VanityX, with academies in Dublin and Cork have some amazing makeup courses coming up. If you don’t follow their Instagram page, you need to! The talent is simply sublime and the academy’s reviews speak for themselves. They are running a professional makeup diploma course in their Cork academy and here’s all the info you need about the accredited course, including a Q&A with the tutor, Lisa Histon.


Course Duration: 15 weeks

Days: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30-9:00pm

Start Date: 2nd July 2019

Finish Date: 10th October 2019

Induction Date: 2nd July 2019

Qualification: VanityX Diploma & ITEC Award In Photographic Makeup (Optional)

Fee: €1200


Who is the VX Professional Diploma for and can a complete beginner sign up?

This Diploma is suited for anyone wanting to enter into the makeup artistry community. It is an in-depth course giving all the information needed to become a makeup artist. It is catered for beginners going back to basics but also for makeup artists looking to upskill in this growing industry.


Tell us a little bit about the tutor of this course:

Lisa has been working in the industry for eight years bringing a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the VanityX course.


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Are products supplied to students, or do they need to bring their own makeup?

When you sign up for the VanityX course there is an option for a starter kit full of leading brands. We do have a communal kit that students have the use of throughout their course but we encourage students to build on their own kits.


What is the best advice you’d give to someone who wants to start out as a freelancer?

I encourage students to keep their current job and to gain as much experience to build their portfolio before leaping into the world of freelance. It can be very scary to take that step but with plenty of practice and experience behind you, it will build your confidence and you will thrive in this industry.


As part of the course, students are given the chance to participate in a photo shoot. What can people expect from this day?

Photoshoots are my personal favourite days, these days give the students the chance to show off the skills they have learned throughout the course while giving them a chance to be creative and fun with their looks.



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For people who think they would be interested in taking part but aren’t quite sure, does VanityX offer any shorter courses?

We offer a range of courses, from part time courses done over 15 weeks to full time courses over 8 months depending on the student’s interests we can help find a course that can be more suited to them. There is also the option of attending a masterclass where they could meet the tutors and see first-hand whether they would like to work in the industry.


If students choose to undertake the ITEC exam, what can they expect?

The ITEC Exam is more in-depth being a higher qualification, but with the knowledge and training, you will receive during your time at VanityX it makes this easier to accomplish.


What’s the best thing about doing a makeup course with VanityX? What makes the Academy unique?

VanityX has the highest standard of training, bringing you back to basics and up to current trends so you are more than ready to enter the industry. My personal favourite thing about VanityX is we never lose contact with our students after they leave the college. We offer work experience, paid work and photoshoots to all our past and present students. It is a proud moment for us as tutors to see our students thrive in this industry.


For further information on this and all of the other incredible courses available at VanityX, check out their website.