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. 

 

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!

 

Top Beauty Trends to Look for in 2016

Understated hair, makeup, and nails have dominated the beauty scene as of late, but that is about to change. In 2016, all things bold and sassy will be celebrated. From bright hair colors to three-dimensional nail design, 2016 is the year of the risk taker. Make a statement and give one of these exciting beauty trends a try:

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Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year are not for the faint of heart. Instead of offering just one bright hue, the ultimate color authority has opted for a unique combination of soft blue and pink tones. The effect is simultaneously bold and tranquil. Although these colors can be gorgeous when appropriately combined, they can also be tricky to maintain, which is why many women plan to use ombre highlights instead of pursuing a full head of pastel hair.

Blunt hair

If you’re looking to switch up your hair but aren’t eager to ditch your blonde or brunette style in favor of pastel power, consider chopping off a few inches and replacing that feathery look with a blunt bob. Ornate headbands are also popular, so feel free to amp up the choppy look with embellished accessories.

Bold blue eyeshadow

Forget Mimi from the Drew Carey Show; 2016’s take on blue eyeshadow is anything but dowdy. Electrifying shades of blue and turquoise are in, although more subtle pastel shades have also been spotted on the runway. If full-on eyeshadow is not your thing, stick with a simple swipe of blue eyeliner.

Off-the-nail embellishments

Nail style is no longer limited to the nail bed alone. In 2016, colorful designs will extend from the nail all the way to the first knuckle. Three-dimensional nail art is not practical for everyday use, but it will be featured more and more at award shows and on the runway.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and experiment. However, the trends highlighted above are best used in moderation. Give one or two of them a try, but keep the rest of your beauty palette understated. The result will be an eye-catching, yet classy look that is bound to impress.

Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube.

I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos.

I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could these ridiculously popular vloggers really teach me about beauty in the way that enhanced the education that I’ve gotten by watching and learning from our students? You’d be surprised! Most of these vloggers have little to no previous makeup, hair, or beauty experience, but they’re ruling the internet with these videos! Why? Because they are regular people, just like you and me, and they have a passion for this industry.

I set out by searching “beauty blogs” and proceeded to watch dozens and dozens of videos by countless numbers of people. Did you know there are even videos about who to watch? There are, and I watched those too. Then I realized that it’s really up to each individual person and how they relate to who they are watching. Some were crazy annoying. Some covered way more than just beauty tips. There are specific vlogs for whatever you are looking to do. There’s an amazing amount of videos to go through.  It was almost overwhelming.

After all that research, I was able to narrow down a list of my ten favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Check them out and then make your own decision on who you connect with and follow:

Zoella

  • Has 220 videos on literally everything related to makeup, hair, relationships, product reviews, collaboration videos, fashion, beauty & homeware hauls, and life in general
  • You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as her own
  • She’s funny. She’s real. She’s real funny. There’s a reason she’s at the top. If you follow one person from this list – follow Zoe.
  • One to watch: Boyfriend Does My Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

 

 

 

Carli Bybel aka “The Beauty Bybel”

  • Has over 3.3 million subscriber
  • Has over 370 videos on everything from makeup, hair, and fashion
  • She has a couple of blogs, a couple of Instagram accounts, Facebook, her own website, Google+, and Twitter so you can truly keep up to date with everything she is doing
  • One to watch: Makeup Mistakes to Avoid
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/CarliBel55

 

 

 

Michelle Phan

    • Has over 8 million subscribers
    • as over 370 videos mostly about makeup but has some very funny and interesting videos about Pet DIYs, room ideas for Unicorns (yes she really did), to real advice, and hair
  • Has over 8 million subscribers
  • She also has a blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up to date on all of her advice
  • One to watch: The Smolder
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan

 

 

Whit aka “Naptural85”

Whit

  • Has over 650,000 subscribers
  • Has over 200 videos on everything for natural hair, makeup, storage ideas, hairstyles, product reviews, hair accessories, etc.
  • You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook
  • One to watch: The Perfect Curl Bun

https://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85

 

 

Bethany Mota

        Probably the most actually well-known YouTube beauty guru in the United States
      • Has over 9.4 million subscribers
      • Has over 420 videos on everything about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY & lifestyle informational videos
      • You can also find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as another YouTube channel geared just towards her life (it’s gotten that big!)
      • One to watch: New Years Eve Makeup
      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

 

Lauren Curtis

 

 

 

 

Andrea Brooks aka “AndreasChoice”
Whit

  • Has 3.4 million subscribers
  • Andrea’s on Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter so you can follow her pretty much everywhere
  • Has 186 videos on easy DIY, beauty, fashion, and makeup – super cool Halloween makeup and celebrity looks
  • One to watch: Lion Hair & Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasChoice

 

 Kandee Johnson
Whit

  • Has over 3.2 million followers
  • Over 530 videos on everything on how to do makeup, hairstyles, as well as lifestyle videos on cooking and fun.
  • She does a lot of “celebrity looks”
  • Follow her on Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – she has some really amazing transformations that she does
  • One to watch: Kylie Jenner Transformation
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

 

 

Tanya Burr
Whit

 

  • Over 430 videos of everything from Hauls, to makeup tutorials, to how to bake!
  • She’s on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook
  • One to watch: Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo

 

 

Ingrid Nilsen

Whit

    Has over 3.8 million subscribers

 

I hope that you enjoy looking through these videos as much as I did and stay tuned to a future blog when I describe my experience in trying to follow a makeup tutorial given by one of these gals!

