Last week I was invited to spend a few hours at London's prestigious makeup academy, AOFM (Academy of Freelance Makeup) to find out about what they've been up to. If you don't know already, then this is basically the ultimate destination to go to if you have any interest in becoming a makeup artist by trade. They specialise in intense, short courses that teach you all the skills you need over a few weeks so anybody can change their profession - you don't have to take a year out and find the money to survive without income, you can simply do a two week course while taking holiday and transform your life within that time. It's not easy, as the founders told us, as they work their students hard and expect high standards, but they repay them by setting them up with amazing opportunities to work at London Fashion Week, Clothes Show Live and assisting on celebrity shoots within months of training.
All of the teachers at the academy are working artists and no day is the same - every single say students have a different expert helping them, so they're learning from the best and gaining as much experience and diversity as possible. This lends the academy to have such a huge amount of skill, talent and passion that it's no surprise they've just released a new book. Entitled 'Makeup is Art', the book is beautiful and contains images and tips on how to create looks from the simplest daytime glow, to bridal makeup, striking eyes, theatrical looks and even body paint. It's a book not only for the professional artist, but for anybody interested in makeup and has an appreciation for beautiful pictures. I've been fawning over my copy for a few days and I can't put it down... take a look at a snapshot of the images below or view the full preview online
More info on AOFM and their courses here. The book 'Makeup is Art' is available from all good bookshops RRP £25.00, although it's currently on Amazon for £13.99