Start your Career as an International Makeup Artist

Take the first step today. Register for our Highest Diploma Makeup Course. Places limited to 15 students per class.

  • Gain an Internationally recognised qualification
  • You will study with the best - We are an award winning Institute
  • We will offer you all of the support you will require to undertake your studies as well as create the opportunities for you to become a success story
  • Our Institute offers high success rate in relation to ITEC exams. Our students achieve mostly merits (higher than pass). We have also achieved the elusive ITEC distinction
  • You can count on tutoring excellence
  • We offer you small class sizes
  • We have a fully equipped make up training room and tuition classrooms to ensure you make the most of your time with us
  • We offer Work experience to all students. Previous students have completed work experience in magazines such as: Stellar Magazine, Women’s Way, the Sunday Business Post just to name a few, as well as with RTE, TV3, City Channel, and many more high profile assignments
  • Possibility of attaining paid for work experience teaching non-professional workshops with us in the Summer
  • You will complete your course with a stunning Portfolio. We have a professional photo studio in the premises and an Internationally Published Photographer to work with our students

The award Winning MKF Institute Makeup Artistry Programme

The freedom to choose your work

This makeup Diploma Course will allow you the freedom to choose the area or areas of the makeup Industry you would like to work with. For instance, you might want to work with fashion or just the general public.

The choice is yours!

Some of the options that will be available to you:

  • Work on music videos
  • Weddings
  • Fashion shows
  • Makeovers for photography studio
  • Personal makeup artist to a celebrity
  • Makeup for politician and political campaigns
  • Theatrical productions makeup
  • Magazines
  • Special Effects for film or TV
  • Character Makeup for film, TV or stage
  • Beauty counter work
  • Spas and salons
  • Modelling agencies
  • Teaching makeup
  • Or even start your own makeup brand!

The highest Makeup Qualification Awarded by ITEC: Creativity within a structured environment

We understand that It can be hard to select the course that best suits your budget and goals. We simplify the process for you and give you the option of spreading your course fee payments over a period of months.

We believe a makeup classroom is a hub of creative minds but it must also offer students the structured delivered of set syllabus and exams. For that reason we only offer real makeup qualifications, awarded by the International Awarding Body ITEC. So what is ITEC? ITEC stands for International Therapy Examination Council and have been in existence since 1947.Special effects makeup course

ITEC is an examination body, registered with the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), and their qualifications are recognised internationally. The benefits of having an ITEC qualification are numerous. First of all, the qualification is recognised not just in Ireland but in 36 countries in all. Further, if the global regulation trend provides a good indicator, we expect the beauty and makeup Industry in Ireland to become regulated in the near future. This will enforce licensing of professionals and the requirement for awarded qualifications. It could mean that people that do not have a recognized qualification might no longer be able to work in the Industry.

You will learn all you need to know to become a Top International Makeup Artist

Beauty Looks

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Creative Looks

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Special Effects Makeup

Special Effects Makeup Course

Some more looks created by our previous students...

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Makeup Artistry Programme Syllabus:

  • Beauty therapy: beauty routine, double cleanse, the Skin,  muscles of the face, neck and shoulders, contraindications, skin diseases and disorders,  skin types and condition
  • Cosmetology
  • Basic makeup techniques: pre-base, base, blending, countouring, highlighting
  • Corrective make-up
  • Eye makeup including smokey eyes
  • Glossy looks
  • False eye lashes
  • Make up for mature skin
  • Special occasion makeup
  • Professional day looks
  • Airbrushing makeup
  • Photographic makeup basics
  • Fashion makeup basics
  • Character makeup for stage
  • Stage make-up basics
  • Glossy makeup for photography
  • Portfolio preparation
  • High fashion makeup
  • High fashion bridal looks
  • Light and colour theory
  • Period and historical makeup
  • Ethnic makeup - Geisha, Arabic, Indian
  • Makeup for different era (1920s-1990s)
  • Avant guarde makeup
  • Fantasy Make-up
  • Black white and colour photography makeup
  • Media and Special Effects makeup
  • Character make-up using special effects
  • TV/Media Continuity and coordination with wardrobe and prop departments
  • Special effects Ageing using latex
  • using components and prosthetic pieces
  • Bald caps
  • Mounting work
  • Working with wigs
  • Working with crepe hair
  • Creating Bruises, cuts, burns, scars and bullet holes
  • Re-creating skin disease and disorders
  • Frost , casualty and death effect
  • Make up for television and media
  • Face and body painting
  • Red/dark lips
  • Bridal make-up
  • Makeup hygiene
  • Face charts and mood boards
  • Business
  • Customer care

Become a Top Makeup Artist - your dream career is within your reach

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Achieve it!

