Laura is an HNC Fashion Makeup student studying at GlamCandy Edinburgh. We caught up with her
to discuss her experience on the course, her future career plans, and her top tip for applying
Based in Linlithgow, Laura was a stay-at-home mum of 2 children before considering a change of
career. With a keen interest in both fashion and makeup, she decided to combine both passions and
pursue a career in fashion makeup artistry. After conducting research, she decided that GlamCandy’s
HNC in Fashion Makeup would be perfect. The location and structure of the course meant that she
could easily fit studying around her family responsibilities.
Initially, Laura began the HNC course last year before the pandemic threatened to halt her progress.
She says, “Thank god for Zoom, this allowed us to still carry on with the course!”. Teaching methods
were adapted, and she was able to complete her studies virtually.
The risk of embarking on something completely new has definitely paid off. She says, “I absolutely
loved the course and didn’t want it to end. I didn’t even have a clue about makeup when I first
started. I didn’t know what each brush was for. I used to take around 2 minutes to apply my makeup
but not so much now!” Her personal highlight is being taught by a mix of different tutors as they all have their own tips and techniques which they can pass on to students.
As the industry re-opens, GlamCandy have now offered affected students the opportunity to return
to the HNC course in person or take on a short Pro course. This allows students to gain more
practical skills in an in-person environment, something that was missing during the lockdown period.
Laura has taken up this opportunity to brush up on any gaps in her knowledge.
When asked if there were any aspects of the course that she didn’t enjoy (aside from the disruption
of Covid), she cites the theory-based coursework, much preferring the hands-on, creative side of
things. She didn’t let this deter her, however, stating, “The course is only for 6 months and so worth it”.
Lastly, we couldn’t let Laura leave without sharing her top tip for makeup artists! She lets us in on her secret – “After applying lashes, ask your client to look downwards and press the lashes in place using an angled brush”. This ensures that the lashes are applied evenly and will stay put for longer.
Looking to the future, Laura considers whether taking on the HNC course has been of value in
developing her career. She muses that her career has definitely changed since deciding to study the
HNC – she is now a working makeup artist who is salon based. The course has given her the
opportunity to develop her confidence, skills and help attract a client base: “I’m now busy most
weekends. I also have a few weddings in the next few months which I’m absolutely buzzing about.
Who knows what the future holds!”
Laura is currently available for bookings and is based at The Vennel Star Barber in Linlithgow. You
can also check out more of her work on social media:
Instagram – @demir_artistry
Facebook – Demir Artistry
If you are interested in the HNC Fashion Makeup course at GlamCandy, more information can be