At the age of 13, Charlie was involved in an accident that left her with broken facial bones. She became obsessed with make-up and how it could transform her face to hide the damage from the accident. The more she learned, the more confident it made her feel throughout her recovery.
As a teenager, when Charlie expressed her interest in make-up artistry, she was told it wasn’t a ‘real’ career and that she would never excel academically due to her learning disabilities. However, through her stubborn nature and support from family, she was determined to prove them wrong. Through a lot of hard work, Charlie enrolled in college and received her HND in Make-Up Artistry. Now she is living her dream as a professional make-up artist and passing on her knowledge to the make-up artists of the future.
What do you enjoy most about being a make-up artist?
My favourite thing is when you turn the mirror around and see your client smile with confidence, or when you work hard on a project, receive the final images and see that all the hard work has paid off.
How long did you work as a self employed make-up 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 students grow in confidence both 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 make-up artist, and I enjoy being part of that journey.
How would you describe your style of make-up?
At the moment I enjoy styling fluffy brows 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!
What is a typical week working as a make-up artist like?
No week is ever the same! One week can be full glam and SFX the next. 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!