I Want a Career in Makeup

Makeup is an everyday part of most women’s lives. The cosmetics industry is worth an estimated £15bn in the UK alone, and employs almost a million people. Beauty sells, and those that are talented at the work and have the correct training, stand to make a lot of money.

As a cosmetics professional, you are in charge of styling makeup onto your client in a variety of different ways depending on the job and situation. There are makeup artists for memorable occasions like weddings and proms, or for more publicised events like television and magazines. You can also work on the upmarket beauty counters for companies like Mac or Dior; a lot of these premium boutiques only employ qualified beauty therapists to ensure their staff are incredibly knowledgeable in order to offer customers a top quality makeover at any time.

There are also other career choices within the industry; it is possible to become a skin camouflage expert and help those who feel uncomfortable in society due to facial disfigurements accept themselves, and gain the confidence to go outside and face the world.

Makeup artists have to be creative souls that are willing to collaborate with styles at the client’s request, alongside with what they know will look good. If you have passion and love for all things makeup, and have patience and a willingness to learn, then a career as a makeup artist could very well be perfect for you.

Ruby Hammer, creator of successful cosmetics brand Ruby and Millie, explains why she enjoys her career choice so much; “No two days are the same, I still feel challenged and excited by my job…You have to be professional at all times, be able to get on with lots of different people and build relationships in a short space of time, which can be hard. You’re only as good as your last job.”

Being passionate about cosmetics is a key aspect of any makeup artist’s life. As a career it can be very rewarding helping people to look beautiful and feel good all day long. You also have the option of going freelance once you have received proper training, which has great flexibility and can easily be arranged around family life.

Building up a steady portfolio of clients is key, and the first step towards that is by receiving professional training from an expert in a workshop or class. Lessons like these can create a great base of knowledge, perfect for those who want to make the transition into the makeup business as specialists.

This industry is very competitive so it is important to arm yourself with the best knowledge in the business with expert classes. Taking a course like the one offered by Illumin8 is the perfect answer for training within the makeup industry. Just fill out the enrolment form to start beautifying your career.

8 Beauty Resolutions to keep in 2014


As we roll in this new year, we must begin to get comfortable with change…because it is inevitable. So let’s change for the better and charge into 2014. We say start with easy resolutions before you tackle the BIG ones, like making beauty goals and sticking to them! Here are 8 to get you started:

1. Clear out old clutter in your makeup cabinet.

Check dates, check cleanliness, and check to see if you still like it or have even used it. How many times have you gone to the store, saw a product you loved, and when you put it on hated it? So you put it away thinking you’ll try it again…but it’s never the right time, right look. Either donate it to a friend if sanitary, or ditch it!

2. Switch from drugstore mascara to makeup counter mascara.

Why? Have you tried Benefit’s THEY’RE REAL mascara? This product is the number one selling mascara in the UK, and for good reason. The product helps to create long healthy lashes that stay looking that way all night without the clumps.

3. Learn a new tip or trick from a professional.

It’s a new year, and so, it’s time for a new look. The professionals at ILLUMIN8 offer a Personal Makeup Workshop that is designed to teach you how to create the perfect day – to – evening look effortlessly. Next Workshop 11 January, runs 10am – 5pm, and if you bring a friend you get a deal!

ILLUMIN8 Media Make-up Studio

4. Try a new product once every three months.

This way, at the end of the year you have some fun, new items in your kit that you would not normally have. Have you seen these Miley Makeup, STICK ON LINERS? Fun & Funky!


5. Promise to wash your face every night before bed.

We all say we do it, we all try to make it a habit, but when we wake up to see yesterdays mascara smudged all over our tired eyes…guilty! Makeup is basically a form of dirt, especially mixed with the daily oil and toxins exposure. Be kind to your skin. 3-5 minutes is all it takes.

6. Give your body a good exfoliation once a month, and for more mature skin, once a week.

Body scrub can be found in many stores around UAE, but you can also make some fun options at home! Here’s a quick recipe that is sure to soften your skin and make you smell divine.

  • 1 Glass Jar to store scrub
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract depending on your love for vanilla!
  • 1/3 cup mineral salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • -Mix Sugar, Vanilla and Salt together, then add Coconut Oil. Voila! Your first at home Body Scrub!

7. We blow-dry, flat iron, curl, spray, tease, brush, then wash, rinse and repeat. But where is the hair love?

Mark your calendar’s monthly for a good hair treatment. Consider Redken’s ALL SOFT Heavy Cream Hair Softening Treatment. It’s made with argan oil and targets dry/brittle hair for intense, inside-out softness, sleekness, and brilliant shine!


8. Most importantly, Rest & Hydrate. Nothing is more important to skin than H2O and sleep. During the night, your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage, which translates into a better and brighter complexion. Sleep can reduce the appearance of thinning skin, stretch marks, discoloration, age spots & fine lines. And most of us are aware the skin is the largest organ in the body, but did you also know that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin? So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – through drinking lots of it, this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.


Benefit Pink October Giveaway


Breast Cancer awareness month is upon us, so what better way to honor Pink October but with a giveaway! ILLUMIN8 has collaborated with Benefit Middle East to highlight this celebrated month.

Win this goody bag from Benefit Middle East!


1. POREfessional, 2. Take a Picture it lasts longer, 3. They’re Real Mascara, 4. Posietint

To enter, simply invite your friends to “like” the Benefit Middle East Facebook Page:


Then, send us a screenshot of your mutual friends with Benefit Middle East’s Facebook page and the person with the most mutual friends will be our Benefit Middle East Giveaway Winner!

