About The Founder
the owner and founder of Kohl Academy®, is an ambitious woman with 17 years’ experience in the Fashion, Beauty and Hair industries, including 10 years teaching and training experience. Lindi’s skill, talent and vision have developed Kohl Academy® into one of the most professional, well known makeup training institutions in South Africa, and among international artists.
Lindi has put Kohl on the map internationally by bringing world-renowned makeup artists and educators to South Africa to train our artists. Kohl Academy® is endorsed and supported by world-renowned makeup artist and author Rae Morris. One of the world’s top makeup educators Donna Mee as well as Emmy Award winner Kevin James Bennett are among the international icons that Kohl has hosted in South Africa. Lindi has shared a master class stage with international artists including Paul Merchant and Liz Martins.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE JOB DESCRIPTION OF A MAKEUP ARTIST?
A makeup artist’s job is to apply make-up and style hair in a variety of different creative projects. Makeup artists can apply makeup to brides for weddings / magazine work / editorial / fashion shoots / photographic shoots / fashion shows / television / film / stage / advertising and marketing campaigns / corporate events and shoots / theatrical productions / school formals and special occasions.
HOW DO I CHOOSE WHICH SCHOOL TO STUDY AT FOR MAKEUP?
Start by researching makeup training facilities. Trainers/Educators at these facilities should be are working artists in the makeup industry with extensive experience and an up-to-date portfolio. Meet your trainers/educators before you enrol to discuss course options and training format, this will give you a feel for their experience and industry knowledge. Discuss the makeup kit you will receive during training as it is important that professional products are used at all times. Kohl does not believe in “student kits”, all kits and products are on par with what is relevant to in the working industry. You can only become a professional if you are taught by professionals using professional tools. View the training manuals and how often the training programme gets updated. This is important as we work in an ever-changing industry and your training facility must be on trend and up-to-date with all skills and techniques.
The standard of work delivered by past and current students will give you an accurate indication of what can be expected and the standard of training you will receive. View the facilities to ensuring the environment is up to a professional standard. As this is a portfolio based industry part of our training at Kohl is assisting the students in building their portfolio, which is photographed by a professional photographer This teaches the students model sourcing, creating concepts, design and implementation, working with a team, how their work reads on camera and creating industry standard book-worthy work.
Follow and view social media pages as this is updated most often and will give you a good indication of what is currently being taught at the facility. You will be able to view the quality of work by students and trainers. Ensure images that are used on websites and social media are not stock images but are actual work being produced by the facility. Stock images can be very deceiving. Kohl Academy® will NEVER use stock images.
DO I RECEIVE A QUALIFICATION AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE?
Kohl Academy® is an internationally VTCT accredited vocational training facility providing skills and education in makeup artistry.
Kohl Academy® provides hands-on instruction giving students certifiable knowledge needed to enter the makeup industry. Training focuses on practical applications of skills learned along with a level of theoretical understanding.
On completion of the course students acquire well-developed skills and expertise in makeup, airbrush makeup, body art and hairstyling for performances, productions, photographic, fashion, media, magazine and special effects and more.
Vocational training delivered in a hands-on environment. The training method we use at Kohl Academy® is “competency-based”. We offer certificate and diploma qualification options.
Kohl Academy® is an internationally VTCT accredited vocational training facility. VTCT has over 50 years’ experience of awarding qualifications both within the UK and internationally. VTCT acquired ITEC in 2017 and, combined, they are now one of the largest awarding bodies in the world. Qualifications are mapped to UK regulatory frameworks and are recognised by international employers, governments and professional associations.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO STUDY AT KOHL?
Applicants must have completed grade 10 and be 17 years or older. A grade 12 certificate is preferred. Applicants under 18 years of age will be required to attend a preliminary interview accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Applicants need no prior makeup or art experience to apply. Courses cover all basics necessary.
There is no maximum age limit for applicants. Talent is not limited by age.
WHO WILL BE MY TRAINERS/EDUCATORS?
At Kohl Academy® we believe that to be the best you have to learn from the best. All of our trainers/educators are established makeup artists and are currently active within different sectors of the industry. Our trainers are fully qualified in all areas of makeup, and each specialise in their chosen fields. Trainers/Educators are also equipped with the necessary qualifications and upskill themselves on a continuous basis.
DO I GET STUDENT DISCOUNTS FOR PRODUCTS FROM COSMETIC BRANDS ?
Our students are offered special discounts on brands we stock such as Mehron, Temptu, and Kohl’s own line of makeup brushes and accessories. Students can present proof of study and receive discounts from other pro brands including MAC, INGLOT and KRYOLAN.
CAN I VISIT THE ACADEMY?
We encourage anyone interested in studying at Kohl Academy® to make an appointment to visit the premises. These visits are designed to provide you with as much information about our courses as possible, as well as giving you an opportunity to meet your trainers, view the premises, shop and brands and ask questions regarding courses and training. View the facilities on appointment only. Regrettably we do not allow walk-ins.
WHAT IS THE EMPLOYMENT RATE AT THE END OF THE COURSE?
