Week 2 at the Session school was the advanced makeup period. I was very much looking forward to it and itching to get started.
The first tutor we had was Amanda Bell. It was immediately recognised that Amanda had an extensive knowledge of products, ingredients, skin and cosmetology. She has worked for names such as Grazia, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Elle as well as brands such as NARS, Laura Mercier, Lancome and Shu Uemura.
Amanda really helped to increase my confidence levels. The brand advice she has is invaluable and very helpful, especially whilst I am still building my kit. Amanda showed us the beauty of mineral makeup and how to get a fresh faced look and a natural makeup look. It was great having the opportunity to use such a wide range of products without having to purchase them all first. Amanda also went through a modern and classic smokey eye. Amanda's humour really made me laugh too. She was a pleasure to be around and made my time with her very memorable.
The next Tutor we were introduced to was Julie Jacobs. She has worked for names such as British Vogue, Harper's, Bazaar, Queen, and Marie Claire. Julie went through catwalk designs, Avant Garde and different textures of makeup with us. I found this section of the course most challenging and was really pleased that Julie pushed me out of my comfort zone. I learnt so much from her doing this. One of the sessions was all about creativity and letting this flow, whilst taking inspiration from something. This lesson made me very aware that we were all artists creating our own styles and different inspirations. It was a huge lesson for me and a great step in the right direction for my career. Thank you Julie.
Katie Campbell was the third tutor we had the pleasure of being trained by. Katie specialises in Vintage inspired makeup and has worked for names such as BBC, Disney Channel, SUPERSUPER magazine and the National Portrait Gallery. Katie again pushed us to be creative with our work and to take vintage inspiration. I found myself being drawn to TV and Film work after speaking to Katie and think this is an avenue that I will pursue in the future. I like the thought of following a character on set and having the challenge of continuity. Katie went through the eras and history of Makeup which I find fascinating. She showed us how to take inspiration from these eras and how to modernise these looks. I started to see vintage inspiration in all makeup. This lesson really helped my creative side to grow and to understand a better was of taking inspiration.