Eryn Shannon is a hair and makeup artist with over 15 years of experience with a unique range of experience within the beauty, fashion and wedding industries.
Her love of the arts began at a young age, she grew up in a small town outside of Toronto watching Fashion Television, admiring her mother’s makeup and hair skills and dreaming of one day, being a part of the creative team for Fashion Week. Her dreams took shape after leaving Art school as a painter to become a full-time makeup artist with MAC Cosmetics. While at MAC, she had the opportunity to be represented by a top hair and makeup agency based in Toronto and was asked to be a part of the Fashion Show team for New York Fashion week for each new season, truly a dream come true!
After accomplishing some big milestones, she was looking for her next venture. She tried a few different careers within the beauty industry that were pivotal experiences that really shaped where she is now. She began working for a PR Beauty firm where she refined her organization, media, and marketing skills. Then became an Account Executive for Eastern Canada with a top makeup brand and upgraded to then managing 30 brands and a large group of beauty advisors for a top Canadian department store. After being in retail, learning some serious business and artist management skills, it was time to really focus and put all her energy into her own business!
Eryn always had “Eryn Shannon Makeup and Hair” as her freelance side business throughout her career. She decided to put everything into becoming the Director and Owner of her freelance hair and makeup business with a strong focus on the bridal industry. She was already steady with consistent business and referrals, but what would happen if she advertised, marketed and put her PR skills to work? Within 1 year her business boomed! She became so busy that she looked for assistance from her fellow hair and makeup artist friend to take on more clients. Both Corrie and Eryn became so booked up with weddings, editorial shoots and travel and knew there was a huge opportunity to expand together as a team. They collaborated and created a brand called Covet & co. A finely curated collection of on-location hair and makeup artists.
Covet.co is now worldwide with an office in Toronto and Dubai and over 20 artists specializing in print, weddings, fashion and media. They just released their first makeup collection for brides and bridal parties and hope to continue teaching, creating and inspiring artists.
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Nolene is the creative and passionate teacher behind her company My New Hobby where she lives out her dream job as a Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and DIY home décor educator.
Nolene's passion for creativity started in 2009 when she learned the art of makeup as a retail makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics. She soon had the opportunity to be a representative for MAC South Africa and became part of their events team.
During this time, Nolene gained excessive knowledge in makeup at fashion weeks, television and magazine advertisements as well as working with South African Musicians. During her spare time Nolene expanded her creative capabilities by learning various different skills which include photography, digital editing, painting and carpentry.
Nothing excites Nolene more than gaining knowledge in creativity and sharing it with others.This characteristic trait formed the inspiration for starting her own business.
Her company offers students the opportunity to learn different creative skills as Nolene is able to utilize her knowledge as a professional makeup artist along with the other skills she has acquired over the years.
Many of her successes are due to the use of these skills in combination, and even led to her landing an episode on television where she needed to teach a creative class. This allowed her to share her love for creativity nationally.
Today Nolene is based in the USA where she spends her time passionately educating and mentoring her creative students!
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Tom Vandewalle is a Makeup Artistry Educator, Photographer and Professional Makeup Artist who specialises in the Fashion industry.
With a passion for drawing, painting and sculpting, Tom discovered he had a natural talent for Makeup Artistry after ‘falling into’ the craft 15 years ago. Being self-taught, it took him approximately 5 years of navigating the basics until he found his confidence. This experience gives Tom a unique sensitivity to the process of learning makeup artistry, which translates into a logical and intuitive teaching style.
Tom’s professional experience dates back 10 years and includes working on various photoshoots, music videos, fashion films and fashion shows (Paris Fashion Week).
He also spent 3 years working in retail for M.A.C Cosmetics. During which time, he was awarded “Outstanding Talent of the Year” by Benelux and, out of thousands of artists, he won an international competition organised by the industry renowned Rick Baker (MUA for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” & Disney's “Maleficent”).
For the past 6 years, Tom has educated students in major cities such as Amsterdam, Italy and now his home country, Belgium. More recently, Tom has been working on two books, one of which is a makeup handbook and the other, an inspirational photo book.
He has also been named ‘Creative Director’ of a new online makeup retailer which sees him test out different brands, products and tools.
What fascinates Tom the most about makeup artistry is that on one side, he can make people feel confident in their skin and on the other side, he can let his creativity run freely.
