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Study hair and make-up in London with Westminster Adult Education Service

Our hair and make-up courses are designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed as professional hair and make-up artists.

Tutors are experienced make-up artists and hairdressers who work in the industry and have the latest knowledge of products and techniques. 

WAES hair and make-up students often have the opportunity gain work experience on live projects including feature films, dance performances and community make-over days.

Courses from beginner level to advanced

Beginner level courses offer a thorough introduction to make-up skills, special effects make-up, prosthetics make-up, hairstyling, face painting and airbrushing with cosmetics. You can go on to a level 2 or 3 course, which can take you to university or straight into employment. See our course categories for detailed information on course content and entry requirements.

Industry success for WAES learners

Twelve of our special effects learners provided the make-up on the feature film Doomsday. Other WAES students have worked for the Royal Ballet School and Westminster City Council. Recent students have become apprentices at Trevor Sorbie and Harrods Hair and Make-up Salons.

Book your course now for 2018

Many of our short courses can be booked online - simply find the course that suits you and click the 'enrol' button.

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Contact us

For course enquiries or for further information please call our hotline number 020 7297 7297 or e-mail

Alternatively, please complete the form below with your contact details along with any specific course enquiries and we will be pleased to contact you with the information you require.

At WAES all our hair and make-up tutors are industry professionals with years of experience - keen to pass this on to learners at all levels.

Wendy Johnson, tutor and make-up artist to the celebrities

Credits include I’m a Celebrity... and BBC News.

Originally I was a product designer, but then in 2005 I began make-up as a second career – freelance to begin with. I re-trained for 3 months in hair, make-up and media so that I had some options, and then I set to work full time. Working on TV became my forte, but I’ve also done film, theatre and media work.

I’ve been teaching since 2007. To start  with I provided some cover on a number of occasions due to illness. Now I’ve been teaching the Level 3 course at WAES for six years.

Many of our students go on to work in film and TV with what they’ve learned on the courses.

I enjoy seeing students learn an art from nothing. It’s so satisfying – seeing their excitement; instilling confidence in them.Many of our students go on to work in film and TV with what they’ve learned on the courses, especially those that study the accredited programmes. The Level 3 course in particular is a very employable
qualification to have in this industry.

WAES has a reputation for great hair and make-up courses. The studio and facilities at Lisson Grove Centre are fantastic.

My favourite moments include being a make-up artist to news presenters. The other longer projects, such as 10-week programmes, are great too – you get to know people. Some personalities are really quite temperamental, naming no names. David Dickinson was an absolute pleasure to work with, so was Anton du Beke.

Wendy’s top tips for budding make-up artists

  • Start with a basic course – get a feel for what it’s like to apply make-up before you begin.
  • Be friendly, open and approachable – your confidence will build over time.
  • Talk to and write to the right people; production managers etc. – good contacts are key for film & TV work. 
  • For special effects and fashion make-up work, you’ll need to study a basic course first.
  • It’s difficult to be a TV make-up artist without doing any hair, so be prepared to do both.
  • Create an online portfolio with photos of your work – especially useful if you want to do wedding work.

Wendy’s credits

  • Lynx, TV advert
  • QVC, BBC News (News 24), TV channels
  • You Are What You Eat, TV show
  • Diet Doctors, TV show
  • I’m a Celebrity... Jungle Drums, TV show
  • Questors, London theatre group
  • CD UK 2, TV Show 
  • Nancy Cartwright (Voice of Bart Simpson from The Simpsons) ‘My life as a ten year old boy’, Theatre production

Caroline Sauzier, tutor and hairstylist to the celebrities

Caroline started her career as a hairdresser, training at the prestigious London College of Fashion.

She owned a successful hair salon in New Zealand for ten years before returning to the UK to pursue a career in make-up. Having completed a hair and make-up course in London, she then went on to have a varied career in the television and photographic industries.

Caroline’s credits


  • The Bill
  • Eastenders
  • Family Affairs
  • Mile High
  • Victoria and Albert


  • Tatler
  • Vogue


  • Christina Aguilera
  • Pamela Stephenson
  • Steps
  • Robbie Williams
  • Edward Woodward
  • Lenny Henry
  • Lisa Maxwell
  • Ruby Wax
  • Scott Maslen


Alison Rowland, tutor and make up artist

After serving an apprenticeship at Elizabeth Arden in Bond Street in the 1970’s, Alison built, and has retained to this day, a clientele in the West End.

During this time she expanded into to work for fashion shows and magazines during the 70’s and 80’s.

Alison then went on to manage a hairdressing company with salons in Mayfair, Cannons gym, as well as up and coming South West London.

In the early 90’s Alison took a side step and retrained to work in Film, Theatre and TV; this lead to career in Drama and Light Entertainment.

As a result of this Alison has provided hair cutting and makeup services for Royalty, politicians, actors, presenters, celebrities and music stars over 4 decades.


Westminster Adult Education Service's hair and make-up studios are located at the Lisson Grove Centre in London NW8.
WAES's fully kitted make-up and hair studios set the perfect scene for learners looking to get started in industry or looking to develop existing techniques.
  • Easily accessible Central London location
  • Equipment and materials included for most courses
  • 30 multi-use hair and make-up stations across 2 large bespoke training environments


A WAES learner with a fantastic make-up in July 2017 WAES Exhibition


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