Makeup Essentials* Level 3

Level 3

Getting a head start in your career means having the best training – this is the philosophy behind all Cut Above courses. The 16 week New Zealand Certificate in Makeup and Skincare (Level 3) is designed for people who want to train for a new career but cannot commit to a full-time year of training. The course will provide you with NZQA approved skills so you can apply, with confidence, for a job with a top cosmetic house or work as a freelance artist.

Course Content

Modules include:

  • Skin care services
  • Consultation skills and cosmetic consultancy
  • Day, evening and bridal makeup
  • Special occasion makeup
  • Corrective and glamour makeup
  • Fashion, catwalk and photographic makeup
  • Artistry effects 
  • Communication, networking & social media skills
  • Creating a portfolio of work
  • Personal presentation for the beauty industry
  • Sales techniques for counter cosmetics
  • Product knowledge 

 2018 Intake Dates

  • 22 January 2018
  • 14 May 2018
  • 3 September 2018


16 weeks - there are no holiday weeks in this programme.


This course is offered at our Auckland City, Manukau and Hamilton campuses.  

Course Costs

  • Tuition fees: $7,466

*Includes the entry-level makeup kit which is required for this course.

Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

Qualifications Awarded

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Career Opportunities

You will have the skills to prepare skin for makeup application, create a range of makeup services, and create total looks for different medias including fashion photographic and fashion catwalk work.

Once you have graduated you can seek employment as a makeup artist in the following industries:

  • Counter cosmetics
  • Bridal and special occasion makeup
  • Fashion
  • Cosmetic consultancy 

Entry Requirements

Entry is open to beginners and all applicants are considered however you must:

  • Be 16 years or older.
  • Demonstrate proficient use and understanding of spoken and written English.
  • Have NCEA Level 1 (Year 11).
*Programme name is subject to NZQA approval