Base makeup is a notoriously hard beauty product to shop for and colour match! Unfortunately picking a foundation shade is even more difficult for women of colour with a whole spectrum of fair shades on the market and far less that cater for dark skin. Thank goodness Kryolan has a large range of foundation shades that cater for a wide range of skin tones and complexions.

At Huxley School of Makeup students are taught how to apply and colour match foundation for women of colour.

We loved the beauty looks created on models in class by students from the last intakes and are very excited about next intake which starts next week! 

Each semester at Huxley School of Makeup students create outstanding history inspired makeup looks!

Students inspiration varies from 18th century inspired makeup looks to modern 20th century inspired looks.  

Bec Purcell, stylist for Pacific Fair and previous Huxley student created a bold 80’s inspired makeup look on model Ella van Seters.

Bec’s look incorporated bright, bold colours and a high teased hair style  to create an 80’s vibe! 


A Contentious Editorial About Being a Minority Within Our Industry


There are certain groups within our society that are perceived as minorities through no fault of their own. This can be due to physical attributes such as skin colour or gender; sexual orientation; ethnicity or religion. It is sometimes hard to realise that together these groups are in fact, not minorities, but a silent majority.

For centuries, if not thousands of years, beauty has been defined by popular trends fueled by the media, political leaders and social icons. The trickle-down effect profoundly shapes our culture as the populous take these trends for themselves. Businesses creating fashions and manufacturing products follow suit and soon enough this social and psychological construct becomes a way of life.

To judge someone on their appearance or social status seems inherently natural for humans. Throughout history people have used this as a crutch to help them fit-in or belong to particular groups. Today, we live in a connected economy where, thanks to the internet and social media, individual voices can now be heard. We, the ‘actual majority’, can speak up for what is right and help educate others who might be trapped in the dark ages.

In the Western World beauty rituals have developed a long way since being a white, heterosexual Christian girl was ‘chic’. People are standing up for equal rights and I am proud to be a part of this movement. There is no place in our world for bigoted, racially or religiously aggravated opinions.  However, there is still more we can do and to make real change, action is necessary.

Fashion has always been at the forefront of social innovation. It also has the power to change entire generations.  In 1964 Yves Saint Laurent created his famous ‘Le Smoking Tuxedo Suit’ for women.  Parisian ladies were literally denied entry to famous French restaurants wearing this look because it was socially unacceptable for a woman to wear the pants. Around the same period black models began walking the runways and designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Dior’s Raf Simons weren’t afraid to put these ladies at the front of their campaigns.  It was a major step forward for black people and set the stage for a cultural revolution.

Today black culture has been appropriated by younger generations who love the style, fashions and the music. However, there is a lack of cultural sensitivity and understanding of the history surrounding these trends. African American culture is rich with substance and I do not believe it is wrong to celebrate and follow these ‘pop cultures’. The problem is that many young impressionable people cannot comprehend the significance of the culture they are following. From a completely observational perspective and without trying to generalise; how many young Australians personally know black people? They passionately adopt the ‘swag’ and mannerisms but how many of them truly understand the ethos?

As a makeup artist, it is vitally important that we have the ability and experience working on people from all ethnic backgrounds. It baffles me how there are so many people within our industry who simply don’t know how to work on dark skin or have even worked with black people. Unfortunately, when there is a lack of knowledge and experience, there is a wealth of ignorance and uninformed opinions.

Vogue Netherlands recently ran an article that celebrated Marc Jacobs contribution to Louis Vuitton. The story featured several white models with black painted faces and black fuzzy wigs that were supposed to signify Jacobs Tribal influences. It was of course tactless and inappropriate. While they might have had the right intentions, it highlights how there is still a lack of cultural sensitivity and awareness in the fashion world.

I asked one of our models Neo about her experience working as a Black Australian model and unfortunately her response wasn’t surprising.

What was it like getting started in modelling?

