In her own words, Lauren tells us all about her career since leaving Delamar Academy. Lauren talks about how her training at the Academy on the 1 Year Cert HE Professional Make-up Design Course helped her work as a top make-up artist with 10 years spent in NYC.
I have been working as a freelance make-up artist now for 16 years, the last ten of those in New York. But my make-up journey started at the Delamar Academy of Make-Up in London, at the then much smaller quaint location in an old converted church in Fulham. I remember it was the first time in my life I woke up with an inner excitement as to what my day had in store for me and I commuted the hour journey every day of my year long course with a spring in my step. I had finally found what it was I wanted to do and what I was good at. And the kind and nurturing teachers at Delamar only got me more excited and enthusiastic about the craft as the course progressed.
I loved the fact that the teachers were all still working in the industry so had current knowledge and understanding of the industry. I formed a particularly strong bond with my fashion make-up instructor, a fabulous Frenchman called Pascal who was kind enough to let me assist him on some of his jobs. I soaked up everything I could from him and we still remain friends to this day!
I realized my time at Delamar was invaluable even then. But since my days there, the more I realize just how totally responsible they are for getting me where I am today. It isn’t just about doing a pretty make-up, it’s all the other things that go with being a professional make-up artist: knowing set etiquette, how to handle clients (celebs included), how to promote your business, how to stay motivated… I still to this day hear lessons I learned there ringing in my ears! I would not be the professional I am now if I had gone to any other school.
Today, I juggle an incredibly busy schedule of varying fashion, advertising and celebrity clients and work has taken me all over the globe. But I also now have the pleasure of being a make-up teacher at a prestigious New York make-up school. I love the idea that I can carry on the legacy of what I learned back then at such a special place to new and aspiring artists who want to break into the industry too. And I try to make their journey just as fun as mine was. They are the best memories I hold.