Make-up Courses

Make-up courses are for students who enjoy the art of applying make-up. Students explore skin care and various ways to apply make-up, like corrective make-up.

Our Make-up Courses

Make-Up Courses

Make-Up Applications: Short Course

The Make-Up Application course at Matric College equips you with skills. In South Africa, these skills increase your work opportunities in the beauty industry.
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Make-Up Courses

Make-Up Application Comprehensive Course

Our Make-Up: Comprehensive Certificate Course will teach you almost everything you need to know about applying make-up and becoming a successful salon owner.
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Make-Up Courses

Make-Up Application: Certificate Course

The Make-Up Application Certificate Course offered at Matric College is skills-based. This means you can use it to find employment or open a business.
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Make-up courses at Matric College are under the Short Courses Programme. These are courses designed by the college itself. The purpose is to create courses that are suitable for all students. These courses are not accredited. However, they have many benefits which are:

  • You can study and complete them in 9 to 24 months
  • There are assignments and no exams
  • You gain skills that are relevant
  • They prepare you for the work field of the course you are studying
  • They advance the skills you already have
NOTE: Our Short Courses are provided in partnership with Skills Academy. Matric College and Skills Academy are partner Colleges.

What Are Make-up Courses?

Make-up courses are courses that equip you with skills that make you qualified to work in the Beauty industry. You study these courses to gain specific sets of skills that are relevant to the work environment. You gain qualifications that increase your chances of finding employment. The Make-up Short courses prepare you for the Beauty industry.

Make-up Courses

Make-Up Application Short Course

Programme Type: Provider Programme
Award Issued By: Skills Academy
Accredited By: Not Applicable
Qualification Title: Make-Up Application Short Course 
Qualification Type: Certificate
Course Duration: 9 to 12 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1

Make-Up Application Certificate Course

Programme Type: Provider Programme
Award Issued By: Skills Academy
Accredited By: Not Applicable
Qualification Title: Make-Up Application Certificate Course 
Qualification Type: Certificate
Course Duration: 9 to 15 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1
  • Introduction to Make-Up Application

Make-Up Application Comprehensive Course

Programme Type: Provider Programme
Award Issued By: Skills Academy
Accredited By: Not Applicable
Qualification Title: Make-Up Application Comprehensive Course 
Qualification Type: Certificate
Course Duration: 12 to 19 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Salon Skills
  • Excellence in Service: Basic
  • Networking for Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management: Basic
  • Introduction to Make-up Application 1
  • Introduction to Make-Up Application 2

This is what you will learn in Make-Up Application courses: 

  • How to communicate well with customers
  • How to choose the right make-up palette for skin types
  • Cleaning of Make-up tools
  • Management of a salon business
  • Starting your own business
  • Strategies to have a lasting relationship with clients
  • Understand make-up purposes
  • Management of funds
  • Application of make-up
Make Up Application Short Course

Yes, make-up can be a career. Besides applying to make up for yourself, you can do it on other people for an income. Make-up is a well-known professional career. You can study Make-up courses and earn a Make-up Qualification. You can use the qualification to find employment or open a Make-up business.

The Make-up Application courses offered at Matric College are the best. The courses equip you with a set of skills that can help you find employment. They are beneficial in the following ways: 

  • They are skills-based 
  • Easy to complete 
  • Easy to study 
  • Get you ready for work  
  • Increase your chances of getting promoted

You do not need any specific qualifications to study the Make-up Application courses. You are only required to meet the following requirements to study: 

  • Be at least 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Be able to study through distance learning 

This means that you can study these courses even if you do not have a Matric Qualification. Requirements are made fair for you to get the skills that help you find employment and advance your life.

You do not need to have a set of certain subjects to study the Make-up courses. There is no background knowledge needed. Our courses will teach you everything you need to know about the Make-up industry. Once you have completed the course, you will be work-ready. This will make you stand out from other candidates as employers know you have obtained a qualification that equips you with the relevant skills.

You can study Make-up courses at Matric College. We offer our courses through distance learning. Studying through us is good as you get to do it from home. We make sure that you receive a quality learning experience, and this is why we provide the following:

TutorsTutors are available from Mondays to Fridays, 08:00 am to 05:00 pm. They help you with your Make-up course assessments. This is to ensure that you understand and pass your course.
Course Experts Course Experts are available to assist you with information on your Make-up course. They give you detailed information so that you know the type of course you are studying.
Support TeamAny emergency requests that you have are handled by our support team. They handle this in time to ensure that you study with no pressure.
Study Material We send you the study material after your registration. This is delivered to your door in five (5) to seven (7) days. Study material helps you study better because you can go back and make references to your study notes.

