A Spooktacular make–up artist is taking Dundee by storm with her Halloween–inspired designs.
Carol Paterson, 30, from Hilltown, owns Make Me Up Artistry – a beauty business which has gone viral, with 11,000 likes on Facebook.
I went along to her studio in Meadow Mill to be styled as a voodoo doll, Carol’s most famous design.
The eerie look, which Carol created and painted on herself last year, kick-started her career as a face painter.
She said: “That was a big turning point in my career because it really got noticed. I put it up and it went viral on Facebook.
“Sarah Hill, a well–established make–up artist in Glasgow, spotted the look and entered it into the competition and then I won.
“My prize was more than £1,000 of make–up and I was buzzing because I had never really won anything before.”
Carol has been in the make–up industry for seven years, having worked for huge brands MAC and Benefit.
She originally trained as a beauty therapist at Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy.
Carol said: “There wasn’t really any make–up involved in the course at all. Through the years I did beauty, nails and brows were my thing and I found it quite creative.”
Most of Carol’s make–up skills are self–taught and she often takes inspiration from other artists on YouTube and Instagram.
Two years ago, she decided to take a leap into the unknown and start her own make–up business in Dundee.
She started doing face painting alongside more bridal and evening make–up looks last year.
Carol said: “I started getting a bit bored of the generic smokey eye after a while so I took up face painting.
“I had to think of something to make me different from everybody else.
“I felt like it was more of a challenge and I wanted to push my creativity.”
Her life revolves around the business and she spends as much time as she can learning from others and perfecting her skills.
The majority of Carol’s clients are looking for a smokey eye on a Saturday night, but this Halloween she is fully booked to paint ghoulish designs on Dundee party-goers.
She added: “This year, I’m giving myself an hour–and–a–half for each client so it gives me time to perfect things and make people look good for their night out.
“Most looks I’ll do on Halloween will be carnival-themed – a lot of clowns and a lot of glitter.
“Scary is good, but obviously a lot of the girls want to look a bit sexy as well.”
The cosmetics industry is ever expanding and thousands of young girls across the country have dreams of becoming a make–up artist (MUA).
Carol is now planning to help other people achieve their dreams.
She said: “I see a lot of MUAs and I feel like they could benefit from the understanding that I’ve got. I want to help them achieve their dreams and become more well known.
“I love what I do – I haven’t really taken in that this is my job.”
Her goal is to teach week–long intensive courses on how to be a make–up artist or face painter.
She added: “I would say I’ve found my calling and it’s really hard to find that in life.
“It’s a huge compliment for me that people from the city come to me to get their make–up done. I feel really privileged.”