Christiane Dowling is an Award-Winning Makeup Artist and qualified Guild Training International (GTi) Accredited Teacher.

1-2-1 Makeup Lessons and small Group Demonstrations take place at Christiane’s Home Studio in Sandhurst. where an extensive range of premium makeup products are available. It is a private and comfortable environment that will help you feel relaxed and at ease while you learn.

1-2-1 Lessons are perfect for anyone looking to gain confidence with makeup and are tailored around whatever you would like to learn. Suitable for all levels, including absolute beginners, anyone wishing to update their look or for those with more experience looking to master individual skills or techniques.

A lesson is the perfect introduction for teenagers wishing to learn correct makeup application and makes an ideal gift, either on a one to one basis or with friends. A minimum age of 13 is suggested.

Bridal Makeup Lessons are also offered and are particularly popular with those who will be doing their own makeup on their special day or who will be travelling abroad to get married. Destination weddings can be a particular challenge if your wedding is taking place in a tropical climate and you need to keep your bridal makeup flawless and camera-ready in the heat and humidity.

Beauty is timeless and Christiane has specialised tips for more mature skin for a fresh & younger look.

A standard Makeup Lesson is 2 hours, but longer times, or a course of lessons are also available. Please enquire if you would like something bespoke.

Lessons are very flexible, but will generally consist of Christiane taking you through a makeup look of your choice, step by step. Christiane will create one side of the face, clearly demonstrating each stage for you to replicate under her guidance.

All makeup and brushes required during the lesson will be provided, we have an extensive range of products available suitable for all skin types, colours and tones and from a wide range of brands. A breakdown of recommended products will be supplied at the end of your lesson.

Some of the areas that you can choose to cover in a Makeup Lesson include:

  • Hygiene & safety.
  • Makeup brushes & tools and correct use.
  • Selecting appropriate products & colours for your skin type and tone.
  • Skin preparation.
  • Foundation application & blending.
  • Colour correction.
  • Camouflage & skin correction.
  • Highlight & contour.
  • Blush application.
  • Enhancing eyes & brows.
  • Lipstick application.
  • Specific skills & techniques.
  • Turning daytime to evening.
  • Feminising features.
  • Application of Strip Lashes.

Regardless of your skill level, master the art of beautiful flawless makeup, whether it’s natural and classic or glamorous and dramatic. Learn about the best products to use and the right brushes for applying makeup, as well as professional makeup techniques to help gain confidence and self-esteem.

Try to resist buying new makeup before your lesson, it’s important that you invest in the ones that are right for you. We are not affiliated to any one particular makeup brand, preferring to remain completely independent and with the freedom to choose the best products from across a wide range of companies.

We are constantly researching the market to keep abreast of new releases and select only the very best from both the UK and abroad. Typical brands include MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Stila, NARS, Huda Beauty, Natasha Denona, Pat McGrath, Giorgio Armani, Bobbi Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Laura Mercier and Chanel, but the list is not exhaustive. You might not have heard of some of the names but rest assured that they are among the very best available.

Christiane Dowling Makeup Artistry is Gender Inclusive. Everyone is welcome.

Gift Vouchers are available for anyone wishing to purchase a Makeup Lesson as a gift.


Please note, we currently only offer personal tuition.

We regularly receive enquiries from those wishing to pursue a career as a Makeup Artist and are always happy to share our knowledge and offer advice to others who share our passion. However, to work professionally in the industry as a Makeup Artist, you will require Public Liability Insurance which will necessitate successful completion of an accredited course from a recognised training provider or university. We recommend that you check with an insurance company as to their specific requirements.

Client Testimonials

I booked a make up lesson with Christiane for my 16 year old daughter and I. Christiane took time to explain all the different stages of make up application to us as well as showing us different brushes and products to use. We definitely both learnt a lot and Christiane helped to transform us with a final look we were both very happy with. After the appointment Christiane followed up and provided me with further info about products as well as some photos. She also let me know that I could contact her at anytime if I had any questions which I thought was excellent service. Christiane is clearly a very talented and highly professional individual. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile experience , I only wish I’d done it years ago, if you are considering booking with Christiane just do it!

Louise – Surrey

I bought my mum and I a joint make up lesson with Christiane for my mums birthday and it was just perfect. Christiane is both talented and professional and what we learnt that day was life changing! I have loved doing my make up since and forever receiving compliments. I’ll definitely be going back!

