United Makeup Artists Expo The UKs Professional Makeup Artist Trade Show That Listens

Theatre

  • Par for the Course

    Choosing the right course for you - whether it be your first foray into make-up education or a topping up of your skills - is worth taking the time to get right.  At UMAexpo we have some of the top educators and colleges around pitching up to lend a hand - here's who you should look out for.

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    The Makeup Artist Academy - Stand A3

    Amanda Green, make-up artist and designer to some of the most famous faces in theatre, film and TV, has created specialist intensive professional make-up courses for serious learners of the real art of make-up.  Whether you're interested in Fashion, Prosthetics, Film & TV or a mixture, the Academy has tutors and courses to suit you.

    Vita Skills - Stand B1

    Offering a VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry or a VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Fashion and Photography Make-Up, Vita Skills specialise in innovative training courses with plenty of flexibility.  Choose from a full-time class schedule or flexible part-time around your current job.

    Creative Media Skills - Stand B3

    Based in the thick of it at Pinewood Studios, CMS run targeted film masterclasses on the doorstep of some of the biggest films made in the UK.  Learn from artists at the top of their game, passing along their lifelong skills and knowledge, in specific fields which include hair, make-up, costume, props, greens, stunts, art department and more.

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    BASC - Stand C2

    The British Association of Skin Camouflage are on hand to educate artists in the life-altering practice of skin camouflage.  BASC is an independent association which aims to alleviate the psychological, physical and social effects that an altered image can have on someone’s life by the simple application of specialised skin camouflage products.  Learn more about their wonderful work here.

    Brushstroke - Stand D4

    One of the most established schools, Brushstroke is based at Shepperton Studios and is celebrating 27 years of top quality training.  Their aim has always been to work as closely with the industry leaders as possible, offering well-balanced and well-rounded courses which are regularly updated in line with industry requirements by professional input.

    NASMAH - Stand D9

    The National Association of Screen Makeup Artists and Hairdressers should be a destination for you.  Check in for the latest news and updates from the team, enquire about insurance or sign up for their masterclasses.

    BECTU - Stand E1

    As the UK's media and entertainment trade union, career development courses available through BECTU are provided at low cost.  In most cases the courses on their bespoke list are open to members and non-members, with the programme reflecting the training needs identified by their membership.

    Leicester College - Stand E4

    Offering everything from Asian Bridal Make-up Certificates to a Media Make-Up Artistry Advanced Technical Diploma, the tutors and courses at Leicester College have excellent variety and experience of producing talented graduates.

    Bolton University - Stand E6

    As one of the top make-up educators in the north of England, Bolton University favours small teaching group on a compact, friendly campus.  Their Special Effects for Film and Television course has a well-earned reputation as one of the top SFX courses.

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  • Hair to Help

    If you love all things hair then we are here to help.  From expert wig masters to grooming products, our exhibitors have plenty of advice and tools to keep every strand in place.

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    PAM - Stand C5

    PAM is a must-visit for all artists, thanks to their wide variety of brands on offer in one place.  From moustache wax to hairpins, wig blocks to toupee tape, they cater for every hair need with expert advice.

    Location Mirror - Stand C7

    A handy number to take note of.  How many times have you been stuck with poor lighting and inadequate mirrors on set or location, making your job so much harder?  Location Mirror supply lit mirrors throughout the UK, both for hire and to buy.

    Back Stage Shop - Stand C8

    With over 20 years of experience in providing for almost every element of a performance – from lighting and sound to make-up – the Back Stage Shop stocks time-tested favourites from some of the biggest brands going.  From combs and brushes to hair colourants, you'll find it here.

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    The Makeup Armoury - Stand D2

    The hottest new professional retailer are making their show debut this year, stocking everything you might need for a full day on set.  More than just a store, the Armoury aims to build a community to help empower artists with knowledge, support and creative inspiration with the help of their experienced artist staff.  Beard oils, rollers, postiche tools - nothing is left out.

    The Wig Department - Stand D6

    The Wig Department's founder, Chrissie Sterritt, has been working in the industry for over 25 years and what she doesn't know about wigs isn't worth knowing.  She's worked on some of the worlds most successful International productions, such as The Lion King, projects for Rankin and Damien Hirst, as well as enormous blockbuster films.  Visit for expert advice and every wig product you might need.

    The Shave Doctor - Stand D7

    Knowledge of men's skin shouldn't be neglected.  Mark Sproston, AKA The Shave Doctor, created his range of professional shaving products after four years of intensive research.  His knowledge, area of expertise and credibility is now in demand from industry publications and he is a regular contributor to men’s magazine’s and national newspapers.

    Image Credits: Hair by Matt Mulhall, Photography by John Balsom for Image Credits: Hair by Matt Mulhall, Photography by John Balsom for GQ Style UK

    NASMAH - Stand D9

    The National Association of Screen Makeup Artists and Hairdressers should be a destination for you.  Check in for the latest news and updates from the team, enquire about insurance or sign up for their masterclasses.

    National Theatre - Stand E2

    The National Theatre in London is one of the UK's three most prominent, publicly-funded performing arts venues.  Their wig and hair work is the stuff of legends - stop by for advice and information from the talented team behind the NT, live streams and touring performances, as well as seeing the team creating intricate wigs first-hand.

    The Wigs and Makeup Studio - Stand E5

    The Wigs and Makeup Studio is run by Corinne Young and Philip Carson-Sheard, both industry professionals working full-time in the business.  They have a wealth of experience ranging from work at English National Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne and West End productions, through to film and editorial make-up, and teaching wig making and wig dressing at various prominent colleges.

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