Rachel Dal Santo, the author of the Professional Makeup Artistry course, is a makeup artist with over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry.
After Rachel completed her training at the Art and Technology of Makeup College under the tutelage of Dawn Swane, her career began in 1984 at the television network - Channel 7. During this period Rachel was provided the opportunity to become Head of the Makeup Department. This position saw her manage over 20 staff and oversee many productions including popular television series, various sports broadcasts and game shows.
The highlight of Rachel's career as Department Supervisor was co-ordinating the makeup requirements for the network’s coverage of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
After 17 years in television, Rachel began her freelance career in Makeup Artistry. This gave her the opportunity to work on popular films like “The Matrix” and “Mao’s Last Dancer”, where she enjoyed being a member of a large team of makeup artists. Further television credits followed with work on countless television commercials and large-scale productions like “Crime Scene Investigations”.
Being a makeup “all-rounder”; Rachel has also worked on many large-scale theatre productions in many theatres.
Rachels most recent experience consists of teaching makeup artistry at various makeup colleges. She is also a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Conservatorium of Music.
Sharing her knowledge of makeup artistry is now Rachel’s main focus and she is passionate about passing her knowledge onto you!
Emer Hawkins is a makeup and hair artist with over 10 years of experience working across beauty, editorial, TV and more recently the bridal industry.
After deferring her university place for a year Emer went and trained in beauty make up at a local institute of beauty therapy and here began her journey to the artist she is today. Emer went onto work in retail as a makeup artist which made her love of makeup artistry grow. After that year out came to an end the time came for to go and study what Emer had originally qualified in Marketing and Media, although this took her away from makeup for a time the love for this industry pulled her back. Emer had won awards for her marketing campaign and event skills and worked her way up the career ladder and by chance through working on a campaign she bumped into a makeup artist who she had met years before. This reignited her passion and she recommended she go and train further under the guidance of her colleague David Horne who had just moved from MAC Cosmetics to be director of education at Jemma Kidd Make Up School. Emer went onto be part of the makeup team, working at events, shows and for Jemma Kidd make up brand as one of their retail artists.
Emer furthered her education in makeup by training at the London Makeup Academy where she learnt her hair, male grooming and nails skills. Emer is also trained in airbrush make up as this was a required skill to work within the television industry.
Within her first two years working as a full time as a freelance makeup artist she had worked and assisted on tv shows, London fashion week, photoshoots, look books, editorial and had her first front cover on a well-known men’s magazine. Her passion has led her to work on and with some great brands, campaigns, actors, presenters and high-profile clients for personal appearances, fashion week, events, press junkets and photoshoots.
Her career has taken her all over the UK, Europe and Australia working as a freelance makeup artist, makeup and skincare brand ambassador and more recently for a growing British makeup brand called Delilah Cosmetics as a national trainer and event makeup artist.
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Catherine studied Fine Arts at Adelaide College of The Arts from 1973-1976. She then taught art in South Australia until 1983.
In 1984-1986, she studied Theatrical Make-up and Special Effects and worked as a freelance makeup artist in the film and television industry for 16 years while continuing throughout the years with painting.
Catherine also worked for 8 years as a full-time artist (painter) and has won several awards for her figurative and still-life paintings and has exhibited extensively over the past 30 years.
Catherine’s makeup career spans over 30 years starting in television with Channel 7’s “Sons and Daughters” and “A Country Practice” followed by numerous television dramas, news and current affairs, a television career spanning 15 years. She has also worked as a makeup artist in film, fashion, commercials, photography, body painting and Special Effects. Her background in fine art gives her an edge when it comes to technique, colour and design in makeup.
Catherine has taught art, makeup and special effects extensively over the past 30 years. This includes teaching art and makeup at the renowned “Art & Technology of Makeup College”, of which she was later appointed college registrar.
Catherine is currently one of the senior trainer and assessors in the Diploma of Screen and Media Makeup at the “National Institute of Dramatic Art” and continues to paint and exhibit her art work.
Catherine’s main focus now is to pass on her extensive knowledge gained over the past 35 years of working in the makeup industry and is looking forward to interacting with and inspiring the next generation of makeup artists.
See some of Cathy’s work here.
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