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So far the school programme is offered at Aberdeen Grammar and Oldmachar, with Ellon Academy, Lochside Academy and Meldrum signing up for it later in the year.

The north-east could have the next Jamie Genevieve on its hands as Scotland’s leading makeup college is bringing a schools programme to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

The makeup programme will give teenagers across the north-east to earn a national qualification in makeup whilst at school.

It comes as makeup school Glamcandy is expanding the programme across the country. So far, the school programme is offered at Aberdeen Grammar and Oldmachar, with Ellon Academy, Lochside Academy and Meldrum due to introduce it later in the year.

Classes have been credited with raising engagement, attainment and confidence for pupils, as well as boosting their employability.

The course is led by professional makeup artists and teaches areas including beauty, bridal and evening makeup as well as key skills such as hygiene and colour theory.


Ross Allan, deputy head teacher at Aberdeen Grammar School who are running the course this term, said pupils had “loved every minute” of the course.

He added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with GlamCandy to offer our pupils the opportunity to complete an NPA qualification in Make Up Skills. The pupils involved are loving every minute of this course, and are learning valuable skills that will stand them in good stead whether they pursue a related career or not. Their eyes have certainly been opened to the possibilities and career pathways within the industry. Molly, our course tutor, has given our young people an excellent experience and has been a fantastic role model in the process. A recent assessment involved several members of our staff acting as models for the pupils to complete an assessment – every member of staff that took part was impressed by our pupils, and everything they had learned on the course.”

One Aberdeenshire pupil who has taken part in the course said: “I have enjoyed the makeup course as it has given me more confidence. By the end of the course I want to improve my eyeliner skills, it has been a great experience so far!”

Another added: “I want to be able to improve my makeup on others. The teacher is very kind, calm and understanding. The course is really good fun and a good experience in general.”

Steph Kent, enrolment manager at Glamcandy, said the firm are keen to hear from schools across Scotland who would like to offer the course.

She said: “We are really excited to launch this course across Scotland in 2023. As a makeup College, we have trained a high number of successful makeup artists since opening in 2011. Many have gone into successful careers by opening their own salons, teaching, working worldwide as makeup artists, launching their own cosmetics, beauty blogging and influencing. There are a huge number of careers in the industry and we’re proud to put students on the right track. We encourage students to get creative, challenge themselves and have fun doing it. This course helps to build confidence and teaches skills that will be useful in whatever career path they take upon leaving school.”

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