About Brushstroke Professional Training

Our history as make-up training professionals is an important part of our credibility

Widely regarded as the standard-setter, our professional training keeps pace with the industry to give you the skills and confidence you need to succeed.

Professional Training that Inspires and Motivates

We are well-known for our professional training because we do more than teach our students great skills. We also inspire and motivate them to succeed and reach their own individual potential. Over the years, we’ve trained many make-up artists now working all over the world in film, TV, stage and fashion. Cheraine Bell started Brushstroke 30 years ago and you could say that we are now the standard-setter for proper, ‘industry-ready’ training. Our aim has always been to create the very best and most relevant make-up training courses and support our students throughout their make-up careers. 

No wonder so many schools and organisations use Brushstroke professional training as the blueprint for their own set up! But that’s all they can do – follow us.

The Brushstroke Blueprint

Our aim at Brushstroke is to meet the needs of our students and the entertainment industry. This gives us a clear idea of how to shape our professional training:

We’re based at Longcross and Elstree Studios

We were the first make-up and hair training company to be based within a film studio. We recognised the importance of enabling our students to study where some of the world’s most successful ‘box-office’ films were made. 

Largest Make-Up Training Facilities in the UK and Europe

Our airy and open training facilities comprise studios, workshops, and storerooms (for our 65,000 wigs between our two studios). We also have a presence at Pinewood Studios.

Brushstroke Make-Up and Hair Tutors are Specialists

Our tutors are highly sought-after artists in their own right. They inspire our students with their creative and technical skills and professional training. Many of our make-up tutors have international experience (and foreign language skills) which gives our students a wider view of the industry.

Focused Make-Up and Hair Courses

Our carefully designed courses offer the most thorough and professional training in make-up and hair techniques for people of varying ages. We welcome youngsters leaving school, career and lifestyle changes and professional make-up artists already working in the industry.

Accredited Employment-Ready Training Courses

Employment-Ready Training

Providing ’employment-ready training’ is very important to us. For this reason, our courses include business-focused classes. For example, managing tax, portfolio and CV development, as well as guidance on personal presentation and finding the right work. So, together with our training in make-up and hair skills, we give our students every chance to succeed when they leave Brushstroke because they are ready for the world of employment.

Contract Work and Placement Opportunities

Our students are regularly offered the chance to gain ‘real work’ experience. For example, one of our past students, Dani Haig, took advantage of the many offers of work she received during her training with Brushstroke (you can read about her experiences in our blog Starting out as a newly trained Make-Up Artist). Whilst we can’t guarantee this work, our make-up tutors regularly require assistants to work with them on their own projects, and they have a ready-made workforce inside Brushstroke! Such opportunities mean students can test their skills in proper productions and experience life as a real make-up artist. Please note that these opportunities represent the chance to work on authentic film, TV, stage or fashion productions.

Life-Long Learning

Once you’ve qualified as a Brushstroke make-up artist, you can benefit from our Life-Long Learning. This is an opportunity to join any of our sessions for free and either refresh your skills from either studio or learn something new. After all, once a Brushstroke make-up artist, always a Brushstroke make-up artist!

This life-long connection to Brushstroke is particularly important to our BTEC and ITEC students who make a real commitment to their professional make-up careers. Once a student has completed one of our courses, we follow-up and offer further guidance to help them stay motivated and focused so they find the right jobs to suit their skills.


2 Year Hair & Makeup Course

1 Year Hairdressing, Barbering & Colouring ITEC Level 2 Diploma


Our Tutors

Professional training from our tutors and BTEC and ITEC assessors will set you on the road to becoming a skilled makeup artist.


Longcross Studios

Our South London training facilities at Longcross Studios creates exactly the right kind of environment for makeup training.


Elstree Studios

Our North London training facilities at Elstree Studios is right at the centre of the UK’s film industry – making this a great place to train.



If you have any questions about our makeup courses, we’re happy to help. Click below to see our FAQ section or call our head office.