“Modelling is a tough industry to break into for anyone.  They have a particular look that they are after and sometimes even if you’re pretty, you might not have the ‘look’ they want.  I discovered this first hand when I was 15. I walked into a large agency, after friends and family encouraged me to have a go, and after taking a brief look at me the agent said abruptly, “We already have 3 other dark girls on our books” so I wasn’t signed.
It got me thinking; well, how many white girls do you have on your books?  At the time it really hurt my feelings, but I managed to rustle up enough confidence to apply for Australia’s Next Top Model in 2011 and I got through!  Funnily enough as soon as I was noticed the same agent was suddenly interested in me. Needless to say- I didn’t sign with them.  “


How would you describe your experiences with Makeup Artists?


“Every girl wants to feel beautiful and special.  Getting your makeup done can be exciting and inspiring, however, too often I step off the makeup chair looking like an alien! They either don’t have my skin tone in their kit or they seem really nervous working on me. Even on huge productions and runway shows I’ve had makeup artists who despite being lovely people, try using techniques and products that are suitable for pale complexions.
You can’t help feeling a little left out when all the other girls are looking 110% and you have some white foundation and sparkles on your face. I guess they just haven’t been taught how to work on dark skin but these days I always carry my makeup with me to jobs so even if the artist doesn’t have my skin tones I can always lend them mine, haha!”

This editorial spread has our models dressed up in high fashion wearing platinum blonde wigs. The aim of the shoot was to visually provoke the conversation of cultural identity and awareness. Anthropologists have long said that our skin tone is merely a geographic representation of our heritage.

In the words of Amanda Stenberg, best known for her role as ‘Rue’ in ‘The Hunger Games’


“There is a strong connection between physical appearance and culture. Take black hair for example, black hair = black culture. Black culture includes hip hop and rap which have come to be representative of an affirmation of the African identity. Hip hop stems from struggle, from jazz and blues which African Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity. When the early 2000’s adopted R&B as part of pop culture, black culture became popular as well. Hence forth integration of corn rows and braids were adopted and in 2013 saw their way onto high fashion runways – but, low and behold, with white models. Unwittingly the beauty industry can be interpreted as contributing to institutionalised oppression of a minority.” 

Makeup Artists must also be culture conscious. For this reason the Huxley School of Makeup offers specific classes that focus on makeup design and application for dark skin. Students can discover makeup techniques suitable for dark skin while also giving them the opportunity to work on dark skinned people.

The Huxley School of Makeup Director, Michael Huxley says “It is vitally important that as an ethically responsible education provider, we offer a diverse array of modules to suit the requirements of our industry.  Our students must be prepared for the real world and able to work on all people regardless of their colour, age or ethnicity.  There is so much more to makeup than slapping on some foundation!”

Looking at these images I see the resonance of a minority which instead of revolving around a repressive vibe, highlights one of strength, femininity and power. Perception of what constitutes beauty is decided by the majority – therefore anything out of the ordinary clashes. This perceptual void between the accepted and reality is what the photographer Dan Malloy and Michael Huxley with his art direction, have so successfully captured.

There is no sense pretending people are not biologically varied or that people don’t notice the differences but we can highlight these differences and flip the perspective. Those who do belong to persecuted groups need to recognise that all those groups combined make the word ‘minority’ inaccurate.

Together we are the majority.







NEO (NYAJAME NEO BOL) @five twenty model management
SHOWDEAR BUOMB GALOU – @hunter model management
MOOSHI (NYAMOUCH JOHN DENG BOL – @mirror mirror agency


A huge congratulations to all of last semesters students on graduating from Huxley School of Makeup. 

Last semester we had some amazing collaborations with Barnes, Kryolan, Moana Bikini, Queen of Luna, Eye of Horus and LUV Bridal. We also had work experience opportunities for students at Warner Bros. Movie World, Haven Collective, Brisbane Race Day and Bond University.


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Progressive makeup students at Huxley School of Makeup worked together in the “Introduction to Prosthetics Course” to create their Zombie looks. 

