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Makeup Artistry - Full Time Academic Year

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October 2020

Makeup Artistry - Full Time Academic Year

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Jenny at or call her on 01-8920031. 

Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

Have you always had an interest in make-up? Do you want to learn more about the application skills and techniques used by the top make-up artists around the world? Portobello Institute was the first college in Ireland to offer Make-up Artistry training in 1998 and has over 20 years experience training skilled and creative make-up artists. We offer you the most comprehensive make-up artistry course, taught by some of Ireland's leading make-up artists within a purpose built make-up studio.

Our courses are fully inclusive of products and disposables with the make-up kit provided by Inglot, one of make-up's leading brands.  Nima Brushes are also included in the kits, these are designed by Niamh Martin, former programme manager of Portobello Institute's make-up artistry courses. Niamh's experience as a programme manager in Portobello, means she knows exactly the brush pack needed by students starting off and we are delighted to include it and the Inglot make-up kit  for students at no additional cost. Students receive discount cards for use in Inglot.

Each day on this make-up artistry course is different with a strong focus on acquiring practical skills - this starts with a demonstration from our expert tutors followed by the opportunity to practise the chosen look with the support of expert help. Our class sizes are small, maximum of 14, so each student has the opportunity to gain one to one support for skills development from our tutors. In addition to this, each month we focus on a look that is trending on social media, students have a one to one tutorial with their tutor to practise this look, refine their skills and capture the finished look for their portfolio with professional photography. Students receive a digital copy of their look that they can then use within their portfolio and for their social media feed, this is all included within the course fees.

As part of the Creative Hub at Portobello Institute, make-up artistry students have the opportunity to collaborate with fashion buying & merchandising students during their annual Irish Designer Showcase Event held in the Institute. There are also guest make-up artists each semester with demonstrations on body art, fantasy make-up and festival make-up to look forward. We encourage students to broaden their horizons and invite them to participate on trips to some of the biggest shows and exhibitions taking place in Europe such as IMATS in London and Pret-a-Porter in Milan.

The Make Up Artistry course delivered by Portobello Institute, teaches the technical skill set required combined with the latest trends and application techniques, to give you the opportunity to work in the diverse and creative world of Make Up. Previous students have gone on to work with some of the biggest make-up artists in the world including Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Inglot, and Pat McGrath to name but a few.

Qualification Gained

The qualifications awarded to successful students are as follows;

  • ITEC Diploma in Fashion, Theatre & Media Make Up
  • Portobello Institute Higher Diploma in Make Up Artistry
  • Portobello Certificate in Camouflage Make 

Entry Requirements

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute and is based on interview selection.

Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted and an interview arranged

Step 3 - Interview takes place

Step 4  - Confirmation of an offer of a place will be given to applicants meeting the selection criteria, with a formal offer emailed within 3 days of the interview.

Step 5 - Applicants have 14 days to confirm their acceptance of an offer by returning the acceptance form

The Interview

Places on this programme are limited. By interviewing all applicants, we can verify each student has the aptitude and creativity to become a successful make-up artist. The interview will take place at a time convenient to applicants and is carried out by the programme manager. Our programme manager is seeking to understand that applicants have a genuine interest in working within the make-up industry, they understand the sector, the requirements of the programme and that this programme and Portobello Institute is the right career choice for them.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.

Essential to becoming a make-up artist is exposure to creativity, make-up techniques that are trending and learning to collaborate with stylists, photographers  and other professions who often work alongside the make-up artist. Portobello Institute has designed and integrated a number of additional activities to encourage and support the development of these additional skills in our students.

Fashion Event Showcasing Irish Designers

Each year, students of this programme collaborate together with the fashion buying students to create a showcase event for Irish designers. The purpose of this event is to give students the opportunity to work with designers and interpret their vision - this supports students to gain some understanding of working with designers in a fashion showcase such as a catwalk show.

Field Trips

Portobello Institute organises trips each year. These vary from attending in-store masterclass events with brands such as MAC and Inglot to travelling to some of the following major events in the make-up artists calendar;

  • Beauty Show, Dublin
  • London Fashion Week
  • IMATS in London
  • Pret-a-Porter, Milan, Italy

These vary year to year and are usually one day return trips and are booked with minimal cost for students. They are not included in the fees and are optional.

Guest Lecturers

Once off guest lectures are organised throughout the calendar year to give students an opportunity to gain insight into either a particular style and technique, the career of an established and successful professional in the industry or an upcoming trend in make-up. These lecturers vary year to year but are always an interesting experience for our students.

One to One Tutorials

Refining and perfecting the techniques and skills of make-up artistry can be a challenge even for the most creative students. To support out students acquire and perfect these skills, Portobello Institute runs one to one tutorials with the focus on a different skill each month. Each session is tailored to suit that one students learning needs. This individual tuition allows students to hone their skills and gain expert guidance on a personal basis each month.  Below is a schedule of tutorials;

  • October - Colour Theory and Colour Correction
  • November - Eyeliner, winged liner
  • December - Flawless Eye Shadow Blend
  • January - Lips & False Eyelashes
  • February - Contouring
  • March - Strobing/highlighting
  • April - Special Effects - topic chosen by student
  • May - revision - topic chosen by student

This programme is delivered over 2 semesters with examinations at the end of each semester. This course is primarily a practical course with practical classes delivered in a fully equipped make-up studio. Theory classes are delivered in one of the many theory rooms within Portobello Institute

Semester 1

The first semester runs for 14 weeks from 07/10/19 to 31/01/20.

