UK Association of Medical Aid to Pakistan Fashion Show 2018 by Louise Morrison

Posted on January 14 2019

From an early age, I was creating my weekend's make up ‘look’ in my bedroom dreaming of one day being part of an industry that has always excited me. I have now realised my dream, completed the Pro Course and working as part of the makeup team at a fashion show. I am an avid fan of fashion and being able to work in an industry that goes hand in hand with it is a dream come true. 

Shortly after completing my two-week course at the Academy of Makeup, I skipped my way into the Kelvingrove Art Gallery ready to take on my first Aftercare experience – part of the seven-month Aftercare with the pro course package. I was lucky to be selected for the team of makeup artists on the UK Association of Medical Aid to Pakistan Fashion Show. Scottish Clothmakers Harris Tweed Hebrides partnered with the King of Pakistani Couture Hassan Sheheryar Yasin (HSY) to present a stunning collection that delivered a fusion of Pakistani Couture and iconic Scottish Heritage.

A model walking down the runway at the Medical Aid for Pakistan fundraiser

The Academy Director, Sara Hill was head of makeup for the evening and getting to work alongside someone who is not only the best in the business and has a wealth of experience, but who inspires me on a personal level is one of the many reasons I chose this course. 

On the day I was excited and more than a little nervous but the team and myself were instantly put at ease with Sara who was calm and collected, this certainly rubbed off on me. We had received the brief a couple of days before explaining what look had been decided on and what kit essentials would be needed. This enabled me to get organised and settled my nerves as I had an idea of what we would be delivering on the night. 

Sara presented the demo, a beautiful Kim Kardashian inspired smokey eye that perfectly enhanced the clothes and glamour of the event. We then had to follow suit, I wanted to ensure I did myself and Sara proud so this perhaps added to my nerves but only in a good way.

Designer Hassan Sheheryar Yasin surrounded by models at the Medical Aid to Pakistan Fashion Show

Sara was supportive throughout and working with lovely models enabled me to relax and start to really enjoy what I was doing, I would go as far as to say I started to feel real confidence in my ability. Working on faces such as Romy McCahill – Miss Scotland 2017 and Miss Scotland 2018 Finalist - Natalie Rose Woods definitely made for an easier job.

To have a dream of mine from a very early age come to fruition just reinforces the fact that I am finally fulfilling one of my life long dreams. I revelled in the backstage buzz, the clothes were stunning and the atmosphere was friendly. To top it all off Hassan thanked us all for our hard work at the end of the evening.

The amazing scene inside the Kelvingrove at the Medical Aid for Pakistan Fashion Show

Prior to the models going on stage, we headed upstairs to carry out touch-ups, making sure each model looked perfect before stepping out. It was at this point that the scale of the event really hit me. The Kelvingrove looked stunning, there were celebrities in the crowd and I felt a real buzz and sense of achievement. To see your work on the stage is one of the most satisfying feelings and one that I hope to be lucky enough to experience many times more. I feel confident in the skills I have learned and look forward to excelling in the industry that I love so much. 

Thank you so much TAOM for the opportunity – it was a privilege xx

Words by
Louise Morrison

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