Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-Up

Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-Up


The 12-Week Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up Course covers all the essential skills of fashion make-up and hair, from Beauty and Fashion through to Hollywood hair.

This is an intensive and in-depth practical course, particularly suitable for those wishing to change their career or for those passionate about using make-up at a professional level. 

No previous make-up experience is necessary because the course takes you from the basics to advanced skills. All we ask is dedication and determination.

A full kit bag is included in the course price.

What you will learn

The 12 weeks of the Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up course will take you from an introduction to basic beauty make-up through to a full understanding of every aspect of the subject. 

You will experience the enjoyable aspects of hands-on creativity combined with insider business knowledge.

At the end of the course you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to find work in this extremely competitive but incredible industry.

How you will learn it

You will train alongside top artists in the industry for 12 weeks and finish the course with a fashion shoot, working on professional models and shot by a top professional photographer. Previously we have worked with Michael Labica and Sandrine Dulermo who have shot campaigns for Givenchy, Cartier, Dior, many international fashion magazines, De Beers and Space NK. Thea Baddiley is another talent we shoot with, she often shoots for Harrods and a plethora of commercial clients to draw experience from. 

Your training programme lasts 12 weeks and comprises a series of one and two week modules followed by four weeks of Advanced Beauty and Fashion make-up and Hair towards the end of the course.

In addition to the modules listed below, we will also be coaching you in areas like professional business skills, the do’s and don’ts of how to behave on set, and how to grow as a make-up artist within the industry.

Course Modules

Here are the individual modules that make up your course.

In your first morning students will meet eachother, the Delamar team and tutors for the first week. You will receive a kit box full of materials for use on the course, as well as a copy of “The Complete Make-up Artist”, written by Penny Delamar – the Founder of Delamar Academy. This is a well known and respected text book on all aspects of make-up and will become a vital reference as you progress through the course.

In this module you’ll study facial anatomy, health and safety practises, skin care, the correct use of tools and products, the principles of lighting and shading in make-up, as well as colour mixing and blending, the application of bases, and beauty make-up for day and evening. You’ll also cover bridal make-up, corrective make-up (contouring and face shaping), and the make-up techniques required for HD TV and Film.

You’ll learn how to research and use reference photos to create period looks and period make-up for Film, TV, and Theatre. Periods covered will include the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, and the 1960s.

This module teaches you how to perfect techniques for lips, eyes, cheeks, and eyebrows. You’ll look particularly at applying these techniques for fashion photography and the catwalk. You’ll also learn how to follow a fashion brief and acquire knowledge of fashion products and how best to use them.

Now you’ll move on to hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, straighteners, and bendies. You’ll learn techniques such as styling long hair, French pleats, bridal styles, braiding, and plaiting, as well gaining knowledge of a variety of hair products and how best to apply them.

Hair is set to give body and fullness, temporarily changing the appearance of the hair. We teach setting in different sets, building the techniques and dexterity of the students, building them up to a high standard during this week. This is essential for TV, film and commercial/fashion work as all hair professionals need to understanding how settings like a “horse shoe set” will translate into many period and modern styles alike. Precise sectioning with wet set rollers and pins is the starting point after mapping out a style on the head. Students are then taught how to dress out a set. 

Here you’ll learn to research and develop designs and apply various bodypainting products. You’ll be using sponge and brush work, as well as learning airbrush techniques – including the necessary health and safety issues associated with an airbrush. There will be free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting and using stencils, and you’ll complete the module with an individual bodypainting project.

Ever wondered how celebrity hairdressers create those red carpet looks? Find out their secrets by taking this 2 week course covering all aspects of hair styling from bridal through to light entertainment.

Straight from some of Saturday night’s best TV shows (such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Dancing on Ice’ and ‘Saturday Night Take Away’) our tutors will break down the hairstyles seen in fashion, music videos, the red carpet and dance shows and teach you the skills to achieve them. These intricate and technically challenging styles often need to withstand the shakes and tumbles of the Rumba or Cha Cha Cha, therefore learning skills in how to build on strong foundation work and setting work is essential. 

The course provides an intensive grounding in Afro hairdressing skills you will need for working as a stylist in the media business. At the end of the course you will have learnt: 

  • Introduction to Afro and Multi-textured Hair (hair types, curl types, hair and scalp analysis)
  • Consultations
  • Products (what to use, when to use and how to use)
  • Tools (combs, brushes, heat styling tools)
  • Hair prep for wigs
  • Braiding techniques for wig application
  • Styling techniques for type 3 and 4 hair (Curly and Kinky Coiled)
  • Maintenance and aftercare

Building on the skills covered in the basic fashion week of your course, these intensive 4 weeks will cover all aspects of fashion make-up and hair, finishing with a fashion shoot with professional models, celebrity stylists, and photographer. In addition to fashion techniques, you will be advised on working in the industry, building a portfolio, and how to follow a brief. Master classes with top industry experts ensure you will be taught the most current looks.

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’ll have your own personal workstation – including professional lighting and equipment. A large prosthetics workshop is based on site at Ealing Studios. 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 a Film School, which offers a first step in studio experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.

Your next steps

There are two requirements for entry to this course:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • If English is not your first language, you must have a good standard of spoken English (equivalent to IELTS 6).

No make-up experience is required.

Look at the dates of our next course in the course dates section located in the sidebar.

Then, please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email to discuss your course needs, or to arrange an informal interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% (£2,400) deposit and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest is due a month before the course starts.

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

Personal Recommendation

“As soon as I looked around Delamar, I knew it was somewhere I wanted to be. Not only are the teachers amazing (I have a fan girl moment every week) but the whole atmosphere of the school is inspiring. Before I arrived at Delamar, I had only ever done makeup on friends for a night out but now I can confidently apply make up on anyone.”

Lily Sumner, Graduated 2016 (Advanced Complete Make-up Artist)

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