This First look was created by Zahli Lowe on Georgina Hughes, 

Second look was created by Ashlee Ramsay on Toby Young,

Third look was created by Ashley Gayfer on Abbey Dalton,

Fourth look was created by Sarah Wright on Sarah Blazley and the

Fifth look was created by Georgina Hughes on Zahli Lowe



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Sean Genders kindly visited Huxley School of Makeup on graduation night to award work experience certificates to the makeup artists who worked on Warner Brothers Movie World’s Fright Nights. 
Sean Genders, Emmy Award winner for prosthetic artistry on The Pacific is an active special effects makeup artist who is internationally recognised for his work on films such as Star Wars: Episode II- Attack of the Clones, Wolf Creek 2 and The Matrix Reloaded. Sean has worked most recently on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Kong: Skull Island, Mad Max: Fury Road, in particular Sean has worked on Zombie and thriller films such as Go Goa Gone and I, Frankenstein. 
We interviewed Sean for our Zombie makeup blog as he is an expert in this area of makeup artistry. 
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

A love of film. When I grew up there was a real boom in the world of make up effects with films such as An American Werewolf in London, The Thing and of course Star Wars. I was one of those kids with rubber masks, model kits and a wall plastered in posters… so it was a natural fit.

Who is your favourite creative makeup artist?

Hard to have one favourite. I’m a big fan of Rob Bottin’s early work, he really pushed things, but I have to also credit Rick Baker and then Stan Winston, Steve Johnston… and of course locally Jason Baird… he’s the one that pulled me into film.

What has been your favourite zombie film that you have worked on?

I’ve not done a lot of zombie work. I did Supervise India’s first ever Zom Com, ‘Go, Goa, Gone’, and that was of course a demanding and challenging gig, as most gigs in India can be. I presented some conceptual designs to an Australian film last year, but they wanted to do the traditional zombie, which I find a bit boring now, and I was keen to take it somewhere else… I mean it’s a virus that keeps decaying humans alive… there’s a lot of room to make it something original.. but not a lot do.

What products do you use when creating a zombie look?

Everything now is encapsulated silicon. It’s smart. It’s simple (relatively). And it should be the main point of focus for any upcoming prosthetics artists… that and practical make up effects.

How did you get into special effects makeup artistry?

By accident. I was looking into it… mucking around making things for myself. I’ve always been an artist and I had started making full scale creatures from whatever I could; foam, rubber, paper mache. From there I met Jason Baird of JMB Fx Studio and I guess he liked some of what I was doing.

What is your personal favourite zombie movie of all time?

Probably the original Dawn of the Dead, although I have heard the remake is good also. 28 Days Later ramped it up in another direction with fast zombies… and now we have The Walking Dead which has the budget and the stage to create everything we have always wanted to make. I was with Fx Designer Greg Nicotero at the Emmy’s in 2010 when he was just getting that show started.. I knew from the pics he showed me that it was going all out.
Check out some on his work in the images below: 

LUV Bridal

Huxley students collaborated with one of Australia’s leading bridal designers LUV Bridal in class at Huxley School of Makeup. 

Students created sleek and elegant makeup looks on the models before the studio photo shoot commenced 


The Bridal Photo Shoot by Lauren Eisentrager

It’s a warm October evening on the Gold Coast and music can be heard from the Huxley warehouse. It could be ‘Fade’ by Kanye West but I can’t quite tell. Wait…yes that’s definitely ‘Fade.’ Students assemble like a criminal line up in the school, angled brushes at the ready. Although the only crimes being committed tonight are the blinding highlights on these models. 

The models with their beautiful faces and their beautiful highlights eye off the wedding gowns scattered around the room. I haven’t even told you about the gowns yet, what am I thinking? Picture something you desire right now. It could be anything. A puppy? A new car? Now, instead of that, picture a snow white garment of layered glittering material with a smooth, curling neckline, spilling a trail of glistening lace longer than this year’s presidential election. Are you intrigued yet?

