The Iver Make-Up Academy
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Fashion And Beauty Makeup & Hair Artistry

6 Weeks

Full Time Courses

Develop your fashion and beauty makeup and hair skills and learn to create flawless complexions, editorial looks, catwalk designs, and ecommerce looks.


Discover the professional techniques and skills needed to enter this exciting and fast-moving industry.  Build up your knowledge of makeup and hairstyling with our comprehensive course in fashion and beauty makeup. Learn how to work on all skin tones and hair textures, create flawless complexions, editorial and catwalk looks, the perfect Smokey eye, the perfect lip, and all aspects of makeup for media presenters. Culminating in a  2-day photo shoot with models and professional photographer creating high res images fro your portfolio.

During this course, you will learn in small groups with plenty of hands-on experience. Our Fashion and Beauty makeup tutors are extremely passionate about their industry, and you will learn from their endless knowledge and years of experience.

The team at The Iver Makeup Academy has many years’ experience working in editorial and catwalk, including international Fashion Weeks. They will introduce you to the latest products and techniques that are relevant to today’s industry.

Entry requirements:  Must be aged 18+ and pass an informal interview. You do not have to have previous experiences for this courses but a good aesthetic eye and a passion for the craft is essential.

Course Payment: A 20% deposit is required to secure a place on this makeup course with the full balance due 6 weeks prior to the course start date. We have several options to help fund your makeup course including interest free payment plans, bursaries and loans.

Included: Students will be provided with all the materials required to complete the Fashion and Beauty Makeup course.


Becoming a fashion and beauty makeup artist

At The Iver Makeup Academy all graduates from our 4 main courses benefit from our placement agency which helps students find real industry work experience and placements once they have finished their chosen course. Your placements will be relevant to the skills you have learned. This is a free service that is available to all graduates of the Certificate,foundation,Intermediate and Advanced courses.

Visit our aftercare page for more information on the ways we can help students find vital hands-on industry experience.

Please note that if you are enrolling in our Advanced or Intermediate Makeup and Hair Artistry Certificate courses, the Fashion and Beauty Makeup course is already included as a module.


Fashion and Beauty Makeup Artistry

  • Welcome, introduction, kit check and basic health and safety ​
  • Introduction to media makeup and familiarisation with products ​
  • Understanding facial anatomy ​
  • Makeup techniques for foundation, highlighting, concealing, correcting, blush, eyes,eyebrows and false lash application and lips ​
  • Colour analysis for different skin tones ,Makeup for all skin tones ​
  • Skin analysis and techniques for working on both young, and mature skins ​
  • Use of hair products and recognising curl types. ​
  • Hair techniques including the use of heated rollers, tongs,straightening,blow drying and textured hair.​
  • Directional setting ​
  • Applying hair pieces and extensions ​
  • Creation of complete male grooming looks ​
  • Putting together complete looks for light entertainment.
  • Working within the fashion industry ​
  • Perfecting complexions ​
  • Into to Afro-Caribbean hair ​
  • Eye makeup including natural and heavy eyes, smoky and winged eye looks ​
  • Shimmer, cream blushers and lip mix ​
  • Editorial looks ​
  • Male model makeup and hair ​
  • Modern vintage makeup and hair ​
  • Front cover looks ​
  • Catwalk high ponytail – various styles with quiffs and rolls ​
  • Application of hairpieces ​
  • Session hair styling for fashion shows and e-commerce​
  • Culminating in 2 days of professional photography with models.​

This course is also a part of our most Advanced Certification in Makeup and Hair Artistry

Portfolio building and photography

  • Front cover (individual projects – photographed)
  • Clean Skin (individual projects – photographed)
  • Beach waves and glow skin (individual projects – photographed)
  • Red lip or Smokey eye (individual projects – photographed)

Please note we may occasionally replace advertised tutors or vary the content of the course to suit the demands of the industry.

Media Makeup

During our course, you will study health and safety practices, the correct use of products and tools, facial anatomy and the principles of shading and highlighting for a wide range of media roles, including makeup for different skin tones, and young and mature skin. You will also learn how to master professional hairstyling techniques using heated rollers, tongs, straighteners and blow dryers, and how to apply hairpieces and clip-in extensions.  Throughout this 3 week course, you will be able to view all your work on a monitor under studio lighting conditions, and you will be assessed on all skills, from application techniques to creativity.

At the end of the 3-week short course, you will have learned the makeup and hair techniques to successfully work on media presenters in TV, film, and events. You will also have gained experience putting together finished looks under different lighting conditions.

Dates and Prices

See our current dates below.

Included in the prices: Students will be provided with all the materials required to complete the Fashion and Beauty Makeup course.

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Spaces available for September 2024



Formal training is a must if you are serious about a career in Media Makeup, Hair and Special Effects. Once you have decided which course is right for you, take a look at the options below. If you need any more information or advice we are here to help.

