Rebecca Louise Jefferson, Body Art Designer
Ever since childhood the world of art has grabbed my imagination. As I progressed through education my art skills began to develop and spread from canvas to the skin. Always trying to push the boundaries of my restricted examination subject from the traditional still life arrangements to include make up and body art, I quickly began to realise that this was the part of art that interest me.
After graduating high school I went on to study a foundation diploma in art and design at the London College of Fashion. Here my eyes were truly opened to the creative world of the fashion industry from how to create a fluid design journal to drawing the human body in my own individual style. This course made me realize I wanted to look into the makeup industry in depth and learn all the skills needed. Once I had completed my course I went on to study a year’s intensive NVQ level 2 hairdressing course. I felt building up a strong foundation of hair skills as well as the art side would benefit me greatly in being accepted for the HND make up course I aspired to.
I have just successfully completed two years at West Thames College of a HND Specialist makeup course. This gave me experience and an understanding of a great range of skills as well as allowing me to do extensive research into a variety of aspects of the subject. After completing a wide range of challenging projects ranging from historically accurate make up to victims of terrorist attacks. The area which I find most fulfilling is body painting. After another set of interviews and trade tests, I was ecstatic to be one of only ten to be accepted to complete a top up degree year in Specialist make up.
The makeup industry excites me greatly- the fast paced environment, the challenge to create a perfect outcome and the ability to express my self through colour placed on the human body. I love how everyday brings new challenges which ensures I keep learning and perfecting a range of skills. I am always open to the criticism of others, particularly if it points me towards becoming a more accomplished make up artist.