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Third and Final Day of Mika’s Make-up Advanced Lessons

This post is a little delayed considering it’s now Sunday and the course was on wednesday but hey, better late than never!

Karin and Elizabeth showed us how to do airbrush make-up :-) We airbrushed the foundation and blush and then made up the eyes the traditional way. I have to admit I wasn’t too keen on the airbrush at first try. I felt as though I didn’t have as much control over what was happening as I do when using brushes and other tools. I was finished with my model quicker than the other two ladies were so I got to try it a second time, putting the blush on first and the foundation on second (the first time I did foundation first and blush on top) and that went a lot smoother than my first attempt! I got to try MAC Face and Body Foundation which we thinned down a little so that it would go throught the airbrush properly and not clog it up as the formula is a little bit too thick, then I got to try the Face Atelier. I think I prefered the Face Atilier although I don’t have a clue why! I guess people just get the feel of some products a lot quicker than others.

The thing with the airbrush is it’s very subtle when you’re putting on the foundation and a bit too easy to do too many layers. Definately takes a few goes to get the knack of it. Kudos to all the Airbrush MUA’s out there :-)!

Sadly, that was my last lesson for now but I may go back in the future for some more intense training on particular things but for now the course has ended. On the very bright side I got to learn soooo much from both trainers! I’m also getting to help out on a real life production due to meeting Elizabeth which is just amazing! Thank you to Karin at Mika’s for putting together a great personalised course for us, and thankyou to Karin and Elizabeth for being such fantastic teachers! X

Intermediate Lesson at Mika’s #2

Yesterday was fun!

We talked a little more about colour theory and tried out two different smokey eyes incorporating colour theory into our choice of eye-shadows. Doing both looks on one person meant that we could see how much of a difference the style of eyeshadow can make to the shape of someones eyes/face. With one style my eye looked as though it drooped down at the outer corner but with the other it looked as though my eye had been lifted and ope while we’re opened it up!

We get to talk about lots of practical things while we’re working on each other such as “which brushes are must have’s?”, “Do you do foundation or eyeshadow first?”, “Whats the best advice you can give someone who is just starting out?”, they must want to tear their hair out by the end of the lessons ;-)

One piece of advice they gave which I will start on now is to start collecting tear-sheets of looks that I like and want to try out. This basically means tearing images out of magazines and creating a folder of them so that I can look through them for inspiration. They also come in handy when you start getting clients as they can look through them to see what kind of look they would like you to do for them.

Of course the next big thing is to create a portfolio of your own work.! :-)

Something else that happened at the lesson was Elizabeth invited me to be her assistant on a TV pilot she is working on through November :-) I’m guessing it will be early mornings and long days but how cool is that! It’s voluntary of course but it will be fantastic experience as I’ll get to really see how the professionals do it! It also times out perfectly as it starts after my family go back to England (my mam, sister and niece are coming to visit soon, Yay!), and Greg will be in the middle of some intense revision for some certificates he’s taking in Early December. Perfect! I’d like to take this opportunity to officially thank Elizabeth… Thankyou :-)

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

www.lond-est.com

“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

www.aofmakeup.com

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.