Thinking about becoming a professional makeup artist?

We don’t blame you! The makeup industry is booming and it’s no secret! It’s no surprise that you want to get involved in all the beauty action.

The beauty industry has grown by 17% in the last 5 years with an estimated worth of $532 billion and is predicted to continue growing. This growth is based on the popularity of social media, allowing makeup artists the ability to wow viewers with their creative looks and reach new clientele.

“So, how do I get started?” We hear you ask. Well, that’s what we at The London School of Beauty & Make-up are here for!

A prestigious makeup school based in the heart of London, we offer students the chance to extend their makeup knowledge with tutors that have over 15 years experience within the beauty and makeup industry.

We’re going to talk you through the best route to achieving your dreams of becoming a qualified makeup artist, the skills and courses we offer to help you get there (and it takes more than a few YouTube tutorials!) Join us as we look at how to go from highlight fanatic to qualified makeup artist. Let’s dive in! 

What Is a Makeup Artist?

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A student at The London School Of Beauty & Make-Up working on a model.

Makeup is a powerful tool and a prominent part of the daily routine for many – be it in front of a compact mirror on the train to work or in a professional environment. Using artistic skill combined with these cosmetics to enhance natural features, hide flaws and create new looks, a makeup artist is responsible for carving faces, sculpting features and crafting visually aesthetic masterpieces on nature’s most exciting canvas – the human face.

Most makeup artists work as freelancers, so the beauty world can be your oyster! Your salary and income will vary depending on the kind of work you’re looking to do. Whether it’s bridal makeup, special effects makeup, makeup for TV, films, fashion, editorial or theatre – the choice is wide and it is yours. Make no mistake, hard work, irregular hours and long days await you on this journey but believe us, it’s worth it!

What Skills and Qualities Do I Need To Become A Makeup Artist?

Here at The London School of Beauty and Makeup, we believe anything can be taught, but there are a few skills that are highly beneficial to you in your career as a professional makeup artist. 

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Professional MUA?

So why should an accredited makeup course be your next step? The benefits of studying a course in makeup artistry are immense!

Our courses provide you with all the skills you need to develop your career as a makeup artist. The accreditation will also help increase the trust you receive from potential clients and employers. Not only that but our expert MASA courses provide the best possible standards in makeup artistry education.

Students receive the highest quality tutoring from industry experts, professionals and leading makeup artists. At The London School of Beauty and Make-up, we offer a range of courses that will help you on your route to becoming a fully fledged, professional makeup artist. 

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Study Our New MASA DIPLOMA – The Complete Makeup Artistry Course with Advanced Portfolio Development

A comprehensive course that will have you ready to join the beauty industry regardless of your previous knowledge about makeup. The staff at The London School of Beauty & Make-up will assist you every step of the way to achieving your dream career as a professional makeup artist.

Different makeup looks will be taught throughout, preparing you for any task you may face as a MUA:

The kind of detailed looks created by MASA Diploma students
An example of the detailed looks created by MASA Diploma students

Our course is unique as we offer students the opportunity to attend 2 photoshoots with a professional fashion photographer with the use of an agency model to gain portfolio images.

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained three MASA accredited qualifications alongside an LSBM award.

The next start date for the MASA Diploma at The London School of Beauty & Make-Up is the 4th January 2021! Why not start 2021 with a new skill and extra income!

If you are ready to get started on your dream career as a professional makeup artist, give us a ring on 020 3026 7453.

Alternatively, you can email us at admission@beauty-school.co.uk and a member of the LSBM enrolment team would be more than happy to help you secure your space and get you booked onto your chosen course!

With salons closing soon, you should consider treating yourself to a well deserved and affordable pick me up in the form of a facial. From the comfort of your home, in 5 easy steps!

Here at The London School of Beauty & Make-Up, we have worked alongside our knowledgeable beauty tutors to compile a step-by-step list for your at home, spa quality, facial!

First things first, set the mood! This can be something as simple as turning a candle on, pouring yourself a drink of your choice and playing some relaxing music in the background. Whatever takes you to your most serene state.

Now that you’re comfortable, let’s get started.

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Whether you have makeup on your face or not, you want to start your facial with a clean palette. This will ensure that you’re not locking in the dirt and products can sink in better.

