WE SHOUT ABOUT US - Because We Can!
AOFM has cemented its position as one of the most famous and unrivalled fashion, editorial, catwalk and bridal makeup academies. Due to our industry success, creative make up courses and unique education concept there are many who imitate us but have never come close to our level of fashion industry expertise, contacts, work opportunities and the commitment we give to our graduates.
We have become the industry’s most recognised fashion and bridal makeup academy in London and New York. Our graduates include fashion and beauty editors from the world’s top fashion magazines, have won several makeup artist of the year awards and have worked with the biggest names in the industry.
We are the only makeup school to offer our graduates hundreds of backstage jobs and assisting places at London Paris and New York Fashion Week shows and events. We take graduates backstage to work with designers every year. We have also supplied full teams of makeup artists for the Clothes Show Live Fashion Theatre, Graduate Fashion Week and Couture Fashion Week NYC, London, Paris New York and Monaco fashion weeks the Royal Variety Show, Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Live and much more.
But what puts us at the top of the fashion make up industry ladder is being asked by the fashion elite to be the backstage makeup artists at the prestigious Global Fashion Awards. Naturally, we take our graduates to work behind the scenes, meeting the fashion industry elite who attend from all over the world.
We also offer unparalleled work opportunities once our graduates finish our courses with the who’s who of fashion, including Dior and Gucci, British and Italian Vogue, Tattler, Marie Claire, ID magazine just to name a few.
We are the first to offer aftercare and mentor our graduates creating the first free aftercare training support programme, allowing our students to return for as long as they wish to take advantage of all the amazing free workshops we offer. There are many free workshop classes where we connect graduates with big names in the industry including editors from magazines like Marie Claire, Elle Magazine and the prestigious British Vogue. There is on-going help with portfolios, classes, contacts and tax classes and guest speakers including top makeup artists to celebrities like Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole, fashion designers from Paris and London and leading clothes and hair stylists.
AOFM offer freelance makeup artists from the leading agencies in New York and London who work with the most famous celebrities, fashion designers, magazines and runway shows to teach you. We have over 40 makeup artists who guest teach at AOFM so you will be spoilt for choice. Students learn from a different artist every day giving you the chance to pick up more than just one way of applying makeup and learn more tricks of the trade. Students work with over 25 luxury brands including Mac, Makeup Forever, Chanel, Dior and many more.
Investing in our graduates is what we pride ourselves on and what we do best. That’s why we invest our own money to help our students get to the top of the industry quicker. We offer our US students the opportunity of all-expenses-paid trips to London to work backstage at London Fashion Week. We also offer our exciting and unique Paris scholarship programme to 4 graduates annually from our New York and London courses, to take advantage of an all-expenses-paid stay in Paris in order to work on their portfolios. This is just an extra incentive
Personal One-to-One Attention
Our class sizes are kept small to maximize learning. We offer not only a great tutor, but an additional assistant tutor in every class. This teaching style sets us apart from other institutions, ensuring you receive the highest level of attention and one-to-one training from our tutors for our courses.
AOFM’s Exclusive and FREE Aftercare Plan
The UK’s only make up school to offer free aftercare training industry contacts and work placements.
AOFM’s unrivalled international teaching team of around 30 freelance
hair and make up artists are represented by 8 of London’s leading
creative hair and make up agencies. We believe in giving our students
every success possible in this very competitive industry. As our school
offers a wider range of working make up artists we c
an give our students more contacts, information and international guest
artists than any other make up school in the country.
Many students leave other schools wondering ‘where do I go from
here?’ AOFM doesn’t believe in that happening to our students and have
created a first in the industry - a revolutionary aftercare
plan specially designed to give you the step-by-step help and support
you need to be successful. Once you finish your training course with us
you will automatically be offered our aftercare plan.