These gowns are the life and soul of LuvBridal, a bridal and formal dress company based all over Australia who have kindly lended their newest collection to our students for their bridal photoshoot. It is our student’s job to coordinate a makeup look that compliments a wedding scenario and also looks bomb on camera.

In every intake, students are required to create a bridal look, preparing them for real life weddings with real life dresses that may or may not look as good as these ones.
Back to our students. One of them calls for Michael as she finishes her look. He strolls over, inspects the look, is impressed. Success! 

Now for the hard part. If you’ve never attempted to dress someone else in a wedding dress before then count your blessings. 


These things weigh a ton and keeping them from getting caught under foot while also getting the model to slip into it unnoticed is not an easy task. We’ll leave them to it. Meanwhile, some of our models are in the process of getting their hair done. The theme this intake is New York fashion week, so the hair is all about ‘sleek and stylish.’

As the music continues to energize the warehouse and Michael flails in a desperate attempt to keep any makeup from touching these dresses, our photographer Sunny gets ready to shoot. The backdrop for our brides is simple, but beautiful. Michael has put together a well coordinated assortment of greenery, concrete bricks and ladders to create a chic industrial feel. Over the course of the night, the students finish their looks, dress their models, and help Michael and Sunny to achieve the look they want on camera. It’s a combination of angles, expressions, lighting and the right amount of enthusiasm.
All of the ‘brides’ come together for a final photoshoot, scattered amongst the backdrop, looking more like a commercial for Australia’s Next Top Model than anything else.

The students practically crawl back to their workstations to clean up, and ten pizzas are promptly ordered. Undoubtedly the most important part of the evening. The dresses are hung far above the floor and any trace of makeup, ready to be sent back to LuvBridal, and our models leave the building, blinding anyone they happen to come across at this time of night. Overall, it’s been a success. The student’s are buzzing with anticipation and the general consensus is a positive one.


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This look was LUV Bridals ( favourite look created by Abbey Dalton
on Gracie from Que Model Management


At just 24-years-old, Rebecca Craven was given the devastating news that she had heart failure. The Gold Coast model had contracted a nasty virus while holidaying in Bali which attacked her heart and her body.

Doctors told her she would need a heart transplant to survive and so she was put on the organ donation waiting list. To bridge the time to a heart transplantation, Rebecca underwent open heart surgery to have a left ventricular assist device (essentially a machine that pumps her heart) implanted inside her chest.

“It didn’t click in at first. Being told at 24 you have heart failure is really surprising because it isn’t something you think would happen in your life,” Rebecca told myGC.

Eight months after going on the organ donation waiting list, Rebecca received the news in January this year that Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital had a heart for her.

“When the doctors came in and said ‘let’s do it’ it was so quick. I got to the theatre doors and I was like ‘Oh my god, I am having a heart transplant right now’. It was scary, but it was also such a blur because it happened so quickly,” she said.

Almost 12 months on from the life-changing operation, Rebecca is doing fantastically well and is now on a mission to help save more lives by encouraging Gold Coasters to register for organ donation.

Working in collaboration with the Huxley School of Makeup at Burleigh Heads, Rebecca and the Huxley team recently shot a photo campaign called ‘OD Life Not Death’ to raise awareness for organ donation.

Huxley School of Makeup Course Convenor Michael Huxley told myGC students at the school came up with the creative concept for the photo shoot. “We’ve got 16 near nude models, each one of them painted with an organ. The models are paired up so we have one model with a healthy organ and the other model with a silhouette of an organ that is missing.”

Article by Carla Tooma from

  • 1 in 3 people won’t talk about the issue at home
  • 44% don’t know the donation wishes of their loved ones
  • 86% would donate if a family member was also willing
  • 1 organ and tissue donor can help 10 or more people
  • Around 1,600 people are waiting for organ transplants
  • Last year 354 organ donors saved 1,052 Australians

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This year IMATS played host to huge international artists and local makeup legends while featuring new and incredible products from some of the worlds best cosmetics brands. Our course convener went down to suss out all the action and help out one of our favourite brands, IMATS major sponsor, Kryolan.

