Building Your Make-up Portfolio

Building Your Make-up Portfolio

The best way to advertise the skills you’ve learned while training as a make-up artist is to create a professional portfolio.

Our new portfolio building course (offered as a specialist add-on course lasting 7 weeks spread across 5 months) gives you an intensive grounding in creating a portfolio that displays your make-up and hairdressing skills in a structured but artistic way.

The course includes one-on-one sessions with a make-up artist to discuss the work in your portfolio, looking at what you’ve done well and making suggestions for improving the presentation of your work.

What you’ll learn

The course is only available for Delamar Students because we’ll be building on skills learnt at Delamar Academy: we will not be starting from the basics.

The course provides an intensive grounding in creating a portfolio that displays your make-up and hairdressing skills in a structured but artistic way. At the end of your course, you will:

  • Know how to research a subject and use relevant reference material to fulfil a make-up brief;
  • Understand the key differences between portfolio pictures required for work in TV, Film, Theatre, and Fashion;
  • Possess the professional skills to help you start your career in the make-up artist industry;
  • Have a portfolio of work to help you with future employment;
  • Have worked on set and gained valuable experience and confidence in a professional environment.

How you will learn it

Before the start of the module you will have been taught how to create looks for various genres including Beauty, Fashion, Period, Casualty and Special Effects. You will also have been given a set of briefs that will give you a direction, but also allow you to design the photographs you want to display.

A tutorial at the start of the course will establish your specific requirements. Then there will be 5 separate weeks of teaching, with weeks between for research and preparation. There will be a final exhibition at the end of the course.

With the help of the tutors you will design, plan, and prepare your own portfolio pictures. You will learn new skills throughout each teaching week – genre by genre. At the end of each week you will be set a project that will result in a photograph for your portfolio. There will be a professional photographer brought in on key project days.

An exhibition at the end of the course will give you the opportunity to show your work to family and friends. We will also invite professional make-up artists to the event.

You will have a week of master classes on different parts of the industry. Included are classes in understanding and following continuity, script and character breakdowns, understanding set etiquette, guidance on writing a CV and cover letter, speed tests and a lighting day with a professional cameraman with an HD camera and monitor.

During these two weeks you will learn the basic principles and techniques of hair cutting, from long layers to short hair cuts. You will start on dolly heads and move onto working on real people! This course covers scissor over comb techniques, clippering, blowdrying, cross checking, texturizing, blending, fashion blowdrying and styling. Men’s barbering and clipper cuts, beard trimming and much more. Men’s barbering and clipper cuts, beard trimming, and much more – these skills are invaluable for any make-up artist pursuing a career in TV and film.


This week will cover a range of classes aimed in refining your make-up and hair skills, particularly under timed conditions.  We aim to teach the most up-to-date industry practices and therefore each year classes during this week may alter slightly. Included in this week will be speed tests, a red carpet master class, a facial hair workshop and advanced fashion and hair techniques.

Building on the skills taught in casualty and character weeks, this week fully explores in further detail the building up of a character. Casualty skills are developed, using a wide variety of products, and master classes from top industry experts. Classes will revisit advanced ageing techniques using gelatine eye bags and also refine their bald cap application techniques. Project work and practice in following the brief will help in combining all the techniques to produce the make-up result required.

You will continue on from Bodypainting and Airbrushing to develop your free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting and using stencils, and you’ll complete the module with an individual bodypainting project.

You will also have tutorials with a working make-up artist who will look at the photos of your project to help you choose the best ones and which ones possibly should be redone.

During the final part of this course students will have time to independently work to create a portfolio of photographs that will be displayed in your end of year Exhibition, and ultimately help you pursue employment within whichever area of the make-up industry you choose. It aims to enable you to use all skills and knowledge taught on the course cumulatively, in a developed and appropriate way.

You will display your portfolio on exhibition boards. You are welcome to invite family and friends and we will invite our tutors and their friends to look at your work. Whilst we will give feedback, where this module is taken separately from our Certificate of Higher Education Course we will not formally mark the exhibition.

Where you will learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on our Get in touch page or on the Ealing Studios site itself.)

In our spacious classrooms, you will have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. Ealing Studios is home to a number of other companies that form a real media community, with visual effects, production, editing, outside broadcast, and record companies all represented. There is also the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio work experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Your next steps

The only requirement for entry to this course is that you are currently a Delamar student or are one of our graduates.

Please talks to us while at the Academy or, if you have already graduated, call our Enrolment Advisor, Monika, on 0208 579 9511 or email to discuss the course or to arrange an informal interview.

A deposit of £1,750 and a completed enrolment form will secure your place. The remainder of the course fee is due before you start the course.

Find out more about fees, payment schedules, and possible funding opportunities in the Enrolment and Fees section of our FAQ.

Our Partners

Personal Recommendation

“I enjoyed my course thoroughly and gained substantial knowledge from having different tutors for each subject, all with their own extensive experience of working in the industry. They each shared their advice on how to get jobs, being professional whilst on a job, and their individual technical skills.”

Abbigail Richards, Graduated 2013 (Complete Make-up Artist)

Course Gallery

Due to Covid-19, Delamar Academy is closed for the next month. All enrolled students will have their classes honoured when it is safe to re-open.
Hello. Add your message here.