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Class of 2016: BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion

Photography: Silvia Dee. Hair & Make-up: Katrina Grey
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02 June 2016

Katrina Grey and Mee Kee Song both studied BA (Hons) Hair and Make-up for Fashion and are graduating this year as part of LCF’s Class of 2016. On the course, students learn the professional skills necessary to become an innovative and in-demand hair and make-up artist in the creative world of fashion image-making.

We spoke to Katrina and Mee Kee to find out about their time at LCF, what inspires them and what they hope to do in the future.

Make-up by Mee Kee Song

Make-up by Mee Kee Song

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself…

Katrina: I’m a tomboy, sneaker-head who hates putting makeup on herself, but loves to put makeup on others.

Mee Kee: I’m terrified of the camera, I feel extremely uncomfortable being photographed or filmed – I find it weird seeing myself anywhere else!

Talk us through your final project:

Katrina: I wanted to look at current social trends and issues. I chose to look at gender & beauty standards – in particular how beauty standards affect black women. Throughout my degree I have looked at issues within the black community and aspects of black culture.

Photography: Silvia Dee. Hair & Make-up: Katrina Grey

Photography: Silvia Dee. Hair and Make-up: Katrina Grey

Mee Kee: For my final project, I worked with the theme ‘unmasking ugliness’. It is an idea that suggests fluidity in the contemporary ideal of beauty. I wanted to create visual statements that potentially redefine and re-appropriate what the media-dominated society perpetuates.

Describe your work in five words…

Katrina: Fun, colourful and meaningful (I can only think of three!).

Mee Kee: Minimal, sensible, delicate, subtle, humorous.

What do you love about what you do?

Katrina: I love having the freedom to create what I want, without any questions.

Mee Kee: Getting to meet new people and learning new things from each other is great.

What’s the best thing about LCF and your course?

Katrina: Support from teachers is the best thing about LCF. My course helped me realise that I am capable of doing a degree and achieving the grades that I never did in school. I also learned that I really love cultural and historical studies.

Mee Kee: Networking and the tutors at LCF are great. In terms of the course, personal and professional development is the best thing about it. It’s not just about training us to be the best hair and make-up artists, but also about gaining a knowledge and understanding of the industry as a whole.

'Dandyism' Hair and Make-up by Katrina Grey & Esemrala V. Photography: Ella Sullivan

Dandyism‘ Hair and Make-up by Katrina Grey & Esemrala V. Photography: Ella Sullivan

What inspires you?

Katrina: Black culture.

Mee Kee: Life, people, everyday life’s objects and dreams! Personally, I find that taking things slowly is a good way to get inspired. I try to pay more attention to the people and things that surround me.

What are your plans for the future?

Katrina: I would like a career in teaching make-up or working with a make-up brand.

Mee Kee: I just want to be happy with what I do, and feel comfortable with who I am, whether I am still doing make-up or not.

'Hybridity' Make-up by Katrina Grey

‘Hybridity’ Make-up by Katrina Grey

What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course?

Katrina: Try and get as much experience as you can in doing photo shoots for editorial submission ( try to get paid for it if you can)

Mee Kee: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – as my beloved tutor Fiona Minors used to say that to us a lot, ‘allow accidents to participate’. Most importantly though, have fun!