IMATS stands for the International Makeup Artist Trade Show and is held each year in major cities around the world. The Sydney event is a must see exhibit for Australian makeup artist and has been visiting our shore since 2009.

Our 2015 show didn’t disappoint with over 22 pro makeup speakers and 46 exhibitors. This year saw the new comer on the block Jeffrey Star introduce his unique brand to the Aussie market and fans went ballistic! To put it in perspective makeup enthusiasts and Jeffery fans tore through the venue as if HnM had another sale on Balmain!

For the second year running the super bright harajuku lovers Sugar Pill were a massive hit with die hard Aussie fans! Their leading lady Amy also known on Instagram as Shrinkle wore the most incredible colourful makeup while her crew wore equally as cute pastel rainbow makeup!

Our course convener Michael with Amy owner of Sugar Pill Cosmetics

Model rock lashes brought out the Vogue artist Roshar to create two unique avant guard looks. Roshar’s theatrical and magical take on fashion makeup shone bright on the stage as his beautiful model Hannah’s entire body was covered in Gold glitter!

The boys from Odd studios Damian Martin and Adam Johansen (best known for their work on Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith, Farscape, The Wolverine, The Matrix Reloaded, Babe: Pig in the City, Where the Wild Things Are, Superman Returns) were incredibly inspiring as key note speakers.

Long time supporter of the school, the exceptionally talented body artist Becca Gilmartin, graced the main stage for Kryolan. On the first day she taught us how to better conceal tattoos with dermacolor and on the second day she created an amazing air brushed wooden girl! Becca is also the new editor of beauty magazine LAUD which is definitely worth checking out.

In summary Michael explains: “In a nut shell IMATS was awesome. There were almost too many highlights to mention but it was exciting to be apart of all the buzz while catching up with industry leaders like Rae Morris, Roshar and Martin Bray. I loved helping Kryolan and had a blast demonstrating their new Nebular air brush colours! It is amazing to see so many incredible artists in one venue. I can’t wait for next year!

Our Course Convener Michael with his model Wyatt from QUE Models. Wyatt’s skull and heart look was air brushed with

Kryolan’s new Nebula Air brush products.

Becca Gillmartin with her beautiful wooden girl –
air brushed with complexion tones from the new Nebula range.

Roshar’s model Hannah

On the 21st of June the Huxley School of Makeup team and students worked on Nicole Skye’s new music video clip “Terminate”.

Nicole Skye is an upcoming Australian artist who has just released her second amazing music video clip! The first day of shooting was a very long and busy day starting at 7am and finishing after 7pm with many makeup, hair and costume changes. All our students did extremely well on one of their first work experiences, very proud of them.

Working with such an eclectic group of artists which included a diverse range of singer song writers, dancers and performers, sound and audio, hair and makeup allowed everyone to feed off each others creativity. I particularly enjoyed seeing our director of makeup Michael Huxley in action helping out with the creative side of the production, very inspiring.

It was also great having our students Shannen Martin, Timea Burt and Myra Gillet work with the guidance of our Huxley trainers/artists myself Holly Rea, Chelsea Brown and Jennifer Carlson.

Overall it was a fantastic day of shooting and really fun working with everyone! Especially the amazing Nicole Skye, she is such a beautiful person and a very talented artist and we can’t wait too work with her again.

Enjoy the video clip and a little sneak peak into what happened behind the scenes 🙂

@nicoleskyemusic, @huxleyschoolofmakeup, @lordhuxley, @hollyrea, @chelsea_brown_mua

#TERMINATE DAY 1 A timelapse of our first day of shooting! Thank you @srp_studios And makeup by @huxleyschoolofmakeup #nicoleskye #terminate #comingsoon #makeup #singer #songwriter #musicvideo #dancers #brisbane #australianmusic

Posted by Nicole Skye on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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