Ever dreamt of learning techniques and tricks from a makeup artist who has been crowned Australia's Makeup Artist of the Year? Our talented Blush Central Makeup Artist, Ann Hassarati is just that and is opening up her Sydney studio to aspiring makeup artists and teaching a 6 week comprehensive makeup artist training course. We chatted with Ann about her experiences in the industry and what her new course will entail.
1. How long have you been in the makeup industry?
Over 15 years.
2. Tell us how you started as a makeup artist?
I have always loved doing makeup! I would go through fashion magazines to get inspired and create the looks. I always had an interest in fashion, design and makeup application.
My dad was a bridal designer (now retired) and my first bride's makeup application was his client. To be part of someone's special day and know that you can make them feel even more beautiful is very rewarding. I love to make people feel good about themselves with and without makeup.
I studied my diploma in beauty and makeup with Cameron Jane and worked in the beauty industry for over 6 years before starting my own business. I won many retail awards when working for Dior including Counter of the year & Beauty consultant of the year.
3. You've won a lot of prestigious awards, can you tell us about them?
The awards received are the Australian Bridal Industry Awards. I have been nominated for 4 years running from 2012 to current.
I had been voted runner up for the first 2 years and winner the following 2 years at the NSW bridal industry awards. Following that I was crowned at the national awards as 2016 Australia's No 1 Makeup Artist.
Over the years, my amazing brides vote for my services for these awards and I am grateful for their support and choosing my services for their special day.
4. Who is your biggest inspiration?
Kevyn Aucoin was an incredible makeup artist and I loved his work.
I also get my inspiration from fashion magazines, and the trends that are current.
But mostly by my clients who all have different styles and personalities, and what I will create for that individual.
5. What is one makeup trend hate at the moment?
The extreme contouring and over drawn eyebrows.
6. What is one you love?
Timeless makeup look never dates.
I love the fresh look with focus on soft eyes with lashes and soft lip.
Also the vintage look with a bold lip is another favourite.
7. You're starting a new comprehensive makeup artist training course, can you give us a bit more information about that?
It's designed for aspiring makeup artists. It will teach students skin care, different styles of makeup, from bridal, cultural and fashion. It also covers business elements and the use social media.
It is intense hands on training for 6 weeks and at the end a professional photo shoot will help the students kick start their portfolios.
8. What advice would you give to new or aspiring makeup artists about getting started in the industry?
It's important to learn about colour theory and how to blend, learn and understand basic skin care to determine client’s skin before application and practice on all different faces.
I’d also recommend working in retail at makeup counters and assisting anyone you admire.
If you'd like more information about Ann's makeup artist training course, send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.