International Makeup Essentials

International Makeup Essentials

International Makeup Essentials: Short Professional Makeup Artistry Course Designed for International Students

Program length: 3.5 or 7 weeks (140 hours)
Certificate Program

Immerse Yourself in Makeup!

Our International Makeup Essentials Certificate Program features the same award-winning teaching methods and instructors as our longer programs, immersing you in the world of makeup and equipping you with fundamentals skills and knowledge. Due to the shorter course length, a Study Visa is not required.

International Students can attend this course if they are travelling on holiday or on a Work Visa, or hold a Study Permit and are studying at another college or university and wish to take this Program during their scheduled breaks. This option is perfect for International Students who love makeup but are unable to commit to a longer program.

In our hands-on classes you will learn professional makeup artistry techniques, developing your technical ability through practical application. Upon graduation you will earn a Canadian Certificate in Makeup.

Program Options for International Students:

While these Professional Makeup Artistry programs are designed for International students, enrolment is open to all students (International and Canadian).


Short Makeup Course: 3.5 or 7 week schedule options available for a total of 140 hours

a) 3.5 week schedule is an accelerated schedule, Monday to Fridays, for 40 hours a week; Co-op is not available
b) 7 week schedule, 3 days per week for 20 hours a week; Co-op is not available.


12 or 24 week schedule options available for a total of 400 hours

a) 12 week schedule is an accelerated schedule, Monday to Fridays, for 40 hours per week; Co-op placement is not available accelerated schedule
b) 24 week schedule is 3 days per week at 20 hours per week; Co-op placement is available for the 24 week, six month schedule
Please note that the course length can vary to accommodate Statutory Holidays and Winter break.
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Important Details

  • Highly interactive classroom environment and professional photoshoots, with an emphasis on practical hands-on learning.
  • Students are working on each other as models on a continual rotation; students must be comfortable having makeup applied on them and applying makeup on others.
  • The International Makeup Foundations Certificate Program does not offer the Co-op Work Experience Program.

Continuing Your Studies

As a graduate of the International Makeup Essentials Certificate Program you can transfer all of your credits to the International Makeup Studio Diploma Program.

International Makeup Essentials Kit Highlights

Each program kit* is stacked with all the products and tools you need to embark on your makeup journey. The kit includes products from iconic brands like MAC Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Danessa Myricks, Kryolan, RCMA and more! 

*Kit contents are subject to change without notice

The International Makeup Essentials Certificate Program is 140 hours.


LEVEL 1: Makeup Artistry 1 = 80 hours
LEVEL 2: Bridal Makeup = 40 hours
LEVEL 3: Bridal Hair = 20 hours
TOTAL HOURS = 140 hours


Develop a solid foundation of skills and knowledge to build upon throughout the program. Gain the essentials of makeup application as you work with different skin types, tones, ages and ethnic groups. Our instructors will share their winning techniques for blending, contouring, shading and highlighting. Learn about face shape, eyes, lips, brows and skin care. Perform practical applications in daytime and evening makeup, classic, natural, glamour and dramatic styles. At CurliQue, our Beauty Boutique, you will develop hands-on product knowledge with Industry Pros.


Learn the creative and business sides of the lucrative bridal industry. Our instructors will teach you how to conduct a bridal makeup consultation, build client relationships and negotiate a contract. Create and apply traditional, contemporary, ethnic and avant-garde bridal makeup styles. Learn the secrets of flawless, sheer and natural bridal makeup. We’ll show you how to work with different skin types and styles, and incorporate bridal gowns and accessories into your makeup designs. Learn to work with a hairdresser and photographer on a professional bridal photo shoot, and begin compiling your portfolio images.


Learn fundamental hairstyling skills so that you can create a total look from head to toe. Our industry expert instructor will train you in styling techniques including roller setting, blowdrying, backcombing and finishing, and updos including scrunching, teasing, braiding and easy buns. Learn to create vintage looks and contemporary styles as you begin to integrate hairstyling trends and current fashion looks into your designs. Upgrade your skills with a range of bridal hairstyles including the French twist, French roll, back bun, Spanish bun, knot tying, easy beehive and top head bun. We’ll show you how to position bridal hair accessories and incorporate twists and knots for contemporary styles.

Note: the order of these Program levels may vary

Making an Application is simple and easy. This is our way of getting to know you. Please fill out the Application form and then an Admissions Director will arrange a time to connect with you. This is a wonderful way for us to share information and insights about the program, the industry, career development, job opportunities, potential tuition grants and financial aid options. And this is our time to learn about you, what your career goals are, what you would like to achieve with your career training, what questions and concerns we can help you with. There is no enrollment deposit made until you have been formally accepted into the program.
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