Robyn is made up with nomination
AN enterprising young Buckie businesswoman is in the running for a prestigious national beauty industry award.
Robyn Innes may be just 17 years of age, but over the course of the last year she has already built a successful beautician's business, Robyn Innes Beautique.
The high standard of her work has seen her nominated for the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards (SHABA) Best Makeup Artist in Scotland 2019. Ms Innes now needs as many people to vote online as possible to make it through to the next round.
The nomination, which was anonymous, has left Ms Innes stunned.
"It was a big shock when I got an email from SHABA around six to eight weeks ago to tell me I'd been nominated," she told the Advertiser.
"I'm totally over the moon; I don;t know who nominated me but I'm very grateful to them for giving me this chance.
"It's a massive achievement just to get this far, especially coming from a small place like Buckie.
"I'm very proud of the work that I do and it's great to know that other people obviously like what I do. People see my name but maybe don't know me personally – it's my work that speaks for me.
"I was aware of the awards before this but I never expected that I'd be nominated myself. My mum and dad are well chuffed that I've been nominated and everybody has been so supportive."
Determination and talent has seen the former Buckie Community High School student turn a much-loved hobby into a career.
She explained: "I started doing makeup as a hobby when I was about 14 and half and did it on the side for two years before turning it into a full-time career.
"I never thought it'd be my job one day, a lot of people thought it was just a phase I was going through at the time.
"It's very important that you love your job and I'm very lucky that I've got one I love so much and really enjoy."
Operating as a freelance, Ms Innes visit clients in their own homes while also turning her talents to weddings and fashion shows. She added that she also enjoys doing charity work.
Should Ms Innes make the cut, she will go forward to the next stage where which will involve her submitting a portfolio of work never seen by the public before for a judging panel to scrutinise before deciding whether she progresses to the final shortlist.
To vote for Ms Innes, go to http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-4705796/shaba-19-voting, select Vote for an Individual and then choose the Makeup Artist category where she will be listed under Robyn Innes Beautique.
Voting is free and enters the voter into a free prize draw with the prize of a £500 VIP package.
The poll closes on May 31, with Ms Innes due to hear whether she has made it to the next stage by June 10.