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HNC Fashion Makeup Course


Suitable for beginners and anyone looking to advance their skills.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion Make-up (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge, skills, and practical expertise in all aspects of fashion make-up such as beauty, glamorous, fashion make-up and hairstyling for a photoshoot.

Alongside learning the necassary skills to complete makeup looks, our tutors will teach you what it’s like to work in the industry. They will share their personal experiences of jobs they have had throughout their career as makeup artists.

Our tutors have worked with STV & the BBC, they have created looks for large commercial campaigns, worked at London Fashion week, been featured in the pages of Vogue. They have built successful businesses as glam and bridal appointment artists or are working as successful beauty influencers.

Make-up and skincare form part of one of the largest industries in the world. Entrepreneurship is thriving within the world of cosmetics, paving the way for fresh, independent brands to break into the industry. Make-up and skincare professionals are emerging every day with cutting edge, creative ideas for the sale, promotion and uses of a range of products on the market.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
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HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Essential Makeup Skills

This unit covers skin types, skin tones, face shapes, colour theory and foundation matching.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Covering iconic beauty trends over the past few decades from the winged eyeliner of the 40’s to the glamour of the modern day cut crease.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Researching fashionable looks from brands, designers, campaigns and runways to inspire your own runway and editorial-style looks.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Create basic looks that compliment a range of makeup styles using rollers, finger waving and curls. These are taught using various hair products and heated tools.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Whether you’re working for a fashion brand or a new product launch this unit will teach you to follow creative briefs and take professional direction. Plan, design and produce an entire look complete with make-up, hair and styling.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Presenting and promoting make-up looks or products to individuals via live audiences and via social media. This unit teaches you to educate in an audience for events and masterclasses.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Researching and studying a fashion designer or cosmetics brand by taking inspiration and planning a look complete with hair, make-up and styling for a professional photoshoot.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Eyelash Enhancements & Eyebrow Artistry

Students will learn practical skills in eyelash tinting, eyebrow styling and the application of semi-permanent single lash treatment.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


We help you understand the meaning of content creation and how to promote and build your following across different types social platforms.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Learn how to scale down for brides who do not typically wear a lot of makeup and want to look ultra natural with a touch of elegance. Learn how to take it up a notch when your bride wants to look bronzed and beautifully contoured.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Choose makeup route you wish to persue and choose one of our Edit Shoots to build your portfolio. Our Edit shoots can be taken after your course has been completed. These shoots run throughout the year. Full creative teams are on hand to help you create the perfect look for your portfolio.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Learn how to create an industry ready CV and set your future employment goals. Our tutors are also building up their own makeup businesses whilst teaching you so gain knowledge and insight from their personal experiences.

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


The course runs for 3 days per week over 6 months with start dates across 4 locations. College days are either Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday OR Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Newly launched in 2018, HNC Fashion Make-up recognises the growth and diversity of the fashion make-up industry.

Higher National Qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fashion Make-up (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge, skills, and sound understanding along with practical expertise in all aspects of fashion make-up, thereby enabling candidates to work confidently and competently within this industry.

Yes, a starter makeup kit is included with this course. The products change for each intake but generally they will consist of a brush set, a variety of foundations for colour matching, concealers and a range of colour cosmetics products. 

Edinburgh 16 William Street Edinburgh, EH3 7NH   Glasgow Central Chambers 93 Hope Street Glasgow, G2 6LD   Aberdeen 99-105 Holburn Street Aberdeen, AB10 6BQ   Fife 7 High Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7DL

We encourage our students to equip themselves with the necessary skills to seek employment. We do often get employers contacting us seeking staff and we will reccomend suitable students or graduates for each job. We have a job board on our website where popular brands advertise regularly for GlamCandy graduates. We also post job opportunities on our Student & Graduate Only Facebook Group.

