There are a diverse range of beauty and make up courses in Melbourne, and that anyone intending to learn make up either to improve their styling skills and/or to become an accredited make up therapist can benefit from any of these courses. I have friends who are make up artists, and they have not regretted their decision to enrol in a couple of these colleges. It is advisable to do a short course first and foremost; so you can test the waters, and if you find that you want to take such skills further into a career, then it is advisable to study at Diploma level once you have covered the essentials.
Napoleon Perdis is an amazing man, and having met him personally he knows make up, and his make up academy is a great course for those who want to learn more about make up; it is a nine-week program that can be done at South Yarra on a part-time basis, and the Elite Hair and Make Up Academy in the City offers something similar.
Helene Abicair is another great college for learning make up application and correct make up technique.
If private college is not for you, the courses can be done at TAFE, and also via correspondence. Conversely, if you just want to see how make up is applied, then make sure you attend one of the 30 days of fashion and beauty events going on in September of any given calendar year. Such events where you also get to see make up applied on one of the attendees by a make up artist; while they talk you through when it is appropriate to use eye pencils and bronzer for instance, and how such make up products are meant to be applied.