Your kits - Your tools

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The course fee covers tuition fees only. You will require kits and the other items listed below.

The kits you will require (you purchase from the college before you start your course):

  • Makeup Kit from the Makeup Atelier €360
  • Professional Make-up brushes €140


Others costs (to be paid to the college at week 10 of your course):

  • Special  Effects kit €250
  • Professional Portfolio Photo shoot (35 looks) €450
  • ITEC Examination €250

Success Story...

Lorraine Byrne completed this full-time makeup qualification with us in 2011.

Lorraine was a fantastic student, very dedicated to her studies and always very helpful and interested.  She always got involved, committed a great deal to the course and never let an opportunity to pass her by.

Lorraine carried out a great deal of work experience with us, even some TV work where she demonstrated special effects techniques during an interview with RTE. lorraine byrne at RTE

Lorraine has since started a very successful career in the makeup Industry, working on Miss University 2012 and 2013, numerous fashion shows as well as having her work published in some top papers and magazines. She has also been honored to have worked on a TV ad campaign and in theatre in Dublin. Lorraine also work with photographic makeup for photo shoots and teaches workshops.

We believe Lorraine is an inspiration for anybody that dream of becoming a makeup artist.

To view more samples of Lorraine's work please click here to visit Lorraine's Facebook page

Success Story...

  Jessica Whelan completed this part-time makeup qualification with us in 2009.

Jessica was a great student, very dedicated to her studies and always very helpful and interested.  She always got involved,  committed a great deal to the course and grabbed opportunities.

She was in fact one of the students that participated in the making of the calendar created by  the college and in aid of the children's charity Barnados. exhibition-makeup

During her portfolio work, Jessica worked with the Fashion photographer arranged by the college - Kip Carroll, whom was impressed by her work. The big image at the top of this page is in fact one of Jessica's portfolio images, taken by Kip Carroll.

With her ambition and dedication Jessica was bound to achieve success.  She has since established a name in the makeup Industry and works for MAC Cosmetics.

We think Jessica is an inspiration for anybody that dream of becoming a makeup artist.


Limited Offer - Secure your Place with Only €300. You will pay the rest of course Fee via Easy Monthly Instalments

Full-time Makeup Artistry Programme - 10% Off Today

2 days per week - Mondays & Tuesdays 10:00-16:00 for a full academic year. Attendance:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays - Course starts last Mon of Sept and ends last Mon in June

Course content: Makeup Artistry, Manicure/Nail Art, Spray Tanning, Eyebrow shapping, Hair Styling and Hair Extensions.

Course Fee: €5,549. Offer Today: €4,995 only, where registration fee is €800 and the Course fee: €4,195. You can reserve your place paying only €300 non-refundable Registration Fee Deposit as part of this limited offer. The rest of the course via 12 monthly standing order instalments of €391.25 (Starting in September '15, ending in August '16)

Reserve your place today:

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Part-time Makeup Artistry Programme. Evening Classes

3 evenings per week - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 19:00-22:00 for 40 weeks. Attendance:

  • Evenings - Course starts last Tuesday of October and ends last Tuesday in July

Course content: Makeup Artistry.

Course Fee: €3,800, payable in full or via instalments. You can secure your place Today paying only €300 non-refundable Registration Fee Deposit as part of this limited offer. The rest of your course fee via 10 monthly standing order instalments of €350 (Starting in October '15, ending in July '16).

Reserve your place today:

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Visit the college

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our makeup training room

You can also request to visit the college to talk to an expert or to sit in a class.Sitting in a class is highly recommended as it gives you a chance to see the course in action, talk to the ITEC course tutor and to our current students.Just let us know if you would like to visit the MKF Institute and we will arrange the appointment with you

Studying with the MKF Institute means having everything you need arranged for you, including having your portfolio photo shoot carried by our professional photo studio, buying your kits from the college and availing of work experienced arranged by the college.

Take the first step towards your dream career - Contact us today


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Best ITEC College Winner