A nationally recognised make up artist has returned to her South Tyneside College roots to highlight her skills and inspire a new generation to follow in her footsteps and reach for the stars.
London-based Tamzin Cummings, 27, lead make up artist for the world-famous Charlotte Tilbury brand, delivered a masterclass for around 25 level 2, 3 and 4 beauty students.
She studied at the college in 2008 and went on to gain a first-class fashion degree at university in Sunderland, where she born and where her family live.
Tamzin also operates her own freelance business, and it was in that capacity that she spent a day with the learners.
She treated them to a demonstration of how to apply ‘festival’ make up, such as glitter and beads favoured by young people at outdoor music concerts.
Though a far cry from her usual busy work schedule, her day in the classroom was no less rewarding an experience.
Tamzin, who also works as a model, said: “I always enjoy being able to support people who trying to make their way in this industry.
“It’s great to be back at South Tyneside College and to be helping to inspire budding make-up artists of the future.
“This is where it all began for me, and so I had no hesitation in accepting an invitation to help its current students.
“I hope they enjoyed taking part in my demonstration and took inspiration from what they saw.”
Tamzin, who is from the Tunstall area of Sunderland, has worked for Charlotte Tilbury for three years.
She was inspired by her mum Karen, a former beauty therapy lecturer at the college who is now self-employed.
Karen set up the college’s beauty therapy department in the 1980s and was pivotal to a run of competition success which helped create its strong reputation for excellence.
She returned to the college, which is now part of Tyne Coast College, for the day to see her daughter at work.
Lecturer Allyson Hayter, said: “It’s was a great privilege to have Tamzin with us once again.
“I think she was as excited to be here as were our students at the chance to see her in action.
“Charlotte Tilbury is a huge brand and one that everyone knows – Tamzin has done exceptionally well for herself.
“Despite that, she has never forgotten her roots and was very happy to be back here.
“It is a real boost to our students that we enjoy this personal link to one Britain’s top make up artists.
“I was taught by her mum Karen, and it was also lovely to have her with us as well.”
South Tyneside College runs a wide range of one-year beauty therapy courses, from level 1 to level 4.
Any learner who has the required entry level they can go straight in to study at level 2.
Level 2 students learn skills such as aesthetics, which includes nails, waxing, eyelash and brow treatments.
Those at Level 3 cover holistics, such as hot stone therapy, massage and electrical facials.
The Level 4 course is theory based to prepare people for higher education, but it also teaches laser hair removal, skin needling treatments and semi-permanent make up.
Courses prepare learners to work in salons and spas with some going on to work on cruise liners.
Other recent guest speakers have been from Steiner, Aveda, Seaham Hall, Clarins and ND Make U.
More information on courses is available by calling 0191 427 3500 or by visiting www.stc.ac.uk