When I was little, I was always mesmerised by the way my mum did her makeup. I’d watch her intensely and then sneak into her beauty case later and swatch all her products.

Since then, I’ve always been a creative person, participating in musicals and the arts throughout high school. This led to experimenting with colourful liners and eyeshadows in my early teens and expanding that into my theatrical background. When I left high school and started a Bachelor in Psychological Science, I felt like I lost my creativity. So here I am, 4 years and a university degree later, doing a Diploma in Screen and Media.

My first week at The Masters started off with lots of excitement and a little bit of nervousness about the unknown. I didn’t know what to expect, other than the fact that I was here to learn something I was passionate about and turn it into a career. What drew me to The Masters was all the opportunities and work experience it could bring. I value a place that can prepare you for the industry while creating networking opportunities for the future.

During that week, I was in complete awe of our teachers and how experienced they all are. I felt so privileged to be mentored by them. It was then that I knew I was right where I’m meant to be.

They threw us into the deep end in our first week by telling us we could do any makeup look we wanted on a fellow student. At that stage, I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I did my best and I knew I would only get better from there. It was such a different experience to University, and I knew that it would take some time to get used to. It was also from that point when myself and my fellow classmates instantly bonded. It was amazing how quickly we got along, and I can’t imagine how close we will all be by the end of the year.

I’m still figuring that out where I want the future to take me. I do know that I’d love to gain some retail experience first while expanding into my own freelance business. I know I enjoy working in photoshoots and fashion, so I would love to be able focus my freelance work in those areas too. My main priority, however, is to make people feel beautiful on the inside and out. If I can get a big smile from my client when my work is done, that’s what matters most to me.

My first week gave me the motivation and reassurance I needed to know that I was doing the right thing. I am beyond excited to see what the next year brings—not only for myself, but also for my classmates—and to watch us all grow and thrive in the industry.

Written by T.M. makeup student Bianca Armiento