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GlamCandy Brings Illamasqua to Scotland
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Written by: Paige Gilbride, 6th September 2016

Scotland’s top makeup academy is bringing leading global cosmetics brand Illamasqua to Scotland. Known for its cruelty-free cosmetics and values aimed at empowering people through the celebration of their individuality, GlamCandy are ecstatic to have them on board.

Founded only five years ago by Hayley Harvey-Smith, GlamCandy has already grown to run schools in a number of UK destinations, such as Glasgow, Dunfermline, Brighton, London and Liverpool – making them the biggest makeup academy in Britain.

The award-winning firm provide courses aimed at both aspiring professional make-up artists and professionals alike, as well as supplying a wide range of high-end cosmetics through their in-store and online shops.

Hayley said, “We have had a phenomenal expansion in the space of just five years since we first started.

“To have this kind of partnership with a major global brand – making us the only company distributing Illamasqua products in Scotland – is a tremendous honour and recognition of how far we’ve come.

“The top makeup brands often miss out north of the border – but we’re delighted to be able to take an incredible brand like Illamasqua across the country.”

Illamasqua’s founder Julian Kynaston visited GlamCandy’s HQ in the capital on Friday as they aim to grow the brand in Scotland.

Julian built Illamasqua with no background or experience in the cosmetics industry. However, he had a vision to create a company who made luxury, ethically-made products with a set of values that promote equality and diversity.

Hayley said, “Julian has been a great inspiration and a massive source of help and guidance to us.

“We share the same values and hope to bring these to our customers and clients across Scotland.”

Julian Kynaston said, “Illamasqua began life as a stand against a complacent cosmetic industry – a powerful antidote to the cancer of celebrity brand culture.

“At the core of the brand was our values of tolerance, freedom of expression, equality and diversity. We called it human fundamentalism – and it drove our entire approach.”

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