Annie Walters, 30, who lives in New Stevenston, took home a coveted gold medal for ‘Media Make-up – Face’ from the WorldSkills UK trade skills contest in Birmingham in November 2015.
The freelance make-up artist previously worked for some of the biggest names in the highly-lucrative cosmetics industry.
She is aiming to complete her HND in Make-up Artistry at our Coatbridge Campus and dreams of one day teaching others.
I worked in the make-up industry for 13 years as a make-up artist, gaining all my experience with prestigious companies such as Dior, YSL, Lancôme and Estée Lauder. I did most of my training in London with these companies before having a family and returning to study.
I now want to put my experience and skills to other uses – I want to get my HND to go on to further my education and hopefully one day became a lecturer in Make-up Artistry.
The thing that I like most about the course is that I get to express my passions for make-up and embrace my creative side.
The most valuable thing I have learned is about being a team player and working with others, because my previous jobs in make-up were mostly focused on self-achievement.
I choose the Coatbridge Campus because of its reputation and its fantastic facilities. It has the best lecturers who greatly support and encourage their students through all of the ups and downs of their course, especially when it’s tough. They really help to motivate you to get through it.
I would advise anyone thinking about studying Make-up Artistry that it's a great course for learning and expressing your passions, but that it's not a walk in the park and that you have to give 100% effort and dedication. It's not just a case of picking up a make-up brush.
In ten years’ time I see myself either growing my own business, working on sets as a make-up artist or achieving my goal of lecturing.