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.
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?