La Viso offers a range of UK-recognized beauty and makeup courses from CIBTAC, City & Guilds and ITEC at different levels; they also have in-school makeup and styling courses as well as self-selected interest courses and intense pulsed light laser training for those who want to enter the field of clinical aesthetics. Ladies who want to learn how to do their makeup themselves can join their DIY courses. Cantonese only.
For those interested in a career as a professional makeup artist or beauty specialist, Esther Beauty offers a range of intensive diploma and certificate courses including theater and media makeup as well as a postgraduate diploma in fashion. Overseas courses are available, too. Shorter certificate courses include special-effects makeup, face painting, nail art and aromatherapy massage.
Monita offers three-hour certificate and diploma courses in various types of massage, including seated chair, trigger point, aromatherapy, Swedish and lymphatic drainage. It also offers a three-hour course in Indian head massage. Classes are available on a weekly basis, so you’ll just need to sign up one week in advance. Most classes are in Cantonese, but you can request an English instructor for an additional fee.
With over 50,000 graduates, this spa, beauty and complementary therapy training college offers a wide range of internationally accredited diplomas and short courses from aromatherapy body massage and spa waxing to reflexology and reiki. Classes are in Cantonese and English and application forms are available online.
FIBS runs a range of internationally recognized diploma and certificate courses, including beauty therapy, aromatherapy and nail art. Leisure classes in manicure, skincare and makeup are also available. For aspiring beauty professionals, FIBS also offers working opportunities within its established retail network under mother company The Beauty Group.
This school provides courses in different types of makeup and hairstyling including bridal, fashion, stage and special effects. Make an appointment for a single beauty class or for a full 160-hour, 40-class professional makeup course. The school provides practical training opportunities and job search assistance after graduation. Make sure to bring your own makeup tools, which you can also purchase at the school.
Amy Gao provides certificate and diploma courses in all aspects of makeup including airbrushing, bridal makeup, hairstyling and body painting. Private classes include eyebrow shaping and image improvement. Other courses include manicures, photography and salon management.
The English Speaking Members Department of the Hong Kong YWCA has been a source of courses and information to expats and local English speakers for over 60 years. The Y offers over 1,000 different courses, talks, outings and events annually including digital photography, languages, and arts and crafts, so you’re bound to find something to nurture a career change idea. Alternatively, if you have an idea for a course, talk, seminar or workshop then contact the Y as they’re recruiting passionate people to share their skills and experience.
Farida offers diplomas and short courses in everything from beauty therapy to massage and even tattooing. Aromatherapy, stage makeup, body treatments and hairstyling are popular courses. All diploma courses are internationally accredited, and the school also provides joint venture courses with institutions such as City University and the Vocational Training Council.
Note: No courses currently on offer.Runs short courses on the basic techniques of makeup, aromatherapy and other subjects, as well as full- and part-time diploma and certificate courses in beauty therapy for would-be professionals. A full-time diploma course takes about three and a half months and a certificate course about one and a half months.