My passion for the makeup industry began when I was 14 and my school were putting on a production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. I wasn’t very interested in taking part in this production as I was more into musicals. But there were a few positions for a hair and makeup team which my friends and I applied for. We didn’t take it very seriously at first but as time went on and we started doing dress rehearsals I realised that I was actually really enjoying it and I was pretty good!
From then on I realised this was what I wanted to do! I had grown up around the theatre and had performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the country (The Royal Albert Hall and The London Palladium to name a few). But now I knew I’d much rather be back stage than on stage.
This is when I began looking for courses, I never thought I’d be able to go to University to study makeup and had come to terms with the idea that I may never have a degree to do what I wanted to do. It was then that I stumbled across a course at the esteemed London College of Fashion which was now part of The University of the Arts London. As soon as I read the course curriculum and saw the university I knew this is where I was meant to study. After going through A Levels and the long university application and interview process I finally got the news that I had been accepted and that I’d be studying my dream subject at my dream University!
Whilst at LCF I gained some amazing life and industry opportunities, but the highlight for me was when I got to complete work experience at the English National Opera in the wig and makeup room where I assisted on productions such as Jack the Ripper and The Merry Widow.
After three years of living in London working hard I was coming to the end of my course when the Covid 19 pandemic hit the UK and we were thrown into the first lockdown. Nevertheless I worked hard from home and still managed to hand in my final uni project, and left London College of Fashion with a 2:1 Degree in Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for performance in the summer of 2020.
Once the world began to emerge from lockdown I was itching to get started! This is when I decided to set up as freelance hair and makeup artist, but unfortunately I wasn’t working long until the government added new restrictions that meant no one was requiring hair and makeup services.
This is when I began to train in beauty therapy’s to enhance my services and add a few more ‘strings to my bow’. I went on to train in eyebrow and eyelash treatments as well as facials and nails, to attract a wider customer base. This in turn lead to me renting a room at the Be Gorgeous Company salon in Eldwick, Bingley where I am based today for beauty therapy’s, and I am still offering a mobile makeup and hair service around the North and West Yorkshire area including Leeds and Bradford.