We keep our classes to small sizes to give our students the best possible learning experience, and benefitting from our one-on-one attention. These include
specialist classes to build up your confidence, skills, contacts and
knowledge of the industry. We will also invite key international
industry speakers who are leaders in their field from London, Paris and
New York and even offer you work placements to give you a better head
We want nothing but the greatest success for all our students and we
don’t believe in charging students for that extra help and support. Our aftercare plan is valued at £3200 but is offered to you
We guarantee our tutors are the best in the business, plus we are the only school to offer a different teacher every day direct from working in the industry. These guest tutors are represented by top agencies in both London and New York and we have a complement of more than 40 artists on our books to not only train you but share with you their extensive industry knowledge. The artists work with the biggest names in the industry. If in doubt about us or any teachers at our school, we invite you to Google our teachers - you will see they are the best in the business. That’s who you want to learn from - not someone who just teaches full time and so simply cannot bring you such an all-encompassing level of training about the industry.
Training tools & Kits
AOFM believes in giving students the most up-to-date industry tools when training - that’s why our student train with more than 30 professional and luxury brands.
This enables students to obtain a good understanding of the products that are available to them in the industry. A makeup artist will never use just one brand alone but products from a multitude of brands. We don’t believe in kits as this limits the amount of product knowledge a student learns. In most cases schools will supply their own brand cosmetics.
This will not give you a proper understanding but limit your product knowledge which is essential for a professional makeup artist. Students will not have a base kit of products available for them throughout the course but will have the opportunity to work with full ranges of the top brands on the market. Click here for a full detailed list of brands we offer in class.
We Kick Start Your Career
Our tutors keep a keen eye out for all students who do extremely well. Those showing enthusiasm, talent, and dedication will be offered the opportunity to assist tutors on shoots & catwalk shows, as well as join the Academy bookings department where we will offer paid work giving an added kick-start to your career
An example of some of our student work experience can been seen at AOFM.TV
Committed to Your Development
At the Academy, we are committed to your development and when you choose to learn from us our support does not stop there. We like you to keep us informed of your progress and if need be we will happily offer professional advice as well as a free refresher session. Student can also take advantage of our Mac Pro and Shu Uemura master classes both of which are run two times a year for as long as they like.
Making a Head Start
Since we all had to start somewhere, we understand how expensive it can be to start in this industry. This is why the Academy gives you a variety of kit discount and resource options, letting you choose what suits you best. Kits are not necessary when doing our courses as we give you the Academy’s high quality brush set and provide make up from over 30 professional and luxury brands. For those students wishing to have kits, we can provide one tailored to individual needs discounted at up to 50% off retail prices. This option allows us to keep your course fees to a minimum and give all students invaluable product knowledge on a vast amount of available brands, benefiting our students. During and after completion of courses, students can take advantage of agreed Academy discounts up to 50% for such things as make up from a number of professional brands, portfolios and other services.
We give you the chance to explore your creativity and flare in an organized photoshoot with a top fashion photographer. Our teachers and amazing clothes stylists will be on hand to help you create stunning looks. Beautiful fashion models from leading London model agencies will be provided. You will be given all the images in a low resolution after the shoot. From there you can pick and choose which images you would like retouched for your portfolio, which is not included in the course fee. This is such a great opportunity for you to jump start your career and start booking some jobs!
Experience the Choice
As a make up artist it is crucial to understand the tools of the trade. This is why the Academy offers you the opportunity when training with us to learn and work with over 30 of the most professional brands, including MAC, Christian Dior, Lancôme, and Giorgio Armani to name a few. This enables our students to gain important product knowledge and exposure to the variety of products used by industry professionals, allowing you as an artist to feel comfortable using various brands. We are also the only UK make up school to have courses sponsored and supported by cosmetic brands such as Bobbi Brown, Becca, Shu Uemura, Dermalogica and KMS to name a few.
Please take a look at the list below for a list of brands you will be working with.
AOFM has a large unrivalled teaching team comprised of professional working make up artists and hair stylists who are with some of London’s leading creative make up and hair agencies. We give every student a chance to assist them and work on a number of work placements. There is no better learning experience than on a real job.
It is vital in your career to assist if you are going to work in the freelance make up industry. This is your launch pad into the industry, growing your network and skills. No student will ever leave college and go straight into full time freelance work and will always start from the bottom and work their way up. Assisting will do this for you.
We are the only makeup academy to sponsor a number of designers throughout Fashion Week in London, New York and Paris. This enables us to head many of the top shows and offer backstage work opportunities to our graduates every year. AOFM also offer a number of work placements with magazines such as Vogue, Tattler, I-D and TV shows such as Britain’s Next Top Model.
