Train Like A Pro

February 24th, 2020

February 24th, 2020

Training is a key part of expanding your portfolio as well as keeping up to date with new methods in the industry.  Here’s our roundup of some available workshop and other short courses.

The Makeup Armoury – Intensive Medical Workshop with Paul Savage OBE

A four-day sfx workshop with Paul to help you get to grips with anatomy, realistic wound and injury sculpting, blood rigs and more.  Includes the medical science behind burns, bruising, fractures etc.  You can utilise Paul’s wealth of knowledge and his graphic medical reference library that will assist your creation of realism.

This course is designed for MUAs who have some previous experience in casting and moulding.  Note that the course contains images of real wounds and bodies.

Venue:      The Makeup Armoury Unit C, 33, The Ridgeway, Iver SL0 9HW
Date:         9th – 12th March 2020
Time:        10am – 4pm each day
Cost:          £720 (including VAT)

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The Powder Group‘s Makeup 101 program is for new and established MUAs.  It will take you beneath your process, guiding you to a new, more focused way of thinking about your work.  The next session takes place in NYC and is three inspiring and informative days of industry insight, technique, product and artistry led by The Powder Group, Director of Artistry and Rebels and Outlaws, Founder, James Vincent along with the incredible Bethany Townes.

From a review of the industry today and in-depth color theory development, to an intensive study of beauty makeup and developing a deep understanding in working in HD and photography, this is the most intensive makeup program from The Powder Group.  Makeup 101 is not only an amazing way to get your start in truly understanding the process and world of the professional makeup artist, but is a great way to rethink, regroup and rework your artistry for those who have already been working in the industry but want to move their artistry to the next level. For hairstylists or those in other areas of the industry this program is an incredible way to start, or top up, your knowledge of the art of makeup.

Venue:       Make Up For Ever Studio 8 East 12th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Date:         20th – 22nd April 2020
Time:         10am – 6pm each day
Cost:        $990 (members), $1,290 (non-members)

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Kryolan run a number of workshops focusing on different elements and styles for makeup, sfx and bodypainting.  The educators are current make-up artists who have been in the industry for many years.  In each workshop you will learn about different technique, products and equipment to use, and about the industry itself and how you can achieve the best artistry for that particular genre of make-up.  Suitable for all candidates from beginners to advanced.

Prices from £195 for a one day workshop, with discounts for bundles of 3 or more booked.  Group booking discounts available, plus 20% off for Pro Card holders

10th March“Instaglam” makeup
11th-12th MarchAirbrush – Beauty and Creative Make-Up
13th MarchHigh Fashion and Avant Garde
14th MarchCosmetic Skin Camouflage
16th MarchBridal & Evening Make-Up
17th MarchEye Make-Up
18th MarchFashion and Editorial Make-Up
20th MarchCelebrity Media Make-Up
21st MarchAsian Bridal
1st AprilTheatrical Character
2nd AprilStage Drag
3rd AprilFantasty Character
4th – 6th AprilProsthetic Life Casting
7th AprilSpecial Effects – Blood and Gore
8th AprilMastering of Bald Caps
15th AprilFacepaint
16th AprilBody Paint – Brush & Sponge
20th -21st AprilBody Paint – Airbrush

Venue:       Kryolan, 22 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PY
Cost:       from £195 for a one day workshop

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Titanic FX run a number of courses from 1 day to 7 days for MUAs and FX artists at all stages of their career, lead by award-winners in their field.  Perfect for any artist working in TV, theatre or film to boost their CV.  Courses include SFX makeup, prosthetics, sculpting, hair and wig design, eye-making and mould-making.

2020 datesCourseCost
5th – 6th JuneStuart Bray: “Out of the Kit” SFX Makeup Weekend£350
7th – 8th JuneStuart Bray: Introduction to Prosthetic Makeup Weekend£350
13th-14th JuneAdrian Rigby: Create & apply flawless bald caps£350
15th-19th JuneAndrew Whiteoak: 5 day Ultimate Hair Design Week£550
27th-28th JuneStuart Bray: Perfecting the Making & Colouring of Prosthetics£350
26th-27th AugustFourth Seal Studios: Hand-Painted Eye Making Workshop£400
29th-30th AugustFourth Seal Studios: Digital Eye Design & Creation£400
5th-6th SeptemberDan Frye: 2-day Introduction to Life Casting£350

Venue:       Titanic Creative Management Studio, Belfast

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If you’re travelling from outside of Northern Ireland you may be eligible for a £50 travel grant or funding.  Check their website for information and T&Cs.


