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Amba — Lev­el 3 Fash­ion, The­atre and Media Hair and Make-Up

Amba Courtesy Of Sleek Makeup

Start­ing my dream course at Col­lege and vol­un­teer­ing with Chang­ing Faces has made me feel com­fort­able in my own skin and ready to embrace my dif­fer­ences and help others. 

Amba — Lev­el 3 Make-up — 

Nineteen-year-old Amba Smith is studying Level 3 Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up at the College. She was born with head-to-toe visible differences and for a long time she used make-up to cover up and hide away.

But that isn’t the case now… 

Amba has become a vol­un­teer cam­paign­er for the char­i­ty Chang­ing Faces and is using make-up to cel­e­brate her dif­fer­ences rather than mask them. Instead of cov­er­ing up she is learn­ing how to feel com­fort­able show­ing her true beauty. 

Student smiling whilst sat on some stairs

She said: I’ve want­ed to do make-up ever since leav­ing school, but for many years my con­fi­dence held me back. Start­ing my dream course at Col­lege and my cam­paign­ing work with Chang­ing Faces, has made me feel com­fort­able in my own skin and ready to embrace my dif­fer­ences and help others.” 

The Lev­el 3 Fash­ion, The­atre and Media Hair and Make-Up course cov­ers a whole range of beau­ty skills, includ­ing spe­cial effects and cam­ou­flage make-up tech­niques. The course can open the door to many dif­fer­ent oppor­tu­ni­ties with­in the indus­try. From TV and film to fash­ion shoots and the­atre productions. 

For Amba, it’s about using her make-up skills to help oth­ers fac­ing chal­lenges like her. She has dreams of becom­ing a skin cam­ou­flage con­sul­tant, work­ing in hos­pi­tals and for char­i­ties which offer ser­vices to peo­ple who want to cov­er vis­i­ble dif­fer­ences such as burns, scars and birthmarks. 

I was bul­lied at school and spent years try­ing to avoid doing any­thing that would encour­age peo­ple to look at me. I under­stand, first-hand, the dif­fi­cul­ties peo­ple with vis­i­ble dif­fer­ences face, and if I can help just one young per­son, I’ll be so happy. 

 — Amba

Amba took part in the lat­est Chang­ing Faces #PledgeToBe­Seen cam­paign, where she got to work with Glob­al cos­met­ics brand, Sleek Make­Up. Find out more

If you’re inter­est­ed in the hair and make-up indus­try, why not take a look at the range of cours­es we offer?