for aging skin. You’ll also learn makeup “tricks” that give the illusion of flawless, more youthful skin:

  • Use a matte foundation on mature skin because shimmery products can settle in fine lines.
  • Apply neutral blush above the cheekbones and along the jaw line to create a slimmer look
  • Do a foundation check to make sure that you have the right color. Apply a dab to the top of the hand and blend. If the edges fade seamlessly and the covered skin looks natural, you’ve chosen well.
  • Choose a properly tinted concealer to disguise crow’s feet or under-eye circles.
  • Apply matte mauve or pink lipstick for a youthful rosiness that doesn’t make lips look thinner, as they often do with age.
  • For younger-looking eyes, use a lash curler and waterproof mascara. Lining the inner lash line with white can make eyes appear larger and wider.
  • Angle a gel or cream eyeliner slightly upward to lift fallen eyelids, and apply eye shadow to the outer corners to lift them as well.
  • Consider adding a bronzer (use sparingly) for a soft glow.

Once you’ve completed your coursework, you’ll know how to adapt cosmetology techniques for most effective use on aging skin. In addition, your advanced makeup curriculum will teach you how skin tone affects the beauty routine; how to apply makeup for the stage; how to make brides-to-be look beautiful on their special day; and how to use an airbrush system to achieve a subtle difference in makeup results.

Whether you dream of being a Hollywood makeup artist or just want to know how to make people look their best with makeup, MTI College Paul Mitchell The School gives you the expert, hands-on training you need to jump-start your cosmetology career.

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Award season in Hollywood is officially underway, and we’re already seeing several new and gorgeous hairstyles come out of it. We’ve recently wrapped up the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, and we’ve loved the do’s celebs chose for those events. We saw a nice mix of styles, some of them chosen no doubt for the People’s Choice Awards due to rain, and we’re expecting similar variety when it comes to the upcoming Oscars.

The following are five hairstyle successes from the red carpets of the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes that we think are most noteworthy. These fab hairstyles will surely give inspiration to stars wondering what to wear for the big night, as Awards Season 2016 continues with The Oscars.

1. Julianne Hough

For the People’s Choice Awards, Julianne Hough wore a sleek topknot, which we’re guessing was due in part because of the rain. The simple and controlled style was perfect for taming any frizzies that might have come about from drizzles and even downpours. Hough opted to let one straight accent strand hang out for visual appeal, which we think was a great choice.

2. Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson, who won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, chose to rock side-swept bangs and loosely tousled waves. We think she looked effortlessly gorgeous on a day where precipitation was a huge concern.

3. Alicia Vikander

Nominated for The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander looked amazing at the Golden Globes with a sophisticated up-do that included some intriguing twisted sections, too. Overall, the Golden Globes showed off some ultra-glam styles from celebrities, and Vikander’s style fit right in.

4. Sophia Bush

The One Tree Hill actress pulled her blonde bob into a tidy baby ponytail for the Golden Globes. We think Sophia Bush probably surprised a lot of people with her choice of clean, side part combined with sporty tie-up, and think others might follow suit.

5. Laverne Cox

Not to be outdone, Laverne Cox’s sexy ombre waves caught the eye of many onlookers at this year’s Golden Globes. She wore this trendy style perfectly, too, as she channeled classic Hollywood vixens and the most stylish femme fatales of the industry’s past.

As we head into The Oscars, we’re sure we’ll be seeing even more amazing hairstyles that are worthy of sharing. The great thing about all the styles we’ve seen so far, and will likely view at the Oscars, is that they’re fashions anyone can easily recreate for day or evening looks that will have you feeling as fancy as the Hollywood celebs who we’ll be watching on the big night.

For expert instruction on recreating some of these red hot hairstyles, consider enrolling at Paul Mitchell the School at MTI College of Sacramento. Here you will learn all the technical aspects of styling hair and applying makeup—priming you for a successful career in cosmetology. Enroll today.

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The period between the Golden Globes and the Oscars is a fun time for following fashion and makeup. Stars who attend these award shows are typically putting on their trendiest clothes and makeup colors with hopes they’ll get noticed on the red carpet. And usually, their wish comes true – whether they’re getting attention for reasons they want to, or not!

The Golden Globes are over now, but we saw some amazing styles that you might want to know a bit more about. These hair, clothing, and makeup trends are ones you can replicate, either exactly or in toned-down form, for events that you’re attending and when you want the hot fashion looks for city nightlife.

