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Recent catch up with makeup artistry graduate Ciara O Toole

We are delighted to have had the opportunity to recently catchup with graduate Ciara O’Toole. Through hard work and determination Ciara was fortunate enough to secure a job before she even finished her course at Portobello Institute. 

From the age of thirteen the passion to become a makeup artist started to play on Ciara’s mind and how she could possibly make this her dream job. “I found myself becoming totally obsessed with makeup. I started to consider it as a career when I was sixteen and I completed a 4 week course with a cosmetic brand and I loved it. I was buzzing to go back each week and I knew then that makeup artistry was what I had to do”.

My advice to anybody looking to do a course in makeup artistry is to really research every course before you pick one and see exactly what qualifications you will gain. I chose Portobello Institute after attending an open day.  I also spoke with a past graduate.  One of the main reasons I chose Portobello was because they run ITEC courses which are recognised internationally.

I have grown so much both personally and professionally. I am confident and proud with all the makeup applications I do. Throughout the course at Portobello Institute I was given a lot of opportunities from my tutors and from other artists for work experience and jobs meaning I had to completely step outside of my comfort zone - now every opportunity excites me.

My favourite part of the course was most definitely working on glam makeup and bridal makeup. I also loved editorial and photographic makeup. I didn't think going into the course that I would have such a strong interest in bridal makeup but I quickly realised it is such beautiful makeup to create.

 “I was very lucky to secure a job on a makeup counter while still in college. In the course I learned everything about working on a counter and about link selling so I was ready to put it all into practice.”

Since completing the course Ciara has gone on to work for many brands across a couple of different areas in the industry and is currently working as a makeup artist and brow expert. I love going to work every day. 

We were even lucky enough to have Ciara come back and do a guest demo with our current makeup artist students and give them a helpful insight into life as a makeup artistry graduate.

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