How Makeup & Skincare Collide

Esthetician applying skincare and makeup products on client

Makeup and skincare have more in common than you may think. Even though these products may seem to have different purposes, there is a lot of crossover in these two fields. Let’s take a closer look at this important connection and break down some of the many ways that makeup and skincare are related.

Skincare Helps Create a Better Base for Your Cosmetics

First of all, your skin’s condition influences the final application of your makeup. For this reason, you need to take this into consideration when you imagine your intended look.

Because of this, your skincare habits can be the difference between beautiful success and trouble. Here are some of the important ways skincare and makeup are connected.

Start with a Clean Base

First of all, it is important that you begin with a clean canvas before applying makeup. Your face comes in contact with all kinds of things throughout the day. Paying special attention to cleansing your face will help you clear away dirt, contaminants, and any built-up cosmetics. Even more, the double cleansing method can help to remove additional debris that your cleanser may have missed. This way you can truly start with a clean slate and avoid breakouts.

Proper Exfoliation

Dry skin makes cosmetics look clumpy or flaky. Even more, dry skin is uncomfortable. By exfoliating you’ll have a smoother surface for your makeup, as well as a glowing complexion.

How Do I Exfoliate?

No matter your goal, there are many ways of exfoliating that can help you get smoother skin. Whether you choose chemical or physical exfoliation methods, be careful not to over-do it. Over-exfoliating results in micro-tears and leads to minor skin irritations and infections.

Maintaining Proper Moisture Balance

Maintaining proper moisture balance is important because everyone begins with a different moisture balance that is unique to them. Moisture levels may be connected to oil production and contributes to your cosmetic appearance. Additionally, your climate influences your moisture balance and impacts your skin’s appearance.

Balancing your facial moisture is important for beauty and for health. As a result, it’s important that you pick both skincare and makeup products that support your skin goals.

Hair Removal

Regardless of your facial hair preferences, there are challenges that your skin and cosmetics are impacted by. If you do choose to incorporate hair removal, there are challenges that influence your cosmetic applications. Hair removal leaves skin tender for some time after services. As a result, immediate makeup application is not recommended, as it further irritates skin.

Restoration and Repair Time

Eyebrow waxing isn’t the only skincare procedure that we indulge in. You might do the occasional chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment to keep your skin glowing. These skincare treatments can help give you firm and smooth skin that can support whatever cosmetic look you feel like choosing. Just be sure you have plenty of time to let your face properly rest and recover before you cover it with beauty products. This will help you avoid contaminant build up deep within your skin.

Choosing the Right Makeup and Skincare Products Makes a Huge Difference

Applying your makeup is the point when your cosmetics and skincare have a direct physical effect on one another. Taking care of your skin even as you wear your makeup is important to your long-term skin health as well as to your future beauty goals. It is vital that you understand and respect the direct relationship between cosmetics and skincare if you aspire for healthy skin.

Know Your Skin

Becoming familiar with the specifics of your skin is important for both beauty and health reasons. When you decide on makeup, you need to know the colors and shades that will look best with your features and complexion.

Your skin’s texture needs to be taken into consideration, as well. You also need to understand the balance of your skin when looking for makeup and skincare solutions. Know your skin type before buying cleansers, moisturizers and serums that may be counterproductive. Make sure that the makeup you like doesn’t counteract the skincare routine you have and try to balance your skincare routine to facilitate your beauty goals. It can be a complicated balance to strike, so don’t be afraid to ask for professional input.

Do Some Brand Research

Before you decide to try a new makeup or skincare product, you should take a look at who makes it. No one is suggesting that you do deep-dive research on every single makeup and skincare product line you own or decide to try. However, look at the company who makes your makeup or skincare products can give you a sense of whether or not there have been consumer protection issues in the past. Everything you put on your skin can be absorbed and have an effect on your body, so it is important that you take the time to educate yourself about the brands you wear and support. This philosophy may put a damper on impulse beauty shopping, but it can help protect you from being harmed by irresponsible cosmetic and skincare companies.

Look at the Label

The ingredients in your makeup and skincare products can give you a good idea about how your skin will react to them. Likewise, it will help you keep track of common ingredients in the products you like as well as the ones you don’t. Keep in mind any substances you are allergic or sensitive to when shopping for new products and supplies. You may not recognize everything on the labels of all your beauty and skin products, but the more you recognize the better. If you want to give something a try but you are skeptical about an unknown ingredient, it is worth taking the time to look up and learn about. You can also ask your esthetician or makeup artist for trustworthy advice and recommendations.

