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Q&A with Gabrielle Jones and Dianne Ensor from The Makeup School

Gabrielle Jones and Dianne Ensor have been makeup artists for over 20  years. They co-own The Makeup School in Ponsonby.

What is it that makes The Makeup School such a successful learning environment?

We would like to think we have got the formula right when it comes to training successful makeup artists. Experienced tutors who have a strong connection with the industry is key, coupled with quality products and equipment in the classroom.

We are also focussed on maintaining our high standards. MAC cosmetics, Dermalogica skincare, Matrix hair products and GHD hair equipment are all used, which enables students to produce a high standard of work.

What areas of the industry can a graduate From The Makeup School expect to work in?

Being a career makeup artist nowadays is actually a versatile profession. Graduates do impressively well in retail, securing jobs with leading makeup companies such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and Mecca Cosmetica. Another area of focus is in New Zealand’s growing film and television industry.

What is the biggest challenge in getting started?

Getting yourself out there and being noticed! Taking work experience is vital as you never know where a job can lead. Staying motivated, focussed and professional. A lot of work opportunities come through the school which is a great introduction for many. TMS recognises students who have excelled in different areas with sponsored prizes from Dermalogica and Matrix.

A paid internship on Shortland Street is also announced for one lucky person each course and MAC’s ‘Most Promising Fashion Makeup Artist’ award is also sought after.

The Makeup School
09 376 6660
Level 1 46 Brown St | Ponsonby
P.O. Box 147383 | Ponsonby  | 1144