These hair and make-up courses will seriously up your beauty game

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Whether you dream of becoming a fully-fledged make-up artist or simply want to polish up your manicure skills, a beauty course is a great way to boost your beauty know-how. From spray tanning to wig wefting, here are the best UK courses worth investing in.

Sally Beauty Gellux Gel Polish Course

An at-home manicure is a staple Sunday night ritual for many women, but what if you learned how to do it professionally? This course is for absolute beginners and is run across 57 UK locations, so whether you’re in Aberdeen or Andover, there’s a place for you.

Over three days you will learn the basics of manicure and pedicure giving you the foundations to start a new career or side-hustle. At the end of the course you will have a small assessment gaining you a qualification and CPD points.

If you’ve always wanted to take the leap into nail art, this is your first step.

Sally Beauty, £240

UK Wig School Hand Tied Wefting Course for Beginners

Learning hand tied wefting - manually weaving hair into tracks for a wig - is a time-consuming art that requires some serious patience. We all know wigs are eye-wateringly expensive so learning how to make your own could help save some pennies.

Once you hone your craft, you can consider making wigs that are good enough to sell. The UK Wig School offer various courses in London so you can get clued up on every aspect of wig-making.

Tap into this huge market by starting with a one day course and see where it can take you.

UK Wig School, £650

Capital Hair & Beauty Beginners Facial Course

Capital Hair & Beauty Beginners Facial Course

Facials are never going out of favour, it’s a fact. Moving into beauty therapy can seem daunting with so many avenues to go down, so why not start by learning a classic treatment.

One day is all you need to attend this course that’s run in 24 places. Plus, it’s accredited by The Guild of Beauty Therapists. From basic facial massage techniques to client consultations, you will leave with all the foundations in place to go pro.

Sign up to a course near you, just be aware your friends might pester you for free facials.

Capital Hair & Beauty, £85.50

MAC Make-up Masterclasses

Want to really master how to make up your own face? MAC stores are the holy grail of training grounds. They offer short masterclasses where you can scrub up on your skills in a manageable time frame.

The 90-minute make-up tutorial allows you to work alongside an artist to conquer all your features, experiment with the brand’s products and master statement night out looks or office ‘game face’ with staying power.

The 30-minute ‘focus feature lesson’, lets you work alongside an artist to hone in on one particular feature. Choose from eyes, eyebrows, face contouring and lips.

MAC Cosmetics, from £20

Sienna X Spraying Tanning Courses

Sienna X Spray Tanning Courses

Spray tanning is one of the most profitable treatments in the beauty industry, allowing you to rake in £18 to £45 for a 20-minute booking. So, whether you’re looking to make some extra cash on the side or are a therapist that’s looking to add another beauty string to your bow, check out Sienna X.

They offer three levels of training where you’ll learn everything there is to know about bronzing up clients. From contouring and tanning techniques to the science behind sunless tan formulations and how to build and nurture a successful business.

Sienna X, from £95

Kevin Fortune Afro Hair Styling Course

If you’re looking to brush up on your afro-styling skills, then you’re in safe hands with Kevin Fortune. His three day course lets you explore the endless styling techniques that curls command.

From plaiting, and cane-rows to adding extensions and hair-pieces, you’ll also get to grips with the science of curly hair, mastering how to protect, care for afro hair when using heated tools. 

Kevin Fortune, £615

House of GlamDolls Make-up for Professionals

If you really want to get into make-up, then House of GlamDolls is the place to be. The North London based studio encompasses a school, shop and base for working make-up artists. PixieWoo trained here, so you know you’re in talented hands.

Founded by industry experts David Horne and Chinyee Chu, House of GlamDolls provide bespoke training for every level of beauty enthusiast - from beginners to qualified make-up artists.

Choose from a variety of in-depth courses, or create your own - all include 1:1 mentoring.

House of Glamdolls, from £150

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Karen Betts Microblading Courses

Mircoblading has burst onto the beauty scene for its ability for rectify overplucked nineties brows. In fact, the semi-permanent inking process works so well, it’s become impossible to tell the real brows from those that have been “drawn on”.

Yet the salons that offer semi-permanent brows are still few and far between, which is why it worth signing up to Karen Betts Brow Artist course.

You’ll become proficient in creating perfect, natural-looking hair stroke brows by learning the art of drawing the brow to choosing the ideal colours. Health and safety training along with advice on how to run a successful beauty clinic is also part of the session.

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