Professional Makeup Course

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About Professional Makeup Artistry Course

The Professional Makeup Artistry Course is designed to provide specialist skills in all facets of makeup. This course is delivered over 14 sessions with an experienced makeup educator. It is ideal for new artists looking to learn all elements of makeup or existing artists wanting to further develop their skills and knowledge.

Gain specialist makeup skills to become a professional, freelance makeup artist.

What We Cover

  • Industry knowledge & expectations
  • Product Knowledge
  • Colour theory
  • Understanding skin types & undertones
  • Identifying face, eye & lip shapes
  • Skin Preparation
  • Foundation selection & application
  • Contouring & highlighting to create facial balance
  • Natural & dramatic makeup looks
  • Application & correction techniques for eyes
  • Application & correction techniques for lips

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to the Makeup Industry

Week 2: Facial Analysis

Week 3: Flawless face and colour matching

Week 4: Colour Theory

Week 5: Camouflage & Corrective Makeup

Week 6: Basic Makeup

Week 7: Colour in Makeup

Week 8: Eye designs and lips

Week 9: Glam Makeup

Week 10: Mature / Evening Makeup

Week 11: Bridal Makeup

Week 12: History of Makeup

Week 13: Photoshoot with photographer

Week 14: Final Photoshoot assessment

Course Features

Max. 6 Students

Our small class sizes allow our trainers to dedicate time and attention to each student.

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Students are able to access the Face Agency Student Portal. This houses all the information, tips and tricks learnt throughout their course for future reference.

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Career Outcomes

Bridal Makeup Artist
As a bridal makeup artist, you’ll be applying special wedding cosmetics to the bride to make her look beautiful and elegant for the thousands of photos that will be taken on that day. Along with applying makeup, you might also assist with styling hair or applying touchups for the bride’s attendants

When it comes to becoming a bridal MUA, you will need to understand the basic needs of your clients, how you can apply the right makeup for their facial features along with what to expect from the cosmetic products you will use. Generally, a few weeks or months before the actual wedding day, the bridal MUA will consult with the bride and typically do trial looks to see what she prefers.

Since you will be working with different skin tones and colours, it is important that you’re able to skillfully match and apply the right anti-shining and all-day lasting foundation. This is crucial as it could ruin the look of the wedding photographs if not taken into consideration.

If you can handle a fast-paced and stressful environment but want a fun yet the achievable outcome, then being a runway makeup artist is for you!

You’ll be applying makeup to runway models in order to complement a designer’s collection. If you are the key makeup artist, you’ll also have the opportunity to design the makeup concept that compliments the designer’s ideal look they want to convey. Overall, these makeup designs will affect the trends for upcoming seasons.

Compared to some commercial and television makeup artists, the runway looks are more outgoing, exciting, bold and spontaneous. These runway events hire a lot of photographers and videographers both on the runway, during interviews and behind-the-scenes so it’s important to make sure the models look beautiful and outstanding!

You can also work as just a commercial print makeup artist by enhancing makeup or applying casual makeup (since the main point is to sell the product).

You’ll be working on models for print ads, tv commercials and internal videos. Unlike film and tv makeup artists who can work in makeup trailers, you’ll be doing the model’s makeup right on set. Alongside being a commercial makeup artist, you’ll also be doing other jobs such as being a hairstylist, wardrobe stylist and men’s groomer (depending on the roles).

What You Will Learn

Here is a basic overview of just a few topics that you will learn in-depth while studying professional makeup artistry at Face Agency.

Basic Colour Theory

From choosing eyeshadow colours to colour correcting and pairing a lip colour to go with the eye makeup. Colour theory is one of the fundamental theories you will learn at Face Agency and will become a basis for most of your work as a makeup artist. 

