Love makeup? Love coming up with new looks in your spare time, and testing out new products at Sephora? Love watching Youtube beauty bloggers and their tutorials?
If you’ve ticked all the boxes above, you’ve probably considered the possibility of becoming a makeup artist at least once in your life. While you can be self-taught, thanks to the internet and wealth of information freely available online today, there are also courses you can take to acquire a stronger foundation or a Diploma/certification you need to take things further.
We’ve put together a starter list of professional make up courses in Singapore that you can check out right below:
*All course fees are for 2018/19’ intakes and subject to changes depending on the school; fees do not include misc. fees. This is only a list and not an endorsement of the courses listed, so please do adequate research of your own before choosing any course!
The School of Make-up
The School of Make-up was founded in 1999 and is headed by make-up guru Peter Angel Wanneck, who has more than 20 years of experience in the make-up industry. The school, located in Bukit Merah, has facilities such as Hydraulic Pump Adjustable Chairs and 2 full-mirrored classrooms. Aside from make-up courses, you can also take up hairstyling courses here. Check their portfolio out here.
Accreditation: The School of Make-up is registered with the Committee of Private Education
Duration: 2 weeks
Curriculum: The course will go through make up basics such as Foundation Application and Lip Shaping, before teaching students how to do three makeup looks (casual day makeup, sophisticated evening makeup, as well as bridal make-up). You’ll also get to learn a few hairstyling techniques/dos’, like the classy semi-up!
Classes involve demonstrations followed by hands-on sessions.
Course Fees: SGD 1288
Prospects: If you’re still keen to learn more, you can choose to enrol in the Certificate of High Proficiency in Make-up Artistry course. More make-up looks and hairstyles will be covered, these including bridal accessories placement (hair) and B&W make-up.
Makeup Forever (Singapore Academy)
Make-up junkies probably own at least one item from Makeup Forever in their beauty arsenal, or have heard of the brand: stocked in beauty stores like Sephora, their Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation has a cult following. The brand’s founder, Danny Sanz, launched the Academy in Paris in 2002. Since then, the Academy has 9 schools in 8 countries, one being Singapore. Classes are taught by teachers that have had experience working with brands such as Shu Uemura and Bobbi Brown.
Accreditation: The Academy currently does not have accreditation from the Committee for Private Education (CPE).
Duration: 2 weeks full-time (60 hours from 10am-5pm), 10 weeks part-time (7-10pm)
Curriculum: Basic cosmetology, corrective eye make-up, make-up techniques for mature skin, and so on.
Course Fees: SGD 3,500
Prospects: You will leave with a certificate.
Cosmoprof Academy, established since 1986, has strong recognition in the local scene, having won awards such as the Prominent Brand Award (2016, Promising SME 500) and Most Outstanding Achievement Award, Makeup & Beauty Academy (2012) over the years. Students of Cosmoprof Academy are given the opportunity to work on behind the scenes projects for events such as the Chingay Parade!
Accreditation: The Academy is EduTrust certified.
Duration: 3 months full-time, 6 months part-time
Curriculum: Modules include Bridal Make-up, Fashion Make-up, Stage and Drama Make-up, hairstyling, as well as Special Effects Make-up.
Course Fees: SGD 3852
Prospects: You will receive a certificate and leave with a professional makeup portfolio (through coursework). The Academy also holds regular in campus-recruitment exercises, with leading brands such as the Estee Lauder Group making appearances to look for makeup artists.
One Academy is run by Taiwanese makeup and hairstyling mentor Ivy Chen, One Academy offers both personal and professional makeup classes. The Academy has done makeup for events like Liang Wern Fook’s Charity Concert. The Professional Makeup Artistry Course has a small class size of 4-8 persons.
Accreditation: The school is currently not accredited by CPE.
Duration: 15 lessons. 3 hrs per lesson
Curriculum: The course covers content such as doll-like make-up techniques, stage make-up, bridal make-up, and so on.
Course Fees: SGD 2000
Prospects: You will be equipped with skills to start out as a freelance makeup artist.
Make Up Course Singapore
The 4-day concise makeup course is the first and only makeup course in Singapore that does not make use of concealer! The course is mentored by the school’s founder, makeup artist and consultant Liren Neo, who has over 20 years of professional makeup experience—some of the work she has done includes corporate makeup for Fortune 500 companies and SMEs. Course notes and cosmetics will be provided in the course.
Accreditation: The school is not certified with CPE.
Duration: 4 days, 66.5 hours each
Curriculum: Makeup fundamentals, day and evening makeup, wedding day makeup, taught through demonstrations and hands-on workshops.
Course Fees: SGD 1,800
Prospects: Improves your skills and opportunities to do freelance makeup work in Singapore. The school does have a Bridal Make-up course that will teach you Bridal Make-up skills, and provide on the job training opportunities.
Institute of Makeup Artistry
- Professional Makeup Artistry Course (Diploma)
The Institute of Makeup Artistry offers a newly-launched course that, according to the school, is chock full of content and support for students. Written and taught by industry-leading makeup experts, they not only offer comprehensive learning materials and direct contact with a personal tutor, but also access to an exclusive Facebook group and a free website portfolio.
Accreditation: The school has received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (US), and is a member of the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.
Duration: Self-paced, 24 weeks on average
Curriculum: 12 modules and 12 (graded assignments). Modules will cover theatre stage makeup, special effects makeup and character makeup, just to name a few. It will also teach you some tips and basics on how to be a freelance make-up artist. For more information, please download the course prospectus.
Course Fees: SGD 1099. Payment in instalments available.
Prospects: Be equipped with skills to work as a freelance makeup artist.
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