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The Best Ways to Learn How to Do Special Effects Makeup

The Best Ways to Learn How to Do Special Effects Makeup

Thanks to the rise of YouTube makeup tutorials and novice makeup users showing off their looks on Instagram, more and more women are becoming interested in the makeup techniques that used to be solely implemented by professionals. 

Those of us at Frends Beauty think this is amazing! After all, makeup is not only artistry, but it's a fun and addictive hobby that everyone should be able to enjoy.

Once someone conquers professional techniques like contouring, baking and color theory, they often find themselves wanting to explore the world of special FX makeup. Even if you aren't planning on launching a career in special effects, learning these techniques can make for a fun hobby that will help you to understand even more about the craft of makeup artistry. Plus, you'll be literally the most popular person in your group come Halloween!

If you want to learn more about the world of special effects makeup, follow these tips and tricks on how you can master these skills for yourself.

Tip One: The Internet - Especially YouTube - Is Your Friend
The Internet has changed the world of makeup for the better. In the old days, people had to attend cosmetology schools or get apprenticeships to learn professional makeup techniques. These days, anyone with a smartphone or computer can access the techniques of professional makeup artists, either through a beauty blog or a step-by-step tutorial on YouTube.

YouTube is filled with amazing tutorials on special FX make up. There are tutorials fit for everyone from total novices using basic drugstore products to advanced artists who have more professional kits. Explore both types of videos to learn just about everything there is to know when it comes to special effects artistry.

Tip Two: Invest In The Right Products and Tools
Many special effects techniques can actually be done with standard cosmetics. For example, a dark blue palette featuring brown and purple hues can be used to create a faux bruise if you know the right techniques.

However, if you want to take your special effects artistry to the next level, it's going to be a good idea to invest in some products and tools. You don't have to spend a fortune to create a collection that will allow you to do a wide array of looks. For example, Ben Nye makes several kits designed to help you achieve specific looks, from a
witch to a clown

If you want to invest in a slightly more advanced kit, the QC Makeup Academy Special FX Essentials Kit is perfect for those who want to build a professional-level FX kit in one fell swoop.

Tip Three: Take Classes

If you've developed a real passion for special effects makeup and feel that YouTube tutorials aren't teaching you anything you haven't already heard, then taking professional classes might not be a bad idea. Even if you plan to only do FX makeup as a fun hobby, classes are a phenomenal way to have fun and improve your craft.

If you aren't sure where to find classes, just look online. Many cosmetology schools offer special effects classes that are open to the public. Furthermore, acting schools and theatrical supply stores oftentimes hold seminars and day-long classes meant to teach you specialized techniques. 

If you're in a larger city like New York or LA, you're in luck. Special effects classes are plentiful in these areas, with many being taught by master artists who have worked in television and film.

Tip Four: Practice Makes Perfect
The best way to excel at any craft is by practicing as often as possible. When you have some downtime, sit down and work on conquering a new technique or look. Even better, recruit friends and family members to let you use them as a canvas while you practice your new skill. The more you practice, the more skilled of a special effects artist you will become.

It's a great idea to start an Instagram, Vine or YouTube account devoted to your looks. Not only can you show off all of your hard work, but this is a great way to connect with other people who are interested in special effects artistry. These like-minded makeup lovers are a fantastic way to discover new tips, tricks and techniques.

Tip Five: Build A Resume
If you've been practicing your FX skills for a while and are getting a bit bored just doing makeup on your friends and family members, consider branching out to working on theatrical and film productions.

No, we aren't suggesting you fly to LA and get a job working on a big-budget Hollywood film. However, in any town or city in the country, there are always small student films and local theater productions being staged. A lot of these productions don't have the budget to hire professional makeup artists. These films and stage shows are always looking for makeup artists who are willing to work for low or no pay. Although you won't make a fortune, this is a great way to hone your craft and build a resume.

Enjoy Your Fun New Hobby
The artistry of special effects makeup never ceases to amaze us. With some product and a little time, anyone can be transformed into anything, from a bloody accident victim to an ethereal fairy.

Special effects makeup is an exciting hobby for just about any makeup lover. Although it takes a lot of time and practice to master, you'll be amazed at the looks you can achieve as you delve deeper into the world of FX artistry. 

At Frends Beauty, we never cease to be amazed at the looks that our brilliant customers come up with. If you've created an amazing special effects look, feel free to send it to us or link it to us in the comments. We're always inspired by the brilliant looks that you create with our products.

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