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Make-up Artist Level 3 Online Course

Make-up Artist Level 3 Online Course

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Achievement: Level 3

Hours approx: 80

Support: 1 year

Format: Online

Course Information

As a make-up artist your job would be to create an individual look for your clients.  This could include natural looks through to more complicated looks and special effects. The work involves creating images and characters through the medium of make-up, hairstyles and prosthetics in accordance with a brief.

Do you have a creative flair? If so and you are also interested in fashion, hairdressing and cosmetics, this could be the perfect career choice for you.

The Distance Learning Make-up Artist Level 3 course has been developed to help you gain the necessary skills to become a Make-up Artist, learning how to provide facial treatments, apply make-up and carry out eyebrow and eyelash treatments. You will also discover how to provide make-up treatments for beauty salons, weddings, fashion photography and theatre.

Most Make-up Artists work freelance for a number of clients which means you can work flexible hours whilst building your portfolio of clients and this will enable you to fit this lucrative career around your everyday life.

This course is flexible and you can study anytime, anywhere via our online Student Portal. You should allow approximately 80 hours for completion.

If you are considering becoming a make-up artist, you probably have a good selection of make-up to suit your skin type, already available. However, if you are looking to put together your very own make-up kit, we do have professional student kits available at discounted rates. This kit includes all the essential items to launch your new career and enable you to work with clients. Your make-up artist professional kit also comes with a free bag to enable you to travel from one appointment to the next with ease.

Health and Social Care


  • Hazards and Risks
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Fire Safety
  • Manual Handling
  • Effective Communication and Consultation
  • Consultation
  • Data Protection Act 1998
  • Contra-indications
  • Contra-actions
  • The structure of the skin
  • Bones of the head, neck, chest and should girdle
  • Muscles of the head, neck and shoulders
  • Composition and function of blood and lymph
  • The structure types and and stages of hair growth
  • The structure of the nail
  • The anatomy of the hand and lower arm
  • Hygiene
  • Preparing the client
  • Eyebrow shaping
  • Tinting eyebrows and lashes
  • Types of artificial eyelashes available
  • Step-by-step guide for individual flare lashes
  • Step-by-step guide for semi-permanent lash extension
  • Eyelash perming
  • Retail products
  • Skin types and products
  • Exfoliators
  • Face masks
  • Facial massage
  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Tapotement
  • Aftercare
  • Applying Make-up and Techniques
  • The history of make-up application
  • Equipment, products and brushes
  • Face shapes
  • Colour
  • Hygiene
  • Day look make-up
  • Evening look make-up
  • Special occasion make-up including bridal
  • Cost and budget
  • Camouflage Make-up
  • Bridal make-up
  • Body art Design and apply face and body art
  • Fashion and photographic make-up
  • Plan and provide airbrush make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Design and apply mendhi
  • Skills
  • Building a Portfolio
  • Creating your freelance make-up kit
  • Service and Fees
  • Gaining your brand presence
  • How to market and find clients
  • How to Expand the Business
  • Taxes, records and public liability

Previous Knowledge Required

There are no previous entry requirements for this course, however students are expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You must successfully complete a series of assessments. Once all assessments and activities have been completed and you have met the required outcomes, you will then be awarded your certificate. The good news is, there is no final exam.

Awarding Organisation

Abstract Education

At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by Abstract Education and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The Level 3 Make-Up Artist course has been benchmarked at a level 3 which would give you some indication as to the difficulty of this course. I.e., GCSE would be equivalent to Level 2 and A’ Level would be equivalent to Level 3.


There are all different routes you can take on completion of this course including:

  • Work as a freelance make-up artist building your own clientele.
  • Work within fashion photography, print and digital media or special effects.
  • specialise in medical aesthetics, using make-up techniques to hide scars and skin conditions to improve a client's psychological wellbeing and confidence.
  • Work at a TV studio, in a theatre, on a film set or at a film studio.
  • Become a bridal make-up artist and setup your own successful business.

Before you start your tutor will contact you to welcome you and, if you’re new to Learn Now, help you understand what study will be like. They’ll also clarify how and when they can be contacted, and how quickly they will respond to you.

Once you’ve started your tutor will mark and provide feedback on your assignments and support your progress throughout the course.

You will have no other fees to pay with this course. The course enrolment fee includes access to support, course materials, certification and registration with the awarding body.

Please feel free to contact us by telephone or email with any further queries.

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