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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.

How we are keeping our learners safe

Precautions for Covid-19 Hair and Make-up Studios – in accordance with guidelines for Barbers, Hairdressers, Make-up Artists and Beauticians:

  • New ventilation system installed
  • Tutors and technicians wear Type II visors
  • Learners and Models wear disposable masks
  • Work areas are spaced to observe distancing
  • Work areas cleaned with detergent and anti-viral/bacterial products
  • UV box, Bead steriliser, Barbicide and antibacterial/antiviral/antifungal sprays are in place to sanitise tools, equipment, and makeup products
  • Hand sanitisers, antiviral/bacterial wipes and liquids with disposable cloths are available in the studios
  • Masks, gloves, aprons, and visors are stocked in both studios
  • Learners to be provided with individual kits.


How to enrol

  • Select your preferred course and then click on the Availability & Booking tab
  • Decide on your preferred start date and click on the 'Apply' button next to the course details
  • On the online application system, you will need to create a registration by clicking on 'Create an Account' or log in if you already have an account
  • Once you have completed your online application, you will be able to select an interview date.

If you are having problems with the application system, or need advice and guidance, please call 020 7297 7297 or email us on

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Hairdressing qualification courses

Hairdressing short courses

Make-up qualification courses

Make-up short courses

This is the team who will teach and support you whilst you are in the Hairdressing and Make-up Department at WAES. Our tutors who still work in the industry and between them have well over a hundred years' experience, collectively, across the Media Make-up and Hairdressing industries. So enjoy your course and make the most of your time with us!

Alison Rowland – Course Leader

After serving an apprenticeship at Elizabeth Arden in Bond Street and attending the London College of Fashion, Alison went on to run a clientele in Mayfair and then, Marylebone specializing in hair services for a fashionable clientele. As a part of this, Alison worked on photo shoots for magazines, fashion-shows and staff training; then became the General Manager for a Hairdressing company with salons in Mayfair, the City and South West London.

Going freelance and retraining as a Makeup Artist for Film, Theatre and TV. at the Ealing based Makeup School Greasepaint. She went on to work at the Old Vic Theatre; Film work at Ealing, Shepperton, and Pinewood Studios. TV series and programs at Elstree Studios, including Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Other programs and features at Fountain, London TV Studios, and The BBC in White City and at a wide variety of location work across Europe and the UK. Her C.V includes Period Drama, Light Entertainment, Arts and Education Programs, Commercial and Corporate work. Alison has provided Makeup, Prosthetic and Hairdressing services for actors, presenters, celebrities, royalty, and music stars for over 4 decades. People she has looked after include Princess Margaret, Ralph Fiennes; Ewan McGregor, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, Jane Russell and George Michael. At present, Alison has a focus on education as a Course Leader providing tutorials, program development and curriculum planning.

Caroline Sauzier – Course Leader

Caroline's background is as Makeup Artist and Hairdressing Professional in TV and Film. Her career has covered three continents living in the UK, America and then New Zealand. Starting as an apprentice London and training at the London College of Fashion. Having the travel bug, Caroline went to work in New York's Youth Theatre. The next move would be to New Zealand, where she started her own successful salon in Auckland. It was here she also got into editorial, photographic, fashion and show work, this all lead to her being nominated for Hairdresser of the Year.

At the beginning of the millennium, Caroline returned to the UK, where she retrained to make the crossover to becoming a Makeup and Special effects artist training with ITV. She then worked freelance in TV and film for the next decade. This included working on drama series and soaps, like EastEnders and The Bill; Movies and TV specials. She says, “I have been lucky enough to work with a stream of music celebs and wonderful actors.” The artists she has worked with include, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Steps, Robbie Williams, Ruby Wax, Lenny Henry, Edward Woodwood, to name but a few”. Caroline is now a tutor, program developer and curriculum in duties as a Course Leader for WAES, putting a little bit back into an industry that has meant so much to her.

Louise Hoare – Tutor

Louise has worked in Make-up and Special Effects for over twenty years. As a part of the creative team for Madame Tussauds in London, New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam, She became Senior Colour Artist and Trainer. She was responsible for creating accurate and lifelike celebrity figures that included Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue. Louise's Special and Prosthetic Effects came to the fore with her work for The Chamber of Horrors. In this position, Louise was also responsible for the mentoring and training of new staff.

A trained wigmaker, Louise can make and restore wigs. Her freelance work has included Makeup and Wigs for exhibitions that range from the Venice Biennale to a major retrospective for The Imperial War Museum and Alton Towers and Chessington World of Adventures. Louise was the Deputy Head of Wigs and Makeup at The National Theatre and Make-up Designer for theatre company Nouveau Guinol.

Developing the training role Louise began at Tussauds has taken her to a variety of colleges in London and the Home Counties, training others for careers in Film, TV and Theatre. This tutoring extended in her becoming an Associate Lecturer and Course Leader for Production Arts.

Louise has also worked with the organisation Working Knowledge that links young people with professionals on Media Make up courses. The freelance work continues today in providing Wigs and Makeup for commercial activities and with artists for installation pieces for England and America.

Christiana Howell – Tutor

Christiana started her career training in Beauty Therapy in Devon before choosing to specialize in Makeup Artistry. Commencing her initial studies here at WAES in our Makeup Dept., and then progressing on to study Media Make-up at H.N.D level with Somerset College of Art and Technology (now University Centre Somerset).

Her industry experience spans a variety of Media environments. These include Wig Dressing for Mannequin Display, Hair and Makeup for the Corporate Sector, Live Television, Digital Media, Television Commercials, and Fashion Photography. These projects have included work for clients such as Samsung, Microsoft, Evian, Unilever, Sainsbury's, Lycra, Musto, Huawei, ITN and Canada TV.

She is still active within the Beauty Industry having worked at a supervisory level for some of London's largest Beauty Event Companies, which has taken her across the U.K. Christiana keeps up to date with industry news by attending events and workshops on Cosmetology, Advertising and Media. Christiana has been lecturing on a part-time basis in Further Education for over ten years. She brings with her an experience and knowledge of diverse Media environments.

Aferdita Llugiqi – Technician

Aferdita came to the college with skills and knowledge she could transfer into another vocation. Her career started in the catering profession and progressed into restaurant management, interrupted with being a mother. After raising the next generation, Aferdita decided to follow a passion in Makeup and Hairdressing, retraining with WAES to Level 3 and working in Marylebone High Street area.

Aferdita now assists the tutors in the classroom and runs the Makeup and Hair studio dispensaries. And manages the classroom risks assessments and health and safety.


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.

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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