An East Lothian make-up artist was gutted after his make-up tools and lashes were stolen during a break-in – just weeks after he was forced to relocate after a fire.
Aidan Herschell, 28, from Tranent, is an NHS support worker but runs his own make-up business on weekends after he was inspired by his mum who sadly died of cancer in 2017.
The make-up artist was based at Torley Hair and Beauty Studio but after a fire tore through Yummy House Chinese takeaway next door he was forced to move to another salon.
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Just a few weeks after starting at Good Beauty Club at another location on Tranent High Street there was a break in and cruel thieves stole cash and made away with all his tools including expensive lashes.
Aidan has dozens of clients booked in, including doing his best friend’s make-up for her wedding day, and all the bridal party but doesn’t have the kit to work.
Speaking to Edinburgh Live: “I work in the NHS as a clinical support worker and at weekends I am a make-up artist. I was working at Torley Hair and Beauty but there was a fire at the Chinese restaurant next door so I had to move to another salon.
“I had only been at the Good Beauty Club a couple of weeks when there was a break-in. I thought they had just stolen money and everything was fine but when I went in on the Saturday to get my stuff I realised they had stolen a bag of Tatti Lashes.”
He continued: “My first client came in and I went to get my brush belt and couldn’t find it either so it has been stolen too. They are both light items so they probably threw them out the window when escaping.
“They weren’t worth a lot but they were sentimental. My mum introduced me to make-up and let me use her concealers, then she gifted me my own set of brushes but sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.
“It was a really special keepsake I won’t be able to replace.”
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Not having the proper kit to work with will affect Aidan’s income over the next couple of weeks and he has a lot of bookings.
“I had three clients that day and luckily the other make-up artist in the salon let me use her brushes, but my friend’s wedding is this weekend and I’m supposed to do her make-up and all the girls without my kit so I am going into town to replace them today.
“There was blood left in the salon after they escaped from breaking the window so police and the forensics have been in. Tranent is such a small place so you probably know the person who did it, which makes you feel a bit sick.”
A friend has set up a fundraising page to help Aidan get his business up and running, you can find out more here.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report of a beak-in to and theft from a premises on High Street, Tranent, believed to have occurred around 5.15am on Friday, 25 August, 2023.
“Entry was gained and a three-figure sum of cash taken.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”