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These courses will seriously up your beauty game

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Whether you want to become a fully-fledged beauty therapist or simply want to polish up your make-up skills, a beauty course is a great way to boost your beauty know-how. From spray tanning to mircoblading, here are best courses worth investing in. 

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. 

Lessons are available nationwide and range from £20 to £50. Book in-store.

Sienna X Spraying 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. 

Courses are available nationwide and start from £95. Book here.

Wig-making with Simply Gorgeous

Wig Making Course

No longer just for fancy dress, wigs have become a beauty staple for thousands of women who never want to deal with a bad hair day. Now, Simply Gorgeous, a destination afro hair salon is offering full-day courses on how to create a wig from scratch. From base measuring and stitching to cutting and styling, and all tools are provided.

Courses are located at their London salon and start at £150. Book here.

All the tools needed for a lesson in wig-making 

Hepcats Vintage Make-up and Hair

Want to master the rockabilly quiff? Enhance your sixties feline flick? Hepcats Barbershop and Beauty Parlour is the place to learn some new ‘old-school’ beauty tricks. Founder Sarah Winstone will demonstrate all the different make-up and hair styling techniques you need for your vintage beauty arsenal, whether you’re looking to create looks for yourselves or others. 

Classes take place in Chippenham and start at £25. Book here.

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. 

Courses are available in London and start from £555, book here.

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. Classes are in London and start at £175. Book here.

Microblading 101 at Karen Betts

Karen Betts Brow Training

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. 

Courses are available nationwide and start from £3,999. Book here

AOFM Online Make-up Lesson

For those who find it difficult to travel, then AOFM’s course is for you. Based completely online you learn everything there is know about make-up artistry from your living room, earning yourself an International Diploma in Freelance Makeup Artistry. 

Made up of 17 modules, you’ll receive training on cosmetic knowledge, skincare and make-up application techniques as well as what it takes to work on a professional editorial shoot. 

AOFM’s credentials are impressive. A go-to make up academy for artists in training, you’d be hard pushed to find a Fashion Week backstage make-up artist who hasn’t trained at AOFM in London, New York or Dubai. As for your tool-kit? Expect a range of goodies from MAC and Dermalogica to get you started. 

Courses start from £1,099. Book here

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