Award-Winning Looks For Valentine's Day

We’re all aware that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’ve watched TV at all over the past month, you also know that it’s awards season. Every year, Hollywood’s finest emerge to showcase not only support for each other’s impressive works, but new, red carpet-ready trends and styles.


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As Valentine’s Day and awards season harmoniously overlap, we can’t help but find inspiration from celebrity looks and incorporate them into our own wardrobe and makeup routines. Valentine’s Day can be so much more than a red lip. It’s the perfect occasion to mix it up and try something new.

We’ve reviewed all the looks from both the Critics Choice and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards and have casted our votes. Here’s our comprehensive list of favorite hair and makeup combinations we believe you’ll love for Valentine’s Day.



Glam + ballerina = glamberina. Sleek buns are gracing the red carpet for timeless, romantic elegance that can be dressed up or down.


Margot Robbie

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When in doubt, wrap it in a velvet bow and call it a day. This fashionable topknot is a far cry from Robbie's 90's hairstyles in her I, Tonya lead role as controversial Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding, which won her the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. The messy bun and refined makeup shows Margot Robbie's softer side, an arguable juxtaposition from the character she plays.


Sarah Hyland

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Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland channeled iconic Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn with this polished, ‘50’s inspired updo with bold red lip and cat eyeliner. Her bun, made with three tight fishtail braids, stayed nipped and tucked all night. This sweet look works for Valentine’s Day or a breakfast at Tiffany’s.


Millie Bobby Brown

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Strangest thing: when we were 13, we were mastering the crimper and dabbing on edible lip gloss. Meanwhile, Millie Bobby Brown served us an alternative take on the classic ballerina bun and minimal makeup at this years’ SAG awards. Her sleek dual-bun shows off her evolving, yet youthful fashion sense. After all, she’s still just 13.


Loose Updos

Loose updos are timeless, flattering, and versatile. If you’re pressed for time before your big date and stumped as to what to do, consider putting your hair in an easy updo for a low-maintenance, but high-impact look.


Nicole Kidman

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We’re not [Big Little] lying: Nicole Kidman’s low, side-swept bun deserves an encore. It’s classy, sassy, and softens her face in contrast to her red lip and piercing blue eyes. She also took home a most coveted accessory: the statue for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie.


Saoirse Ronan

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It’s not just us thinking pink. The Lady Bird actress and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nominee stunned in a sophisticated, yet delicate updo and makeup at the SAG Awards. The updo was actually a low ponytail with a silver thread running throughout, adding to her ensemble’s whimsical nature.

Saoirse Ronan Hair
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Short and Sweet


Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o is well-known for making bold red carpet statements. But, one thing that hasn’t changed is her devotion to her signature, short hairstyle. And with near-perfect bone structure like that, why wouldn’t you show it off?! Lupita’s simplistic yet glowing makeup is the finishing touch to complementing her (not pictured) dramatic, glittery dress.


Kate Hudson

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Okay, we won’t lie: we don’t ‘heart’ Kate Hudson’s SAG Awards dress choice as much as we’d hoped. The patterned dress sparked a lot of internet commotion and confusion among the masses. But, what we for sure love is from the neck up: her short pixie cut! Hudson initially chopped her hair for her role in Sia’s film Sister, for which a buzzcut was required. Since then, it’s grown into a sophisticated ‘do that adds edge to any outfit - just maybe not this particular one.


Long Locks

Curls just wanna have fun. We’re all for stars playing up their natural curls to add a fun, carefree vibe to formalwear. So, when we saw these beauties doing just that, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the style for a fun-loving Valentine’s Day date!


This Is Us Women

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This Is Us, staring at the sheer perfection that is Mandy Moore - or, as the world now knows her, Rebecca Pearson - at the SAG Awards. The star, along with castmates Chrissy Metz and Susan Kelechi Watson, wore cobalt blue, but was anything but from taking home a win for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble in a Drama Series. With a teal-infused smokey eye topping off her bouncy curls, this is a look to remember.

Mandy Moore

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Yara Shahdi

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The Black-ish and Grown-ish actress was all kinds of styl-ish at this year’s SAG Awards. The teen’s Diana Ross-esque locks were the talk of the town, showcasing her fun personality and authentic beauty. Other than a glossy red lip, Yara kept the rest of her makeup subtle, proving that more often than not, less is more. 


