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We are running a special 14 week TV, Film and Fashion make-up only course starting on 24th June.  Applications are now being taken.

Creating Professionals for 18 Years

School of Make-up has been training successful Make-up Artists since 2000.

Our long standing history, multi award winning status from both ourselves and graduates and incredible achievements of our graduates, give us our reputation of the “Best” and most “authentic” make-up training school in Europe.

Recognised and trusted by those in the industry

We work closely alongside industry’s finest, including Skillset, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Make-up Designers, Producers, Fashion Designers & Brands to provide the full range of skills needed for different areas of industry, constantly updating requirements for their high standards.

We are recognised for producing the very best, multi skilled, driven, passionate, incredible and successful Make-up Artists in industry today.  Our student successes speak for themselves.

Next Courses:

24junalldayalldayTV, Film and Fashion Makeup14 weeks. Monday to Wednesday 10:30am to 4:30pm

30sepalldayalldayCombined TV, Film & Fashion Makeup & Hair14 - 24 weeks Monday to Wednesday

Multi Award winning

We are very proud to have won the following awards:

  • Business & Educational, Significant Training Awards 2015: Best Make-up School UK
  • English Hair and Beauty awards 2013: Make-up and Hair Guru
  • English Hair and Beauty awards 2014: Make-up Specialist of the year
  • MAD – Make-up Artists Directory: Best Aftercare Provider
  • English Hair and Beauty awards 2017: Best Make-up Training Academy UK
  • English Hair and Beauty awards 2018: Best Make-up Training Academy Finalist

One size does not fit all

Former student Amy Boyd (right) winning an Emmy in LA for her work on Downton Abbey 2016

Different areas of industry demand different skills, we cater for them all.  We’re a serious school for a serious student! We don’t mess about, we train you to be the best!  We don’t sugarcoat, we’ll push you out of your comfort zone, encourage, nurture and support you every step of the way.

If you’re driven, ambitious, focused, enthusiastic, determined, respectful and humble then you’ve come to the right place.

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 really care.

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

What our students think of us…

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

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

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:

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’

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

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.

Weekday course info | Weekend course info

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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A picture of a selection of work our students have worked on.

The Proof is in the Pudding

We are beyond proud, awed and humbled by the vast and incredible achievements our graduates have gained. The main focus and value of a good school are what its graduates have achieved!

Hair Loss Workshops

We will show you how to define eyebrows and eyes when there is non or little present. Teach you all about the different wigs available and the care involved for making the most out of your wig. You can try on a selection of beautiful natural looking wigs and find a brand new you! All free of charge.

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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.

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