Since first experimenting with makeup when I was young, I have loved how makeup can artistically transform any look. Whether it’s adding or removing freckles, disguising a birth mark, even altering facial shapes. The creative possibilities are endless when using makeup and working at GlamCandy gives me the freedom to build on my creativity.
By keeping on top of trends it was easy to find sources of inspiration for new and original looks. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the expressions of customers after I have completed their makeup, it was this very feeling that I after working many years as a bank manager in RBS I decided to train to become a makeup artist and persue my passion. To help define someones look for a special occasion in their life gives me great pride and a huge sense of achievement. No two days are the same, every face a unique canvas and I absolutely love every second of it!
WHERE DID YOU TRAIN?
Glamcandy. I started by enrolling in their part-time pro courses as they were held on a Sunday as I had just had my 2nd child so it was easy for me to study around childcare. I completed 5 of the pro courses starting with the Introduction to Makeup Artistry course then going on to study, Bridal, Our Glam Makeup Course, Fashion, SFX and then went on to complete my HND in Makeup Artistry.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY?
I have always experiemented with makeup however I have worked full time professionally for almost 4 years.
WHO INSPIRES YOU?
CoCo Chanel - “Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF MAKEUP ARTISTRY?
I'm most comfortable with special effects makeup. I love the ability to transform and create anything I want. Special effects to me is not only about blood and gore, it’s about beauty and creation of character. This is what excites me about my job.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE EXAMPLE OF WORK?
My favourite example of work was my recent ELF shoot, whereby I created prosthetic ears and applied a dramatic wig. This piece of work I feel represents my skills and abilities. i achieved this look by casting a model’s ear and building a bespoke prosthetic. I Also had great fun making a head piece to compliment the whole look.
WHAT TRENDS DO YOU THINK WILL BE BIG IN 2018/2019?
I really hope that the contour trend fades and people turn to sun kissed skin.
WHAT IS YOUR MUST-HAVE PRODUCT?
My must have product is my Caudalie Elixir its amazing for hot flushes and freshening the skin.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE GLAMCANDY COURSE AND WHY?
I love teaching the introduction course, as It allows me to grow the makeup artist community and grow an individual. There is nothing more rewarding than watching an students skills grow in a short amount of time.
WHOS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER AND SFX MAKEUP ARTIST?
Tristan Versluis, he Is unreal, he is the creator of The Night King in Game Of Thrones. His work encourages me to enhance my skills and exceed in every job I take on.