To find out the course fees for our Make-up Short Courses, you can contact one of our course experts. They will explain everything you need to know about course fees and payment options.

Christa Algera 

WhatsApp Number: 067 979 8751

Email Address: [email protected]

Grace Makume

WhatsApp Number: 060 488 0895

Email Address: [email protected]

Tebogo Setsetse

WhatsApp Number: 078 640 2271

Email Address: [email protected]

Lindiwe Molekoa

WhatsApp Number: 081 722 1268

Email Address: [email protected]

Tatum Jansen

WhatsApp Number: 079 544 5215

Email Address: [email protected]


Our Make-up courses are quick to complete. You can study these in 9 to 19 months. These courses are best if you are someone who wants to receive a qualification fast.

You may want to study Make-up courses because a lot of people are in the Make-up industry. However, it is best to study the course based on certain qualities. Below is a list of questions you can answer to see if you would be suitable to work in the Make-up industry?

  1. Do beauty treatments interest you? 
  2. Do you like colours? 
  3. Do you enjoy seeing people with beauty enhancements?
  4. Are you able to work well with new people every day?
  5. Do you have good customer service skills? 
  6. Are you okay with touching people?
  7. Can you work while standing?
  8. Do you want to work in the Make-up field? 
  9. Are you up to date with the latest beauty trends? 
  10. Are you naturally an organised person? 

If you have answered yes to five or more of the above questions, you are suitable to work in the Make-up industry. You seem to have the right reasons to want to study the course. You will gain more interest and passion as you study.

Yes, being a Make-up Artist is a good career because of the following reasons: 

  • You can find employment under a big brand company 
  • A celebrity can hire you as their Make-up Artist 
  • You can choose to be self-employed 
  • You can work for a company and be self-employed on the side 
  • You can sell Make-up products 
  • You can find employment internationally 
  • You can change careers within the Make-up industry, e.g from Make-up Artist to Beauty Therapist 
  • Become a social media content creator and earn extra income

You can start your career in Make-up by doing the following: 

  • Apply for the Make-up Short course at Matric College 
  • Gain a set of skills 
  • Gain a Certificate Qualification 
  • Find employment or volunteer 
  • Work in entry-level 
  • Gain work experience 
  • Apply for higher positions 
  • Work in higher positions 
  • Grow your career in Make-up by opening your own business 
  • Earn money and be the boss

Yes, you can be a self-taught Make-up Artist. You can learn to apply make-up through online channels or someone you know personally. However, if you want to get detailed skills and knowledge of makeup, you must study a Make-up course. This will also help you build a brand for yourself. People will trust a Make-up Artist with a qualification over one without qualification.

You can become a Make-up Artist in South Africa by studying the Makeup Short Course at Matric College. You can complete this course in 9 to 19 months. This means you will be able to start your career as a Make-up Artist fast. Once you have completed the course, we will award you a Certificate Qualification.

A Make-up course helps you with the following: 

  • You gain creativity 
  • Gain self Confidence 
  • Gain knowledge of trends 
  • Gain a qualification 
  • Learn new skills
  • Be part of a growing industry 
  • Learn how to be an entrepreneur

You can pass our Make-up Short courses by studying the following: 

  • Make Notes 
  • Study 
  • Get Assistance 
  • Pass Assessments

Make Notes 

Take note of everything you learn. Making notes helps you have information that is simplified and easy to remember. You can also take notes from the study material we send you. You can use these notes to study and this will help you pass your course.


You must make time to study your course material. Studying helps you familiarise yourself with your course information. When you answer your assignments, you will do it correctly because you have taken knowledge while studying. 

Get Assistance 

We have tutors who are here to help you with your assessments. They can be contacted through emails, calls and WhatsApp. They will help you understand your course and this way you can pass. 

Pass Assessments

You must pass your assignments to complete the course. Tutors can assist you if you feel challenged. Once you have completed the course, we will award you a Certificate Qualification.

