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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Update: My first few weeks in Makeup college

I've been getting countless emails, messages and snapchats about my makeup course so I've decided to write a series of blog posts about my experiences throughout the year. I have to start of by saying that I am enjoying this course so much, much more so than I did my business course. I finally feel like I have found my passion!

I'm doing a year-long course in Vanity X Makeup Academy. The name of my course is the 'ITEC Full Time Makeup Artistry Diploma'. The cost of the course is €3,000 which you can pay in installments or you can pay the course in full and receive a discount (€2645). I believe this is the best makeup course to do in the college if you want to work in the industry. The ITEC qualification is recognised worldwide and most employers will want you to hold this qualification. You get a uniform included in your fees and a small make-up kit to get your started.

So far I have completed Unit 10 which comprises of 5 different makeup looks; a day look, smokey eye, mature, bridal and an evening look using pigments. This unit teaches you the basic techniques that you will use throughout the course and your career. It includes hygiene, basic theory, applying makeup and blending. 

I went into the course thinking I was relatively good at make-up but when it comes to doing makeup on someone else, I wasn't so confident. You are so used to your own facial features that you can perfect how to do your makeup. I've learned how to deal with different face shapes, eye shapes and lip shapes. I've really learned so much about the basis of makeup from completing Unit 10.

We have recently begun unit 41 and 42 which is Fashion, Theatre and Media Makeup. I am enjoying this unit so much as we can be really creative, use bright colours and put our techniques into practise. We have 5 looks done so far and I will share some of my favourites with you below. I've been a bit cautious about sharing these looks online with you as I don't feel I have perfected my techniques, but every makeup artist starts here. Practise makes perfect, so don't be too harsh on me!

This is a dance look we had to do and I created a flapper look on the gorgeous Aoife. I used the Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette, Makeup Geek Shadows and the Inglot Stardust Pigment in 112 to create this look.

Meg created this amazing Indian Bridal look on me. I loved the cat eye and the dots above my brows! She used tape on my eyes to create a really clean line.

This is the indian bridal look I created on Meg. I used the Vice 4 palette again here. The shadows are so pigmented. 

This is an Egyptian look that I created on Erica. I used Makeup Geek Shadows, 'Beatdown' from the Vice 4 palette and a gold glitter from the MAC Christmas Pigment Set. It took so long to get the pigment to sit nicely on the eyelid, but with more practise I'm sure I'll be flying at it!

For anyone considering doing this course, be aware that there is so much work involved. There is homework every single solitary night, you have to wash and sterilise your brushes every night, there are tests to study for every week and you have to write up case studies for each look you create. I genuinely find this course just as hard as I did my business degree. Another thing to take into consideration is the money aspect. There are extra things to pay for on top of fees. You have to pay for a special effects kit, exam fees and you will need to build up your kit throughout the year. Here's some of the gorgeous makeup bits I've received or purchased so far!

MAC Christmas Collection Pigments

YSL Rouge Pur Couture '19'

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette

Makeup Geek Blushes. These are amazing value and perfect for any makeup artist or trainee!
You can get them here.

I purchased 8 shadows from Makeup Geek and they are without doubt the best I've ever used. They are highly pigmented, buttery and blend so easily.

I purchased;
Peach Smoothie here
Latte here
Creme Brulee here
Desert Sands here
Cocoa Bear here
Bitten here
Unexpected here
Blacklight (Duochrome) here

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and looking at some of the characters I created. I've a long way to go but have seen such a huge improvement in my technique. I've never been so driven or determined to achieve something, and I'm so glad I took the chance to follow my passion. If you have any more questions please comment below. I will be looking for models throughout the year so if you are interested please send me a mail!

Lots of Love,


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