October 17th, 2014
With so many schools and colleges out there, it can be difficult to know which course is the right one for you. Without the proper training, you’re facing an uphill struggle in an already ultra-competitive business. We recently met up with Amanda Green, celebrity make-up artist, designer and Principal of The Make-Up Artist Academy at 3 Mills Studios, to talk about teaching, YouTube and making that leap from artist to instructor.
Read on to find an exclusive competition for Warpaint readers, where you can win free tuition for one of the Academy’s upcoming courses.
WP: What initially sparked your interest in make-up?
AG: I have been fascinated by it for as long as I can remember; from watching my mother paint the most perfect eyeliner as a young girl, drawing over the features of a model’s face on the front cover of a magazine, or applying make-up for a ballet performance in the theatre. I was obsessed by it all, but it wasn’t until I moved to London to study dance and art that I discovered that you could have a career as a make-up artist. I’d finished college and had started working as a dancer working on the odd film, TV commercial and music promo, where I worked with some of the best make-up artists in the industry. I knew then that I would move into make-up.
WP: Were you formally trained? If so, where?
AG: I approached a brilliant make-up artist and designer I’d worked with on many occasions called Derry Hawes. She had trained at the BBC and advised me to train professionally in all aspects of make-up and hair if I was serious about a career in make-up. She was right! Being able to answer any call for work has kept me busy.
WP: Who are your MUA idols?
AG: My make-up idols are people like Kevin Aucoin, Lois Burwell, Alex Box and Francesca Tolot. It’s a real eclectic blend – I love to mix things up, and as a make-up artist I move between the different disciplines and experience the challenges that brings.
WP: What has been your favourite job you’ve worked on?
AG: My favourite job? There have been many, and all for different reasons. The silly capers of John Barrowman and his disguises for Tonight’s the Night; the high-flying jobs with Tom Jones in his helicopter for EMI; red carpet events for The Brits; and, of course, dance shows such as Strictly Come Dancing (I’m still a dancer at heart!), which the BBC wanted me to design but I had to decline due to other commitments. It’s just as well really, as Lisa [Armstrong] and the team do a brilliant job, and now have a BAFTA too!
WP: What drove you to starting The Make Up Artist Academy?
AG: I decided to create The Make-Up Artist Academy because make-up has been a fantastic career for me. It’s the perfect outlet for an artistic person, giving you the challenges of creating a work of art everyday with make-up and hair. Working in the industry for over twenty years has been exciting, interesting and challenging. I’ve worked with such amazing people and every day is different. Every day there are new people to meet and different places to go.
WP: With the rise in YouTube and beauty bloggers, do you think the industry has had to adapt/change? Have you noticed a change in how competitive it is to land jobs, or a decrease in interest for traditional training courses?
AG: I have noticed some amazing changes in the industry. There are beauty bloggers galore, YouTube demos and lots of people now wanting to work as a “make-up artist”. With so many courses out there these days – which are great, don’t get me wrong – it can be confusing to find the right one. If you want to work in TV and film, for example, then a one week course in make-up is simply not going to get you there. Local colleges also do make-up artist training nowadays, but you need to make sure your tutors have at least worked in the industry and have a few years’ experience to be able to advise you how to get there too. Otherwise, how can they help?
Make-up artistry has always been a competitive business, although I’ve actually found that there are more opportunities than ever for MUAs to find work. It used to be only pro shoots, which would be so hard to break into and get experience, but now artists are being booked by the general public for weddings, corporate events, proms, Facebook and Twitter shoots (yes, really), YouTube users, even Halloween. It seems that everyone wants to look good with so many cameras around these days.
But, if you want to work in the professional industries, it’s still very important that you get professional training. I was given a card by the owner of a top international MUA agency recently who told me that she was only interested in new talent who had been trained by professional MUAs.
WP: What is your favourite thing, or the thing you are most proud of, with The Make Up Artist Academy?
AG: I’m so proud of the quality of training and the range of subjects that we offer. We provide training with leading make-up artists and designers, who are teaching their own specialist subjects in a proper London studio. Our graduates have proven themselves to be an asset to any Make-Up & Hair team. I think our location helps a lot too; 3 Mills Studios is such a great spot, easy to get to on the district line, set on an attractive island oasis in London, E3. It’s an iconic production destination in the heart of London’s vibrant, creative community and the perfect environment in which to study.
WP: What are your current kit saviours?
AG: Without a doubt the Bobbie Brown Pro Artist Foundation Palette (£190). I also love Louise Young’s Essential Eye Palette (£30), MAC Blacktrack (£15.50), DIORSHOW Blackout mascara (£24.50) and Bobbie Brown’s Shimmer Brick (£32.50).
WP: Do you have any advice for aspiring MUAs who are wanting to break into the TV industry?
AG: My only real advice is if you want it and you have the right training, passion and dedication, you will achieve your dreams.
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The Make-Up Artist Academy and Warpaint have teamed up to give you the chance to WIN free tuition on their one week Foundation course taking place 3rd to 7th November.
You will learn: health & safety, product knowledge, skin preparation, skin tone corrections, flawless foundation, face shapes, highlight and shade, smoky eyes, eyelash application, brow shapes and grooming, bridal make-up, cream and powder application, and use of colour for warm and cool skin tones.
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