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Make Up North Academy



We have developed one of the most accessible, affordable and unique training and education programmes in the UK that can be tailored to suit your specific needs.  At Make Up North academy we can offer a service designed specifically for you, to develop your own professional portfolio, using a a top professional photographer and agency standard models. We also hope to keep in touch with you and help you seek out those all important first contacts.


We are based in South Manchester, with on street parking available.  A professional working photographic studio, which is an excellent facility for both development and work experience :

The Warehouse, Barton Road, Stretford, M32 8DN


Make Up North Academy has been created by one of the north west’s most knowledgeable & creative industry professionals; Emma Fairfield has more than 24 years of experience working in all mediums of make up artistry; in fashion, television, film and high end quality publications. She also has more than 20 years experience of teaching in higher and further education and has worked for the BBC at the new Media City in Salford Quays, and was fortunate enough to work as a make up artist at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies.

Make Up North academy will offer you carefully selected, cutting edge experts from industry in both hair and make up, bringing simply the highest standard of training. Guest demonstrators and speakers from across the country will share their skills and knowledge, blending their experience with passion.


We have a minimum of 2 learners and a maximum of 8 learners per class, to guarantee individual attention and quality teaching.


Our short courses run 2-4 days a week, or 4 evenings over a month, allowing that all important flexibility for working professionals and those with young children. We recognise the demand to balance life and develop a career. If you are a current working make up artist or a complete novice, we cater for you, both enriching skills and developing potential.

A definitive approach to learning, without diluting quality. Your potential is our passion. For additional information, please download our prospectus, browse through the FAQ section or contact us : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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"Emma, thank you so much for creating my beautiful wedding hair and makeup. I felt like a million dollars and had lots of compliments. The bridesmaids also looked beautiful. You made the morning very calm and Ged was blown away"


Amy Bailey, Bride


"Hi Emma, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a wonderful couple of days on your intro to makeup course. I wasn't sure what to expect from it but absolutely loved every minute of my time with you and the group! Your knowledge coupled with such a great approachable and patient manner meant I got so much out of it. I can't wait to start my new venture into makeup!"


Make Up North Student, Michaela Doherty


"I have worked with Emma on all my photo shoots for many years, she is extremely versatile and knowledgeable. Working in the fine art industry the importance of getting the "look" and mood correct is absolutely essential and something Emma excels at.

She is very hard working with a very positive attitude, nothing is ever to much trouble and it is always a pleasure to work with her, I would never consider working without Emma on any of my shoots, as I feel she is essential to the creative process required in creating my work"


Rob Hefferan, Client & Artist


“The wedding make up was so important to me as I wanted that ever so tricky balance of makeup that would last through a very emotional day, looked natural but also photographing well. From the first meeting with Emma I had complete faith that she would be able to deliver exactly what I was looking for. Emma was warm, friendly yet extremely professional. I wouldn’t have changed a thing about the wedding make up and owe Emma a massive thank you for making this small, yet important part of the day perfect for me”


Claire Harrison, Bride


"I have known Emma for the past eight years in which we have developed a strong professional relationship. Working with Emma on a variety of jobs and with a number of clients including major model/ad agencies, and commercial clients she has shown a 'can do' attitude and has always provided a high standard of make up, aside from her obvious capabilities as one of the North West's leading make up artists I find Emma very personable, reliable and enthusiastic."


Sandi Hodkinson, Freelance Photographer
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"I have known Emma for 10 years in my capacity as a fellow lecturer and author.  During this time I have seen some of the extraordinary work she has produced.  In addition to this she worked on a hairdressing book I co-wrote where she carried out both day and evening make-up on the models to an excellent standard. Emma is a fun-loving individual but she takes her work seriously and is highly professional. Her teacher / student relationships were good; she was able to motivate and encourage her students, many of whom have since achieved great accolades in the make-up industry."


