Jay Pinxie Turnball

Freelance Make-up Lecturer

What industry do you work in?

I work in the creative industry as a freelance hair and make up artist, I am also very involved with a magazine for whom I contribute to the beauty section covering the latest trends at London Fashion Week.

My freelance work consists of shooting for editorials, short fashion films, music videos, private make up lessons, look books, bridal hair and make-up and some theatre work.

How did you get into teaching?

I met someone at a networking event who was impressed by my level of enthusiasm for make-up. I was asked to come to the school for an interview and the rest is history. I love teaching and passing on tips and skills. I like to be able to take promising students with me on jobs. I will continue to teach them as they assist me. If I can get a job with an opportunity for a portfolio picture for a past student I will take an assistant.

What has been your biggest career highlight?

I would say one of the highlights of my career was flying to St Vincent via Barbados and staying in a luxury resort to do the make-up and hair for Patsy Palmer when she renewed her wedding vows - we even managed to squeeze in a little sun time!

How did you get into make-up artistry?

I studied media hair and make-up at the London College of Fashion where I was given an unconditional place and completed the lock on qualification. I was already a qualified hairdresser and an artist studying sculpture - I was hoping to take my newly learned make-up skills into prosthetics and Special FX, however, the fashion bug bit me and I no longer have the yearning to create prosthetics.

With my hairdressing training, I qualified as a hairdresser within two years and was very quickly sent out as relief management to many a string of salons around England. At a very young age, I was doing hairdressing shows, dying wigs and using them in incredible creations. At competition level, I was the top London apprentice in my year.

I gained my hair qualification through a salon apprenticeship in Kensington.

What is your make-up motto?

If we don't make mistakes how can we ever continue to learn, in make-up we are always learning.