After weeks of renovations, we are happy to let you know that the LSBM beauty salon has opened its doors again.

The London School of Beauty and Makeup is the only school in London to have its very own beauty salon on site. The beauty salon has nine treatment rooms, designated areas for manicures and pedicures and spa facilities.

Level 3 Award in Spa Treatments students will be able to work in the beauty salon 4 weeks into their course two days a week.

LSBM beauty salon has a fully equipped on-site spa which includes relaxation beds, steam room, sauna, hydro-bath, Vichy shower and scrub tables to provide you with the very best working environment to master the art of these treatments. Once you have gained full competency with these treatments you will provide them to paying clients in the LSBM Salon & Spa, overseen by qualified lecturers and our professional beauty salon team.

When students have passed their assessments, they are able to work in the on-site salon to gain invaluable experience in mastering what they have learned in class.

We believe that it is important that our students feel fully confident in their abilities before they leave us and venture into the working world.

Here is a Q&A with the salon manager, Charlotte Whiting-Searle discussing what students can expect out of their placement in the LSBM salon.

Do all beauty therapy students work in the salon and how long are they on salon placement?

All of our students taking beauty courses are offered the chance to work in the beauty salon. Depending on the course length, the time in the salon can range from 1 to 5 days a week, for several weeks.

What students can expect from their experience in the salon from your role as manager and why is salon experience so invaluable?

Working in the LSBM salon is a unique opportunity to gain some invaluable experience working with real clients in a working salon environment. The students are required to set up the treatment rooms and allocate treatments, work on reception taking bookings and payments, and of course, perform treatments on clients.

To have this opportunity to work with clients before working in a real salon or spa is very advantageous as it gives our students time to practice their new skills and gain confidence in interacting with clients.

What treatments do you offer at the salon?

We offer a wide variety of treatments in the salon including manicures, pedicures, hands-on and electrotherapy facials, body massage and electrotherapy body treatments, waxing, brow and lash treatments and scrubs and wraps. We also offer reflexology, Indian head massage and aromatherapy massage.


Monday 18th November to Friday 20th December with CIBTAC group:

Fridays only from 22nd November to 20th December with CIDESCO:

To book yourself onto an appointment at LSBM Beauty Salon, please call 020 7776 9767

In today’s age, we have Youtube at our fingertips where we can simply search ‘how to create a smokey eye’ with tens of thousands of tutorials popping up in seconds,

With the thousands of makeup tutorials out there, available at our fingertips, accessible in seconds – it may make you question if it’s even worth studying a makeup course when you can from learn from watching makeup tutorials from the internet.

However, it is much more beneficial to study a professional makeup course to become a fully qualified makeup artist. On an accredited course, you will learn the correct artistry techniques and a variety of styles of makeup for occasions such as weddings, parties and proms.

Become a professional makeup artist with us at the London School of Beauty and Makeup.

Established since 1995, we have nurtured the talents of countless makeup artists who have gone on to work in fashion, TV, film and media.

The makeup tutors at the London School of Beauty and Makeup have a minimum of five years of experience and have established careers within the industry.

Our courses are ideal for those who are interested in studying and living abroad in the Big Smoke and to invest in their passion. Students are granted the opportunity to attend masterclasses with high-end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury and MAC Cosmetics. As well as getting to work with professional photographers on photoshoots to produce content for their portfolio.

One student said, “I came to London School of Beauty and Makeup to be able to come to London from Cape Town, South Africa and make friends alongside being creative everyday. I feel like you can also get jobs easier having a professional makeup qualification from the UK.”

What can you study with us?

We offer a range of courses that match any aspiring makeup artists’ interests and needs to launch a successful makeup career.

Our Complete Pro Makeup Designer Diploma course with Advanced Development, you will learn everything you need to know to become a fully-fledged makeup artist.

On this course you will learn:

The course runs for a total of 12 weeks (3 months) from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The total costs of the course £6,700 which inclusive of course fees, mandatory course materials, awarding body registration & exam fees.

Senior makeup lecturer Jolanta Sewell expands on why it is a wise investment to study at a professional makeup course at our school in London:

“For prospective employer, it’s an easy way to make a formal decision on skills, knowledge and talent of potential candidate in an instant. Employability at higher percentage and chance to get your foot in the door quicker with completed formal qualifications which is standardized across the education system.”

Our department of makeup, Beth Margetts further explains the importance of studying a professional course:

“Choosing an accredited qualification makes all the difference to your makeup training. From start to finish there’s a goal to get you to pass the qualification with flying results and we are always aiming for Distinctions from our students so our tutors push you every step of the way.

