Students with a talent for theatrical make-up were given a rare treat when they got a special invitation to the Royal Opera House in London.

Teenagers Leah Mann, Eva Kawalec and Scarlett Humbles, who are all studying Media Make-Up at the college, accompanied tutor Lisa Hassine to the grand theatre in Covent Garden for an intimate showcase of demonstrations and workshops by Kryolan – a leading supplier of professional make-up.

Royal Opera House 3 - Student Leah Mann, Darla Edin and her model.

Royal Opera House 3 – Student Leah Mann, Darla Edin and her model.

They were among a select group of professional make-up artists invited to spend the day at the prestigious theatre, where they were able to learn about the latest techniques, watch experts at work and sample new products.

The day was a dream come true for the students, said tutor Lisa, who worked in LA for a number of years on high profile events, such as the Oscars, Emmys and Britney Spears Toxic tour, before taking up her role at the college.

“I get invited each year to attend the Kryolan event and this year they invited three of our students to go along too, which was a fabulous opportunity,” said Lisa.

“The day was incredible. When we arrived, we went through the stage door and there were ballerinas practising – it was just beautiful.

“We were then able to get really close to some of the world’s leading make-up artists and their models to watch them at work, achieving some amazing looks and designs that were breath-taking. It was such an intimate event – the girls were able to ask questions and really watch the artists at work.”

Student Eva, 18, from Stamford, who hopes to study a degree in make-up artistry and special effects after completing the Level 3 course next year, said: “The day was incredible from start to finish. For students like us, who want to work in this business, it was a great opportunity for us to watch the professionals and learn from their individual techniques. We feel privileged to have been there.”