Top Makeup Courses in London

Brushstroke is a leading private make up school in London that offers professional make-up lessons within two famous film and TV studios. We provide both national and international qualifications. Train for a career in cinema, television, or theatre at the top makeup school in the UK.

Longcross Film Studios
Elstree Film & TV Studios

Private Training Academy

We are showing prospective students around during the summer holidays for enrolment on our 2 Year BTEC ITEC Diploma Course starting 26th September at Elstree Studios and 3rd October 2022 at Longcross Studios. 

For a prospectus or to book a visit or call: +44 (0) 1344 635 522

Accredited Make up Courses In London

For more than 32 years, Brushstroke Make-up School has offered the best makeup instruction and professional make-up artist training for professions in cinema, theatre, and stage. We are the premier makeup training facility in London, providing both domestic and foreign makeup qualifications, including the BTEC (Level 3 Diploma), ITEC (Level 3 Diploma), VTCT (Level 2 Diploma), and HND (Higher National Diploma – Level 5).

In fact, we were voted by The Stage as one of the “best training routes for getting into hair and makeup for stage and screen”. Our private make up courses range from makeup diplomas with BTEC, ITEC, VTCT and HND makeup qualifications to special effects (SFX) makeup and prosthetics. Our students leave Brushstroke with excellent preparation for a successful career in makeup artistry.


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Brushstroke is now in collaboration with the BBC encouraging diversity within the make up television industry through a training scheme.

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Makeup Training in Film Studios

Brushstroke was the first-ever makeup school to run from a film studio. We have now moved 10 minutes away from Shepperton Studios to Longcross Film Studios and Elstree Television and Film Studios with an additional administrative office in Pinewood Studios. Longcross offers students much larger facilities than our original home in Shepperton, in a self-contained building of 5’000 sq ft, and with 65’000 wig stock split between our two studios.  Longcross is a quick trip on the Reading to Waterloo line, with direct access to the studios from the Longcross platform. Our Elstree studio facilities are a quick 10-minute walk from Elstree and Borehamwood Station.

In comparison to University, Brushstroke’s make up courses offer more practical hours of training along with industry-standard certification (see student’s achievements).

Our Graduates on Eastenders 

It’s good to see our  graduate makeup designer (Karon Mathers) and all the makeup assistants, who are also our graduates – Demi, Izzy and Olivia. Here they are appearing on the credits of Eastenders again. It’s especially nice to see them on this episode of the Jubilee staring Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

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Train at Famous UK Film and TV Studios

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Choose From A Range Our Accredited Make-up Courses

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2 Year Makeup and Hair Course
(BTEC & ITEC Level 3 Diploma)

This BTEC Level 3 Diploma course, is recommended for ages 16+ as a continuation of education from school, college or university.

Next Start Date at Elstree Studios: 26 September 2022

Next Start Date Longcross Studios: 03 October 2022

(Enrolment for this course is open now) 

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

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1 Year Hairdressing, Barbering
(VTCT Level 2 Diploma)

Our 1-Year (Full Time) Hairdressing and Barbering Course, is an optional 1-Year extension of our 2-year BTEC makeup and hair course – taught by Toni & Guy trained tutors – giving you the skills to start work as stylists.

Next Start Date at Longcross Studios: 03 October 2022

(Enrolment for this course is open now) 

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

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HND Level 5 Diploma

(Performing Arts- Makeup)

This course is an optional 1-year extension of the 2-Year BTEC Makeup & Hair Course. This is equivalent to the first and second years of a university degree.

Next Start Date Longcross Studios: 03 October 2022

(Enrolment for this course is open now)

Next Start Date at Elstree Studios: 26 September 2022

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

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7-Month Makeup and Hair Course

(ITEC Level 3 Diploma)

This shorter 7-Month makeup course is ideal for international students looking to study in London or change their careers.

Next Start Date at Longcross Studios: 12 September 2022

(Enrolment for this course is open now)

Next Start Date at Elstree Studios: 10 October 2022

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

Short Makeup and Hair Courses

Short Makeup and Hairdressing Courses

A selection of short courses that comprise the 7-month course. For international students please see our 6-month course. These short makeup courses are ideal for international students, or people looking to change careers by gaining the necessary skills and techniques to work in the industry.

Next Start: See Course Dates For Longcross and Elstree Studios

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

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3 Day Special Effects Taster Course

Ideally for prospective students 14 to 15 years of age 

This is a perfect stepping stone before attending our 2 year professional BTEC make up and hair course commencing September/October

Next Start Elstree Studios – 22 August – 24 August 2022

Next Start Longcross Studios: 27 July 2022 – 29 July 2022

Times: Elstree: Mon-Wed (10:30 – 15:30)

Longcross: Wed- Fri (10.30- 15.30)

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6-Month Makeup and Hair Course

For International Students Only

The 6-month Make-up and Hair Course (23 weeks) cover the fundamental skills you will need to work as a professional hair and make-up artist in film, TV, Stage, and Fashion. It’s exclusive for international students.

