The International Make-up Association is an awarding body for the make-up artistry industry.

We were established in 2003 by professionals from the make-up industry keen to raise the standards of make-up education around the world.

Fashion / Photographic / Media Make-up Diploma

Fashion / Photographic / Media Make-up Diploma

 Make-up Application Certificate

Make-up Application Certificate


Accredited by BABTAC for insurance purposes

About IMA

We provide an industry benchmark for make-up artists and those who want to employ make-up artists. To hold an IMA qualification, you must first have achieved a high level of skill in your field, thereby a potential employer or agent can be assured of your talent and credentials.

For the qualified make-up artist, the IMA website offers a referral resource – simply agree to have an email link from our site and potential employers can reach you and you can follow up jobs that are posted on the Jobs Board.

Any professional who wishes to receive insurance for public liability or against loss or damage to equipment such as your make-up kit through BABTAC you must hold a recognised qualification through an independent awarding body such as IMA. (UK only)


china_IMAThe last twelve months has been one of the busiest and successful for the IMA. We have increased our participating schools around the world and have received more enquiries than ever from countries wishing to take up this prestigious industry recognised qualification.

We are now spanning across two continents both Europe and Asia including countries such as Dubai and now China. We would like to extend congratulations to the latest school to join our team in Thessaloniki Greece.

We are very particular when accepting a new school to join the group that they reach our exacting requirements. By accepting only, the top make-up schools around the world with the best make-up artist lecturers can we keep up the standards of professional make-up artistry.  

If your school is considering becoming an IMA school please complete the on-line application form first.

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Based in London, Laura is an accomplished and creative make-up artist in all aspects of fashion, editorial, advertising, commercial, corporate, television and lifestyle make-up.

She initially studied Art and Design at Degree level and always had a keen eye for colour and beauty. After studying makeup at The London School of Make-up in Oxford Street. She completed the course in December 2007 and then went about building her portfolio and assisting various well-respected make-up artists.

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