Queen of Hearts Fantasy Hair Project

Ella Rolph Brushstroke 2nd year student (2 Year Make-Up & Hair BTEC) Instagram   Hello, I’m Ella Rolph, 2nd year student on the Brushstroke 2 Year Make-Up & Hair BTEC course. Towards the end of last year, I worked on a fantasy hair project for one...

Period make-up training : Vanity Fair and beyond

ITV’s Vanity Fair is wonderful viewing and enough to make anyone want to be part of the team that creates such compelling TV drama. It’s also got us thinking about how important our period make-up training is for the professional artist. It all rather...

Making a career change from science technician to make-up artist

Hannah Lonergan says that making a career change from science technician to make-up artist was one of the best decisions she ever made. She trained on the Brushstroke 9 Month Make-Up and Hair course in 2011 and loved it so much that she never wanted to leave. Happily...

Makeup Artist on a Top TV Drama

Working as a makeup artist on a top TV drama is a dream job for many and we’re delighted when our students achieve their ambitions. Take, for example, Alanna Sadler, the junior make-up artist on BBC2’s MotherFatherSon, starring Richard Gere. Alanna trained...

Make-up work experience at Salon International 2018

Hannah Knight Brushstroke 2nd year student (2 Year Make-Up & Hair BTEC) Hello – I’m Hannah Knight a 2nd year student at Brushstroke Make-Up School. Recently, I got some valuable make-up work experience as part of the team that tutor, James Anda, took...

Make-up school: serious but fun

Back to school, and for our students starting at Brushstroke after the summer break, it’s definitely something they’re looking forward to. That’s because they know it’s more than a make-up school. It’s the best specialist training for...

Make-up for a TV soap is a mix of fun and fast-paced talent

What’s it like doing the make-up on a TV soap, such as Eastenders? Brushstroke tutor, Paula Cahill, is a regular member of the make-up team for this much-loved BBC1 drama. Having also been series make-up designer, she is well-placed to share some valuable...

Make-up artists are expected to be skilled with hair

Today’s make-up artist has to be really versatile, especially to work in film, TV, stage and fashion. It’s not just being able to switch into sfx and different looks and authentic period make-up. Make-up artists are expected to be skilled with hair too....

Crowd scene make-up_ the bigger picture

Crowd scenes in films are legendary and they can involve hundreds of people! There are war and battle scenes (Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia,Gladiator, Dunkirk and Hunger Games), crowds of spectators (Chariots of Fire), general gatherings in musicals (Mamma Mia) and...