It’s better than getting a certificate for just showing up to a class, a qualification makes you proud of what you have achieved and of course these are internationally recognised so even better for overseas students or if you wish to take your skills to another country to work!”

What past students have to say about our makeup courses

We deliver the best tuition in makeup artistry courses in London to our students and are delighted to hear that they have a great experience with us. Read some of what our alumni said about us below:

Vanshika Dogra gave us a 5-star review and said of her time with us: “I did the MASA 8 makeup course from LSBM. Coming to London was an experience in itself but studying at this school made it all the more worth it. This school has everything for makeup enthusiasts, they have makeup products from almost every brand they teach you with such love and care. Especially my tutor Jolanta was one of the best teachers there. She is one of the most talented and best people I came across. They also have in freelancers and experts coming in the school from the makeup industry to teach us makeup as well. I would recommend this school to everyone who wants to be a makeup artist! You’ll have the time of your life!”

Nadia Mohammed recalled of her time here “I did the MASA makeup course with LSBM and it was absolutely the best time working with the lovely teachers and amazing students..the course definitely builds you to confidently do work on clients upon completion..everything was detailed (A lot of things you can’t learn on YouTube!) and well structured, lots of professional makeup brands to play with and Jolanta was very keen on students, ensuring that we each did everything correctly. They also email you with work opportunities which is just amazing and exciting. Iloved my time there and miss everyone ?”

One of our most recent graduates, Jo Killick left us a glowing 5-star review, expressing her joy studying with us. “I completed my Advanced Diploma in MASA Makeup and Hair Styling in March this year after three months and cannot recommend this school highly enough. They are forward-thinking, creative & fun, and once qualified very supportive in your journey as you venture out into the scary world of being an MUA. There are lots of opportunities to apply to be an assistant and they have recently launched masterclasses specialising in areas of makeup that maybe you need more time on (e.g, Halloween).

The course offers training in most aspects of make up with highly qualified and inspiring teachers who are also make up artists. I did all three modules and wish there were more I could do!”

Ready to start your professional makeup career? Give us a ring on 020 3966 8689 or email us at info@beauty-school.co.uk.


A cosmetologist/beauty therapist is an individual that performs personal care services such as massages, manicures, pedicures, makeup, facials and waxing.

They are responsible for evaluating clients’ skin, hair and nails whilst providing them with aftercare advice to take better care of themselves at home.

People included in the cosmetology sector are hairstylists, skincare specialists, beauty therapists, aestheticians and barbers.

Become well rounded in all aspects of beauty therapy on our beauty therapy courses we offer at the London School of Beauty and Makeup.

If you are looking to get into a career where you will get to make the most out of your beauty related talents then studying on our courses to become a cosmetologist is for you.

We teach from the very basic skills of beauty therapy on our courses to assist beauty therapists to progress further in their careers on our advanced courses.


The occupation of a beauty therapist consists in providing a number of beauty treatments to clients in either a beauty salon, concessions stand/kiosk or you can work on a freelance basis being a mobile therapist.

On a day-to-day basis, you will be responsible for carrying out manicures and pedicures.


These beauty courses are approved by VTCT which stands for the Vocational Teaching Charitable Trust.

Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma course

For those who are complete beginners to the beauty therapy world, the Level 2 qualification will equip you with the knowledge to take on junior roles as a beauty therapist, nail technician, salon receptionist and spa therapist.

You can also go into becoming a beauty retail consultant and salon technician.

Below is a comprehensive list of modules you will learn throughout the course:


Students will also participate in our student salon* (LSBM Salon & Spa) once they have passed all assessments in class. Our salon is run by professional therapists and is open throughout the year, therefore we have a large client base for both our professional therapists and our student therapists.

*Although the ‘normal’ study hours are 10am–5pm, you will also be required to practice your treatments in our student salon at the end of your class time, the salon is Monday to Thursdays 11am-7pm.

The course costs £2,995 and runs for Monday to Friday for 12 weeks with the next intake starting on 28th January 2019.

From completing this course or if you are a beauty therapist who is looking to progress further in your career, you can take our Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course, Level 4 Advanced Aesthetics course and Level 2 Facial Massage and Skin Care course which are all accredited by the VTCT. 


You can study beauty therapy at our school located in the heart of the hustle and bustle of London. In close proximity to Barbican and Farringdon tube stations.

We are proud to be one of the most prestigious beauty educational institutions with our very own beauty salon on-site where the students have the opportunity to gain real salon life experience.

Our salon allows students to transition with ease into the real working world. They are guided by our fantastic tutors to make sure that they feel confident when giving treatments.


