Most of today’s famous makeup artists love to say that the love for cosmetics was born, when they stole their mother’s lipstick for the first time. However, they have come a long, long way from that very moment to becoming a master. Just like any art, makeup apart from boundless enthusiasm takes years of learning and practicing. While YouTube is maybe a great place to start to get the inspiration, only a good makeup school, where you work with professionals side by side, can actually give you excellent knowledge and experience. Cabinet de l’Art rounded up five of the best makeup schools in Europe, where you can start your career.
AOFM (Academy of Freelance Makeup)
London, Paris, New York, Belfast, Dubai
AOFM established itself as a first ever school owned by a team of top international freelance makeup artists. Under the guidance of over 40 professionals, its students have an opportunity to learn everything they want to know about makeup and practice skills at red carpet events as well as the world’s fashion weeks. AOFM offers over 10 makeup courses both full-time and part-time and at the end more than 700 career opportunities across the globe.
Atelier de Maquillage
One of the world’s most famous makeup schools celebrated its 30st birthday this year. Hélène Quillé, Artistic Director, is a heart and soul of the Atelier de Maquillage. She has pure talent and years of experience with brands like Clarins, Sephora, Yves Rocher and many others. Each year Hélène helps over 50 students from around the world to become makeup professionals for TV, cinema, theater, fashion and photography. Today there’re three groups of courses available: long-term, short-term and individual trainings.
Hasso von Hugo
Since 1990 over 800 students came out of school owned by Hasso von Hugo, well-known German makeup artist with over 40 years of experience in theater, TV, cinema, fashion shows and other events. He offers ones of the most intensive 3-year courses followed by his own educational concept based on the work with legendary movie stars from Marlon Brando to Milla Jovovich. Students learn not only just makeup tips and tricks, but everything in between concerning etiquette and industry know-how.
Located in the heart of Sweden Makeup Institute offers a wide range of makeup courses from basic makeup to greasepaint for film and special effects for english-speaking international students. Founders value quality over quantity and prefer individual approach, so their makeup professionals teach students in rather small groups. At the end of any course students receive a portfolio with 50 professional shoots of their own works, which is very useful for upcoming job interviews.
Glauca Rossi Makeup School
Alma Mater of makeup superstar Charlotte Tilbury Glauca Rossi Makeup School set the highest standards from the beginning. For 27 years now Glauca and her tutor team of ex-students provide practical advice on how to get started with makeup artist career. There’re 8 week and 12 week courses, which are great for even complete beginners with a passion to work in the world of fashion and media.
AUTHOR || Irina GLOTOVA