Ever wondered what it’s like to get a job in your industry while you are still studying and during a pandemic? Makeup student Sheree Formosa did just that! Sheree scored an incredible role as a makeup artist with Napoleon Perdis before she even graduated. 

Find out about the role with Napoleon Perdis and her journey to landing it below…



What was your path to TM and why did you choose to study the CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media?

My journey with makeup began in 2013, everyday I would experiment with makeup and watched YouTube tutorials hoping to become as good as the girls who created these amazing looks. I started off with 2 makeup brushes, a flat foundation brush and a kabuki powder brush. My go-to foundation was Elf foundation from Kmart, and I would always sneak into my mums bedroom to steal her makeup.

After I created my first ever makeup tutorial I watched it back and compared myself to the other girls in industry, I deleted the video and gave up on myself and my dreams of becoming a makeup artist. I changed my career path a few times, from childcare to age-care I realised I wasn’t happy, and couldn’t do a job I wasn’t passionate about.

I decided to follow my dreams. I completed my certificate III in retail cosmetics and I knew I had to complete my CUA51015 diploma in screen and media to get a job in makeup. I searched for months trying to find the perfect school, until I came across The Masters Institute Of Creative Education and knew this was where I was going to build my dreams and was going to succeed.

While being at T.M. I gained the confidence I deserved and created my own business SF BEAUTY where I freelance in makeup and hairstyling. I also landed a job at Napoleon Perdis as a makeup artist thanks to my experience at T.M.


Tell us about your role at Napoleon?

A typical day at Napoleon Perdis is basically back to back clients who are wanting a full face of makeup, we also sell products as part of our service. My favourite task to do at Napoleon is creating the perfect highlight and contour.


What are some of the opportunities working at Napoleon that you have done?

I have had amazing opportunities at Napoleon Perdis such as, one on one classes. A client can rebook a 1:1 class where we do half a face each and give the client product knowledge and all of our little tips and tricks.

 Sheree Makeup



Is there anything about working in-industry that has surprised you?

The one thing that surprised me about working in the industry was that you form a family with your colleagues, you relate to each-other so incredibly and how everyone wants each other to succeed.


What does it feel like to land a job before you have graduated and also in the middle of a pandemic?

Being able to land a job while studying has really made me want to push myself and to never give up. I would have never imagined to get this far in my career so quickly but I am grateful for every opportunity I have received so far.


How do you feel TM helped prepare you to work in the industry?

T.M. has prepared me mentally and built up my confidence. Before T.M. I would have never gone for a role like this as I was always shy and never had the knowledge within business. The knowledge and skills T.M. provides their students is definitely professional and would be able to make anyone get a job in Retail makeup.


What’s been your greatest memory studying at The Masters so far?

My greatest memory at T.M. was our bridal assessment, I love glam make up and I really felt as if I was able to expand my mind and be creative with my look.


What is it like working as a professional makeup artist?

Working as a professional makeup artist is one of the most rewarding jobs one can have. You get to create a wonderful clientele and if you are creative like myself being a makeup artist doesn’t feel like a job!

sheree makeup look 

What is your advice for anyone starting their journey in the Makeup industry and considering studying with ™

To anyone wanting to start out in makeup, I say go for it. You will never regret getting into the makeup industry and there is endless opportunities, T.M. provides their students with such great knowledge and support, I am so glad I have chosen to go to the masters as I don’t think I would get the support anywhere else.


What are your ultimate career goals?

My ultimate career goal is to work in runway makeup and to work on big name fashion models.


Do you want to learn more about makeup, beauty, and the business side of the creative industries? Check out our CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media here!