Hannah Lonergan says that making a career change from science technician to make-up artist was one of the best decisions she ever made. She trained on the Brushstroke 9 Month Make-Up and Hair course in 2011 and loved it so much that she never wanted to leave. Happily for the world of entertainment Hannah did leave since which time she has done really well as Louise White found out when she caught up with her.
What have you been doing since you completed your course?
I started by doing test shoots and joined MAC cosmetics part time to build my confidence (and my make-up and kit). I was based at the airport and gained some great experience – such as working on many different skin tones. I’ve done lots of music-based work – The Brits (making up Rihanna’s dancers), X-Factor, The Corrs, Kylie Minogue and Kasabian. I also worked on Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day! Currently I am signed to two agents – the first one even contacted me directly which was a great confidence-booster.
What’s your advice to those thinking of a career change into the world of make-up?
Take time to decide that this is what you really want to do – it took me a year to make my decision. Then go for it seriously. It’s a freelance industry, which can be tough at times but if it’s what you really want to do nothing should stop you. One thing I would stress is to commit – no point in being late or not turning up. Also, take any job that comes your way – don’t be picky. Make the most of each new experience and you will learn through work what suits you and what you don’t like rather than forcing yourself down a set route.
What did you enjoy most about the Brushstroke 9 Month Make-up & Hair course?
The 3 month fashion unit! My tutor was James Anda and he is so passionate about what he does – it’s contagious! It was during this time that I realised that my career change decision was the right one.
What do you enjoy most about being a make-up artist?
I love the fact that every day is different and that I get to work in the most surreal places. Working with talented and creative people means that the job never gets boring, I am always challenging myself and learning something new.
Do you have any favourite products?
There are lots to choose from but the brands I like to use are MAC, Laura Mercier, Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown. And Artis for their brushes!
Who would you be your dream project?
As a result of my work on the BRITS 2016, I would love to pursue work in the music industry – and more fashion and advertising. As you know my first job came through Brushstroke which was so important for my portfolio and getting me my first magazine cover for Girls on Film. It was also where I met my current boyfriend, photographer Ola Ajani! (We are pleased that we helped in Hannah finding love along the way!)
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to go entirely freelance and build up my own client list. At the moment I still do 3 days a week with MAC for the financial security.
Our thanks to Hannah for taking the time to talk to us. We’re delighted that we could help with her career change and wish her well. We’ll check back in with Hannah at a later date. In the meantime, you can follow or check out her work on Instagram and Twitter