Cosmetics Tips: More than Just Makeup

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We are ushering in a new and empowering era of beauty. The days of using makeup as a way to mask your natural features are fading. In their place we are welcoming beauty definitions that are far more inclusive and unconventional. This imaginative spirit has woven itself into the creativity of our cosmetics and revived the passion and excitement in the beauty industry as a whole.

These new ideas, along with makeup products and application techniques, are tools we can use to look and feel our very best. Instead of diving into an endless list of shopping suggestions and step-by-step tutorials that may not apply to your unique beauty, let’s go into some tips about what you can do to be confident in your lovely face and excited about your cosmetic artistry no matter what your favorite

Tip #1: Carefully Consider Color Choices

This doesn’t mean that your choices can’t be bold, or even outrageous. It all depends on what you are going for. Colors can be blended, faded, mixed and saturated. So, let’s look at a few ways that makeup color can play an important role in the three most significant areas of facial beauty.

Eye Color

While eyeshadow presents an obvious opportunity for color exploration and experimentation, liners and mascaras are becoming more and more adventurous. Think about subtly coordinating your eyeliner and mascara colors with the color of your eyes. You can also change your everyday look by steering away from solid black and toward other shades like grays and browns.

Lip Color

If your lips are what makes a statement, color gives them a megaphone. Loud colors and bashful tints alike can be positively captivating when applied in the right ways. Go as wild as you want! They’ll hang on your every word.

Skin Color

Blushes and bronzers are the beauty tools we use to give our skin a healthy, vibrant glow. While the color options are far fewer in this cosmetics department, it certainly doesn’t make the color choices any less important. Play around with amount of color you use and the shades of color to find the radiant balance you are looking for.

Tip #2: Don’t Ignore the Details

There can be a lot of flourish and flair hidden in the details of your artistic cosmetic choices. Even in the realm of the ‘work appropriate’ there are plenty of ways to help your look stand out among the rest. No matter what area you are looking to draw attention to, details will help you make a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to look at you. Here are some ways to add a little something extra to your eyes, lips, and skin.


Using dots as details in eyeliner is a remarkably chic and unique way to keep your audience maintaining eye contact. You can also stencil or pattern shadow designs on your lids to add a bit of texture and dimension. Think about using a mascara that has a bit of a glittery effect if you are looking for some lash detail.


Using more than one tone/shade of lipstick to create a fading or transitioning lip color is a detail that will almost certainly stand out. Precise lipliner application can also have a tremendous effect on the look of your stunning smile. Glosses can be a gleaming accent, but they can also be smeary and messy, so choose and wear wisely.


Details make a difference. In the case of your skin, the details that need to be paid attention to are things like moisturization and consistency. Be sure to stay clear of makeup that can cake up. You don’t want to end up hiding your assets. Using cosmetics with a shimmer can also go a long way in drawing gazes to your flawless face.

Tip #3: Try Something New

We can all get into comfortable routines. That includes our makeup application and cosmetics choices. Getting in a rut can drain all the fun out of your beauty rituals. Even your favorite things about your face can seem mundane and boring when you look at yourself in the mirror. Transform that apathy by stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new.


Color combinations, eyeliner designs, mascaras and lash extensions. The sky is the limit when it comes to expressing yourself with this cosmetic canvas! Be brave. Experiment with your most extreme ideas. Who knows? You might be surprised what you come up with.


You might only see your lips as one shape. However, there are actually different ways you can line and color your lips to give them the appearance of having a different shape or volume. Play around with pouty and clean line looks and see what makes you grin.


There are plenty of product choices in skincare to explore, but there are also plenty of choices to be made when it comes to the application of skin cosmetics. Fool around with finishing powders and mess around with contouring methods until you are mesmerized by your facial fashion.

Tip #4: Last but Not Least: Take Care of Yourself, Beautiful

You are gorgeous. There is no doubt about it. But even more important than your unmistakable beauty is your health. The tools and tricks you use should be chosen with your wellness as your number one priority. Protecting your alluringly accentuated areas from damage is extremely important. This means being cautious about what you use and careful with what you choose. Gentle, natural, environmentally friendly products are always preferable when they are available. This is particularly true when it comes to cleansing products and methods, no matter what area we are talking about. All that self-expression can turn out to be self-destructive if you aren’t careful.