We are proud to say we provide a 5-star education to our students. Read below of what our students have to say about their time with us at the London School of Beauty and Makeup.

Twinkle Ladwa said “I completed my Level 2 in April and recently started my Level 3. I have really enjoyed my time in school, everyone is so helpful. I am so glad I have Alison and Jane as my mentor because they have always pushed me to do better even when things got too much for me to handle. Thank you!”

Sarah Vandersteen said “I recently completed the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy course at LSBM and am already eagerly waiting to return in September for the Level 3 course.

My tutors, Alison and Jane, are professional, knowledgeable, friendly and patient. They invest so much of their time in preparing the theory and practical aspects of the course and do an amazing job at teaching a huge amount of information over an intense course. Alison and Jane teach with the highest standards and expectations in mind and ensure that only quality treatments take place in the classroom and salon. Not only have they shaped me as a beauty therapist through their role as tutors, they’ve shared an abundance of advice, support and industry experience to help me to acquire a job a week out of training with a leading spa company!

Lauren in the office is also super friendly and supportive getting to know each student on a first name basis and always happy to help. The ladies on the ground make this school an absolute success and I would recommend to anyone, even if just for the pleasure of being taught by such superb women!”

Kates Edwards said “I completed the full Level 2 Beauty Therapy taught by Alison and Jane who are the most incredible, patient and wise women and mentors! I absolutely loved my time there and have already signed up to Level 3 to continue my studies there! Such a welcoming environment and there are always people there to help and answer any questions you have (especially Lauren in the office! She’s an angel!) Looking forward to going back in September!”

If you are ready to get started on your beauty therapy career, give us a ring on 0203 966 8690 or email us at info@beauty-school.co.uk and one of our sales team members would be more than happy to hear from you to book you onto a course.

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Weddings are undoubtedly one of the most special days in a woman’s life. They can also be one of the most stressful days of a woman’s life which is why a team of people are hired to get on board to create a memorable ceremony.

Make-up artists have a very iconic role in the whole ceremony because their work is what will be immortalised in the wedding photos.

With western weddings, make-up tends to be incorporate softer, nude colours for brides who want to have more of a natural enhancement to their looks. Also shimmery colours, glitter and highlighters are used to create a glowy look.

Popular trends in bridal hairstyling include chignon, a timeless classic – tendrils that add an elegant, casual feel to a bride’s look, floral features to create an ethereal look and a half-up/half-down hairstyle.

On our hairstyling course, you will learn how to recreate these styles so you can be able to cater your services to your clients.

You will be taught by Helen Andrew, a freelance make-up artist with 17 years experience as a freelance Hair and Makeup Artist specializing in bridal, I have helped hundreds of brides feel and look beautiful on their special day. From glamorous up-dos to flawless skin, each and every bride has their own individual style and the key is to be versatile within your skillset.”

At LSBM, we offer a special discount to the MASA students and MASA graduates, please get in touch with us by calling 020 3966 8689 or emailing us at info@beauty-school.co.uk.

At the London School of Beauty and Make-up, you can tailor your studies to what skills you’re looking to progress in. If you want to uplevel your hairstyling skills, you can study on our LSBM Certificate in Complete Bridal Hairstyling course.

This is a two-day intensive course where you will be taught specialist styling skills that will teach you how to launch into the world of bridal hairstyling, a lucrative category of the bridal industry.

If you are looking to brush up on your make-up artistry skills to work with brides, you can take our LSBM Certificate in Complete Bridal Make-up.

On the MASA Award Certificate in Complete Bridal Make-up and Hairstyling course, you will learn a wide range of bridal hairstyling and make-up techniques such as:

To book your place onto one of our courses, please get in touch with us by calling 020 3966 8689 or emailing us at info@beauty-school.co.uk.

Book Onto Our New Bridal Makeup Course Perfect For Upcoming Weddings In 2020

In Asian weddings, the bride’s makeup is all about making her feel special and the center of attention and is an incredibly prominent celebration during people’s lives in South Asia. 

India weddings are extravagant celebrations where the whole ceremony can last from a few minutes to several days depending on the individuals’ religion and which region they are from within the country.

The bride and her bridal party will spend copious hours getting traditional henna (semi-permanent plant dye which comes out reddish-brown to black) painted on their hands and arms with elaborate, intricate, beautiful designs which called ‘mehndi’.

Because the process can take hours, mostly due to the time for the henna pigment to dry. This is usually a time where the bridal party celebrates together (almost like a hen party in British culture).


Different regions have their own variation of the style their brides will wear on their wedding day that reflects their culture.

