About Kohl  .  Our Training 
Our Team




About Kohl . Our Training 
Our Team

Kohl Makeup Academy was founded in 2009 with the first branch opening in Johannesburg.  
Kohl has since branched out with franchises in Pretoria and Cape Town. 
Trained Students
Years in Education


Kohl Academy® has become one of South Africa’s leading makeup training institutions. Our aim is to inspire and uplift aspiring makeup artists, with our passion and modern approach, combining theoretical principles with practical applications. Makeup is an art with endless possibilities and avenues. Kohl Academy® has assembled the most creative, skilled and experienced group of professionals who are enthusiastic about the Kohl brand and believe in offering world-class training. 

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Educators are qualified facilitators and assessors with industry experience. Learning from professionals is key to becoming a skilful, creative, business-minded, well-rounded artist. On completion of the course students will acquire well-developed skills and expertise in makeup, airbrush makeup, body art and hair styling for performances, productions, photographic, fashion, media, magazine and more. Kohl Academy® courses are internationally accredited with the largest accreditation body for makeup and beauty. Our training is superior as our educators are active artists in the industry, bringing valuable hands-on knowledge to each training session. The Kohl team travel abroad on an ongoing basis, attending international makeup trade shows and seminars; training with international makeup artists and educators. Training material for all programmes gets reviewed and updated every 6 months, according to current trends and relevance.


Training offered is competency-based. Students must achieve the required level of skilled competency to work as a certified makeup artist.


Training offered is competency-based. Students need to achieve the required level of skilled competency to work as a qualified makeup artist. Our teaching studios offer a professional and trendy environment where imagination can flourish and artistic expression is encouraged. Student makeup kits are made up of industry standard professional makeup brands, of which most are imported exclusively for Kohl student kits. Palettes are customised according to Kohl specifications. Kohl Academy® believes in giving students the best and most up-to-date products and equipment while training. To comply with industry standards we include a variety of brands. An artist must be knowledgeable on various brands as this ensures there are no limits to the looks and applications that can be achieved. Quality above Quantity!


Before a brush is put to a face it is important to understand the theory of makeup. This is the cornerstone to becoming a world-class makeup artist. We start the course with in-depth theory lectures where educators begin from the basics of makeup. We engage in discussions as well as question and answer sessions to ensure all our students comprehend every aspect of the curriculum. Each student will receive a full manual as well as a portfolio of evidence that will be completed during the course. Students are expected to complete theory exams and tests assessing their comprehension of information.


Skill and technique demonstrations are done at the beginning of every class by course educators. Students are advised to take notes as educators draw from their industry experience and will share “behind the scenes” tips and tricks. 
During practical in-class exercises students master the skills and techniques demonstrated. Educators are on-hand evaluating every step, giving advice, guidance and personal attention. Students work on various skin tones and facial features, ensuring they have a thorough understanding of the diverse clientele they may encounter. 
Students apply makeup on each other during practical training sessions. This gives students insight into what their clients will be feeling making client care more effective. Classmates give feedback on various elements including pressure used, and their experience as a client, assisting the educators in evaluating practical applications.


Course requirements include attendance of the required number of classes, as well as the completion of assessments. Assessments are done by way of direct observation by an assessor, where students are observed while completing practical applications. Students must supply their own models for all assessments. Further assessments are conducted by way of written tests which include multiple choice, as well as assignments. Various industry relevant assignments, practical case studies, research and design must be completed. Assignments are assessed and graded, contributing to fulfilling course requirements. Students must be found competent in all assessments, practical and theoretical, to receive a qualification.


