What to Look for when Choosing a Make-up Training Course

Make-up artistry is becoming more popular as beauty magazines, fashion magazines and movies are inspiring women. They want to become professional in a career that will give them independence, excellent skills and a trade that can be transferred to many other areas of the media. It is really important that when you look for a make up training courses that you find a course that can cover as many aspects of make-up artistry as possible. The course should ideally encompass a variety of disciplines that can be taken into the fashion world, the theatre world, movie world and TV world.

Initially, your training should start with the basics of simple application. It will also cover sanitation, client expectations and techniques for texturizing against potentially problematic skin tones. You should also learn how to apply a good foundation and a good base for the make-up application. A proficient tutor will also be able to help you by applying certain tricks of the trade and techniques that are commonly used in a variety of scenarios and environments. You should receive any necessary paperwork, books and study materials applicable to the course as well as any CD’s or DVD’s that can assist in your training.


Some beauty schools will have different levels of training courses, for beginners, intermediate and advanced level students. This means that if you are a complete beginner you can start by taking a basic course to acquaint yourself with basic make-up application, textures and foundation, as well as basic hair styling. An intermediate student will learn about bridal fashions, bridal hair styling, geometric shape experimentation, colours, grease, and creative skills for achieving a specific look for your clients. An advanced course will be specifically for people who are already trained in many aspects, but who want to brush up their skills, learn a few new techniques or keep abreast of any modern changes in make-up artistry. Many courses also cover the application of make-up to ethnic skin tones, including matching foundation with the tone of the client’s skin, applying a foundation to cover problematic pigmentation, theatre make-up, hair styling and lip-stick application.

Any beauty school that you attend should be BABTAC—British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology—accredited. This means that the school will be held accountable to BABTAC if any complaints are made against it, and it can verify its credentials. Before you pay a fee to any beauty school always check with BABTAC to verify their authenticity. Their website has a list of accredited schools that you can check your information against and put your mind at rest.

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