What I Learned From Makeup Class


I have always been passionate about makeup. I've always loved the artistry, creativity, and skill that goes into creating polished looks and transforming models into characters. 

I've been daydreaming and talking about going to makeup school for a few years now but I never took a step a significant step in that direction. So when I decided to move back to the Philippines for a few months, I decided that it would be the perfect time to take makeup classes and cross something off my bucketlist. 

I enrolled at De La Salle College of St. Benilde for a master certificate course in makeup artistry, sponsored my MAC Cosmetics and taught by the amazing, Dina Padilla-Hone. As we proceeded with each lesson and learned proper techniques, I felt like I was in my element. The satisfaction and joy I felt when my models gushed about their makeup and couldn't stop staring at themselves in the mirror was all I needed and it pushed me to improve. 

My classes formally ended last weekend and I decided to compile a few of the lessons I've learned. Enjoy! 



  • Skincare is essential. My teacher constantly reminded us that makeup is only as good as the skin underneath. Just like painters, makeup artists must starts with a clean palette. 
  • General effective makeup routine is CTM+S: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, and Sunscreen. You can, of course, add onto that with serums, face oils, exfoliating, etc. 
  • As much as possible, avoid touching the client's face with your bare hands. If you have to, make sure you sanitize properly. 
  • Always remove all makeup at the end of the day. You can use a number of makeup removing products that work for you and your client's skin from wipes to oil-based liquid removers to pre-soaked face pads. Make sure you get everything! 



Tools and Kit 

  • The kind of brushes you use and their quality truly make a difference in the application and appearance of makeup. Invest in good tools.

  • Your professional kits shouldn't only have makeup and brushes. It should also have grooming tools, disposable wands, a cape, safety pins, hand towels, etc. 

  • Keep everything organized and make sure everything has its own appropriate, clean container. You don't want dirty, used brushes mixing with the spatula and palette or dirty tissues getting tossed on top of open makeup palettes. 

  • Build your professional kit with good quality products and essentials. Avoid trendy products and buying simply because of hype or marketing. 


Find your Rhythm

  • Applying makeup on someone else is very different from applying on yourself. Apply with care. 

  • Some MUA start with the foundation the work on the eyes, some do it the other way around. Neither of them is wrong. It’s all about finding a technique that works for you and as long as the result is flawless and aesthetically pleasing, keep doing your thing.

  • Makeup is not one size fits all. What may work on a certain celebrity may not work on your client. Learn to adjust to different face, lip, eye, and nose shapes as well as skin tones, textures, and types.

  • Avoid diving into applying makeup without a clear look or plan in mind. Decide beforehand what features to highlight, what colors to use, and how everything will come together.

  • Do not project your preferences onto your client. Just because you love packing on the highlight and doing the Instagram-worthy fleeky brows, doesn't mean your client wants that. Learn to listen. 


Do you love makeup? Are you a makeup artist? 

If you guys have any tips, tricks, or rules that I may have missed, feel free to let me know! I welcome and greatly appreciate suggestions.