Professional or amateur, these new esteem-boosting attitudes should be the driving force when it comes to the beauty products and services you choose for yourself. Learning new techniques, trying new things and keeping a few trusty tricks and tips will only help you in realizing your ultimately awesome vision of yourself, whatever that is.

 If you have a passion for cosmetics, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming an esthetician and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

*Completion time for this program is defined by 35 hours per week.

Stylist Tip: 3 Easy Steps to an Audrey Hepburn Look

Stylist Tip: Classic Hollywood

At the Minnesota School of Cosmetology, our students and stylists are always providing stylist tips to their clients.  For that classic old Hollywood look, there is no better icon than Audrey Hepburn.  Try the three easy steps below to give yourself that classic look!  If you’re a stylist, this is a great cheat sheet to have the next time one of your clients wants to try something different.

Iconic Hair

Audrey loved to keep her hair off her neck to help elongate her features.  Try a simple French twist with a slight bouffant.  Or a classic, neat bun high on the head, like she sported in the late 1970s.  Another go-to look for Audrey was wearing headscarves (she even wore one at her wedding in 1969!).  But her most famous look that she sported was the pixie cut in the 1950s. It takes bravery and confidence to achieve the pixie cut but definitely a look worth trying.  Look for pixie cuts that will accentuate your facial features or ask your hairstylist.

Cat Eyes

Audrey’s makeup was simple just like her outfits. She loved to use a beige eyeshadow along with a soft brown or black charcoal liner to draw her famous cat eyes on both her top and bottom lids. Then finishing with a dark grey eyeshadow and a coat of mascara.

Simply Chic

Dress in a simple all black/neutral look. Clean lines will make you look tall and elegant. Since Audrey was already tall, she chose to wear flats (preferably in black!). Stick to simply accessories that help emphasize the neck like scarves or a pearl necklace. And a pair of large, dark sunglasses is also a must, as Audrey often sported a pair on hot days.


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Take the classic up do and give it a modern twist.

For more information about becoming a cosmetologist or to schedule services, please visit the Minnesota School of Cosmetology website.  Minnesota School of Cosmetology has two locations: Plymouth and Woodbury.  The school offers a cosmetology diploma as well as a massage therapy certificate.

Halloween Makeup Tips & Tricks

Halloween is right around the corner and you may be in need of some spooktacular makeup ideas to complete your costume. Minnesota School of Cosmetology Admissions Representatives, Nicole Linscheid and Sonya Stelmachuk hosted a Halloween Open House where they shared some tips and tricks to either gorify your look or quickly put something together to complete your look.

Gore Makeup: 

  1. Using a toothpick makes it easy to create tears in the Latex
  2. Use different colors such as purple or yellow creating a “bruised” effect
  3. Let the blood drip a little to create more of that “fresh blood” look

Click below to watch how to get this look:

Quick Halloween Look: 

  1. A cat or bunny is easy to create with some black eye liner, and white or pink  shadow
  2. Cat – just paint a nose and some whickers
  3. Rabbit- heart on the nose drawn on with black liner, fill in with some pink and create some whiskers
  4. Grab some cat ears or bunny ears and your good to go!

Have a spooktacular Halloween everyone, from the Minnesota School of Cosmetology!

Click here to learn more about our cosmetology program as well as the advanced techniques our students learn. 


5 Reasons You Should Get a Cosmetology Diploma

From personal to professional, there are many reasons to get a cosmetology diploma

If you want to work in a fun environment, love staying current on the latest trends in beauty, and have a passion for helping people look and feel their best, getting a cosmetology diploma is a great first step.

Still worried that it may not be right for you? Fear not! Read on to find out why getting a cosmetology diploma is an awesome pathway toward a fulfilling career.

You love it!

The old saying is true: If you love what you do, you never have to work.

