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POLISH + SHOOT (Editorial Eyeliner Masterclass) with NICOLE THOMPSON


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This course is designed for makeup artists that want to enhance their skills by creating editorial eyeliner designs for social media posts and their professional portfolio. It can also be for those makeup artists who want to refresh and update their skills.

From day ones techniques students will design  2 looks for an editorial beauty style liner story they feel will enhance their professional portfolio. These looks are photographed up-close and of the eye area/face only.

Students will send through mood boards, face charts and trial designs through to the Nicole Thompson and Carlo Fernandes  for feedback before the shoot day.

Students can provide own models for the shoot or CJMD can source professional models for you at an extra fee.

Students will be able to select one image from each look to be professionally retouched for their editorial story. Any additional images will be extra and chargeable to the photographer directly.

This course takes on a limited amount of makeup artists each intake to ensure they are mentored with one on one interaction with the professional makeup artists.

  • Product knowledge & tools  for creating sharp lines, texture, depth, layering and coloured designs
  • Techniques for achieving the perfect winged eyeliner
  • Techniques for creating cut crease liner shape
  • Techniques for balancing eye shapes with eyeliner styles
  • Techniques for achieving editorial advanced graphic designs
  • Students complete the practicals of the different style
  • Students are required to bring in a model for the class 
  • Students will gain critiquing of their work during practicals to ensure they are at an industry level.





Senior Artist Nicole Thompson never anticipated the extent to which her former grunge years would shape her later career. “I always got in trouble at school for reapplying my liquid liner and burgundy lipstick in class!” she recalls. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Nicole describes herself as a typical, naughty, 90s teen, but an early love of fashion and photography was nevertheless a critical step in her journey to becoming a Senior Artist.

Still living in Sydney with her husband and daughter, Nicole describes a culture that is relaxed and diverse. She joined the M·A·C family in 2005 after being drawn by its close links to the fashion industry, and was soon scoring fans for her bold, colourful and dramatic style.

These days Nicole prescribes Lip Pencil in Half-Red and Lipstick in Snob for a more adult variation on the 90s mauve lip. Success, she says, comes from being true to who you are. “It has taken me many years to really embrace that notion, but it’s my first bit of advice to anyone who is joining the industry for the first time,” she says. It’s why, among her heroes, Nicole counts Iris Apfel, who she describes as “an icon without judgment, who believes in happiness before fashion.”

Nicole’s style might not be “natural,” but she nevertheless preaches the good word of caring for your skin. A glowing complexion, she says, is the basis of all great beauty looks. Her go-to powder is Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, which, when accompanied by foundation layered over Cream Colour Base in Hush or Pearl, creates what she describes as the perfect glow.

Career highlights include working with Val Garland in Paris for a Vivienne Westwood show – not bad for Nicole’s first visit to the city. “It was a full circle moment,” she says, “when all the things I’d dreamed about when studying in college, finally came together.”

While others are famous for creating one signature look, Nicole’s approach is more fluid. “I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to makeup,” she says. “Everyone is different and ingredients or techniques you need to bring out your own magic won’t be the same for the next person.”

“No two days are the same in this business. The great thing is having variation and connecting with the many different clients I meet every single day. For me, it’s all about creating a look that really enhances the face of the person sitting in my chair.”


Attendance:  1 day 9am – 5:30pm

Course Fees $1100 + GST (includes 2 day course and 2 retouched images from the photoshoot)

Pre-Requisites: * Need to have minimum Cert II level or provide industry experience

Course Dates: 12th August and 26th August

In order to secure your position in the course you are required to pay the full course fees two weeks prior to the course commencement. CJMD requires a minimum of 8 students to run the class, and a maximum of 12 students.

The course outline is below;


  • Theory on products & tools to how to select the correct product for the style, how to build and layer with product, creating eye liner designs with colour products, examples of how to balance the eye shape with editorial eyeliner styles
  •  Demonstration of mastering a classic winged eyeliner
  • Demonstration of mastering a double liner design
  • Demonstrations of two high fashion designs
  • Demonstration of an editorial 1960’s design
  • Demonstration on a graphic shape
  •  theory on how to prepare for an editorial eyeliner story, get the students to start thinking of ideas for their story during the break
  • Practical time to complete design ideas on model

Requirements for lesson

Makeup artists are required to bring their makeup kit and 1 model for the lesson (Afternoon only) that have almond shape eyes to work on.


Photoshoot schedule will be released after enrolments are finalised

Requirements for lesson

  • Makeup artists are required to bring their makeup kit
  • Makeup artists are required to organise 1 or 2 models for day (2 looks will be shot) or contact CJMD to arrange professional models at an extra charge.
  • Makeup artists are required to design looks for the photoshoot and send to CJMD trainer & photographer for reviewing


To enrol for this course or request our course information booklet, please contact 02 9212 2222 or email cameron@cameronjane.com.au.