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Makeup Courses


Find your creative outlet and study makeup with Cut Above! Whether you want to start your own makeup business, work on film sets or learn special effects, our talented tutors will help you get there. You’ll learn in superb facilities and gain experience working on fashion shows and arts productions through our network of industry affiliations.

We also offer fees-free study options for eligible students! Find out more.


Why choose Cut Above for Makeup Courses?

On-site training
 with real clients

Industry Connections

Industry-leading tutors

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What our students say

Gloria Teputepu Makeup School Student

“When I am in the classroom it feels like home. Coming to class every morning is the best… When I finish my course, I want to start my own freelance makeup business.”

Gloria Teputepu - Makeup Student


Our Makeup Courses

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to become a certified makeup artist?

Completing Cut Above’s Level 4 Makeup course, you will graduate as a certified makeup artist, with stand-out skills, industry experience and the confidence required to tackle the exciting world of makeup artistry head-on.

Is makeup artistry a good career?

Makeup artistry can be an amazing career for people passionate about makeup, creativity, and self-expression. With endless opportunities, you can seek employment in salons, film, fashion or even go freelance. 

How much do makeup artists get paid?

Makeup artists can earn NZD $20-30* per hour, dependent on training, experience, specialty, and clientele. Highly experienced, senior freelance makeup artists can earn over $150* per hour. (*Source: www.careers.govt.nz).

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