New colleges planned

GlamCandy expands with beauty tycoon Kynaston


Julian Kynaston: ‘improving the student experience’


Make-up school GlamCandy, which counts Eva Longoria and Nicole Scherzinger among its clients, is embarking on an ambitious UK-wide expansion programme, taking on up to 50 staff in new colleges around the country.  

The firm is currently recruiting 12 makeup artists and tutors to work at a new Aberdeen college opening in February where it will train up to 200 students a year. It is also opening a cosmetics shop on the premises.

GlamCandy, based in Edinburgh’s west end, is partnering with beauty business entrepreneur Julian Kynaston – the man behind cult makeup brand Illamasqua.

He sold the brand for £23 million last year and has been the driving force behind a major investment in GlamCandy.

He added that the Aberdeen opening was the next step in “making GlamCandy the ‘go-to’ makeup college brand in the UK”.

Our programme of investment aims to improve the student experience, allow the team to train more students and give them the skills to start a career in the beauty industry,” he said.

“There’s a misperception that makeup is easy and that everyone can do it. The internet – online tutorials and the like – is possibly responsible for that.

Eva Longoria

Client: GlamCandy provided make-up for Eva Longoria (pic: Terry Murden)


“The truth is it is an incredible skill and once practised professionally and correctly it is a very, very powerful tool and can be an amazing career that can take you as far as you want to go.”

Managing director Hayley Harvey-Smith said her team were excited to expand their presence into Aberdeen – and to offer their students a first-rate learning experience.

She said: “Our new college will allow us to offer a wide range of courses to our students as well as state-of-the-art facilities,

“We are building our own photography studio within the Aberdeen college and all our students will have the chance to have their work featured in our nationally available magazine which launches next year.

“Giving them the chance to build that portfolio is massive in terms of employability and that is always our focus.

“It is a really exciting time for GlamCandy and we’re proud to be expanding our presence in Aberdeen and look forward to training the next generation of makeup artists in the area.”

GlamCandy, which launched in 2011, provided makeup to actress & producer Eva Longoria & signer Nicole Scherzinger for the 2016 Global Gift Gala Ibiza.

It also provides local make-up services such as George Heriot School’s charity fashion event.

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