A Make-up Artist can work in the following places: 

  • Movie Production Theatres 
  • Music Industry 
  • Retail Salons 
  • Spa 
  • Beauty Agency 
  • Modelling Agency 
  • Fashion studios 
  • Broadcast media 
  • Photoshoot studios

Make-up Artists get clients in the following ways: 

  • Qualification 
  • Social Media 
  • Specials 
  • Quality 
  • Setting 


A Make-up Artist that has a qualification from a Make-up course has a higher chance of finding clients. People are drawn to quality services. Make-up Qualifications equip you with the relevant skills to produce quality work. 

Social Media 

There are many people on social media platforms. This means Make-up Artists have higher chances of finding clients if they have a social media page to advertise their work. 


People love special offers. Offering discounts makes more people come into the business for services. This is another way for Make-up Artists to get clients. 


Everyone loves quality work. Make-up Artists ensure that their work is quality because bad quality means a client is lost. 


The place where a business operates is important. It must be clean, safe and accessible. This is why most Make-up Artists do house calls. It is more convenient to assist the customer in their own home where it is safe, clean and accessible.

  • Organisational skills 
  • Creative skills 
  • Business skills 
  • Customer service skills 

Organisational Skills 

As a Make-up Artist, you must be an organised person. Make-up products can be messy. You must be organised enough to clean your tools and pack them appealingly. An organised setting attracts customers. 

Creative Skills 

A customer may require that you apply a new make-up trend that you have not tried. You must be creative enough to want to try it and get it right. 

Business Skills 

You must know how to run a business or how to work in one. This will help you be successful in your line of work. You will easily identify income opportunities. 

Customer Service Skills 

You must know how to treat each customer. They are different people with different preferences. You must be catering to their needs to ensure they are all satisfied with your work.

People wear make-up for the following reasons: 

  • It looks good on camera 
  • Enhances body features 
  • Boosts confidence 
  • Feels good 
  • Protects skin 
  • Looks stylish 
  • To look younger or older 
  • It is creative and fun

Anyone who wants to wear make-up can wear make-up. We live in a generation where anyone can do what makes them happy. Both men and women can wear make-up. Although make-up has been worn more by females for generations, men can also wear make-up. Men who work in Television settings have to apply make-up to look good on camera. This includes products such as: 

  • Primer 
  • Concealer 
  • Facial powder 

This is because both men and women can apply make-up products. It gives you a better complexion, and it looks good on camera.

Each Make-up Artist is unique. The best field depends on what you love and enjoy. Below is a list of the different types of Make-up fields you can choose to work within: 

  • Performance make-up field 
  • Writing make-up field 
  • Make-up development field 
  • Event make-up field 
  • Bridal make-up field 
  • Make-up training field

Yes, Make-up Artists can be rich. It depends on the following: 

  • Salary range 

If they work for a company that makes a huge income, it is possible that they will earn a high salary and this can make them rich. 

  • Extra hours 

If Make-up Artists put in extra hours, they will get paid extra income. This can boost their regular income and make them rich. 

  • A Second occupation

If they have more than one occupation, then they can become rich by receiving more than one salary.

Why Choose To Study Make-Up Courses Via Distance Learning

  • You get to study from home

When you study from home, you are comfortable and less pressured. This has a positive impact on your studies because you concentrate better. 

  • Anyone can study 

You can study at Matric College even if you are a busy person such as a parent or employee. Study times are flexible because you can change them any time you want. International students are also welcome to study. 

  • Reduce costs 

You do not attend any physical classes and as a result, you will save a lot of money that could have been spent on transport.

  • Self-set studies 

You create your own study sessions. This helps you be in control of your studies.  

  • Study and work 

You can study while you are a part-time or full-time employee. Since you set your own study schedule, you can set it for hours or days when you have more time to study. Tutors are available

Our tutors are available to help you pass your assessments. You can contact them Mondays to Fridays, 08:00 am to 05:00 pm. 

  • Academic support 

We know that studying can be challenging, this is why we have a support team, to handle all your emergency requests. They are available to assist you as soon as they receive your request.

  • Study material 

We provide you with study material you do not have to pay extra costs for this, it is part of your course fees. We deliver this after your registration. Courier may take 5 to 7 days. 

  • Gain skills 

Our courses will equip you with skills that are relevant in the work environment. This will increase your chances of finding employment when you complete the course.