Have a look at our AOFM.TV website - all make up for the shows on this site is by our students working backstage with major designers and models.
Personal shopping (exclusive discounts)
The Academy and our artists take pride in giving our students the very best personal attention and head start to their careers.
This is why we established the first personal shopping day in courses, where we take students on a fabulous day of shopping introducing them to store managers and staff, enabling you to build more industry contacts and best of all, to take advantage of discounts exclusive to AOFM.
Our exclusive relationships formed with leading cosmetic houses enable us to offer you a much wider range of discount programmes than you can find anywhere else.
Discount programmes and stores visited include MAC, Dermalogica, Shu Uemura, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Screenface, Benefit, Stila, Ricky’s, Pam, Lancôme, Bare Escentuals , INGLOT, Smashbox, OCC and many more. After all that hard work shopping we like to pamper you, giving you a chance to sit back and unwind with a catered lunch on us of course.
AOFM is also the only UK academy registered on the Mac Pro website. This enables students from our London & New York Academy to obtain their MAC discount cards as we are a MAC-recognised school.
AOFM and its artists are highly respected and have built a world-renowned reputation within the make up and hairstyling industry. This has given us the opportunity to work with a number of high profile sponsors.
We are sponsored and supported by some of the world’s most prestigious cosmetic and hair brands. In many cases our students are chosen by these companies for employment after completing our courses because they know that our students have been trained to the highest standard.
AOFM is the only make up school in Europe whose courses are sponsored and supported by the following companies :-
Dermalogica, Benefit, Babyliss Pro, KMS Hair Care, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura and Becca Cosmetics.
AOFM is a revolution in training
Since we launched our unique style of training, there have been so many imitators, how can you tell if they are any good or not?
First thing to understand is that a school can never, ever give instant success (not even us), although many will promise this. It takes time. A makeup artist has to work hard and shoot as many images as possible for their portfolios, as well as working on the widest possible range of events and shows. This can take a few years.
Many schools claim to offer working artists. Don’t take their word for it. Google all their teachers and see for yourself what they are doing in the industry. Check their client list. Are they with agencies? You may be very surprised at who is current and who is not.
Many claim to offer aftercare but check exactly what it consists of. Sometimes you will find there is very little substance to their claim and very few aftercare classes are actually on offer. It is very important you are exposed to the biggest names in the industry such as beauty editors from the biggest magazines and the makeup artists working on the most famous celebrities. Ask students on Facebook to find out what aftercare they have had.
Certificates and qualifications
Now this is a hard one. So many schools claim you need to be qualified. This is completely and utterly false as this is a portfolio-based industry, not a certificate-based industry. It frustrates us that many of the people issuing such guidance actually have no idea of what a working makeup artist is. There are many makeup artists who have never done a course or training. These makeup artists are at the top of the industry. If you work in fashion you ONLY
need a portfolio.
What contacts does a school really have?
Well so many schools do offer the world. Pretending to offer a lot, when in fact there are very few work opportunities. Research how many shows and events they do. Are they working with people who work in fashion? Don’t be deceived. PLEASE do your research. Google shows and artists to make sure you are getting what you’re paying for.
Contacts, Shows, Sponsors
What shows and how much is the school known in the industry?
Contacts are everything to a makeup artist. It’s important to make sure your trainers connect you with people outside the classroom. This could be backstage.
All expenses paid Scholarship Editorial Course in Paris.
Do you fancy an all-expenses paid makeup course in Paris?
This is open to all our graduates of our 3 week and 4 week make up courses. We believe so much in our student's success that we are happy to invest our own money in making our top students dream of working in Paris a reality. We are giving 4 lucky students each year the opportunity of an all-expenses paid trip to Paris to work with the AOFM-based creative team.
During your time in Paris you will create an editorial shoot for your portfolio with top models and our creative team. All you need to do is successfully complete our Professional Makeup & Hair or Total Pro Creative Specialist course, work hard on building your makeup career and portfolio once you leave, send images of your work and progress and the best 4 graduates every year demonstrating their hard work and success will experience this career trip of a life time. It's that simple!
The Paris Scholarship is open to our students in the UK and NYC and includes all transport and hotel accommodation and a shoot with a Paris-based team including a clothes stylist, photographer and hair and makeup artist to assist you create your best work.