The Complete Make-Up Artist

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The Complete Make-up Artist

The Complete Make-up Artist Course covers all the essential skills of make-up and hair, from Beauty and Fashion to Period Wigs and Hollywood Hair to Casualty and Prosthetics. It 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 in a creative environment.

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.

Many of the leading make-up artists at work in film, TV, theatre, and the fashion industry across the globe today are graduates of Delamar Academy. The Complete Make-up Artist Course has consistently produced successful graduates since 1986 and we are proud to have had students go on to win Academy Awards, a BAFTA, and Emmy Awards.

What you will learn

The course gives you all the make-up and hairdressing skills you will need to work in the media industry. At the end of the Complete Make-up Artist Course, you will:

  • Have a high level of proficiency in areas such as Fashion, Period Make-up and Wigs, Bodypainting, Airbrushing, Facial Hair, Casualty and Special Effects, Character work, Basic Prosthetics, and Barbering;
  • Understand the key differences between working in Film, TV, Theatre, and Fashion;
  • Know how to research a subject and use relevant reference material to fulfil a brief;
  • Acquire the professional skills and contacts to help you start your career in the media industry.

Every Delamar tutor is a top professional make-up artist, hairdresser, or prosthetics expert active in the industry. Their years of experience and passion for their work will provide inspiration for you to make your own successful career path.

This course will be 16 weeks long for everyone or 15 weeks long for those who do not wish to do a week’s training in barbering. 

How you will learn it

Classes are taught through practical demonstrations and one-to-one attention on each student’s work. Students work on each other or a model with a very practical and hands-on approach from day one. The focus is on developing students’ practical skills. Class times are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  We also hold guest master-classes and industry talks throughout the year, such as our most recent one with highly-respected artist, Mary Greenwell.

The kit given to students includes products from selected brands such as NARS,  MAC, Screenface, Royal Langnickel Brushes, Kryolan and many more. Further make-up, from these brands and many others, is also available for use during the course.

Course Modules

In addition to the modules listed below, you will be coached throughout the course in topics such as professional business skills, set etiquette, and the make-up artist’s role in the industry.

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 will learn how to research and use reference photos to create period looks with make-up for film, TV, and theatre. Periods covered will include the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, 1960s, 1970’s and the 1980’s.

This module teaches you the techniques, product knowledge and fashion ‘eye’ for make-up on editorial shoots, catwalks and commercial jobs. You will learn the best application methods for blending, use of cream products, precise lipstick application, different foundation effects, how to work with different eye shapes and brows. You will also learn how to follow a fashion brief and acquire knowledge of specific products and how best to use them.

This module teaches hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, straighteners, and hot sticks. You will 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 use them. Basic hair follows into a second week of hair setting techniques, used for both period and contemporary hairstyling. In this second week students will learn a range of hair sets including, brickwork wet set, onion set, princess set and horseshoe set. 

This module focuses on setting and dressing out real hair wigs with lace fronts, as used in theatre, film, and TV. The module takes you through blocking, setting, dressing, cleaning, and washing wigs, as well as researching period styles, creating ringlets, spirals, pincurls, finger waves, and victory rolls. By the end, you will understand and be able to apply the correct styling for a particular period setting.

Building on the period techniques learned earlier in your course, you’ll now research a period look of your own choice and combine period make-up and hair to create an individual project. This will involve setting, dressing out, fitting, and applying wigs, as well as choosing and using costume to achieve the final finish for your required look.

This is less about the problem kind and more about researching facial hair through the ages. You’ll learn how to knot a piece of facial hair, how to dress and tong moustaches, beards, and sideburns, as well as all the skills needed for the application, maintenance, styling, and cleaning of facial hair.

Applying make-up with an airbrush creates a flawless base. During this week you will learn to research, develop designs and apply airbrush make-up, with one day spent entirely on body painting. You will use sponges, brushes and airbrush techniques – including the necessary health and safety issues associated with an airbrush machine. There will be free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting stencils, and you will complete the module with an individual body-painting project.

This is one of the most popular modules of the course — and for good reason! You will learn how to research various casualty effects, using reference material, so that you can create bruises, scars, open wounds, stitched wounds, grazes, cuts, burns of all types (first to third degree), and different blood effects. In addition, you will create dirt, sweat, and tears effects, learn how to maintain an effect for continuity over time, and how to create illness, spots, diseases, and track marks. When a character needs to age or even change gender in Film, TV and Theatre, the make-up artist must have a range of techniques to hand.

This is a day’s module in which you will learn how to apply camouflage make-up for concealing tattoos, blemishes, and scars.

You will learn how to apply a Bald Cap, as well as designing, making, and applying a range of prosthetic pieces. The 2-week module also covers the theory of prosthetics and working procedures, health and safety practises, mould making, sculpting, silicone runs, preparing moulds, and the application of prosthetic pieces with make-up to achieve a finished look.

In this two week course you will develop the skills learned in Basic Hair. You will learn more technically challenging styles such as red carpet hair, bohemian fashion looks, braids, candy floss styles, coloured extensions, hairpieces plus many more advanced techniques. For students who wish to pursue hair work, these classes are invaluable.

During this week you will learn the basic principles and techniques of hair cutting on men. You will start on dolly heads and move onto working on real people! This course covers scissor over comb techniques, clippering, cross checking, soldier cut, texturizing, fading and styling. 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, as you will often be presented with a male actor to groom, and basic barbering skills are 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

Where you will learn it

The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London.

In our spacious classrooms, you will 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).

You can see dates of the next course in the sidebar.

The please call our enrolment manager on 0208 579 9511 or email on to discuss your course needs, qualifications for entry, and to arrange an informal interview.

Following a successful interview a 25% deposit of your course fee and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course.

The remainder of the fee is due a month before the course starts. Where spaces are still available within a month of the course start date (there is no closing date for course entries where spaces are available) the full fees are due on enrolment. If the course is full we would recommend being placed on the waiting list. We will contact people on the waiting list if a student asks to defer.

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

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