Career Opportunities With A Beauty Qualification

  • Beauty Writer – R 10 000 per month 
  • Beauty Content Creator – R 13 754 per month 
  • Makeup Artist – R 4 565 per month 
  • Makeup Line Owner – R 14 153 per month 
  • Beauty Consultant – R 8 609 per month
  • Writing an article on beauty concepts 
  • Write copy for adverts and social media posts 
  • Conducting research on the beauty industry
  • Interviewing beauty professionals 
  • Present story ideas to other writers
  • Creating beauty video blogs
  • Interviewing beauty professionals 
  • Sharing beauty tips 
  • Research on beauty trends 
  • Collaborating with brands to advertise their items 
  • Monitoring audience reviews 
  • Creating content that interests the audience
  • Conduct research on current make-up trends 
  • Providing make-up services that suit customers 
  • Cleanse skin to prepare for make-up application
  • Recommend make-up products 
  • Sell make-up products 
  • Create a healthy relationship with customers
  • Hire and train staff 
  • Oversee daily activities 
  • Manage budget 
  • Set goals for all employees 
  • Tracking profits 
  • Ensuring workspace is safe and healthy
  • Advice on skincare routines 
  • Explain products when customers purchase them 
  • Recognising customer needs and recommending products
  • Display products on shelves in an appealing manner
  • Tell customers about special offers 
  • Maintain stock as needed

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

  • You get to study from home 
  • You can apply even if you are a parent, employee, employer or international student
  • You save a lot of transport money 
  • Schedules for your studies are created by you
  • You can study through us while working full time 
  • Studying is easy because you do it at your pace 
  • You receive assistance from tutors when you feel challenged 
  • You reduce the chances of dropping out 
  • You do not buy textbooks as we deliver study material to your doorstep 5 to 7 days after registration 
  • Our courses equip you with the relevant skills

Frequently Asked Questions

Make-up products are items used by Make-up Artists to do makeup applications. These include: 

  • Facial powder 
  • Primer 
  • Concealer 
  • Lipstick 
  • Mascara 
  • Eye shadow 
  • Eye-liner 
  • Eyebrow pencil 
  • Facial sponge 
  • Blush 
  • Makeup brush 
  • Eyelashes 
  • Setting spray

MUA is an acronym for Make-up Artist. This is a trendy way to refer to Make-up Artists. The term MUA is mostly used on social media.

No, our Makeup Short courses are not accredited. However, they are beneficial for people who want the following: 

  • Wish to gain a promotion 
  • Want to learn skills quick 
  • Want foundational knowledge for future courses to study 
  • Want to add an extra qualification that is skills-based 
  • Do not want to write exams

Yes, you can use a Make-up Qualification internationally. Everywhere in the world, there are people who wear make-up. This means there are many work employment opportunities. You can look for employment or open your own Make-up business.

Yes, Make-up Artists are well paid. However, it depends on the type of Make-up career you are in and where you work. Some companies can pay you well based on how much they make while some companies can pay you a decent salary depending on their income. To make extra income, you can provide your Make-up services outside the office.

It depends on the company you work for. If your company works with clients such as celebrities or media personalities, they may ask you to travel to events with the clients to ensure their make-up is done well throughout the day. A company may sometimes perform house calls. This means you will travel to different households to work. If you are self-employed, you can choose to offer your services in one setting, or include housecalls in your work description.

A Make-up Artist can work 40 hours per week, which is eight (8) hours a day. This however differs from one company to another. You may work more or fewer hours depending on how busy the company gets.

Every career can be challenging at times. However, there are ways in which you can make it less or not stressful. You can follow the following steps: 

  • Choose a Make-up career you love 
  • Start your own business and be the manager 
  • Identify your weaknesses and work on them 
  • Make time to do more of what you excel in 
  • Ask a colleague to be encouraging to you
  • Write down your achievements in the workplace to inspire your mood 
  • Give yourself a break. e.g go out on weekends

Yes, you can learn Make-up online. You can study our Make-up courses online at Matric College. We are a distance learning institution. This means you study the courses from home. You will use online tools to study, such as: 

Our Make-up courses fall under the Short Course Programme. You will be qualified to work as Make-up Artist in less than 24 months. You will gain the following:

  • Sets of skills 
  • Knowledge 
  • Certificate Qualification

No, you do not need a Degree Qualification to become a Make-up Artist. You can become one with or without qualifications. However, we do recommend that you gain a qualification because it makes your career easy. People can trust that you provide quality work based on your qualification. Gaining a qualification also helps you as an individual to have detailed knowledge and skills in Make-up which you can use to advance your career. 

Excerpt: Make-up Short courses are designed to equip you with a set of skills. These are important because they help you find employment or open your own business.

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Date Published: April 22, 2022
Editor: Amy Venter