Makeup School Graduates Stories

We have asked some of our graduates to tell us a bit about their experience at TMS and what they are up too. This is really the stuff our potential students want to hear... And we have many many more stories like these so watch this space and they will be updated again very soon!

Jose Noriega

What inspired you too train as a makeup artist?

As a little kid I loved to draw characters and creatures from fantasy worlds and create their back stories and become immersed in drawing more and more. In my early teens I started doing hair and makeup on my friends for amateur photoshoots and It was then that my interest in makeup started, however I ended up going to university and doing a Bachelor in Journalism instead. During the first year of university I followed my heart to New Zealand and got to experience the magic of film making on the set of Spartacus. I knew then, I wanted to put together all those passions for creating characters, doing Hair and Makeup and telling stories. So a career in makeup for film was the perfect fit!

Why did you choose TMS?

From that first year of university I had already decided I wanted to study makeup in New Zealand after graduation. So once I moved here I researched all the training facilities to find the best. I talked to makeup artists working in the industry and The Makeup School was the one they all recommended so I knew it was the right place! I think a huge selling point for me at the time too was the fact that the directors of the school Gabrielle and Dianne are still working in the industry as well as running the school which I believe is fundamental.

How did you enjoy your course?

I remember feeling a little bit intimidated on my first day at the school but I was super excited that finally it was all happening. The Full Time curriculum covered all the bases and offered the perfect professional approach to the artistry in a very supportive and nurturing environment. I had gorgeous teachers that later on I’ve been able to work with, like the super talented Angela Stewart and Gabrielle Jones. It was the perfect course that helped me to become a makeup school graduate ready to embark in the industry and continue learning and growing.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating?

Since graduating in June 2015 i’ve been lucky to have amazing opportunities to work on great projects with amazing artists that I truly admire and respect. I have been very lucky to work on movies like “The Breaker Upperers, The Shannara Chronicles and more recently the TV Mini series ‘The Bad Seed’. The Dead Lands, Milan, Avatar 2. For the full list see the IMDB link below.

https://m.imdb.com/name/nm9706810/filmotype/make_up_department?ref_=m_nmfm_1

Sarah Wright

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

I have always been a creative person and after completing school I went on to do a 3 year photography degree where I found a passion for fashion photography and portraiture.

This lead me to work closely with makeup artists in the studio and on location shoots. I really admired the connection the artists had with the models and loved to see the transformation process. I decided i wanted to be part of the whole process, makeup, hairstyling & photography.

Why did you choose TMS?

I chose TMS because I was always inspired by my Aunty, Gabrielle Jones co-owner of TMS. Gabrielle always spoke highly of the tutors at TMS and how important it was to have industry people training at the school and how TMS only had the best in the business!. I loved that Gabrielle and Dianne both have a wealth of knowledge, great contacts and have worked on some amazing Film/TV projects and continue to do so.

How did you enjoy your course?

The course was honestly the most amazing course I have ever done (and I have done many.)

The tutors and Guest speakers were very talented and nurturing, they all came from different areas of makeup from fashion to film/tv to share their knowledge I loved that the tutors really worked on our confidence and helped us gain work experience while we were training.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating?

Since graduating from TMS I decided to stay in NZ and got a job after graduating at Mecca Cosmetica. I then went on to work on the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

I continued to work in the film industry in NZ for another year then returned to Australia to complete a Certificate in hairdressing. I continued to work as a freelance Makeup & Hair artist on photo shoots for online stores, fashion labels, weddings and one of my highlights was doing the makeup and hair for Lucy Turnbull wife of then Prime Minster Malcom Turnbull. This lead to working with other politicians and doing more corporate work in Canberra.

It really has been one big learning experience and I now own and operate a successful business, Canberra’s first blow dry bar called SALOON where I have combined beauty, makeup, hair styling and a licensed bar, creating the ultimate experience and space for clients to look good and feel good for the pre party, party!

I now have a team of 12 staff working for me and we continue to grow with the hope of opening more salons around Australia and hopefully one day in New Zealand.

Olivia King

What inspired you to be a makeup artist?

I’ve always loved fashion, reading magazines and watching movies since I can remember. The thought of seeing your work in print or on screen would feel like an amazing accomplishment! Being a creative person I found a passion for Makeup and decided to follow this path. Having a creative job, meeting new people and getting paid for it sounded like a dream come true!

What made you choose tms?

I heard great things about TMS while living in my home town of Blenheim. Determined to study at TMS, I worked hard saved the money and moved to Auckland. A few sacrifices and some hard work has lead me to where I am today, living my dream!!

How did you enjoy your course?