Salon time can be super fun: hanging with your girlfriends, getting ready for prom or a wedding, or just relaxing and receiving a skin treatment. If you enjoy your time at the salon, why not be a part of it?

But you can’t go from cutting your niece’s hair to raking in tips at your own chair in a salon. You need training. And that’s where the cosmetology diploma comes in.

A good cosmetology school will teach you how to cut, color and style hair, provide spa treatments and apply facials, and give manicures and pedicures. Those in the beauty industry can find enjoyment in their work as they help people feel good inside and out, but they need proper schooling first.

You’ll learn things beyond beauty

Sure, going to cosmetology school will help you learn the latest industry trends and how to translate those looks to your customers.

However, you’ll also learn about the business side of the industry: tracking your sales and productivity, how many guests you retain, interpersonal relations, customer service and other behind-the-scenes aspects of the field. These are the kinds of skills you’ll be able to apply to nearly any industry.

Some schools also utilize technology, such as iPads, in the classroom, giving you the chance to use the latest programs and applications as you learn cosmetology.

It’s a growing industry

You don’t want to be stuck with a diploma and find yourself without any job prospects after you graduate.

That’s what makes the field so intriguing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10 percent growth rate for barbers, hairdressers and cosmetologists from 2014 to 2024. The demand for special hair services has increased in recent years, a trend that is expected to continue over the next decade, according to the BLS.

There will be future openings as people retire or leave the profession for other gigs, and you can find salons in every area of the country. Many in the profession are also self-employed, which would let you set your own schedule.

There are many other career options

If you’re fascinated by the beauty industry but don’t see yourself working at a chair all day, there are other options you might not even be aware of. With the right education and experience, there are unique paths you can take in your career as a cosmetologist.


Industry publications and the companies that make beauty products need people who know about cosmetology and can write in an entertaining and informative way.

Sales rep

If you like meeting new people and are passionate about a particular line, being a sales rep might make sense. You’ll showcase products at trade shows and events, or going to salons and spas and demonstrate their benefits.

Sales consultant

In this role, you work for companies that want their lines sold at salons and spas. With your schooling and expertise, you’ll know what beauticians are looking for and be able to tell people why they should sell a certain product at their location.

Brand ambassador

At conferences and other events, you’ll be interacting directly with potential customers, giving out samples and generating excitement about beauty products.

These are just of the few opportunities you can find outside the traditional salon setting.

Do you want to own a salon?

If so, you’ll want an education in cosmetology. Many of those with experience in the beauty profession go on to open up their own salons.

If you’ve been working at a salon for a few years, you may come up with ideas for you own unique location. It can be thrilling and rewarding to be in charge and make the big decisions.

In this case, you should also consider whether getting a degree in business makes sense. There are schools that have specialized management programs related to the salon/spa industry.

As you can see, no matter what you want to do with your career, there are plenty of reasons to get that cosmetology diploma.


Want To Look Perfect For Prom? Check Out These Prom Trends!

With prom season coming up, it’s time to start planning your perfect hairstyle and makeup look! Prom is all about creative updos, hair accessories and glamorous eye makeup.

MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.
MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.

Here are some of the most current trends:

1. Braids/twists in updos are by far the biggest trend for prom. Creative braids can be incorporated into an updo or twisted into a crown. To wear your braid down, opt for a fishtail braid or braid in a colored ribbon for a unique twist!

2. Sleek hair always looks polished and glamorous. Try a sleek bump with straight hair or a slicked back super-polished pony.

3. Loose updos are effortless and stylish. Loose buns, pinned curls, and knotted updos will look modern but romantic.

4. Wavy hair left down will highlight a low-back or backless dress. Beachy waves are a classic look or try side-swept curls for a more dramatic look.

5. Hair accessories are the perfect way to add style and personality to your overall look. Add jewels in a loose updo or add sparkly pins to a sleek, pin-straight style.

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MSC-Plymouth student Alexis shows off a braided updo and bold, winged eyeliner.