Classes are delivered Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.

Examinations take place during the week commencing 03/02/20

Semester 2

The second semester runs for 12 weeks from 10/02/20 to 01/05/20.

Classes are delivered Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.

There is a break of two weeks at the end of semester 2 for portfolio preparation with examinations taking place during the week commencing 18/05/20


This is a comprehensive programme and fully prepares students with all of the techniques to gain employment as make-up artists in a diverse range of settings. The programme covers the following modules;

  1. Facial Make Up
    This is a foundation module of make up artistry. You will learn face, lip and eye shapes, skin tones, how to prepare the skin for makeup and start learning the basic make up techniques.
  2. Fashion Theatre & Media Make Up
    This module is exclusively tailored to cover every aspect of Fashion, Theatre, TV, Film & Special Effects Make up. You will create makeup looks for catalogue, portrait, catwalk & black and white. You will also create makeup looks for the theatre to include highlighting & shading, waterproofing & body make up. To prepare you to work as a make up artist in TV & Film you will learn costume & co-ordinating make-up & hair, period make up, false hair, production & script requirements.
  3. Special Effects
    The addition of the special effects module provides the student with the ability to work in specialised areas of Theatre, TV & Film. This course provides tuition in creating fantasy characters using crepe hair application, construction and application of bald caps, blocking out of eyebrows, wigs costumes and prosthetics. In addition, the module will develop your fashion eye, allowing you to design cutting edge fashion looks for catwalk and editorial work - with ease & confidence.
  4. Portfolio Presentation
    As a make up artist your portfolio is the tool that will sell your skills to a potential employer. It is very important that your portfolio is presented in a professional yet original manner. We assist and guide you through the techniques required to prepare a portfolio to a high standard.
  5. Hair Styling & Wigs
    This module is essential to complement your Make Up skills. The module will cover hair tips, techniques and theory, upstyling and high fashion, curling, pleating, straightening, period hair from the 1900's to 1980's and also fantasy and character hair.
  6. Remedial Camouflage Make Up
    On a day-to-day basis, many people are affected by skin conditions like undereye circles, spider veins, rosacea, scars, birthmarks, facial disfigurements and on the increase; plastic surgery work and tattoos. They often seek the advice of Remedial Camouflage Professionals to help with the correction, concealment and contouring of their facial and skin problems. This module will provide students with the application techniques and skill set to assist people to live as normal as life as they can.
  7. Digital Photography
    On this module you will spend some time taking photographs for your portfolio. This is a short module and will give you an introduction into the language of digital photography. You will learn the mechanics of digital cameras, the art of good photographic composition, how to download onto your personal computer and printing styles and choices.
  8. Contextual Studies
    This module allows you to understand the historical background to period make up and costume and fashion trends of the day. You will do research work to develop creative concepts from all available resources. You will learn about theatrical, film and TV character make up tips and techniques as well as script breakdown and set ethics. You will also learn self presentation skills (role playing).

The make-up kit and brushes have been designed to give you a make-up kit that will form the basis to build upon. Leading brands of Inglot and NIMA have been used to ensure a top quality kit and each kit contains the following;

Inglot Make-up Kit

  • YSM Foundation
  • Translucent Powder
  • False Lash Mascara
  • Freedom Lipstick * 5
  • Freedom Eyeshadow * 5
  • 5 Square Palette * 2
  • Freedom Camo Concealer * 5
  • Freedom System Blusher * 2
  • Freedom System Highlighter
  • Freedom System Sculpt
  • 4 Square Blush Palette
  • Soft Precision Eyeliner
  • Soft Precision Lipliner * 2
  • AMC Bronzing Powder
  • Freedom System Round Powder Palette Matte
  • Duraline
  • Pink Pro Blender

Nima 7 Piece Brush set

  • Powder Brush
  • Flat Head Kabuki
  • Large Shader
  • Concealor Brush
  • Crease Blender
  • Pencil Smudge
  • Angled
  • Brush Roll


Professional Photography

At the end of this comprehensive course, you will have built a portfolio with approximately 35 looks in it. Creating a high quality portfolio with professional photographs that accurately reflect the creativity, skills and techniques acquired during this programme is essential for students. Portobello Institutes hires the services of a photographer to capture the finished looks throughout the course on a digital copy that students can utilise on their social media and within their portfolios.

Course Fees

Course price €3,499

ITEC exam fee: €365

Payment - 40% of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and exam fees due on 25th August 2020

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €1,516

Balance in to 3 instalments of 20% equal to €758 due 25th August, 25th November & 25th January 2021.

Instalment fee  payable - €290 spread across 4 payments, included in figures detailed above

Exam fees are due on 28th August 2019

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees has been received.


I am now working as a makeup artist and brow expert and was delighted to be invited to do a guest demo with current students

I was always presented with great opportunities from my tutors and other artists for work experience and jobs so I had to completely step outside of my comfort zone - now every opportunity excites me. Full story

Ciara O Toole


There are multiple options within industry for students to consider and to use the skills learned in class.

 “I absolutely loved the course, it was a lot of work but I met the most wonderful people and we became really close." Full story

Sophie Briscoe Kelly

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Course Code Location & Info Price
MUAT-F-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

05/10/2020 -30/04/2021
Timetable issued September 20
€3499 Fully Booked

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