I loved it, worth every cent. The thing I enjoyed most was the tutors worked in the different areas of the Industry, Fashion, Beauty, Film & TV each bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise. I liked that it wasn’t an NZQA course simply because the curriculum is updated regularly and up to the latest Industry standard.

What are some things you’ve been doing since graduation?

Ha-ha where do I start. I have a terrible habit of saying yes to everything, I recently took on three jobs in one day, obviously I like a challenge! I’ve worked across the board in Film & TV on jobs such as “Meg” “The Shannara Chronicles”, “The Bad Seed” and on T.V commercials Farmers, BNZ Bank. I’am currently working part-time for M.A.C Cosmetics along with my freelance work on Weddings, Photo shoots! It’s a busy life, full of challenges, and it is so rewarding to see my work in print and on screen!

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Daisy Faulkner - Makeup and Hair Artist

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

My need and love to be creatively active was a huge inspiration in finding a career as a Makeup Artist. Makeup Artistry involves constant and ever changing challenges which sparks my creativity!

I work in Film & Television and love that I contribute to a part of the story telling process and enjoy being part of a team. 

I also have a passion for Fashion, Beauty and Editorial work which requires keeping on trend with looks and products.

Why did you choose TMS?

I was working in the wardrobe/costume department on Film & TV productions and decided I wanted to become a Makeup Artist. 

I researched the study options available and was attracted immediately to what TMS had to offer in comparison.

The reviews and recommendations from everyone in the Industry couldn't speak more highly of Di, Gabe and The Makeup School. I also liked that they are highly respected amongst their peers and still have the drive and passion along with working in the Industry.

How did you enjoy your course?

I loved my time studying at The Makeup School and am a huge fan of the hands on teaching style. I really felt I was training for the industry and learning relevant and practical information and techniques that would help me enter the Makeup Industry. Di and Gabe are such a great support network, even after graduating which I think is wonderful. 

What are some of the things you have been doing since you Graduated?

Since graduating TMS I have had a very full, fruitful and exciting journey. I work predominantly in Film & TV and have made many connections in the industry which have given and continue to provide me with a wonderful and varied creative career!!

I have worked on both local and International productions covering may genres and requiring different skill sets - I have never stopped learning and LOVE my job!


Luci Hare

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

The art of making someone feel beautiful about them self... nothing beats it.

Why did you choose TMS?

There is no other choice, the tutors are absolutely cutting edge, the products are top notch and the training is the best in New Zealand!

How did you enjoy your course?

It's like a new addition to your family! haha and they haven't been able to get rid of me ...

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating?

Shoot that's a long list haha some highlights have been:

  • MAC Cosmetics freelancer
  • In store makeup artist for Mecca Cosmetica
  • Naveya and Sloane Jewelry
  • Makeup Artist for Australia's top drama ‘800 Words’
  • Makeup Artist on TV Drama ‘The Broken Wood Mysteries’
  • Assisting Gabrielle and Di on tv commercials and various feature films they have worked on
  • Shoot for ‘Black’ magazine
  • ‘P Money’ music video

Heather Newcombe

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

I found from a very young age that I naturally gravitated towards playing with makeup, not only doing it to make myself or others look pretty – I loved the artistry and creativity of it. At 13 I found all the work that is goes into a film/TV production fascinating. While reading the credits one day, I realised that there are entire teams who get to have fun and play with the creation of characters and contribute to the storytelling process. I thought to myself “That’s the dream!

Why did you choose TMS?

After researching all of the schools in Auckland I found that there was only one school at the time providing a course that dabbled in all the areas of makeup I was interested in. Film/TV, Fashion, Hair, SPFX and Industry Standards. It was a no brainer for me!

How did you enjoy your course?

The course was very helpful and a great starting point into everything you need to know for the industry. I found it very valuable to experience and try all the different aspects of makeup, working out where my strengths and interests really were. Continuing on after graduating, I have always loved and appreciated that Di and Gabe are still there for me to help and advise as I persevere with my career.

What is something you have been doing since graduating?

I graduated from TMS in June 2014, and have been freelancing full time ever since. Some of my work has been featured in publications such as Black Magazine, Bride and Groom Magazine and Vogue Italia.

Alongside being fortunate enough to have worked on some fantastic productions including Dancing with the Stars, Jono and Ben, Funny Girls, The Golden Boy, Family Feud NZ, The Shannara Chronicles, The Letter of the King and others. In 2016 I joined the M.A.C Cosmetics freelance team, and I have loved learning more about fashion and social trends. In 2018 I also integrated being a Bobbi Brown Cosmetics freelancer into my busy schedule as well. I have been lucky enough to experience many different aspects of the industry. While my passion lies with Film and TV, I love the variety this career path has provided me with (Fashion, Weddings, Special Occasions, Retail - M.A.C & Bobbi Brown). I am still learning and growing as an artist, and I am really enjoying making the most of every opportunity to work with other talented and creative people.