6. Makeup is all about the eyes! Highlight your eyes this prom season by playing up your eye makeup and toning down your other features. For a dramatic look, choose a winged eyeliner. For a unique look, opt for a pastel winged eyeliner. If you want to look super glam, metallics are the way to go. For a fresh, bright-eyed effect, go for a peachy eyeshadow and white eyeliner.

Remember that your hair and makeup should reflect your personal style, but keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Also, think about your dress and accessories, and what hair and makeup will best complete your overall look. Then you’ll be ready to dance the night away!

Students at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology would love to help you look perfect for your prom! Call today and schedule your appointment.

Gory Makeup at MSC-Plymouth

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth students got into the Halloween
spirit and used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds. These illusions are quick, inexpensive, and a great way to make Halloween a little bit scarier.

The supplies we used to create our wounds were:img_0427
– Liquid Latex (we got ours here)
– Makeup Set (red, yellow, purple, and black – we got ours here)
– Liquid Blood (we got ours here)
– Corn Flakes

Directions to create a gory makeup wound:
1. Use makeup to map out an area of where you want your wound/scar to be.
2. Smooth a layer of liquid latex over the area and let dry until clear.
3. Blend red, yellow, purple, and/or black makeup over latex to create bruising.
4. Create open wounds by opening a section of the latex with scissors or your hands.
5. Add more latex into the “open wound” section.
6. Add Corn Flakes onto the wet latex in the “open wound” to create texture.
7. Add another layer of latex to secure the Corn Flakes and let dry.
8. Add fake blood to complete your wound.




Your Poor Pores! Skincare Tips for After Halloween

It’s Nov. 1, and you won the prize “Best Costume” as a sexy zombie at the hottest Halloween party last night! Your makeup was on point with piles of paint, fake blood and the longest and lushest falsies at the party! Since a lot of costume makeup is formulated differently than everyday cosmetics, your skin is likely going to need a detox. Your poor pores!

Here are some tips for your skin when it comes to Halloween. Vampire Halloween Woman portrait. Beauty Sexy Vampire Girl with

  1. Again, don’t forget to use a moisturizer. You had a million products on your face and you did a deep clean to remove it. Time to give your skin a hydrating drink!
  2. Get every last drop of makeup off your face once the night is over. No going to sleep with those false lashes either! Use a cold cream or oil-based formula first, rinse and repeat until every trace is gone. Then wash your face with your usual face wash and end with a light-weight moisturizer.
  3. Don’t have a facial or exfoliate your skin the morning of Halloween or the day before. You don’t want your fresh, open pores to get clogged with face paint.
  4. Exfoliate your skin the next day. You may also want to do a purifying clay mask to avoid breakouts.
  5. Makeup, cleansers and adult beverages are dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water to flush away toxins and battle inflammation.
  6. Give your face a break from makeup the day after Halloween. It needs time to breathe after all of that fun!


Contour Like a Pro

If you’re looking to take your beauty game to the next level, the technique of contouring may have caught your eye. While the few images you may have seen make contouring look more like a process of applying war paint than cosmetics, this trick really works. Today we’ll discuss how to choose the right makeup for contouring, how to apply it to even skin tone and correctly highlight your features, and where you can look for additional tips and tricks.

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Contouring is actually made up of two different components: shadowing and highlighting, for which you use two very different shades in the same skin tone range. While most of us are used to applying just one kind of foundation all over the face, the use of two colors (or more, for experts) is crucial. This contrast between light and dark accentuates the features you want to bring out and corrects flaws in your skin tone.

When first buying makeup for contouring, it’s often helpful to buy a kit. These typically include 2-3 different contouring shades, which you can pick based on your skin tone. Some contouring sticks have a color at each end, while others come in palettes with dark and light shades. We recommend a simple, two-color kit for beginners. Choose a highlighting color two shades lighter than your skin tone and a shadowing color two shades darker. Cream-based products are easier to blend successfully, so start with those.

