Our Lips Don’t Lie… At Make Up First ® Pro Shop!

Women have been applying color to their lips for centuries! Now, more than ever, we have a variety of lip colors and textures from which to choose. Following is a breakdown of lipstick textures that you may want to try.

Tip: This Fall/Winter Season we are seeing bold and bright, as well as natural and sophisticated colors. Even “glitter lips”  were seen on the runways! Break your lipstick rules…anything goes this season! 

STYLES + TEXTURES: Although, lipstick is mostly made up of the same ingredients (oils, wax, and pigments), there are many different textures and styles to choose from.

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SATIN: A creamy consistency with a slight shine. Tip: Great for mature clients, the creamy formula will hydrate the lips and the shine will make the lips look plump. A win win. 

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MATTE: Matte lipsticks are opaque and for that reason lay flat. Matte lipsticks are great for all day wear. Tip: depending on the formula, matte lipstick can be dehydrating. Make sure you moisturize with Rosebud Salve or Mario Badescu Lip Wax in between applications. 


LIQUID: A thick consistency that goes on wet and dries matte. This variation of lipstick is highly pigmented and coveted for its long-lasting effect. Tip: depending on the formula, liquid – matte lipstick can be dehydrating. Make sure you moisturize with Rosebud Salve or Mario Badescu Lip Wax in between applications. 


GLOSSY: A reflective-high-shine, great for exaggerating your lips or creating drama.


SHEER: Best suited for a natural, no-makeup-makeup. More opaque than a lip balm but not quite as think of a consistency as matte or satin lipstick finishes. Sheer lippies are loved for their slight shine.


STAIN: A build-able lip color, with a looser consistency. Tip: Stains are made with more water so they are great for a multiple purposes. Can be used on lips and cheeks for a brush of color! 

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Want to learn more about the history of lipstick? Read our post, Lip Lip Hooray.

Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602. For questions about the our products visit our website http://www.makeupfirst.com or email info@makeupfirst.com http://www.makeupfirst.com

HALLOWEEN – Missing Something? Make Up First ® Pro Shop

Don’t worry, don’t fret about finding what you need!  One-Stop Shop…with the Pros!!   At Make Up ® Pro Shop’s website, you’re one finger-click-away! (Free Shipping!)  Or….find your “goodies” in store.


Products Listed Clockwise from the top:

“First” by Make Up First ® Fantasy Palette – Our Fantasy Palette is perfect for creating characters this upcoming Halloween season! This product is wax-based and works well with “First” by Make Up First® Loose Powder. Can also be used to create bruises, witches, zombies, etc!


Mehron Spirit Gum – An amber colored, alcohol/resin liquid adhesive solution for adhering Crepe Hair, wigs, prosthetic noses, bald caps, etc.

Mehron Spirit Gum Remover – A specially developed solvent to remove Spirit Gum. Gentler to the skin than most other removers.

Mehron Stipple Sponge – The Stipple Sponge is an open weave, rough textured sponge that is used to create various stubble effects for theatrical makeup. The Stipple Sponge can also be used by special effects makeup artists to create the look of broken blood vessels and texture on aliens or other creatures.

Mehron Coagulated Blood Gel – Thickened syrup based blood for blood clots and scabbing effects. Available in Original and Dark.

Mehron Blood Splatter – Thinner-consistency blood developed especially for splatter effects. Available in a convenient, easy to use 1 fl oz spray bottle

Mehron Stage Blood – Syrup based blood for fresh blood effects. Available in Dark Venous. Also comes with 6 Blood Capsules for blood effects from your mouth!

Mehron Pro Bruise Ring –  Create realistic looking bruises with the professional special effects makeup of the ProColorRing Bruise Makeup Palette. The Pro Color Ring Bruise Makeup contains the colors needed to create bruises from the initial red of a fresh bruise to the yellowish-blue-green of a healing bruise.

Mehron Colorset Powder – Setting Powder is used to absorb the oils from cream based makeup so that it “sets” and will not rub off. This Colorset Setting Powder developed by Mehron is a natural translucent formula that will not discolor the cream makeup if applied properly. PRO TIP: The proper way to apply Setting Powder is to use a Powder Puff and press the powder into the Cream Makeup; it should be pressed in, not rubbed. When using Colorset Setting Powder over a multi color application of Cream Makeup it is advised to work on one color at a time so that colors do not transfer onto each other. 

