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Makeup Courses

Joining makeup courses in our London based studios will help you find your niche in film, TV, stage or fashion

Makeup Courses at London’s Top Makeup School

Looking for the right makeup course? – maybe you already know that you want to work as a makeup artist. Perhaps you’ve even thought about the area that you want to work in  – film, TV, stage or fashion. Whether you’re leaving school or looking to change your career, we’ve got the right makeup courses for you.

At Brushstroke makeup school  you’ll get all the proper training you need to succeed and you’ll gain qualifications  that set you up for work in the industry. Whichever course you choose, you’ll get excellent tuition and a set of valuable skills, with a good foundation for a successful career.

While Instagram and YouTube are great ways to introduce you to makeup (and keep you up to date with the latest ideas and products) there’s no substitute for well-structured training – the type of training that Brushstroke makeup courses provides you. And if you’re tempted by beauty courses, we’d like to offer you this more substantial training for a more exciting and fulfilling career.

Students must be available to attend classes at Shepperton Studios, Pinewood Studios or any other location that Brushstroke operates from. This may include the complete course, individual terms, modules, work experience and day trips.  This ensures familiarity and experience of different working studio environments and locations.

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Why are some makeup courses better than others?

Not all makeup courses give you the training you need, so you need to be selective. For example, we teach hair skills on our courses because we know that when a makeup 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 makeup job.

The best makeup courses reflect the needs of the industry – it’s as simple as that. Makeup courses are everywhere, so how do you choose? This quick checklist is a good  guide for choosing the right makeup course:

  1. Tutors– are they makeup artists currently working across different parts of the industry? Do they specialise in what they teach (sfx, fashion, hair, etc)?
  2. Syllabus– are the makeup classes well-structured with the right balance of practice and theory?
  3. Industry relevance– do the makeup 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 makeup courses tick every single one of these boxes.)

What’s so great about a career as a makeup 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 makeup. You also have the chance to shine and be recognised for your work. This is especially true if you’ve been on the right makeup 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 makeup 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 makeup training behind you, it could easily be the designer role should you wish.

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What do we teach, what will you learn?

Whichever Brushstroke makerup 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 makeup 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 makeup 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 makeup course to suit you.

Where could our Makeup Courses take you?

Makeup 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 makeup courses.

2 Year
Makeup & Hair

BTEC, Level 3 Diploma

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

7 Month
MakeUp & 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.

Our Tutors

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

Leaving School?

Leaving school at 16 means you can train as a makeup artist with Brushstroke.

Changing Career?

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

Makeup Artist Roles

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