Learn Makeup Tips and Trends from an Industry Expert

Anita Lumpkin, Director of Education, Universal Companies

We interviewed Brianna Knight, an NCEA certified master esthetician, at our Wellness and Beauty Learning Center near Los Angeles, CA. Her expert insight on makeup tips and techniques will keep you on trend.

Q: What are your pro tips for flawless makeup application on a client?

A: First, you must cleanse, tone, and prep. Even if the client has no makeup on when they come to me, the first step must be a basic 3 step routine to prepare the skin for a smooth application.

Q: What are your must-have artist tools?

A: A high quality makeup palette for customizing colors and mixing pigments. It’s important that I am able to create one of a kind colors to achieve an overall unique work of art. I love the Cailyn Pro Palette. Professional brushes are also a must have. For me, I like working with a variety of brush styles, and, being an esthetician, I’m meticulous about sanitization. This is why I always choose brushes that are durable, and ones without wooden handles that can potentially house bacteria. I also love the O! Circle Brush by Cailyn because it gives the skin a flawless look that reminds me of an Instagram filter.

Q: What trends are you loving right now?

A: I love the combination of shimmer highlighters and long, full lashes paired with a full brow. It’s a trend that is going on a couple of years, but I don’t expect it to go anywhere soon. In my signature looks, I always accentuate the eyes by adding a little extra.

Q: What advice can you give to estheticians and makeup artists who are doing bridal or event makeup and want to make sure the application is long wearing?

A: Two words: Prime and set. Always use a silky textured primer and follow with a high quality foundation. Immediately after the look is complete, mist with a setting spray. I love the spray you gave me, the Farmaesthetics Grapefruit Water and Glycerin. It works amazingly, and actually brightens the skin over time.

Brianna Knight is an NCEA Certified Master Esthetician based in Los Angeles, CA. She is an educator in lash extensions and makeup at the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center by Universal Companies.


Anita Lumpkin is the director of education for Universal Companies. She works at the Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Torrance, California, where she offers fun, unique classes that cover a wide range of topics, including business and professional skills; advanced technique training for estheticians, massage therapists, and nail technicians; and protocol-centered workshops for on-trend services. Anita enjoys developing spa treatment protocols and helping spas create their service menus. She’s passionate about educating and helping spa professionals boost their businesses.  

Universal Companies is proud to offer professional training and advanced education at our Wellness & Beauty Learning Center. Our customers can also take a class or read our articles online, where they can also shop the broadest selection of spa products and supplies. Dedicated to the success of spa professionals everywhere, we’re grateful to be recognized with the American Spa Magazine Professional’s Choice Award, Favorite Distributor of the Year, for 12 consecutive years. 

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