Our History

The Delamar Academy has a long and successful history. Here, Penny Delamar – our Founder – describes the story behind the school.

Penny Delamar, Founder

“I left Art School with a deep love of both fashion and painting. In 1963 I joined the BBC and worked my way up from an assistant to become a Make-up Designer. After I went freelance in 1973, I gained experience working in Film, TV, Fashion, and on music videos and stills photography. Then after 1983 I spent a few years working exclusively on feature films such as “Santa Claus – The Movie”, “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”, “Revolution”, and “Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom”, amongst others. During this time I became aware that there was a worrying lack of lack of consistent training within the industry and standards were slipping.

This was the spur I needed and, in 1986, I started a make-up training academy with my actor husband David. We employed only the best make-up artists in the industry as tutors. These included Oscar, Bafta, and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

The results since 1986 have been amazing. Many of our students are now the leading make-up artists in the industry today and winning awards all over the world. The courses continue to adapt to best answer the changing needs of the industry. By continuing to keep our class sizes small and by using different make-up artists to teach their specialised areas, our students not only gain knowledge and inspiration, but also invaluable contacts within the industry. There continue to be many opportunities for well trained make-up artists in the industry and it has been very rewarding for me to see my graduates excel in the exciting and creative world of media make-up.”

Personal Recommendation

“How they take so much care and attention to each student I may never understand. Ultimately, these are the people who have a true passion for teaching in every sense of the word. If you decide on Delamar, be ready to be pushed, and to become a better makeup artist than you could have ever fathomed.”

Shelby Eames, 2015 Graduate


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