Borders College

Peebles make-up artist holds bridal master class

Borders College welcomed former student Danni Burnside (from Peebles) into the Salon for a special bridal make-up master class, delivered to Level 2 Beauty Therapy students in the training salon at Galashiels.

Danni Burnside with the Level 2 Beauty Therapy students

Danni gained her Level 3 NVQ in Beauty Therapy from Borders College in 2006.  She went on to further her career at Stobo Castle before leaving to start a family, after which time she set about renewing her skills by completing intensive make-up courses, including one with MAC Cosmetics. 

Sharing her expertise with the class, Danni carried out a full demonstration of a beautiful look that any bride would be pleased with, which the students then recreated on each other.  This gave them the chance to view techniques and products used to create a classic bridal look, as well as pick up skills that will be very useful when they begin to seek employment in the industry. 

Danni carrying out her bridal make-up demonstrationLecturer Liesa Hamilton, who organised the event, said:

“It was a very worthwhile session, the students picked up so many tips and then had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with help from Danni.  The students gained so much from the workshop – they all did a great job and it really gave them so much more confidence with their skills.”

Student Amber Blair added: “It was a fun experience and I learned a lot, in particular what colours work well with different skin tones.  I feel a lot more confident in make-up now.”

Danni herself commented: “I was really surprised at the amount of girls who showed real interest in this side of beauty therapy. It was an area that we touched basics with when I was in college back in 2004 and I really wish we could have had a make-up artist come and show us more.”

Talking to the group about running her own successful business, Danni explained:

“I built a studio in my garden which I can do my make-up trials and other treatments from.  Since doing this my business has gone from strength to strength. I feel that working alongside other local businesses in the same industry has helped – we all root for one another and help each other where needed.”

Beauty Therapy student Emma Needham practices her bridal make-up skillsAfter seeing real potential in the class, Danni has said that she would not hesitate to allow a couple of the girls to shadow her for the day at a wedding.  This fantastic opportunity to gain experience in the specialist area of bridal make-up has already been taken up, with student Emma Needham (from Selkirk) having already begun training with Danni.

Published: Wed 15th Nov, 2017