New makeup college opens doors in Dunfermline

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Scotland’s biggest makeup college has opened its doors in Dunfermline representing more than a quarter of a million pounds investment.
Edinburgh based firm GlamCandy has developed the premises on the Fife town’s High Street – making it the largest makeup college facility in the country.

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That has secured 14 jobs for the town and offers space for dozens of students aiming to kickstart their career in the beauty industry.
GlamCandy has operated in Dunfermline for several years at their nearby Bruce Street college – with their most recent class of 10 students all securing new employment in the makeup industry after completing their courses this month.
The new 1600 sq ft Dunfermline premises can accommodate up to 72 aspiring makeup artists at a time at their SQA approved courses.
GlamCandy will be offering HNCs in Fashion Makeup and HND in Makeup Artistry at the Dunfermline establishment.
They also offer makeup appointments for women heading to events and nights out or for brides and bridesmaids on their big days as well as personal one to one lessons and masterclasses.
The move comes as they embark on an ambitious UK wide investment programme after partnering with Julian Kynaston – the man behind cult makeup brand Illamasqua.
Julian said that the expansion would allow their students to start careers that could take them to the very top of the industry.
He said: “There’s a misperception that makeup is easy and that everyone can do it. The internet – online tutorials and the like – is possibly responsible for that.
“The truth is it is an incredible skill and once practiced professionally and correctly it is a very, very powerful tool and can be an amazing career that can take you as far as you want to go.”
Glamcandy now hopes to recruit up to 50 new staff across the country as they open new colleges across Scotland.
Managing director Hayley Harvey-Smith said her team were excited to expand their presence in Dunfermline.
She said: “We have been running courses in Fife for some time now – as well as having a presence within schools in the area taking our SQA approved courses directly to young people looking to break into the industry.
“Our new college will allow us to offer our courses to far more students as well as offering state-of-the-art facilities.
“Our most recent class has a 100% employment rate – every single one of our Dunfermline graduates this year has found work in the industry.
“That’s a powerful endorsement of our professional courses.
“Everyone who completes our professional level courses receives superb tuition from our extremely talented tutors and a portfolio of work that makes them immediately employable.
“We also offer makeup appointments for women who want a one-off makeover or who are preparing for a big night out – as well as bridal makeup and personal lessons, something that we offer uniquely in Fife.
“It is a really exciting time for GlamCandy and we’re proud to be expanding our presence in Dunfermline and look forward to training the next generation of makeup artists in the area.
Julian Kynaston, the serial entrepreneur who sold his Illamasqua beauty brand for £23 million last year, has been the driving force behind a major investment in GlamCandy.
He said that the Dunfermline opening was the next step in “making GlamCandy the ‘go-to’ makeup college brand in the UK”.
Julian added: “GlamCandy is already the top makeup college brand in Scotland – and investing in our presence in Dunfermline simply reaffirms that.
“Our programme of investment aims to improve the student experience, allow the team to train more students and give them the skills to start a career in the beauty industry.”
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