50 Shades of Skin Demonstration

Come join us for a demonstration on the art of professional makeup for various skin tones. We will discuss foundation color choices, mixing and matching, color correction for pigmentation, application techniques and product recommendation. We will focus on a commercial style of makeup, that will allow you to transition it from bridal to film work.

Dates and Schedules, please find at School Calendar

Fees of $25 for this Demonstration of 50 Shades of Skin.

2 CE (Continuing Education Hours) awarded to Licensed Cosmetologists and Estheticians.

Educator: Andrea Samuels

Also Available

Airbrush Makeup Hands-on Workshop
Sunday September 9th, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm



10% discount available to Pivot Point Alumni and members of CCA. To register or for more information, please call at 847-985-5900, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply via www.pivotpoint.edu/get-started-now.


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2018 Hints and Tips Edition 1

Up Your Airbrushing Game With These Simple Tips

Airbrushing was one of the most popular makeup techniques of the past, and it’s a megatrend that has staying power (literally). Airbrush makeup is characterized by three main components: a powered compressor to regulate air pressure and flow; a hose connecting to the makeup gun; and the gun itself, which is a metal, triggered applicator that houses your foundation.

The first recorded use of airbrush makeup was during the production of the 1959 film Ben-Hur (starring Charlton Heston) to speedily apply makeup to the vast number of cast members. Whereas traditional powder or liquid makeup can settle into pores and increase the appearance of fine lines on HD television, airbrush makeup creates a completely seamless, even, barely-there look that hides nearly all imperfections.

There are both professional and at-home airbrushing kits out there. (The at-home kits operate at a lower pressure.) This is why airbrushing has skyrocketed in popularity: beauty pros and novices alike have access to Hollywood glamour at home!


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Whether you’re airbrushing for professional reasons or having a go at it on your own, there are some tips about the technique that every aspiring cosmetologist should know.



Begin by filling the applicator with water to get a feel for the pressure levels. With either a mannequin or on your own face, make the same constant, circular motions you would with a client (and actual makeup). Airbrushing is like painting a canvas: every square centimeter must be evenly - and lightly - covered to provide a solid base on which to finish the look.



Prepping your skin is critical to setting the tone for airbrushing. Moisturizing your skin beforehand, either after you get out of the shower or at the start of your day, opens and hydrates your pores so the makeup is fully absorbed into your skin.

In addition, include a primer in your makeup routine. Primer is typically applied before foundation and not only acts as a kind of moisturizer, but is also formulated to help the makeup last through the day. It’s a base coat, so to speak, that your makeup holds onto and makes touch-ups easy. (Ideal for transitioning from day to night!)



If you’re pleased with the kind of liquid foundation you use, use the same for airbrushing! Airbrushing changes the texture and application method, not the color of the makeup itself. Using your own foundation ensures you know what you’re working with and that it will successfully blend with your skin.



It’s a common misconception that to fully conceal and cover, you apply more makeup. This is simply not the case. Particularly in airbrushing, there is the potential for too much of a good thing. Overspraying will cause a “caked-on” effect, which is not conducive to what airbrushing is meant to achieve in the first place.

Airbrush gun in hand, spray the foundation 4-6” away from the face in small, circular motions to create light layers. Stop once you’re sure you’ve covered the entire face, and let the makeup settle before deciding whether or not to add more. Remember, you’re going for as natural a look as possible, which shouldn’t require as much foundation!

Interested in an airbrushing workshop? Take a look at our calendar and contact admissions for details!



Have you ever seen what we call “floating head syndrome,” where it appears that a person’s head is completely separate from their body because the color is staunchly different from their actual skin tone and it all stops before the neck? We want to avoid that.

Your makeup should be continuous and clean. This also means ensuring your face makeup falls in line with your overall skin tone. Once you’ve nailed your shade down, follow the natural curvature of your face to airbrush and blend your neck, pausing just after your jawline. This will create a seamless transition from face to neck and body.


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Become a Nail Expert with CND

4Whether you are currently providing nail services or want to add nails to your services offered. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Scheduled conveniently over 2 weekends allows you to become proficient in a very short amount of time. The next program will take place first Sun/Mon April 8th and 9th, second Sun/Mon May 6th and 7th. From 9:00am to 5:00pm

Path To Perfection

Program only $475 included LED light and products

Class opened to licensed Cosmetologists or Nail Professionals only. 10% discount available to Pivot Point Alumni and members of CCA.

Module 1 – Liquid & Powder Skill Building (Day 1 Sunday – 8 hours)

The fundamentals of CND Liquid & Powder systems. Interactive professional application, techniques and keys to success with intensive guidance.

Module 2 – BRISA Get Skill Building (Day 2 Monday – 8 hours)

Discover the fundamentals of BRISA Gel that is safe, builds instant length and shape, and delivers 3-weeks of perfect, color stable enhancements. This hands-on module will focus on the most important part of the enhancement service, the rebalancing procedures that maintain a Forever French nail enhancement.

Module 3 – CND SHELLAC (Day 3 Sunday – 8 hours)

Unlock the “Secrets of CND SHELLAC” in this inspirational module. Discover unlimited color and style opportunities that will satisfy your client’s every wish and increase your profits!

Module 4 – Rebalancing Enhancements (Day 4 Monday – 8 hours)

This hands-on module will focus on the most important part of the enhancement service – rebalancing. We’ll explore three types of rebalancing procedures that maintain a fresh Forever French look no matter what challenges your clients bring you.

To review start dates, go to the SCHOOL CALENDAR.



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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

(Photo: PopSugar)

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

(Photo: Allure)

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

(Picture: Huffington Post)

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

(Picture: Us Weekly)

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

(Picture: Byrdie)

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
(Picture: Byrdie)


Short and Sweet


Lupita Nyong'o

(Photo: Us Weekly)

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

(Photo: Good Housekeeping)

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

(Photo: E! News)

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

(Photo: PopSugar)


Yara Shahdi

(Photo: PopSugar)

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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