Dannielle applies foundation to Louise; Cori applies concealer to Sally's skin
Armed with her foundation brush, Danielle Frame sets to work on recreating the flawless skin look on mate Louise Nisbet. Whilst on the other side of the room, Cori Burnett is discussing foundation shades with her chum Sally Drummond. Well, I say chum, because you'd think these girls had all been friends for years, but actually they only met last week. They're amongst the eight-strong group who are the latest enrollees in a makeup course. And judging from the smiles, giggles and general excited chatter when it comes to the beauty banter, they're loving it. It's the Introduction to Makeup Artistry course run by Edinburgh-based beauty school, Lauren Gollan Academy of Makeup Artistry and it's the fourth time the beginner's course has run this year. Aside from this course, there's editorial and bridal courses on offer too. So when it comes to makeup students, it's looking like Lauren Gollan is building an army.
The 29-year-old, who counts presenter Edith Bowman and chart-topper Pixie Lott amongst her clients, set up her makeup academy
back in 2011. It was, says Lauren, the first one in Edinburgh to offer a makeup course on this level. And now, the school offers a variety of courses for different aptitudes and purposes. For those looking to work in the wedding industry, there's a bridal course. And the editorial one, which includes a photo shoot, offers a great starting point for those looking to build a career in high end fashion makeup. And the introductory course is a great starting point for both those who want to change careers to people who simply love makeup. I most definitely fall into the latter category so when Lauren invited me to join her on this course I jumped at the chance.
Rudi and Holly
Using a bright airy classroom in the capital's Mary Reid Spa Academy
, it's a five week course. From teaching students the basics about face shapes and different types of foundation, to mastering the perfect smokey eye, it gives a solid all-round introduction to makeup. Class sizes are, says Lauren, deliberately small, allowing a personal element to the course. And it draws in people from a variety of different backgrounds, from those working in offices to others who run their own businesses. Some are doing the course to see where it takes them, others are considering a career change and see the course as a way to do this. Bubbly Rudi McKay says,
"I love to do this as a full time job, and we're learning things that I never knew about makeup. It's more in depth than other courses and it's a great basis for getting into the makeup industry."
And blonde-haired Holly Matthews, who is looking to do the bridal course next adds,
"I did a beauty course earlier this year but this one has been brilliant and I've learnt so much. I love my job but I have always wanted to do something with makeup so I'm hoping to do the bridal course after this and maybe look to do wedding makeup."
Lessons take in all the facial elements too from brow shape and how to use eye liner on different eye shapes to key makeup skills such as contouring. Lauren's master class on this shows how to use highlighters, foundations, powders and those all important brush techniques to illuminate skin, creating definition and cheekbones and a glowing, gorgeous finish on model Courtney Ferguson.
Week four and it's time for the penultimate challenge and gathering round to take snaps with their mobiles, the group inspects Lauren's smokey eye handiwork. They're going to have to recreate it themselves next and, some are keen to get going but, judging by some of the expressions, others are a bit nervous. Mum and model Angie McKim says,
"It's quite scary to use the MAC Black Track for this. It's not something I've really used before, especially to do this look and the colour is so intense. Doubt it'll be any good but I'm here to learn so can but try."
And there was no need for nerves because all the ladies breezed through the challenge. When the five weeks are up, there's number swapping and a class night out planned. And several are already planning to take the plunge and sign up for the next level: the editorial.
So if you fancy joining the army, and finding out your blusher brushes from your blending brushes, or your liquid foundations from your powders then check out Lauren's website
for more info including when the classes are running. The introductory course costs £1200.