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Intermediate make-up lesson #1

So, yesterday I had the first  intermediate make-up lesson with the lovely ladies at Mika’s (aka Elizabeth and Karin). There was another woman there (Andrea) who also wants to learn how to do make-up on others so they have geared these next few lessons towards professional skills and knowledge.

Yesterday being our first day they focused on colour theory, what works with what, etc and we had to create a fun look on each other choosing our own colours and styles with help and tips from Elizabeth and Karin throughout. They both have great tips and tricks and best of all they both have different personal styles when it comes to how they do things so we’re getting to see things from two different professional perspectives :-)

I wish I had a camera to take snap shots of the looks we created but a description will have to suffice for now :-/

I basically did a purple smokey eye. It looked great on her as she has lovely brown eyes and the purples looked so sultry. I complimented the eyes with a pink gloss so that the look didn’t look “too much”. She has freakles and wanted to get rid of them so I layered the foundation (from Face Atelier) on her forehead, chin and below her cheeks but left the freakles on the nose and cheeks showing as they looked cute ;-)

I went hunting and found a couple of videos that explain about colour theory and complamentary colours for those who aren’t too familiar with the concept :-)

Third Lesson at Mika’s

So today was the last day of the basic lessons, focusing on lip, eye liner and false lashes. I found it a lot easier to get the liner looking good when doing it on someone else and the false lashes (we used singles) were really easy. I thought I was going to have issues with false lashes but they were a lot easier than I thought.

Through this course I receive a MAC Pro Student card (it’ll be here in a  month or so) which means I can get 40% off the student kits, which is great! I haven’t actually decided if I’m going to buy one of the kits, but I have 6 months to decide as that’s how long the membership lasts :-) They look good and hopefully I’ll be doing plenty of practice in the near future, but we’ll just have to see if the funds are there ;-)

All in all I think this was a nice intro to makeup that I haven’t really had a chance to work with, due to cost of products etc and I’m glad I did it.

I’m going to go straight into the intermediate lessons at Mika’s which will start next week so I’ll have more tales to tell soon :-)

More Make-Up Courses

Saks London – www.saks.co.uk/beauty-courses.asp

There are Saks Academies in Covent Garden (London), Glasgow (Scotland), Darlington (County Durham), Veneziz (Italy), and there is a new one opening soon in Wales. They have two make-up courses, one for complete beginners and the other for those with qualifications or experience.

Make-up Master Class
This short course is for anyone with an interest in make-up so you don’t need any experience or qualifications to attend.
The course covers day, evening, fashion and photographic make-up. “You will develop skills in basic application of make-up, skin correction, followed by make-up techniques to complement fashion shows and hair work. If you’re already trained in day and evening make-up, then the first day can be deducted from the course.” You attend the course for three days and then go back to complete an assessment day. A kit is included and you receive a Saks Academies Diploma on successful completion of the course.
It is a four day course and current dates are: 12,13,14 Jan (Day 4 – 19 Feb); 29, 30, Jun, 01 Jul (Day 4 – 05 Aug); 21, 22, 23 Oct (Day 4 – 22 Oct)

Advanced Make-Up Class
This course is for people who have accomplished training in basic make-up/art, successfully completed their basic Masterclass course or have previous experience in make-up artistry.
The course “builds on foundation knowledge to expand and fine-tune your make-up skills. You will learn body painting and air brushing with training in professional product usage, tools and techniques.” The final day is a practical session. You will receive a Saks Advanced Diploma on successful completion of the course.
This is a three day course and only occurs on demand.

Each course costs £450 (At time of posting).

#Exerpts from Saks web-site

Make-Up Courses Additions

University of the Arts London/London College of Fashion, London, www.arts.ac.uk / www.fashion.arts.ac.uk

There’s a mixture of courses for your needs.

The “Foundation Degree for hair and make-up for film and tv” and ” Foundation Degree for hair and make-up for fashion” which are both 2 year, full time courses costing around £3,225 (ATOP).

A good example of their short courses is the “wedding make-up techniques” course which teaches modern, asian inspired, natural and strong bridal looks where you practice on other students. This particular course costs £445 (ATOP), can be taken over 3 consecutive days or 6 consectutive Saturdays, and you need to take your own brushes and cleanser.

