Way back in the 90's I joined an amazing group of volunteers with St. John Ambulance and it was there of all places that I got interested in makeup. To be specific, it was Casualty Simulation. I was introduced into this fascinating world of altered appearances and first aid competition. (also where I got the idea to become a Paramedic!)
I live in a rather ironic world most days. My last name is ILLMAN and I'm a paramedic, when I spell my last name I usually follow it with with "Illman, Like Sick Guy" and to top it all off my badge number at work is literally "12345". Yeah. I live in a funny and ironic world.
My grass roots in makeup is Casualty Simulation. I have had the opportunity to work at various mock disasters, competitions and even photo and video shoots with St. John Ambulance. Halloween is also a favorite time of year for me.
After decade or so I started to say things like "I need to go and learn 'Normal People' Makeup". In 2017 I enrolled at Canadian Beauty College and took the Makeup Artist Diploma. I now have the skills to make you look drop dead gorgeous!