How to start a makeup Course

Applying makeup is part of an everyday routine for a lot of people. With the use of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter now promoting makeup products, the beauty industry is booming. There are so many people using YouTube tutorial’s online to perfect their winged liner, or learn how to cut-crease and do a smoky eye. It’s great that there is so much more out there for people, nowadays, however, if you really have a passion for makeup you shouldn’t just stop there. 

Makeup Courses 

Makeup courses don’t just provide tutorials, like those seen on YouTube or Instagram Live, on how to create specific looks. They also teach very important basics such as defining a skin type, skin conditions, health and safety, principals of application, applying makeup to skin with different colours, textures, ages and skin types. This is so important as a makeup artist, your clientele will range in ages and cultures so it’s important you know that you can’t apply makeup on a 60-year-old woman the same way you would apply it on an 18-year-old male.  

Advanced makeup courses go more in depth, you can be taught a range of amazing skills such as prosthesis, applying makeup for the cameras and costume makeup for the stage. This is also an excellent way to build up your clientele and gain referrals from clients once you have graduated. This is how the most famous makeup artists such as Scott Barnes and Charlotte Tilbury started out. 


When attending makeup courses, as well as teaching you the basics of beauty, you are taught several different styles of makeup that will come in very handy such as bridal makeup, prom makeup, and makeup for special occasions. Quite a lot of makeup courses will also teach you basic housekeeping when working in a salon, as well as tips on how to progress if you would prefer to become a freelancer. They’ll give you the skills you need to go it alone.  


Taking any kind of makeup course through your local college or university also helps your personal development. It is more than just a certificate on your wall, you also gain insider rewards in places such as Sally’s Beauty once you are registered as a qualified makeup artist. MAC also give discounts to those holding a Diploma or Certificate in any kind of makeup artistry. Who doesn’t love a discount?! 

More than that, you’ll meet new people who have a passion for makeup like you, you’ll have fun, and you will come out with a sense of achievement knowing you have worked hard to gain the qualification.  


As a qualified makeup artist, whether it’s freelancing or working in a salon, you will be required to apply for insurance. Having your qualification in makeup artistry makes this so much easier than if you were self-taught. Insurance covers you for any injuries that may be sustained and/or loss of makeup kit, whether it’s through theft or misplacing your kit. 


Becoming a makeup artist isn’t just about learning the skills of how to apply makeup properly in a makeup course, but becoming a businessperson. You will learn how to network, build up a client base, how to apply for insurance, which insurance is suitable to you, housekeeping when working in a salon, housekeeping as a freelancer, invoicing, tax, payment methods, marketing and some schools even teach you how to reach out to makeup companies about product promotion if you intend on doing online tutorials. 

Types of Makeup Courses 

Foundation Makeup Course 

In this makeup course you will learn the basics of beauty such as skin types, how to apply makeup correctly, working in a professional studio environment, working with different models and use of different makeup and brushes. This course, if done full time can be completed in two weeks, part time it can be completed in six to eight weeks. You will get the opportunity to show off your makeup skills in a photo shoot at the end of the course, which you can keep to build up your portfolio. 

Creative Makeup Course 

The Creative makeup course is perfect for anyone who wants to develop skills in high fashion/photographic and catwalk (runway) makeup. You’ll be taught how to examine the latest fashion trends, work with professional makeup artists in the same field, build up a network and at the end of the course you’ll get to create your own colourful high fashion photo shoot. This course usually takes four weeks if done full time.  

Photographic and Media Makeup Course 

If you are super serious about working as a makeup artist in media or high fashion there is a specially designed makeup course you can undertake to do this. Some of the techniques this makeup course will teach you would be monochrome photography makeup (black and white photography work), hair styling, media=-makeup, airbrushing, special effects makeup and body painting.  

At the end of this makeup course you will also have your own photo shoot which you can add to your portfolio. Another perk of this makeup course is the products you use such as the makeup, brushes, skin case and disposables are all including along with photographs from your professional shoots. 

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