make up artistry training

We offer students the best and most comprehensive makeup artistry courses in the country from some of the industry’s top professional makeup artists.

Make up training takes place within a purpose built makeup studio environment in central London, close to the junction off Oxford Circus and Regent Street, and can be easily reached by underground or bus (map and information can be found on our contact page). Our professional makeup courses offer flexibility and provide you with the skills to thrive in the real world of makeup artistry.

Foundation Course

First Day in the Foundation Certificate Programme

Morning –

  • Introductions and discussion with the tutor about what they are hoping to achieve
  • A talk covering products, tools, face shapes, skin and the all-important colour wheel
  • Technical demonstration from the makeup artist
  • Students team up for a hands-on workshop with the makeup artist/tutor around to help and encourage them

Afternoon –

  • Pairs will swap to give everyone a chance at the hands-on practical element
  • Finally, a recap then a talk about what to expect in the following days

We offer a few different foundation makeup artist courses at The London School of Make-up, including:

Please click on the course name above to discover more about what each course has to offer. To see more course options, please click here.

Media and Photographic Courses

Diploma Programme

This is a follow-on to the Foundation course. Each day, working makeup artists are invited to teach the latest trends for photographic, catwalk and media makeup as well as hair session styling, fantasy looks, special effects and period makeup. The day is similar to the foundation course with it split into a demonstration, a question and answer, and a hands-on workshop.

At some stage during this section, you will be invited to participate in a photo-shoot of your own. You will have the ability to choose your own looks to use on a professional model from a London agency and have them photographed by a fashion photographer. For this, you will be given a call sheet with the time you are expected to arrive at the studio.

Have a look at our course page to find out more.

Examination Procedure

Towards the end of the foundation course, there will be a short multiple choice question paper set by the IMA (International Make-up Association) examination board, as well as a practical exam overseen by an independent examiner from the IMA.

Students will be given a brief to follow and asked to demonstrate their skills in a day makeup look and an evening look. They will also be asked to complete a project at home in their own time. Once the project is handed in and passed, they will receive the prestigious IMA certificate.

Students who are continuing on to the creative and media diploma courses will be judged and marked by the IMA solely on the work they have achieved in class without an examination.

To find out more about the examination process please have a look at our qualification page.

Products & Provisions

Our courses are fully inclusive of skincare products and disposables provided by the school, plus makeup from leading international fashion brands such as MAC, Shu-Uemura, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercia etc.

Course notes will be provided and distributed on the first day of the course along with the IMA workbook. Brushes are not provided, however, they can be purchased separately from the school or you are welcome to provide your own.