My Makeup Journey By Abby Bateman
Hi, my name is Abby, I trained with the makeup Artist Studio in 2016 and I am going to talk you through my makeup journey.
This was always something I had wanted to do, A few years before I trained I was in a job I wasn’t happy with and I had been thinking about taking the plunge for a while! Understandably, a scary move! With bills to pay and wanting to maintain a lifestyle I had always had it wasn’t easy. Eventually my Nanna said she would help me out financially to pursue my dream so my mum and I went off to Manchester to look at Cassie Lomas. I have never been so excited, I loved it and I had the best day there however it was very expensive and I didn’t end up going for one reason or another. A few more years went by, fell in to a few more jobs I didn’t enjoy and was again, stuck in a rut! A feeling I am sure a lot of you are familiar with!
In 2016 I turned 24. At this point I realised I wasn’t getting any younger! Not that I was old, but I wasn’t 19 anymore, and really had no excuse to not be doing what I loved. Throughout January I was very proactive and was constantly online trying to find affordable places to train in makeup. I came across the makeup artist studio on google and knew straight away it was perfect, the website was professional, the pictures looked amazing, the location was ideal for me and I felt I had finally found a place that offered everything I needed for an affordable price (they also offer payment plans, which is helpful!). I got in touch with the girls and from the minute I made my first enquiry they were so kind and helpful to me, they understood every question I had and seemed to genuinely care about the students. I dropped my hours at work and signed up to start in July. By this point it really couldn’t come quick enough.
As my first day was looming, I felt nervous about going into a place where I didn’t know anyone, which was a little strange as I am not really a nervous person and I can normally chat for Britain (as you can probably tell!) I got ready and wore this gorgeous dusty pink 2 piece from Zara (pulled out all the stops as I knew all the Liverpool girls would have trendy clothes on!!) My boyfriend at the time dropped me off and as I walked into the room I realised everyone else was dressed in black head to toe and I stood out like a sore thumb! Didn’t help my nerves haha! I obviously didn’t get the memo but in a strange way it broke the ice and I calmed down a bit! That morning we were given a ‘makeup artist studio’ t shirt and a shiny new Zoeva brush set which made my day as I am obsessed with make-up brushes!
As the weeks went by we soon got into the swing of things, they would do a demo of what we were learning that day, we would then pair up and practise on each other. Very early on I met a girl called Faye who I clicked with straight away, she lives near me so we would get the train together, eat lunch together and pair up with each other most weeks. It was so nice to have someone I felt I could relate to for every query, question or difficulty I was having throughout my training. I honestly did not expect to make friends never mind meet someone who will be a lifelong friend to me, so I am very grateful for that. She has helped me a lot and made the whole daunting experience of ‘trying something new’ much easier!
By week 3 I noticed how much more confident I was becoming and I would wish the whole week away wanting Saturday to come around. Faye and I used to say ‘it’s addictive!” and I genuinely still believe that, once you have the basics you can’t wait to see what else you can create with your new found talent! Grace, Christina and Sam were very positive and would always praise us if we did something well and the odd occasion of it not being so amazing they would swoop in and show us a different way, or kindly nudge us in the right direction! I was amazed at the extent of products they had to offer, everything we needed was ready and waiting in the studio for us and they were very honest about what we would actually use for our own kit, i.e they didn’t let us buy rubbish!
Half way through my training there was talk of me going into a salon near where I live to pursue my makeup passion every Saturday! I finished my course in October, then I went to Thailand with my boyfriend in November so I started at the salon in the December. This again was a little daunting but it was the best thing I could have done as it threw me in at the deep end, the last thing I wanted was to finish my course and not use my skills. Very early on I had 2 or 3 really busy days which again was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the confidence I needed to make me realise, hold on, I haven’t fallen behind today and every face I did looked beautiful!
To this day I am still learning, I go to master classes, constantly look on YouTube and do any other little extra bits I can find to keep my knowledge up to date and further my skills. One of the main reasons I decided to train with the makeup artist studio was the level of aftercare they offer, I keep in touch with the girls from the studio and they always let Faye and I know of any upcoming events or master classes they are hosting. We always make time to go no matter how busy we are as it is nice to refresh our skills and have a catch up with everyone! Finally, just want to say what a pleasure it was to have trained with such a talented and down to earth group of girls, I cannot recommend them enough, I hope their amazing studio keeps on growing and I wish them every success!
If I can do it, you can! Like they say, it is never too late to change your career.