Goodbye Class, and Hello Makeup Artistry Certification!

I am genuinely in shock. My makeup artistry course has absolutely flown by and I cannot fully comprehend the fact that it is over, that I aced my final, and am now a certified makeup artist.

I am a makeup artist. A real, certified, makeup artist. Even saying it to myself sounds like I’m in a dream!

While a lot of the material covered in the course seemed rather basic to me, what I truly gained was confidence. Confidence in my passion, confidence in what I’m capable of, and confidence in applying makeup to people and trying new things. Lessons like that are truly invaluable.

I owe an immense thank-you to our instructor. From day one, her passion for makeup artistry was clear and immensely inspiring. The way that her face lit up when she spoke of makeup was absolutely amazing, and her passion and dedication continued to shine through every lesson.

During last night’s final exam, I was seriously stressing. As in “verge of tears” stressing. Even though I logically knew that I wouldn’t fail, there was a tiny part of my brain unleashing all of my insecurities and wondering “what if you do fail?” And as I continued to ponder this terrifying thought, I grew increasingly more scared and insecure.

I looked at my final work, and while I thought that it was pretty, I also thought that it wasn’t my best, and I struggled to get past all the imperfections that I saw. Imperfections that I now realize are so minimal and insignificant.

The final consisted of 50 multiple choice questions, and a practical portion (applying daytime makeup, and transitioning it into nighttime makeup with false lash application.)

I was panicking and critiquing myself way too harshly. All I could focus on was how perfect that I wanted it to be. How perfect I wanted to be. And then I realized how hard I was being on myself. I took a step back, and reminded myself how truly young I am. How much more I have to learn and that I will get better with each practice.

The final aspect of our exam was to have a one-on-one consultation with our instructor, to discuss our final and other aspects of the course.

I prepared myself to hear the worst-that by some fluke, I had failed.
And then my instructor smiled, and told me that she was giving me 100%. I very nearly started crying. She told me that even though I struggled a bit with the lashes, she saw how talented I was and how well that I did in every makeup look we created during the course, and that 100% was what I truly deserved. She told me that she saw how absolutely passionate I am, and that she was so glad to have me in the course. She told me that she loved every look I completed, and that I was going to do truly amazing things and inspire so many people.

I legitimately blinked back tears. They were some of the kindest words that I’ve ever heard, and I couldn’t believe they were being said to me by such a talented makeup artist who has been in the industry for years.

I sat there, trying to comprehend the fact that I had made so much progress towards my goal. To comprehend the fact that despite a few difficulties and all of my insecurities, I had succeeded in something pretty incredible.

Veronica, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. While I questioned myself and my abilities, your passion and encouragement helped me to see how much I am really capable of. You helped to solidify the fact that this is truly the path that I want to be on. For that, I am forever grateful and I will never forget this class.

I met some incredible and talented people, and we all had such an amazing time together.

While I am sad to say goodbye to everyone, I am excited to see the start of a new chapter in our lives, and to see that this is only the beginning for us.

Congratulations everyone, we did it!

I would also like to thank my wonderful cousin for being my model. She was patient and encouraging during my time of insecurity and stress.

Even though it was evening makeup, I wanted to do something that would flatter her beautiful features.  The final look that I completed on her was a softer look, with shades of pink in the cheeks and lips, and a more subtly dramatic look on the eyes:


-Megan Rose, MUA (It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?)


  1. October 17, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Congratulations 🙂

  2. October 17, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    I am doing a makeup artist certification course in December to become certified and honestly I am dilapidated!!!! Congratulations 🙂

    • October 17, 2013 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you! That’s so exciting!! Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

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