A teacher from Leicester has launched a new beauty course after realising that make-up artist training she completed as a hobby was missing something “important”.
Savneesh Samuel has created her own, accredited, make-up qualification which ensures trainees learn how to beautify skin of all types, ethnicities and ages.
The 37-year-old, who has been a science teacher for 14 years, said she decided to pursue her interest in beauty as a “side hustle” before qualifying as a make-up artist six years ago.
“I was always interested in make-up – I was that girl who watched my mum doing hers and I wanted to try everything,” said Savneesh, from Wigston.
But it was during her training that a “lack of diversity” in the types of skin on which she was learning her craft became very apparent.
She told LeicestershireLive: “I found that there were not many chances to work with people from different ethnicities, different ages or skin types.
“When you get out there and start working, your clients are all different and have different needs.
“I realised I had invested all this time and money and didn’t really feel like I learnt some of the things I really needed to.”
Although Savneesh said she did not think the lack of diversity was “intentional”, it was certainly an oversight, and she spoke to a number of other make-up artists whom she said felt the same way.
“You want every client to feel represented and valued – that is so important,” she said.
“Things like asking your clients to bring their own foundation, for example, is not really good enough.”
During maternity leave, Savneesh decided to take matters into her own hands and put together a make-up course, culminating in her very own make-up academy, Glow by S Samuel.
“Some courses do offer workshops that are more inclusive, but I think it needs to be embedded into the curriculum,” she said.
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While continuing to teach science, Savneesh plans to deliver the accredited, eight-week course during her free time, and will start after the lockdown.
She said she aimed to give aspiring make-up artists the tools and experience to launch their own businesses for a wide clientele.
“With everything going on in the world at the moment – everyone should feel included and important,” she said.
You can some of Savneesh’s top make-up tips here.