At the age of 13 Charlie was involved in an accident where my her was completely damaged with broken facial and nose bones. Charlie became obsessed with makeup and how it could transform her face and hide the damage from the accident. The more she learned the more confident it made her feel throughout her recovery. People quickly began to notice Charlie's skills improving and asked if she would do their makeup for occasions. This is when she realised her hobby could become her career.
As a teenager, when Charlie expressed her interest in Makeup Artistry she was dismissed as this wasn’t a ‘Real’ career. Charlie was told she would never excel educationally as she had learning disabilities. However, through her stubborn nature and support from family she was determined to prove others wrong so through a lot of hard work Charlie enrolled in college and received her HND Makeup Artistry. And now here she is, living her dream as a professional makeup artist and passing on her skills and knowledge to the makeup artists of the future :)
What do you enjoy most about being a makeup artist.
My Favourite thing is when you turn round the mirror and see your client smile and feel happy and confident, Or when you work hard on a project and you receive the final images and see that all the hard work had paid off.
How long did you work as a self employed makeup artist?
I started freelancing with clients at the age of 14 and secured my first salon job at 15.
What do you like about teaching?
I love watching my student’s grow in confidence personally and professionally particularly when I teach them a new skill or technique. I believe that students from any background, with the right support and mindset can achieve their dreams of becoming a successful makeup artist and I enjoy being part of that journey.
How would you describe your style of makeup?
At the moment I enjoy styling fluffy brows for a glamourous look with glowy skin and bold eyes! However, in this industry you need to be adaptable and prepared for anything so it is important to keep up practice in all styles of makeup!
What is a typical week like for you working as a makeup artist?
No week is ever the same! One week you can go from full glam and the next you can be doing special effects or photoshoots. This is all part of the fun in the industry, the constant change fuels creativity.
Social media is important so I always like to make it a point to update my chanels with new photos and content. As my job is so versatile, some days I can be working with clients, working photoshoots or teaching our amazing HNC Students!