Emily – Hampshire

Christiane is a make up magician! I went to see her recently for a 1-2-1 make up tutorial as I was fed up of my current and all time look and wanted to learn some new tips and tricks to enhance my make up look. Christiane listened to my areas of concern and we really focused on that. We decided that Christiane would work step by step on each section of my face and that I would then follow her lead and practice each part myself on the other side of my face. Far better than just listening and then practicing for the first time at home! Christiane is very professional and really knows her areas of expertise well. I came away with a wonderful list of products used so I could treat myself to a few new bits and also make use of my current make up bag. Her make up room is any girls dream! I would highly recommend Christiane and wouldn’t hesitate to use her again.

Sinead – Surrey

Turning 50 this year I was conscious that my face is changing, and that I’ve no idea how to properly apply make-up, let alone in a modern style or what all the new products such as primers, contours and highlighters were for! I’ve simply defaulted to doing what I’ve always done with the same products. With milestone celebrations coming up I decided to book myself a makeup lesson so I could freshen up my look and feel more confident.
I thoroughly enjoyed my private make-up lesson with Christiane in her lovely studio and learnt so much. She calmly and patiently explained all the different products and brushes and taught me so many techniques, tricks and tips to enhance my skin and features.
As a result,  I feel significantly more confident applying make-up, using the right products and far happier with the results! I actually now enjoy spending time putting my makeup on, rather than considering it something to quickly slap on!
I would absolutely recommend investing some time in learning make up techniques with Christiane. And it was a lovely “bit of me time” treat!
Joanne – Hampshire

My friend and I decided to book a lesson with Christiane after reading all the glowing testimonials on her as well as being very impressed by all her qualifications. We both felt we had become very “set” in the way we did our make up. The communication and response from Christiane was excellent and very quick! Her salon is beautiful and very clean.

What a fabulous experience. We told her she had her work cut out with us, but wow – we had a great afternoon. She taught us both how to contour – with amazing results as well as how to do smoky eyes and evening make up. We have both already decided we need to go back in the New Year for another lesson. Thank you Christiane, if only we could clone you and bring you home with us xxxx

Vanessa – Berkshire

I booked a make up lesson with Christiane for my daughter as a surprise Birthday gift and what an amazing experience it was for her! Starting with a very efficient communication during the booking procedure, also with regards to Covid safety, made me already very reassured. Christine also accommodated us on the exact day of my daughter’s birthday despite not working that day which was so really nice of her! I was so impressed with her true talent, professionalism and an amazing ability to put her clients at ease. Nothing is too much trouble and no question is a silly question. My daughter’s make up was so subtle and natural and simply absolutely beautiful. She loved every minute of it and learnt a huge amount. I can’t recommend Christiane enough!

Liliana – Surrey

As a slightly more mature lady I finally built up the courage to book a make up lesson.
What can I say …… this young lady certainly knows hers stuff ! I was transformed! Initially I wasn’t sure that we were heading in the right direction but as one would say Rome was not built in a day. I carried on with my lesson and by the end I realized that I absolutely needed help with my make up as I had got into a routine over the years that meant I used the same stuff day in day out. By the time I left my 2 hour make up lesson I had learnt so much about how to apply and what to use. I would highly recommend a lesson if you want to look and to be honest feel younger!!!! Thank you so much for all your help and tips I will embrace my new way of applying my make up!

Deborah – Berkshire

Had my make up class with Christiane today and it was fantastic. She was really friendly and professional – everything was very safe and clean too due to Covid-19 which was great!
I have 0 experience with make up and Christiane was very patient and taught me step by step on how to apply my make up. I also loved that we get an information pack after which tells you the products that we used in the make up class and instructions on how to apply make up in case we forget! Thanks for making me feel beautiful!! ? 100% recommend!

Sarah – Surrey

I had a really good make-up lesson with Christiane. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher! She asked me lots of questions to gauge what I would like and I was really impressed with the final result! I feel so much more confident using make up now and also have more confidence in buying make-up too! I highly recommend using Christiane! She is fantastic!

Emma – Wiltshire

What a wonderful experience. Christiane is very patient, professional and informative. I had been meaning to get a makeup lesson booked for a while and didn’t realise I was lucky enough to have such a talented lady on my doorstep. She also made me feel very safe in this current COVID environment. I would freely recommend Christiane to anyone. She made me feel and look amazing and I cannot wait to order some new make up and brushes and start practising the look.