We offer a strong work experience program designed to teach students the skills and confidence to network, create contacts and market themselves within the industry. We encourage students to accept as much work experience as possible throughout the duration of their course to assist in their development of becoming employable and industry ready artists. We also send promising students out on location work if and when a promising opportunity arises.
WHICH COURSE IS BEST FOR ME?
We recommend that you find out as much as possible about a the course before applying.
This can be done by communicating with our team (by telephone or email) or by having an ‘interview’ with us. Our team will supply you with a booklet/prospectus containing all relevant information regarding courses as well as registration forms indicating pricing and course durations. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have received sufficient information and advice on the course that matches your needs.
DO WE ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES?
Yes we do! Kohl has trained many students from other countries. It is the potentials student’s responsibility to arrange a student or other visa. Kohl will supply the student with an official acceptance letter to present to the relevant embassy when applying for a visa. Acceptance letters will only be released once Kohl has received a completed and signed enrolment form from said student as well as proof of registration payment.
I AM A SCHOOL LEAVER WHICH SUBJECTS WILL BENEFIT ME?
This is an artistic course. Although we do not have restrictions on subjects taken we do recommend art. Other beneficial subjects such as business skills orientated subjects as well as computer literacy.
HOW MUCH WORK OPPORTUNITY IS THERE FOR A MAKEUP ARTIST?
There are infinite possibilities because there are numerous sectors within the industry that will cater to your individual niche is. As in any other industry hard work and dedication will guarantee a successful career.There are infinite possibilities because there are numerous sectors within the industry that will cater to your individual niche is. As in any other industry hard work and dedication will guarantee a successful career.
Job opportunities include:
- Retail Makeup Artists
- Freelance Makeup Artists
- Makeup for still photography and print media including magazines, catalogues, marketing and advertising, corporate
- Makeup for TV
- Makeup for Films
- Makeup for live events and productions
- Makeup for personal services
- Managerial positions developing and training retail artists for various makeup brands
- Product trainer or manager within makeup houses/brands
- Beauty writer/editor
- Owning makeup shops or ecommerce sites
- Importing makeup brands
- Developing makeup lines
- Consulting on makeup
- Content creator
- Developing and presenting makeup training to individuals and corporates
DO I NEED TO ENROL FOR THE EXTRA COURSES IN HAIR STYLING OR AIRBRUSHING?
As with any career, broadening your skills is a valuable asset for any professional. Not only will you become more attractive to potential employees or clients but you will be able to book more jobs if your skills are varied, which ultimately means better financial gain.
HAIR STYLING is extremely important and rarely will a makeup artist be booked for makeup only as most companies and clients expect makeup artists to be capable of basic hair styling.
AIRBRUSHING has become more and more popular due to the demands of HD/UHD/4K filming and television. Adding this valuable skill to your skill set will be most beneficial to you as an artist.
Hair and airbrush can be done as part of course option 1 “Complete Makeup” or added as extra short courses.
Kevin James Bennett - Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist
“I had the best time with all the wonderful folks at Kohl Makeup Academy (Cape Town and Johannesburg). Looking forward to partnering again with the amazingly talented Lindi Bester and SJ van Zyl – xoxo” (Facebook post 5 December 2017)
Kim Engelbrecht - International Actress
“Morne Marx from Kohl Pretoria has always been an entrepreneur. He was the head hair stylist at Isidingo, South Africa’s beloved soapie.
This is where I forged a lifelong friendship with him. He has an enigmatic creative energy and passion to create. His work is high quality and his vision for perfection is undeniable. These attributes led him to acquiring Kohl Pretoria Franchise and a few short years later Kohl Cape Town.
Its no surprise the Kohl Academy brand has grown this rapidly. Leadership, ethics filters from the top. I know when I have my makeup done everyone at the academy is perfection driven and I’m in good hands.”
Umzingeli Productions - Jan Malan
A big thank you to Kohl Makeup and Lindi Bester for assisting us with the makeup of over 100 celebrities at Night with the Stars 2018. (Facebook Post 20 April 2018)
Nobuhle Mimi Mahlasela - Actress and Plus Size Model
My line of work requires me to always look my best whether on set or red carpet events, there I need someone that can make me look my best.
Michelle Scheepers and Kohl Make Up Academy have been my trusted buddies over 8 years and her service is impeccable and extremely professional. She always make sure I look like a Queen.
Racheal Darne (Student 2017)
“Thank you so much Kohl Makeup Academy. The best decision I ever made was to enroll here.” (Instagram post)
The Legacy of True Beauty
“Thank you Kohl Makeup South Africa for the services and facebeat of our models At TLOTB Designers Fashion Launch. Look forward to the next one: (Facebook Post 8 May 2017)
Leanne Roux (Student 2015)
“Thank you so much! I wouldn’t have made it this far without everything I learnt at Kohl Makeup South Africa.” (Instagram post)
Celine Neto (Student 2018)
I’ve just graduated from Kohl Makeup Academy. It was the best experience of my life and I would just like to say that each of you hold a very special place in my heart. (Facebook post)
4 Malibongwe Drive,
082 963 4656 / 082 963 4601
CAPE TOWN ACADEMY
22 Cumberland Road,
082 699 9822
1183 Francis Baard Street,
082 699 9822
M4 Zimbali Wedge,
071 633 7727