Edinburgh College graduate recognised at international beauty awards

Photography by Darja Bilyk 

An Edinburgh College graduate has been recognised at an annual international beauty awards competition for work completed as part of her College course.

Former HND Make-Up Artistry student Lori Walker, who graduated in September, was a runner-up in the Best Body Paint category at the International Beauty Industry (IBI) Awards, after submitting an application based on work she completed as part of her final graded unit.

The IBI Awards are the world’s first fully independent, globally-recognised make-up artistry and hair stylist awards ceremony which celebrates the work of hair and make-up artists working behind-the-scenes all over the world.

Lori with her model Cara Harroway.

Forty-three-year-old Lori said: “I created the look as part of my graded unit, but felt the images were worthy of being shared for a little bit longer so I submitted my work to the IBI awards. I was thrilled to be named a finalist in my category – a lot of hard work and preparation went into designing the look, so I’m very proud of myself.

“The inspiration for the design came from the coastline near my home in Longniddry, East Lothian. The colours and textures found along Scottish coastlines are just beautiful, so I had my colour pallet for my idea pinned down almost immediately.

“Since graduating from College, I have been freelancing as a professional make-up artist, specialising in Airbrush application, and networking and collaborating with models and photographers to build my portfolio and gain credits.

“I have also just been awarded a bursary to attend a bespoke period hair styling course at Iver Heath Make-up Academy at Pinewood studios in London. My ambition is to get into high-end TV and Film, so I am building my skillset with intense courses that are media relevant.”

Make-Up Artistry lecturer Joanne Carmichael said: “Lori is an excellent make-up artist who showed exceptional dedication to her studies. With the drive and determination we have come to expect of Lori, we imagine this will be the first of many achievements we are proud to celebrate with her. The whole team in the College’s PASS make-up department can’t wait to see what she does next.”