Barbara’s big break

: Make-up artist Barbara Coney with model Charlotte Salt. She hopes to make her name known across the UK

: Make-up artist Barbara Coney with model Charlotte Salt. She hopes to make her name known across the UK

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A MAKE-UP artist hopes working at a fashion show in Belgium could be her big break into the UK industry.

Barbara Coney, of Close Ollay, in Ramsey, has been asked to do the make-up at the event, which is in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Barbara, 29, will head to Belgium on August 23 – two days before the event – for her first job outside the island.

She said: ‘I’m excited and a little bit nervous, but I think nerves are good because it shows it means a lot to me.’

Barbara was offered the work after Ali Mehmet, who manages singer Milly Mae in the UK, asked her to get involved. He had got in touch with the event’s organiser, Carina Bauweraerts, to put Barbara’s name forward, after hearing about her work.

He has told her that if Milly Mae becomes well-established then he would like Barbara to do her make-up.

At the fashion show, Barbara will be responsible for coming up with the designs and doing the make-up for 12-15 models, who will each wear three designs. She will only find out what they are wearing when she gets to Belgium.

But she said: ‘I’m quite creative. When I see the look I will run my ideas through with the designer and listen to their ideas.’

She added: ‘It’s going to be hard work but it’s going to be worth it seeing the professional models going down the catwalk.’

Barbara thanked her parents for their support, adding: ‘My mum is my biggest fan.’

Barbara, who will be going to Belgium with her partner Barry Howarth, is well known for her work in the island.

She has just finished doing the make up for Rebecca House children’s hospice’s calendar, and she helps out at Hospice Isle of Man fashion shows too.

Barbara has also done make up at photo shoots for up-and-coming model Jade Thomas.

Barbara, who has three children aged from three to 13, explained she wanted to be a make up artist from a very young age: ‘All of my friends have memories of me wanting to do make up on them,’ she said.

She can remember telling her mum at the age of 13: ‘When I look at people’s faces it’s like an interior designer when they go into a room to come up with a design. I knew it was something I wanted to pursue.’

When she was 23, she asked for career advice from Wendy Campbell, who was working for Tracey Bell.

Barbara ended up receiving training from Wendy as she was impressed by her skills.

She thanked Manx SES for its support.

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