A double cleanse is highly recommended: Start off with an oil based cleanser that will lift all the makeup and sebum on your face enabling you to wipe them away with a warm face cloth. Then proceed to use your usual cream or gel face wash. Cream based cleansers are more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Gel based cleansers are suitable for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

It is important to know your skin type to ensure that you are using the right products for you.


To steam your face at home there is no need to rush out and buy any fancy equipment. A good old bowl, some boiling water and a towel over your head will do the trick. You can even add some essential oils such as tea tree to the water for a calming and therapeutic experience. Tea tree is also known for its antibacterial properties!

Steaming is beneficial for your skin as it opens up your pores. Clogged pores are one of the biggest causes of breakouts so it’s important to deep clean them and remove all the dirt that could be trapped in there.

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Now that your pores are opened up, you can begin exfoliating. Exfoliation helps scrub away at the top layer of skin, removing dead skin cells and enabling products to be properly absorbed into your skin.

There are three types of exfoliation and it’s all down to your preference which one you may choose to use:

Be careful when exfoliating as you don’t want to overdo it! It is important to remember that your skin is delicate and you don’t need to scrub too hard! If your exfoliator of choice is a scrub, go easy on the pressure as not to damage your skin! 


This is our favourite part of the facial! The mask you would use would depend on the issues you are hoping to tackle.

If you are looking to control oils then why not opt for a clay mask which effectively draws out the excess oil and impurities. Sheet masks, on the other hand, are great if you want to hydrate your skin, leaving a lasting glow.

You can even make a mask out of common ingredients you have in your kitchen so you don’t have to break the bank! We do however recommend researching the ingredients beforehand and their benefits.

A nice, simple mask can be made from just oats and hot water (like porridge for your face!) and is great for calming the skin, reducing inflammation and redness.


Once you’ve finished using and removing your mask of choice. You can move on to the final step which is ensuring that your skin is hydrated. Take your time massaging in your serums and creams of choice, keeping motions upwards so as to not drag the skin. Moisturisers are the key to locking in all the beneficial ingredients you’ve just added to your skin, so don’t forget this step. 

Now that you’re done with your at-home facial, you can put your feet up and relax with glowing skin!

Would You Like To Become A Facialist?

If skincare is something that interests you, why not pursue a career as a facialist?

At The London School Of Beauty & Make-Up, our VTCT Level 2 Facial Massage & Skincare will teach you everything you need to know from: client consultation, skin analysis, cleansing, steaming, toning, mask application, extraction and moisturising

If this sounds like the course for you, give us a ring on 020 3026 7453 and start your journey to becoming a facialist!

Alternatively, you can email us at admission@beauty-school.co.uk  and a member of the LSBM enrolment team would be more than happy to help you secure your space and get you booked onto your chosen course!

Do you currently hold a Level 2 qualification? Are you wanting to advance as a fully qualified beauty therapist and acquire the needed skills in beauty treatments for hotels, spas, health clubs, high street beauty salons, and aesthetic clinics?

We are very excited to announce that our VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Fast Track Course is now available to attend 1 day per week.

We have had great success with our Level 3 full-time courses. Due to high demand and a lot of enquiries, we are now offering this excellent course at a cheaper price on Saturdays.

Attendance Of Course:

This course is 1 day per week (Saturdays) 10-5pm for 24 weeks.

Key Areas Covered In This Course:


There are written assignments, practical assessments, and test papers to complete as part of this Diploma. You will be assisted in your learning by our outstanding team of industry lecturers.

Where Can This Course Take Me?:

This course will help you to gain employment in Beauty Retails, Spas, salons, and clinics in the UK and either give you the opportunity to change your career completely or work for yourself in your free time; fully flexible and deciding your own working hours.
There is also the opportunity to work in our commercial salon, the LSBM Beauty Salon. The opening hours for the salon are Monday-Friday 10-6pm,  so if you wish to gain this experience, for this fast track course we can arrange this with the Salon Manager.

Fully Recognised and Insurable Course:

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a UK leading awarding body offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. With more than 800 approved centres, VTCT has an ever-expanding list of centres throughout the UK and Ireland, with increasing international presence.

VTCT qualifications are regulated by OFQUAL and approved by the UK Government.

Insurance for these qualifications can be obtained from many companies, all of whom recognise VTCT as the UK leading awarding body producing excellent beauty therapy qualifications and standards in their respective fields of study.


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