Consider Short Term vs. Long Term Wear

Most of us suffer breakouts and blemishes at some point in our lives. It is also common to go through natural phases of oily and dry skin at different points throughout life. Taking care of your skin and dealing with skincare challenges doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your beauty routine. You can change the cosmetic products you are using, or even take a break from your beauty routine altogether. However, your social and professional calendar isn’t dictated by what kind of skincare issues you might be having. For those times that you want to wear makeup, but your skin needs to repair or recover you may want to consider shorter wear periods as a skin-conscious compromise.

Know the Limits of Your Products

Makeup can be a fantastic tool of expression and help you look how you want to. However, even the best makeup or skincare products have their limitations. There is no line of beauty products that can do it all. You need to know how to properly utilize and apply them if you have a hope of a achieving the look you’re going for. You will also need some basic skincare knowledge in order to make effective decisions about your routine and the wellness products you choose. You will need more than just carefully formulated products to accomplish your cosmetic and skincare goals. You will also need to know how and when to use them.

Skincare Conscious Makeup Removal

Taking your makeup off is another important process that links cosmetics and skincare. The products you choose and the routines you decide on to clear your cosmetic canvas can make an enormous difference on the health and condition of your skin.

Use Solutions and Tools That Aren’t Overly Abrasive

Just as with balancing the moisture levels of your skin, makeup removal is also a skincare balancing act of sorts. The goal is to remove all the cosmetics you’ve applied while doing as little damage to your skin as possible. This means picking cleansing products that aren’t too chemically harsh and using tools (rags, wipes, sponges, etc.) that aren’t overly rough to avoid making skincare mistakes during makeup removal that could require treatment. You will also want to accompany your makeup removal routine with a restorative, moisturizing follow-up product that is right for your skin type. If you have questions you can feel free to ask your makeup artist or your esthetician for supportive suggestions.

Be Realistic With Your Routines

Applying makeup is a process that can have a lot of steps. There are also skincare product lines that market variations of multi-step processes that include cleansing, moisturizing and anti-aging treatments. The purported benefits of an elaborate skincare process can be appealing, but it is a waste if you aren’t able to stick to it. Much in the same way that a makeup tutorial might get you excited about trying a new look, mastering these techniques can take time and practice you might not be willing or able to dedicate. It is okay to call in the support of a trained professional every now and then to help you fill in the gaps of your beauty and skincare routine. Just be sure to stick to daily routines you can adequately manage in order to avoid emergency appointments.

Want to Learn More?

Did learning about how makeup and skincare collide interest you? If you have a passion for skincare, 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, makeup, application of facials, and more.

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

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Beach Chic 101: Everything You Need to Create Effortless, Summer Beauty Styles

Written By: Meesa OShanka

Cosmetology Instructor MSC Woodbury

We’ve finally arrived!  It’s time for fun in the sun and ice-cold beverages while we lather up with sunscreen for the next few months of summer.  While we crave the sun during our long Minnesotan winters, we also must refine our summer beauty routine to meet our busy schedules.  Here are some tips and tricks If you’re looking for a fun beachy look without spending hours getting ready.

Summer Beauty Must-Haves: Tinted Moisturizer

Tinted moisturizer is your BFF for the easiest summer beauty looks!  Tinted moisturizer gives you all the benefits of a sheer coverage foundation.  It’s lightweight and easy to apply with either a blender sponge or your fingertips.  The best part about tinted moisturizers is that they have your skin protection built right in.  Most tinted moisturizers will come with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher to keep your skin protected while you’re out and about.

Summer Beauty Eye Makeup

To give yourself the effortless summer-ready eye look go for lighter neutral colors like coppers and browns like the ones found in the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Top it off with some dark brown liner to define your lash line and lastly let’s not forget a glossing mascara to complete your eye look. 

If you have oily skin or sweat-prone, you will want to make sure you are using a face and eye primer to lock in your looks. Don’t be afraid to add a little shimmer to your eyeshadow either because if the sun is shining, so are you!

Beachy Waves: The Summer Style Essential

For a quick and easy tousled beachy look grab yourself a salt spray for your hair.  Big Sexy Surfrider, Wella’s EIMI Ocean Spritz or Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray are some popular options for getting beach waves.  Professional styling products will give you the look of having just come out of the ocean without all that actual ocean salt on your colorful locks.  

Salt spray is easy to use.  After shampooing and conditioning your hair, towel dry and spritz a generous amount of your texture spray on to your hair.  Scrunch it up a bit in your hands and let air dry.

Pool-Ready Summer Beauty Picks

Spending extra time at the pool this summer? If you’re loving your time in pools treated with chlorine, you’ll want to take extra steps to ensure your hair is cared for. Here are a few tips that you can use to care both colored and natural hair to make sure your hair is in tip-top shape:

  • Use a leave-in conditioner: Leave-in conditioner provides a barrier that can help to protect your hair from the chlorine exposure in pools. There are leave-in conditioners designed specifically for swimmers and chlorine-exposed strands, like the Ion Swimmer’s Leave-in Conditioner.
  • Keep your blonde hair shining: Noticing your fair hair is taking on a greenish tint? Light haired colors may turn green when you’re in chlorine because copper is oxidized in the chlorine. Keep your hair bright and pure by using special swimmer shampoo, conditioners and purifying treatments like the Malibu Swimmers line.

