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  • Born from a passion for Makeup the founders Annie , Lisa and Keira set up one of Irelands leading Colleges for providing makeup training and education. Our philosophy has always been that an educator needs to be constantly involved and in-touch with the industry. How can you teach current makeup knowledge and trends if you are not actively involved in the industry? This is a must for us, and is a solid foundation for our training. All our educators are working professionals and qualified trainers.

    Our main aim is to give every student the most up-to-date industry tools when training and the plan for the makeup academy has remained unchanged. This relevant up-to-date experience is golden in the world of make up.

    The Makeup Crew is a training academy like no other. We believe in doing things with passion or not at all. We make sure everything we do is done through the lens of professional excellence . Our commitment is to ensure exceptional makeup training and education , building up our trainee artists to a level of confidence that they feel ready to embark on a career in the industry, a knowledge of products and cosmetics that the soon to be next generation of artists will be outstanding in. & when they will finish their time with us here at The Makeup Crew they will excel above and beyond. We offer an ITEC Internationally recognised accreditation as well as our Makeup Crew in-house Diplomas.

    We believe in collaboration, passion, individuality, self expression and above all of this great makeup! Application and attention to details are key. We love seeing our past students succeed and begin on their own wonderful journey into the makeup industry. Some of our graduates have gone to set up their own businesses, work for many luxury high end brands such as MAC, Laura Mercer, Charlotte Tilbury, etc and some establishing themselves firmly in the bridal market. A lot have also ventured overseas to London, Germany and Canada.  We always remain a constant outlet for past students. If you need advice or want to up-skill we have an open door policy and remain in high regard with past graduates.

  • A school by makeup artists, for makeup artists, this was the dream that started it all.

    Renowned for being Irelands best makeup school. We revolutionised makeup education by creating the first makeup school in the country to be owned and operated by working freelance makeup artist.

    Our students are taught by top international makeup artist who work with the best names in fashion and media, this was unheard of before The Makeup Crew opened its doors and now an education philosophy many other schools aspire to.

    With over 15 handpicked specialists teaching the crew courses there is no better place to make your dream a reality. At The Makeup Crew we always go above and beyond for our students. Uniquely for a make up school, we are part of the industry itself, giving us that unique edge. That enables us to place our students in to jobs and assisting opportunities across the globe.

    The Makeup Crew is also the first college to recognise on going education. We support our students when you finish your classroom education to help you develop your career. Providing a unique opportunity to network with the industries cosmetic giants, fashion experts and international celebrity artists.

    So why not have a look through our website and social media pages to see for yourself how tirelessly we work for all our students here at The Makeup Crew.

    Always remembering….

    Live your dream and share your passion!

  • Our tutors are freelance makeup artists, coming into the academy to teach our students as guest lecturers. This means your tutor has come directly from applying makeup or styling the hair for top magazine covers and editorials, famous celebrities & designers and the world’s premier Fashion Weeks, bringing with them current, up-to-date skills and techniques. You can’t get more insider industry knowledge than that.

    Most other schools offer students a full time teacher with maybe one or two guest teachers coming in over the duration of the hair and makeup courses. This means the student only gets one perspective of teaching. At The Makeup Crew our teachers come from all sectors of the industry and with more than 15 makeup artists making up the Crew team you will be spoilt for choice, as you will have an array of individual skills to learn from.

    Our makeup courses are taught by a different teacher each week, no one class is the same and you are offered a wider breadth of skills and techniques for each makeup module. This gives our students more makeup application insight, tips, tricks and industry know-how than you can get anywhere.

    At The Makeup Crew it is our mission to provide an exceptional experience for our students before, during and after their training as professional make-up artists. We are also committed to providing our students with premium quality products and unparalleled service.

  • The Makeup Crew is proud to offer one of the most prestigious international qualifications in Makeup Artistry – ITEC.

    This internationally recognised qualification is not an in house school attendance certificate instead it is a completely independent.

    ITEC is an independent awarding body that set standards for make-up academy education, which is recognised by the industry throughout the world and by all Makeup cosmetic agencies and companies.

    ITEC provide an industry benchmark for the make-up artist and those who wish to employ a make-up artist.

    This is achieved through the following:

    • Course Work – Your course work is a collection of all your work thought out the course things like mood-boards, face-chats make up notes and homework this needs to be keep to hand should the ITEC examiner request to see this.

    • Practical Examination Your Practical exam will take place on week 16 of you exam (Module 1 & 2) or on your last week for our module 3 students. This is a practical exam this lasts usually 1 hour an dis examined by an outside examiner from ITEC.

    • Theory Test Paper This is a second exam to receive your ITEC qualification.

    This is send in to the make up crew from the awarding body ITEC. The theory exam it’s a multiple choice exam of 50 Questions where respondents are asked to select the only correct answer out of a list of 4.

    • Portfolio of work every makeup artist needs to have an eye-popping portfolio that blows their clients away. A makeup artistry portfolio is a compilation of your best work in a format that’s easily accessible to others. They can be in physical (book) form, or online (which is more common today)

    At The Makeup Crew when you finish our course you will have both. If you’re trying to attract new clients, being able to show them examples of your past work your portfolio is what will get you booked.

    Although we at The Makeup Crew don’t feel that is enough for our students as we have said before we train” The industry way” And that being said there is no way like The Makeup Crew way.

    So on top of that we offer our students another Makeup crew certification and that is The Makeup Crew in house certificate. At The Makeup Crew our image and reputation is something we pride ourselves on we have spent years building our band within the Industry. Without boasting… Our students come at a standard like no other and we are proud to say this.


    We have two locations conveniently situated in Dublin city center One location is located on Dame street and our other within our pro store The Makeup Bar in the heart of Temple bar. Each of The Makeup Crews three studios weather it be Dublin or Limerick are fitted out with wall mirrors and stage lights, giving students a professional studio feel. This is because we want our students to be as ready as possible to enter the industry and this look and feel provides that. Our mission is to offer students the best and most comprehensive make-up training in the country.


    The courses we offer in Limerick are our Module one and Module two courses these are run on Sundays and Mondays from The award winning Make-up and Hair by Catherine Hickey studio.

    Make-up and Hair by Catherine Hickey has been awarded limericks number one make up studio and Catherine herself has won Makeup artist of the year many times over. Make-up and Hair by Catherine Hickey is located in central Limerick. Not only do we work with the best in the business, we make sure our students are connected with the best.

  • The Make Up Crew is proud to be the only makeup school in Ireland to offer graduates 100 s of FREE aftercare and refresher master classes following their makeup courses.

    We offer our Graduates FREE ongoing education and important network building with world-famous industry names and cosmetic companies. Crew students can also take full advantage of global discounts through our friendships with luxury and pro brands.

  • At The Makeup Crew we hand-pick Tutors from all over to teach our students the latest techniques and industry way. In some other makeup schools you will find, students are taught by makeup artists who no longer work full time in the industry anymore.

    At The Makeup Crew our teaching ethos sets us apart, being the first to be opened and operated completely by working freelance makeup artists. What makes us unique from other schools is our tutors are also freelance makeup artists, coming into the academy to teach our students. This means your tutor has come directly from applying makeup bringing with them current, up-to-date skills and techniques you teach you. You can’t get more insider industry knowledge than that.

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