Until next time…

Cori

MSC Student Awarded TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship

Kaboa Yang, MSC student and TwinWest Foundation Career Path Scholarship recipient“Don’t wait on your dreams. Just do it!”

That is the advice from Minnesota School of Cosmetology student, Kaboa Yang. She is one of 24 adult learners awarded the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce’s Career Path Scholarship during a luncheon on October 6, 2015.

The scholarship rewards adult learners who are pursuing career education, particularly those seeking vocational or technical skills. The scholarship creates a win-win situation by helping those who are motivated and passionate achieve the training they need, which in turn helps boost the skilled workforce for local companies.

Kaboa definitely has the motivation and passion. In fact, she has known since middle school that she wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology, but says nerves and cultural pressure side-tracked her for a little while.

“The Hmong community I grew up in does not look highly on cosmetology as a career,” Koboa says, “I not only want to change that perception, I want to show them how much you can do with a cosmetology diploma and the career options you can build off of it.” It was that passion and drive that impressed to scholarship selection committee.

Kaboa toured Minnesota School of Cosmetology when she was a freshman at Patrick Henry High School and says she knew then she wanted to come here.

Kaboa Yang and instructor, Dayna Hunt at the luncheon

“My cousin and aunt both went here and loved it. When I saw pictures of them doing hair, I knew I had to be here too,” she says. But she adds high school counselors, along with her family, really pushed the idea of a traditional college. Feeling pressured and nervous, Kaboa followed their advice and enrolled in community college after high school with the intention of pursuing a degree in business management. But that passion for cosmetology kept tugging at her, and she quickly realized she could not give up on her dream.

Kaboa began the cosmetology program at MSC in March of 2015 and has not looked back since.

“I have gained so much confidence, and unlike many students at a traditional college, I know what I want to do when I graduate,” she says. “By starting here, I am already on a career path.” Kaboa’s real love is makeup and she hopes to use that passion to help others feel great about themselves in the future.

“Kabao is hard working, professional, and great with clients. We are lucky to have her at Minnesota School of Cosmetology!,” says MSC-Plymouth campus director Elaine Vandenburgh. “She has a very bright future ahead of her!”

Kaboa says growing up in a family of eleven, money was always tight. With this $500 scholarship and a matching GEN Scholarship, she says she will be able to pay off her loans faster and focus more on her new career.

“I am very thankful to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce for this honor and my instructor (Dayna Hunt, pictured above) who encouraged me to apply, as well as the Globe Education Network who matched the scholarship amount,” says Kaboa. “It only helps solidify my decision to follow my heart!”

Makeup in Minutes

As a mother of a young child, I have very little time for makeup application in the morning, so I’ve pared down my routine to just minutes. For those of you who have hectic schedules and need to maximize your time in front of the mirror, here are several simple steps to a faster beauty regimen.

Step 1: Skin preparation

Skin should be prepped before makeup is applied, so I start with a three-in-one cleanser that also tones and exfoliates. This multiuse product not only saves time, it’s easier on your pocketbook. To receive the most benefit, particularly if you use a cleanser with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) like salicylic acid, you can leave it on your skin as a mask for a few minutes while in the shower before washing it off. After cleansing, I gently apply an eye cream and facial moisturizer.

To streamline your makeup process, make sure your application tools and makeup and cleansing products are organized and accessible. I recommend an eye shadow brush and a blush brush, one to two eye shadows or an eye shadow trio, a brown eyeliner, black mascara, color correcting (CC cream), a light blush and a lip gloss.

QuickMakeUpRoutinesStep 2: Foundation and moisturizer

For my base, I use a CC cream, which serves as both a light foundation and moisturizer. For those with oily skin, CC cream might be enough of a moisturizer so you can skip Step 1. The CC cream also provides color correction and sun protection, and it looks natural as it is designed to blend right into the skin and does not need to be an exact match like a foundation.

Step 3: Eyeliner

Next I apply a brown eyeliner to define my eyes. The brown hue accentuates my eyes, making them seem larger. I use it at the corners, then smudge color lightly on my lower lash line to the halfway point. Finally, I apply the eyeliner on the upper lash line about three-quarters of the way across this arc.

