Academy 92

92 Stephen’s Green, Dublin

T 01 428 3592


Academy 92, located in the heart of Dublin city, is the go-to destination for makeup lovers who want to build on their existing skillset or novices to the world of contouring who want to learn the tricks of the trade! They run both intensive one day classes as well as four week long fun and informative courses. The highly skilled team are made up of creative and fully qualified makeup artists who are willing to share their wealth of experience with their students.

Compounding this, Academy 92 is affiliated with Grace Reed, business owner and social media expert who offers classes on how to develop, plan and maintain a strong social media presence that will positively impact your business.

Academy 92 also has beautiful rooms which are available for freelance MUAs and eyelash/nail technicians to rent. This premium rental space is offered at a very reasonable cost.

The beauty academy has been lauded with numerous awards nominations reflecting the high calibre of their work. Most recently, they are up for an award in the upcoming Tia Maria Hair & Beauty Awards 2019.

The Gainfort Academy


Unit 7f Ardcavan Business Park, Wexford  

T: (053) 9123681


Unit 9 Tramore Rd Business Park, Tramore Rd, Waterford

T: (051) 375000
T: (053) 9123681

The Gainfort Academy has become synonymous with flair and excellence in the hair and beauty industry for 30 years now.  They are a leading salon supplier and also assist new establishments with their design and fit out. Compounding this, Gainfort has their state-of-the art training academy, which was established in 2017.

Based in Wexford and Waterford, Gainfort Academy is fully equipped with the latest facilities and teaching technology. Their intimate classrooms and spacious amphitheatre are specially designed for a wide variety of courses, seminars and workshops for industry professionals and aspiring amateurs.

Gainfort has been lauded with numerous awards including RSVP Magazine’s Elite selection of “Leading Beauty Schools in Ireland annually since 2014”, The Wexford Business Awards Training Provider of the Year 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016 and more.

The Academy is an ITEC and CIBTAC accredited training centre, offering certificates and diplomas in hairdressing, barbering, beauty treatments, beauty therapy, professional make up, holistic massage, nail technology and teacher training. The Gainfort Academy has an overall pass rate of 99% in their ITEC courses to date. For details of their upcoming courses, visit their website.

Joan Cashman Colour and Image Academy

2 Carey’s Lane, Cork

021 427 6330
M 087 2249069


T 061 467700

Joan Cashman Colour and Image Academy is a double edged sword of personal style and presentation. Offering style and beauty consultations you can find your perfect look and learn how to recreate it at home. As well as that, one can sign up for training and become stylists or makeup artists, becoming experts under the instruction of multi-award-winning stylists and MUAs.

Montana Blu Hairdressing & Academy

42 Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Cork

T 025 24593

As fully qualified colour specialists with teaching diplomas and as a member of the Association of British & International Hairdressing Schools and IHF, there’s no better team to whip your hair into stylish shape. At Montana Blu we use only the finest Italian products, by professional haircare brand, Kemon. We also have an in-house hair academy where we educate budding new talent in the world of hairdressing. Please contact us to find out more details. 

New Minds Beauty College

East Gate Old Fort Road, Ballincollig, Cork

Brooklodge Business Park, Cork

M 086 777 8689

New Minds Beauty College courses are designed to incorporate all essential aspects of the beauty industry, ensuring every student has the skills required for a career in the beauty industry. They pride themselves in providing a quality learning experience to all students. Through their high-quality and internationally recognised courses, expert tutors and state of the art 7,000 square foot facilities, they are able to provide excellence in education and training.

Platinum Hair Extensions

Unit 2, Times Building, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

01 670 8639

Platinum Hair Extensions is the latest sensation to hit the Irish hair industry. Their innovative company covers all bases, from retail to training and in-salon fitting and other hairdressing services. Platinum Hair Extensions specialise in the finest luxury Italian pre-bonded hair, which is available for wholesale and distribution nationwide and worldwide.

The Tan Fairy

Unit 5, Kingswood Shopping Centre, Sylvan Drive, Kingswood, Dublin 24

01 452 6552

The Tan Fairy is the Dublin-based educator for The Manicure Company. The salon and academy offers courses in Gel Nail Polish Training and Gel Enhancement Training. Your Manicure Company Tutor is an experienced nail professional whom has been working in the industry and has a wealth of knowledge. All educators have completed a manicure company training program to ensure you leave your course feeling excited and confident about the skills, which you need to build your career. Your certification is approved by AIT/AIG insurances. This means that your certificate is viewed as a professional qualification allowing you to obtain the correct insurance in order to practice your treatments legally and safely.


T 01 8132718
2nd Floor, South Colonnade,
The Plaza, Swords, Co Dublin.

Dublin City Centre:
T 01 5526806
No 4, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2,

M 087 0537307
Unit 2, Kinsale Road Business Park, Kinsale Road, Co Cork.

The brand VanityX was started in 2009 by makeup artist and entrepreneur, Debbie McQuillan. After years of training with various colleges Debbie decided to create an up-to-date curriculum and course that focused on the art of makeup, ensuring her diverse training would allow students to gain employment on completion. 

They have grown from one small room in Swords, Co. Dublin to three bustling Academies. VanityX opened in Dublin City Centre in 2014 and in Cork in 2016. In the meantime they have travelled as far as Dubai to hold masterclasses and also opened an Academy in London, but for the time being VanityX has decided to focus on their home grown Irish Academies. 

The main goal in VanityX is to train their students to the highest standard and always push them to succeed. They offer industry based courses with international recognition and ongoing student support. The talented ladies at VanityX get endless requests from clients to help out on photo shoots, fashion shows, festivals, TV shows, music videos, you name it!  They always pass these opportunities onto their students, enabling them to grow and make their own name in this fast growing industry. VanityX are always posting job opportunities, and remain there for any students whether they studied with them 9 years ago or completed a course today. They also use their social media platform to promote current and past students.

10 years on and VanityX are still at the forefront with their training and are leading the way as Ireland’s Best and Busiest Makeup Training Academy.