Between them, our stellar lineup of tutors has experience in each and every aspect of the beauty industry. As well as educating at the academy, they continue to work in the fashion, television, advertising and bridal industries, so you’re guaranteed to get the most up-to-date and inspiring insight.
Director and Founder
Makeup Artist, Art Director and Magazine Editor Sara Hill is a free-thinking creative born in Glasgow, Scotland. With 20 years of experience, Sara has worked internationally on many advertising and fashion campaigns. Her work elegantly combines graceful lines, strong shapes and vibrant colours. She is represented by boutique London agency S: Management.
Sara has worked with many notable personalities, from Kanye West, Melanie C, Emeli Sande, Jack O’Connell, Grace Jones, to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and much more. Sara has worked for years at international fashion weeks for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Ashish, Biba and Alexander McQueen. Sara Hill was the winner of best UK makeup artist 2012, Expert Makeup Artist of the Year 2015, Beauty Icon Award winner. Sara was also the UK trainer for MAC Cosmetics and the National makeup artist for Laura Mercier. Her work has featured in many publications; the likes of Elle, Marie Claire, Red, Valt, Fiasco and British Vogue. Sara Hill also recently launched her own cosmetics line.
Kat McSwein has worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years with experience as both a fashion stylist and a makeup artist. She’s worked with celebrities such as Paolo Nutini, The Saturdays, Girls Aloud, Gerard Butler and Alesha Dixon. Kat’s work has graced the pages of many top fashion editorials such as Vogue, Hello and Grazia magazine. She has worked at London Fashion week and other fashion events such as Dressed to Kilt in New York and The Style Awards. National advertising campaigns and clients include Reebok, Capital Radio, Atlantic Records, Sony, Highland Spring, Irn Bru, Nike, Russel Athletic and much more. Kat is one of the most sought after artists in Scotland today, based in Glasgow and London.
Based in Central West Scotland, Lynsey is an internationally travelled makeup artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the beauty and fashion industry. With a career based in both Glasgow and London spanning more than a decade, Lynsey has built her own successful Bridal Business and has seen her work published in Marie Claire and InStyle. Lynsey has also worked on national campaigns for UK retailer House Of Fraser. Previously holding the role of International Artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics, Lynsey has travelled throughout the UK, Europe and America, working runway shows at London Fashion Week and The Scottish Style Awards, collaborating with top fashion and retail brands including Jenny Packham, Pamela Rowland, Vivienne Westwood, Biba, Harvey Nichols, Ghost, Birchbox, SAKS, Selfridges and many more.
Stacey has a depth of knowledge in editorial, commercial, beauty and bridal. With her eye for detail and creative desire, she relishes in being on set working closely with a strong creative team. Her passion lies in Editorial and backstage work having worked on teams at London Fashion Week and with her editorial work featured in publications such as Wonderland, LUCY'S, Volant, Vogue Online and Creative Head Mag to name a few.
Stacey runs her own successful bridal business and has lead makeup teams for prominent bridal shows in Scotland. Her portfolio contains commercial campaigns for The House of Bruar, alongside work for L'oreal Colour Trophy winner and work on music videos and feature film. She works throughout Scotland and London.
Rae is a professionally trained makeup artist specialising in fashion, editorial, bridal and beauty. Having a background in visual arts and graduating from Grays School of Art, Rae found her true passion within makeup. This allowed her to develop her artistic ability in the makeup world in which she has over ten years industry experience. Rae has worked globally with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Laura Mercier, MAC, Estee Lauder, Toni and Guy and Bourjois to name a few. She is based in the North East of Scotland and has built up a very successful bridal business and continues to work in all areas.
Based in the North East of Scotland Jade has built up a successful reputation and clientele within the bridal industry not only in her area but throughout Scotland. Working with companies such as Freshen Up has seen her work with festivals such as Rockness and Creamfields. Jade also joined Airbase Airbrush Make Up as part of their UK trainers in 2014. Her fashion shows have seen her backstage at events including Edinburgh Fashion Week with designers such as Issey Miyake, Pam Hogg and new scottish designers. Basler Fashion, Aspire the Attire and Graduate Fashion shows throughout Scotland. Editorial work has been featured in Elegant Magazine, Dark Beauty, Noctis, and Make Up Pro. She has carried out Advertising work for Sarah Brown Jewellery, Indian Summer Gin, Isabelle Randall Dress design, Jane Gowans Jewellery, Scottish Hotels and local designers.
Jennifer Mathieson has over 20 years experience in several aspects of the hairdressing industry, being freelance for the last 12 years. Running her own successful Bridal Business, styling hair and makeup for Brides through Scotland. Jennifer fuels her creative passion through her session work which has been published in Dark Beauty Magazine, Elléments, Amour Fou, Devour, Flawless, Bite Magazine, Vogue digital, Ion and The Herald magazine.
Commercially Jennifer has worked as lead hair & makeup artist on the Spalding Sportswear Campaign and has worked with singer Jessie Ware, Indie band The View, dancer/presenter/Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and Olympian and Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch.