For a long time I have wanted to take my love of makeup to another level, and begin training to become a makeup artist. I have researched almost every course out there, but found it hard to differentiate between the good and the bad. So when I won a competition to take part in the Kohl intensive professional makeup course, I was literally over the moon. This was exactly what I needed.
For those of you that might not have heard of Kohl makeup, Kohl Cosmetics is Brown Sugars own premium range of Irish cosmetics and beauty products, that can only be found in Brown sugar or Sugar Cubed salons. This range literally has everything in it, including skin care, foundations, eyeshadows, and lipsticks. I had heard a few things about this brand, but had never gotten a chance to try any out. By taking part in this course, I got a chance to try out the complete range of Kohl products while at the same time learning the tricks of the makeup trade.
The course itself ran over two days, in the Brown Sugar salon in Blackrock. It started at 10am and finished at 5pm , with an hour for lunch. There is also an option to do this course over 4 weeks, which will cover the same content.
This is an extremely hands on course, with small numbers in the class. There were 4 course participants, in my class, including myself.This meant we got lots of one on one attention and any mistakes we were making were picked up on straight away and we were shown how to improve our technique. The course was taught by the extremely talented makeup artist Dearbhla Keenan, who is literally a makeup to the stars. I was in awe of the amount of celebrities who she has had the chance to do makeup for. Each section of the class was demonstrated by Dearbhla on a model and then we had a chance to replicated the technique she had just shown us how to do. I found this brilliant, as you got to practice straight away, rather than seeing how a full face was applied and having to remember everything all in one go.
The course is broken up into 5 parts. The first part is skincare. Let’s be honest, if our skin isn’t in the best condition it can be when we start to apply our makeup, the makeup will just not look right. As I plan on doing individual post on each section of the course, I won’t go into massive detail here, but in this part we looked at how to cleanse, tone and moistures the skin properly and how we should alter each of these steps depending on a persons skin type. I had previously thought my skin care regime was good, but my good I have really been slacking. I need to up my game big time when it comes to skincare, as when shown how to cleanse, tone and moisturise properly, the difference in how my skin felt was unreal.
The second part of the course focused on base. You can spend all the time in the world working on your eyes, but if you haven’t applied your base properly, your makeup will not look good. For me, makeup is all about good application of your base. In this section we learned how to properly apply foundation. How to apply concealer to get rid of dark circles and brighten under the eyes. How to contour, and sculpt out the cheeks, nose and chin area, and finally highlighting and applying blush. If I am honest, I would have previously thought I knew how to do a lot of these things already. However, I soon realised I had picked up a lot of bad habits and I really wasn’t getting the most out of my technique. This section of the course was absolutely brilliant. The difference in how proper application of concealer can help rid dark circles is unbelievable. I have practiced the skills learned in this section a few times over the last few days and the difference in how my foundation looks in unreal. Oh and I can now also finally contour!!!
Part 3 of this course, took place on the second day and it was all about the eyes. Eye makeup is my favourite part of doing my makeup, and the tips I picked up in this section of the course were fantastic. We focused on both, daytime and nighttime looks, Winged liner, proper application of liner to the water line and we discussed how to properly apply eye makeup to suit different eye shapes. Like with every other step of this course, we got to practice each of these techniques and Dearbhla was on hand to show us exactly where we were going right or wrong. This section of the course was worth the course fee alone. It was absolutely brilliant. I picked up more in these few hours watching what Dearbhla was doing and then practicing, then I have in all the years I have taken part in courses or watched youtube videos. I am going to dedicated a full blog post to this section as I have so many tips and tricks to share with you, that will improve how you apply your eye makeup to give the wow factor.
The fourth part of the course was about bridal makeup and finishing touches. This section showed how to create the perfect eyebrow shape and fill them in. Apply false lashes, including the application of both strip and individual party lashes and We also looked at how to expertly apply lip liner and lipsticks. I have always struggle with lash application, but when show how to do it properly, it actually isn’t hard at all.
The final part of the course takes place a few weeks after you finish the course and this is a professional photo shoot. Using a model, you will apply a full face of makeup using all the tips and trick you learned during the course. A photo shoot with your model will then take place in Brown Sugars photography studio, where on completion, you will receive a copy of the prints to use in your portfolio. This part of the course, is really invaluable in becoming a makeup artist, as while qualifications are important, most of the time people will want to see a portfolio of your work, rather than ask for your qualification. The proof of how good a makeup artist is, lies in their pages of their portfolio.
I actually am finding it hard to put into words how much I enjoyed the two days of this course. It was just beyond brilliant. The course is comprehensive, hands on and fun at the same time. Dearbhla made the course content easy to follow, and she was great for practical tips on improving the application of makeup and becoming a makeup artist. At every step of this course we practiced and fined tuned the skills we learnt, all under the watchful eye of Dearbhla. As this course is so hands on, it would suit everyone from the complete novice to a makeup artist trying to refresh their skills.
Makeup courses can be expensive, but when you consider that this course was 12 hours in duration, the fee of €600 is actually pretty reasonable. Especially when you receive a makeup brush set valued at almost €200.
I can’t recommend this course highly enough. The tips I have picked up over the two days are invaluable. I will be doing a series of blog posts on each part of the course over the next few weeks, but to be honest no amount of blog posts, or youtube videos can take the place of the hands on approach of this course. You can find out more about how to apply to take part on one of the Kohl Cosmetic course here. If you have any questions about the course you can contact Dearbhla at Kohl Cosmetics on 01-6169967 or ask me any questions you like either by email, Facebook or Twitter.
Keep an eye out for my blog series on the tips and tricks I picked up on the different parts of this course.