  • BAFTA Scholarship
  • ScreenSkills Bursaries
  • IMA Interest-Free Payment Plan
  • IMA Bursary
  • Financial Help for Adult learners from Northern Ireland
  • Other Grants and Benefits
  • Princes Trust
  • CSN-Student Funding
  • Overseas students
  • Graduate Advice

Find out more here about funding


Nabeel HussainNabeel Hussain
13:52 01 Jan 21
I agree with all the reviews, for someone like me who changed careers, I felt supported and encouraged every day at the Iver Makeup Academy.I was allowed to reconnect with making a career in something I was/am passionate about. Anyone attending a course here will experience something wonderful.Thank you to all the talented tutors and support team for changing my life – for the better.
Aimee SampsonAimee Sampson
14:56 29 Oct 19
Definitely the best thing I've ever done and has totally changed my life. The Iver Academy educates you on practically all aspects of Hair and Makeup for Film and Television. Taught by the most inspiring tutors, you feel in safe and experienced hands. 100% recommend any of the courses for any skill level. Enjoyed every minute, thank you!
Lily HarlingLily Harling
16:13 28 Oct 19
I couldn’t recommend the Iver Academy enough. The knowledge I gained was impeccable, the facilities are fabulous, and the location is perfect for getting your foot into the Make-Up world. Having such talented professionals as tutors who have great experience in the industry (and are still currently working within it) was such a benefit. Not only do they teach you a huge range of practical skills, they prepare you for everything you need when starting in the industry such as etiquette, admin and continuity.Aftercare at the Iver Academy is great with regular updates about job opportunities and experience to help you get your foot in the door, and they continue to support you further into the future after graduating. All the Tutors and Staff are so supportive and genuinely want to see all their students succeed once leaving the school.Anyone wanting to begin their development in the Make-Up industry would highly benefit from studying at the Iver Academy!
Saskia LyonsSaskia Lyons
11:50 17 Oct 19
Highly recommend The Iver Academy if you want to get out and working in the industry. I was on the Advanced 30 week course and found it a very enjoyable, supportive environment as a student and as a graduate. You feel part of a family. Not only did we learn a variety of skills in Hair and Makeup, but also a lot about the industry and what to expect. The filming project in the last few weeks was especially beneficial. Thank you, Iver Academy!
Georgia GGeorgia G
10:28 16 Oct 19
Amazing experience at The Iver Makeup Academy.As well as learning from teachers that are still working hair and makeup artists in the industry, you will be part of the family.It really does feel like a home from home.Past students who come in, share there experiences and tips on how to find work.Staff are friendly and always ready to help with everything and anything.The teachers are amazing and offer the most relevant and up to date knowledge and education as they are all passionate about the industry and working in film,TV,Theatre,Fashion and anything inbetween.The benefit of being in Pinewood Studios is that there is so much going on around you,if there would be an opportunity for work experience,it may be here.......Aftercare with The Iver Makeup Academy is great and you get regular updates about work experience and opportunities.There are also many opportunities to meet amazing tutors and make connections for future work experience.I have had a positive experience and would do The Advanced Certificate in Hair and Makeup Artistry all over again if I could.I recommend coming here if you want the absolutely,very best education and opportunities thereafter.


View some of our FAQs below, if you still cannot find the answer you are looking for then please see all our FAQs or get in contact with us today.

How do I enrol on a course?

You must be 18 or over to apply for any of our courses, except our SFX summer school which is for 14-17 year olds. You must also meet any entry requirements specified (please visit the individual course pages for more details on these requirements).

To start the enrolment process, we first ask that you get in touch to arrange a visit to our studios, where we can carry out a brief interview. Telephone interviews can also be arranged if you are located too far away. After the interview stage you will need to complete an enrolment form and will be required to pay a deposit to secure your place on your chosen course. Please note that this deposit is unfortunately non-refundable.

What do the fees include?

Your fees include everything that is needed to successfully complete our courses. This includes materials, makeup, brushes and tools and cleaning equipment. All we ask is that you bring your own pen and notepad to each lesson for note taking.

Our full time Certificate, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Hair and Makeup courses all include a full makeup and hair kit in the cost. This provides you with industry-quality makeup from brands including Bobbi Brown, MAC and Kryolan, as well as professional palettes, makeup brushes and hair tools. The value of each kit on the Intermediate and Advanced course is over £2000 and this is yours to keep once the course has ended.

Specialist equipment is supplied for our shorter courses and further prosthetics courses to allow you to complete the training.

Do you offer student loans for your courses?

The Iver Academy is registered with UK Government’s Skills Funding Agency. Currently there are no Government funded student loans available for our courses but please take a go look at our Funding page as there are a number of Bursary’s and Scholarship programmes available.

For more information please see our How to Fund your Training page

Am I able to visit The Iver Academy before enrolling?

We encourage anyone considering a course with us to first come and visit our academy. You can call us to make an appointment, where one of our team will happily show you around the premises and facilities, or you can attend one of our open days.

What is your average tutor to student ratio?

All of our courses are taught in small tutor groups. Our tutor / student ratio will vary depending on our individual courses, but on average this will be a ratio between 1:7 and 1:14 This helps us ensure that all our students receive the best care and attention to further their development.

What are your regular class teaching times?

Our regular classroom times are between 10am and 4pm and 9.30 am till 4.30 pm for Prosthetics and SFX modules.However, our academy opening hours are from 9am – 5pm to give students ample time to practise their skills and prepare for any tasks.


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