The Golden Globe styles for 2016 will likely carry over into the Oscars, so get ready to see more amazingness when it comes to hair, makeup, and attire. The following sections highlight some noteworthy Golden Globe fashion trends we noticed, and some trends we expect to see on the red carpet for the Oscars.

The Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globe awards saw quite a few celebs get dressed up in their brightest and most sparkly do’s. It also revealed some dramatic new looks for a few stars on the red carpet. Jennifer Lopez, for instance, turned heads with her Hollywood bombshell blonde hair, together with her deep cranberry lipstick.

Rooney Mara was all braids and gorgeous, with her dramatic hairstyle and sensual makeup. Her heavily emphasized long lashes and brows made us all do a double take. Oh, and we’ll remember the beautiful burgundy eyes worn by Olivia Wilde, too – expect to see more of that on the red carpet this year.

The Oscars

For the Oscars, we’re expecting to see more of the perfected elegance that was on display, especially like the styles worn by Jennifer Lawrence for the Golden Globes ceremony. Jennifer’s clean makeup was paired with a precise side-parted up-do, to give her a refined and classy look.

Since The Oscars are somewhat of a more formal affair than the Golden Globes, we expect a few stars will go the ultra-glam makeup route that Kate Bosworth did for the Globes, when she chose her magical metallic eye shadow.

Overall, the 2016 trends for the Golden Globes and The Oscars show us that celebrities are still willing to forge new paths when it comes to their looks and styles. We love that, and we’re excited to see what ladies, and men, will be showing off for the next round of awards!

Interested in learning how to style hair and makeup the way celebrities do? Enroll in Paul Mitchell the School at MTI College of Sacramento, California where our expert instructors can prepare you for a beauty career you can apply in the Hollywood entertainment scene. Enroll today!

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The runway often gives us a pretty good idea as to what the next season’s street wear, evening styles, and wedding fashion will ultimately be. While the designers who show at the fashion week events in cities like New York and Paris sometimes display styles that are quite over-the-top for the average person, frequently, they tap into the desires of the mainstream and their fashions go on to become popular trends.

The recent Spring 2016 runway shows offered some gorgeous wedding hairstyles that we think brides will be embracing this year. The styles were feminine, graceful, magical, and even quite daring at times. And they seem to be perfect for a 2016 wedding that’s focused on embracing the beauty of life and living for the happiness of today.

The following are a few of the bridal hairstyles we think were the most noteworthy from the 2016 Spring Fashion Week fashion shows.

Floral Hair Arrangement from Angel Sanchez

Angel Sanchez’s Bridal Spring 2016 show featured a lovely floral arrangement placed on the back of the head, just at the nape of the neck. It stretched from ear to ear in a slightly diagonal direction, and it managed to look both classic and ethereal at the same time.

Butterfly Clips from Ines Di Santo

In Inez Di Santo’s Bridal Spring 2016 collection, he brought back butterfly clips in a pretty and dainty way. His model wore pure white delicate butterflies on clips that were scattered about a sleek bun hairstyle. We love this one!

Teased Up-Do from Theia Bridal

One of Theia’s Bridal Spring 2016 looks took us back to the beauty of the Gibson girl from the early 1900s. We loved the ultra-teased style, which was much different than we’re used to seeing in bridal magazines, but it was ever-so-glam.

Flower Pins from Carolina Herrera

Caroline Herrera’s wedding hairstyle for 2016 that we absolutely adored was the style her flower-pin model was sporting. The model embodied the quintessential bride, which is a look many ladies want for their wedding. She had beautiful blooms pinned above her hairband, and placed here and there in her up-do.

Other standout wedding hairstyles from the Bridal Spring 2016 shows included teased curls, fairy-like gold headpieces that topped long curls, and large flowers placed directly on top of the crown of models. Overall, the 2016 wedding hairstyles we noticed most, and the styles we think will inspire brides the most, were those that included accessories to help create a goddess-like look for the most special of days.

For those passionate about hairstyling and weddings, consider enrolling in Paul Mitchell the School at MTI College of Sacramento for expert instruction in cosmetology. A career in preparing hair and makeup for the most special occasions is an incredibly rewarding experience. Talk to an enrollment counselor today!

