Scotland’s top makeup college opens in Glasgow

Julian Kynaston with members of the GlamCandy team

SCOTLAND’S leading makeup college is to open in Glasgow – creating new jobs and training opportunities as part of a six-figure investment in the city.

GlamCandy is expanding from their existing locations in Edinburgh, Dunfermline and Aberdeen to open a new college in Central Chambers in Hope Street in April.

The firm say they are investing over £200,000 in the centre in response to huge demand from Glasgow-based students who have been travelling to their existing colleges elsewhere in Scotland to study.

The multi-award winning company are already taking on six new makeup artists and tutors to work at the college – and will provide paid opportunities to help some of the 160 students a year expected to pass through their doors develop their careers.

GlamCandy offers recognised qualifications accredited by the SQA – offering their students a pathway to a new career in the industry.

They expect to welcome 80 HNC students and 80 pro course students in their first year in Glasgow – the first time HNC courses have been offered at a private college in the city

Demand is high and a waiting list already in place, with applications being taken for April’s HNC course.

GlamCandy boast a high employment rate for students graduating from their colleges and have launched careers in the business for many of their students.

The firm also plan to run their massively successful teen makeup club from the new premises – an innovation that breaks down barriers and encourages boys and girls to hone their makeup skills in structured after-school classes.

As well as the college GlamCandy will be opening a cosmetics shop at the premises – offering top brands such as Illamasqua, Kryolan and Karla Powell.

They also offer makeup appointments for women heading to events and nights out or for brides and bridesmaids on their big days as well as personal one to one lessons and masterclasses.

The move comes as they continue on an ambitious UK wide investment programme after partnering with Julian Kynaston – the man behind cult makeup brand Illamasqua.

Julian said: “Opening in Glasgow was an easy decision – it has been impossible to ignore the demand in the city for our courses.

“We have had students travelling from the city to our other facilities across the country and others who told us they wanted to do so but couldn’t afford the travel.

“It just makes sense to bring our award winning, industry recognised qualifications to Glasgow.”

He added: “Many people think that studying one of our makeup courses takes you into becoming a makeup artist but this is only one career path.

“Our courses open up doors in one of the fastest growing industries, where there are many career paths available in an industry which is currently worth $532 billion, with an estimated market value of almost $805 billion by 2023.

“Since we started our HNC courses in 2018 I have been following many of our students journeys on social media and watching the growth in their careers, skills and confidence which has been incredible to watch in such a short period.

“Some are successful makeup artists in their own right with their own businesses while other have gone on to become teachers.

“We have invested over £200,000 in Glasgow to take GlamCandy to the next level, not only into another city but in other areas of the business which we are developing over the next year including e-commerce, product development and online learning.”

Ebony Smith, the firm’s Creative Director, added: “We are so excited to be finally opening in Glasgow as it has been on our radar for a while now.

“We look forward to giving our new students the opportunity and support to pave the way to new careers in this ever evolving industry.”

The latest stories