Mehron Creamblend Stick –  The smooth supple texture and complete coverage will amaze you with the speed at which you can apply a durable application of face makeup for performances. Manufactured with a unique combination of quality ingredients and packaged it in quick application swivel case this product will be your new go to.

Mehron Liquid Latex -Liquid Latex is used to create unusual skin textures or to apply Crepe Hair and prosthetics.

For more information on products or classes, please visit our website http://www.makeupfirst.com

Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle Suite 1010 Chicago IL 60602 | P. 312.621.0801 |E. info@makeupfirst.com

Glitter Lips – You Can Do It!  Make Up First ® Pro Shop


Glitter Lips are everywhere!

We’ve seen them on the 2017 Spring/Summer fashion runways.  We see them all over social media.  We see them on our friends!  No reason for you to feel left out.


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Step 1: Make sure that your lips are moisturized and ready!

Step 2: Use a lip liner in the color of  your selected lipstick.

Step 3: Apply the lipstick on your lined lips.

Step 4:  Optional:  for maximum drama, add lip gloss on top of the lipstick.

Step 5:  With your finger, or a silicon brush, * specifically made for applying loose pigment, slowly place the loose glitter in the center of your lips; then, carefully blend out the glitter over your entire lip, on top of the lipstick/lip gloss.

*Silicone brushes are specifically designed to use with loose products; brushes with bristles will not allow for precise application.

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(Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jordan Liberty, will be at Make Up First ® demonstrating looks like these November 14th – 15th! Register for the Jordan Liberty workshop HERE)


Products from clockwise from top: AJ Crimson Lipstick in “#SipsTea”OCC LipTar “Anita”INGLOT Lipstick Single “#63”Kevyn Aucoin – The Matte Lipstick “Bloodroses”OCC LipTar “Vintage”Kevyn Aucoin – The Matte Lipstick “Eternal”INGLOT Lipstick Single “#82”Products featured in the center: “FIRST” by Make Up First ® Star Powder “F03”Kevyn Aucoin “The Loose Pigment Brush”


For more information on products or classes available at Make Up First ® please visit http://www.makeupfirst.com
Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602 p.312.621.0801  | e.info@makeupfirst.com

Ghoulish, Ghastly, or Girly – Pick Your Poison [Make Up First ® Pro Shop]

It’s slim, but not slim pickin’s — our new “First” by Make Up First ® (Maqpro) Fantasy Palette has 10 shades that are perfect for creating endless theatrical makeup looks!


You can make yourself Boo-ti-ful or Ghoulish with the wax-based creme colors:

#01 Silver (slight shimmer) | #35 Lilac | #03 Dark Greenish-Blue (slight shimmer) | #110 Brown | #109 Peach | #44 Hunter Green | #31 Sage Green #28 Cobalt | 120 Dark Brown | #19 Burgundy

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Best used with our “First” by Make Up First ® Mixer and can be combined with any “First” by Make Up First ® Foundation, Lip + Cheek, or Corrector Palettes. Available Here!

If you want to learn how to create beautiful face charts like these, come to our FACE CHART WORKSHOP TONIGHT 6-8pm ($25).

For more information on our classes or product questions please contact us at 312.621.0801 or email info@makeupfirst.com.

Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle Suite 1010, Chicago IL 60602.

FALL in love with these Fall Colors! Make Up First ® Pro Shop

At Make Up First ® Pro Shop we are celebrating Fall and taking inspiration from these gorgeous autumn colors. Feeling drab? Try adding these colors to your daily makeup looks.


screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-4-32-20-pm“FIRST” by MAKE UP FIRST ® (Maqpro) – HERE.  INGLOT – HERE . KEVYN AUCOIN –HERE.


Screen Shot 2016-09-22 at 4.04.55 PM.pngBECCA Luminous Blush, available HERE. INGLOT Blush, available HERE, and HERE.


Colors we love for the fall season:


Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle, Suite 1010, Chicago IL 60602.

For more information regarding our products or classes please visit our website http://www.makeupfirst.com or call 312-621-0801.

“Pink Eye” (Shadow) – It’s Contagious [and Make Up First ® Pro Shop caught it]

Caution: “PINK-EYE” is highly contagious!

