Make-up Courses

A friend of mine, Anna, is thinking about joining the Make-up Artistry gig and was wondering which course to go for so I’ve done a bit of research and put together some info about available courses in the UK. Most of the bigger courses seem to be in the south of England but there are some dotted about the rest of the country, too. They range in price and in what they offer. Some are really baic, some are part time whilst others are full time year long. Here’s a few that I’ve found:

Beauty Base London, London,

“The school for fashion, music and celebrity make-up”. “The first make-up school to offer postgraduates an exciting opportunity to have their work published in fashion and beauty magazines”. ” One, Two or Three Weeks Course, extremely intense and exclusive course will give students a thorough grounding in the make-up they see around them on the catwalks, in pop videos and in fashion magazines”. *

The photos on the web-site are wonderfully fun and vibrant and there are videos of the school to watch online and examples of projects postgraduates went on to work with (including a Basement Jaxx music video)

Their joint Intense Basic & Advanced Course which is done over 2 weeks and includes a basic make-up kit with the first week of basic make-up (at the time of posting) costs £2500. Over the 2 weeks you will be taught skills including basic make-up, stenciling, advanced make-up skills and you will have the opportunity to do a photoshoot with a professional photographer. They have other options such as the Ethnic Skin Tones course fot £800 (ATOP), their 1 day Masterclass for professionals only at £100 (ATOP) and their 1 day Bridal Make-up course for novices and professionals for £200 (ATOP).

* Exerpts from Beauty Base London’s website.

London Academy of Media, Film & TV, London,

“London Academy can help you achieve success in the Media, Film and Television industry”. “London Academy is a non profit organisation offering all students a dynamic experience with some of the best tutors in the industry who are both passionate and dedicated to helping you achieve your ultimate ambition”. #

With courses during the day, weekends or evenings there are a few options for you to choose from including a Photographic Make-up course, Bridal Make-up course and a Make-up Masterclass.

The Make-up Masterclass is for those who already have some experience with make-up application and includes 5 days of catwalk, gothic, global and Hollywood make-up and also body painting. This specific course costs £895 (ATOP) and you need to buy a make-up and brush kit (available from them for £70, ATOP). You recieve an industry recognised certificate when you successfully complete their courses and they have several course to choose from depending on your preference.

# Exerpts from the London Academy of Media, Film & TV website.

Brushstroke, at Shepperton Studios,

“In comparison to other courses of a similar nature and cost, Brushstroke offers a longer duration of intensive, professional training within the internationally renowned Shepperton Film Studios”.” ‘Brushstrokes’ is considered to be the best makeup training school in the world”. ~

Brushstroke has course ranging from 5 days to 2 years and teaches students from all over the globe.

Their 3 month course teaches make-up within areas such as high definition fashion, photography and catwalk make-up and costs (ATOP) £6000 which includes a basic kit, including brushes. You work alongside lecturers and guest professionals from the likes of Vogue, Elle and other publications. The Brushstroke name pops up many make-up forums with positve reviews  and their online gallery of students work gives you an idea of why, with great beauty shots and many creative ideas.

~Exerpts from the Brushstroke website.

CBMAcadmy (Christine Brundell Make-up Academy), Camden, London,

“The CB*MA is a new school founded by Academy Award – winning make-up artist and hair designer Christine Blundell”. “All teaching staff at CB*MA are also fully active within the profession, collaborating alongside Christine continuously and being specially selected by her on the basis of their particular skills and contributions to the world of television, theatre and cinema.” #

There is only 1 course at CBMA and it is a 12 week intensive course desinged by Christine Brundell to teach you everything you will need to get into a career within media make-up artistry. The course includes training in basic make-up application, hair extensions, character make-up and more. It costs £6800 plus VATof £1020 (ATOP) and includes a professional kit with everything you will need to complete this course.

The CBMA’s web-site is full of photos of celebrities and students work ranging from aging make-up to wound make-up and beauty make-up showing the range and work Christine Brundell has been involved with in her 20 year career.

# Exerpts from CBMA website

17 thoughts on “Make-up Courses”

  1. Kirsty I have to congratulate you on how professional your site is looking! You have been busy!! : ) Thanks so much for posting all this info about different courses! I’m surprised there are actually so many options for doing short courses. I have looked at the beauty academy one a few times before and very almost booked to do it, like you I wasn’t sure how much could be covered in a day tho! Now I am loving the look of the beauty base school. The basic course looks pretty good over a week. I would have to save the pennies tho!! Will just have to continue with my Bobbi Brown make up guide for now ; )

  2. There are various things to consider entering cosmetology career. It is essential that you think about it first before finally deciding to take this path. For instance, the school where you’ll learn the skills, the time that you have in learning and such.

  3. I am thinking of doing the 2 year course at brush strokes! It is one of the only courses i have found which is 2 year in duration. Really excited to learn from great artists and work in a film studio to build contacts etc.

  4. Oh dear! Sounds like you had a bad time of it!
    I found the reviews on Make-up forums from former students. I guess everyone has a different experience.

    Did you do any different courses after Brushstrokes? (and did you get your money back?! 22,000 (current website prices)is a lot of money!)

  5. *Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality. useful job for bringing something new to the internet! Thinking about taking some makeup classes. Has anyone heard of

  6. I realis ethis is spam, but at least it’s relevant to this site so I figured I’d let it through as someone may make use of the courses on offer :-)

  7. Thanks for revealing your ideas. The one thing is that pupils have an alternative between national student loan and a private education loan where its easier to go with student loan consolidating debts than over the federal education loan.

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