Win make-up courses


Win two full make-up courses worth R20 000 each!

Promotion The Make-up Issue was born 20 years ago from a passion for beauty and fashion. Our courses are specifically designed so you end up a qualified, professional make-up artist, specialising in bridal, fashion, film, photography, television, theatrical and special effects make-up. 

Renowned for our superb level of intensive training and the fact instruction is given by experienced and professional make-up artists who’ve worked and are still actively working in the film and fashion industries, The Make-Up Issue’s lecturers bring the latest fashion trends into their teachings.

What sets our academy apart from other institutions is that we regularly give students an opportunity to go out and assist lecturers on fashion shows, productions and photographic/film shoots. Current contracts include Miss World, SA Elite Model Look, Face of Africa, SA Fashion Week (Audi, Joburg, Durban and Cape Town) and the SA Music Awards,  to name but a few.

We want to give our students authentic insight into this exciting and competitive industry, and through this experience they often get recruited by some of the top production companies and cosmetic houses in the country.

“This experience is invaluable to our students,” says founder and principal Abie Viljoen.

Students are encouraged to participate in various make-up competitions throughout the year to increase their working experience and exposure to the industry. We place a lot of emphasis on comprehensive working knowledge and a full understanding of products and materials but, most important of all, a strong and professional portfolio. This practical experience grooms graduates for this highly competitive industry they’re about to enter. A successful artist need not only excel in the knowledge of the various techniques, but be professional in their approach and have an acute sense for business.

“Rather than focusing on past academic achievements, the important traits are having a creative flair, maturity, a great personality and professionalism,” says Abie.

Throughout the course there’s strong emphasis on building an excellent portfolio which acts as the best marketing tool to showcase skills. Contrary to what others feel, a diploma or certificate from an international institution holds little value next to a powerful portfolio.

When the portfolios are handed in at the end of the course, and they’re of a professional standard, the graduate will be placed on our books to be contracted out to clients on a freelance basis.

We accept both male and female students over the age of 16 who have an interest in and love for the film, fashion, TV and theatrical industries. This course is also highly recommended for teachers of drama and dance. For more information go to


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