Cosmetic Brand Employment: eg. sales, buying, product testing, product design and social media
Studio, Bridal and Party Make-Up Artist
Fashion Make-Up Artist: local and leading fashion shows
Editorial Make-Up Artist: magazines and newspapers
TV/Movie Make-Up Artist
Beauty Blogger, Vlogger or Agent
Photoshoot Art Director
Content Creator
Brand Ambassador
Creative Director
Cosmetics Personal Shopper
Beauty PR Agent
Social Media Manager
Social Media Beauty Influencer
Lecturer & Educator

Yes, professional photoshoots are included in your course. After you have completed your course there are many other opportunities to get invloved in photoshoots as a graduate on our aftercare program.

The HNC in Fashion Make-up is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business
  • people looking for self development

Students are encouraged to join our private Facebook Group where we post opportunites to attend photoshoots, assisting work and various events such as catwalk and fashion events to build up experience and portfolios.

Scottish based students can apply for funding to SAAS (Students Award Agency Scotland) & SLC (Student Loans Company) to cover the cost. Many students self-fund from personal money, savings, finance. Students can also opt to pay their fees on a monthly payment plan. 

1. Enrol in our HNC Fashion Makeup Course or HND Makeup Artistry Course.

2. Be a resident in Scotland on the first day of the course.

You can book a space up to 1 year in advance.

Yes, many students enjoy learning beauty, makeup and creativity. Students can book our courses to follow their passion or hobby and learn new skills when applying makeup.

Tuition Insurance Classroom Kits Student Makeup Kit Professional Brush Set Materials Facilities Qualification on completion SQA registration & certificates Enrolment and admin Promotional Fees Aftercare Photoshoots

The HNC in Fashion Make-up allows progression into an HNC/HND in Make-up Artistry. Learners who successfully complete the qualification may progress to employment within the fashion, or commercial make-up industry.

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Really enjoyed it and Vicky is very very knowledgable. Makes such a difference having the tutors spend time with us. Really is invaluable!
Jennifer Urquhart
Amazing team, always organising the most creative & exciting shoots!
Tabitha Tope Model
Love working with Glamcandy and styling their photoshoots! Such a great makeup academy and the team are amazing to work with. They allow everyone to be as creative as they want, I always have a great time being their stylist!
Luisa Leckie Fashion Stylist
I attended Glam Candy to attain my HNC, I not only achieved my qualification but I have went on to start up my own business with the knowledge and experience I gained. The tutors were very professional and highly experienced in every aspect of the industry. I gained a huge amount of knowledge but had so much fun and got the chance to do photo shoots and so many other opportunities. I highly recommend GlamCandy to anyone interesting in pursuing a career in makeup!
Holly Wyatt Edinburgh
Thank You to Glamcandy Aberdeen for making our models look amazing for Aberdeen fashion week, and thank you to Rhiannon for my make up i loved it! We Cant wait to work with you soon! Thank you so much once more.
Lydia Carter Founder Aberdeen Fashion Week (AFW)
Such a brilliant college ! would highly reccomend to anyone intrested in attending!
Hannah Toman Edinburgh HND
Thank You for helping me through this amazing journey i will never forget! Paulina you are amazing at what you do and cannot wait to see what you accomplish!
Gigi Carter Edinburgh
I just received my certificate through the post this morning I am absolutely over the moon cannot express it enough !! Thank you so so much for you help over the time of the course especially toward the end Lois Barclay!
Caley Speight Dunfermline
Such an amazing company! The creative director Paulina is soo lovely!! I’ve worked for Glam Candy as a model numerous times and they are always so welcoming and professional. 100% recommend this company if you are going to model for them, become a student or work with them in any form. Such a fun team who I always enjoy working with and getting new images working with some amazing brands!
Melissa Douglas Model
I am currently a student at glamcandy its been so far the best experience of my life all the team are so friendly and amazing would definitely highly recommend learning here, I just love it ❤
Paula Dolly Glasgow
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


Suite 230-244, 93 Hope Street, G2 6LD

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


16 William Street Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


7th Floor, Union Point, Blaikies Quay, AB11 5PW

HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy


7 High Street Dunfermline, KY12 7DL



HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Lead Tutor & Makeup Artist

Stephanie Ferry
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Lead Tutor & Makeup Artist

Lois Barclay
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Social Creator & Tutor

Alice Dickson
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy

Lead Tutor & IV

Charlie McGuire
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
HNC Fashion Makeup Course GlamCandy
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