The best and most rewarding part about training people in something that they really love is when they go out there and start up their own business having completed a course with us.  Our latest success story is Catriona McMorris who completed our Portobello Makeup Artistry course in 2011.

This part-time course covers everything from basic skin care and facial makeup through to fashion and theatre makeup.  Throughout the course students work on key fashion trends as well as going back through the years perfecting looks from the 60's Twiggy era, 70's Hippy era, and 80's Madonna era.

Catriona was bursting with ideas after completing the course and had always wanted to do something on her own. Gaining an Itec Diploma in Facial Makeup and Portobello Institute Diploma in Fashion Theatre & Media Makeup she was ready to take that step.

Sick of the daily commute to Dublin from her home town of Tullamore this time last year Catriona started to put her plan into action.  Firstly she redesigned her website to include her new body of work.  Then, as we always advice our students Catriona upskilled and added a few more strings to her bow by enrolling on a Threading course and a Brow course, which all fitted together to complete operation "Reveal studios".

Sourcing studio space in Tullamore town centre Catriona set about making her dream come true with her own Makeup studio at last. The studio has one training and makeup application room, one Nail room and one final room for Brows and Lashes.  Decorated with impeccible taste the studio oozes style and sophistication with a sense of calm and total relaxation - which truely echoes Catrionas personality and approach to her work.

Catriona ensures all her services offered at Reveal are non-invasive treatments that promote health from within and are good for the skin using the finest quality natural ingredients.  Reveal are also features a Brow Bar specialising in Threading and LA Billion Dollar Brows as featured on TV3's Expose.  The studio are proud to the first  salon in Ireland to take on the treatment in July 2012.

August 2012 was the significant point in Catriona's plan, having successfully built up a loyal clientele part-time she decided to take the plunge and leave her current full time employment role in Dublin and go full time with her new venture Reveal Studios.

So for anyone feeling the January blues and forever talking about making a change in your life, take a little inspiration from Catriona and make it happen.  Don't be fooled, its not easy.  You need to put in the hard work and long hours but in time you too could reap the rewards of being self employed and going to a job every day that you absolutley love - and the best bit, no commute!