As you prepare for your New Year’s Eve party, you may be wondering what hairstyle you should rock. After all, you have so many choices, from up-dos to long and flowing styles, many of which take inspiration from looks that were once all the rage. For New Year’s Eve 2015, we’re betting that the hottest hairstyles will be those that give nod to vintage glam.

Flexibility in creating looks is one of the many techniques taught in Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College’s cosmetology program. For those looking for some quick tips, though, here are a few New Year’s Eve cuts courtesy of Latest-Hairstyles.com that we think are sure to make you look as glamorous as the stars who wore them decades ago.

The Fingerwave Up-Do

Although the classic fingerwave up-do may evoke images of Roaring Twenties flappers, it has managed to stay current by evolving throughout the years. If the look appeals to you, consider this hairstyle for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

To get the look, begin with your hair totally dry. Segment a chunk of hair on the top of your head and hold it in place with a clip – this area will be for your waves. Bring the remainder of your hair to the center of the back of your head and smooth it into a ponytail with a hairband.

Next, take your ponytail and wrap it around your hairband to make a bun, then fasten it using bobby pins. Using a waving iron, create waves in the front section of your hair. Bring waves back and secure them with pins, then complete the job with hairspray!

Glamorous Hollywood Waves

To create an old Hollywood look, leave your hair down and style it with precise waves. Begin by blow-drying a styling mousse into your hair to give it volume, then curl one or two-inch sections of hair all over the head around a one-inch curling iron. Clip each curl into place.

Next, secure each section to the head as you finish and coat with a medium-hold hairspray. Allow your hair to cool, remove the clips, and then smoothly brush your hair with a soft bristle to form waves. Spray lightly with a medium-hold hairspray, and you’re ready for the party!

Waves for Men

For men looking for a time-tested hairstyle for a New Year’s Eve party, we suggest going with waves. This look works as long as you’ve got some length on your hair. Waves offer a classic style that is right at home at any get-together, even formal events.

To get Hollywood-style waves for men, one should have a good cut that leaves hair shorter on the sides and progresses to longer locks on top. Hair will need to be dampened, with a bit of styling gel added and spread well.

To create the look, make a deep part on the side of the head using a comb, smooth hair into position on each side of the part, and then guide waves with your fingers. The gel added earlier will ensure hair will hold throughout the night.

Retro Hairstyles for New Year’s Will Get Plenty of Attention

We’re predicting that retro hairstyles for New Year’s Eve will be the ones that will turn the most heads. These looks often conjure images and feelings of elaborate and decadent festivities, which is what New Year’s is all about for many people.

Any of the looks we’ve mentioned are sure to garner attention, but most of all they’ll leave you feeling amazing as you enjoy the company of friends and family at a spectacular New Year’s Eve bash!

Learn to Create Hairstyles for Any Occasion

After you’ve mastered the retro New Year’s Eve look, learn to build styles appropriate for any time of year at Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College. Our cosmetology program provides students the canvas they need to become great artisans fluent in makeup, cutting, styling, and so much more.

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Celebrations are always in abundance during the holiday season, with parties and get-togethers often taking place right after the workday. Although fun, the timing can sometimes leave many struggling to figure out how to transition their makeup from day to night.

If you’re heading off to a holiday function the minute you end your work day, there’s no need to redo your makeup: it’s easy to rock a daytime look that will still remain fabulous for your evening soiree.

Creating looks suitable for any occasion is one of the many things students learn at Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College, but here are a few tips even those without a cosmetology degree can use to effortlessly get them from workday to party time.

Shimmery Eye Shadow

When you apply your makeup on the morning of your holiday party, it’s okay to go glam right from the start – just be sure to do it subtly. Because you’ll need to wear this look throughout your workday, you’ll want to go for shimmery eye shadows in silver and gold, instead of bolder hues like green or blue.

Apply glittery brown, gold, beige, silver, or white eye shadow to your lids for a sparkly and festive holiday look that will be perfect from sunrise to sundown.

Smoky Eyes

Smoky, sultry eyes can be ideal for any day-to-night holiday look. Apply dark, smoky shadows in brown and charcoal shades to your lids. Afterward, accentuate the look with dark eyeliner and a generous application of mascara. To keep your appearance appropriate for the office, leave the rest of your makeup neutral, including your lips. After dark, your eyes and face will be ready to go and you’ll only need to apply a colored lipstick, if desired.

