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Amelia Webb

Photography Make-up Artist

Amelia Webb

"I have had many disappointments in my time however, the only way is to learn from these setbacks and move forward is to keep trying and pushing your boundaries because if you believe you can - there is no stopping you."

Amelia is a dynamic, Melbourne based make-up artist. Her business was created in 2013 with a solid following and a variety of clients.

Her experience encompasses fashion shoots (MIMCO), print media (FILA catalogue), look books, corporate events (Brownlow Medal) and personal requests such as weddings, birthdays and special functions.

She also came 7th nationally in the 2015 L’Oreal Paris ‘The Brush Contest’. Her style reaches across all disciplines however, Amelia is best known for her up-to-date, natural and flawless look.

1 What did you study and how has your career path evolved?

I completed a certified "International Make-up Professional" course which gave me the basic fundamentals and credibility to start my freelancing business.

I have always loved make-up - ever since I was a little girl - and wanted to start something new; therefore enrolled in this course which was the best thing I have ever done for my beauty career! It has helped me to really take on that risk of starting my own business. I never expected that my business would become so successful.

2 What advice would you offer students looking to get into the make-up industry?

My advice would be to practise, practise, practise. Try working on as many faces as you can. Everyone is so different and the more experience you get with different skin types, eye shapes and face shapes the better you will become. The more experience you have with this, the better you can understand the products you are using and what suits the best. Clients put a lot of trust into your skills so product knowledge is a must.

3 What are the latest trends in make-up artistry (especially for photography) in Australia?

Australian latest trends would be dewy, hydrated highlighted skin and keeping it very natural, toning down the contour and adding a bright lip, keeping the eyes very clean. This look is perfect for photos.

4 What's the secret to becoming a successful make-up artist?

My secret to becoming a successful make-up artist is to step out of your comfort zone. I have had many disappointments in my time however, the only way is to learn from these setbacks and move forward is to keep trying and pushing your boundaries because if you believe you can - there is no stopping you.

5 Is work experience and training important in the industry?

This is imperative. I have had the opportunity to work with other make-up artists who have much more knowledge of the industry and you really do learn from them. Supporting each other is the key in this industry as the competition can be extreme. I would try and gain as much work experience as possible as it is also another great way of networking and having the exposure for your business.

6 What are the biggest challenges you face in your daily work and how do you overcome them?

The biggest challenge I face is trying to get the right work-life balance, freelancing means long hours and weekend work, getting up at 4.30am and not getting home until late. Try and take some time out for yourself and fit some me time in.

4 Anything else you would like to add?

Make-up is an incredible and exciting industry to be in. If you are as passionate about it as I am you will really love what you do and it won’t feel like it’s your job.

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