May 25th, 2016
In a new series of features for Warpaint, the eminent make-up educator, Julia Townend reviews a selection of schools and training courses for new and established make-up artists nationwide. For her first, Julia visits David Horne’s House of GlamDolls Make-up School.
This training academy began nearly two years ago and I view it as an Aladdin’s cave of make-up mentoring, design, creativity, structure and knowledge. Headed up by David Horne and Chinyee Chu, the duo is one of the most dynamic and balanced teams I know. David comes from a background of graphic design leading into make-up artistry and moving onto Course Leader on the Foundation Degree at the London College of Fashion in the late 1990s. This was the first time I became aware of his style of training using visual imagery via Powerpoint delivery to evoke discussion, analysis and deconstruction of an image. To enhance his teaching skills David undertook an academic course in teacher training at Degree level and is now a highly respected and sought after educator/trainer who has held a variety of roles at MAC, Jemma Kidd and was formally at Illamasqua in Product Development.
Chinyee is the Creative Director and brings with her a wealth of knowledge of design concepts, business and professional skills. With her background of working in various management roles at MAC and Illamasqua; the academy benefits from her comprehensive intellect of the fashion and media industries.
The House of GlamDolls offers a wide range of courses from one-to-one mentoring, daily courses, one week courses and also a part-time Make-up Artistry course which run over eight consecutive Saturdays. The training focuses more on technical application via the fashion and make-up industries, and the team extend themselves as mentors and adapt training methods to suit individual needs. They are also sought after offering in-house training for corporate companies and as trainers for well-known make-up brands.
On arriving at the studio you enter a den of integrity, colour and creativity; it is a very inspirational environment. There is the Glam Shed which houses the main office and shop for the GlamDolls product range, while the studio is then structured into sections for learning and encourages the student to become confident within each area. There are reference books, face charts and a wide variety of products and equipment, and the make-up training section is organised in an informal manner allowing the student to build confidence while working.
I view David as an inspirational and visionary educator who is continually adapting training methods and techniques to enhance his student’s development and ability. He has continually enhanced his way of training over the years and embraces the digital age within his teaching schedule. Students are encouraged to use their own phones and electronic tablets to record information in note form and visual research from a wide selection of areas including social media platforms. The group work as a team through a variety of instruction, demonstration, discussion, deconstruction and experimentation on colour, tone, shape, eyes, lips, skin, and brows. The students are offered a wide selection of products to test ranging from popular brands like MAC, Illasmasqua, and Charlotte Tilbury to new revolutionary high street brands such as Freedom and many others. The make-up brushes the students are working with are mainly Zoeva, My Kit Co. and the Louise Young ranges. The House of GlamDolls team are keen to initiate their students to a wide section of products from budget buys, latest Instagram favourites and cult must have products.
The Academy offers a creative environment with a unique and a stimulating training experience, and I would recommend these courses for both future make-up artists wishing to work in the fashion industries and pro artists wishing to update or refresh their general skills. There are a variety of training programmes available as well as 1-1 mentoring schedules that are adapted to individual needs.
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