At Indian weddings, traditionally the bride wears red and gold. She will also be adorned with gold jewellery which is symbolic of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, and her blessings of wealth and prosperity.


A bride would wear the dupatta which is a shawl-like scarf the bride wears over their hair and body. On the course, we will teach you how to style the hair for the perfect dupatta setting.


Elegance and extravagance are the aims of the bride’s final look for the ceremony to celebrate the union between her and the groom. Makeup is a way of enhancing a woman’s appearance and beauty, which is especially of importance for her big day.

The makeup looks for South Asian brides are often glamourous to make them appear as royalty. A lot of focus is on giving the eyes a captivating effect. Kohl liner is used to make them stand out and attract attention – intense makeup looks add more glamour to the bride’s wedding look. Bold red lips are also popular as they leave a statement that compliments the colour of the decorative clothing worn by the bride.

During the day, countless photos are taken of memories that last a lifetime. So, in any makeup artist’s career, it is one of the most important occasions where her work matters the most.

About the courses


The MASA Award Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Make-up and Hairstyling delivers the full package for any makeup artist seeking to specialise in Asian bridal hair and makeup.

This two-day intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to create incredibly stunning and captivating bridal makeup and hair for the bride that will draw the attention of all her guests on her special day.

You will be taught by industry professionals who will share with your expertise straight from experience so you can take their gems of wisdom with you when you begin to work on your own clients.

Each bride you encounter who approaches you for your services will be different and therefore have different tastes. Studying our course will leave you with the talent to be able to uniquely serve each customer with the look they desire.

This course is ideal for any make-up artist looking to expand their skills and start earning money from this lucrative bridal industry. Get creative with colour combinations, glam make-up applications and liner detail.

You will be taught by freelance make-up artist Harpreet ‘Harps’ Sohanpal. Harps actively works in the world of fashion and beauty as a professional make up artist and hairstylist. She is extremely passionate about the tasks at hand and ensures her clients are entirely satisfied with their overall looks. She takes extreme pride in her work as well as her kit. Her skills and ability continue to grow strong.

Harps has previously worked in a number of makeover studios in London on an ongoing basis. Alongside studio work, she has also worked for Sleek Make-Up and was a part of their major events such as ‘Clothes Show Live’, ‘Salon International’ ‘Lovebox Festival’ and ‘London Mela’. Further work of hers with Sleek includes writing beauty tips which have featured in Sky online magazine. Her previous work consists of working in retail with luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior and MAC Cosmetics. She has also worked alongside celebrity stylist Gok Wan. 

Modules of the course include:

The course in total costs £1,049 and will take place from Monday 9 December to Saturday 14 December 2019 (10am to 5pm).

If you are looking to specialise in a particular field. For example, you may have your hairstyling skills down but not feeling 100% confident in your makeup artistry skills you can book onto our LSBM Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Make-up which is a two-day intensive course. This course costs £399. 

Or if you are feeling unconfident about your hairstyling skills but are a makeup maestro, then you can book onto our LSBM Certificate in Complete Asian Bridal Hairstyling course which costs £599.

We are currently offering a special discount for our bridal courses to MASA students and graduates. If you are interested and eligible, please get in touch with us by calling 020 3966 8689 or emailing us at info@beauty-school.co.uk.

About our school

Our class sizes are small to ensure all students receive undivided attention. We are located in the hub of London in close proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral and Barbican station, close to tube station Barbican.

All the makeup and equipment will be provided for you as you study in one of our state of the art makeup studios.

Our previous alumni have gone onto doing makeup that has graced the cover of Bollywood magazine. Ishita Gandhi studied with us at LSBM, she shared “I started searching for good make-up schools on the internet and I found the best school, The London School of Beauty and Make-up. There I realised what make-up was all about. They taught me the perfect techniques of make-up that I never knew. After completing the MASA, 12 weeks course. I returned back to my country.”

To book your place onto one of our Asian bridal makeup and/or hairstyling courses, please email us at info@beauty-school.co.uk or call us 02039668690.

Creating amazing artistry on people’s faces and bodies for a living sounds like a pretty sweet deal, doesn’t it?

At the London School of Beauty and Makeup, we can help take your makeup artistry career places. Our makeup courses are MASA accredited which stands for the Make-up Art Standards Authority, the professional body runs several makeup educational programmes.

They are an awarding body recognised by HABIA that provides the best possible standards and practices in make-up artistry education, for those interested in becoming a successful professional. MASA Executives have decades worth of industry knowledge under their belts and have worked hard to collaborate this knowledge into what they believe is the best course out there for starting your career in make-up artistry.

