I am certainly no make-up artist and have learnt all that I know through trial and error and watching copious YouTube tutorials. So when the North East Makeup Academy invited me along to one of their Make-up Master Classes I jumped at the chance to go learn some new things…

Located in Stockton Business Centre, the NEMUA delivers quality teachings of make-up artistry whether being professional certificates or workshops for beginners. Although fairly small, the room it is situated in is brilliantly setup, with a large mirror covering two walls with spotlight bulbs and seats.  All 10 of us at the Master Class Part 1 had our own 12-piece brush set and shared a Naked palette between two. All the other products that we would be using were centred on a table in the middle of the room and was a little make-up haven, I spotted a lot of MAC and NYX products amongst the lot.

The four hour class aims to teach the basics of creating an everyday look whilst learning about application and tips of the trade. After a standard 3-step skincare process, Lisa discussed the importance of matching a primer to your skin type and further developed how to identify your skin undertone and what bases will work best for our skin. I was matched to a darker shade of MAC’s Studio Sculpt than I would usually wear, but I feel that it worked okay. One tip that I did learn is to use a warm tone under eye concealer to mask dark circles, I actually wasn’t aware that even though I am cool toned, warm tones are best for that kinda thing! After the face, Lisa spoke about eye shapes and we began a simple 3 step eyeshadow look using the Naked palette (the only one I don’t have!). We then used a gel liner to create a flick liner and added some lashes for drama. We used some NYX lipsticks (of which I’m definitely going to pick up!) and gloss to tie the whole look together.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Master Class, the teachings and assisting was brilliant and it was a really fun atmosphere (‘ello, Bucks Fizz!). I think I may book myself onto the Master Class 2 which delves more into contouring and something a bit more advanced. A huge thank you to everyone at NEMUA for making the morning so lovely and I would hope to work with them again in the future and see the business grow! Let me know your thoughts on a class like this and whether it is something that you would be interested in. You can find NEMUA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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