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The Complete Special Effects Makeup for Film and TV Short Course

Course description

This special effects course will introduce you to many aspects of film and TV makeup designs ranging from natural beauty and HD ready techniques through to period make-up, face painting, ageing make-up and special effects such as cuts, scars and skin disorders.

We will focus on creating believable makeup designs through attention to detail, and you will come out of the course with the ability to convey a different age, health and personality through your use of special effects.

The second week focuses on more specialised skills of makeup effects. We will discuss how to identify and create realistic and believable trauma makeup for film, including cuts and bruises, black eyes and burns, as well as how to maintain special effects make-up on set for the duration of filming.

Our makeup courses take place in our makeup studios housed within our Lime Grove site in West London.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

You can watch interviews with our tutors and find out more about our makeup courses with our promotional video.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Principles of corrective theory
  • Highlight and shade - contouring effects
  • Period make-up look
  • Textural aging effects to create lines and wrinkles
  • Feature distortion with greasepaint
  • An overview of the human skull/using the principles of light and shade to create 3D illusory effects
  • Bald cap application
  • An overview of the human facial muscle structure
  • Wax prosthetics - building the nose / working with wax products / product analysis and use
  • Blocking the eyebrows
  • Cuts / lacerations / grazing / scarring / skin disorders / creating direct applied effects using a variety of materials
  • Black eyes and bruising effects
  • Techniques for creating bruising and swelling
  • Burn effects / use of direct applied materials to create instant effects
  • Health and safety practice crucial for the use of hazardous industry-specific products and materials


Please bring the following items with you to each class:

  • A tailcomb, comb and hairbrush
  • Some flat clips
  • 157 tool from Tiranti
  • Disposable mascara wands
  • Sectioning clips
  • Bdellium SFX brushes / art brushes and beauty brushes /a chip brush or a toothbrush for flicking on colour.
  • Powder puff
  • Notepad and pen
  • Hairband
  • Laptop/ iPad/ tablet

Please note:

Students are advised to remove any permanent eyelash extensions before the course starts, to ensure they are able to complete full makeup looks.

Meet the Tutor:

Our Special Effects Makeup for Film and TV course will introduce you to many aspects of film and TV makeup designs ranging from natural beauty and HD ready techniques through to period make-up, ageing, skin disorders and more.

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