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A makeup artist is responsible for designing the appearance of an individual, making sure they have appropriate hair and makeup for an audience at an event or in a production.

They can work in various different settings which include on a television/film set, theatre set, photoshoot (where the images can be used in a magazine, on a book cover or any form of editorial material) and concerts. Your work can even take you to a horror movie creating frightening, gory looks doing special FX makeup.

The makeup artists works according to a brief which details the desired outcome and the template of the design.

Why is it important to study a makeup course?

You may be able to blend a smokey eye with your eyes closed in 2 minutes but that doesn’t mean you have everything it takes to become a professionally established makeup artist.

Studying a makeup course gives you a plethora of capabilities to be able to work with an expanded range of people.

Below are a list of exciting makeup artistry careers from studying with us at our school. 

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Special FX Makeup artist – If you aim to work on movie sets and get to create supernatural looks in theatre productions, films and television shows then studying the MASA Complete Pro Make-up Designer Diploma is right for you.

On the 5 week fashion and media make up artistry element of the course, you will have a special effects make up workshop led by a freelance guest tutor.

TV and Media makeup artist – If you’re aiming to be the person behind the beautiful looks that grace the silver screen then you should study our MASA Pro Make-Up Artistry & Hair Certificate course.

On this course, you will learn about the basic principles of makeup artistry for two weeks which includes makeup hygiene, client consultation and psychology, makeup kit and tools, skin science and consultation and colour theory.

What is great about this course is that there is a 1 week session in hair styling included which will give you the upper hand to have more professional skills which will prepare you for working on shoots by being able to style hair and not just be able to do makeup.

We also offer the Complete Pro Makeup Designer Diploma with Advanced Development which runs for 12 weeks which is considered to be the ultimate qualification in professional make up design and includes 3 exciting photoshoots where you will get to work with models and have your own photographed to put your work in a portfolio to show future employees after your time with us.

Beauty retail makeup artist – This role involves bringing customers’ requests to life and assist customers who may be looking to replace their foundation, be a complete makeup newbie or need help preparing for a special occasion.

In this profession, it’s a must that you have to be a people person as the role includes a lot of interaction with customers and will require you to have sales skills to get customers to buy products from the store. It also requires you to be time conscious and organised as you may be working at busy periods and need to meet sales targets.

Bridal makeup artist – If you are a lover of romance, this one’s for you. Working to help brides feel like a princess on their special day is an incredibly rewarding occupation where you are part of iconic moments in their and the bridal party’s life.

Working as a makeup artist at weddings will have you needing to work closely with the bride and delivering your creative input to put together a look that individually and cohesively works for each member of the bridal party and the bride.

Theatre makeup artist – Be part of incredible stage productions that bring live action to the West End stages. In this role, you will get to create beautiful works of art that puts a smile on people’s faces.

Working on projects as a theatre makeup artist will often include working with special effects makeup and creating bold makeup looks that are able to be seen by all members of the audience under the stage lights.

On the MASA Complete Pro Make-up Designer Diploma you will learn about metallics and embellishments, body art, take part in a special effects workshop, learn about avant-garde makeup and character & historical makeup design.

By the time you leave us, you will already have a handful of experience under your belt to be confident to work on projects and stage productions.

Alongside working on stage productions, you can use your body art skills to brighten up children’s days at fairs to working on shoots painting body art on models.

Freelance makeup artist – Being freelance means that you work exclusively for yourself and are able to manage your own clients and do makeup for a variety of occasions (proms, weddings, fashion shoots).


We stand out as the leading makeup school in the capital at the London School of Beauty and Makeup being located in zone 1 a stone’s throw away from Barbican tube station.

At our school, we prioritise students getting a hands-on experience where they are fully immersed in their love of makeup in our makeup studio. We teach theory but we highly focus on interactive workshops with students and providing them with opportunities that extend further than the classroom. All students who study with us are placed in the events team which gives them the chance to work on jobs at real events.

Why not get in touch with us today to discuss and enrol you onto the makeup course that is right for you.

Email us at info@beauty-school.co.uk or call us on 020 3966 8689.

These days, more people are opting to pursue a career in the beauty industry. This comes as no surprise to CIDESCO who found in a newly released study, that 88% of Irish school leavers aged 17-19 ranked going into beauty as their top interest over other hobbies such as music (79%), fashion (71%), exercise (39%) and cooking (34%).This is further reflected in how they decide on their careers with approximately half of participants (42%) stating that they would consider working in beauty.