Tom is a great example of how passion and persistence can change one’s life completely and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you.
Emer Hawkins is a makeup and hair artist with over 10 years of experience working across beauty, editorial, TV and more recently the bridal industry.
After deferring her university place for a year Emer went and trained in beauty make up at a local institute of beauty therapy and here began her journey to the artist she is today. Emer went onto work in retail as a makeup artist which made her love of makeup artistry grow. After that year out came to an end the time came for to go and study what Emer had originally qualified in Marketing and Media, although this took her away from makeup for a time the love for this industry pulled her back. Emer had won awards for her marketing campaign and event skills and worked her way up the career ladder and by chance through working on a campaign she bumped into a makeup artist who she had met years before. This reignited her passion and she recommended she go and train further under the guidance of her colleague David Horne who had just moved from MAC Cosmetics to be director of education at Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Emer went onto be part of the makeup team, working at events, shows and for Jemma Kidd make up brand as one of their retail artists.
Emer furthered her education in makeup by training at the London Makeup Academy where she learnt her hair, male grooming and nails skills. Emer is also trained in airbrush make up as this was a required skill to work within the television industry.
Within her first two years working as a full time as a freelance makeup artist she had worked and assisted on tv shows, London fashion week, photoshoots, look books, editorial and had her first front cover on a well-known men’s magazine. Her passion has led her to work on and with some great brands, campaigns, actors, presenters and high-profile clients for personal appearances, fashion week, events, press junkets and photoshoots.
Her career has taken her all over the UK, Europe and Australia working as a freelance makeup artist, makeup and skincare brand ambassador and more recently for a growing British makeup brand called Delilah Cosmetics as a national trainer and event makeup artist.
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Rachel Dal Santo, the author of the Professional Makeup Artistry course, is a makeup artist with over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry.
After Rachel completed her training at the Art and Technology of Makeup College under the tutelage of Dawn Swane, her career began in 1984 at the television network - Channel 7. During this period Rachel was provided the opportunity to become Head of the Makeup Department. This position saw her manage over 20 staff and oversee many productions including popular television series, various sports broadcasts and game shows.
The highlight of Rachel's career as Department Supervisor was co-ordinating the makeup requirements for the network’s coverage of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
After 17 years in television, Rachel began her freelance career in Makeup Artistry. This gave her the opportunity to work on popular films like “The Matrix” and “Mao’s Last Dancer”, where she enjoyed being a member of a large team of makeup artists. Further television credits followed with work on countless television commercials and large-scale productions like “Crime Scene Investigations”.
Being a makeup “all-rounder”; Rachel has also worked on many large-scale theatre productions in many theatres.
Rachels most recent experience consists of teaching makeup artistry at various makeup colleges. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Conservatorium of Music.
Sharing her knowledge of makeup artistry is now Rachel’s main focus and she is passionate about passing her knowledge onto you!
Catherine studied Fine Arts at Adelaide College of The Arts from 1973-1976. She then taught art in South Australia until 1983.
In 1984-1986, she studied Theatrical Make-up and Special Effects and worked as a freelance makeup artist in the film and television industry for 16 years while continuing throughout the years with painting.
Catherine also worked for 8 years as a full-time artist (painter) and has won several awards for her figurative and still-life paintings and has exhibited extensively over the past 30 years.
Catherine’s makeup career spans over 30 years starting in television with Channel 7’s “Sons and Daughters” and “A Country Practice” followed by numerous television dramas, news and current affairs, a television career spanning 15 years. She has also worked as a makeup artist in film, fashion, commercials, photography, body painting and Special Effects. Her background in fine art gives her an edge when it comes to technique, colour and design in makeup.
Catherine has taught art, makeup and special effects extensively over the past 30 years. This includes teaching art and makeup at the renowned “Art & Technology of Makeup College”, of which she was later appointed college registrar.
Catherine is currently one of the senior trainer and assessors in the Diploma of Screen and Media Makeup at the “National Institute of Dramatic Art” and continues to paint and exhibit her art work.
Catherine’s main focus now is to pass on her extensive knowledge gained over the past 35 years of working in the makeup industry and is looking forward to interacting with and inspiring the next generation of makeup artists.
See some of Cathy’s work here.
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