This week with the students we've been working on getting in to work, going from learning makeup to how to turn that into skills when you are actually on a job. Makeup is one part of the job but teaching them how to transfer what they have learnt with me at the academy into working out a brief and meeting clients expectations, which if not covered could make or break their career. After all the idea is to be a working makeup artist isn't it?
So part of their training is looking at being creative with lots of different products using things in ways that you wouldn't normally use them, how to gain the most from your kit and create products that you haven't necessarily got, for example a black eye gloss, or a black shadow pigment which we made by scraping off a pressed black eyeshadow. We've also been looking at skin tones and how to create a bronzed and golden look on someone who isn't that in natural life and is normally a fairer skin tone with freckled skin and its using more than just make up skills to create a look thats different and edgey and fits a brief.
We gave the students a task of creating a look which could be used for the academy marketing flyers. So everyone spent time getting creative working in groups and also coming up with their own individual ideas its really fun to see how people interpret briefs in a different way, and I honestly say this is a part of my job that I really love. Having taken students from not knowing anything about makeup and watching them grow and confidently make decisions about how they are now approaching their tasks and what they want the outcome to be is really rewarding and a huge reason why I do what I do.