  • Competition is open to fans in United Arab Emirates only.
  • Must not be a prior winner.
  • The winner will be announced Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

Detoxifying your beauty cabinet. It is about time!

It’s about time you cleaned out all your old makeup that has managed to permeate every inch of your precious bathroom cabinetry.

Cabinet clean up

First things first, check the dates!

Most makeup has a shelf life, and that shelf life, like most quality ingredients, is not as long as you let it stay in place.

Here are your basic shelf life expectancies for products:

  • Mascara 2-3 months
  • Foundation (Moisturizing) 12-18 months, (Oil-Free & Concealers) 6-12 months
  • 1 year for lip gloss, 2 for lipstick
  • Powders 2 years
  • Pencils 2 years

These are all according to the obvious rules, however, if you are using organic products you can bet they will expire a lot sooner.

Next thing to consider, when was the last time you used it?

Some people are collectors of beauty products. Every new trend, every new color, they’ve got it. But are we still sticking with shimmer lotions this time of year? We all know Summer was bright and shiny, but looks that are perfect for the hot months may not make the transition to Fall, and we are, after all, a few days away from September. If it hasn’t been used in four seasons, it is time to go!

Lastly, Is it good for you?

Is it good for your look?

Your products should accentuate the positives and/or conceal the negatives. Check that your foundation still matches your skin tone, or that you now need added moisturizer versus the oil-free from yesteryear.

Is it good for your skin?

Reducing chemical exposures in your beauty products will make your skin and body look better and age better. We’ve all lived through the mineral makeup phase, but there are only a few brands that have made it through the craze and standout. Jane Iredale, yes they have a beautiful palette and wonderful selection, but this product is also good for your skin!


Where do you fall on the application spectrum?

Every woman’s challenge in looking successful and sophisticated lies in the correct application of her makeup. She needs to appear groomed throughout the day without going overboard. Applying too much makeup before leaving the house can result in a clown-like appearance. While walking out with too little can reveal flaws that should remain concealed. To achieve the desired, natural look every day, one must fall flat dab in the center of that application spectrum.


Enhance your beauty with four basic makeup rituals for a polished and professional appearance.

  1. The quick cover-up – Conceal all those problem areas with a well-blended foundation. Are you sure you’re wearing the correct colour? Try Smashbox’s perfect Complexion kit offering concealer, foundation and powder in one tidy little package.Smashbox Complexion Kit
  2. Blush those cheeks – Brighten up that face with just enough rouge in the right areas. Be sure to back away from the mirror and check that reflection! For a natural looking finish choose NARS’ Gina. It’s warm palette and silky texture ensures a soft, blendable application.Gina NARS
  3. Dress the eyes – Blending without looking sloppy is key. Don’t forget the mascara! Try Dior’s Diorshow Mascara for professional volume!DiorShow waterproof mascara
  4. Enhance the lips – A dab of gloss throughout the day will revive any face. Choosing a shimmer or a bold colour? Pay attention to your skin tone! CHANEL’s Glossimer offers a wide range of colours to choose from that condition and also have staying power! CHANEL Glossimer Desir

Learn the techniques for applying an all-day, natural look with ILLUMIN8. We offer the perfect workshop to put you back on the right end of the application spectrum. Sign up now for our Personal Make-Up Workshop on September 7th!

Airbrush Makeup in all its glory


The debate is on: is Airbrush Makeup a skill every makeup artist should have? We say yes. Airbrush is used in bridal, television, film and high fashion, all of which largely rely on makeup artists to provide a flawless base that is not just polished, but perfected. Here are our top reasons why every makeup artist must learn the art of airbrush.

Cam-friendly makeup: Airbrush makeup is a much finer product, thinner than a traditional cream or liquid base. The application mimics that of a spray-on, thus impersonating the way cameras capture your face. Airbrush makeup is like tiny little pixels being applied as opposed to a big block of colour, giving a smooth and seamless finish.

Long lasting: There is no surprise, Brides everywhere are raving about airbrushed skin for their big day. Airbrushing reduces all possibilities of stroke lines, lasts up to 18 hours and does not melt in extreme heat! Makeup artists are taught airbrushing for blushers and bronzers, as well as, other products (not sure the proper word?? But a transition is needed) to ensure all makeup is natural looking and budge (smudge?) proof.

Lightweight look and feel: A common myth in the industry is that airbrushed skin feels heavier than a traditional base. That is not the case, once an artist has perfected the application method, the base glides on lightweight and sheer.

Three products for summer dew

Dewy cheeks, radiant skin and sun kissed face are one of the most natural looks to sport this summer. Here are our best buys to achieve this look without any fuss.

 Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating


This is a life-saving product. The moisturiser glides on to the skin, without any caky-ness. The products have minute iridescent particles that hit the light and provide a beautiful glow. This one is perfect for summer as it contains SPF 20. With the slight use of Laura Mercier’s Translucent Setting Powder on your T-Zone, the look can be perfected for eveningwear as well.

Benefit Fine One One Blush


This blush has such gorgeous pigments to create the perfect rosy look for day or a night out. It gradients in three colours; pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral creating the perfect three-dimensional blusher effect. To top of the perfect skin for this summer, check out the next one!

Guerlain’s Terracotta 4 season’s bronzer


The four shades of bronze ensure that you don’t get an awful orange cheekbone. This bronzer is perfect for some serious contouring, but works well to create a sun kissed look. Apply a light handed application on your forehead, chin, hollow of your cheeks and nose with a stippling brush for a well blended look.

Disclaimer: Any third party does not sponsor this review; all products are bought and tested.