Who we are
Amber Peeters (owner)
Whilst the popular media is now overflowing with ‘extreme makeovers’ and ‘mega metamorphoses’ the founder and populariser of the make-up industry in the Netherlands should unquestionably be called Dik Peeters. As early as 1982, he founded his ground breaking make up school.
I’m Amber Peeters, his niece. As a teenager I worked at the school of my favourite uncle and I jumped at every opportunity to understand and gain insight into his world: from office work, cleaning, attending trade fairs, organizing shows to the daily washing of his brushes! Many times I was summoned to sit as a model for his students. Bit by bit, I learned what my uncle knew.
But I still tried to expand my vocational path and knowledge via a professional training in advertising. Following this, I embarked on the make-up and hair styling training. On completion I decided to leave the safe nest and found work at an advertising agency. Blood, however, is thicker than water, and so I started at the age of 21 my first company. My first enterprise was (not surprisingly) working on photography, film and advertising productions.
This move brought me close to my roots. For a number of years I was an assistant to my uncle Dik Peeters who, by now, had become a photographer. I also ran, for two days a week, a portion of his hair & make-up school. In 1993 I bought the school from my uncle. Since that time the training has undergone various changes but still retains the good basic techniques and education offered originally by my uncle.
Dik Peeters started his illustrious career as a model at the age of 17. He completed his barber training in Paris and then went to Milan for two years. There he became one of the international professional world hairdressers and further developed himself as a make up artist. He worked globally for major international magazines, including, amongst others, Vogue, Tatler, Marie Claire, and Elle. In 1982 he founded the ‘Hair & Make-up school Dik Peeters’ and the Dik Peeters Agency (an Agency for Make up artists), which was a huge and immediate success. Being the first school for the training of makeup artists in the Netherlands, it became renowned in a very short time attracting students from far and wide. Dik’s passion extended to print media with the creation of the magazine ‘Makeup & Beauty’ (not be missed), which, for 15 years, he produced. He also starred in a commercial for the beer brand Grolsch. My part in all this became clear over the years. Dik sadly died shortly after my purchase of the school in 1993.
I am passionate as a ‘legacy holder’ in guarding the quality and heritage of the school. I find that passion and discipline among the students is very important in carrying the work forward. The 35-year-old school already has a huge list of famous makeup artists trained and working for international magazines, designers, TV and film. My intention is to continue to build on what has already been established by bringing make up artists of a very high calibre into the field.
Siny (makeup artist)
My name is Siny van der Velde. For over 20 years I have had the immense pleasure of being a tutor at ‘Make Up School Dik Peeters’ teaching the hair and make up diploma courses. Hair and makeup fascinated me from an early age and I ended up enrolling as a student at ‘Dik Peeters’ as a way of pursuing my hobby. Little did I know that my hobby would turn into an exciting and fulfilling career! During and after my studies I had many opportunities to work with Dik Peeters for various beauty and fashion productions both at home and abroad. I have also worked on fashion shows (eg. Wolford and fashion academies) commercials (including C & A, KPN, Nivea), TV (Construction, Holland’s Next Top Model), Photography (O’Neill, Barretos, Agis, Tops Ante and many more), workshops for L’Oreal and Maybelline, and various video clips (including Racoon and Replay). It is this variety in my work and the different locations that ensure my work as a make up artist never becomes boring or routine.
My name is Annemieke Tip. I have been very creative all my life. I thought it was wonderful to make the most beautiful creations. This could be anything like making costumes, painting, designing packaging & logos, styling houses and much more. I enjoyed it when I could have their hairs with my children or if I could make them up for a party. This was my drive to focus more on make-up and hairstyling. During my training, I discovered that this profession really is my passion. In a very short time I have managed to develop. Under the name Muah La Tip I am often asked for the best assignments. I would like to share the knowledge I share with you. And who knows, I can help you further in this great profession.
Anneke (makeup artist)
I’m Anneke Looijesteijn and for many years now I have been working as a makeup artist. I have always been interested in fashion, photography and makeup. I loved nothing more than experimenting and being creative with my own ‘look’ – hair, makeup, and fashion – experiments that I would eventually photograph. I also enjoyed working in the same way with others and giving them ‘make overs’ and transforming their ‘look’ and then photographing them. My perspective changed when I read an interview with Dik Peeters wherein he explained that for photography very particular and specialized techniques were needed when making up a model to be photographed. I wanted to know more and so when he opened the school I was first in line – eureka! So that was it. Now I understood why my well-intentioned amateur photos were never what I had in mind. Since then I’ve been working for a long time and still with a lot of fun and fulfilment. The making of beautiful images – together with the photographer and stylist – that’s what I want. As a tutor at the school my vision for my students is to first embed firm technique and then to use that firm base as an exciting springboard for their own creativity. If you have mastered the technique, you have the skill to bring to life your own creative vision! Also important of course is to make the right makeup choice for the model and the job. These are all things you will learn on the course. Finally, I expect students to have drive, ambition, and passion and to simply ‘go for it’!
Monique (face & body artist)
I am Monique and my passion is bodypaint and different types of make-up works of art. Five years ago it started with my face painting, but the step to the rest of the body was fast. After following dozens of workshops and courses from major international names in the industry, I have been able to develop my own style.
I wanted to be all-round, so I did the Visagie and Hair Styling training at Dik Peeters for two years. In the meantime I have been able to make my passion my profession and enjoy it every day! Whether it is for face painting of children, painting of pregnant bellies, hair and make-up of brides, eye designs at the Toppers, Walkers make up with TV, bodypainting for handing out the gay mother of the year at Koffietijd or teaching. You always make someone happy, you come to many places and no day is the same! I get a lot of energy from passing on my knowledge. Everyone can learn everything, if you want! Passion and perseverance are of course a requirement here!
Dik Peeters (Dirk Willem Peeters October 13, 1948 – October 21, 1993) was a make-up artist and photographer. He is seen in the Netherlands as an influential pioneer in the world of fashion and cosmetics, because he was the first to put the profession of professional make-up artist on the map. In the sixties and early seventies, model models still came up with weekend bags full of hair pieces, curlers and make-up stuff to their assignment in Dutch photo and TV studios, they were supposed to be able to make themselves up. Not always to the full satisfaction of photographer or director. In the international fashion and advertising world, on the other hand, it was very common for professionals to be hired for this purpose, because the bright photo and film lamps required a custom make-up.