Rebekah Banks

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

I was really into art at school, and also loved playing with makeup. The two came together perfectly.

Why did you choose TMS?

After looking into the curriculum of all my available options, TMS seemed like the best choice. After meeting Gabe and Di I was 100% sure that this was the right course for me. They were so passionate about what they do and have tons of experience in the industry. They have tailored the course to be relevant to the makeup industry today.

How did you enjoy your course?

I LOVED it!!! I learnt so much, had a lot of fun doing so and felt like I never wanted to leave! It definitely equipped me for the industry, and TMS also helped with finding jobs at the beginning to get me started.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating?

I have been working freelance, doing weddings, TV Commercials, NZ fashion week, music videos, fashion and beauty shoots. I also work for Loreal Paris as their Beauty Advisor for NZ. One of my latest jobs was doing makeup for Broods for the NZ music awards. 

Katie Beverage

What inspired you to train as makeup artist?

I always loved playing with makeup and getting ‘glammed’ up but I also love TV and film and I was interested in how and why the characters looked the way they did and how that affected the whole look of the production. At University I did everyone’s hair and makeup and I really enjoyed it. When I finished Uni I was going to try work in PR for a cosmetics company however when I was applying I realised I wanted to be doing makeup not just promoting products.

Why did you choose TMS?

A friend of my aunty’s said she had a sister who was a makeup designer now living in NZ and she would ask her opinion for the best place to go. She suggested The Makeup school in Auckland. I am English but I liked the idea of going overseas to train makeup. I started corresponding with Di and Gabe and they were so passionate and helpful and gave me all the information I needed to make the decision, also they had worked on some great productions and had also worked all over the world. I hadn’t had as much correspondence from other schools and particularly not from the founders themselves and I felt as though I could learn more from Di and Gabe as it is their very own school which they are very involved with. I also thought the course syllabus covered all the main aspects I was interested in and needed to become a makeup artist. They gave me the skills and confidence to go out and get work as a makeup artist.

How did you enjoy your course?

I can say I loved every minute of my course. I was fortunate to have tutoring from amazing Makeup Designers (Di and Gabe) and also other awesome MUAs such as Nicola Harvey. I found that Di and Gabe were totally dedicated to our class and getting the best out of us, giving us constructive criticism and praise. The course also helped me discover my strengths and weaknesses and gave me the drive and focus to try and improve the weak areas and hone my skills and figure out what area of makeup I enjoyed the most and wanted to work in. It was full on but so much fun and I met some fantastic friends who I still keep in touch with now and when I return to NZ we all meet up.

What are some of the things you have been doing since you graduated?

I left The Makeup School in 2009 and moved back to my home country of England in 2011. Whilst in new Zealand I did have some freelance jobs (which I got through TMS) but I was also working in cosmetic retail as store manager of Mecca Cosmetica. Since returning home I have been freelancing and worked on various projects including TV, Film, TVCs and fashion. I am also a freelance airbrush trainer. In July/August of this year I was lucky enough to work under Gabe and Di on the feature film ‘6 Days’ when they came to film in London. Such a fantastic experience working for my mentors and learning from them every day. My latest job is the X factor final weekend shows this weekend doing the contestants makeup.

Natalie Dent

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

My interest of makeup and hair came from my love of theatre, film and magazine editorials. After training with Servilles Academy in 2000 working in the salon and then travelling for five years I decided it was time to do a full-time course in makeup and utilise both skills together.

Why did you choose TMS?

After researching the schools in Auckland I chose TMS because of its diversity in film and TV, editorial and what it covered as a whole. I was also inspired by Dianne and Gabrielle who had such a wealth of knowledge and extensive background in the film industry and knew this was the best place to learn and grow as a makeup artist.

How did you enjoy your course?

I really enjoyed the course and found it invaluable and felt when I left I had enough skills to start out on my own and the confidence to make it as an artist. The tutors were always supportive and really made a difference to the learning process. The support I received after the course finished from the school was ongoing which I am very appreciative of.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating!

After graduating from TMS I won the internship to work on NZ television series ‘Shortland Street’ for two months which then gave me the contacts to work on other NZ TV series such as ‘Hottest Home Baker’ and ‘Nothing Trivial’.

I also loved Fashion Editorial and had a chance meeting with Black Magazine Editor Rachael Churchward and found myself working with their teams over three issues.

