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Makeup and Skincare Level 3

Start your career as a Makeup Artist!

This 16-Week course will provide you with all the skills and technical know-how to assess a client’s skin and apply a range of makeup looks. Once you've mastered these foundational skills, you'll be qualified to pathway into our Level 4 makeup qualification where we'll take your skills to another level.

Pro Makeup Kit

Receive your Cut Above makeup kit packed with professional makeup products for all the looks you’ll master.

Build your portfolio

Build your brand as a makeup artist, with hands-on training in looks from day to night, photographic to corrective, special occasion to artistry effects. Adapt and evolve your own signature looks by practicing on yourself and your classmates. You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work to wow prospective clients.

Exclusive industry exposure

Be the envy of your friends with “money can’t buy” exposure to the industry, through exclusive guest speakers and industry employment opportunities.

Course Content

Perfect the art of providing a skin consultation and advise a client on a range of different cosmetics.

It’s all about eyes and brows right now. Learn how to make them pop like a pro.

Transform a client into a blushing bride, give a client a natural “no makeup” look or transform them with a dramatic night look.

You are your most important asset. Learn to sell yourself with networking and communication skills, and sales techniques.


16 weeks 

Entry Requirements

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

  • Domestic applicants must be at least 16 years old.
  • Demonstrate proficient use and understanding of spoken and written English.
  • Have NCEA Level 1 (Year 11).
  • International applicants must be at least 18 years old. International applicants must also have an IELTs General or Academic score of 5, with no band score lower than 5.

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 

Qualifications Awarded

2022 Intake Dates

Auckland City Campus 

25 July 2022
22 August 2022 

We also offer this course at Yoobee Colleges Christchurch. Cut Above Academy is a registered trading name of Yoobee Colleges Ltd

Christchurch Campus

22 August 2022

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Course Costs


You may be eligible for fees free study! If so, the below fees and costs will not apply to you. Refer to the website www.feesfree.govt.nz to check if you are eligible, as course fees are paid up to a maximum of $12,000.

Tuition Fee: $7,994 (includes compulsory course cost of $559.00)  

If you're eligible for fees free study, you still need to apply for a Student Loan if you want to borrow course-related costs or living costs. Find out if you're eligible by calling StudyLink on Freephone 0800 88 99 00 or visit Studylink.

If you are aged between 16 and 19 years, you may qualify for one of our Youth Guarantee fee-free spots.


  • Tuition Fee: $12,300 NZD
  • Course Related Costs: $750 NZD

Cut Above Academy is one of the trading names for the registered PTE Yoobee Colleges. Your enrolment is with Yoobee Colleges Ltd and your qualification is issued by Yoobee Colleges.