When Lois' sister first showed her how to make any lip colour by mixing eyeshadow with clear lipgloss, she would sit for hours making different colours and swatching them on her arm. Obsessed with this new make-up trick she had learned and a newfound passion for make-up, Lois' Nana took her to MAC to get her make-up done for her 15th birthday. She bought her everything the artist had used, and with these products she began building her first kit.
Lois studied her HNC in Make-Up Artistry at GlamCandy and specialises in fashion, commercial and editorial make-up. Lois has worked with a range of television personalities and models, and recently worked on a photoshoot with Miss Scotland 2019, Keryn Matthews. She loves teaching, as she can share her knowledge with clients and students who are aspiring to work within the make-up industry.
Lois feels that the limits of make-up should always be pushed and doesn't believe there is a right or wrong way to use it. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, with no specific individual or artist that she looks up to. She is deeply inspired by her colleagues and students, and doesn’t think artists ever stop learning - when she is teaching, she is learning.
Lois's favourite saying to go by is, "Make-up can be used to boost confidence, enhance natural beauty but also to express creativity, make-up is art with no rules."
Where did you train?
I was self taught from ages 15- 20 then decided to get my HNC with GlamCandy. I also did a one day masterclass with Gord George to advance my glam skills.
What does a typical week look like for you at GlamCandy?
While teaching, I'm often split between the Dunfermline & Edinburgh colleges during the week and teach Pro Courses at the weekend.
What do you like most about teaching?
I absolutely love building relationships with new people within the make-up industry, and I enjoy watching students gain confidence and advance their skills.
What is your favourite course at GlamCandy and why?
I love the HNC because I feel like we get to build a friendly relationship with students and watch them grow as both artists and people. We get to gain friendships.
My favourite pro course is definitely got to be the Glam Course. The atmosphere is just total fun and excitement, everyone loves the glam course and I love teaching it.
What has been the best moment in your career so far?
I don’t think I have a specific favourite moment, I absolutely loved working with Miss Scotland and the Fashion Students at Robert Gordon University.