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

The last thing you’ll need for your beach look is sunscreen.  With the weather getting hotter and all of us craving that Vitamin D time make sure that you take time out of the day to put on some sunscreen to protect your beautiful skin. Sun protection is important to protect our skin from signs of premature aging and reduces the risk of skin cancer.

What Kind of Protection Do You Need?

So what should you be looking for in a sunscreen? First of all, when choosing a sunscreen always look for the words “broad spectrum”. Broad Spectrum sunscreens protect from both UVA and UVB rays while you’re out being a social butterfly.  Go for a minimum of SPF 30 and remember to reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours for best results.

Want to learn how to create easy and effortless beauty styles? Contact us today to learn about our Cosmetology and Esthiology programs.

5 Skin Care Mistakes That Are Aging You

As much as we love the perks of getting older — maturity, wisdom and being comfortable in our own skin — we don’t want our skin to become dull and wrinkly. And while none of us can reverse the one-way ride that is the aging process, we can definitely slow it down.

But how much of aging is in the hands of fate and genetics? According to dermatologist Doris Day, “Only about 10 percent of how your skin ages is genetic, so you have a lot of control.”

For the 90 percent of aging we can control, here are five skin care mistakes that are aging you.


It’s a beauty tip that is so over-emphasized we almost take it for granted. But the proof is in the pudding — or, shall we say, in the protection.

“90 percent of wrinkles are from the sun, so SPF is the best anti-ager,” Day says.

Even if we’re only outdoors for a short amount of time each day, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the sun. At over 27 million degrees and a size that’s approximately 109 times larger than the earth, it’s understandable that the sun plays a major role in aging.

This is good news for those of us who can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on special anti-aging treatments. A simple SPF can keep us looking younger without putting a hole in our wallets.


Our facial skin is fragile, particularly the area around our eyes. Repeated pulling and tugging during makeup application or cleansing routines can take a toll and cause fine lines.

“Try not to pull on your eyes when applying liner, as this can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of skin,” says Lori Leib, Creative Director of Bodyography Professional Cosmetics. “Instead, train yourself to apply liner with a steady hand, or switch from pencil to gel liner as it applies a lot smoother. A rough hand can cause redness and premature wrinkles.”

Over-exfoliating (more than three times per week) is also damaging to the skin. “You’re actually removing the protective barrier that your skin has,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, founder of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. “Once removed, your skin is exposed to environmental toxins and sun damage, causing aging.”


It goes without saying that smoking is a serious no-no when it comes to wrinkle prevention, but you might be surprised to learn that a sedentary lifestyle can add years to your face, too.

“Exercising is one of the best things you can do for healthy skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD. “When exercise turns you pink, you’re dilating all the blood vessels in your skin and washing the area with nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood.”

Another way we unintentionally accelerate the aging process is by not getting enough sleep. Studies have shown that sleep quality has a direct effect on skin quality, and that not getting enough sleep increases the signs of aging.


We can’t escape it: We are what we eat. If we’re constantly filling out bodies with junk food, our skin just isn’t going to be as lovely as it would be if we were eating a diet rich in essential nutrients.

But can a healthy diet actually delay aging? Nutritionist and dietician, Nicolette Pace, believes it can. “Some studies indicate that it is indeed possible to delay aging and get an improvement in skin condition by improving your diet.”

Ingredients that most benefit our skin include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. This translates to foods such as berries, tomatoes, fish, yogurt, nuts, avocados and honey. Be sure to add these items to your next grocery list!


We’ve all come home from a long, busy day and heard our bed calling to us so loudly that the most we could do was change our clothes and collapse into bed… but wait, not so fast!

Going to bed with makeup on doesn’t allow the skin to breathe, causing pores to become clogged and larger over time. To put it more scientifically: “During the day you accumulate a lot of oxidative stress,” says dermatologist Dr. Gilbert. “When you sleep in your makeup, you are not giving your skin a chance to recover from those insults, which can lead to premature aging.”

Or take it from another expert, Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of the Clear Clinic: “Free radicals from the environment (often in the form of pollution) remain on the skin when you do not clean your face properly at night. Free radicals cause collagen breakdown over time, which results in the development of fine lines and prematurely aged skin.”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Dermalogica to Promote Skin Health


Contact: Naomi McDonald, Dir. of Communications
Phone: 651-332-8269
Mobile: 651-785-4171


Community members are invited to learn about skincare from experts at Face Mapping® event

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 14, 2014) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus will hold a fun and interactive Dermalogica Face Mapping® event for the community on Thursday, Oct. 16 from 1 – 3 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. This event includes free make-up applications, product knowledge, skin analysis and Halloween face painting for children. Face Mapping® is a zone-by-zone analysis that helps people answer skin care concerns. Dermalogica Skincare experts will be on-call to examine clients’ skin, address concerns one-on-one and outline an efficient, daily-use regimen of products.