The colour wheel is made up of 3 primary colours Red, Yellow and Blue. When mixed together, create the secondary colours Green, Violet and Orange. Tertiary colours range between the secondary and primary colours, depending on how much of each colour has been used.
Using the colour wheel in different ways will help you when choosing colours that will pair well together from natural looks to bold and colourful eyeshadow looks.

Warm Tones: Yellow Orange to Red Purple

Cool Tones; Purple Red through to Green Yellow

Neutral Colours; are actually not colours, they are reflectors or absorbers of light. White reflects light, black absorbs and grey is a mix of both. Neutrals are mixed with colours to make that colour either lighter or darker.

Complementary colours are any colours that are directly opposite each other, over blending complementary colours can result in more of a muddy brown colour the more that the two colours are blended together I.e yellow & purple, green & red

Examing Face Shape

Recognising face shape is an important part of being a makeup artist and can guide which style of makeup is best suited for your client’s face and which parts of the face should be enhanced or subdued with contouring. Whilst there are many ways you can examine face shape, here is some basic information to help you. 

Face shapes can be categorised into many different shapes such as 

  • Oval 
  • Round 
  • Heart 
  • Diamond 

These shapes are just taking into consideration which parts of the face are widest and which parts are more narrow or long. 

An oval face shape is considered the most versatile, suiting most makeup application styles. The other face shapes include round, square, rectangle/oblong, triangle/pear, diamond, and inverted triangle/heart. We aim to shape the face in a way that makes it look more oval and can achieve the illusion of this by utilising highlighting and contouring techniques.

You can analyse a face shape by examining which part of the face is the widest. 

  • If there are no wider areas; With the width of your forehead, cheekbones and jawline looking pretty equal, you may be looking at either a square or rectangle/oblong face.
  • If the forehead is wider: You could be looking at a heart or oval-shaped face
  • If the cheekbones are wider: If the face is widest around the cheekbones it could be a diamond shape face, or round.

If the jaw is widest: You could be looking at a triangle/pear shape face.

Foundation Matching

Choosing the best foundation colour for your client is crucial in achieving a makeup application that accentuates their natural features and provides a beautiful, flawless result. When assessing whether a face has a warm, cool or neutral tone. It is best to do this under natural daylight as warmer lighting can change the appearance of the client’s actual skin tones.

Identifying the visible undertones in your client’s skin and features is the first step to selecting the most suitable colours. It’s also worth pointing out that just because someone may be fair-skinned, doesn’t mean that they have a cool undertone. Similarly, if someone is dark-skinned, this doesn’t mean that they will necessarily have a warm undertone. By examining the skin of many different faces, you will begin to more easily identify not only the shade of the skin but also the underlying colour tones of the face.

Once you have determined the correct shade for your client, the next step is to decide on the level of coverage for the makeup look you are aiming to achieve and the desired finish, whether you are aiming to achieve a matte look, dewy or satin appearance to the face.

Eyeshadow Tips & Tricks

Here are just a few of the eyeshadow application tips and tricks you will learn at Face Agency 

  • Use a high-quality, pigmented primer that will cover up any skin discolouration on the eye and make the eyeshadow colours pop, using a light colour over the top of the primer in a dabbing motion will set the primer 
  • After setting your eye primer, start off by using your transition shade in the middle crease of the eyelid. This transition shade will help blend out the other eyeshadow colours and create a base
  • If the eyeshadow comes up too high towards the eyebrow, you can use a shade that matches the foundation shade to bring it back down, afterwards using a fluffy brush to blend it back up for an even look.
  • When creating an eyeshadow look, gradually build up to your deepest shade by using multiple transition shades between your main transition shade and the darkest shade to create a more evenly blended look. 
  • When blending, hold the brush further back towards the middle of the brush to help the colour apply evenly without looky patchy, blend in a circular or wind-shield wiper motion
  • Apply your lightest shade or shimmer using a flat brush in a dabbing motion from the inner corner of the eye outwards before gently blending the lightest shade with your mid shade, depending on how much you want the lightest shade to pop

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