Creative Media Skills are a Pinewood Studios based centre of excellence for film training.  They work hand-in-hand with the industry and the companies that support it, to facilitate specific and targeted training requirements at the top level.  UK screen professionals pass on their huge amouts of experience and knowledge to the next generation of crew at an internationally unrivalled level.

As well as short courses CMS offer higher education courses in partnership with Bucks New University, including BA and MA courses.

2020 datesCourseCost
2nd March4 week FX Makeup and Prosthetics£2843.75 +vat
2nd March5 day Makeup FX and Prosthetic Application£873.75+vat
2nd March1 day FX Makeup From Your Kit£249+vat
4th March3 day Barbering Intensive£499 +vat
9th March5 day Lifecasting, Moulding and Sculpting£873.75+vat
19th March1 day Facial Hair£249+vat
30th March5 day ScreenSkills Afro Hair and Makeup Essentials£75 +vat
30th March5 day Fitting, Dressing and Applying Wigs£873.75+vat
4th March3 day Marcel Wave Intensive£598.80+vat
16th March5 day Character Makeup£873.75+vat
16th March1 day Bald Caps£249 +vat
23rd March5 day Bleeding and Blood FX£873.75+vat
20th April5 day Bespoke Period Hair£873.75+vat
20th April5 day Wig Making£873.75+vat
27th April5 day Afro Hair and Makeup Essentials£1200+vat
4th May4 week FX Makeup and Prosthetics£2843.75 +vat
22nd June5 day Fitting, Dressing and Applying Wigs£873.75+vat
29th June5 day Wig Making£873.75+vat
6th July3 day Marcel Wave Intensive£598.80+vat
13th July5 day Bespoke Period Hair£873.75+vat
3rd August4 week FX Makeup and Prosthetics£2843.75 +vat
3rd August5 day Makeup FX and Prosthetic Application£873.75+vat
3rd August1 day FX Makeup From Your Kit£249+vat
10th August5 day Lifecasting, Moulding and Sculpting£873.75+vat
17th August5 day Character Makeup£873.75+vat
17th August1 day Bald Caps£249 +vat
24th August5 day Bleeding and Blood FX£873.75+vat
7th September5 day Wig Making£873.75+vat
21st September5 day Fitting, Dressing and Applying Wigs£873.75+vat
28th September5 day Bespoke Period Hair£873.75+vat

Venue: Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, SL0 0NH

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Makeup Schools

The UK also has some amazing makeup schools that offer short courses and degree and certificated courses of study.

The Iver Make-Up Academy is based in the heart of Pinewood Studios, offering industry-based courses in film, TV, theatre and fashion for make-up, hair and SFX artists.   Courses run from 2 days to 30 weeks covering the skills needed to work in the industry and includes training for special effect makeup, wig dressing, airbrushing and more.

For course information click here.

The Brushstroke Hair and Makeup Academy is based at both Pinewood and Shepperton Studios and has been training aspiring artists for nearly 30 years.  They specialise in providing longer courses that equip students with the necessary skills to launch successful careers as a professionally trained MUA in film, TV or fashion.   They offer BTEC and ITEC courses for students aged 16+ and have the largest makeup training facilities in Europe, at their Shepperton Studio site.

Their flagship course – the Two Year Makeup and Hair (BTEC Level 3 Diploma) is eligible for BAFTA scholarship.  Their short courses are designed for people new to the industry and experienced MUAs wishing to expand or top up their skills.

Click here for course information.


The Christine Blundell Makeup Academy for Film and Television is based in Camden, north London and runs an intensive four-month Hair and Makeup Course with guaranteed onset work experience after graduation.  Shorter courses on prosthetics, media makeup, theatrical hair and makeup as well as barbering, wigs and hairstyling are also available.

The academy’s next open evening is on Saturday 27th February, 6-9pm or you can attend a taster day course on Saturday 28th March where you can learn about casualty makeup.  They also offer a number of bursaries in conjunction with Screenskills.

For course information click here.


London’s Delamar Academy of Makeup and Hair was established in 1986 and can boast Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy awarding winning artists among their alumni as well as a Vogue Make-Up Artist of the Year and an Indian Academy Award.

Based at Ealing Studios, they offer everything from 1 week courses in basic hair or basic make up to a one year Cert HE Professional Makeup Design (equivalent to the first year of a degree course).

Click here for course information.

Classes are taught through practical demonstrations and one-to-one attention on each student’s work.  Students work on each other or a model with a very practical and hands-on approach from day one.  The focus is on developing students’ practical skills.  Class times are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  The academy also holds guest master-classes and industry talks throughout the year featuring top industry experts and artists

They are currently taking enrolments for their April courses.  Email to book an interview.





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