Professional Make-up (Application and Aesthetics)

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Professional Make-up – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Professional Make-up Practitioner
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible for full membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)
  • Complete further studies via our bespoke Beauty & Make-up Professional pathways and specialise in Make Up

This course is available on our unique online platform with access to accompanying videos and interactive media to support your theory work. There is essential practical training for this course which you can book when you are ready, along with 4 case studies.

Course overview

This course takes an in-depth look at the structure of the face and skin, the types and conditions of the skin, cleansing routines, types of cosmetics and their application, make up for different occasions, the make-up of the cosmetics themselves, and situations in which certain products should not be used.

Case Studies

As part of your course you will be required to submit four case studies which will be assessed by your tutor. These will demonstrate your ability to put your studies into practice.


  • Unit One – The Skin/ Facial Imperfections, Conditions and Treatment
    • Composition
    • Factors Causing Damage to the Skin
    • Functions of the Skin
    • Facial Imperfections, Conditions and Treatment
  • Unit Two – Preparing to Work
    • Setting up a Work Area
    • Materials and Other Items
    • Presenting Yourself Professionally
    • The Consultation
    • Contraindications to Make-up Application
  • Unit Three – Cleansing Routines
    • Preparations for Make-up Application
    • Cleansers
    • Toners
    • Moisturisers
    • Exfoliants
    • Method for Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising the Skin
  • Unit Four – Make-Up Products and their Application
    • Base products
    • Contouring Products
    • Eye Make-up
    • Lip Make-up
  • Unit Five – How to Shade and Contour the Face
    • Face Shape and Structure
    • Making Corrections
    • Applying Contouring Colours
  • Unit Six – Application of Products for Eyes and Lips and Correcting Eye, Nose and Lip Shapes
    • Eyeshadow Application
    • Lipliner
    • Lipstick
    • Eyes
    • Brows
    • Nose
    • Lips
  • Unit Seven – Make-Up to Suit the Occasion
    • Choosing Foundation Shades and Types
    • Choosing Lipsticks and Eyeshadows
    • Daytime Make-up
    • Evening Make-up
  • Unit Eight – Additional Notes and Tips
    • Make-up for Glasses or Contact Lens Users
    • Wedding Make-up
    • Photo-Friendly Make-up
  • Unit Nine – Cosmetic Pharmacology
    • Product Ingredients
    • Some Chemicals Found in Cosmetics and their Functions
  • Unit Ten Professional Background Knowledge
    • Professional Ethics
    • Hygiene and the Sterilisation of Equipment
    • Client Care
    • Legislation in the Beauty Industry

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

What’s next?

You can complete further studies via our bespoke Beauty & Make-up Professional pathways and specialise in Make Up

*Registration fee included.