Red Lips

Red lips are dramatic and beautiful for any holiday party. They’re perfect for daytime, too, which is why we think this look will go over well for your day-to-night transition. To best show off your red, sensual smile, try to keep the rest of your makeup neutral.

Go with beige or brown eyeshadow and keep blush in a nice, neutral shade – perhaps in a brown or pink tone. This way, your stunning red lips will pop!

Sparkly Face Powder

Whether you choose to play up your eyes or your lips for your holiday makeup, it can be fun to give your face a bit of a sparkle for your day-to-night look by applying a pinch of shimmery powder. Just dust a gentle helping of glitzy powder over your face right before you put on your mascara or lipstick to get a holiday glow that will turn heads.

Stay Confident with Your Holiday Look

When you’re considering which holiday makeup looks will best get you from work to your party, consider that you’ll want to feel comfortable the entire time. This means that the makeup you choose to wear for work and for your event should allow you to feel confident in your appearance. Whatever style you choose, wear it with a smile and a sense of excitement for the magic that the holidays bring!

Expand Your Knowledge

If you’re looking to further mature your makeup know-how, Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College offers a cutting-edge cosmetology program that provides everything students need for a long and promising career. Get started today and put that creative energy to good use!

Are you excited for the new Star Wars movie? We certainly are! There’s just something about this enduring science fiction franchise that makes us feel giddy, and we know we’re not the only ones.

The Star Wars movies are the stuff of legend. They have a magical combination of action, intrigue, and fantasy that just cannot be topped. Of course, the special effects have always been a big part of their appeal. After all, great effects make it easy to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in the story.

Although students at Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College don’t spend class time styling Wookiees and Ewoks, our cosmetology program provides a solid foundation for the development and expansion of one’s creative breadth. Additionally, for those looking to get in on all the special effects action, our Advanced Makeup add-on course offers instruction in facial prosthetics, meaning you can learn to create fake scars, bruises, and deformities just like the professionals.

Imagine Star Wars Without the Makeup and Special Effects!

Picture lightsaber battles without their signature buzz and glow, or R2D2 without his trademark blips and chirps. While you’re at it, try to imagine Darth Vader’s death scene in Return of the Jedi without that fantastically disturbing makeup – the moment when the powerful villain was finally unmasked, revealed in all his startling vulnerability.

Yes, it’s safe to say that without special effects makeup, the Star Wars movies would be lacking a very key element. Makeup artist Rick Baker has done a phenomenal job bringing the characters of Star Wars to life, just as he has done in An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, Hellboy, and so many other amazing cinematic masterpieces.

Of course, he’s not the only unsung hero bringing our movie icons to life – makeup artists are an essential part of any truly great movie. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest moments in movie makeup history, in addition to the artists who brought those looks to life.

Braveheart

Painting William Wallace and his Scottish warriors in blue woad may not have been entirely historically accurate, but it certainly lent a sense of drama to the film’s battle scenes. Additionally, as a testament to the quality of the work, Lois Burwell took home the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Braveheart in 1995.

Citizen Kane

This 1941 drama is still a touchstone among film buffs – and with good reason. The story is recounted in flashback, with most of the cast members done up as elderly folks reminiscing about the events of the past. In addition, Orson Welles was made up to look even younger during these flashback scenes in order to highlight the contrast between his character’s older and more youthful versions.

Tootsie

In Tootsie, an out-of-work actor who’s burned all of his bridges dons drag to land a role on a trashy soap opera. Dustin Hoffman may not make the world’s most attractive lady, but he did manage to play a very convincing woman thanks to makeup courtesy of Allen Weisinger and George Masters.

X-Men

The X-Men series is full of awesome makeup effects, but it’s hard to top the blue-skinned, basically nude Mystique. This shapeshifting supervillain’s signature appearance can be attributed to Gordon J. Smith and Ann Brodie, who used more than 100 prosthetics and a whole lot of blue makeup to create the look.

Make Your Own Movie Magic

Obviously, makeup is just as important as any other piece of movie magic, but great makeup doesn’t happen by accident: well-trained experts create it.

If you’re interested in learning to create some movie makeup magic of your own, check out Paul Mitchell The School at MTI College. We offer a full suite of classes on cosmetology, hair design, aesthetics, and much, much more.

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