Welcome to your Future

We have been teaching people the skills and showing them how to BE Make-up Artists for over 16 years.

Founded in 2000 and based near the heart of the media industry, Manchester, we are multi award winning and very highly respected by industry professionals for the quality of training we provide.  We offer a range of full and part time courses to suit everybody – each taught by respected freelance make-up artists and designers.

Former student Amy Boyd (right) winning an Emmy in LA for her work on Downton Abbey

Gaining an incredible reputation within the TV, Film and Photographic industries for the superior quality of training provided. The School has built up an amazing team of tutors from a wide range of backgrounds who all still work in industry as respected Make-up Artists and Designers, ensuring the training given is ALWAYS up to date.

Courses are fun and informal with a real ‘hands on’ approach. We don’t believe in paperwork, we believe in getting your hands ‘dirty’ and doing it, rather than writing about it!

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Multi Award winning

We are very proud to have won the ‘Hair & Beauty Guru’ and the ‘Make-up Specialist of the Year’ awards at the English Hair and Beauty awards 2013 and 2014 respectively, for “playing a major role in helping those with a passion for the hair & beauty industry take their first steps into it with the range of training we provide”.

STOP PRESS: We have just won the award for ‘Training Academy of the Year” 2017 at the awards ceremony on 26th March.

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Why train with us?

First on the block

Established in 2000, we are the original and most respected make-up school north of London.

Our tutors are Make-up Artists

Our team of tutors all actively work in all areas of the industry.  They have the knowledge, skills and contacts that is worth it’s weight in gold.  Together, they have over 300 years experience!

We care. Really.

Your journey starts when your course ends.  We’re here to help and guide you for as long as you need us to.  Really.

What our students think of us…

Joanna Tudda

I loved my time at the school and it set me up for an extremely busy life working in industry, I never stop working.

Joanna Tudda
Georgia Joseph

Loved every minute at School of Make up! It gave me the confidence to do what I love to do and gave me the skills to move forward in the industry with amazing tutors! Highly recommend this college!!!

Georgia Joseph
Liz Lacey

For anyone thinking of doing this i can say 100% to go for it. I had so much fun everyday, working with amazing people and it gave me so much confidence. I am a new person because of doing this course.

Liz Lacey

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What people in the industry think of our training:

Carol Churchill

I would like to say how impressed I was with the training, the facilities and the ethos of the school. All the tutors are very experienced in Film and Television and you understand what is required to fulfil the role of a make-up artist in Film or Television.

The courses are tailored to reflect this and with the contacts you have within the industry for work experience you produce well rounded students that our industry can be proud of. I am pleased the training in our industry is in such good hands.

Carol Churchill Former Make-Up Designer on ITV‘s ’Emmerdale’
Lesley Faulkner

Becoming a professional Make Up Artist takes hard work, dedication and experienced tutors to instruct and guide a student. There is no short cut to a worthwhile career in our industry.

As a Make Up Designer I have worked with several graduates of the School of Make Up and without exception I have been impressed by the level of knowledge and talent and above all the professional attitude. These graduates are the ones who will succeed in a very competitive business because of the solid grounding they are given by talented tutors, all of whom have worked in the industry and most continue to do so and are passionate about maintaining and improving standards in their field.

I am about to embark on another television drama project and the School of Make Up will be my first call when I am recruiting my team.

Lesley FaulknerMake-Up Designer
Tori Robinson

I first heard about the School of Make-up in Stockport on the second series of the ITV 1 Drama Scott and Bailey. We were looking for a Trainee to complete our team and took on a graduate from the School.

Having worked in the industry for almost 10 years, it has become apparent that good Trainees are hard to find, but knowing of the Make-up Schools outstanding reputation we had no hesitation in taking on one of their previous students and we were not disappointed….

Tori RobinsonMake-up Designer

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Our courses

We have full and part-time courses covering every aspect of the make-up industry from 2 weeks to 6 months.  Whether you want to work in Fashion, TV, Film, Theatre, Bridal or Special Occasions, we have the course for you.

TV, Film and Fashion

The TV and Film based Make-up Artist is what we refer to as the multi skilled artist.  These courses will give you the necessary skills to work in all areas of the industry.  Working in the Fashion Industry as a Make-up Artist covers many areas of work including photo shoots, catwalk shows, music videos and many more.  We have both weekday courses and weekend courses to suit your life.

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Special Occasions

This area of make-up has seen a huge explosion in popularity over the last few years. Offering make-up for weddings, nights out, proms, events and occasions is in very high demand today.

We have full-time and part-time (1 evening a week) courses to suit your schedule.

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Private Tuition

We offer one to one lessons with subjects of your choice. A great way of really polishing your skills with a particular area. These also make a great gift for any makeup enthusiast.

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We run several master classes throughout the year of varying subjects. Each class is usually 1/2 a day in length and are a great add on for existing Make-up Artists.

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Need more information?

Don’t hesitate to call us on 0161 9145454 or email us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.  If you’d like to visit us, use the booking calendar below.

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Come in to see us

We encourage people to visit us to see what we do and if it’s right for you.  It’s a totally informal visit and you are welcome to bring family members, or a friend so you can really get a feel for who we are.

You can book your own appointment using our calendar.  If there isn’t an appointment that’s good for you, just give us a call on 0161 9145454 or email us and we’re sure we’ll be able to arrange something that fits around you!