If you’re looking for a new, exciting and lucrative career as a Make-up Artist, then look no further. Here at the London School of Beauty & Make-up we want to help turn those dreams of fashion shoots, catwalk shows, film, television and freelance work into a reality and with our comprehensive, hands-on make-up courses. We’ll help launch you into one of the most creative and rewarding industries in the world.
The London School of Beauty and Make-up has long been revered as one of the best makeup schools in Europe for learning high fashion, photographic and media make-up techniques, a reputation earned through an engaging, intensive and time efficient curriculum. Taught by some of the world’s leading international make-up artists, you can be confident in the knowledge that the advice you receive will be invaluable throughout your career.
Our make-up courses take place within a professional studio environment, with practical make up lessons at the core of each module. We are delighted to be able to work with product from leading make-up brands that will help to broaden your knowledge and strengthen your skills.
Once your make-up application skills have been perfected through the Make-up Principles Award, you can then progress onto our advanced levels in fashion, photographic, runway and media make-up. During these specialised programs, you will be offered the unique opportunity of working on your own photographic shoots alongside a top fashion and beauty photographer and professional models from leading London agencies.
The journey does not stop there, once you’re ready to start applying for make-up jobs, there will be an opportunity for you to join the exclusive LSBM Events Team that will enable you to expand your CV, adding both corporate, fashion and tv/film work to your makeup portfolio. Finally, through our close connections within the industry, we will assist you in any way we can to help transform your artistic talent, into a fun and successful career in the industry you love.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why study at The London School of Beauty & Make-up?
Established since 1995, The London School of Beauty & Make-up is one of the largest, private educational providers in the UK, devoted exclusively to world class make-up and beauty therapy education. The London School of Beauty & Make-up believes that the best educational experience comes from a collaboration of first class teaching by expert Lecturers, industry led Workshops, Master Classes, Graduate Alumni Learning and Development Mentorship Programmes. Ideally located in the cosmopolitan, cultural and vibrant capital City of London, #LSBM is situated 2 minutes from Barbican Tube Station and 5 minutes walk from Farringdon and Moorgate in the heart of London’s creative quarter. Offering internationally world renowned courses, by leading Make-Up Artists in our state of the art Make-up Studio. The school accepts students from all corners of the globe with our highly trusted status from UKBA.
LSBM offer a comprehensive and competitively priced make-up kit from Bella Pierre Mineral Make-up and an LSBM premium brush set. Graduates are offered the opportunity to join our renowned LSBM Events Team, which will offer you vital work experience and paid jobs to help you get your foot into the door of this creative industry. Guest Master Classes and Continuing Professional Development Workshops are also available for graduates, in addition to jobs links via our Student Alumni Membership database and affiliation with the Artistry Network. Public liability insurance is also available through Artistry Network for Make-up and BABTAC for Beauty Therapy.
What Make-up qualifications can I study at LSBM?
The London School of Beauty & Make-up offers two types of Make-up qualifications, accredited by MASA and VTCT, which guide the learner fluidly from concept to reality. Together with Make-up Art Standard Authority (MASA), LSBM have devised a three stage approach to complete training in Fashion and Beauty Make-up, consisting of the Award, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of accreditation for those serious about starting a career as a Professional Make-up Artist. Each unique module is composed of intricate elements of visualisation, design and practical skills. Students can enrol on the prestigious 12 week MASA Advanced Diploma, or alternatively study each stage separately as a stand-alone unit, enhancing their previously attained knowledge and skills step by step. Successful completion of all three stages will provide an excellent grounding and the necessary practical and interpersonal skills to pursue a career in the make-up industry, be it as a professional Make-up Artist, working in the arts or entering the corporate world of big name brands.
Who are MASA?
The Make-up Art Standards Authority (MASA) are an awarding body recognised by HABIA that provides the best possible standards and practices in Make-up Artistry education, for those interested in becoming a successful professional. MASA Executives have decades worth of industry knowledge under their belts and have worked hard to collaborate this knowledge into what they believe is the best course out there for starting your career in Make-up Artistry.
What is the difference between a MASA course and other industry qualifications?
The MASA & LSBM Make-up Artistry Courses are the ultimate programmes for those wishing to enter the arenas of fashion, media, bridal or freelance Make-up Artistry. You will gain current skills in Bridal, Creative Fashion, Beauty, Photographic, Media Make-up, Hair Styling and Advanced Nail Art. Our courses will equip you with the knowledge, technical skills and more importantly the confidence to enter this exciting industry, whilst meeting employer expectations and educational guidelines.
Focusing on Make-up Artistry as an art form and taught by industry leaders and certified educators, our make-up courses go beyond the classroom, bringing the industry to you via celebrity master classes, research outings and professional photo shoots. Our MASA Make-up Artistry courses focus on the detail of shape, colour and texture in relation to Make-up design from past to present. In addition to technique, industry knowledge and personal development, we pride ourselves on preparing you for the industry with networking events and extensive portfolio development.
Our support does not stop after you have graduated, not only do our Alumni have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience through the renowned LSBM Events Team, Alumni are also able to take advantage of our fantastic affiliation with the Artistry Network. The Artistry Network is an online portfolio sharing platform, where you can view the latest jobs and assisting opportunities while also receive invaluable business advice.
How are the MASA Make-up Courses Assessed?
Each student enrolled onto a MASA Make-up Artistry course is continually assessed throughout their course via on-going lecturer assessments and set portfolio work. There is an end of course practical make-up exam for the MASA Diploma.