Working in the beauty industry gives you a range of exciting avenues to explore. You can run your very own nail station at a salon and have your very own clients proudly wear your stunning signature designs on their nails.  Or you can even open your own aesthetics clinic or work as a beauty therapist on a cruise ship! The possibilities are endless when you decide to go for a career in the beauty world. Choosing the right course and place to study is incredibly important to be successful in your newly found beauty career. It can be rather overwhelming, this is why we’ve created a guide to help you make the best decision for you and your beauty career.

Michelle Caheny, Director at Spa and Beauty Connection Ltd and Senior Beauty Recruitment Consultant and advises “In-depth research should be made on the type of roles you can get and what career pathway you should lead. You need to question are you prepared to work unsociable hours and weekends? Success in the beauty industry takes hard work and resilience as well as commitment.

In recent years, we have noticed that a lot of students come out of college wanting to specialise in one area such as facials and skincare and doing NVQ units just in that area! However, this should be avoided! After all, doctors come out of training and can’t become brain surgeons straight away – you still need to understand that you need to leave college armed with NVQ Level 2 and 3 or equivalent and be prepared to do every treatment (even if you don’t like it ) just to gain knowledge and experience!

Join a company that is going to train you in the best product houses and treatments! My clients are looking for staff firstly with a good attitude and work ethic! Always remember that your first job is not for life but a stepping stone to a career you eventually want. A big part of your career is also sales and retailing – upselling treatments and rebooking clients.”

At the London School of Beauty and Make-up, we develop the best talent with our expansive range of makeup and beauty courses that develop students to be fully equipped and ready for the salon floor. This is enhanced by the fact that we are the only beauty school in the capital known to have their very own salon on site where students can gain experience of what it’s like to work in a fully operating salon open to the public by working on placement whilst studying.

In this guide, we will go through which course is best suited for each beauty profession and all the invaluable skills you can gain from each course. Below is a list of the most popular occupations you can work as that we provide educational qualifications for on our widely recognised and professionally accredited courses.

Beauty therapist

We offer two levels of the VTCT Beauty Therapy Diploma which allows students to uplevel with us to progress to the next step as a beauty therapist by taking the Level 3 if they already have studied the VTCT accredited Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma elsewhere or to grow and develop with us by studying the VTCT accredited Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma.

On the Level 2 course, you will learn the foundational skills of beauty therapy. You will learn about facials, manicures, pedicures, brows and lash treatments.

Book now for the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma (with flexible part-time study options available) starting on 26th September 2019.

On the VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course you will progress further and learn about facial and body electrotherapy treatments, holistic massage therapy and anatomy & physiology of the body.

We also offer the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma and SPA Programme which is ideal for those who are international students who are aspiring beauty therapists and wanting to study in the Big Smoke.

Known as the most prestigious international qualification in the world, this course will teach you the fundamentals of beauty therapy alongside providing you with the opportunity to gain real-world experience with clients in the onsite salon by treating paying clients.

The CIBTAC Aesthetics Treatments Diploma is suited for those who want to learn more about aesthetic beauty treatments rather than learning about body treatments. On this course, you will learn about manicures, pedicures, facial and skincare, waxing, eyelash and eyebrow services, electrical facial treatments (e.g, microcurrent non-surgical lift, vacuum suction and galvanic and faradic EMS machines)

Laser technician

Interested in getting technical with your hair removal skills? Then becoming a laser technician is the right profession for you.

Those who have taken Level 2 and Level 3 of the VTCT Beauty Therapy Diploma course can progress even further to study our advanced Level 4 IPL and Aesthetics course.

Learn how to reduce hair growth via laser hair removal treatments and all about photo rejuvenation of the skin using intense light and laser treatments.

For clinical practice, the students use the LYNTON system (IPL 585; 650 and Nd:Yag 1064) which is a professional salon brand and is approved for operation within the NHS. Students have to come in prepared for clinical practice days as advised by the tutor and must strictly adhere to our guideline policy.


Learn how to cleanse, massage and nourish skin using professional techniques on our VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage & Skin Care course. This course gives you the foundation and building blocks for anyone with their heart set on becoming a facialist. On this course, you will learn about skin analysis, cleansing, toning, mask application, client consultation, extraction and moisturization.

The course gives you the skills to be able to progress to the next level, studying more advanced aesthetic treatment courses like facial electrotherapy.

Massage therapist 

Release the tensions and knots that plague clients in a relaxing massage treatment. A physically demanding career but an enriching career choice. At LSBM, we have a range of courses that give massage teaching as different levels giving you the option to progress with us.

On the VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course, you can study the technique of Swedish body massage and hot stone therapy massage. These types of massage are popular treatments done at many beauty salons. Alongside being taught this on the course, you will be taught facial and body electrotherapy allowing you to be multiskilled which increases your employability.

