About - a bit about me...

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polly colWelcome to my website. For those of you who are interested, just a bit of information about my work. If you would prefer to skip to the relevant section please choose Bridal or Commercial for more specific information.

I have worked as a freelance make up artist for nearly 20 years now. My journey over this time has been extremely varied, taking me through so many areas of the vast world of Make-up Artistry and Hairstyling. I have a very ‘open’ work ethic and I believe there are no real rules. I work with the individual client to try to achieve the best results. As well as the day to day skills of general Hair and Make-up design and application, I am lucky enough to have been able to explore my creativity due to working on fashion projects, creative fantasy work and character briefs. My technical skills include working with wigs, hair pieces and extensions, airbrush work and creative and character techniques.

My main area of work is now print (campaigns, catalogue, editorial) and commercials. I thoroughly enjoy the variety that comes with this type of work and I have built up a strong network of contacts in this area. My journey has also taken me to the world of T.V. and Film where I have experience of documentary, drama and film. Live events have included fashion shows, music tours, theatre and even a stint in the circus!

In the early years prior to becoming freelance I worked as a  Make up specialist for many of the large cosmetic companies, working on their latest promotions, demonstrations, training and events. During this time I built up relationships with many of the staff at these companies and am still friends with many of them. This is so handy in the world of cosmetics and make up as I always have access to true reviews of new products and what really works!

Please contact me if you think I can help with any upcoming projects you have!

Teaching

Over the years I have become more involved in the teaching and training of trainee make up artists. This began as working one day a week on a vocational course at a local college. Now, with the growth in the industry, there are now opportunities for students to obtain a degree in the field of Media Make up and I have been involved in the re-writing and validation of Foundation and B.A. Honours degree courses in Media Make up and SPFX. I am passionate about this area of my work as I believe that this subject area can be underestimated by those who do not understand the complexity and depth in many areas of the industry. I believe that students should have a clear understanding of current skills, trends and the employment market, in order to reach their full potential.

My teaching experience spans 18 years and includes the tuition of wigmaking, historical make up, make up for theatre, television and film, creative hair techniques as well as techniques for fashion, photographic and catwalk. I believe that students should have a broad understanding of the whole industry as well as specialising in their field.  Students are introduced to industry leaders such as Mac, Illamasqua, Airbase Airbrush as well as individuals who are working within the industry. Past students have gone on to have successful careers in Editorial work, Film and Television and Theatre as well as opening their own schools and studios and it is so exciting to see these ex students flourishing and growing in this exciting world.

I consider myself lucky to have had such a varied career so far – if you feel that I could help with any prospective projects, however simple or challenging, please get in touch.

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