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Introduction to Professional Makeup

Introduction to Professional Makeup

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Samantha Walker, Ruth Brophy


An introduction to the basics of makeup artistry and an insight into the makeup industry. On this makeup course you will learn the key techniques for creating impeccable makeup styles and find out what a career as a makeup artist involves. This course is an ideal first step towards a career in the makeup industry, or for students wishing to learn the basics of makeup application to create a beautiful face. Demonstrations will be followed by the chance to practice on your fellow students and looks covered will include a natural beauty look, a daytime look and a smoky eye evening look, as well as false lash application.

The course includes:

  • The role of the makeup artist
  • Skin and skincare
  • Working with makeup artist brushes
  • Skin tone / foundation selection and application
  • Corrective make-up techniques
  • Beauty makeup styles
  • Eye makeup
  • Eye line techniques
  • Brow grooming
  • Lash building techniques and false lash application
  • Cheek colour application
  • Lip colour application
  • Current beauty trends
  • Top tips for working in the industry

Our makeup courses take place in our makeup studios housed within our Lime Grove site in West London.


This is a beginner level makeup artist course. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Sam Walker has worked in the make-up industry for over 17 years. Her career started with Make-up Forever, Paris. Working in fashion, music, beauty, film, theatre and bridal. Her editorial work includes features for Vanity Fair, Tatler, Tank, Flux, What?, amongst others. She has worked as a bridal make-up artist for many years. A Royal wedding: Duke and Duchess of Gloucester’s daughter Lady Davina Windsor at Kensington palace, Roger Taylor from QUEENs brides make-up, are to name a few. Sam has also collaborated with the late Isabella Blow and Philip Treacey. Photographers Gisela Torres, Cody Burridge, Pete Bartlett. Commercials for Simple, Yorkshire Tea, BT, CISCO. Celebrities; the burlesque dancer Immodesty Blaize, Salma Hayek, Tina Turner, Nigella Lawson. She also combines this with tutoring, training Global brands and regularly delivering seminars for the industry.

Ruth Brophy trained in both film and SFX in IADT Dublin, Ireland and Fashion Editorial in London College of Fashion. Working freelance on editorial shoots, advertising campaigns, fashion week show’s and music videos with top photographers. Ruth has published work in magazines from British Vogue to id magazine and Sunday times style. She has been key artist on LFW shows and shot with photographer such as David Bailey and Rankin. Red carpet and private client work include actresses, models and members of the British and Abu Dhabi Royal families. Ruth was Head of Design for Elaine Constantine's BAFTA nominated feature film "Northern Soul" which was released by Universal in 2014, Northern Soul won the NME award for "Best Film" Ruth was Head of Design For Adrian Nobles feature film "Mrs Lowry and Son" featuring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave, due for release in 2019.


Please bring the following items with you to each class:

  • Your own mascara
  • Makeup remover/cleanser, and moisturiser
  • Headband
  • Notepad and pen
  • Eyelash curlers
  • Powder puff

Course price includes a high quality 12 piece Bdellium brush set.

Please note: 

Students are advised to remove any permanent eyelash extensions before the course starts, to ensure they are able to complete full makeup looks. 

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