The Cool School

November 5th, 2013

November 5th, 2013

Gone are the days when everyone went to work at Auntie Beeb. The advent of freelance, short contract working means that when it comes to choosing where to train, get it wrong at your peril. Enrolling on the right course from the beginning of a career in make up, through to advanced techniques to keep Pro’s ahead of the game, can be a daunting task. Warpaint talks to MUA Dani Guinsberg, founder of The Session School on why she started her school and what to look for in choosing the right course for you.

Dani Guinsberg at work

Dani Guinsberg at work

The Session School is one of the UK’s leading make up schools offering fashion and bridal hair and make up courses, workshops and master classes for all levels and abilities, with tuition by hair and make up experts.  Founded in 2008, by Dani, she brought together a career working for magazines such as British Vogue, Teen Vogue, GQ, Esquire, Stella Magazine, Cosmo and Marie Claire and advertising clients including M&S, Boden, John Lewis, Barry M Cosmetics and Debenhams, with the desire to teach courses that offer the highest level of training and professional development, with excellent post-graduate support and aftercare.

So how do you find the course that will kickstart your career or teach you something new? Dani is very clear with the first step, “Check out the teachers, always check their credentials before you sign up. Ask yourself, have they been working in the industry for at least 5-10 years? Do you like and admire their work? Are they currently working in the area of make up industry that you interested in getting into? Make sure too that the school itself has been operating for around for at least 5 years and it’s also important that you read other people’s opinions on any school before signing up. Don’t just read one review.”

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It’s good to mindful that many further education establishments will make sweeping promises of work after graduation, but a decent school will value and nurture their students even after they have left. Make up, like any career, has an element of ‘who you know’. The first few years can be challenging and having somewhere to go to for advice is crucial. Being a freelance MUA is a lonely place sometimes, the community you build up around you is essential for a successful career as a MUA.

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Another consideration is the cost of any course, from full-time for 1 or 2 years to short courses, evenings or workshops. Dani advises that you really look at what’s included so you don’t get a shock. “Have a good look at what’s included in the price. Are models included for example? Do you have to purchase a kit, or is it included in the price? Some incredibly expensive courses can turn out to be even more expensive once you add the cost of kits and models, and some bargain prices can also be misleading, so do your research. Some schools will offer graduates exclusive discounts for further training. It can save you a huge amount. Also find out what you’re actually paying for in terms of hours, teaching, models, demonstrations and hands-on time.”

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The Session School has designed its courses from the point-of-view of the MUA. From taster days, beginners’ workshops, and Foundation level courses through to Advanced and Professional levels, the school’s weekday and Saturday timetable ensures flexibility for students, both from the UK and abroad.  The school’s teaching is unrivalled, and Dani only employs teachers with at least 10 years of experience who are actively working in the industry.

There’s a wide selection of courses relevant to the jobbing MUA in 2013, from bridal and fashion make-up and hair courses, one-off workshops to master classes and one-to-one tuition and private consultations. There are many classes suitable for Pro’s who want to expand their repertoire.

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But one of the unique elements to what The Session School offers is the very real chance for the students and graduates to network and build valuable contacts. Regular events with leading cosmetic brands as well as post graduate support from the team, who are themselves working MUAs and hairstylists, means students of The Session School get the best start in the industry.

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Warpaint and The Session School has come together to offer an amazing prize of a place on one of their courses. Our Warpaint Scholar will get the chance to learn from Dani and her team at The Session School, winning a week’s course.

The Session school has 2 week-long courses on offer in 2014. Both are offered full time (weekdays) or part time (Saturdays). Weekday courses are in January and March. The Saturday course starts in February.

Bridal Make Up – 5 lesson course is suitable for those with no professional training.

Advanced Make Up – 6 lesson course is suitable for qualified MUAs who are looking to learn more creative techniques and build their portfolio. Samples of work required, professional qualification preferred.

So how do you get the chance to train with some of the best in the business? The Session School want to see what you’re made of, so in order to enter the competition we’re looking for some serious creativity. This amazing opportunity needs you to get a little festive. We want to see a beautiful Christmas make up head shot. Simple take the final pic and share it with us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Pinterest.

You’ll need to tag your entry #WarpaintScholar and #SessionSchoolComp. Post your pics to @Warpaint_Mag and @sessionschool on Twitter, and on Facebook or tag #WarpaintScholar, #SessionSchoolComp on Pinterest. If social platforms aren’t for you, then you can email us too. Send your entries to and Closing date is 15th December 2013 and the winners will be informed by 2nd January 2014. Please click here for T&Cs.

Good luck!! We can’t wait to see some really Christmassy make-ups!

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