24th February 2021
Eve Jenkins, former student and star of BBC Three’s hit series ‘Glow Up’, treated students to an online masterclass recently, talking to them about her experiences in the industry so far and sharing some of her top tips.
Invitations to the masterclass were extended exclusively to all of the college’s existing hair, beauty and make-up students, as well as graduates and new applicants. The session was a great example of the opportunities we offer to students when it comes to learning about their chosen industry, providing them with high quality opportunities, despite the restrictions bought about by the pandemic.
Following the session, we caught up with Eve about her time at the college, spoke about her experience of Glow Up and asked what advice she’d give to any students starting out in their career.
What did you enjoy most about your time at the college?
I studied hair and make-up at the college and enjoyed barbering the most.
How did you get started in the industry?
I never wanted to be anything other than a makeup artist. I started learning special effects makeup on YouTube and then my dad booked me on a 2-day course with a company called So Coco Rouge. They took me under their wing, took me on jobs and I have been doing makeup ever since.
What does your job entail?
I do many different types of work within makeup. Sometimes it’s doing makeup in the salon for nights out, sometimes weddings, teaching or going on photoshoots. The most important part of my job is pleasing the client, whoever they may be.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like being in a creative environment, I like being in job where I don’t have to look or act a certain way, I can just be me.
Who in the industry inspires you?
Too many people to count!!
What was it like being on Glow Up?
Glow Up was such a massive learning experience for me, I feel like it really helped me find who I am as a makeup artist. If I am not looking at the bigger picture, I would describe my experience as, fun, stressful, tiring, overwhelming and unique.
What did you learn?
I learnt not to care what other people think of me. I was so worried about being judged by the judges for being a ‘Glam Artist’ like it was something to be embarrassed about. Now I am proud to be the artist I am.
How did it feel doing a masterclass for our students – the next generation of pros?
I love teaching and sharing my knowledge, I believe you never stop learning as a MUA, so I always love interacting with other creatives and picking up tips myself! I think it’s important to look after each other, it can be a very tough industry.
What advice do you have for students?
My biggest advice is to always attempt looks that are beyond your skill level, challenge yourself and push yourself all the time.
We’d like to thank Eve for taking the time to speak to our students and would like to wish her all the best with the rest of her career. We hope there will be more of these sessions in the future.
If, like Eve, you’re interested in hair, beauty and make-up then take a look at our courses, here.