I came to Total for the first time in March 2016 to do the Semi-Permanent Eyelash Course which was funded by The Princes Trust as I had been forced to leave college due to my anxiety. I then quickly followed that by doing my Eyebrow Wax, Eyebrow & Eyelash Tint and Threading certificates in May 2016. Once I had my certificates I got my insurance and started to practice on friends and family with the intention of starting a Mobile Make-up & Beauty Treatment business.

Unfortunately, my anxiety had other ideas and I found going into people’s homes to do treatments and make-up was stressful for me and I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. I decided I needed my own space to work in and as we didn’t have enough room at home (and have 3 dogs) I looked for a shop, found our current premises, secured them and took a Business Start-up Loan, all within 6 weeks and we opened the AL Professional Make-up Studio on the 8th July 2017.

I went back to Total to do the Lash Lift Certificate in June 2017 and now offer all the services I have qualified in with Total in my new studio.

I have found training at Total fantastic. I was so scared the first time I attended and took my sister as my model for support but I needn’t have worried. The Total staff and especially Michelle have always made me feel welcome, relaxed and they are all supportive during the training and afterwards. The courses are run efficiently, with interesting and enjoyable theory sessions and detailed, well explained and well demonstrated practical sessions. I thoroughly enjoy attending Total Training. My mum came as my model for my Eyebrow Wax & Tint course and she was so impressed by Total’s staff and training facilities that she has recently attended Total herself achieving certificates in Manicure, Pedicure & Gel Nail Polish.
Since starting my journey with Total in March 2016

I have also attended Redcar & Cleveland College achieving a Diploma In hair & Media Make-up and I opened my studio as soon as my college course finished. It was the support and encouragement from Total staff when undertaking the training at their centre that gave me the confidence to enrol at college and battle my anxiety to get where I am today. Although easier than before my anxiety is still there but a huge thank you to Total for their support, I feel we are friends now as they care about their students and what they go on to achieve.

AL Professional Make-up Studio is based in Redcar and offers Occasional Make-up, Make-up Masterclasses & One-to-One Lessons & Beauty Treatments.


Abbie xx

Abbie Lewis, AL PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP STUDIO, 51 Station Road, Redcar TS10 1DT
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