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After studying Beauty Therapy at Hull College, Carla has gone on to become an international freelance make-up artist. Currently living in Australia, Carla has worked throughout the fashion industry and featured in a variety of editorials.

Read her full story below.

Carla Dyson, International Freelance Make-up Artist

Why did you choose to study at Hull College?

At the time, I was living in Hull, and really wanted a career in the beauty industry. Hull College offered what I wanted locally and had everything I needed.

What did you enjoy most about studying at Hull College?

I loved the range of topics we covered within the beauty industry. Especially the make-up unit, as this unit inspired my entire career. When I began studying at Hull College, I didn’t have an exact idea of where I wanted my career to go, however on the first make-up class, I found my real passion, I realised this is what I wanted to specialise in.

What has been your career path up until now?

After studying at Hull College, I began working part-time in a hair and beauty salon to give me experience in a salon environment and practice my new skills!

I then enrolled onto a BA Hons Degree in Make-up Artistry and Special Make-up Effects. I spent 3 years studying this degree as well as working in the beauty salon, adding more make-up skills to my skill-set. I also worked as a freelancer in the bridal industry, in and around the Hull area. Then in my free time I worked on building my editorial portfolio and networking with other creatives.

When I finished my degree in 2011, I was offered a full-time position as counter manager at the Lancome counter in Debenhams Hull. This role helped improve my makeup skills further, along with customer service and organisational skills.

After 2 years working at Lancome, I took the opportunity to move to Melbourne, Australia. Since living in Melbourne I have started my freelance makeup business again, from scratch. I have slowly built up my clientele and networked within the fashion world to find work within the editorial industry.

Since 2014 I have been a specialist make-up trainer full time and have juggled this role and my freelance career. I have recently stepped down to just 2 days as an educator to focus on my freelance work.

What does your job involve?

My role as an educator includes facilitating training in makeup techniques and hair styling. We teach basic makeup/ hair styles to special effects make-up.

My freelance work includes mainly bridal work and editorial, and I have featured in a range of publications.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I have been lucky enough to be offered some amazing opportunities here in Australia, but working backstage at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sydney was a career highlight for me.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

My goals are to build a freelance business which enables me to continue to travel the world.

Have your studies helped you to achieve your career aims?

Yes absolutely! Firstly, I would not have found my passion for make-up without studying the diploma in beauty therapy. I also feel the skills I learnt at Hull College have stuck with me through my career so far. I have a strong knowledge of skin which goes hand-in-hand with make-up artistry - Amazing make-up always starts with healthy skin!

What would you say to inspire current and future students?

Try to think of your career as a journey instead of a destination.

If you have big dreams, it may not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done but it will be the most worthwhile when you start to smash your goals.

Don’t compare yourself to other artists/therapists. Focus on your own goals and not what other people are doing - this can de-motivate you.

Interested in becoming a make-up artist or stylist? Take a look at our Hair and Beauty courses below.

Courses

Advanced Beauty & Spa @SalonQG

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty & Spa Therapy aims to provide you with a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the Beauty & Spa Therapy Industry.

Key course information

1 Year

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Advanced Hairdressing @LeeStaffordEducation #3

So, you've gained your basic skills in Hairdressing? Now it's time to shine with Lee Stafford Education in partnership with Hull College on our Advanced Hairdressing programme.

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1 Year

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Advanced Hairdressing @LeeStaffordEducation #3@Freedomcentre

This qualification is a progression route from Hairdressing Level 2. A range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry

Key course information

1 Year

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Advanced Nail Enhancements @SalonQG

This course will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge to become an Adnanced Nail Technician.

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1 Year

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Advanced Theatrical Special Effects & Media Make-up Artistry

Creativity isn’t just limited to working with paint or clay. Makeup is a great medium for expressing your imagination and can lead to an exciting career working with performers.

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1 Year

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Apprenticeship in Hairdressing

For people who want to develop their skills and knowledge within a hairdressing environment.

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1 Year

Hull College

Various Days

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Beauty Therapy @ SalonQG

Do you like making people feel good about themselves? Then Beauty Therapy could be the career for you.

Key course information

1 Year

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Various Days

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Certificate in Barbering @SalonQG

This course is designed for adult learners, to build on their interest and passion for the male hair and beauty industry, covering a varied range of skills dedicated to the male grooming industry.These qualifications are designed for people who want to work in the barbering profession.

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1 Year

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Hair @LeeStaffordEducation #SalonQG

Do you want a career in an exciting and ever changing industry? Then join us at Salon QG in partnership with Lee Stafford Education and learn from the best, to be the best.

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1 Year

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Hair @LeeStaffordEducation #SalonQG@Freedomcentre

If you want to be the best you can be, join us, in partnership with Lee Stafford Education. Meet Lee Stafford and have the chance to compete in London at the loreal academy.

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1 Year

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Hairdressing @LeeStaffordEducation #1

Join us at Salon QG in partnership with Lee Stafford Education.You will get to work in our industry standard salons and enjoy unique and exciting master classes with the man himself.

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1 Year

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Introduction to Hair and Beauty Sector (Hair)

Start your exciting career in hairdressing at Salon QG with Lee Stafford Education. Learn the skills you will need to allow progression onto level 2 hairdressing!

Key course information

1 Year

Hull College

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Introduction to Hair and Beauty Sector

This course is designed to build on your interest and passion for the hair and beauty industry, covering a wide range of skills from skin care and facials to make-up, nail care and nail art.

Key course information

1 Year

Hull College

Various Days

Full Time

Level 2 C&G Award in Make-up

Do you want to start on your journey to be the next Top MUA, or just want to improve your make up skills? If so then this is the course for you.

Key course information

12 Weeks

Hull College

Various Days

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Makeup Artistry @SalonQG

Do you love make up? Do you want an exciting career with endless opportunities? Then Make Up Artistry could be for you!

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1 Year

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Nail Enhancement @SalonQG

This Level 2 Technical Certificate in Nail Treatments aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the nail Industry.

Key course information

1 Year

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Step into Hair

Do you have a flare for hair? Are you thinking about a career change? Then this introduction course will help you to decide if you want to be the next Nicky Clark or Lee Stafford!

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6 Weeks

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