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2018 Makeup Trends

Look Great in 2018 With These New Makeup Trends

There’s so much to look forward to in the new year, but as cosmetologists, the new year stands out for one big reason: new makeup trends!

This year, we’ve studied the runways and learned new looks to try on ourselves and clientele. We’re so excited to share our findings with you, but before we do, we have a tip for the new year and for this particular list: keep an open mind. You never know what little addition or change to your routine will spark newfound confidence and bring out your natural beauty.


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2017 was the year of the unicorn. The resurgence of this mythical creature has taken over everything: clothes, jewelry, home decor, and even a Starbucks beverage. Coming up on 2018, we can safely say unicorn-inspired, mystical makeup is here to stay.

Get the look by trading in your usuals for more unicorn-esque shades. Champagne highlighter can be swapped for highlighter in rainbow hues like pinks, lavenders, even baby blues for a moonbeam effect. Change up your usual cat eye with a pastel, fairytale palette to complement popular holographic or metallic accessories. To add a pop of color to an otherwise everyday look, try dusting the inner corners of your eyes with a dewy pink, purple, gold, mint, or aqua shadow.



Hopefully, you’re not over glitter. Because if you thought glitter was huge in 2017, brace yourself. Rhinestones, sequins, and gems are the runway way to add sparkle to your ensemble. We glitterally can’t.

As far as makeup and shimmer go, we say go big or go home. Of all the glittery makeup looks we’ve seen - glitter lipstick, glitter freckles, and glitter roots - glitter eyeshadow is one we can get behind. The key is to treat glitter as a color. Applying either a sheer layer of shimmer or a dense coating of glitter to your eyes makes a statement that’s not overboard.



Clumpier eyelashes have always been a makeup staple (a la ‘60’s poster girl Twiggy), but this year they seem to be coming back stronger than ever. Pairing thick, spidery eyelashes with natural skin and lip tones is retro, but updated. Not to mention, it’s easy to do: just use mascara with a thick wand to apply numerous layers until you reach a level of defined separation that works for you.



This technique is a quick way to put color into your look. Line your bottom lash line with your chosen liner or eyeshadow, and you’re done! You can also use a rounded eyeshadow brush to smudge eyeliner for smokey eye. Hot colors right now are frosty blues, smokey greys, and bright teals, which (in the ride shade for your skin tone) add fun splashes of color to more understated or monotone outfits.



Go for the gold: gold highlighter. Gold may not be a conventional choice, but with the number of holographic colors and glitter on this list, we feel like it’s not that big of a stretch. Once musician-turned-entrepreneur, Rihanna, released her gold highlighter called “Trophy Wife,” that was it; every makeup artist, beauty blogger, and makeup aficionado was sold with the gold. It’s a vibrant color and great addition to your makeup kit that demands attention.


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2017 Hints and Tips Edition 2

Biggest Makeup Mistakes

The Biggest Makeup Mistakes and How To Avoid Them

Gone are the days of glitter eyeshadow, bronzer as finishing powder, and wearing so much lip gloss that your lips looked constantly wet (of which we were all guilty). However, just because we’ve made it past these atrocities doesn’t mean we’re not still making mistakes in our daily makeup routine.

These makeup “mistakes” we’re referring to aren’t necessarily mistakes; they’re spots in your routine that can make a huge difference in your overall look. Hence, we’ve compiled some tips to help you avert common makeup blunders that are easy to integrate into your current routine. Remember, applying makeup is not about the [makeup] wand... it’s about the witch/wizard. Once you have the right tools and process, you’ll be able to work makeup magic!




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Foundation is meant to look natural and blend in with your skin as much as possible. Applying your powder foundation with a brush (not the sponge it comes packaged with) usually does a better job of covering your entire face instead of appearing heavy and uneven in select areas.



Priming your skin is often overlooked either because of limited time or not knowing what it actually is. Priming involves applying a base lotion, similar to a moisturizer, to your face prior to foundation that is specifically formulated to prep your skin for further makeup application. A primer supports a more even application and smoothes out imperfections for consistent coverage. Primer also prevents clogged pores by adding a protective barrier that keeps your skin from absorbing the makeup itself, which causes varying degrees of skin irritation.



