Learning basic day to night makeup techniques with GlamCandy

I have met and worked with the team at GlamCandy on several occasions – one of their makeup artists even did my wedding make up! (see here, here and here) – and they have been nothing but warm, friendly and highly skilled professionals in the make up scene.

The school, which offers various hair and makeup courses (see here) recently set up shop on William Street. Jen (of blog Tartan Brunette) and I were invited along to their new premises to attend a makeup masterclass demonstration with several other ladies.


GlamCandy has won several their own range of skincare products for makeup artists to use on their clients. They understand the importance of using natural ingredients, and how this has become an important factor for a lot of people when buying skincare products and has taken this into account with their range. The luxury skincare range includes cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream, and is available in their William Street shop along with their brush sets and a few other makeup artist staple pieces from other brands.

On arrival, we were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco or orange juice while we took our seats to watch the makeup demonstration. We were also given face charts to take notes of what was discussed so that we had something to take away with us as a reminder of what we asked.

The masterclass started with one of the GlamCandy artists talking us through each step of preparing the skin and applying various products to model/artist Ebony’s face.

It was interesting to learn more about the different brushes and how important it is for better blending to use the right brush. I’ve got one of the GlamCandy brush sets (the bristles on the brushes feel delightfully soft and feathery on the skin, by the way!) but apart from the liner and eyeshadow brushes, there are a lot that I didn’t have a clue what to do with. On the day, I learned the stippling brush is for foundation and the feather brush is good for highlighting. You do learn something new every day!

Going from day to night, you want to add some depth and colour to make it a stronger look. I learned that you always start your routine (no matter for day or night) to add layers. It’s more difficult to create a darker smoky eye look on bare lids without a pale base colour for the darker colour to adhere to. This way, you can also build up the colour to get the right effect that you’re trying to achieve. Turns out I’ve been doing my smoky eye makeup wrong all along, that’s why I couldn’t quite get my eyes dark enough!

We all agreed, by the end of the demonstration, that makeup should all about enhancing your features, not hide them. Ebony looked great and you could hardly tell, apart from the darker colour on her lids, that she was wearing any makeup at all.


Ebony’s ready for a night out!

After the demonstration, we were all shown to the counter area where we took out our makeup bags and asked the professionals any questions we’ve been wanting to know. How should I apply this product? I can’t seem to get the right look for this shade of lipstick. What other colours can I use to mix up my routine?

The artists were very helpful and gave us quite useful information. I recently decided to venture into the world of a bold lipstick and wasn’t quite sure how to do the rest of my face. With my monolids, I don’t have a fold which makes it harder to do the usual liner on the upper lash line only look because on me you just wouldn’t see it at all. I have been practicing lining my lower lash line with a softer smoky line and using a bold red or rose shade lipstick and it really makes such a big difference!

GlamCandy are fantastic at what they do and graduates from their makeup courses have gone on to secure positions with big makeup brands, to work behind the scenes for fashion shows, film and TV sets and fashion photo shoots. If you’re interested in becoming a makeup artist, have a look at their list of available courses here.

GlamCandy can be found on 16 William Street, EH3 7NH. Get in touch using their contact form or phone 0843 289 7311 to speak to one of their helpful staff about your course booking enquiries.

Many thanks to GlamCandy for the invitation to the makeup masterclass!

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