I have since had two baby boys and am now working mostly in the wedding industry which works well for me at the moment with my young family. 

Frankie Fitzimmons

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

I absolutely love making people feel beautiful and by helping them to become their own makeup artist. I wanted to have a creative job where I was never confined to a desk and one that changes all the time. There's also the fact that I love makeup as well, ha!! There are so many different career directions that can be explored that can take you all over the world too, that was a big selling point to me, that when I was done, I could go anywhere and be able to make a living.

Why did you choose TMS?

It’s prestige, great reviews, the well respected qualification, affiliation with MAC cosmetics and most importantly - how well experienced the trainers are! There's so much to learn in a small space of time of which most is learnt while out on the job! So I looked for trainers who had years of professional experience and passion for their job. Plus, some of the past jobs/stories were incredibly impressive!

How did you enjoy your course?

Loved it!! I learnt so much valuable information and skill all while making so many fantastic friends along the way. I think the class environment is very motivating and the course work very detailed. The trainers are exceptional and loved sharing their experiences with us! I still refer back to what I learnt while I was there even though it was over 5 years ago!! The curriculum is fantastic and is information that will stay current that students can use as a back bone until they adjust their own practice and style. TMS also set me up on makeup jobs so that I could get my career moving which was incredibly valuable to my career. I loved how they consistently guided us and gave us advice even after finishing our course! 

What are some of the things you have been doing since you Graduated?

Following graduation I worked freelance for a few months before getting a job at MAC Cosmetics in the Auckland International Airport. From there I moved over to Dubai in the UAE and worked with a hair dressing academy assisting in the setting up of their own make up school with which we were accredited by City and Guilds.

I had my own students and taught them through 'City and Guilds' course outline on Makeup Artistry. From this job, I was hired as counter manager for Bobbi Brown in Harvey Nichols Dubai, I gladly accepted and I was in this role for 1 and a half years. Then just recently I was approached for another role in the 'Regional Beauty Events and Artistry Team' for Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercer and Illimasqua UAE!! I've been in this role for just over 6 months now and loving every minute of it! 


Eve Sorenson

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

Growing up as a dancer I think I was inspired by Stage and Dance Makeup from a young age and how it changes and transforms someone's face on stage.

Why did you choose TMS ?

My Mum did some research and called all of the MAC counters and asked them where they studied, and majority of the artists said TMS, or they wished they went to TMS. And looking at the course outline it covered everything I wanted to learn and more.

How did you enjoy your course?

Loved it! You learn something different every day and you are left prepared for everything you may come across In the industry.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating!

I've worked with some pretty amazing people and loved every job I have worked on, I am currently on the MAC Cosmetics Freelance Team, and I am represented as an Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist by 62 Creatives.

I have been lucky to have had my Makeup published in a small segment in Vogue Australia, as well as Vogue online, and have worked on some amazing Editorials featured on Sicky Magazine, Black Magazine, Remix Magazine, Catalogue.com, Style.com and more. Also working on some lookbooks for some amazing designers and stores such as The Mercantile Store, Holy Chic, Trelise Cooper - Cooper, Commoners, Backwater and more!

I'm currently on a very cool editorial that should be released in the New Year! It will be all over social media! 

Vicky Zhang

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

I have always enjoyed working in fashion and beauty industry. I love watching fashion shows and reading fashion magazines. I had always wondered how could these people looked so gorgeous and glamorous. What was the magic wand behind all these beauties? It intrigued me to look behind the scenes – I myself wanted to be the one with the magic wand.

I worked in the fashion industry for a while on my own. Soon I realized that the scope of the learning was vast – I need professional training to be where I wish to be. I started to look around.

Why did you choose TMS?

I had been to places before I came to TMS (which was by word of mouth), yet none of them struck me with the professional ambience TMS was able to impress me. I made my decision during the first visit to TMS – this is where I would rather be!

How did you enjoy your course?

My time with TMS was so enjoyable! Not every day was the same. I was surrounded by friendly teaching staff and fellow students. The curriculum was well-designed: it was a mix of class learning and working experience; it kept up with the pulse of fashion industry so that when we are out there, we are not OUT! It also was tailored to suit my learning pace. I just love it!

When I told my family and friends that I was really into makeup and was going to learn it, many of them told me to “stay where you are, don’t do makeup” cause “you cannot get a job!”. 

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating?

I am happy to announce: in a mere three weeks after graduation, I have been offered a job as a makeup artist by M.A.C at their Auckland International Airport branch!

Looking back I am glad I made the right decision – I followed my heart and I took action. Today I am feeling I am on the right path and looking forward to the future!