The Complete Makeup Artist
On this makeup artist course you will learn the professional skills required to become an innovative and in-demand make-up artist in the creative world of fashion image-making. This industry focused professional short course covers all aspects of makeup and has been designed for aspiring makeup artists who wish to gain the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the industry.
In addition to being taught the theory and practising your new skills, you'll record your work and build a portfolio during two studio photoshoots with a professional photographer and hair stylist - allowing you to demonstrate the skills learnt during the course and put them into practice. In addition to the course tutors, a teaching assistant will support your learning, and we will create a Facebook group for you to network with each other throughout.
Previous students have forged successful careers in the makeup industry and gone on to assist on teams for some of the biggest make up artists in the world, including Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury for fashion week, and have been signed to various make up agencies in London. As this is a small group of students, there will be plenty of opportunity for one-to-one tutor advice on careers in the industry.
The course includes:
- Skincare, hygiene and preparation
- Selection of bases and skin finishes
- Corrective makeup
- Natural beauty makeup
- Bridal makeup
- Trends in fashion and beauty
- Corrective colour theory
- Strong advertorial makeup accentuating cheek bones, lips and contouring
- Decades in makeup: show girls, silver screen sirens and supermodels
- Who's who in the industry
- Editorial makeup: working on set / assisting
- Couture and ready-to-wear catwalk makeup
- Beauty and fantasy imagery for promotional impact
- Blocking out eyebrows and facial adornment
- HD make-up for TV, film, music promotions & commercials
- Creating a character / working on set
- Introduction to special effects
- Introduction to body painting
- False eyelashes
You'll receive your own full set of brushes and a MAC Cosmetics makeup starter kit. Take a look at the 'materials' section for full details on the contents of the kit.
The Complete Makeup Artist is a part time course when run over 15 weeks, or a full time course when run over 15 days. You can see which course dates are 15 days or 15 weeks long in the 'Available Dates' section below.
For the course dates running 19 January - 11 May, please note that there will be a two-week break with no classes on 13 and 20 April. The course then resumes on 27 April.
Our makeup courses take place in our makeup studios housed within our Lime Grove site in West London.
Course director: Lucy Wearing
Tutors: Ellie Tobin, Crystabel Riley
Teaching assistant: Claudia Savage
This is a beginners/intermediate makeup course. It's suitable if you've no previous experience or if you'd like to use the course as a refresher to kick start your career.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.
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.
Booking deadline & payment plan:
Pre-course payment plans are available subject to a non-refundable deposit of £500. The payment plan must be completed and all course fees must be paid a month before the course start date. Please contact Customer Services for further information.
You can watch interviews with our tutors and find out more about our makeup courses with our promotional video.
Crystabel Riley is involved in a continuous and evolving search for a Green make up practice. After studying editorial make-up at London College of Fashion, Crystabel assisted make-up artists such as Alex Box and Lucy Wearing. Following this, she developed her own career within the music industry, gaining international experience in the US and Europe working with artists such as Eliza Doolittle, One Direction, and Jared Leto, show teams in London and Paris, and with photographers such as Jürgen Teller and Ben Toms. Since beginning teaching at London College of Fashion in 2013 Crystabel has become increasingly keen to create, design and deliver a course with a specific focus on Green beauty. This has been motivated by a combination of lived issues, professional collaboration, and broader ethical concerns. As an eczema sufferer, Crystabel found herself increasingly unable to use the make-up that was in her kit on herself, even on the back of her hand as a pallet. The immediacy of this impact on her own skin led her into an on-going interrogation of the ingredients that are in make up. This interrogation has been guided by a sustained conversations over the past four years with Green make-up artist Lou Dartford. Initially suspicious of what she had seen as 'Green washing', Crystabel explains how through this on-going dialogue she 'eventually discovered that there is a clean standard that can be adhered to in my own practice'. This three day course focuses on exploring this clean standard, and making it clearer and easier for other make up professionals to work towards and within this standard.
Ellie Tobin spreads her work between commercial advertising and fashion make-up. She has undertaken editorial freelance make-up work for clients such as Stylist, Wonderland (online), Vogue (India), Stella, Marie Claire, The Gourmand, Schon (online), ES, and Hope St. Advertising campaigns include Topshop, House of Hackney, Blink Brow bars, Nokia, J Crew, T Mobile, Vodafone, Superdrug, Barclays, Asos, O2, Nivea, Sony, Dove Spa, Sainsbury’s, Virgin and Matalan.
Please bring the following items with you to each class:
- Your own mascara
- Makeup remover/cleanser, and moisturiser (as you will be expected to practise on each other)
- Notepad and pen
A MAC Studio Kit 1 starter makeup kit and Bdellium brush set is included in the course fee. The starter kit includes:
- 2 correct & conceal palette - light, dark
- 3 face and body foundation 50ml c2, c6, n9
- 4 studio fix fluid - nc15, nw25, nc44, nw48
- 1 prep and prime finishing powder (loose)
- 1 single pro palette case
- 3 pro palette blushers - Raizin, Blushbaby, Sunbasque
- 1 sculpting powder - sculpt
- Eye shadow x9: Burgundy - times nine
- Eye shadow x9: Semi Sweet - times nine
- Eye pencil - Feline, Coffee
- 1 fluidline - Blacktrack
- 1 mascara - Haute and Naughty
- 2 eye brow pencils - Stud, Fling
- 1 chromagraphic pencil - white
- 3 lipsticks - Brave, Russian Red, Diva
- 2 lip pencils Cherry, Spice, Nightmoth
- Lip glass - clear
- Tapered blending
- Large shadow
- Small shader
- Angled shadow
- Angled brow
- Flat eye definer
- Eye liner
Kit contents may vary due to trends and availability.