Comparing the '101' and 'Master' makeup course:

How long are the courses?


12 (one 1 hour per week)
12 weeks of flexibility 24/7 


30 (one 1 hour per week)
30 weeks of flexibility 24/7 
How do I choose between the courses?

Learn the basics of makeup artistry, or use this course to refresh or brush up on your makeup skills.

Perhaps you wish to start makeup artistry part-time, such as bridal work on weekends, or just learn a new and creative hobby.

This course is for those who prefer a crash course over a 3 month period. Quite frankly, you can’t learn ‘art basics’ in less of a period.

If you intend to work as a professional, full-time makeup artist, this Diploma course covers the essentials in makeup and provides you with a competitive edge, setting you apart in the marketplace. Our Makeup Artistry Master Programme is aimed at those who want the highest standard of makeup training and would love to learn as much as possible straight from the makeup industry guru, Joy Terri. If you enjoy being creative with a keen interest in makeup and fashion, this course is for you.

Where do I start if I am still not sure?

If you’re undecided about which option to choose, then we would recommend that you start with the Makeup Artistry 101 Programme. This makeup course proves to be a worthwhile and life-long investment for any woman.

If you later discover that you love the course and wish to study further, you can upgrade to our Makeup Artistry Master Programme.

Why not try a FREE sample session to see how much you learn?

Don't you have a specific course for bridal makep?

We often get queries like, “I don’t want to do the whole course – I just want to do Bridal Make-up”.

There is a total misconception about bridal make-up. Few people realise this requires more extensive make-up knowledge and skill than fashion make-up! It’s actually easier to work on a model, who usually has good features, wonderful bone structure, and lovely skin texture. Whereas, Brides can be any age, may have very challenging features, and blemished skin!

Most women these days can do their own make-up fairly well. When a bride requests a make-up artist, she is looking for someone to create a look that she is not capable of… an artistic and memorable transformation – not merely an ‘above average’ make-up application. The make-up artist has the added challenge with brides that her make-up has to look good in two mediums- up close with the wedding party and in the photographs. This requires an extremely high level of skill and artistry.

You are going to need a thorough knowledge about every part of the face, and how to transform it, to be able to successfully earn an income as a bridal make-up artist, either full or part time.

When can I start?

Start anytime in a school period. Our school opens and closes for specific holiday periods.

Our school is currently: OPEN

Our next holidays will be: 19 TO 29 MARCH 2018

Learning online:

How can you learn such a practical subject (makeup) online?

Before technology advances, studying online meant working alone. Now we can offer everything that we offered in a makeup classroom, plus more, in a fun and interactive way! 

The online class presentations give thorough explanations of subjects. Techniques are demonstrated in meticulous detail, and you can replay slide-shows or videos to look again at how to do something.

Is the standard of training/graduating equal to attending location classes?

No, the standard is actually better – both during the training, and at the time of graduating. Our online students have raised the bar in make-up artistry!

Here’s why:

  • Specialists have proved that we cannot absorb all the information in a single class lecture, so reptition is key to learning.
  • Our online students can replay sections in the course (even years later) and absorb material on a deeper level.
  • There are always times where a scheduled class is missed, resulting in missing fundamental elements to a technique, or even an entire subject. Our online students never have to worry about missing out!

Time requirements:

How much time will I need for part-time studies?

Study time is flexible and some prefer to study a little every day, while others only in week or only on weekends. You get to choose your study time!



No more than 1 hour per day, or 7 hours per week. Study time is flexible.



No more than 1.5 hours per day, or 10.5 hours per week. Study time is flexible.


One 30-60 minute session a week. Attend if you like to ask questions in the Q&A time.

What if I don't manage?

No worries!

If you don’t have the required time to invest, simply request an extended course.

By attending only one live presentation in a fortnight or month, you’ll always have sufficient time to complete your theory work and get the hands-on practice before moving on to the next lesson. This is recommended for those who already have busy days.

Do you have full-time students?

Yes! The courses are the same for full-time and part-time students.  If you don’t work, you can increase the amount you practise your artistry.

Think of makeup art like drawing a picture – someone can guide you with all the lessons in the world, but ultimately the more you practise, the better and quicker you get.

Payment terms

May I split the payment into instalments?

Of course! We look to train those who are determined to become a professional makeup artist. If you want to make a plan, then we want to make a plan!

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need more detail.

About Accreditation

Is it true that the accreditation as a makeup artist is oversold at schools?

There is no simple answer to accreditation and internationally recognised diplomas, because there are variables. If you are concerned, read more of the answers under this subheading.

Why is there so much controversy on the issue?

The ‘internationally recognised’ issue is quite a controversial subject between the fashion and film industry (who employ the services of make-up artists) and the various associations who oversee these “internationally recognized” courses. It is the opinion of many top makeup artists that these associations have been formed by professionals whose profession originates in the beauty industry (beauty salons), not the ARTISTIC industry. 

When is accreditation important?

If your intention is to work in a beauty/hair salon, or at a retail makeover counter, the international qualification will add weight to your CV anywhere in the world and is often a prerequisite for these environments. However, if you intend on working freelance in the fashion, film and TV industries, as a professional make-up artist, we strongly warn that any emphasis on an ‘internationally recognised qualification’ may be nothing more than a marketing ploy used by schools to increase student numbers.

What is important to find work as a makeup artist?

In the fashion and bridal industries, you cannot sell your services with a qualification. Instead you sell yourself with a portfolio of photographs that reach the minimum standards expected by the employer, regardless of how many, or how few certificates you hold. 

In fact, many of the world’s leading make-up artists have never received a make-up diploma and their agencies don’t care because it is evident in their work that these artists are truly skillful.  Agencies see so many individuals who hold these so called ‘internationally recognised qualifications’, yet these ‘make-up artists’ cannot produce the at standard required standard in a professional make-up environment. And often, they do not even understand basics such as ‘what is required of you when you join a makeup agency’.

How do you choose your school?

We advise all prospective students to choose a training institution based on (1) the sector within which you wish to work, and (2) your trainers – not necessarily the school, or the qualification!

If you’re looking to working in a salon or at a beauty counter, and you’re in South Africa, we’d recommend you choose a SAAHSP recognised training provider. However, outside this area, only your portfolio sells you, so invest in the best possible training and don’t worry about accreditation. 

We’ve re-trained enough graduates of accredited schools to know this. The more you understand and learn about make-up and art, the better artist you become, and the better portfolio you will produce! We can help you best with this.

Tip: Get to chat to your prospective tutors in advance about their personal work experience in the make-up industry and see if you feel comfortable that they can fully prepare you for the minimum standards required for fashion shoots, commercials, bridal photographic techniques, etc.