The Beauty Academy, salons in Birmingham, London, Yorkshire, Cambridge, Dartford and Milon Keynes www.thebeautyacademy.org

“The Beauty Academy has offered correspondence beauty training courses for over 12 years now. The courses are popular with beginners and existing therapists wishing to add to their skills, as well as those with busy schedules or those who live too far from our academies to enrol on one of our attendance beauty courses. ”

The distance Academy provide both salon based and distance learning courses and currently have last minute offers of up to 50% off some of their usual prices.

During the salon based 1 day course the training focuses on Day, Evening and Bridal make-up and are shown how to adapt the treatment for different eye and face shapes. Professional ethics, Client consultation and record-keeping, safety and hygiene in the salon, contra-indications to the treatment, preparation of the client and materials, anatomy, physiology and Client aftercare. This course is usually £195 (ATOP) but it is on offer at £95 in some places.

The distance learning make-up course costs £125 (ATOP), is done in your own time, and comes with a training DVD. It will “enable you to tailor basic make-up application methods and products to suit a variety of skin conditions, complaints and lifestyle requirement.  We will cover advanced application methods, corrective and occasion make-up.” To gain an insurable academy diploma to offer treatments to paying clients, a practical assessment is required which can be arranged at any of the training centres once you’ve completed your course.

> Excerpts from The Beauty Academy website.

London School of Beauty and Make-up (Lond-est), London


“Long revered as the number one school in Europe to learn high fashion make-up techniques”.

There are 5 specific courses including creative make-up, airbrushing and 1 hair dressing course, and then there are combined courses.

For example, the combined Foundation and Creative course is a 4 week intensive course incorporating everything from the 2 week Foundation course (basic make-up up to bridal and special occassion) and the 2 week Creative course (focues on make-up for photography), and includes a photoshoot at the studio with an agency model and costs £2100 (ATOP) which includes everything you will need for the course, but you are advised to buy a make-up and brush kit (which you can buy from them if desired) for at home practice. Seperately the 2 week Foundation course costs £950 (ATOP) and the Creative course costs £1600 (ATOP).

* Excerpts from the Lond-est website.

London Academy of Freelance Makeup (AOFM Pro), Soho, London


AOFM has plenty of different course on offer ranging from the 3 day Airbrushing course at £445 (ATOP) to the Total Pro: Creative Specialist Certificate at £3990 (ATOP).

The Total Pro: Creative Specialist Certificate is the “complete Package course for people who are very serious about interning the makeup industry. Become a total and complete professional specialising in Make up artistry Nails Hairstyling and Airbrush Make up”

All courses include the AOFM 22 piece professional tool brush and belt set worth over £200 within the course price, each class has 2 tutors who are currently at the top of their professions and all materials are included.

# Exerpts from the AOFM Pro website.

Book Review: Bobbie Brown Make-up Manual

SAM_0013Published 2008 by Springboard Press

I have to say, I really like this book. It’s a great introduction to the world of make-up application!

Bobbie Brown Make-up Manual takes you chapter by chapter from where to shop for products, what make-up termonology really means,  her ten steps to perfect make-up and right into the business of professional make-up artistry. Each section has enough detail to teach you something new, leaving you enough room to use your own imagination and creativity when it comes to actually creating a look.

There are sections dedicated to areas from “Essential Tools” and “Make-up for teens” to “False Eyelashes Application” and  “Bridal Make-up” which give advice, tips and “Do’s and Don’ts”. Everything is written clearly with simple step-by-step guides and appropriate images.

At the back of the book there’s a “Who’s who in Make-up” with information about the likes of Helena Rubenstein, Coco Chanel, Kevyn Aucoin and Shu Uemura, which was a really good read for me as it taught me more about names I’d heard but didn’t nessessarily know anything about.

The “Resource Guide” is filled with American agencies and stores so not particularly useful to us make-up artist starting out in the UK. BUT. If you’re aiming high then America will probably be on your list of places to go, so these lists my be worth something to you in the future!

All in all an interesting read and great for those of us who are just starting out in the make-up world, or for those of you who simply want to up your make-up skills.

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