December is now shaping up to be an incredibly exciting month for me. After quite a bit of extensive research & investigation I have finally narrowed down my choice of schools for next year. My passion & hobby has always been makeup, be it high fashion,theatrical or editorial. But over the past year or so I have developed a keen interest in prosthetic application to create advanced cosmetic effects with sculpting,molding & casting techniques. So, my choice of schooling has been veering towards those with both high standards & quality of work .
My first meetings will be on 14thDecember, which will be tours of each school & speaking with students,tutors & artists at Delamar Academy & The London Makeup School.
The Delamar Academy boasts to be the only make-up school in the UK to have trained the winners of 2 Academy Awards, a BAFTA, an International Indian Film Academy Award and 2 Emmy Awards.They are the only independent make-up training academy to have its courses validated by a University, thereby ensuring a very high standard of quality. They are based in Ealing Studios which is only a 25 minute train journey from my home in Reading so I won’t be too far away & it will be easy for me to pop home to see my parents as I can guarantee I will get homesick!
The London Makeup School have all of their courses taught by leading industry professionals (not to mention their brush kits are all Illamasqua!) . They specialise in tailoring courses to each individuals needs & help to structure your style to develop & further your future career. I like that they recognise individuality, as every makeup artist has their own unique style & take on each aspect of their profession.
The following week on the 20th I am visiting The CBM Academy & The London School of Beauty & Makeup.I will be going to these with my parents who are both keen to see the CMBA Academy because of its extensive course variation & excellent student aftercare programme.
The CBM Academy CBM Academy is a school founded by Academy & BAFTA Award - winning make-up artist and hair designer Christine Blundell. For 20 years of working in films as diverse as Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy, Marc Foster’s Finding Never Land, Fernando Meirelles’ Constant Gardener, Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. They limit their class sizes to 14 pupils which they say is to ensure maximum student/tutor exposure. All products in the artistry kit are from MAC, which is one of my favorite brands of makeup to work with.
The London School of Beauty & Make-up has long been revered as the number one school in Europeto learn high fashion make-up techniques. The course kit includes products from Mac, Shu Uemura, Shiseido, Chanel, Nars, Estée Lauder, Benefit and Bobbi Brown (heaven!) Their courses promote emphasis towards practical sessions with the minimum of theoretical work. This gives the student more hands on experience so they can improve their skills. Understanding the originality of each artist is key, & they engage several make-up artists with different opinions and ways of working into each lesson.
I am unbelievably excited to be visiting such prestigious Academies & schools but I think the decision making will be difficult. The two that are my first choice would be the Delamar Academy or The CBM Academy. Following that my second choices are the London School of beauty & makeup & The London Makeup School due to the lack of prosthetic tuition. So, hopefully my decision will be made in the New Year & I will have final dates & information to share with you all! I will also hopefully be taking pictures/videos when touring each of the schools to give you some idea of the goings on & my thoughts on them!