Up your beauty game by honing your skills, whether you're looking for a career change or just need some expert tips
Always dreamt of becoming a makeup artist? Longed to have the skills of an A-list hairdresser? Perhaps it's time to look into some beauty training. There are plenty of options out there, amateur or not - so whether you're looking at changing careers or simply mastering new skills to use at home, take a look at our edit of the best courses so you can become a fully-fledged beauty brainiac. There's everything from laid-back lessons in nail art to official training with a renowned lash brand - time to learn a new skill and see where it takes you!
If you are serious about embarking on a new beauty venture, education and training is particularly important - so make sure you take your time to research courses and decide what will work best for you. Look into what the course will involve, how much time it will take and how much study time you might need to put aside. If you're just looking for a fun new hobby, of course consider convenience and cost - but most importantly, what you are going to enjoy. Here's our pick of the best beauty courses on offer right now, both for work and play…
Illamasqua makeup courses
Since opening up shop back in 2010, the Illamasqua School of Makeup Art has been inundated with budding beauty students looking to live their creative dreams. With everything from professional certificates to beginner courses and specific technique workshops such as smokey eyes, there's something for everyone. A high standard of teaching and strong focus on artistry and innovation makes this perfect place to hone your skills de maquillage.
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WAH nail art masterclass
The team who were behind the original nail art movement teach this fun and informal workshop, where students can learn all the skills needed to create fun and quirky manicure designs. In just half a day you'll learn about prep, colour palettes, dot and line techniques and designs from florals to leopard prints. Plus, each attendee gets exclusive discounts, a gift bag and an annual membership into the 'WAH crew'. Official!
Sienna X spray tanning
Beginners can have a go at getting qualified from just £95 with Sienna X, where you'll learn all the skills needed to start your own mobile tanning business. Master the art of the basic spray tan, or go a step further and take on contouring and sculpting with the level three course.
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Retro hair and beauty
Learn how to create victory rolls and nail a sixties eyeliner flick with a tailor-made class at Hepcats Barbershop and Beauty Parlor in Chippenham, Wiltshire. There are regular events for group masterclasses, or you can book a one-to-one lesson with vintage hair and beauty expert Sarah, who will teach you all the old school tricks of the trade.
If you're serious about starting a beauty business, training in lash treatments could be a good place to start - there's a great demand for it, and you can start as a complete beginner with no previous beauty qualifications. Nouveau Lashes offer a range of courses across the UK on a weekly basis, including LVL, the popular lash lift treatment with amazing results.
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