West Thames College London

Fashion Makeup Techniques

This 10 week course is held on Wednesday evenings from 6.30-9.00pm. It is designed to teach you the basic makeup skills required for working in the fashion and media industries, including corrective and beauty makeup techniques and current trends in promotional makeup.

Key course features


West Thames College Certificate

Level: Level 1

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 20 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Anyone with a strong interest in fashion makeup

About the course
The course is held in our professional makeup studio and you will learn through a combination of demonstrations, workshops, and lectures, supported by the use of video and a course booklet. It is taught by a professional makeup artist working in the fashion and media industries. You will create fashion and beauty looks working in pairs in a workshop style session.

You will study:

  • Natural daytime and evening makeup
  • Beauty makeup
  • Corrective makeup techniques and product choices
  • Fashion makeup
  • Working with models and the media industries
  • Makeup artists' box contents
  • Editorial and catwalk makeup
  • A brief insight to fantasy makeup
  • Health and safety
  • Bacterial skin and eye infections
  • Workplace set up and makeup brush care
  • Skin preparation
  • Facial colouring and colour theory - matching foundations and concealers
  • How to maintain the makeup
  • A small amount of period makeup - the 1950s look, eye lining techniques
  • Bridal makeup
  • Shade and highlight techniques, makeup for black/oriental skins
  • Beauty/editorial makeup using false eyelashes and gold leaf
  • Strong beauty makeup using face adornments: gems, stones, glitter, feathers, stencils.
How will I be assessed?

There is no formal assessment.

Where next?

You may wish to go on to other specialist short courses or complete a full time makeup course such as VTCT Theatrical Makeup.

Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

Plus approximately £70 makeup brush kit, white cape and cleaning pot. Makeup for use in class will be supplied by the college.

You will need to provide your own:

  • Writing materials
  • Camera to record your work
  • Face wipes, small face wash, cosmetic sponges, powder puffs and hair band.

The college will supply course notes and skincare and makeup products. We use professional makeup brands such as MAC, Kryolan, Ben Nye, PAM, Screen Face, NYC and Makeup ForEver.

Fees may be subject to change. Sorry, no concessions are available.

How to apply?
You do not need an interview for this course and do not need to complete the application form.

Provided you have the entry requirements for this course, you can either enrol in person at the college during our opening hours, or enrol by telephone with your credit/debit card on 020 8326 2020, Monday to Friday: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

If you are not sure if this course is right for you and you need advice before you enrol, please call our advisers on 020 8326 2020 or email: info@west-thames.ac.uk


  1. Ashley Zac Coyle

    HND Specialist Makeup

    Ashley Zac Coyle

    “The tutors are industry professionals and their knowledge of the makeup industry is incredible. Throughout the two years on the course, I’ve built up lots of confidence and learned so much about makeup. I’ve also had the opportunity to be part of the makeup team for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and was selected by Greg Cannon for the United Makeup Artists Expo.”



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