Student Testimonials

Testimonials from former and current students of our makeup and Hair Courses.

Showing prospective students around (including school holidays) for enrolment in 2024 & 2025. The 2-year BTEC Make up & Hair Course starts 23 September 2024 at Elstree Studios & 30 September 2024 at Longcross Studios.

If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths, you can still enrol on the 2-year BTEC Make-up & Hair Course. Contact us to find out more. For availability or to book a visit call +44 (0) 1344 635 522 or email us on [email protected]

As a student on Brushstroke’s two year course, I can honestly say there is no better place to learn if what you’re after is a full-time course that will give you training in all aspects of hair and makeup artistry. I am really enjoying learning at Brushstroke, all the tutors are industry professionals who are so kind and helpful and are such a pleasure to learn from! In my first year, I was offered work on Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, and the film ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ all thanks to the wonderful people I have met through Brushstroke.

2 Year BTEC Makeup and Hair Course

I am a 2 year student at Brushstroke. I am coming to the end of my 2 years and I have learnt so many skills that I never knew before I started the course. I looked into many different colleges, however this one stood out to me as we have the chance to be taught by teachers from the industry. As this is the field most students want to go into, I believe it’s very beneficial, you have a chance to impress and show your best skills. You learn about the industry from first hand experienced hair and makeup artists. Many opportunities come with the college, such as work experience. I had the chance in my first year to become a part of the hair and makeup team at ITV This Morning for a week as a trainee. This was all down to working hard, engaging with teachers and always trying my best. That’s all it takes. From then on, I made contacts with Makeup Designers and worked for the ITV crew getting ready for the National Television Awards and working for a comedy show ‘Guessable’ at Comedy Central. In the long run, I feel the teachers at Brushstroke have made me ready for the industry and coming to this college was the best decision I have made and I have gained skills that I thought I would never be capable of.

Tahiyya Ali

2 Year BTEC Makeup and Hair Course

 joined the 7-month ITEC course wanting to retrain after a career as a dancer and learn more about the world of wigs and stage make-up. I hoped this course would give me the skills and confidence to apply for wigs, hair and make-up jobs in the West End. I couldn’t have asked for a better course. The teachers are all brilliant at what they do. They are passionate and love teaching as well as having first-hand experience in the industry. I felt encouraged and inspired throughout my course. I embraced all of the new things I learned in the fashion, bridal and SFX modules also. 1 month after leaving Brushstroke, I was offered a summer position at Kilworth House Theatre on Nick Wintson’s productions of Carousel and Half a Sixpence where I was Head of the Wigs Department. Currently, I am a WHAM (wigs, hair and make-up)artist on the latest Secret Cinema production of Guardians of the Galaxy. I would not be where I am now, and working at such a high level if it wasn’t for the support of the teachers and management at Brushstroke.

Katie Allday

7 month ITEC Make-up & Hair Course

I was a student at Brushstroke Hair and Makeup School where I did the 2-year Hair and Makeup course and the Mens Barbering course which covered every aspect of the industry. For me, this was a major platform for my chosen career in TV and Film. The lecturers are extremely highly trained in all fields, it is such a professional learning environment and is a must if you are planning on working in this line of business, Brushstrokes are highly recognised within the industry. Since leaving, I have been very lucky with work, having worked on the BBC series Mum, Eastenders and Call the Midwife, and I believe this is due to the excellent training I was given by Brushstroke.
Olivia McMullen

2 Year BTEC Makeup and Hair Course

I did the 2-year Hair And Makeup course at Brushstroke. I then wanted to expand my qualifications and skills so I decided to do the Hairdressing and Barbering course. All the teachers are amazing and really help you if you are struggling. Louise is super lovely and helpful and has helped me to get my previous jobs. Highly recommend Brushstroke if you are looking to become a Makeup Artist. You will learn so much!!

2 Year BTEC Makeup and Hair Course

After leaving Brushstroke in April last year,  I went straight into my first job in May at Garsington Opera, at Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe.

I was working there from May to July, working the wigs, hair, and makeup for 4 opera productions.

I then went on to work at Lapland UK from October to Dec as a wig technician styling and maintaining wigs for the cast of Lapland.

I’m so grateful for the brilliant training I had at Brushstroke and so thankful to all the wonderful teachers who taught me.

I am looking forward to what this year brings!

Dawn Clark

The ITEC course at Brushstroke has been an out-of-this-world experience. It has been an extremely immersive and beautiful learning experience.
I have truly lived and enjoyed my everyday learning of this art form. The faculty, the facilities and the cohort have been very supportive and energising.
The course content the methodologies and the intricacies have given real incisive insights into the makeup art form. This course has certainly geared me with enough armoury to go out in the real world and passionately implement my wares now.
This portfolio is a testament to my wonderful time at Brushstroke, UK., and will be the bedrock of my lecture endeavours to showcase my talent as a Complete Make Up Artist.
My sincere thanks to all of Brushstroke Academy, For making me feel at home and supporting me all the way.

Priyal Prasanna Karkhanis

7 month ITEC Make-up & Hair Course

I attended the 7-month Makeup and Hair course at Brushstroke Academy, based at Longcross Studios and I loved every day of the course. The environment at the college is so welcoming and friendly, making it a great place to study. All the tutors are very encouraging and supportive throughout the course and I learnt so much from their expert knowledge and experience. Once I had completed the course the help and support I received from the tutors finding work has been amazing! I would highly recommend the courses at Brushstroke for anyone looking for a career in the Hair and Makeup Industry.

7 month ITEC Make-up & Hair Course