Makeup courses

The Australian makeup industry

The Australian beauty industry is rapidly growing, with its value projected to reach 6.7 billion AUD by 2025.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (prior to COVID-19), employment in the beauty services space was projected to rise by 146% to 50,700 employment opportunities nationwide. Makeup artists and beauty therapists were both identified to be in the top 5 occupations in demand for this projected growth.

Job outlook

Most people who pursue makeup artistry as a career choose to work for themselves. Many start as freelance makeup artists who specialise in event makeup. Freelancers enjoy a lot of flexibility in their work, as they get to choose their own clients and work hours, often travelling to their clients’ homes.  

Some makeup artists and beauty therapists choose to work in salons or open their own salons! Often, these businesses provide a range of beauty services including waxing, spray tanning, hairdressing, hairstyling and eyelash extensions. Those who choose to work in salons will experience a more structured work-life, however, weekend and evening work is still a regular occurrence for every beauty professional.

Although event or ‘special occasion‘ makeup is by far the most common form of makeup service, you can also train in specialist makeup services, such as:

  • Film or screen makeup
  • Special effects/prosthetics makeup
  • Stage makeup
  • High fashion or photography makeup

Makeup courses

Depending on which level makeup or beauty services qualification you choose to pursue, studying a makeup course in Australia will equip you with all the in-depth knowledge you’ll need to know about: 

  • Makeup products
  • Makeup application techniques
  • Skin type, health and hygiene
  • Consultation standards

More comprehensive courses will also teach you critical foundational business skills required to start your own successful makeup business.

Makeup Artistry Certificate 

A mixture of key theoretical lessons and practical makeup workshops, this short course is perfect for someone looking to step into the beauty industry either as a freelancer or salon employee. Learn fundamental makeup techniques needed for every real-world bridal makeup look, editorial aesthetic or event glamour. 

A certificate qualification can be studied either full-time or part-time and are offered as online courses providing ultimate learning flexibility!

Certificate III in Beauty Services

The best choice to become a fully prepared professional makeup artist or other beauty industry professional – a Certificate III can be completed with a blended method of both face-to-face practical makeup classes and online learning. From learning about retail cosmetics through to advanced makeup techniques and business skills, this course will ensure you are job-ready upon graduation. 

A TAFE RTO delivered Certificate III is the most common qualification for makeup artists and beauty therapy professionals.


With all makeup artistry courses providing flexible payment options, online learning components, and no higher education entry requirements, it just makes sense to enquire about a makeup course today. 

Become the makeup connoisseur you’ve always wanted to become and share your skills with the world — enrol in a course today!