Liz Sharp (left) with her ABIA and Trish Lee, the owner of Laud Magazine.

Recently, the Australian Beauty Industry Awards (ABIA) announced their Make Up Artist of the Year: Liz Sharp.

The awards represent excellence in the beauty industry. Each year the award is announced following the Beauty Expo Australia, which is held in August. An independent panel of judges, made up of beauty editors and business specialists, choose between many talented individuals and award only one Make Up Artist of the Year.

This year’s winner is an established Australian visual artist who specializes in make-up, hair, special effects and body art. Sharp, also known as L.V.S., is owner of LVSHOME, which offers make-up classes and focuses on make-up education.

“Those closest to me know my visual arts background and training (Bachelor of Visual Arts from Australian National University) is not only core to what drives my passion for creativity in everything I do,” explains Sharp, “it’s the essential ingredient for all my make-up and special effects projects.

“Therefore, for me, winning the Make Up Artist of the Year for 2017, sends an important message of acknowledgement by the industry of the role visual arts has played in this achievement. It’s also an acknowledgement of the tireless hours of hard work and sacrifice we all do, and my obsession with attention to detail, precision and philosophy.”

Over the past two decades, Sharp has worked in education, fashion and entertainment (theater, film and TV) industries as a make-up and special effects technician—either as a practitioner, teacher or mentor; or all three at once.

Sharp is well-known for her technical skills in color. She has been teaching for more than 10 years, and she tells Make-Up Artist that she loves sharing her skills with others. Her students learn how to perfect make-up application on a tight schedule and under pressure, and learn how to be a strong member of a team, all with the ultimate goal of being a top make-up artist one day.

“It was both surreal and breathtaking,” says Sharp of the ABIA gala and awards ceremony. “The way I was announced, through the amazing video ABIA put together. Luckily there was a break, which allowed me to regain my composure and turn my attention to my acceptance speech, the thought of which petrified me given I am dyslexic.

Liz Sharp’s make-up for Ben Nye at IMATS Sydney 2014 | Photo MA archive

“I was super proud to be selected as a finalist, out of an impressive group of contemporaries. Also, attending a gala event isn’t a common occurrence for me, and so I have to be honest it was a little surreal. I was over the moon that my partner, Si, was with me, who is my rock.”

Ultimately, Sharp sees her journey leading her to more knowledge sharing, as “life’s a constant lesson”, and teaching and mentoring for contemporaries at all levels.