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Make up to Shake up – Home to Makeup Artist Sam Gehlken.

Born Feb of 1985, Adelaide based Makeup Artist Sam Gehlken is going from strength to strength. After a lifetime of creativity, Sam decided to study Makeup in May, 2011. While studying full time she decided to start her business ‘Make up to Shake up’ to try to get her name well known. After getting portfolio work started the business took off. “It got so busy that there was no time left for study”, Sam said. Still with being only partially way through a certificate, studying has taken a back seat over the abundance of clientele that is streaming in week to week. Sam took up teaching her (mostly self taught) skills, tips and tricks in Masterclasses early this year (2012) with every class being a sell out thus far. Still not fully qualified Sam puts her successes down to “Working hard, stretching the comfort zone and never giving up. As long as you are born creative, the amount that you learn on the job is the biggest key. No teacher can give you the confidence and personal skills that throwing yourself into this job can give you. I took the proverbial bull by the horns and it paid off”.

Her Makeup Idols are Napoleon Perdis (also self taught) and Megan Martinez.