Today was my first day as a student at the make-up school of Dik Peeters in Amsterdam. Even though I was still recovering from a terrible hangover from the weekend, this new challenge really did give me fresh energy. Around 10 o’clock the course started with a very pleasant group of young women. Everyone has a different background, but have a strong passion for make-up in common.
After going through the house rules and some other information we started the with the practical part. We all had to bring a white young model no older than 35 years. My good friend Marike was my model today. I was happy that she could be my model, and felt very comfortable with her around on this first day with a lot of new impressions.
A very professional and experienced Dutch make-up artist, Siny van der Velde, taught us show to apply a good foundation. What an inspiring personality! A clear explanationan and personal attention was enough for me to create a solid base. We were taugt to mix colours to get as close as possible to the skin color of our models. I was very pleased with my results and so was Siny. Only the shaping was a little difficult. I found it hard to get the right symmetry. Siny explained how to apply the taupe colour in the shape of a moon from the ear to the middle of the cheek in order to emphasise the cheekbones. After some practice this went pretty well. Only the nose-shaping requires further practice.
We also started on a base for special effects make-up. The lightest foundation formed the base. We practised this cover technique by smoothly tapping and holding the sponge in a effective way. Also here it counts that practice makes perfect. It was truely challenging to mattify the make-up on Marike’s face. I kept on powdering. After this we practised once more with shaping. Not easy to do this on an extreme thick layer of make-up.
I was very tired after this first class. Everything seems easier than I had imagined it to be. It takes a lot of hard work – especially standing up for such a long time. Marike and I ended the day by going to a Surinamese restaurant in Amsterdam to fill our tummies.