TOOWOOMBA woman Ellie Burgoyne is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a Vogue make-up artist.

Ms Burgoyne was lucky enough to secure a spot in an eight-week course with professional make-up artist Val Garland.

Val Garland has done the make-up for more than 40 British Vogue covers and has worked with everyone from Kate Moss to Keira Knightley.

The self-paced online course teaches students new techniques and shows them ways to let their creative side come alive.

Ellie Burgoyne is excited to be doing an exclusive course for make-up artists interested in creative editorial work.
Ellie Burgoyne is excited to be doing an exclusive course for make-up artists interested in creative editorial work. Kevin Farmer

Ms Burgoyne said it was an amazing opportunity.

"Val is the best person possible to work with because she is so creative and has worked with the world's biggest celebrities," Ms Burgoyne said.

"She is amazing at what she does and when I first found out about the course I thought it was too good to be true.

"I was so excited when I found out I had been accepted," she said.

As part of the program, students are expected to complete different assessments.

Ms Burgoyne is now in her fourth week of the course and said she has learnt a lot about herself as a make-up artist.

"The program is for people who are at different stages of their make-up career," Ms Burgoyne said.

"It's not about what point you are at, it is more for people who have a passion for the industry.

"Once we submit our assignments we get feedback and that helps us expand our skills. At first I struggled with the creative process, but I feel like I have learnt so much already," she said.

Ms Burgoyne has owned her own beauty salon, Luminosa, for three years.

"I love working in the salon, but in the future I hope to work in editorial," Ms Burgoyne said.

"My dream goal would be to work for Vogue because I just absolutely love their work. I have read their magazines for as long as I remember.

"This program is a step towards that and I'm so grateful I was given the opportunity," she said.

To see more of Ms Burgoyne's work visit

Cosmetics through the ages

  10,000 BCE: Men and women in Egypt use scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin and hide body odours.

  1000 BCE: Grecians whiten their complexion with chalk or lead face powder and fashion crude lipstick out of ochre clays laced with red iron.

  100 AD: In Rome, people put barley flour and butter on their pimples and sheep fat and blood on their fingernails for polish.

  300-400 AD: Henna is used in India as a hair dye and in mehndi, an art form in which complex designs are painted on hands and feet.

  1200 AD: Perfumes are imported from the Middle East because of the Crusades.

  1300 AD: In Elizabethan England, dyed red hair comes into fashion. Wealthy women wear egg whites over their faces to create a paler complexion.

  1400-1500 AD: In Europe, only the aristocracy use cosmetics, with Italy and France becoming the centres of manufacturing. Arsenic is sometimes used in face powder instead of lead.