What does the LSBM Make-up Kit include?
The London School of Beauty & Make-up currently offer a Bella Pierre Mineral Makeup Kit that is available to purchase prior to the start of your course, or after you have commenced your studies to use at home and for freelance jobs.
Does LSBM offer discount on prestigious make-up brands?
LSBM has great relationships with luxury brands and incorporates MAC cosmetics student discount events as part of the MASA courses.
Bella pierre Make-up Kit – PRICE £150.00 (Retail price £309.88)
For students who love mineral make-up we offer a Bella Pierre kit, which includes the following:
- 1 x Shimmer powders stack of 3 (Champagne, Diligence, Harmony)
- 1 x set of compact eye shadows
- 1 x black mascara
- 2 x Lipsticks (Catwalk, Ruby)
- 2 x Lip pencils (Natural, Truly Red)
- 1 x Make-up base
- 1x Lip gloss
- 3 x Loose foundation (Ivory, Maple, Chocolate truffle)
- 1 x Compact blush (Desert rose)
- 1 xEye pencil (Ebony)
LSBM Professional make-up brushes – £98.00
We have selected a set of 15 premium quality professional make-up brushes, presented in a stylish black roll, which are an essential addition to your working kit. The heads are a mixture of sable and hair and the shafts are black. The LSBM Professional Make-up brush set, which is available to purchase as an optional extra when booking your course online, includes the following brushes:
- 1 x lash brush
- 1 x lip brush
- 1x liner brush
- 1 x concealer brush
- 1 x mini smudger brush
- 1 x crease brush
- 1 x smudger brush
- 1 x angled shader brush
- 1x finishing fan brush
- 1x angled brow brush
- 1 x eye shader brush
- 1 x blush brush
- 1 x foundation brush
- 1 x powder brush
- 1 x stippler brush
LSBM Professional Make-up brush cleanser £10.00 (per 250ml bottle)
We offer an LSBM Professional Brush Cleanser which is available to purchase online as an optional extra when booking your course.
Does The London School of Beauty & Make-up help me to build my portfolio?
Professional photo shoots with a professional model & photographer are provided within the MASA courses at Diploma level and upwards. These shoots provide each student with the opportunity to start building their portfolio to showcase their work and skills. One to one sessions with the Head of Make-up incorporated into the courses as standard to discuss long term ambitions and career aspirations. #LSBM also offers each successful graduate the opportunity to join our prestigious and highly sought after Events Team, providing further opportunity to work at industry related events, shows and shoots.
Will I be able to obtain insurance after graduating?
Yes, once qualified as a MASA Make-up Artist with the Diploma or Advanced Diploma, you will be able to gain public liability insurance through Artistry Network, which you will require if working as a Freelancer. The London School of Beauty & Make-up also have links with Virgin Startup (www.virginstartup.org), who offer start-up loans supported by Mentors and advice to young Entrepreneurs in their first twelve months of trading.
Will I be able to get jobs after the course?
As a highly respected school of excellence, LSBM are regularly approached by industry leaders and well known brands who are seeking the skills of qualified Make-up Artists and Therapists. The school receives numerous job placement requests each year, all of which are cascaded to our Graduate Alumni.
Where are LSBM Make-up Graduates working now?
Successful graduates have gone on to work as Freelancers in the diverse sectors of TV and Film, Bridal, Theatre, Catwalk, Fashion Editorial, Music, Retail, Corporate Cosmetic Houses as well as in the fields of teaching and training, both here in the UK and overseas.
What is The London School of Beauty & Make-up Events Team?
We encourage all LSBM Alumni to join our renowned events team on completion of their course. Gaining valuable industry experience in the disciplines of Make-up Artistry and Beauty Therapy, our events team have worked on numerous high level projects since its evolution in 2012. The LSBM Events Team not only allows you to develop your portfolio and CV, it also provides excellent networking opportunities at prestigious City Events and first-hand experience in the fields of corporate, fashion, retail and freelance industry related work. Joining the Events Team is not mandatory, however is advisable as part of your development as a new Make-up Artist or Beauty Therapist.
Membership of the #lsbmeventsteam allows you to fit in around your work commitments and you only attend the jobs you wish to attend. Often members of the Events Team have made industry contacts, leading to paid roles. Events that LSBM students have supported are LFW, Children in Need, Vogue House Boardroom, Goldsmiths MA Filmmaking Group, 118 188 Beauty Campaign, (BBC) The One Show, Miss Teen Queen and Miss London City UK, ITV, Elite Model Management, Great Ormond Street, The Shangri-La at The Shard, Thomas Lyte at The Burlington Arcade, Sky TV and many more. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Enrolment and Fees?
Enrolment for each course is completed online with a 20% deposit required to confirm your place on the course. The remaining fees must be paid in full one month prior to the course starting. Due to duration of each Make-up Course, there are no instalment payments available.
For students who would like to meet the team and have a facilities tour prior to enrolling on a course, we run a series of Open Days throughout the year and also offer 121 interviews. Please contact the Education and Artistry Team on 020 7776 9767 for further information.
I am an International Student living outside the UK, am I able to enrol on a MASA Make-up Artistry Course?
Individuals visiting the UK on a visitors visa are able to undertake our 2 week or 4 week MASA courses. Should you wish to study a course over 4 weeks in duration, you will need to obtain a student visitors visa. All international students from outside EU are required to pay our International Students Administration Charge Band A, B, C or D as stated in the course fees.