Celebrity Makeup Artist Visits TSPA, D.C.

Tuesday July 30th was a very special evening for the students enrolled in the esthetics program here at TSPA, D.C.!  Celebrity makeup artist James Vincent stopped by to spend some time speaking with our students.  Mr. Vincent is the Global Makeup Artist for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, he has worked with Lady Gaga, The Obamas, Lauryn Hill, and TLC.

As if his impressive resume wasn’t long enough already, Mr. Vincent is the Director of The Makeup Shop” who is launching their first ever Makeup Show in Washington, D.C. August 3rd & 4th, 2019.  The show will feature a main stage along with a seminar stage and multiple demo stages.  Since our students were invited to attend, they will be able to experience hands-on workshops from top industry leaders.  What a great opportunity for TSPA students to learn current trends, techniques AND seasonal inspired images!

“One of the key moments from the presentation for me was his inspiring message to figure out who you are as a cosmetologist or esthetician and use that to grow your career!” explained Ms. Silvia, one of our educators.  “He really drove home the message that things always get easier through hard work and experience!  That if you stick with it, you will be successful!  It was such a great message for our students to hear!”

The Salon Professional Academy students are hard at work practicing the techniques that were demonstrated to better their skills.  Many of our students will be attending the makeup show on August 3rd.  TSPA can not wait for them to come back and show us what they learned!

TSPA esthetic student, Carli, shared that his final message really hit home for her.  “It was refreshing to hear someone speaking about doing what makes you happy!  James really reminded me that life is too short and I should be doing what I love!”




Prioritize Your Skin This Summer!

beautiful women looking in the mirror while putting on face lotion

This summer we are making our skin our number one priority. The humidity in DC can get a little brutal. Depending on your skin type, your skin could be just as temperamental during the summer as the weather. We have provided some tips and advice on how to create your summer skincare routine that could help your skin stay clear and moisturized!

What Does Summer Mean For Our Skin?

Summer is here! This means it’s time to switch up your skincare routine. During winter your skin care routine probably involved heavy creams to balance the dry air. During the summer that can mean the humidity in the air might do some stuff to your skin. Pack away your heavy creams, moisturizers, and lotions. No need to clog your pores and suffocate your skin. Let your face breathe and bask in the sunlight!

Keep Your Face Clean

Dirt and sweat might become a daily occurrence this summer with all of the heat and playing outside. This may cause a breakout of pimples and oily skin. Find a facial cleanser that works well for your skin. Try to find one that has little to no scent. Scented facials can cause irritation. Many people have found that a milky cleanser works great for cleansing and being soft on the skin.

A Silky Serum

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If you’re not familiar with what a face serum is and what it does, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Face serum is a skin care product that is used after cleansing and before moisturizing. It packed full of ingredients to lift and brighten your skin from the inside out. It also helps with evening out the texture and color of your skin. There are many different types of serums that focus on different problematic skin issues. Find a serum that works best for you!


You probably guessed the next step. Yep, moisturize. Trade in your heavy-duty winter moisturizer for something that is lighter on your skin. Because the summer hair has so much moisture it, you don’t want to use a cream that is too heavy. This might clog your pores and could cause skin issues. Search for a moisturizer that is lightweight and breathable.

Final Step: Sunscreen!

The final step for your morning routine might just be the most important. Sunscreen. No matter the weather, the time of the day, or if you even staying in all day long. Sunscreen should forever be your number one. Wearing sunscreen will benefit your skin for the long haul. You may be wary because of all the products that you put on your skin, adding a thick sunscreen could clog everything up and defeat the purpose of your skincare routine. Look for a sunscreen that is lightweight and milky. If you want to speed up your morning routine, find a moisturizer that has an SPF built into it.

Love Your Skin!

At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do is to love your skin no matter what. Be gentle and kind to it. If you are looking for more tips and tricks on what you can do to love your skin, read our blog here! Get a better understand of skincare and help others by enrolling in our esthetics program! Contact us to begin.