During the first day of the course students receive an induction book stating academy rules and regulations which includes attendance requirements. Each course has a minimum guided learning hour attendance requirement.  This hourly attendance requirement must be met for the student to receive a qualification.  Missed class hours are to be caught up to fulfil the requirement.
Students are required to bring makeup kits, manuals and files to class every day. Students who arrive unprepared will be dismissed from class. 
Kohl Academy® acknowledges that some students may be faced with certain barriers to education and training. We strive to guide and assist students where reasonably possible, with solutions to overcoming barriers relating to each student’s special requirements. Students must note all such special needs or learning difficulties on the application document. Students must disclose in writing any illness, disability and/or learning difficulty that may affect their performance during the course. Such information is confidential and will only be disclosed to relevant personnel.
Photoshoot days are scheduled during the course with an industry professional photographer as part of the training programme. The purpose of photoshoots is to assist in building a portfolio and teaches students how: to work with a team, work on a set; how makeup reads on camera; model choices; selecting hairstyles and styling the model; to conceptualise and execute an idea; and how to create and present mood boards.
On occasion, students are required to bring a model/client to class for practical observation purposes including photo shoot days. Students will receive a day planner on the first day of the course noting all dates models/clients are required, giving ample time in advance to source models/clients. During the start of the course the academy discusses model choices for photoshoots and sourcing models, guiding students in this regard.
Master classes and workshops are scheduled where previous students are invited to up-skill and keep informed. It’s important that our artists stay on top of their game.
Over and above master classes and workshops Kohl Academy® was the first institution to bring a celebrity makeup artist to South Africa to present workshops to makeup artists and the public. Kohl Academy® brought celebrity makeup artist and author of 6 makeup books, Rae Morris, to South Africa in April 2013. Rae now endorses Kohl Academy®. Donna Mee, one of the world’s top makeup educators visited Kohl in July 2014, presenting master classes. In 2015 Kohl hosted Emmy Award Winning artist Kevin James Bennett, where he taught artists his tricks that awarded him an Emmy win for best makeup. In 2018 Einat Dan visited Kohl Academy® and presented master classes in fashion editorial makeup. To become a world-class artist you need to have world-class training.

Why a career in makeup?

Makeup artistry is a creative career within a broad field dominating the beauty industry. Many multi-million-dollar industries utilise makeup artists including; cosmetics, retail, music, fashion, beauty, bridal, advertising and marketing, entertainment, medical, corporate, TV, film and magazine. Opportunities are unlimited in this career path. Makeup artistry is a powerful career. 

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Makeup artists have a hand in working on clients in every visual platform including; TV hosts, presenters, newsreaders, documentaries, variety and talk shows, soap opera stars, singers, dancers, actors, actresses and stage performers. Furthermore, many films and TV shows where makeup is applied to not only the main featured characters but also the hundreds of extras you often don’t notice. A makeup artist’s clientele can often come from a more unassuming direction. Corporate clients form a large part of the industry booking artists for advertising campaigns, product launches, company brochures, billboards, posters, calendars, catalogues, expos and in-house staff and team shoots for newsletters, websites, promotional material and catalogues. Magazines and all print media supply makeup artists with an endless stream of work, capturing images for every conceivable brand, as well as, fashion and editorial, in-depth articles and documentaries. The music, TV and film industries shoot hundreds of new shows, movies and music videos everyday, all of which cannot start filming until a makeup artist has waved their magic brush. Many makeup artists start their career working in retail at cosmetic counters, building their careers up as the senior artist for an international brand, travelling the world representing the brand, and rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous. Private clients book artists for an array of commissions including; brides, matric farewells/proms, special occasions, functions, dress up parties, etc. Makeup is an essential part of the world we live in and one of the fastest growing industries.

The Team

Owner and Founder
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor Internationally Accredited Assessor & Internal Quality Assurer
Lindi is an ambitious individual with 20 years experience in the Fashion, Beauty and Hair Industry, including 12 years teaching and training. 
She is the lead Internal Quality Assurer managing, and overseeing training standards, course content, course delivery, and training methods, as well as assessors and assessments. Her skill and vision developed Kohl Academy® into one of South Africa's most well known and professional makeup training institutions. 
Lindi has brought world-renowned makeup artists and educators to South Africa to educate our artists and senior team. Artists such as Donna Mee and Emmy Award winner Kevin James Bennett. Kohl Academy® is endorsed and supported by world-renowned makeup artist and author Rae Morris. 
She has shared a master class stage with international artists such as Paul Merchant and Liz Martins. As an artist in her own right she has worked on, and designed, makeup and hair for numerous international film productions.

Kohl Academy Johannesburg

Senior Educator and Franchise Owner
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor
Internationally Accredited Assessor
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor
Internationally Accredited Assessor
Nationally Accredited Facilitator, Assessor, Moderator
Internationally Accredited Assessor

Kohl Academy Cape Town

Senior Educator and Franchise Owner
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor
Internationally Accredited Assessor & Internal Quality Assurer
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor
Internationally Accredited Assessor

Kohl Academy Pretoria

Senior Educator and Franchise Owner
Nationally Accredited Facilitator & Assessor
Internationally Accredited Assessor
4 Malibongwe Drive, 
082 963 4656
Platinum Junction, School Str, 
082 699 9822
1146 Justice Mohammed Street 
082 929 1577
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