Elstree Studios: 10 October 2022 (for 23 weeks) Longcross Studios: 12 September 2022 (for 23 weeks)

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

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Make Training At Our Two World Famous Film Studios

Brushstroke is the first makeup training academy to offer students training and aftercare in two national film studios. Situated in South London and North London we cover the whole of the city of London with very easy direct access from surrounding counties.

Longcross Film Studios

Longcross Film Studios

Our South London Makeup Academy

Longcross Film Studios is one of the UK’s largest film studios. With huge stage buildings ranging from 2,000 to 13,000 square feet, and over 200 acres of backlot space, it is a truly phenomenal setting for epic feature films and TV shows. Productions filmed here include Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Fast & Furious 6, Captain Phillips, Thor 2, John Carter and numerous others including Call The Midwife, Warhorse, Death on the Nile, Killing Eve 3 and The Witcher. Longcross Studios is also now the new home for our make up courses. Longcross is a quick train journey from London Waterloo taking you right into the studios.

Elstree Studios

Elstree Film & TV Studios

Our North London Makeup Academy

Widely regarded as London’s No. 1 film studio, the birthplace of Star Wars, and some of the most famous films worldwide. Elstree Studios, our new home for our make up courses, is opening a wide set of opportunities for Brushstroke makeup artists. Some of the productions shot at Elstree studios include Little Mix – The Search, Big Brother, Love Island, The Voice,  Dancing on Ice, Eastenders, Suffragette, The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, World War Z, The World’s End, Paddington and The Crown. Getting here is easy – it’s just 20 minutes from central London with a 10-minute walk to the studios.

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Training for Makeup Careers in Film, Fashion, TV and Stage

Brushstroke is a natural choice for aspiring makeup artists. We specialise in providing longer courses that train students with the necessary skills to launch successful careers as a professionally trained makeup artist in the film, TV, and fashion industry. In fact, many of the students on our certified make up courses have gone on to successful careers makeup assistants to designers. Our graduates are currently working within these studios (as well as around the globe) on productions like Eastenders, The Crown, Dancing on Ice, The Voice, and many other productions.

Our flagship course –  the 2 Year Makeup and Hair (BTEC Level 3 Diploma) – is eligible for a BAFTA scholarship. If you’re interested in applying you can find out more by contacting us or visiting the BAFTA website

Hallmarks of Brushstroke Makeup School


Shepperton Film Studios

Shepperton Film Studios

Brushstroke was the first makeup school to be based at a film studio. In our 30 years at Shepperton film studios, our former home, it offered our students access to the starlight and glamour of some the worlds most-loved films and media talent.

Working With Celebrities at Brushstroke Makeup School

Working With Celebrities

One of the great things about studying at Brushstroke is that you are bound to brush paths with celebrities. Our students have worked around the globe with celebrities for red carpet, magazines, music video and cat walks including fashion week.

Pinewood Film Studios

Pinewood Film Studios

Pinewood Film Studios is one of our administrative offices. The career options for makeup artists graduating from Brushstroke are endless; from films and TV to Westend stage shows, to your favourite soap. Brushstroke provides you with the platform to build your skills for a successful career.

Office Number: 01753656542

Our Makeup Courses (BTEC, ITEC, VTCT & HND)

Brushstroke offers a top range of professional makeup courses for all age groups, including further education in BTEC, ITEC, VTCT, and HND diploma qualifications where we take on students from the age of 16. Brushstroke leads the way with the largest makeup training facilities in Europe based at Longcross and Elstree Studios. Our industry-ready tuition is also structured around the needs of our individual students, including time off for other studies.
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Professional Makeup Training

Brushstroke makeup school has a reputation for insightful and in-depth makeup artist training that turns our students into sharp and versatile professionals. Brushstroke professional makeup training is of the very highest standard delivered by our tutors who are themselves professional makeup artists working in different parts of the entertainment world. Our students receive the amount of relevant practical, hands-on teaching that only a specialist training provider such as Brushstroke can provide.

Student Work

Brushstroke makeup artist training will give you every opportunity to get on the credits of some of the biggest films and most-loved TV programmes – just like many of our tutors and students. This includes international students who benefit from Brushstroke training through our diploma courses and short makeup courses. Our purpose-built makeup training facilities are the largest in the UK and Europe and located within the dynamic film complex of Longcross Studios and Elstree Studios. So you’ll be immersed in the world of entertainment right from the start.

A varied career and a good living await you as a school leaver or career changer. All you need is enthusiasm, a willingness to succeed. And of course Brushstroke makeup artist training.

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Brushstroke In The Press: Absolute Hertfordshire

Brushstroke was recently featured in Absolute Hertfordshire where we were delighted to be mentioned as the ‘first make-up training company to be based within a film studio’. To read the full article, which discusses our accredited ITEC, BTEC, and VTCT courses, click the link below and flick through to page 113.