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Enterprise & Lifestyle Services Summer Edition

July 2012

Beauty Academy Newsletter

Beauty Cruise In June, students from second year BTEC National Beauty Therapy, and VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy travelled to Southampton to visit ‘Independence of the Sea’, one of the biggest cruise liners in the world to see and speak to the staff in the spa and beauty salon. Students were lucky enough to take a tour around the entire cruise liner, have lunch with the boarding passengers, and have talks from staff who shared their experience of what it is like to work on a ship. The ship was getting ready to set sail to Italy and southern Europe, hopefully to enjoy better weather than we have had here! Jo Somers, Beauty Lecturer said:

“This was a great opportunity for students who want to work on cruise ships. They were able to see exactly what would be required from them and how the staff interact with passengers and clients on board.” Faculty of Enterprise & Lifestyle Services Phone: 0845 52 12345 E-mail: ELS@SouthEssex.ac.uk

Students “Made-Up” at High House Students from Level 2 Hair and Media MakeUp attended a hair and theatrical make-up workshop at the Royal Opera House Production Park at High House in Purfleet. This interactive workshop with leading make-up artists in the industry included how the Royal Opera House creative team plan and research make-up and hair, the budgets allocated for specific wigs, special effects etc. Interactive demonstrations, which included the application of 18th century and 1940s style wigs and hairpieces, were a real inspiration to the students involved. Students had the opportunity to watch make up being applied and learnt about new techniques used within the industry. They were also able to ask questions and find out the route into this occupation. Hair and Media Make-Up student Hollie Dalton said:

“The Royal Opera House was a brilliant day trip! We learnt a lot and it reinspired us all as to why we want to learn theatrical make up. The workshops were fun and interesting and we all got involved. It was a very nice behind-the-scenes day out”


Vicki is looking ship shape! Former beauty student, Vicki Chaplin, has kickstarted her career by landing a job with Steiner, the country’s leading cruise line company. Vicki will join as a therapist and is due to start after a 12-week training period where she will be assigned a ship to live and work on. Life on the open seas will be a far cry from her home life in Hockley. Former Personal Tutor, Tracy Mountford said: “We are really pleased for Vicki. She has worked hard to get this position and this is a brilliant opportunity for her.”

Mad Hatters! The VTCT students went mad in June when they created characters from TV and film as part of an assessment. The students learnt how to create character looks using the application of wigs and media make-up.

Fantastic Charles Fox! Students from VTCT Level 2 Hair & Media were treated to a visit from make-up experts from theatrical make-up suppliers, Charles Fox. The real Charles Fox was a popular supplier of wigs and costumes to the Lyceum Theatre during the 1800’s. As technology changed, Fox brought in make-up artists who were trained to be the best in town. Today, Charles Fox deals solely in make-up supplies and still supplies the Lyceum Theatre (currently showing The Lion King). The workshop included tips on applying makeup for stage, the best colours to work with and techniques which achieve dramatic effects.

Students completed design briefings and mood boards to plan and create their final pieces. Other fictional figures included the Queen of Hearts, the Cat in the Hat and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Lecturer, Tracie Dodkins said: “The External Verifier was stunned at the high standard of work which went into this event and commented on how the results went above and beyond the level that the students are working at. The girls have done themselves proud.”

Fade Away Many people regret having tattoos, but new make-up techniques mean that bygone boyfriends and tasteless tribal design can be a thing of the past! In the summer term, students from VTCT Level 3 learnt camouflage techniques using derma make-up purchased from Charles Fox. Lecturer Angela K Smith showed students how to apply the make-up to result in a flawless finish. The results speak for themselves. The unit was skin camouflage applications to cover a wide range of complex conditions and these make-up techniques are also used for people suffering from skin conditions such as vitiligo and those who wish to cover scars and other skin trauma.

Lecturer Tracie Dodkins said: “This is a complex topic, which requires skill and patience, however learning these skills can assist students in careers such as working for the British Red Cross, or even in counselling.”

Beauty Newsletter  

Summer 2012

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