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What is the best Makeup Academy in the UK?

Have you been thinking about becoming a beauty buff or master of makeup but not sure where to start or which courses are best? Whether you dream of having a creative career or just want to learn how to become Instagram ready (minus the filter) a makeup course is a fantastic way to boost your beauty know-how.


With so many great training academies across the UK to help you become a fully fledged makeup artist or master the basics for yourself it can be difficult and quite frankly a little overwhelming to know which one to go for; To help you out, we have done our research and Here’s our pick of the top 5 UK makeup courses and training academies for beginners and beyond… 

KLMA Makeup Academy


KLMA aim to Educate, Empower and Inspire – and boy do they deliver! Based in Manchester, The academy is a school for makeup artists, by makeup artists. The tutors are some of the finest international freelance hair and makeup artists in the industry so its no surprise students travel far and wide (internationally as far as Bermuda) to learn their secrets, why they started and how to reach the top of their chosen profession. They have a vast selection of Courses to suit all, be it beginner taster sessions to learn your own face or professional learning for a flourishing new career. Classes are kept small to maximize learning potential and the aftercare is second to none. Tutors keep an eye out for graduates who do well. Those showing enthusiasm, talent and dedication will be offered the opportunity to join the KLMA Events team and creative agency where they are offered the chance to assist tutors on shoots and catwalk shows – a huge kick-start for any Makeup artist’s career.


The Academy of Makeup


If fashion is your forte, then look no further for your ideal training academy. Between them, the academy’s educators have worked for those who run the show, quite literally - impressive fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Chanel so you will be sure to come away having produced some iconic fashionista looks! Based in Glasgow and Aberdeen; The Academy of Makeup was established in 2011 by makeup artist, Sara Hill. The academy offers a selection of makeup and hair courses for all ages (17+) all of which are suitable for beginner and intermediate level.


Illamasqua School of Makeup Art


Perhaps you have heard of the cosmetic line famous for their superficial alter-ego, but did you know Illamasqua also have makeup school that coincides?! Since opening its doors in 2010, Illamasqua’s school of Makeup Art has proved extremely popular. Whether you’re a qualified artist, or a simple makeup enthusiast, their school can help you master a diverse array of professional techniques in no time. The courses offered are designed to suit all skill levels and interests. Perfect for makeup artist’s who want to up-skill and learn innovative and expressive techniques in order to build creative confidence in this highly competitive field.


The Central School of Makeup


If a Short course is what you are looking for, look no further… This academy has lots to choose from. Located within The Custard Factory, in the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter and just a five minute walk from the city's Bullring, Moor Street Station and New Street Station, The Central School of Makeup is Birmingham’s first makeup school. Famous for offering short intensive makeup courses, ranging from foundation level to media make-up, right the way through to fashion, photographic, editorial and catwalk make-up. All courses are taught by industry experts. The courses can be taken full-time, part-time evenings or weekends. Enabling students to study their chosen make-up skills in a flexible way that really suits their needs.


 The Beauty Academy


Taught in nine different beauty centres based around the UK, The beauty Academy offers a wide range of makeup courses. Perfect for existing therapists wanting to add a new string to their bow so they can get earning more straight away or those wanting to embark on a new level 2 or 3 qualification course and career choice. These courses include the fundamentals of make-up application taught on our one-day Introduction to Make Up course, to advanced techniques such as airbrushing and contouring. The courses are hands-on make-up courses which are are designed to equip you with the practical skills and confidence to offer a range of make-up services tailored to your career aspirations – Perfect!


 Alex Hooper-Hodson is the site owner for the Online Fashion Magazine

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