A celebrity make-up artist who started her career as a Sunday girl in the Metrocentre has visited college students to share her make-up secrets and pass-on some valuable career tips.
Durham-born Amanda Bell, 36, who has worked with stars such as Jessica Biel and James Bond star Naomi Harris, gave Sunderland College beauty students a master class in make-up application and technique.
The former head make-up artist for the BAFTA Awards also provided students with an insight into how to make a successful career out of make-up artistry.
Tracey Mowbray, beauty therapy lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “Having Amanda visit has been fantastic for the students – she’s really inspired them.
“We try and provide all our students with a rounded curriculum filled with engaging activities to help them be ready for the world of work.
“Her experience and knowledge of the industry have been invaluable and show just what can be achieved in beauty therapy with a little hard work.”
Amanda has returned to the North East after 10 years working in London and plans to set up her own business.
Amanda, who started her career working with Lancôme, said: “Meeting the students at Sunderland College has been great, I’ve really enjoyed it.
“I’ve been able to pass on my experience as well as a few top beauty tips.
“Beauty therapy is a career choice that can take you anywhere in the world and the sky really is the limit.
“I have big plans for my business and am really excited about the potential here in the North East.”
In a further show of support to Sunderland College students, Amanda has volunteered to mentor them at Work Discovery Week currently taking place at the Stadium of Light.
Along with hair students, the beauty therapy students will be helping with a fashion show demonstrating how to dress for work and for an interview.
Work Discovery Week runs until Friday July 5 and aims to bring local businesses together with schools and colleges to help bridge skills gaps and benefit the local economy.