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

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

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

WAES hair and media make-up students have the opportunity to attend industry-related events such as Olympia Beauty, International Makeup Artists Trade Show and Professional Beauty London as well as attending talks and demonstrations  from industry experts both on site and off site. At the end of the year, students get to showcase their hair and make-up skills and knowledge on the models at our end-of-year fashion show.

We are always looking for models upon whom our learners can practice and develop their skills, please contact us to book your appointment. For appointments call 020 3988 7527 or email

Service Junior Technician Senior Technician
Cut and Blow Dry £3.00 £5.00
Shampoo and Blow Dry £3.00 £5.00
Conditioning Treatment £3.00 £3.00
Permanent/Quasi Full Head Tint £10.00 £15.00
Permanent/Quasi Regrowth £10.00 £15.00
Semi-Permanent Colour £10.00 £15.00
Highlights Full Head £10.00 £15.00
Highlights Half Head £8.00 £13.00
Highlights T Section £7.00 £12.00
Men’s Hair Cut £3.00  £3.00

Courses from beginner level to advanced

Beginner level courses at Entry 3 and Level 1 provide a thorough introduction to make-up skills, special effects make-up, prosthetics make-up, hairstyling, face painting and airbrushing with cosmetics. These introductory courses allow for progression onto Level 2 Women’s Hair Dressing and Barbering or Level 2 Media Make-up. Upon successful completion of a Level 2 course, you can progress onto a Level 3 course. See our course categories for detailed information on course content and entry requirements.

Hair and Media Make-up

Industry success for WAES learners

Many of our learners, when they have completed their course or even whilst studying, go into work in a variety of creative sectors, either employed or on a freelance basis. Recent successful learners have secured work with NARS, MAC, Benefit, Madame Tussauds Studios and London Fashion Week.

Hear from our former learner Jacy below or read the full story here.

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

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 have many years' experience across the Media Make-up and Hairdressing industries. So enjoy your course and make the most of your time with us!

Louise Hoare – Course Leader and 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 continues to freelance, providing wigs, facial hair and make-up. Her recent work has included hair and make-up for portraits for Tyler Perry shows in America, commercial advertising for Shoot With Us, and providing facial hair and make-up for Incognito Theatre. Louise also provides special effects workshops for media studies students in north London.

Aferdita Llugiqi – Technician

Aferdita joined the Hair and Media Make-up Team with skills and knowledge acquired from a previous vocation. Her career started in the hospitality and leisure industry and progressed into restaurant management. After taking a career break to raise her children, Aferdita decided to follow a long-held passion and retrain in media make-up and hairdressing. She successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hair Dressing at WAES whilst undertaking work experience at a salon in Marylebone.

Last year Aferdita successfully achieved her assessor qualification and is this year, studying towards her teaching qualification.

Aferdita assists the tutors in the classroom and runs the Media Make-up and Hair studio dispensaries. She is also responsible for health and safety in the salons and arranges trips to industry exhibitions and shows.


Contact us

For course enquiries or for further information please call us on 020 7297 7297 or e-mail

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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