What: Minnesota School of Cosmetology Dermalogica Face Mapping® event

Where: Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus
1425 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447

 When: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
1 – 3 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.

Please contact Naomi McDonald, Director of Communications at or 651-332-8269.


The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Fabulous Day of Beauty for Women in the Community

Each participant received a virtual makeover using an iPad app.
Each participant received a virtual makeover using an iPad app.

Six women arrived at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus salon on the afternoon of Saturday, April 12, eager to learn some beauty tips, tricks and techniques from the students. They are participating in a hands-on class as part of the Wayzata community education program, where they have the opportunity to see what it is like in the life of a cosmetology professional. This is the third class the school has done of this kind, offering beauty advice to members of the community.

“We’ve paired each participant with some of our top students to help with skincare, hair and makeup,” explains MSC instructor Nikki Klenk on what is to come during the exciting day ahead. “We’re here to pamper them today.”

The first part of the class was spent giving each of the women a virtual makeover. Photos were taken of each participant with the iPad and then uploaded to an app with makeover software. The Mary Kay app they used allowed for the women to visualize what different hair styles, colors, cuts and makeup looks would look like on them before trying it out for real. The students consulted one-on-one with their partners about which styles looked best, and once they decided their favorite looks, it was time to try them out.

“It’s really fun to be able to see different hairstyles all at one time and compare colors and lengths,” says participant Mary on her experience with the virtual makeover. “That was my favorite part.”

They started by learning some skincare techniques. The students removed all the participants’ makeup and explained the importance of a moisturized face. They used lotion with beneficial ingredients including seaweed and applied hot towels to the skin.

Next, half the women started with makeup while the other started with hair. With a clean face and freshly washed hair, the students started from scratch with their respective participants. As they showed the women how to achieve the looks shown in their virtual makeovers, they offered little tidbits of advice along the way. The participants were also able to ask questions about how to achieve certain styles and which products and tools to use. The students demonstrated how to blow dry for volume, create waves and control frizz, as well as apply makeup to go from day to night looks.

“I had a lot of fun! I learned lots of tips and tricks, and I like learning new ideas for my hair and makeup,” says participant Lisa. “I’d do it again.”

Each participant not only walked away with some new ideas and techniques to try at home, but they also received a gift bag that included salon products and a printed photo of their virtual makeover results.

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Don’t Get Burned By Your Sunscreen – 7 Rules for Skin Health

In December 2012 the FDA’s final regulations went into effect, making sunscreen effectiveness more reliable, but the rules of the game have changed.

According to, “One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person’s risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.” So how do we protect ourselves?

  • RULE #1-The USFDA has now labeled sunscreen as an over the counter drug. Sunscreen offers a health claim and is now viewed as an OTC drug. This makes for a more accurate product now that it is regulated. If the bottle claims a SPF rating of 30, it must be an SPF of 30. Schools and daycares also must take caution in administering an OTC drug, so be sure to check with your child’s care providers for their policies.
  • RULE #2-All sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, meaning, if your sunscreen has an SPF rating of 30, you can stay in the sun up to 30 times longer than you could if you were unprotected. When selecting an SPF you must also factor in your skin type. The fairer your skin, the higher the SPF needed. Because most sunscreens can easily be washed off with sweat and water, they still need to be reapplied every 2 hours to remain the most effective no matter how high the SPF rating is.
  • RULE #3-Your sunscreen should be broad spectrum. The long and short of it is that broad spectrum means that it will offer both UVA and UVB coverage. UVA rays are the aging rays. Eighty percent of aging is directly related to the sun! UVB rays are the rays that give us that nasty sunburn.
  • RULE #4-SPF 15 and lower just aren’t enough. So plain and simple that the FDA states any product with and SPF lower than 15 must carry a label warning that it will not protect against skin cancer.
  • RULE #5-Don’t be fooled by high SPF. SPF’s higher than 50 have not been proven to be any more effective and often have a higher chemical content increasing the toxicity of the product. FDA officials are evaluating if these products should even still be available. Steer clear of products that have a new SPF 50+ rating.
  • RULE #6-There is no such thing as “waterproof.” Products can only claim to be water resistant for up to 40 or 80 minutes before becoming ineffective and must be labeled accordingly.
  • RULE #7-We still need the sun! Avoiding the sun means we avoid things we also need, like vitamin D. So if you are going to avoid the sun, be sure to have your vitamin D levels checked regularly and supplement if needed.