So, just before Christmas I signed myself up for the IMA foundation course in makeup, with ‘The Central School of Makeup’, at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and with one of my wonderful makeup artists, Rachael, having her second baby, it seemed the perfect time to do it. 

The course covers all you need to get you started in the world of makeup artistry. We went over safety, hygiene and learnt all about all different skin types and how they should be treated.

During the course we were taught a variety of looks including day, evening, good girl smokey eye, bad girl smokey eye, bridal and vintage. I was naturally better with the more evening looks, but enjoyed all elements of the course.

We also had to sit a theory exam, which I passed. Then we had the dreaded practical, which I was ridiculously nervous for. We had to do two looks in one day, a day look and an evening look, easy, right? But no, there’s a catch, we only had one hour to do each look and it had to include a full cleanse, tone and moisturise. I was very happy with both the looks I produced on the day and even had a little time to spare, but there is always that seed of doubt that sets in and knocks your confidence.

The wait, whilst the examiner deliberated if we had passed or not was agonising. But, hallelujah, it was good news, in fact awesome news, I passed! Yippee!!!

All I need to do now is hand in my course work, with all the elements required to get my certificate. So, I’m made up, I did it and am now a qualified makeup artist.

Here’s a recent hair and makeup I created so you can see what I learnt.

claire seville qualified make up artist

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