Aaron Richards

SRA Student Story: Aaron Richards

Aaron Richards, one of SRA's graduates now a highly successful professional makeup artist

Why did you choose Makeup as a career?

I choose makeup as a career because I love being able to make people feel and look beautiful both inside and out, being able to pamper them and get them to experience the transformation they can go through with Aaron!

Why did you choose SRA as an education provider?

I was searching for quite a while to find somewhere that suited me and what I wanted and SRA offered everything that I was looking for plus more to expand my knowledge and learnings within the Makeup Industry.

Tell us about your experience at SRA.

I honestly couldn't ask for anything more, the tutors had/have your back 100% and show their love and support throughout! The way they taught us, the environment you study in and the people around you are all there for the same reason to fulfil their dreams in doing makeup and helping others.

What was the highlight while studying full-time with us?

Everything was a highlight for me because it is a huge passion of mine to finally do what I have always wanted to do and have the love and support to do it.

What have you achieved so far? (career after study)

Well, I have graduated with Excellence which means I was lucky enough to become part of the Samala Cosmetics Creative Team, where we had amazing opportunities within the industry such as being part of the backstage team doing makeup for Miss New Zealand 2016 and New Zealand Fashion Week 2016. Through that my networking started to grow and I have started getting requests to do makeup for photoshoots as well as private functions. Not to forget, I have recently got offered a job at M.A.C Cosmetics. That on its own was a dream of mine and now I can proudly say, I have achieved it and can tick it off my bucket list.

What is next for you? (goal for the next 5yrs)

To learn and gain as much knowledge and experience as I can from others in the industry around me and be able to develop myself and be the best version of me. The next 5 years for me gaining experience and contacts within the industry will hopefully lead me to fulfilling my bigger goals which are being part of New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. My long term goal is very simple -  it's to be very well known in the industry and everyone gets to know who 'Aaron Visage' is!