Evening Skin Tone and Highlighting Your Features

Contouring can both smooth your skin tone and brings out the features you love the most, but to achieve this effect, you’ve got to put the right color in the right place. Start with evening your skin overall. Most people find their faces are darker in places and lighter in others. Around the hairline, skin is usually significantly lighter, because it doesn’t get as much sun due to hair. Ditto underneath the chin, where sunlight rarely reaches. These are places to put shadowing makeup.

On the other hand, the front of the nose, the middle of the forehead and the planes underneath the eyes are usually darker than we want, so place a light shade here. An upward V-shape in the middle of the forehead works well.

As a final step, place lines of shadowing right underneath the cheekbones to make them appear more prominent. Then blend everything smoothly, until you cannot see any lines between light and dark foundation. Apply eye makeup, blush along your cheekbones and lipstick or gloss, and boom … you’re done!

Pro Tip: A Video Is Worth a Thousand Words

If you want to see this process in action, we suggest you watch beauty bloggers on YouTube. They show you exactly where and how to place your makeup to achieve maximum results with contouring, and can put pictures to words in a very helpful way. Please let us know anything else you might want to learn in the comments below!

Carnival Hair and Face Painting at Bailey Elementary

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC)-Woodbury students were delighted to volunteer at the Bailey Elementary Carnival, doing crazy carnival hair and face painting for the kids.

Bailey Elementary’s Carnival is the school’s second largest fundraiser that includes all-inclusive wristbands for games, a silent auction,and the raffle drawings. Great prizes are donated by the Bailey PTA and local businesses in the Woodbury area.

But the highlight of the carnival for the elementary students was getting their hair colored bright colors 044with glitter and having their face painted like cute puppies or awesome superheroes!

Our amazing volunteer students showed off their cosmetology creativity by doing a variety of hairstyles and
, everyoneface painting for the kids. They did a lot of Pom Pom hairstyles.  One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon spikes style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!   MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.  MSC Student Ginger Close stated, “The carnival was a lot of fun, everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!”

One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon-spiked style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!

MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.

“The carnival was a blast; everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!” MSC student Ginger Close said.



MSC Partners with 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley to Collect Charity Donations at Night to Unite Event

Hundreds of people gathered at Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Woodbury and Plymouth campuses for its fifth annual Rhuin raising money for The Sheridan Story
National Night Out
celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

The idea behind the event is to provide the entire community a safe and fun way for families to come together, meet neighbors and engage with local business owners.

Just over 100 people attended Plymouth’s inaugural event and close to 200 enjoyed the fun at Woodbury. There was something for everyone; a bouncy house, face painting, crazy hair dos, games, food and much more. MSC also welcomed special guest, 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley, of south Minneapolis. She has a mission to feed hungry children in the metro. Her story has been shared by KARE 11, FOX 9… even Yahoo Beauty and Inside Edition.

During the National Night Out Event, both campuses collected food donations for The Sheridan Story, a charity chosen by Rhuin. The nonprofit sends backpacks full of food home with school children in need every Friday to ensure they have access to meals over the weekend.

“We thank all of our neighbors and friends for coming out to be a part of our night to unite event. To have Rhuin Eisley be a part of our event to share her story and how she’s helping The Sheridan Story was especially meaningful as we can relate to how she wants to help those in need. We love being a part of the Woodbury community and can’t wait for next year,” Cori Omundson, front desk manager at MSC, said.

MSC_National Night out food collectionAs of Tuesday, Rhuin had raised $2,000 in donations which will help feed at least 22 kids for an entire year. She is hoping to make that number grow. You can donate to her cause here. Donations will continue to be collected at MSC Woodbury until mid-August.

“You might think you are doing something small, but you are not. You can make it really big,” Rhuin said.

The event also gave MSC students the chance to put their skills to the test.

MInnesota School of Cosmetology National Night out“It’s almost like a community service, but it’s more of a community engagement event. They get to learn how to interact with people and network and show the community how much they care and so that hopefully when they go out to their future careers they can take that with them,” Omundson said.

Local public safety officials and KS95 also stopped by the event.

Learn more about how you can step into a career where you can make the world more beautiful one client at a time here. 

You can see some of media attention Rhuin has been getting here and and even Inside Edition.