College students’ make-up accounts attract major attention

College students’ make-up accounts attract major attention

Two Make-Up Artistry students at Ayrshire College have caught the eye of a leading make-up company with their impressive social media profiles.

Anastasia Beverly Hills approached Abbey Austin, 20 from Kilmarnock, and Shanyn Boax, 19 from Kilmarnock, after spotting their professional Instagram and Twitter accounts, and offered them both a set of products that are worth around £4,000.

The HNC Fashion Make-Up graduates study together at the College’s Kilwinning Campus and were thrilled to be noticed by the make-up brand.

Abbey said: “This was something I thought I could only dream of, and my heart still bursts with joy every time I look at my make-up collection.

“Despite only having just over 1,000 followers on Instagram, I got a knock at the door from a FedEx driver with two giant boxes addressed to me. My sisters ran through to see who it was and just looked at my eyes bulging with excitement - you can imagine how bursting with joy I was at this moment. Little old me from Kilmarnock had just received a box of make-up products worth over $5,000. It was honestly overwhelming.

“The email from Anastasia Beverly Hills offering their products came when I was at a tricky place in my life. I was doubting why I was here and what I was supposed to be doing with my life. And I truly feel like this was the boost I needed to keep going and for that I cannot thank Anastasia Beverly Hills and their team enough.

“It may only be ‘free’ make-up to someone else, but to me it means there is someone who believes in me and my work and I will be forever grateful.”

Shanyn said: “I saw a tweet from a manager at Anastasia Beverly Hills asking for make-up artists and creators to tweet her some of their favourite work they had created. I had read this tweet on my personal twitter and decided to create a page exclusively for my make-up and try my best to get her attention with my work, as I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. The following night I got a notification to say that she had followed my account!

“Straight away I was in tears as Anastasia Beverly Hills is my number one make-up brand and I never thought that out of the hundreds of thousands of artists who were tweeting her that she would see my work, never mind follow me as well.

“Already this has impacted my career as multiple other sought-after brands have got in contact with me, and I also feel like more people are taking me and my career more seriously as they now see the rewards that have come from my hard work.”

If you would like to follow in Abbey and Shanyn’s footsteps, there are still some spaces remaining on Ayrshire College’s NC Beauty Care and Make-Up and NC Make-Up Artistry courses, starting in August.

26 July 2019

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