Where could our Make-Up Courses take you?

Make-up courses to help you find your niche in film, TV, stage or fashion

Uni not for you? Bored with your job? Mad about beauty? Time to talk to us about our make-up courses.

Where could our Make-Up Courses take you?

Make-up courses to help you find your niche in film, TV, stage or fashion

Uni not for you? Bored with your job? Mad about beauty? Time to talk to us about our make-up courses.

Make-up courses for good career prospects

So you’re interested in make-up courses – maybe you already know you want to work in film, TV, stage and fashion as a make-up artist. Perhaps you’re leaving school and don’t want to go the uni route? You could be bored with your job and want a change but not sure what to do. Or do you just like make-up and beauty! Read on – we’ve got make-up courses for you.

In Brushstroke make-up classes you’ll get proper training – and gain qualifications if you really are serious about joining the industry. Whichever course you choose, you’ll get excellent tuition in a set of valuable skills and a good foundation for a career in the world of entertainment.

Of course Instagram and YouTube are great ways to introduce you to make-up (and keep you up to date with the latest ideas and products). But they’re no substitute for well-structured training such as Brushstroke make-up courses. And if you’re tempted by beauty courses, we’d like to offer you more – training for a far more exciting and fulfilling career.

2 Year
Make-up & Hair

BTEC, Level 3 Diploma

Our most thorough training to prepare you for a career as an artist in TV, film, stage and fashion.

9 Month
Make-Up & Hair

ITEC Level 3 Diploma

The ideal course for those wanting to change career or work round family commitments.

1 Year
Hairdressing & Barbering 

ITEC Level 2 Diploma

An intensive course taught by Toni & Guy trained tutors to complete your training as a versatile artist.

What’s so great about a career as a make-up artist?

For starters, it suits all sorts of personalities because there’s something for everyone. On the one hand it’s a fairly structured profession with obvious career progression. On the other hand, you get the chance to push the boundaries and satisfy any desire you might have to be creative.

It’s also a great people industry. You’re always part of a team – even when you’re head of make-up. You also have the chance to shine and be recognised for your work. This is especially true if you’ve been on the right make-up course and clearly have the right training behind you.

The variety of work is pretty impressive. TV alone offers a huge range from drama and comedy to reality and presenter-based shows. Film opportunities are equally numerous with blockbusters, documentaries and independent productions always in the pipeline. Then there’s the stage with opera and musicals while fashion offers you photoshoots and the catwalk. Or you could work in the corporate world on videos and studio shots.

In our make-up classes we teach our students to be open-minded so you really do find your niche. Are your happy to travel or do you want the security of working on a continuous soap. Does your destiny lie in sfx and prosthetics? Maybe you’re an organiser in which case you’ll love working in a crowd room. And you’ll be in your element with continuity.

Once you’ve moved on from trainee and progressed through assistant to ‘artist’ in your own right, where next? With the right make-up training behind you, it could easily be the designer role should you wish.

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Why are some make-up courses better than others?

It’s a simple fact that some make-up courses won’t actually give you the training you need. For example, we teach hair skills on our courses because we know that when a make-up designer is putting a team together they want good all rounders. Being able to cut and style hair could get you selected above anyone else for a make-up job.

The best make-up courses reflect the needs of the industry – it’s as simple as that. Make-up courses are everywhere (look what Google showed you just now!). So how do you choose? Use this checklist as your guide to good make-up courses:

  1. Tutors– are they make-up artists currently working across different parts of the industry? Do they specialise in what they teach (sfx, fashion, hair, etc)?
  2. Syllabus– are the make-up classes well-structured with the right balance of practice and theory?
  3. Industry relevance– do the make-up courses give students excellent employment prospects
  4. Qualifications– could you graduate with recognised BTEC and ITEC qualifications?
  5. Facilities– are they well equipped within an inspirational environment?
  6. Atmosphere– do you get a good feeling when you visit?

(Brushstroke make-up courses tick every single one of these boxes.)

What do we teach, what will you learn?

Whichever Brushstroke make-up course you choose, you’ll learn more than the essentials. Our BTEC and ITEC courses, for example, will gain you recognisable qualifications. The longer courses will equip you to start work as a make-up artist.

We’ve boiled it down to 20 critical things you could learn on our make-up courses.

  1. Break down a script to understand what kind of make-up is required for each actor in the production (and it could be 100s if there’s a crowd involved)
  2. Create impressive prosthetics – start with a nose, finish with a complete character
  3. Transform the look of someone – age them, make them bald, give them more hair, make them look tired, glamorous, injured, from another era, another planet even!
  4. Tattoo someone (temporarily)
  5. Develop your people skills and really help an actor prepare
  6. Be a professional hairdresser and barber
  7. Go beyond being a beautician in a salon
  8. Be a make-up and hair artist all rolled into one
  9. Interperet any period of history – from the 18th century to the swinging 60s
  10. Make someone look authentic – whether its fantasy or austerity

11. Apply make-up so expertly, HD can’t reveal a single flaw
12. Open up your creative side
13. Pander to your organisational skills
14. Trim a beard (hipster or Philip of Spain)
15. Work on drama, comedy, sport, reality, fashion or music
16. Work on location, in a studio, fashion show or festival, in a field or diving suit, in the dark or under bright lights
17. Develop into a highly skilled and respected professional make-up artist
18. Enjoy being part of a team
19. Be speedy but accurate
20. Have the confidence to succeed

Come and visit us with an open mind and we’ll find the make-up course to suit you.

Our Tutors

Proper professional training from our tutors will set you on the road to becoming a skilled make-up artist.

Leaving School?

Leaving school at 16 means you can train as a make-up artist with Brushstroke.

Changing Career?

Changing career to become a make-up artist is within your reach - with Brushstroke training behind you.

Make-Up Artist Roles

Make-up artist roles differ depending on the industry - which one fits you?

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