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February 5th, 2014

February 5th, 2014

Beautiful Make Up

Bridal make-up is one of the most reliable job sources for MUAs, with the majority of brides-to-be placing their trust in a professional for their big day.  There are plenty of issues to take into consideration with each job – skin type, environment, the client’s desired look – and what is actually achievable!  Whether you are just starting out or looking to add another string to your bow, Warpaint rounds up some of the best available courses for bridal make-up training.


The Academy of Freelance Makeup


If you are interested in specialising in bridal make-up, or already have a good foundation of practical knowledge to build on, then the Bridal Makeup and Hair Specialist Certificate from AOFM could be the right course for you.  As detailed, five day course, the variety of high-profile artists who lead the days give you an expansive repertoire to draw on, including bridal hair training to enable you to offer an even greater range of services to your client.  The school’s philosophy of teaching industry understanding through artists currently working within the industry will stand you in good stead, with solid and impressive experience to learn from.

Alternatively, bridal make-up training is included within the Advanced Makeup Artistry Certificate, a 12 day intensive course which is designed to educate novices to a high standard across a range of skills, from the basics to period make-up, ethnic make-up, fashion and commercial make-up techniques.

The London Make Up School


With commitment to keeping classes very small to capitalize on learning, the London Make Up School also only use live models for their courses, instead of students working on each other, which also maximises students learning capacity.  Unlike many of the training facilities in the UK, some of the courses at the school are also run on demand, which is extremely useful for those with tight or busy schedules.

The school offers a range of intermediate-level courses, perfect for those looking to add some extra skills to their range.  There is the option of the Bridal Makeup Course, which costs £545 plus VAT for a two day course, or the Bridal Hair and Makeup Course for a more in-depth education.  This course lasts five days and costs £1,250 plus VAT, and offers the addition of hair up-do training.  There are also two corresponding courses available with a particular focus on Asian make-up and hair techniques: the Asian Bridal Makeup Course and the Asian Bridal Hair and Makeup Course.  The school also offers a Beginners course in Henna to accompany these specialised Asian courses.

The Session School


Founded by expert Dani Guinsberg, The Session School is an excellent choice for beginner artists. The Bridal Makeup Course is aimed to provide a solid understanding of the basics of make-up, as well as the detailed teaching of bridal techniques.

The course runs for five days, in small groups, and each participant receives a professional brush kit and a make-up kit worth £500 to use with their newly-learnt skills.  Along with a BABTAC accredited certificate, The Session School is also dedicated to helping course participants form industry contacts to help them break into the industry.

Alternatively, the School offers Private Bridal Make-up Lessons, for either brides themselves or artists who perhaps need a bit of coaching but who don’t want, or need, to commit to a full course. A two hour lesson costs £250, which is a one-to-one experience, tailored to what you would like to learn.

University of the Arts London


Touted as a one-stop shop to teach bridal make-up and hair to beginners, the Bridal Make-Up and Hair Styling Course does cover a huge range of techniques; everything from preparation and long-lasting techniques to Asian-influenced techniques and contemporary bridal looks, as well as a selection of hair skills.

As part of the course, participants are invited to a MAC discount shopping session, to help you top up your kits with new products. The five day course costs £995.

The Makeup Artist.Info


Based in South East London, the week long Weddings option is a stand-along element that also forms part of the longer 12 week media course.

Value for money, in reality this is three courses rolled into one, combining make-up looks, dressing long hair and an introduction into using airbrush.  Looking at the whole picture, this takes into account the personality of the bride and the look she would like to achieve, the style of the dress, veil, hair accessories and the venue.  You will learn skills and techniques to help the bride achieve her dream, creating flawless looks to treasure forever.  Priced at £1,500 for the week, this also includes the cost of the airbrush.

West Thames College London

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For a more specialised course, the Indian Bridal Hair, Makeup and Mehndi course offered at WestThamesCollege might be exactly what you’re after.  This part-time course is perfect for those who can’t devote a large chunk of time to a course, taking place for four hours once a week over a period of 15 weeks.  This longer length of course also allows for a real development of skills, which is especially necessary for something as traditional and symbolic as the henna designs in the Mehndi portion of the course.

The course costs £570, and consists of a mixture of demonstrations and practical sessions.



For those who want to learn something a little different to the traditional bridal make-up, this two day Bridal and Beyond Course from the creative powerhouse of Illamasqua could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.  The £375 price tag includes a complimentary kit of products worth £100, and the teaching combines a technical workshop on the first day with a creative workshop on the second, where you are encouraged to stretch yourself and explore alternative or unusual bridal looks.  Throughout the course, Illamasqua’s own professional MUAs will be on hand to help you realise your vision, and help you take your bridal and photographic make-up skills to the next level.  With their unrivalled knowledge of the products, you’re set up for an enlightening couple of days.

Asiana Bridal and Training Academy

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Another choice for those who are looking to specialise in eastern make-up traditions, the Academy itself is based in Birmingham and conducts courses up and down the country, allowing for more widespread availability.

The Academy also offers a large variety of courses at different lengths and price points, ranging from a one day intensive course, costing £350, to the Bridal & Professional Makeup with Hair Styles Package – a 5 day intensive course, including a day at a professional photo-shoot where you receive 15 prints for your portfolio, costing £2,200.

Make Up North Academy


Aimed at more experienced MUAs, the Bridal Make Up Course lasts two days and is designed to help you create detailed, advanced looks for brides, proms and other occasions.

The Academy employs well-qualified and well-experienced tutors with solid years of experience in a variety of industries, and they take care to educate their students to a high standard.  Based in working photographic studio in Manchester, students have the benefit of studio lighting and the chance to be selected to do work experience with clients at the studio and professional photographer Sandi Hodkinson.



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