The key to your makeup appearing seamless is making it look like you have none on in the first place. How to do that? Make sure you’re applying the right shade. When shopping for makeup, shop for the skin tone you are now, not the one you hope to be later (i.e., don’t use a tan foundation when you have paler skin).

You can find the right color by getting color-matched at your favorite cosmetics counter. But, if you’re on your own or even at the drugstore, test a makeup shade by swiping some along your jawline. This takes into account the color of neck, which is often paler than your face. The makeup should disappear into your skin and blend between your jawline and neck for an overall even complexion.



A common misconception is that concealer is to be applied before putting on your foundation in an effort to layer coverage. In fact, it’s best to put concealer on after you’ve finished with your foundation. It will actually offer more coverage because it will not be bogged down by your other makeup products and have a thicker form. In addition, your foundation and powders have natural concealing qualities as well, so dotting on concealer as a final step ensures you don’t use more than is actually needed.  



We’ve all been there: you’re in a rush to get out the door but you need a dramatic look for the night. So, you stick to your trusty method of closing your eye and tugging on it slightly to apply eyeliner on a smooth surface so it forms a continuous line across your eyelid. Done. We hate to burst your bubble, but this doesn’t actually do you as many favors as we’re all taught.

First, it’s recommended to keep you eyes as open as possible so you can visually see how one eye’s liner is compared to the other. Second, try not to tug on your eyelid. When you’re finished applying your eyeliner and release your eyelid, the eyeliner also bounces back and creates a bumpy texture because of the missed spaces. Instead of tugging on your eye to form a seamless line, try holding down your skin with your fingers and tracing out a line with eye pencil beforehand, “connecting the dots” as you move along.

This is particularly good for achieving a winged eye or cat eye look. You can draw a dot as far as you want your wing to go, connecting with the outer corner of your eye with liquid eyeliner, gradually moving towards the center of your lashline.



Dirty tools are a no-go. Old makeup and germs stay on your tools and go back into your skin when you reuse them. Plus, the makeup will not appear fresh and clean. It’s best practice to either replace your tools or clean them properly with a cleanser (or as instructed by the manufacturer) every year. This will not only help your makeup application process run smoother, but prevent damaging breakouts and skin conditions in the long term.


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2017 Hints and Tips Edition 1

Lipstick Say About You

What Does Your Favorite Lipstick Color Say About You?

If your lipstick could talk, what would it say about you? As cosmetology students and professionals, we at Pivot Point get to help people convey their unique personalities through makeup. Of all the makeup mediums, lipstick is one of the most impactful ways to add character to your look.

We’ve had some fun and come up with some personality traits for the most popular lipstick colors. We believe there’s a little bit of each in everybody.



Red Lips

You’ve always felt like you should’ve been born in another decade. You’re a true classic, emulating the vintage glamour of movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly in your fashion choices. A true romantic, you’d probably rather spend your weekends buried in books or old movies than out on the town. But when you DO go out, watch out: you’re a stone-cold fox and everyone knows it. You’ve got an impeccable wit, firing away sarcastic comments and cult movie quotes at the drop of a hat. Your friends love you for your compassion and willingness to help others.



Hot Pink Lips

You’re a shot of adrenaline, personified: inviting, bubbly, and vivacious. You own more pairs of yoga pants than the average bear, share cute animal videos daily, and just want to dance - all the time. When people think of you, the phrase “never a dull moment” comes to mind. You’re great at making new friends because of your infectious positivity. People are always excited to see you. You’re the first person your friends call for a pick-me-up, and you promptly arrive bearing a classic chick flick and ice cream in hand. As sociable as you are, you’re extremely dedicated to being the best at everything you do. Oh, and your hair is somehow always perfect. Teach us your ways.



Nude Lips

Classy, kind, and full of warmth, your welcoming nature is why your home is the designated hangout spot for all your friends. You don’t mind - you love being able to bring happiness to those around you. And, you always have the best wine selection. You’re very dependable and are often viewed as the core of your friend group because you can get along with an array of personalities. You have simple taste, valuing cleanliness and organization to keep your busy life in check. Extremely active, you would rather spend money on traveling and trying new things with friends and family than anything else. With a smokey eye and metallic clutch, you’re unstoppable!



