Top Makeup School in London

Celebrating 30 Years of Professional Makeup Artist Training for Careers In Film, TV, and Stage.


Please be advised that the Government has temporarily closed schools however, our office will remain open as normal. You can contact us by phone or by email should you have any questions or wish to proceed with enrolment for the new academic year. Our current students will be able to continue parts of their training during this period of isolation until they return to the school.

During this time we are conducting telephone interviews.

Full-Time Makeup Courses with BTEC & ITEC Accreditation

Voted by The Stage as one of “best training routes for getting into hair and makeup for stage and screen”, Brushstroke prides itself as a top London makeup school providing students with top accredited makeup courses for nearly 30 years. Our courses range from makeup diplomas with BTEC and ITEC makeup qualifications to  short makeup courses  that give in-depth training on skills like special effects makeup and prosthetic makeup. Our students leave Brushstroke with excellent preparation for a successful careers in makeup artistry, not only in London and the UK but also internationally.


Based at the famous film studios (Shepperton and Pinewood) students must be willing to study from both facilities. The studios are within easy access by public transport and by road. 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 makeup courses have gone on to successful careers makeup assistants to designers.

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.

Choosing The Right Makeup Course

So you want to study makeup but you’re still looking for the right makeup course? Don’t worry, this guide has 10 handy tips to help you pick the right one.

Bafta Scholarship

Our 2 Year Makeup and Hair Diploma is eligible for the prestigious BAFTA scholarship.

Special Effects Makeup

From mould-making, face and body ageing and bald cap application to the creation of false noses, wounds and scars, Brushstroke offers it all!

Netflix At Shepperton Film Studios

In June 2019 Netflix decided to base their production hub at Shepperton Film Studios. What does this mean for aspiring film students?

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Our Makeup Courses (BTEC & ITEC)

Brushstroke offers a top range of professional makeup courses for all age groups, including further education in BTEC and ITEC 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 Shepperton Studios, just outside of London. Our industry-ready tuition is also structured around the needs of our individual students, including time off for other studies.

Choose From A Range of Accredited Makeup Courses

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

This 2 Year (Full Time) Makeup & Hair Course will start your career as a properly trained artist in film, TV, stage and fashion.

Next Start:  28 September 2020 to 14 July 2022

Times: Monday – Thursday (10:30 – 16:00)

1 Year Hairdressing & Barbering (ITEC Level 2 Diploma)

Our 1 Year (Full Time) Hairdressing & Barbering Course taught by Toni & Guy trained tutors giving you the skills to start work.

Next Start:   28th September 2020 to 8 July 2021

Times: Monday – Thursday (10:30 – 16:00)

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 and those looking to change their career.

Next Start:   21st September 2020 to 22 April 2021

Times: Mon-Friday (10:30 – 16:00)

Short Makeup and Hair Courses

A selection of short courses the from 7-month hair and makeup artist courses including a special effects makeup course. 

Next Start:  Course Dates Vary

Times: Mon-Thurs (10:30 – 16:00)

Shepperton Film Studios

Brushstroke was the first makeup school to be based at a film studio. Shepperton film studios gives you direct access to the starlight and glamour of some the worlds most-loved films and media talent.

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 Studios

The career options for makeup artists graduating from Brushstroke are endless; from films and TV to west end stage shows, to your favourite soap. Brushstroke provides you with the platform to build your skills for a successful career.

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 Shepperton Studios and Pinewood. So you’ll be immersed in the world of entertainment right from the start.

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