Duo’s friendship leads to make-up success

TWO makeup artists have written their own education course for students hoping to make it in the industry. Robyn Turnbull, 30 and Sian-Louise Auld, 28 own So Coco Rouge Beauty Salon in Liverpool city centre and following much hard work have created The Rouge School. Robyn told Good News Liverpool: “Sian-Louise and I met in makeup school in Manchester back in 2004 and we hit it off right away, probably since we were the only two scousers in a classroom of mancs! “After we qualified we worked together as freelancers for five years and in 2010 opened the first So Coco Rouge shop on Hope Street.” The ladies, known as The Rougettes, relocated to a more prime position in Old Haymarket in 2012. Sian-Louise said: “We wanted to create something that Liverpool didn’t offer yet. The makeup, hair and beauty offerings in the city are fantastic but we felt that sometimes people might feel intimidated walking into a place to get their makeup done. “We created a down-to-earth, professional but friendly environment. No matter who you are or what you do you’ll always get a warm welcome at So Coco Rouge – and we like to make everyone feel like a celebrity.” The shop is a one stop for hair and beauty and has built up a solid client base. The pair have built an impressive portfolio over the years and have provided makeup for TV work, theatre, location shoots, weddings and more. Now The Rouge School has proven a popular addition to the offering Liverpool has in terms of training. “We have been involved with a lot of college courses as they have brought us in to help train students, and after looking at the syllabus designs for these qualifications we found them quite dated,” adds Robyn. “There’s nothing to teach budding makeup artists how to find real world work, or how to act on location and what’s expected of them. “We wanted to create a course which will give new talent a real chance of succeeding and teach business sense in the industry as well as up to date practical skills.” Local training schools have started to refer students to the Rouge School and they have filled their target student count three months ahead of schedule. “It’s very exciting, we are delighted that ours is a course of choice for colleges and we have already expanded on the original plan, which is a great position to be in,” added Sian-Louise.