Step 4: Eye shadow

Continuing with a brown color theme, I use a brown eye shadow, sweeping the color across the lid next to where I applied the liner. Next, I “pat” eye shadow on the outside corner of my eye before smoothing and blending it evenly across the remaining lid surface. The color should be applied from the lash line to just above the eyelid crease.

To contrast the brown shadow and further enhance my eyes, I apply a cream or light pink eye shadow, blending it with the darker hue and sweeping right under my eyebrow to highlight my brow bone.

Step 5: Blush

My finishing touch is a small amount of blush. I apply it along the contour of the cheek and blend in a circular motion over the apples of the cheeks. A coat or two of mascara, some gloss on the lips, and I’m ready for the day!

Sonya Stelmachuk

Esthetician

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

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Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their first annual Spring Fashion Show recently.  The theme this year was Classic Hollywood Decades.

We set this year’s fashion show up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos.  We encouraged our students to have copies of their resumes available to hand out to the salons and industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we give the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

Our students were able to choose if they would like to participate individually or in a group.  As well as choosing the decade they would like to portray through their looks.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for each decade, but to keep in mind time to get the looks together on the day of the show is limited. The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Spring Fashion Show!   Thank you for supporting our students!

80's

European Wax Center

Fantastic Sam’s

Ficocello’s

Great Clips

Hair Expressions

JUUT

Marc Daniel Salon

Pro Cuts

Regis Salons

Spalon Montage

SOJO

Check out all the glamourous Hollywood looks on our facebook page!

Cancer Survivor Day

Minnesota School of Cosmetology will be hosting a Cancer Survivor Day June 2, 2015

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ (CSBSD™) is a nationwide event that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in June. It is a day when those in the beauty and related industries in all fifty states offer complimentary services to all men, women and children that are cancer survivors, regardless of their type of cancer or when they were diagnosed. All cancer survivors are invited to participate and, for many, CSBSD™ is the only time during the year that they receive a little personal kindness, warm support and tender pampering.

MSC Plymouth and Woodbury will be offering complimentary facials and manicures  CSD

Please call ahead to make an appointment.  Walk- ins are welcome based on availability.

MSC Plymouth

1425 County Road 101 N

Plymouth, MN 55447

763-404-4800

 

MSC Woodbury

1750 Weir Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

651-287-2180

Please help us spread the word by passing along to friends and family!

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Military Spouse Discount on May 8

Written by Miranda Wukawitz, front desk assistant

The U.S. military was created officially on September 29, 1789. Since this time, the military has grown and now includes the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. We appreciate everything these men and women have done and continue to do for us.

But we cannot forget about the amazing men and women that are at home while their spouses are out keeping our country safe. Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth not only has free haircuts for anyone who has previously served or is currently in the military every Wednesday, we will also be showing our appreciation to the military spouses on Friday, May 8, 2015. We will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day where they will receive 50 percent off all services.

So come on in and get your hair colored, a facial or even a spa manicure and pedicure. We would love to have you come and enjoy an amazing celebration. We appreciate your sacrifices!

 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Serves as Inspiration to Others

Many Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students lead busy lives, but Rachelle (Shelly) Blackstone stands out. Not only does she attend school full time, but she has recently branded her own makeup line and opened her own salon, all on top of being a mom.

Before deciding to pursue her passion for cosmetology, Shelly earned an associate degree at a community college and worked in the medical field for six years.

“I knew [hair and makeup] was always what I wanted to do,” says Shelly. “I was almost 30 and decided to drop my full-time career with benefits, move back home with my mom and sell my car to go back to school.”

Shelly is such a hard worker and has such a positive attitude that many of her classmates and instructors don’t know she runs her own businesses in addition to going to school. Her makeup line, named Eve after her 5-year-old daughter Evelyn, was officially launched in January 2015, five months after she began classes at MSC. Her salon, La Croix Salon and Spa, opened in Stillwater, Minn., on April 1, and Shelly says she still can’t believe it.

“When I got the keys to the salon it was so surreal and scary at the same time,” she says. “Sometimes I still say to myself, ‘Wow, this is mine.’ It was always my dream, but I never thought it would happen.”

Students look up to her and educators admire her initiative, but Shelly says it’s the support from her fellow classmates and her instructors that keeps her going.

“MSC was the last school l toured, and from the time I first stepped into the building, everyone was so welcoming and helpful,” says Shelly. “I love the way everybody makes you feel. It just felt good.”

Shelly says she appreciates the variety of the instructors and that they are all creative, genuinely care about her success and make her education personal. She is set to graduate in September of 2015, and she doesn’t plan to stop achieving her goals.

“I hope to branch out and eventually be running two salons, but my main goal is that after all this time I’ve put into this and everything I’ve sacrificed, I want to slow down, travel and do things with my daughter, and have my own schedule.”

Shelly says she hopes to help other MSC students reach their goals, too.

“I believe that we as students here at MSC are a family ladder,” she says. “We are connected in so many ways and hold one another up, so we’re all able to see the top and keep pushing to reach it if we want to.”

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.