Sharon – Hampshire

What a kind, professional, skilled lady! I had a 1-2-1 makeup lesson including lashes with Christiane three days ago. She went over the basics for me then we did a step by step “how to” for an elegant evening look. It was a lovely afternoon and I had a great time. I feel confident with what I’ve learnt and I’m very satisfied! Thank you!

Rachel – Berkshire

Absolutely amazing!! I bought my daughter a make up lesson with Christiane and I honestly can not recommend her highly enough, her studio is beautiful, she has a huge selection of high quality products, and her knowledge is fantastic, but moreover her delivery of the lesson was outstanding, asking my daughter at each stage if she had any questions, giving her choices and so forth, I am so impressed that I am going to book a lesson myself, I am so grateful we found you Christiane we will always book with you now for special occasions, thank you Christiane you made us feel so comfortable and welcome we thoroughly enjoyed our visit! My daughter’s make up was fabulous! For anybody who is a little bit nervous about going along, rest assured Christiane will instantly set you at ease! We even enjoyed the Christmas music! Thank you so so much.

Lisa – Hampshire

I had a 1-2-1 make up lesson with Christiane and for somebody so young she was so professional and knowledgeable she really is so talented! Her make up skills and teaching were fantastic and even months afterwards she will still answer any make up questions I have and is so helpful and friendly!! I can’t recommend her enough! Christiane you are an inspiration! Keep doing what you’re doing!!

Donna – Basingstoke

Make up session and Prom make up for my daughter.

Christiane had the best communication style both in emails prior to bookings and face to face. The information she provided on her website, in her emails during and after the session was brilliant. Booking was a breeze.

Christiane makes anyone instantly at ease. She is very easy to speak with. She is extremely talented and really take the client’s style and thoughts into her work. My daughter’s Prom make up was understated yet beautiful, just as she had wanted. It was absolutely right for the dress and overall look. The make up used was of the best quality and lasted throughout the evening, throughout Prom and beyond, and looked brilliant without the need to reapply.

Christiane is clearly extremely knowledgeable and talented yet she comes across as very down to earth.

Booking a make up lesson or a special occasion make up with Christiane in my view, is an excellent investment and would make a fantastic gift that would be sure to please.

I cannot recommend her enough! Quality experience and customer service throughout from a brilliantly talented make up artist and genuinely lovely person.

Tanya O – Hampshire

I had a fantastic makeup lesson with Christiane. It was the first lesson I’ve ever had and I just wish I had done it sooner as I have never looked better! I’d really recommend going to see Christiane if you want some new ideas, a refresh or just to see how amazing you can look with the right makeup and good techniques.

Natalie – Surrey

This young lady is incredibly talented. Not only that, she shows a maturity that immediately puts you at ease. My sister and I both had a lesson and I was bowled over by the results. Christiane was polite, knowledgeable and answered all our queries. Her work is outstanding and I am sure she will go far in her career. Brilliant few hours spent with a professional.

Dawn – Oxford

My daughter and I had a make up lesson with Christiane a few weeks ago as a birthday present. I wanted to teach my daughter how to properly apply makeup and have an understanding of what products to use.
Christiane was very patient and took us both through what to do step by step, answering all our questions and we both learned so much. Our biggest learning was how to do eyes.
She was super helpful before, during and after the day and my daughter has been regularly practicing her new found skills on herself and anyone else willing to be her model.
Thank you Christiane for a great experience and for nurturing a new hobby in such a lovely way.

Cathrine Nicholas – Surrey

Christiane Dowling is a very talented make up artist and a natural born teacher. She taught me how to do my own bridal make up, gave me amazing tips and wrote it all down for me which was very useful.

Maria – Berkshire

I had my first ever make up lesson with Christiane this weekend, a present from my husband and I couldn’t be more happy.

Christiane is very professional and thorough and cleared all my doubts and questions.

I can’t wait to apply the skills she has taught me and I must say I had so many compliments on the make up she did from friends and family and even people in the town stopped to compliment me on my eye makeup that Christiane did.

I would love to use her for an event soon. She is brilliant!

Richa – Hampshire

Had a make up lesson with Christiane. Learnt so much (especially about where I’m going wrong) and most importantly actually found all the products that suit me.

When you go to a store, a sales person will try sell you only their brand for sales targets, whereas with Christiane, she advises you from multiple brands based on YOU!!!!!

Not only that, but my makeup looked amazing after and I got so many compliments. Definitely want to go back for another session, maybe next time with some friends …. really enjoyed it!

Megan – Hampshire