A little bit about me
From a very young age I have always had a keen interest in makeup and the ability to change how someone looks with different makeup techniques fascinated me. At the age of 13 I spent my Saturdays applying one makeup look after another, perfecting eyeliner and practising on my unfortunate friends. I was hooked.
My family have always been very creative and we have even been called the 'arty farty family' when I was at school. My mother use to dress us in Von Trap style clothes she had made out of curtain like material and our school projects used to be award winningly worthy! She has always took the approach that if something doesn't exist then it can be created. She now has her own skin care range called West Barn and I'm lucky enough to be one of the people that gets to sample and test the products that she makes (if I can get in there quicker than my sister). My twin sister Kirsty has a jewellery company called theartisanbird and my brother is a photo manipulation artist and photographer.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, I love films and knit in the in winter. I like nice food and cocktails and tend to be that one person you can not get off Karaoke after a few drinks. I spending time with my husband, nieces and nephew and the rest of the family.
London Fashion Week
Love Niche London
Sam Jackson photographer
My makeup life
In 2013 I decided to train professionally at Newcastle academy with tutor and makeup artist Vikky Johnston. Here I trained on the fundamentals of makeup and the history of makeup and hair. I quickly embraced the industry in the occasion sector, then spent time in London at The Session School to expanded my training in hair, fashion and photographic makeup. I spent quite some time perfecting my photographic and editorial makeup and hair and worked on photoshoots, music videos and Fashion shows.
After spending a few years working in fashion and occasion work I gravitated towards film and TV and completed further training in Belfast with makeup artist Pam Smyth who the crowd Makeup Designer on HBO's Game of Thrones and makeup designer for BBC's The Fall.
Newcastle College Advanced makeup
The Session School - basic hair
The Session School - bridal hair
The Session School - Fashion and photographic makeup
The Makeup Dept - Get Set Ready