Should I move abroad to study make-up?

"My name is Rachel, I'm 21 and I'm from New Orleans. Make-up has been something I've been interested in for a while now and recently an opportunity has been given to me to go to London and stay with a family friend. It's made me wonder whether I should take this huge leap and follow my dream or if I should just stay close to home and find something closer to where I live. I was just wondering if y'all know of any awesome make-up schools in London? Or if you have any pointers for an inspiring make-up artist like myself?" -Rachel Trahan

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To answer Rachel's question, we went to Kayla Feeney, a freelance hair and make-up artist who moved from Long Island to London for study and work.

Kayla: Going to school for make-up in London happened to be the right move for me, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right move for everyone. It was something I was certain of prior to the big move but if you have any doubts in the field I would highly suggest taking a course in the US before making the leap. Doing so will most likely illuminate the distinction between wanting a career in makeup or keeping it as a hobby. London College of Fashion is one of several schools in England with a three year BA course in hair and make-up, something no US school has. It was a big adjustment, but one I fully prepared for through a lot of research. Shorter courses in London include Illamasqua's School of Make-up Art and Academy Of Freelance Makeup. If you chose to study in the US, there are a multitude of prestigious courses which can provide you with the right creative and technical skill to become a successful licensed makeup artist. Make Up For Ever Academy and MUD are two larger courses, but with some research you can find more local makeup academies. My biggest advice is to follow your passions and really push yourself. Whether that means you’re close to home taking a makeup course or you decide to go to a school in the UK, pursue your interests! Many well known makeup artists in the industry today gained success through their fervor and determination to grow as a creative artist. I’ve learned there is no consequence to pursuing your dreams, even if you eventually change your mind and gear towards a different path. Best of luck, and remember if you have this strong of a passion, the biggest mistake you could make is not following your heart.

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