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Introduction to Professional Makeup

Introduction to Professional Makeup

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Ruth Brophy, Samantha Walker


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.

Discounted Shopping Event:
As part of your course, you will receive an invite to both a MAC and Bobbi Brown discount shopping session. Enabling you to purchase products at 35% discount. The Masterclass and shopping sessions may take place either during your course or in some cases the following week or weekend.

You can watch interviews from our tutors and find out more about our makeup courses with our promotional video.

Tutor Description

Ruth Brophy graduated in ‘Make up for Film, TV and Theatre’, a course covering all aspects of working in film and television including prosthetics, wounds, body painting and tattoo work. She now works freelance on fashion editorial shoots, advertising campaigns and fashion week shows and has worked with photographers including David Bailey, Rankin and Nick Knight. Ruth also works in television and specialises in tattoo and body painting. Her magazine and newspaper commissions include Closer, Company, Dazed and Confused, Esquire, Elle Japan, Grazia, Huffington Post, Home & Garden, Hello, Harpers Bazaar, id Magazine, Marie Claire, New York magazine, Notion, Oprah magazine, Sunday Independent Style, Sunday Times Style, Tatler magazine, Vogue British, Vogue India, Wallpaper*. Ruth was recently Head of Design for fashion photographer Elaine Constantine's first feature film Northern Soul. You can also view Ruth's work on her website.

Sam Walker has been working in the make-up industry for over 10 years. She trained at London College of Fashion and then started her career with Make-up Forever, Paris. She has worked in fashion, beauty, film, theatre and weddings. Her editorial work includes features for Vanity Fair, Tatler and Flux (to name a few). She has worked as a bridal make-up artist for many years, which has included doing the make-up for the Duke and Duchess of Kent's daughter Davina's wedding at Kensington palace and Roger Taylor’s brides make-up, who is a band member of 'Queen'.  Sam has also collaborated with the late Isabella Blow and Philip Treacey. She currently works with photographers such as Gisela Torres, the burlesque dancer Immodesty Blaize and works for MAC cosmetics in the UK. She also combines this with tutoring at London College of Fashion on various short-courses and regularly delivering seminars for the industry.


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.

Available dates