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This introductory course covers a wide range of skills essential to becoming a professional makeup artist. Our tutors will give you a deeper insight into the competitive world of makeup by discussing professional experiences and knowledge of the industry. If you are looking to kick start your career as a makeup artist or are interested in pursuing your passion to the next step, then this course is for you!
This course option does NOT include AOFM’s exclusive Aftercare or Work Experience and Assisting Opportunities.
This introductory course is tailored to suit the very beginner with no previous experience. It’s your first step to becoming an accomplished makeup artist, providing comprehensive training for bridal, beauty, special occasion and an intermediate fashion level. Upon graduation of this course you will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of make up and most of the skills required of a freelance artist. If you are looking to work in fashion photography, catwalk or media make-up we advise you take the Creative Certificate in Advanced Makeup Techniques or any of our other makeup course packages.
Go global – get certified by AOFM (Academy of Freelance Make Up) – an association of international freelance makeup artists.
Becoming certified by the Academy of Freelance Make Up opens doors globally. Recognised around the world as a sign of excellence, AOFM was created as an association of international freelance artists working with the industry’s elite. With our global education centres & our high profile international clients, whilst there are many certificates in the makeup industry, AOFM is one that you can be sure has a level of recognition around the world.
But a true test of any good school and/or its certification is to look at its past student’s success and the client lists they have gone on to build. Within weeks of graduation, our students are hired to work by our friends & connections in professional luxury brands such as MAC, Dior, Bobbi Brown & Charlotte Tilbury. But that’s not all, take a look at our student success here to see the level of international clients our students work with after training with us ; Dior, DKNY, British Vogue to name just a few.
Always base your commitment to any school training based on their teachers and students’ achievements and success, and by researching the schools’ teachers and global connections. It is also very important to know that certificates will not guarantee you secure work as a freelance makeup artist, regardless of what you may be told by other schools. There is NO ONE international awarding body for makeup artists. If anyone tells you this, they’re lying. We always offer honest guidance to our potential students and if you feel unsure of certification or what it takes to actually work as professional freelance makeup artist in Fashion Catwalk, magazines, Bridal, the best thing to do is contact an independent source, such as some of the leading makeup artist agencies who operate separately to any makeup school. These agencies will promote & sell you after training. Give them a call and ask what they require to sign with them. They will all tell you its a portfolio and images of your work only and this is what you will need to concentrate on working towards. This ethos and an accurate account of the industry is what we teach our students from the day they book a course with us.
Make-up Artist Hygiene
Understanding the importance and professional standards of artist hygiene.
Preparing the skin is just as important as make-up itself. It is the base to any good make-up application. You will learn an understanding of skin care and different skin types.
Foundation Selection and Application
Foundation selection according to skin types and tones. Coverage levels, textures and finishes for different foundation types, and various mixing and application techniques.
Corrective and Camouflage Techniques
Correcting and camouflaging technique for imperfections such as spots and dark circles
Contouring and Highlighting
Shading and highlighting techniques to emphasise certain features on the face.
Creating Glowing Skin
Learn how to create fresh glowing dewy skin with a variety of products used by industry professionals.
Purpose of powders in loose and pressed textures.
Learn the various techniques and ways to apply bronzers.
Eye Brow Shaping
Includes artistic eyebrow shaping and techniques to enhance the natural line of the eyebrows.
Eye Shadows in Powders and Cream
This will cover the different textures in terms of their application and their uses in detail.
Natural Beauty Make-Up
You will learn the various ways to apply a perfect natural make-up focusing on the skin.
This covers the application of bridal make-up as well as other considerations.
Learn the many styles of smoky eyes. In this section you will learn application techniques, use of different textures, adding colour and personal style.
You will learn detailed application techniques of glamour style makeup with the help of a make up artist with extensive glamour makeup industry experience.
This covers pencil and liquid eyeliners and application techniques in detail.
This covers different mascaras, applications and their uses.
False lash Application
This covers eyelash strips, individuals, lower lashes and creative application techniques.
Blushers in Powders and Creams
Powders and cream blushers will be covered in detail including application techniques of different textures and their uses.
Lipsticks, Glosses & Liners
This will cover all aspects from colour selection to application of lipsticks, glosses and lip liners. Understanding how to enhance or alter lip shapes.
Hands & Body
You will learn make-up and various considerations on areas of the hands and body.
This is an exciting area of the course. Here you find out what really goes on backstage and what goes in to creating a catwalk show. You will have the opportunity to work on your creative skills and catwalk styles. This class will be taught by makeup artists with extensive experience of designer fashion shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York.
Fashion Industry Knowledge
This covers how the industry works and what’s required from fashion editorial make-up.
This covers the differences in commercial and advertising makeup.
Understanding of Photography Lighting
A make up artist’s understanding of photography lighting is crucial, this will help you learn how to find the right balance of application for your make up.
Black & white/colour Photography Make Up
You will learn make up applications and the key differences for both black & white and colour photography.
Tools and Products
On the first day of class you will receive a 24-piece AOFM Pro brush set designed by the AOFM Pro Team, which are yours to keep. Throughout the duration of your course you will work from a range of over 35 cosmetic brands and luxury skincare.
We don’t just offer a few products from each range we offer the entire range of brands like Bobbi Brown, MAC, Dior, Chanel and Giorgio Armani! We also carry an extensive range of high-street brands to give you an ever wider product knowledge. You wont find a school with more products choice than AOFM.
This course includes our famous AOFM shopping day with a professional makeup artists to help guide you through building your makeup kit. We offer unrivalled discounts at leading stores and boutiques including Benefit, Bare Essentials, MAC and many more brands exclusive only to AOFM.
Fees & Dates
Course Fee: £1200
- The academy will accept a 50% deposit to hold a students place at the time of booking.
- All fees must be paid in full no later then 5 weeks prior to the course start date.
OCTOBER: 22nd October 2018 - 27th October 2018
NOVEMBER: 5th November 2018 – 10th November 2018
DECEMBER: 10th December 2018- 15th December 2018
JANUARY: 7th January 2019 – 12th January 2019
FEBRUARY: 11th February 2019 – 16th February 2019
MARCH: 4th March 2019 – 9th March 2019
MARCH: 11th March 2019 - 16th March 2019
MAY: 13th May 2019 – 18th May 2019
JUNE: 10th June 2019 – 14th June 2018
JULY: 21st July 2019 – 27th July 2019
AUGUST: 19th August 2019 - 24th August 2019
OCTOBER: 21st October 2019 - 26th October 2019
NOVEMBER: 4th November 2019 – 9th November 2019
DECEMBER: 9th December 2019 – 14th December 2019