Subtle Eye Makeup Looks

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC, we believe that when it comes to makeup, sometimes you just need to keep it simple. You can do subtle eye makeup looks that still make you look chic, polished, and put-together. To help you out, we’ve created a list of five subtle eye makeup looks that look beautiful without involving a whole lot of effort.

Actress Keira Knightley in a natural makeup look.

The “No-Makeup” Eye Look

For this look, it’s all about making sure you look awake and vibrant. Use light-reflecting concealer to brighten and lift your under-eye area. Then focus on your lashes and brows. Long, curled lashes open up your eyes, making you look more awake. When the brows are full, defined, and slightly arched, it makes the eyelids look lifted and awake. It will also draw attention away from underneath your eyes if that’s an area of concern for you. If you want to wear eyeshadow, stick to neutral colors like taupe, brown, nude, light pink, cream, and tan. Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer so you don’t have to deal with annoying creasing throughout the day!

Singer RIhanna wearing bronze, shimmery eye makeup.

The Shimmery Bronze Eye Look

Believe it or not, shimmer eyeshadows can be subtle. To create this subtle, glowy, bronze look, start with a light shimmer eyeshadow all over your eyelid. This works as a great base shade. After you do this, start adding the bronze shade from the point where the light shimmer ends at the center of the eyelid. To really sculpt the look, use a contouring eyeshadow brush. To make your eyes look awake and bright, use the same light shimmer shade in the inner corners for highlighting. Top off with a few coats of mascara and natural brows, and you’re all set!

Actress Eva Green with subtle cat eyeliner.

The Subtle Cat Eye

The cat flick is a classic makeup look. While this look can be dramatic, it’s also possible to make it subtle. You can create a subtle cat eye with various types of eyeliner, including gel, liquid, pencil, and powder. With whatever product you choose, start in the middle of the upper lid and draw the line as close to your lash line as possible. For a subtle look, draw a thin line. Then move to the inner corner and start to move towards the other line you drew. For that feline “flick”, draw a thin line outwards, starting from the very outer corner of your lash line. Then draw another thin line from the flick back to your upper lash line, creating a small triangle on the eyelid. To finish the look, fill in the triangle with your eyeliner. To keep it subtle, finish off with a neutral eyeshadow, lightly defined brows, and a few coats of mascara.

Pop star Beyonce wears a subtle smokey eye.

The Simple Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes are great for evenings out, but they can also be worn during the daytime. Start with an eyeshadow primer and then apply a nude matte base all over the lid. This evens out the color of your lid and blends all the eyeshadow colors together. Next, apply a darker brown or gold shimmer across the lid and blend it out to erase harsh lines. Choose two matte brown colors. Apply the lighter of the two to your crease and blend well. Then apply the darker color to your eyes’ outer corners. Use an eyeliner brush to extend the outer shadow along the upper and lower lash lines. Smudge it out for a soft effect instead of a harsh line. To highlight the inner corners of the eyes and the brow bone, apply a shimmery white or champagne color.

Actress Emmy Rossum wearing chic blue eyeshadow.

The Wearable Blue Eye

Who says you can’t experiment with color? While blue eyeshadow may seem scary or outdated, when done correctly it can be a great way to jazz up your look. Start with a matte nude eyeshadow for your base and then define the crease with a matte gray. Using whatever blue shade you prefer, define the outer corner of your lid and softly fade it inward. To keep the look subtle, you don’t need to use blue on your entire eyelid. To soften up the gray crease, use a matte brown shadow. You can then highlight the inner corners of your eyes with a shimmery silver, white, or champagne shade.

Want to Learn How to do These Looks?

Want to become a master of the subtle smokey eye? Interested in perfecting the feline flick? You should consider our cosmetology program at TSPA DC. Contact us to learn more or schedule a tour. We’d love to hear from you!

