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Ellie-Paige Richardson

Graduated 2017

Fashion styling and creative direction graduate, Ellie-Paige Richardson

To me, fashion styling is allowing yourself to be creative and unique in fashion and beauty. I’ve always tried to push myself creatively and think up new makeup ideas which push the boundaries.

At Solent, we had to do 100 hours of industry-relevant work experience, which helped me look for professional jobs, and make a creative CV and portfolio to send to potential employers.

This course is for you if you have a creative flair and innovative ideas regarding fashion and makeup.

I’m now working for the company I did my internship with – In Your Dreams. As a makeup artist for the company, I attend festivals and corporate events, making over clients with glitter and gems made into intricate designs.

A typical day for me could see me commuting to London to go to an event with In Your Dreams, or undertaking a variety of jobs as a freelance makeup artist. It can vary quite a lot and I’m never doing the same thing twice, which keeps things interesting.

My career highlight so far is being featured on social media by big makeup brands, such as Nyx Cosmetics and Eldora False Eyelashes. I also recently won a competition with some of my makeup looks. I won £500 worth of high end makeup, which will help me build up my freelance kit even more.