So you wanna be a Make-Up Artist?

Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to be a Make-Up Artist. 

My Mum and Aunt both worked in the beauty industry and it was always around me. 
My "play" make-up was their off casts of Dior, Chanel & Estee Lauder...yes, I was a lucky little kid. So it wasn't a surprise to anyone that I would end up in the beauty industry myself. I'm like a pig in mud with all that pretty stuff....and the gory stuff too (even though, since having children, I've found I have less interest in the gore) I'll leave that to some of my awesome students (you can read about Mark and his Emmy honour here)

One of the first looks you'll learn by Rain Andreani.

Anyway, as many of you who have read my blog, or have been one of victims clients, you'd know, I've been doing make-up for something like 23 years.  Crikey, that makes me sound old!!!

But, you can teach an old dog new tricks!!

I'm a firm believer in ongoing training. It's important to not get "up yourself" and think you know everything. I love youtube and blogs about beauty and make-up for that very reason, but I needed more than that, from a pro AND I just can't spare the time to go to courses (not the times that suit me anyway). Having 3 kids, plus husband, plus house reno etc leaves very little time for me to update and learn new skills.

Thank you, thank you great architect of the universe for the internet and RPM Online Make-Up Academy.

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? (PS: Don't tell anyone about the'll between you and me ;)

RPM Makeup Academy is an online academy that you actually get a real certificate of graduation at the end. There are no memberships, no dvd's, no selling makeup kits! A real makeup university. It's the wave of the future!
 Taught by international celebrity makeup artist Rain Andreani with over 40 celebrities under her brushes (including Britney Spears, Kirsten Dunst, Mandy Moore & Paris Hilton).
Rain will personally teach you and train you how to become the best makeup artist in the industry, sharing all her secrets and know how's in the industry.

I started the FX plus Artistry course last week, and I am so impressed with the quality and delivery of the course. My first assignment is due (& as soon as my lovely friend gets her butt beautiful face over here for me, I'll share the pics). 

I'll be updating my progress on the blog as I go through the course too.

The courses deliver state of the art online makeup training with Multi-Media Presentation Lesson/Module with Streaming Video with HDLearn Technology. It's so easy to follow.

can't wait to do this!!!!

The wedding industry is BOOMING (as long as people are getting married, there will be the need for bridal make-up artists). Such a great career for those with little ones. 

So for those many Mums who asked me about where to learn to become a make-up artist here's your answer.

There are lots of different courses to choose from, so if you want to become a professional make-up artist or just want to learn how to do your make-up like a professional, check out RPM.

I've embeded a video about the academy to your viewing pleasure.........

This blog is evolving more and more towards make-up and beauty (you know how much I love it), so if you want to see more reviews and how to's...they're coming right up. 
Stay beautiful........

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3pickles receive lots of products to review, but only the things that we (Marnie & the pickles) love end up here on the blog.


  1. I'm not interested in being a makeup artist but I'd be interested in having a lesson or two for my own use - what would you suggest Marnie?

    1. Hi Vita, I'd suggest the intro course if you want some of the fundamentals.
      BTW, When are you going to be my model??
      x Marnie

  2. My only question that no one seems to answer is this....other make-up schools supply your make-up once you pay tuition. Is that the case with RPM? Or do you have to go out and purchase everything on your own after you pay their tuition and they give you a list of supplies that are needed?

  3. You supply your own makeup from a list given to you by RPM. They supply their own brush set as part of the course (as far as I'm aware, but that could be just a special promotion)...They are great at communicating with you (and very nice too), so I suggest you email them with specific questions...I know they'll help you out.
    Good luck
    xx Marnie

  4. Ok, thank you Marnie for answering my question. I did email them that question and they never responded. They just sent me a price sheet with class information so it discouraged me from signing up. Well, thanks for this info. It allows me to make a final decision on what path is best for me.

    1. Oh that's disappointing :( Best luck with your future career, whatever you decide to do.
      xx Marnie

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  14. Hello marnie...I have played with makeup all my life and its always been my passion and I have recently been looking into rpm to get my certification. I was wondering about the suppling my own makeup. Do I have to get certain brands or just whatever I have ....and trust me I have a ton. Thank you

    1. I'm really enjoying the course and will be doing an update post about it very soon. You do supply your own makeup and there is a list of what you need in the handbook that you download (I printed it out) at the begining of the course. More than likely, you will have almost everything already and they're are no required brands, but you'll notice in the demos what Rain is using. It seems to be a lot of Make-Up Forever products and the airbrush course within is Temptu..(I use Elementwo airbrush makeup) I haven't purchased anything specifically for the course yet , but I want to because I love trying new stuff...I know you know where I'm coming from ;)

      Let me know how it goes if you decide to enrol.
      x Marnie

  15. I did enroll.... yay!!! And i gotso excitedthat i did everything the first day up to my first makeup assignment, and I'm waiting to receive my brushes so i can complete it! I have models waiting!!!! I tried practicing on myself without the brushes and it turned out beautifully!! I'm so excited! How are your classes going for you?

    1. Brilliant!! Let me know how it goes.
      I've been very busy with work, including doing makeup for the Logies yesterday, so I haven't had time. I need to get models...that's the hardest part for me. I've been to busy to even blog...but busy is good. You can see a lot more of what I've been up to on Instagram (my lazy blogging)
      x Marnie

  16. Hello!! I am currently enrolled in the Premier Artistry Course at RPM Makeup Academy. And let me tell you.. It is FANTASTIC! I have always dreamed of being a makeup artist (and learning the skills to keep myself looking fabulous and well), and I'm SO happy I chose this school to help me fulfill my dreams. You learn everything from how to build your makeup kit, to multiple different looks, to how to market yourself as a pro in the industry and much, much more. Rain is amazing at what she does and she makes learning the skills very easy. When you are enrolled, you also get the luxury of having her email address for any questions or concerns you have. I emailed her with a question about a certain product and received an email back in less than 12 hours. I HIGHLY recommend this school for anyone who wants to be in the beauty industry, but doesn't have the time (or money) for an in-person school. If you are considering enrolling, do it! I promise, you won't be disappointed.

    1. I am glad I saw someone that is enrolled and I wanted to know if you can email me I have some questions that I feel a student can answer if you have time

  17. Hi RPM website said that we must fill the form to know the price, but WHERE is the form??

    Please, if you guys can tell me how much the enrolment class for Premium (17 hours) and Proffesional (25 hours)...
    Thanks a lot

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  19. I'm also been thinking this is my school of choice I've been doing my own and other people makeup for years because its a passion so this confirms it I'm doing it!!!!


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