Thirsty for more beauty? Check out some of our other blogs!

Read: “Five Skin Care Hacks to Get You Clean for Spring!”

Read: “Don’t Do These 5 Things to Your Hair”

Read: “How to Sanitize Makeup”

How to Sanitize Makeup

Makeup may not seem like something that needs regular cleaning. How dirty can it get? The answer might surprise you.

Dirt and grime forming on your makeup and brushes can cause breakouts, illnesses, and in some cases, skin infections.

Whether you have been regularly cleaning your makeup or have never thought about it before, here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC, we have some tried and true tips and tricks that could help to keep your makeup clean and your skin fresh and healthy.

Hold onto this visual for future use! Keep scrolling for a detailed list.

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Brushes and Sponges

One of the biggest culprits of spreading germs and bacteria is brushes and sponges. Many people don’t know this, but you should actually clean your brushes once a week – if not more often.

Cleaning your brushes is actually quite easy, so if you are already dreading the extra time, don’t!

  • Brushes

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    Those beautiful bristle brushes are so soft when you first purchase them! But after months of makeup buildup, they might start feeling a little prickly. Once a week, before you head out the door to work or school, mix together a little olive oil, water, and baby soap. Give brushes a gentle swirl to clean, then rinse!

    How to clean makeup brushes

    Before you head out the door, set them flat on a towel to dry. By the time you get home from work, your brushes will feel just as soft as the day you bought them.

    Pro Tip! Major makeup artists suggest cleaning your brushes every day if you are doing heavy makeup or makeup on others. This will help keep bacteria from and keep them extra free from build up.

  • Sponges

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    No matter if you use the old school latex wedges or a modern-day blender, you need to clean them! Sponges inevitably absorb anything that they touch, so it is especially important to wash them once a week with a good soap.

    To clean them, simply pop a bit of liquid soap on the surface or run them against bar soap briefly. Rub in the soap and and work out the suds under running water until no residue remains. You will be left with a beautifully clean sponge.

    how to clean makeup sponges

    Pro Tip! Many makeup artists swear by a good antibacterial soap to clean their blenders and sponges. Although the soap may seem harsh, it is actually is the best for getting the residue out of sponges and disinfecting them.

Powders, Tubs, and Gels

There is more to sanitizing makeup than just the brushes. Pretty much everything can be cleaned, from eyeshadows to lipstick.

  • Pressed Powders

    pressed makeups

    All pressed powders, such a foundation and eyeshadow, can be cleaned with something as simple as a tissue. By wiping off the top layer, you can eliminate some of the bacterial build up.

    If you are looking for something more, you can easily sanitize the powder by spraying the surface with a mixture of alcohol and water after skimming the surface.

    Pro Tip! Although alcohol is used in the binding process for pressed powders, it will not damage your makeup. Just make sure you aren’t saturating it! A light spritz will do the trick.

  • Creams and Liquids

    lipstick and mascara

    While you can’t directly sanitize these products, there are things you can do to keep them at the top of their game and “germ free.”

    • Pot Creams– If you have been putting your fingers into these products – know there is a better way! Use a plastic makeup spatula to get the product out easier and keep the pot free of germs.
    • Mascara– You have probably heard that you should throw your mascara out monthly. Adhere to it! Not only is mascara the best at transporting eye based infections, it also dries out pretty quickly!
    • Lipstick– Yes! You can sanitize your lipstick! If you have had a cold lately or haven’t done this is a while, get to it!
      You can do this in two ways. Many people swear by the overnight freezing method, while other chose to dip their lipstick in alcohol and water for a few seconds. Whatever you choose, put this on your list.

No matter how you choose to sanitize your makeup, this important step is one that should not be overlooked.

We hope that these tips help to keep your makeup sanitary, your skin healthy, and your life fresh and clean. For more tips on makeup, or to learn more about perfecting the art – check out the MUD Makeup courses at The Salon Professional Academy, DC.