Teen told to wipe ‘distracting’ make-up off at school to open his own salon

A beauty-loving teen was told off for wearing makeup to school – but he refused to let it hold him back.

Aidan Bowie, 18, was hauled into his high school principal's office and told to wipe off his 'distracting' make-up at the age of 15.

But instead of letting this get him down, he kept on pursuing his passion.

Three years later, the rising star runs his own beauty line and is due to open his own stand alone salon next month.

Aidan, from Condorrat, North Lanarkshire, hopes his story will inspire other teen boys who have a passion for make-up to 'go for it' regardless of what people think.

The teenager told the Record : "I would never wear heavy make-up to school while some girls were plastered in it. But it was me who got into trouble, I was in tears.”

He continued: "I got teased a bit for wearing make-up and having a YouTube channel where I filmed tutorials, but overall friends and family have been so supportive.

"I knew it was my passion and I was determined."

Dabbling in face painting at family parties led to Aidan getting his first eye shadow palette from his mum, Shirley, 53, when he was 14.

With the full backing of Shirley, who works for Kingsmill, as well as plasterer dad, Don, 53, and brothers, Kevin, 34 and Sean, 15, the talented teen never looked back.

"Knowing you can transform someone or even just make them feel more confident is why I do make-up," he added.

"I would do it on friends and as word spread, I had clients at weekends, after school and during the summer holidays."

Having passed his Highers, Aidan left school aged 16 to work in a local salon and earn his beauty stripes.

"At first, clients where shocked at the fact that I was a boy and at how young I was, but in a good way," Aidan said.

"I became a trained eyelash, nail and brow technician, as well as a make-up artist (MUA) and built up my clientele."

Bored on his days off, the industrious MUA set about launching his own line of strip lashes, in November 2018.

His brand Wicked Beauty became a sell-out success and he expanded the range with eye shadow palettes.

"It all started with my mum buying me an eyeshadow palette and now I make my own, it's like everything came full circle," he added.

"Wicked Beauty has been amazing so far and I'm launching two new palettes later in the year."

Scotland's lockdown gave Aidan the time to save money in a bid to create his dream of owning his own salon.

His salon 'Wicked' is due to open at the end of November, just before his 19th birthday.

"It seems young to be doing this but to me it doesn't seem like work because it's my passion," he said.

"While all my pals were going to parties, I was staying in because I worked every weekend, so I made sacrifices.

"It's all been worth it and I can't wait to get the salon open.

"Lockdown restrictions don't worry me too much as beauty never stops.

"I've had people ask me to do their lashes and make-up, even when they've had nowhere to go, it's that feel good factor."

To young boys growing up with the same interests and talent as Aidan, the inspirational teen urges them to reach for the stars.

"Don't give up and don't stop believing in yourself," he added.

"If you want to work for something, go get it."

Follow Aidan MUA on Instagram or find out more about Wicked Beauty on its official page.

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