Pale Pink Lips

Deemed wise beyond your years, you have an extremely empathetic, ambitious nature. You have a genuine care for people and just know how to make someone’s day, like a hug or sending a handwritten card to a friend just because. Basically, you’re the best friend anyone could have. On the softer side, you’d rather watch a cooking or home improvement show than a horror movie. Career-oriented and always taking up new hobbies, we’re always left wondering how you do it all. You take educated risks in your personal life that will help you grow. Your friends need you to help center their focus and give them peace. 



Plum Lips

Your daring, chic style is evident to all who know you. You know when to tone it down but have no problem rocking an all-black ensemble. In fact, you’ve probably worn black lipstick before and loved it. Accessorizing and drinking coffee is your workout. You have artistic instincts that tell you which details are the most important for making a statement, always equipped with that perfect necklace/bracelet/pair of earrings that ties the look together. Fall is, of course, your favorite season because, well, infinity scarves. 

Whether your friends need advice about clothes, relationships, or careers, they come to you. You can deliver an honest, candid counsel without hurting their feelings, and they always take it to heart because they know you always want the best for them. You’re a risk taker, which got you in trouble as a teen, but these days your friends love you for your confidence and spontaneity.


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Why Essential Tools For Budding Cosmetologists

Cosmetology Essentials

Aspiring cosmetologists have a lot to absorb in the beginning of their certifications. Pivot Point’s groundbreaking educational tools equip cosmetologists with the tools for success that will carry them through to their professional careers.


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Staying on top of current trends while learning timeless methods is at the cornerstone of cosmetology education. Pivot Point provides each of its students with materials that take you beyond basics and link concepts to unified art and design theory. Among course literature is a coursebook, study guide, and exam prep, plus a 24-month series of downloadable ebooks, web books, learning activities, and license components. These resources stretch far beyond a YouTube tutorial, and can stay with you for the duration of your career.



Hair specialists and cosmetologists need models on which to practice the various techniques. Our kits provide both man and woman mannequin heads in a variety of preset styles. The men’s options include fully bearded, nape, and multi-use plans.

For women, Pivot Point is at the center of educational innovation with its internationally patented Snap Cap® mannequin heads. They are a space-saving, detachable 100% human hair training tools available in a wide range of lengths, so students can perfect cutting, coloring, texture, and finishing techniques. The caps are reusable and recyclable for endlessly efficient educational opportunities. The hair caps are implanted with natural human growth patterns to make the learning process as realistic as possible.



Makeup and hair brushes are requisite to any cosmetologist or hair stylist. Hair brushes and combs should be in a variety of sizes to accommodate for different hair lengths, textures, and applications. This includes both hard and soft bristled brushes and combs of varied thickness; these factors also affect the end styling result. For example, teasing combs create styles with more volume. Detangling combs are also vital for getting knots out of wet hair before you begin cutting or drying.   

As far as makeup brushes go, make sure you have one for each step in the makeup application process: foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, and bronzer brushes. All come in an assortment of sizes and shapes depending on the specific look your client(s) may be going for, so having a few of each never hurts.



Scissors are a staple for cosmetologists and hair stylists. They are what truly take drab to fab by shaping the client’s hair to frame his or her face. There should be more than one kind of scissors in your kit: one for cutting, and one for texturizing and shaping bangs. Scissors with teeth are used for layering hairs instead of blunt chops. Trimmers are also necessary for grooming and closer cuts to napes of necks, beards, and mustaches.



For “hot” hairstyles, you need to apply heat. Blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners will help you sculpt refined, consistent styles. For men, we supply a quality clipper and trimmer to teach how different razor lengths can impact style and skin type.



Makeup artists will have everything they need to bring out their clients’ best features. These are not your average makeup kits: complete with texturizing shears, extra combs and brushes, color wheels, and more. Everything is at the student’s disposal. An extra travel bag contains palettes, lipstick, eye pencil, powders, blush, and cosmetic sponges for even application of foundation, highlighter, and/or contour. The right applicators are just as important as having the right makeup for diverse skin tones.



Extra tools every beauty professional will appreciate include: aprons, spray bottles, a mirror, color bowls, clips, hair shapers, and a maintenance kit stocked with tweezers and fingernail clippers to address the details that not only deliver quality styling, but a quality experience. The devil is in the details when it comes to satisfying clients’ needs; we make sure you don’t miss a beat.


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