A FORMER Forres Academy student who struggled with dyslexia wants to encourage others to start businesses.
Charlotte Luxon (18) has been running her own beauty firm from home since leaving school two years ago.
She said: “I decided towards the end of fifth year that I wanted to go down the beauty route after my dream of going into sports coaching was squashed after sports-related hip problems.
“I initially attended Moray College on day-release from school doing a basic beauty course.
“I enjoyed it but I decided I wanted to follow a different path and become qualified as a make-up artist.”
Aged just 16, she attended the Lauren Gollan Make-up Academy in Edinburgh and a master class in New York.
Charlotte then went to Glasgow to train with High Definitions Brows, and is now one of their youngest pro-stylists.
Helping people is her favourite aspect of the work.
She said: “I love making my clients feel good about themselves by giving them more confidence in the way they look.”
With the help of mum Shirley, Charlotte set up her own business and is encouraging others to do so by working hard.
She said: “Choose something you love and are good at. Get professional advice for help with tax and marketing. Be prepared to work hard and remember it takes time to build up your client base and business.”
Charlotte has recently been granted a tattooing and piercing license from Moray Council and will be the first to offer tattooed eyebrows, known as microblading, in Forres.
Proud mum Shirley said: “Hopefully Charlotte’s story will encourage those with learning difficulties as she struggled, but with the help of several teachers at Applegrove and Forres Academy she has realised her full potential. I have a banking background and have ran my own business so I have guided her with regulations, but ultimately it’s Charlotte’s skill and hard work that has made her a success. She saw a gap in the market and was able to create a very successful business from it.”