How to Choose The Right Course for Your Dream Makeup Job

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.

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