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Hi everyone! My name is Krystalee, I’m 33 years old and live in NYC. I truly want to thank the Online Makeup Academy for helping me become a professional in the field I love. For reference, I am an OMA graduate who has completed their Master Makeup Artist course. As someone who has received many PRO cards from all of my favorite brands after earning my certificate through OMA, I was asked to create a guest blog post to share my tips and tricks with all of you!

Today we’re going to discuss how I received my Makeup Pro discount cards. I’m excited to share these tips and tricks that I’ve found to successfully apply and receive PRO cards from several of the desired makeup companies (MAC, Nars, Urban Decay, Bobbi Brown and more!).

First, I’m going to list a few items you must have before even applying to become a PRO member:

A. Your own professional website. This website must:

  • Include your professional work (portfolio), with at least 5 photos of your own makeup work.

  • is a great platform to create your website (see: for additional tips), and it’s free!

  • Make sure your website includes your name. (Mine says Krystalee Perez Certified Professional Makeup Artist).


B. Composite card:


C. Client contract no more than 6 months old:

  • When working with clients for professional artistry services, it is recommended to always have a contract. You can draft a professional contract and have your client sign before completing services. Make sure the contract includes: agreement of services, rate, date, you and your client’s names and signatures. A client contract is important to show that you are a working professional makeup artist (or if you are working in the editorial field, this will be a call sheet). This document also protects you and your client, and is always great to have!

D. Business card:

  • Design your professional business card; include your name, title, contact information (similar to the composite card above, but smaller with less imagery). You can order a very small amount of cards if you’re just starting. A card is always great to have for networking!

E. Makeup Certificate:

  • A certificate of completion from the makeup school you have attended, confirming you are a certified professional Makeup Artist.

F. Government Issued Photo ID

  • To document that it is really you applying for the PRO card!

Every document above should be saved as a PDF when submitting to the companies, always keep your application professionally formatted and easy to review.

Individual Brand Tips + Tricks (from experience in receiving my PRO cards!):

Mac Pro Membership: For me, this was actually one of the easiest to apply for. I chose to snapshot my website and send a copy of my OMA certification along with the 65.00 payment. Please see the snapshot below as an example:

Then within an hour or two I was notified that I had been accepted as a PRO member and I should receive my card in 3-4 weeks.

Bobbie Brown Pro: I filled out the application scanned it in an email and sent it with a copy of my ID and my composite card (you could also use a business card). Please see my composite card as an example above.

Nars Pro Member: I needed my professional website ( and a photo ID.

Urban Decay Pro: I sent in a photo of my composite card and my professional website.                         

For those who are wondering, I’ve applied to every makeup company and have been approved for most PRO cards with all the documents listed above. With all of the proper information showing proof that you are a certified professional Makeup Artist, qualified to work in the industry, receiving your PRO cards is guaranteed!


Another outside of the box tip: Don’t be afraid to send in your information with a small paragraph stating you want to promote their product and sometimes brands might take that into consideration, too Always provide your social media accounts - create a separate business makeup page.

My makeup Instagram:

I hope this has taken a bit of the mystery out of PRO card applications and has encouraged everyone reading that you too can receive your PRO cards from all of the brands you love as a Certified Professional Makeup Artist! Good luck to everyone!



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Polina P is a professional freelance Makeup Artist, working with private clients in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Polina shares her talents worldwide through her social media platforms in creative makeup, featuring one of a kind eye and lip pairings to complete inspirational beauty looks for her 60k+ followers on Instagram + YouTube. She never repeats her creative looks and always shares mini-tutorials on how to achieve these captivating techniques with her followers. Polina is truly a master in detailed, wearable, yet intriguing bold beauty looks, but is also a highly sought after freelance Makeup Artist with a focus in stunning soft, natural, and perfect bridal makeup looks for her lucky clients!

Polina first began her Makeup Artist training through a Master Class with the world famous Makeup By Mario, notably known for celebrity clientele, including a favorite amongst beauty influencers, Kim Kardashian. She started her YouTube + Instagram pages to begin sharing her stunning artistry - this is how we had the pleasure to connect with her. Polina reviewed our Essential Makeup Artist kit and went on to completing our Makeup Artist course, earning her second certification with us at the Online Makeup Academy.

We loved Polina’s work and continued a collaboration where Polina was featured as our guest blogger, writing many of our top articles (check out more of the blog page for some amazing professional tips on brushes, makeup application, and more - all written by Polina exclusively for the Online Makeup Academy!).

As she continues to build her brand as a beauty influencer others have also taken notice, she also partners with Cargo Cosmetics as a Beauty Ambassador, and many other brands look to her for collaboration.  

Check out Polina’s video below of our (original) Essential makeup kit review and Essential Makeup Artist course review, some of our favorite makeup looks by her, and be sure to follow her YouTube channel and Instagram @makeupbypolinap for more inspiration, tips, and tricks.


We love Polina’s educational story, and hope it will inspire others to reach for the stars!

Remember, creating an Instagram (and/or YouTube) focused business page where you can consistently share content, professional style images, and can provide a unique point of view to your followers will be the best form of promotion that you can build in this current digital age of social media. Focus on building your own individual brand identity, sharing your view and techniques as you begin to build your career - this will help lead you towards the path for continued success (and you will connect with a great community of like minded artists along the way)!