Helen Stewart - Lecturer, Author


"Emma was a great teacher. I could always trust her to give an honest opinion and inspire me to push myself further creatively. By the end of my course I had so much more confidence in myself and my new skills, something which is very important when you’re let out into the world of make-up artistry! Since leaving college she has kept in touch and has continued to support me in my new career."


Kaye Fleming - Ex Student


"Emma is a very experienced professional make up artist, she is dedicated & very reliable.
Her knowledge spreads from Theatrical, film noir, classy to beauty... she is very easy to work with & open to new ideas. A pleasure to work with."


Sarah Jones, Freelance Photographer


"I have worked with Emma on many projects in the past and find that she is hardworking as well as fun. She has a clear passion for the work she carries out and shares that enthusiasm with the people around her. Emma is incredibly creative and thrives on challenges, no challenge is ever too big for her to tackle. Emma's work speaks for itself and is of the highest quality. I can always rely on Emma to pull out amazing ideas from absolutely nothing and inspire everyone around her."


Jade Thorley, Freelance Make Up Artist & Ex Student


"When I was looking for a professional makeup artist to help me with a photoshoot for my beauty therapy text book, Emma was the first person I turned to as I had seen much of her work and knew what a professional she was. Not only did she provide most of the great makeup designs herself she organised a team of like minded professional makeup artists to work with her.

All I had to do was provide her with the specifications I required and everything was completed on time and just how I wanted it.
The photographs turned out so well they have been used in several other text books since because of the high quality of the work."


Susan Cressy - Lecturer, Author


"I worked with Emma on a week long job - high pressure handled with professionalism and perfect results delivered to the brief. Emma also had a welcome eye for detail throughout, ensuring everything was kept fresh during the shoots. Since working with Emma I have also been extremely pleased with her recommendations for make up tests from her students."


Jay Mawson, Freelance Photographer


"Emma worked with me on a personal project recently. I wanted a Gothic theme for two female portraits. Emma developed and brought the style together working hard to create the costumes and carefully complemented the look with the hair and makeup. She is very thorough and creative. I was delighted with the results."


Jonathan Oakes, Freelance Photographer


"Emma is a highly talented Make Up Artist and I feel very privileged to have been taught by somebody who has so much experience and knowledge within this industry. Before I applied to go on my course I was really concerned as I would have been a mature student with two young children. Emma settled my fears and concerns and supported me right through the course and reassured me whenever I doubted myself. The support she gave me is continuous still now and I have been qualified for 2 years. Emma has helped boost my confidence immensely by believing in me, when I didn't. Emma's make up work and teaching skills are outstanding and she is truly inspirational to me, we have now become good friends, and I have also worked on many jobs with her."


Susan Hookway, Freelance Make Up Artist & Ex Student


"Of the many Make Up Artists I've worked with, Emma Fairfield has to be one of the most creative and innovative.I regularly shoot with her as she uses original techniques with both make up brush and hair trickery which are a true inspiration to photograph.

When working as part of a team I've seen the other MUA's drop their own brushes to watch her work and pick up tips, to which she's very open, teaching them new methods of her own design.

She is a Photographers dream, easily fulfilling the brief and then excelling, pushing the boundaries always with the photographer's vision in mind.  Emma is a rare diamond; creative, reliable, friendly, a true artist and a privilege to shoot with."


Shirlaine Forrest, Freelance Photographer
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“I was lucky to assist Emma on a Music Video in 2010. As soon as I met Emma she immediately put my nerves at ease, and her calm nature helped ease the timing pressures of working on a busy set.
Although Emma was kept busy all day, she still made the time to encourage me to try new techniques and guided me with those I felt less confident with. Allowing me to shadow her whilst working was fantastic- you rarely get the chance to watch someone as talented as her.
Since then Emma has been a constant support to me, regularly passing work onto me, and putting me in contact with others. She really is one of a kind!”

Sian-Louise Auld, Make Up Artist


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