Ben Hardy: the make-up artist helps me get in character

The Eastenders, X-Men and Woman in White Actor on the Magic of the Make-Up Trailer When he says “the make-up artist helps me get in character”, Ben means it literally. They make him look the part he’s about to play and, it seems, we also help him...

Your first day as a trainee make-up artist

Imagine it’s your first day as a trainee make-up artist – what a fabulous opportunity. You’ve been dreaming of this day and now it’s finally arrived. Naturally, you’re going to be nervous as well as excited. Will you know what to do? Will...

What makes a great make-up artist?

We’ve been training people to be make-up artists for nearly 30 years. In that time we’ve learnt a lot about the job, the people and the industry. Essentially, we know what makes a great make-up artist. The world of entertainment is a wonderful industry and...

What does it mean to be a creative make-up and hair artist?

What does it mean to be a creative make-up and hair artist? More importantly, what kind of work is available? Alongside the world of glamour and gore make-up, lies another full of fantasy and startling imagery. It’s a world that’s very familiar to film and...

Training for school leavers who want a career in make-up

It’s that time of the year again – GCSE & A level results. Exciting and a relief for students who get what they hoped for, disappointing and worrying for those who don’t do so well. It’s worth remembering, though, that university...

Titanic film make-up demonstration with Tina Earnshaw

Tina Earnshaw delivered an inspiring film make-up demonstration to our 2 Year BTEC and 9 Month ITEC course students recently, as part of our new Masterstroke series. A renowned film make-up designer (and great friend of Brushstroke), Tina recreated her look for the...

Theatrical make-up for the west end’s Kinky Boots

Applying a bald cap is an important skill. It’s one our students learn as part of their special effects make-up training at Brushstroke. Harrie Sheppey is one of our 9 month ITEC students. This was her first time working with a bald cap and it turned out really...

Starting out as a newly trained make-up artist

What’s it like starting out as a newly trained make-up artist? For Dani Haigh, having Brushstroke by her side has helped her career in many ways. Dani trained on our 2 Year Make-Up and Hair Course (2013 to 2015) and her working career started while she was still...

Specialist 5 Day Barbering Course for Make-Up Artists

We’ve designed a 5 day barbering course to help you develop your career and make you an indispensible make-up artist. We know that being a skilled hair stylist can be a deal breaker for a job in film, TV, stage and fashion. With this specialist barbering course,...

Royal Wedding Make-Up Stories

We’ve got our very own Royal Wedding Make-Up stories. Brushstroke tutor, Anita Perrett, was on Sky TV presenter duty with past student Philippa Miles for the event of the year – the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday 19 May 2018....