Spotlight on Makeup Artist + Influencer Svetlana Kobaliya

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Svetlana Kobaliya is a professional Makeup Artist, Hairstylist, Esthetician, and beauty influencer. She first attended college majoring in management and after graduation began work in the engineering and legal fields. Although successful in her day job, deep down she knew that she needed to follow her passion for the beauty industry. Svetlana then took a leap of faith - entering the industry in a roundabout way by applying for an administration position at a day spa (always take those first steps, no matter how far they seem from your ultimate goal, to find your way into the field you love!). It was there that she confirmed she had found herself in the right environment and was determined to continue to pursue her goals and dreams of realizing a career as an artist in the beauty industry.

Svetlana then studied to become an Esthetician, and while specializing in skin care she surrounded herself with knowledge (education is key!) in all things beauty. However, her ultimate dream was to become a Certified Makeup Artist, as her true passion was applying her artistry through makeup on herself and others. “I wanted to learn more and wanted to be validated [in my artistry], that is why I wanted to have the certification. I know that this passion for the industry will not go away for me.” The rest is history!

Through the Online Makeup Academy she was able to fulfill this dream, and add another credential to her ever growing professional resume and educational platform. She has excelled in her talents and continues to inspire others through her artistry in makeup and hair (her YouTube channel includes full makeup tutorials and hairstyling tutorials as well as reviews and inspirational content!).

In her YouTube video below Svetlana explains in detail her experience with our OMA Makeup Artist course and Pro Hairstyling course (she has both courses under her belt!). Her star continues to shine and she has become a sought after beauty influencer (for good reason!) - be sure to follow her Instagram @svetakobaliya + YouTube (video links below!)

“If you really want something, you have to help yourself achieve it. There is nothing like being surrounded by like minded people everyday and going to work doing something you love.” - Svetlana Kobaliya

Svetlana continued her education with the PRO Hairstyling course, reviewing the course kit and styles covered throughout the course!


We’ve loved working with Svetlana and are so excited to see her artistry and platform as an influencer and beauty professional soar to endless heights!

Online Makeup Academy on The Doctors with Emily Jensen

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Makeup is empowerment; whether you are creating for yourself or your clients, you have the power to inspire and create an experience that can connect and even change the lives and outlook for others. Makeup artistry is one of the most expressive art forms; allowing you to be yourself and comfortable in your own skin, experiment, and find your own vision – providing a core outlet for self-expression.

At the Online Makeup Academy we live by this motto, with our goal to inspire and empower using makeup and makeup artistry as our tools; providing a professional education to students to not only guide their career paths and establishing goals by doing what they love and preparing them with the techniques to build upon their artistry, which will in turn inspire their clients, but also to empower themselves. Guiding a path towards truly fulfilling your dreams, with a support system that will cultivate your talents; translating your beauty from within for all to see and embrace.  

We were so excited when The Doctors show reached out wanting to collaborate with us and asked us to surprise one of their guests (the incredibly inspiring and talented Emily Jensen, check out and follow her YouTube channel: with our Master Makeup Artist course and kit – of course we said yes! We were even more thrilled to watch the inspiring segment when it aired and wanted to further carry on this conversation within our community.

Here’s just a few examples of how makeup and makeup artists can empower and inspire our generation:

Makeup and Makeup Artistry for yourself:

·         Self-expression

-          Finding your outlet – creating looks that truly express your identity and beauty that resonates from within.

-          Experimentation – no look is too “crazy” – being creative is an outlet to build confidence, skill, and technique.

·         Comfortable in your own skin

-          Feeling empowered and embracing your individuality (everyone is uniquely beautiful and shares their own individual story!) through self-expression, as above, will lead you to feeling comfortable and empowered in your own skin – remember, you always have the power to build your life in the way that you envision it!

-          Building relationships and connecting – sharing your self-expression in Makeup Artistry online (through your Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or other social media networks – even our own Online Makeup Academy groups and communities!) provides an unprecedented platform where you can fully showcase your talents and individual expression, and in turn, inspire others to do the same. Finding “your tribe” and the groups that share your same passions and feelings can help to build lifelong friendships and a network of continued support that you can always turn to for confidence and self-esteem.

Makeup Artist profession:

·         Fulfilling your client’s vision/dreams

-          As a professional Makeup Artist you have a unique opportunity to provide your clients with the tools to help fulfill their own dreams. Makeup Artistry is a relationship driven job, and you will be fulfilling so many clients’ visions; always listen with an open mind, be available to them beyond offering your services, and allow them to express their own artistic expression and inner confidence through your artistry.

·         Fulfilling your own dreams

-          Your passion for creating beauty and sharing it with the world, and with your clients, is a dream of all professional Makeup Artists. Always strive to fulfill your own goals and dreams; network, build your community and clientele, and share your vision and voice. When you are working towards your goals and passions on a professional level, you will never feel that you are working a day in your life!

·         Inspiring others

-          Your friends, family, and community will notice your passion and drive; your artistry and dedication to building your craft is sure to inspire others to follow to fulfill their own dreams.

Makeup and makeup artistry is truly a community driven career, you will encounter so much inspiration as you pave your own path, and will in turn inspire others to follow in your footsteps of achieving their own goals and dreams! You will consistently work with a team of people that will either be your clients, friends, or inspirational creative outlets – together, through makeup, this support system of likeminded individuals will serve as the greatest empowerment throughout your life, artistry, and career!