The Makeup School is a boutique-learning environment for those wishing to pursue their interest in the cosmetic arts, taught by professional artists who are working in the industry. Set in a professional photographic studio in the heart of Willesden Junction, highly skilled freelance makeup artists pass on their hard-won wisdom, advice and contacts so you receive the best start you can in your new career as a makeup artist.
Courses are not only affordable, they are jam-packed with real-world information; the things you simply won’t learn from those who don’t practise what they teach. You will leave with a full set of quality makeup brushes, discount cards to major cosmetics brands, some shots to start your portfolio, and the invaluable knowledge it takes to begin your very own makeup journey.
The Makeup School was headed and founded by freelance makeup artists and friends Jacqui McElroy and Anastasia Borovik. Both are in-demand, working makeup artists with years of experience to their names as well as weighty portfolios of creative and commercial work between them. Other teachers are enlisted also, all of who are highly skilled and high profile freelance makeup artists.
Originally from Glasgow Jacqui spent some time in early on in her career working abroad in Hong Kong, a newly-booming Dubai, followed by some time in the party capital of Ibiza. During that time she steadily built a name for herself in the global fashion and music scenes, adding high-profile clients, and working on shoots with Kylie Minogue and Kelly Brook along the way.
Again based in London, Jacqui is a regular fixture on the fashion editorial, campaign, and music video scene, shooting regularly for clients such as Mixmag, Nike, Toni & Guy, Ministry of Sound and The Pussycat Dolls, Fever Ray, Jade Jagger, Jedward, Net-a-Porter, Smirnoff, Johnny Walker, and Hewlett Packard to name a few.
Anastasia has worked largely in London, and began her career after realising her then chosen path of law wasn’t fulfilling her creative pull. Following some re-training as a makeup artist, and some work with Laura Mercier, Anastasia went on to assist some big names in fashion, working on Dazed and Confused, Marie Claire, Sunday Times Style, German Elle, Harper's Bazaar, London Fashion Week, and Burberry campaigns, to name a few. She enjoyed a stint in Australia, working on some high-end editorial and campaign shoots, and is now happily back in London, working freelance and teaching for The Makeup School. Recent clients include Toni & Guy, Sadie Frost, Jemima French, Dress Up, and Belville Sassoon among others.
Both are passionate about makeup art, and about providing the genuine advice and training to students that they were never given, and could only learn whilst ‘on the job’.