My name is Shannon and I am 23 years old. As a young woman with a passion for beauty, I have solidified myself in cosmetic retail for Lancôme, a globally recognized skincare, fragrance and make- up brand, after doing a full-time make-up course with Irina Grant as my mentor. At Make-up Stars, we were a small class that got on well and each of us was given the necessary attention. I learnt too much in a short period of time and my skills became undeniably better after just two months. We covered looks from the ’20s till now, different applications of eye shadow, stage make-up and even the basics of hairstyling. Irina was a fantastic mentor and having her teach us was an absolute pleasure. Building a career in cosmetics can be intimidating, but being shown the different options helped me a lot and getting an insight to what type of work I would be doing made me see where I could fit in best and use my different skills doing what I love and what I am passionate about.