Seen on NYFW Fall/Winter 2016, pink eye-shadow is on trend.10-pink-eyeshadow-lede.w710.h473.2x.jpg

Catch the pink fever!!  Make Up First ® Pro Shop has you covered with all of your pink – product needs.

INGLOT eye-shadow is available in soft pink, pink shimmer, and dark pink. These three shades are perfect for creating a sultry smokey-eye.

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Available HERE, HERE, and HERE

Pro Secret: Did you know? You can use blush as eye-shadow!

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INGLOT Blushes are available HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

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Kevyn Aucoin, available HERE and HERE

If the “pink-eye” trend is not for you, for the upcoming season, we suggest BECCA’s Ombre Rouge Palette,  and/or BECCA’s Ombre Nudes Palette. Available HERE and HERE

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Don’t go to your Doctor for this affliction.  Schedule an appointment at the Make Up First ® Pro Shop for all of your “pink-eye” needs.

For more “Pink-Eye” Shadow inspiration, check out these face charts from former student Ruei – Lan (Instagram: @rl.mua)! To learn how to create Face Charts like these, Ruei -Lan will host our next Face Chart Workshop on September 30th. Register HERE.

Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602

For more information on our products or classes please visit our website www.makeupfirst.com or call us directly 312-621-0801.

Never Leave Home Without…Your Eyebrows!! [Find Your Brows at Make Up First ® Pro Shop]

This week, we are talking  Shop, Make Up First ® Pro Shop, that is!

Pick your poison; we have pencils, mousses (mice?), tints, (some with wands), and powders. We’ve got you covered for all of your brow needs!

unspecified-1(3).jpgKevyn Aucoin – Precision Brow Pencil

Throw away your pencil sharpener!  This ultra slim, dual-ended retractable brow pencil and brush sculpts, defines and shapes eyebrows. The pencil glides on smoothly, allowing you to draw individual hairs; giving your eyebrows a full appearance.

dipbrowtaupe.jpgAnastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Want it all?  You should have it!  The smudge-free, waterproof pomade formula
glides on skin and hair smoothly to create clean, defined brows. The formula works as a brow primer and provides color, sculpture, and shading.  By the way…it is ideal for oily skin and in humid climates.


BECCA Shadow and Light Contour Mousse

 BECCA Shadow & Light Brow Contour Mousse contours and highlights the brows to create fuller-looking arches to beautifully frame the face. The Brow Enhancing Mousse side (darker shade) thickens, fills in gaps, and extends the brows with advanced technology fibers that adhere to existing brow hairs and the skin—creating the most natural-looking, hair-like effect. The Arch Defining Crème accentuates and sharpens for perfectly-defined brows. Long-lasting, water-resistant, and smudge proof, these formulas stay put and leave a natural-looking finish.  For all skin types-for all brow colors!


Senna Brow Book

For all brow colors!!  Brow expert and Senna founder, Eugenia Weston, designed this super skinny, refillable magnetic palette as the ultimate pro tool to master perfect brows on everyone. The Brow Book contains: 9 highly pigmented, natural looking and long wearing matte powder brow powders that suit every brow and skin tone! Always finish with Brow Fix X for all-day hold and conditioning of brow hairs.


Senna Brow Fix X

In a rush?  Use a brow mascara!  Hydrating, smooth gliding formula has conditioning Chamomile and Allantoin to strengthen brow hair, add healthy shine, and tame and soften course brows. Fine fibers plump and texturize for a fuller, thicker look. Unique precision brush delivers perfect payoff to coat and define individual brow hairs. Tints fill in sparse brows and cover light blonde or gray brow hairs while blending in with natural hair color. Gives all day hold and is water soluble to remove easily.


Senna Sketch-A-Brow Pencil

Are you extra precise?  If so, you may want this fine and firm brow pencil.  It  gives ultra natural definition to create faux brow hairs, fill in sparse areas and boost brow arches with smudge proof and long lasting color. Complete with a never-sharpen retractable tip and blending comb.  Couldn’t be easier!

Make Up First ® Pro Shop is located 100 N. LaSalle, Suite 1010, Chicago, IL 60602.

Store Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm and Friday 9am – 5pm.

For questions regarding products or our classes please visit our website http://www.makeupfirst.com or call us directly 312-621-0801.