Professional Hair and Make-Up Artist Q&A
Dani Guinsberg, professional hair and make-up artist and founder of The Session School, shares her makeup artist secrets to industry success and tells us what inspired her to teach others.
* What gave you the inspiration to open The Session School?
As a professional hair and make-up artist my idea for opening The Session School came from a passion to pass on all my 23 years of make-up knowledge to others – the next generation, so to speak. I wondered how people working in full-time jobs could be able to change careers to something they were passionate about, so I started by running weekend only courses for people wanting to retrain in make-up skills, but who were too busy during the week with other commitments.
* What advice would you give to people starting out in the industry?
Make sure to network like mad! Use every social media platform to showcase work and realise that you are your own boss and no one else knows you exist or what talents you have unless you put yourself out there. Make sure to train and learn make-up at schools that have reputable accredited certificates as this is essential for working as a professional hair and make-up artist.
* What has been the proudest moment in your career to date?
My proudest moment in my career as a professional hair and make-up artist has been working backstage on a Vivienne Westwood show at London Fashion Week right when I first started – she had been my idol for years so to get to help create the looks on over 40 models was just so exciting!
* And your cringiest one?!
My cringiest moment has to be a shoot for a male underwear campaign when they brought out a thong – I didn’t even realise men wore these types of things, nor that I had to perfect all of the bits of skin on show!
* What qualities do you need to be a successful hair and make-up artist?
There are so many qualities needed to be a successful, professional hair and make-up artist but I would say that so much more important than talent is being a nice, polite, well-rounded person that can leave their ego behind them on a shoot.
* Can you describe a typical day at The Session School?
A typical day at The Session School consists of watching teachers do some incredible demos on our beautiful models and explaining the different techniques used to achieve certain looks – our mornings are all demo based with time for Q&A’s with the teacher. The afternoons are all practical where students really get to create looks and have constructive criticism – we laugh a lot and try to make things fun, as well as informative.
* What products are you currently loving?
I’m currently loving Smashbox BB Water foundations, the texture is like nothing I have ever tried before – they work really well on models’ faces and create the most perfect flawless skin.
* What forthcoming courses are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about some professional hair and make-up artist courses we have planned in Wales next year. We will be having a pop-up Session School in Cardiff to help make training more accessible in other parts of the country.