To get on your way to launch your beauty therapy career with us, give us a ring on +4420 3966 8689 or email us via our enquiry form here.

When did you start studying with us?

I started my CIBTAC/CIDESCO diploma in January 2017. This was a change of career for me as I already hold a masters degree and used to work in fundraising and events.

What are you studying here?

Beauty was always something I have been passionate about and was what I originally wanted to do because I love looking after people and making them feel and look good. I decided to make the leap after I realised my true passion lay elsewhere.

Why did you choose LSBM?

I wanted to study the prestigious CIDESCO diploma and LSBM was the top school

What was the best part of the course?

Definitely the teachers, but also finding out my weaknesses and my strengths. Originally, I thought that I would be very strong in body treatments (which I was), but I have actually enjoyed doing more aesthetic treatments.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the industry?

Do your research. Beauty is a very rewarding career but it isn’t easy either! I think too many people go into it thinking it is easy but you really have to enjoy working with people.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt?

Hard work pays off. After working at the 5-star spa at Sofitel St James, I returned to be part of the professional team in the LSBM salon and Spa where I completed my Level 4 course in Laser and IPL. I am now working for Skinsmiths as a skin technician, a Kiwi company that focuses on skincare. I perform a variety of treatments, including micro-needling, laser and IPL and microdermabrasion. I love the scientific aspect of their treatments and simplicity as well.

What is your future career goal?

I always knew that I would not stop at beauty and would continue to learn more. I couldn’t decide between aesthetic medicine or going down a holistic path but I have now embarked on a new path which I would never have gone down if I hadn’t studied beauty. I have just completed my biomedicine year and will now start my acupuncture and naturopathic medicine career. I would like to eventually open my own clinic and help treat people from the inside and out! 

Thank you, Gabrielle, it sounds like you are on to a successful beauty career path!

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September is just around the corner and we are more than excited to welcome our new students to The London School of Beauty.

We often get a lot of students just before they sign up to our courses or before they arrive flood us with an array of questions. We understand that you want to make sure that you are making the right decision before you sign up to a course, so we’ve compiled a number of our most commonly asked questions. 


All of our courses are professional Level 2 and Level 3. You can do the 2 week MASA Principles course, be qualified in bridal makeup artistry and beauty or you can do the Fashion and Media Makeup Artistry courses to qualify you in those areas.


You don’t need hair styling but it is strongly advised if you want to go into fashion and media to be able to style a little bit of hair so we do offer that on the course. I always think that it’s good the more skills that you have. It’s definitely something we can offer in our fashion and media courses.


You would need to do the 4 week MASA Pro Makeup Artistry and Hair Certificate course, the 8 week MASA The Complete Pro Makeup Designer Diploma course or the 12 week MASA The Complete Pro Makeup Designer Diploma Plus Advanced Development course.


Absolutely not. Everything is provided for you but we do recommend that you buy your own brushes – we do have a set of brushes that are available to purchase as well as brush cleaner and makeup sanitising spray. Other than that, everything is provided on the course.


Yes. We don’t just teach the practical side of makeup artistry but we also heavily talk about industry, how to market yourself, how to invoice, how to be inspired, how to design – every aspect of makeup artistry is covered on the course.


No, complete beginners can join the MASA makeup course. However, if you have done a basic makeup course in another establishment then you are probably eligible to go into our fashion and media makeup courses.


You will probably get work whilst you’re on the course. We strongly believe in work experience, there’s only so much that four walls in a classroom can teach you. So if there’s a chance for you to assist one of our guest lecturers then we will take you out of the classroom and into the working environment if we feel you’re ready for that. We also have an events team that you will automatically be put on when you sign up for the course which allows you to assist makeup artists, be the key designer on a job, charity work, London Fashion Week – anything that comes our way, we have so many jobs that come through that we put through to our events team.


We have really passionate lecturers here who are very knowledgeable about their craft so you’re getting really relevant information and again, we’re really passionate about work experiences so they will be able to take you on jobs with them as well as teaching you.


The longer courses – anything for a month upwards would make you eligible to come and do brand masterclasses and get what is normally 30-35% discount off the brand.


All courses allow you to get insurance because there’s no point in offering the course and then you can’t actually work in the industry. All courses are eligible for you to get insurance.


Students go on to work in bridal, fashion and media makeup artistry. The events team really helps to launch their career. We have industry days where we talk about CVs, invoicing and how to market yourself – you get that one-to-one help.

If you have any more questions that we haven’t covered, feel free to get in touch with us on 020 3966 8689 or fill out our enquiry form here. 

