Professional Makeup Courses in Delhi
For the past 4-5 months, I had been hunting for a professional makeup course before finding one eventually. Every time I used to shortlist a makeup course or a makeup school/ academy for myself, something or the other used to happen and I could never take up that course. Finally I did a 2 week professional certificate course at Vidya Tikari and I was very happy with the course.
My criteria for picking up the course:
I wanted to pick up a course that
- I could manage with my work. I cannot takeup a course that would need a full time devotion.
- would give me professional knowledge about the various products in market, and
- would teach me basic techniques of makeup.
I was not looking for a career opportunity because I don’t aspire to become a professional makeup artist. I just wanted to learn and grow my knowledge about something that I love very much- makeup. Following is the list of makeup course which I discovered in Delhi during my research, and a little review on all of them. This might help a few of you who must be willing to take up a professional makeup course.
VLCC Professional Makeup Course
Duration 2 months / 90 hours
- Make Up Theory
- Tools of Make Up
- Different Eye Make Up
- Day Make Up ( 3 types )
- Evening Make Up
- Engagement Make Up
- Reception Make Up
- Bridal Make Up
- Corrective Make Up
- Ramp Make Up / Illusion Make Up
- Portfolio Make Up / Fantasy Make Up
- Glossy Make Up / Black & White Make Up
My Take: The only reason I didn’t pick up this course was because the staff was very pushy. Whatever little belief I had in their course just vanished because they kept calling and asking me when was I going to visit them, or telling me how good their course was and blah blah. It might be an excellent course but my first impressions were just not good at all. I also didn’t know who was going to teach or the experiences their teachers had.
The bigger her name is in makeup industry, the smaller is the duration of the the courses she offers. 3 Day self grooming course, which covered basic makeup classes. the duration of the classes was 3 hours.
Fees : 20,000
Also, her courses are not held at regular intervals. If she holds a course this month, you can never be sure when will it take place next.
Pearl Academy of Fashion Diploma in Fashion and Media Make-Up
They offer one year course, and conduct classes 3 days a week. Excellent course if you aspire to become a professional makeup artist. A lot of MAC Makeup artists in Delhi are passouts from Pearl Academy of fashion. I just didn’t have patience to spare one complete year for a makeup course so I didn’t pick it up. I would have have, if I could. This course is excellent even for those who don’t even have a basic knowledge about makeup. Complete Details HERE
Lakme Training Academy:
They have courses in advance Diploma in Hair and Skin. Both the courses are 17 week courses. The fees for both the courses is Rs 90,000 and RS 70, 00 resp. They offer a loan assistance for the course and a job guarantee at the end of the course.
Read full details on courses at Lakme Training Academy
Makeup Studio Professional Makeup Course
It was a one month makeup course, had classes from 11 a.m to 5 p.m and covered everything I wanted to learn. They even teach airbrushing techniques during the one month period. In March, they told me that the complete fees of the course was Rs 40, 000 and the course was staring in April. I was convinced that this is what I wanted to do. The counsellor had completely convinced me about the course and was in touch with me the entire month. She said that this did not include the makeup kit, just a regular brush kit and they provide the makeup to students for practice and all. My search for the course ended here and I stopped looking for courses. Finally, a few days before the course was about to start, my hubby and I went to pay the fees. The counsellor who was in touch with me, wasn’t present at the center so I talked to her over the phone. She asked me to pay 20k fees then and “rest of the fees” later on. I was about to pay the fees when my hubby asked me to call up the counselor again and confirm the amount of the rest of the fees. I called her up again and this time she told me that the rest of the fees was Rs 40,000. This means that the complete fees was actually Rs 60,000. The entire month the counselor kept lying to me. Well! when I confronted her, she never admitted her mistake. She said that she told the correct fees to everyone and I was the only one she made a mistake of telling the fees. I mean she talked to me atleast 5-6 times during the course of one month, you can make a mistake once or twice but not so many times. I was really heartbroken. One because my whole month was wasted and two I had to start my search for a makeup course again.
They called me later to apologize and even offered me to join to some other course. But I had completely lost my faith in them and now I wasn’t even sure whether they would even live up to the promises about the course as well. They might even charge for a makeup kit later. At least I wouldn’t recommend their course to anyone.
MUD ( Makeup Designory) Makeup Course by Samantha Kochhar:
It is a one month makeup course and they give you a professional makeup kit along with the course. They conduct classes 5 days a week and you get to practice with MUD makeup products.The only problem with this course was that I would have been stuck with only one makeup brand. Not too much of an issue but still it’s always good if you can play with different products, textures and know what’s going around you.
Well! Samantha Kochhar knew about IMBB so she was never interested in teaching me. Initially, her staff kept lying to me that the course was not starting or that Samantha was traveling and zillion other reasons. I was waiting and waiting so that they could tell me the exact date about when the course was starting. They never did. One day I made my friend call up at the institute to find out if the course was going on and they said that it was. Finally we realized that she was never willing to teach me because I had a blog and I could use her tips and tricks. She even called me up and she said that students have to sign a contract that states that students will never use the techniques she will teach to them and that MUD owners had problems with a blogger earlier who made her videos after learning from them. I told her that they train people to become professional makeup artists, and the students are free to do what they wish after they complete the course, and as teachers they should in fact encourage their students. Well! she gave me examples of how she never reveals her techniques when she does makeup on stage and blah blah! Her next batch was starting next month but they never bothered to inform me.
The saga of so-called celebrity makeup artist.
The makeup course I would say might be good but if at all you join it, please be on your guards as to what you would tell Miss Kochhar about your future plans. Also, don’t sign any contracts. What is the point of paying 60k if you cannot use the course to your own benefit?
They offer a 2 week course in which they cover most of the tips and techniques of makeup. Also, they work with different products ranging from Kraylon, KET, VOV, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Inglot, Makeup Forever, …You name it and they use it. You also get in touch with the dealers who supply professional makeup products. Vidya Tikari is a celebrity makeup artist and has an experience of more than 20 years in the field.
Fees : Rs 40, 000
The course includes two makeup classes for hair and draping, which in my opinion were useless.
My biggest concern regarding this course was that the duration of the course was less and the fees was more. I had a word with a few people regarding the course and everyone had good words to say about both Vidya and her course.
I anyway took up the course and I am glad I did.
I would say that this course is best for people who have some basic knowledge about makeup, and the products that are available in the market. If you are very new to makeup, I would say that you do a basic course first and then probably join this course. The course moves very fast and a huge onus of gaining from the course lies on you. Vidya creates magic in her classes but it is all coming from her experience. You should be willing to work hard and gain as much from her. She will tell you every single thing you ask her. Not even a single day I felt that she was hiding things from us or was not willing to her tips and tricks. My batch had people who were running their own salon, makeup artists who had an experience of 12 years and a model but Vidya had no issues with that. Everyone was welcome in her class. Their staff was supportive in every possible way. We can go to the studio and practice even after the course is completed.
I personally think that I have gained a lot from the course both in terms of different products one can use for different occasions and different techniques of makeup. But as they say, makeup is an art and the more your practice, the more finesse and perfection would come in your hands. If it would have been a longer course, it would have been great because we would have got more time to practice. But honestly I gained a lot from it and I am going to share lots of things with you guys as we move ahead.
Full information HERE
I hope this post proves helpful to a few of you who might be willing to take up a makeup course. If you have any questions regarding the same, let me know. I’ll try to answer.
PS: Vidya Tikari didn’t ask me to write this post. In fact I was so on guards after the Samantha Kochhar experience that I barely mentioned about IMBB at the institute. This post is just my personal experience.