ScreenSkills launches hair and make-up transfer programme

ScreenSkills has launched a new training programme, delivered by Make-Up United Artists, to transfer hairdressers and make-up artists working with Black hair or make-up for people of colour into film and high-end television.

Image: Bridgerton © Liam Daniel/Netflix

The programme is funded by the ScreenSkills Film and High-end Television Skills Funds made up of contributions from high-end television productions and films made in the UK.

To launch the training programme, a panel was held on 20 January 2022 with industry professionals who reflected on how they got their start in film and tv.

The panellists were managing director of Make-Up United Artists, Amanda Gaffey and hair and make-up designers and artists Allison Edwards, Fiona Lobo Cranston and Marcia Blackwood.

They reflected on a range of topics useful for those looking to embark on a career hair and make-up for film and high-end TV. These included navigating work as a freelancer, the skills you need to bring to set, networking tips and what to expect a day in the life might look like. 

We encourage those who have extensive experience of working with Black hair or make-up for people of colour in the following areas to apply for this hair and make-up transfer programme:

  • Black hair salons 
  • photo-shoots
  • wedding beauty
  • department stores
  • music videos
  • live events
  • theatre

We are taking applications until 7 February. 

Sixteen places will be available for the first round of training, which will conclude with paid placements for all suitable candidates on high-end television productions. Netflix and ITV Studios are among companies to offer placements from the spring of 2022. 

If you are in an early career stage and are looking to gain more experience, we encourage you to explore our career maps after watching the recording above. For those with pre-existing experience in film and HETV, our flagship programmes including Trainee Finder, Make a Move, Film Forward and Leaders of Tomorrow all enable industry professionals to get their next step up.