Emily Clayton- Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up

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Emily Clayton- Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up

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Emily Clayton completed the part time Level 3 Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up at Leeds City College and recently won the NYX Make Up Awards 2015.

During her time at college Emily was involved in various high profile projects, while studying she worked freelance on various short films and photo-shoots. Her works has been published in magazines and she has done catwalk events at The Sunday Times Educational Festival.

Her success is unprecedented and now she holds another title with winning the first UK version of the NYX Make Up Awards. Emily, who also goes by the name Vanity Venom, was chosen out of 100’s of people from a 15 second Instagram tutorial. From this she was given challenges on YouTube and the public voted her as a finalist.

As part of the final Emily was sent to London to work with a professional team to film a full tutorial. “After we spent a day filming with the crew the winner was announced at a huge award ceremony a week later in the Ham Yard Hotel in London! It was a really amazing event and lots of celebrities were there as well as industry professionals.”

For winning Emily not only received esteemed accolade of UK & Ireland FACE Awards Winner but also a cash prize of £10,000, a professional makeup course at AOFM (worth £5,000) and an exclusive trip to LA.

The education she has had in the competitive industry means she has had opportunities to work with some top names in the business including Ve Neill who runs the Legends of Make-Up scholarship.

The course at Leeds City College has given Emily confidence in her work and abilities: “The projects I did at college pushed me to try new things that I wouldn't have wanted to try otherwise, it really opened my mind to how I approach makeup."

Students on the course learn different makeup techniques and work on zombie style projects, avant-garde, Hollywood movie star looks among others.

Estelle Greenhalgh- Lecturer in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up at Leeds City College said: “Emily has always shown a lot of creativity and originality in her work and she really launched herself in this industry by building up her social media following.”

Emily has also been involved in a couple of episodes of James St James Transformations when she went out to LA and currently works full time for MAC as well as doing freelance work and her YouTube channel.

"Being on the course gave me confidence in the work I was creating and taught me how to be a professional makeup artist."