There’s a high chance you’ve stumbled on this blog post because you are serious about having a career in cosmetology.

You’ve recognised you have the skills or an avid lover of the latest skincare treatments and fancy having a hand at doing them yourself or perhaps you already have experience working freelance but aren’t fully qualified and are finding it tricky to advance in your career due to a lack in professional credentials needed to progress.

You may be buzzing to get started on your beauty career. You can have all the skills but if you don’t have the correct qualifications from an accredited beauty course then you would be shooting yourself in the foot.

You want to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward and taken seriously by those in the beauty industry. It will be very difficult for a client or employer to take you seriously and trust you with performing treatments if you have no credentials to your name.

The same way you wouldn’t trust a doctor to perform a biopsy on you with no qualifications, you wouldn’t trust a beauty therapist to perform a laser hair removal treatment on you with no qualifications.

Gaining a qualification is important because it means that you can perform to the standards of a reputable awarding body that recognises the very best of talent in beauty therapy.

Employers will feel more comfortable to trust your abilities more if they can see that you have undergone the proper training to follow the correct procedure when carrying out treatments.

At the London School of Beauty and Makeup, we offer courses accredited by VTCT, CIDESCO, and CIBTAC. Here’s a breakdown of what each awarding body’s backstory is and the courses we offer here.

VTCT stands for the Vocational Training Charitable Trust. Established in 1962, they are a British government approved awarding body that offers vocational courses in a number of career field We offer the VTCT Level 2 Beauty Diploma CourseVTCT Level 3 Beauty Diploma Course and the VTCT Level 2 Facial and Skincare Course.

CIDESCO is a qualification that is truly international having been recognised in 33 countries across the world. The Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie was founded in 1946 in Brussels and was established to hold the highest standards in beauty and spa therapy professions. We offer the CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma & Spa Programme.

CIBTAC stands for The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. The educational organisation was founded in 1977 and is regulated as an awarding organisation by OFQUAL, a UK government agency. We offer the CIBTAC Beauty Therapy Diploma.

We pride ourselves on offering the best to our students and have seen alumni go on to having blossoming careers in the beauty world.

Here is a list of reasons why it is important to study an accredited beauty course for your beauty career:

You can practice and improve in an educational environment

Instead of risking it by doing trial and error on real clients, you can be guided by our expert tutors. You won’t have to deal with the anxiety of messing up because mistakes are welcome during class.

Starting your own business

Fancy being your own boss? You’ll get to manage your own clients and take control of your own company.

But not so fast! To start your own freelance career or beauty business you will need to show insurance companies that you are qualified to gain insurance on your company. This is a vital requirement needed for all business owners.


All salons and spas will have specific qualifications they require from employees to work there. It’s all good and well if you have the talent to create a stunning manicure or give a facial that will leave your client’s skin glowing. However, if you don’t have the credentials to show that you are a professional you will find it incredibly difficult to secure stable work to create an increasingly viable career for yourself.

It’s so easy to become a fully qualified beautician with us. At the London School of Beauty and Makeup, we offer flexible payment plans for longer-term courses to take away the burden of having to pay in full.

To make things even easier, we offer part-time courses so you won’t be stolen away from your current job if you fear that you won’t be able to juggle both.

Health and safety

This is to protect your reputation, finances and emotional being as well as protecting the client’s health. It is incredibly important that when practicing treatments on any of your clients you know what you are doing and what are the correct health and safety procedures.

Incorrectly applying a wax treatment on sensitive skin without knowing the correct measures to take can lead to dire consequences which leave you with an unhappy, angry customer that you would have sacrificed your reputation and possibly your finances if they decide to sue you due to incompetent practice. This is not worth it especially when you could have prevented any mishaps by taking a few months to get qualified. The last thing you want if there’s a mishap during treatment is a big fat lawsuit landing on your desk.

So how do I get signed up?

To enroll on to our courses, you have to register online and pay the deposit that is required to confirm your place on the course. The remaining fees must be paid in full one month prior to the course start date.

We want you to have the most successful career in your chosen beauty field which is why we offer all of our students once they have finished studying the opportunity to gain work experience with real clients who visit our salon downstairs to make sure you’re fully prepared to enter the working world when you leave our school.

Career progression

Setting your sights for something higher? In order to make that goal of climbing the career ladder a reality, you will need to have the right qualifications. There is no way you can progress to becoming a spa manager without having the Level 4 qualification. To have a Level 4 qualification, you will need to have the Level 2 & 3 qualifications under your belt. 

Get in touch with us today on 020 3966 8689 or fill out an enquiry form to find out more details about our beauty therapy courses. 

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