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The next generation of make-up artists at NIDA

Students of NIDA’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) have just completed a ‘looks project’ and the photoshoot results are stunning.

Above: The avant garde editorial look, exploring current catwalk styles. Top: make-up artist Maddison Arena. Below: make-up artist Montana Mozeley. (Photographer: Denise Sheppard Photography)

Students of NIDA’s Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) have just completed a ‘looks project’ and the results of the photo-shoot are stunning.

The brief was to create three looks – sheer beauty, bridal and avant garde. Using models, and in some cases acting as models for each other, the students developed the looks with freelance make-up artist, hairstylist and NIDA tutor Sandra Wograndl.

The students worked with Sandra to create and design their desired looks, which they practiced before the photography day. Once the look was completed, the students worked with the photographer to understand the positioning of the model, the lighting required and the best angle for their completed makeup. Touch ups and adjustments were made before the final shots across two intense days.

The impressive outcomes reflect current trends in the industry and enhance the students’ own professional portfolios.

'The looks that the students produced in this exercise are those that likely to be seen on a runway or in the pages of a magazine,' said Sandra. 'With the avant garde editorial look the students were reflecting on the work of the recent amazing catwalk make-up artists such as Pat McGrath. The students concentrated on very artistic high fashion looks and the results are really impressive.’

Photo: The avant garde editorial look. Make-up artist Briohny Walker. (Photographer: Denise Sheppard Photography)

‘In the sheer beauty exercise the students were aiming to achieve a flawless no-make-up look, which is often used in editorials, runaway shows, advertising and film,’ Sandra explained. ‘Sheer beauty allows natural skin to shine through and the face to have movement. It is all about enhancing the natural beauty of the face. Working in the fashion, TV and film industry it is a must to be able to design and create the perfect sheer beauty look.'

Photo: The sheer beauty look. Make-up artist Montana Mozeley. (Photographer: Denise Sheppard Photography)

'The bridal assignment is about creating a look that reflects the current trends of bridal hair and make-up,' said Sandra. 'This ranges from a natural, boho look to something glamorous, something demure and captivating.'

Photo: The bridal look. Make-up artist Claudia Skelton. (Photographer: Denise Sheppard Photography, thank you to Nancy from 'Lilacs and Love" for the beautiful flowers)

Each of the students designed and created their unique style with an innovative, unique touch. 'The photoshoot showed makeup looks ranging from the bizarre to the beautiful, and it is always entertaining to see what our artists create. We are aiming for NIDA’s Make-up students to become the next generation of creative, innovative artists in their field,’ said Sandra.

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