Creative & SFX Makeup


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About Creative & SFX Makeup Course

The Creative and SFX Makeup Course can open new doors into the film, magazine, theatre and TV industry. If you are already a makeup artist or would like to start a new career in the creative/special effects makeup industry, this course can offer you the techniques, confidence and understanding to allow you to participate in the field as a creative, theatre and SFX makeup artist.

Intended for those interested in gaining specialist skills in creative makeup for film, television, theatre, fashion, and photography. Delivered over 14 weeks, one night a week. Allows the individual to still work while you train with us.

No prior experience required. This course can offer you the techniques, confidence and understanding to allow you to participate in the field as a creative, theatre and SFX makeup artist. Has the ability to open new doors into the film, magazine, theatre, and TV industry.


What we cover

  • Male Makeup
  • Old Age Theatre Makeup and Illness
  • Period Makeup (20’s – 90’s)
  • Creative & Character Makeup design and application
  • Covering Eyebrows with Drag Queen application
  • Bald cap making and application
  • Bruising, Cuts & Grazes Burns, Scars, Blisters
  • Diseases, Death
  • Makeup Foam Latex Character Applications

Course Outline

Week 1: Product Knowledge Session/Lighting & Stage Knowledge/Male Makeup

Week 2: Old Age Theatre Makeup and Illness

Week 3: Period Makeup choice 1 (20’s – 90’s)

Week 4: Period Makeup choice 2 (20’s – 90’s)

Week 5: Creative & Character Makeup

Week 6: Covering Eyebrows

Week 7: Bald Cap Making

Week 8: Bald Cap Application

Week 9: Drag Queen Application

Week 10: Character Makeup, Creative Makeup

Week 11: Bruising, Cuts & Grazes

Week 12: Burns, Scars, Blisters

Week 13: Diseases, Death Makeup

Week 14: Foam Latex Character Applications

Course Features

Max. 6 Students

Our small class sizes allow our trainers to dedicate time and attention to each student.

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Career Outcomes

This type of career requires you to work on television, commercial or film sets, or in designated makeup trailers throughout the filming duration.


It can be quite complex or it can be simple so it varies on the production and character role. An example of a complex one is the special effects makeup artist working on a zombie character portrayed by an actor. A simple one could be enhancing the actor’s appearance through small touch-ups. 

There are four types of different film and television makeup artist roles: the main leader being the “key makeup artist”, next is the “makeup artist”, the “makeup assistant” and lastly the “special effects makeup artist” (also known as the “SFX makeup artist”).

  • Key Makeup Artist (KMUA): They are in charge of designing each individual actor’s makeup. They get to apply makeup on lead roles and actors however they carry out the complex designs. On the other hand, they do delegate the makeup artists and makeup assistants to make sure the makeup runs smoothly throughout the film shooting. 
  • Makeup Artist: These artists are responsible for applying makeup for non-leading actors and supporting roles. They are under the supervision of the key makeup artist and they’re responsible for achieving the original designs by the KMUA. 
  • Makeup Assistant: They assist the makeup artists with body makeup application on the actors (for example, body painting or body art) along with organising the makeup kits and other smaller tasks. The KMUA may also send them tasks to accommodate the “photographing casts’” makeup and ensure that it is consistent in reshoots (if necessary). 
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Known as an SFX Makeup Artist (as mentioned previously), their job can be quite divisively challenging. They are required to have knowledge of basic film makeup and advanced SFX makeup techniques. They are responsible for any special makeup effects alongside applying prosthetics (i.e wounds, winkles, supernatural features for dramatic effects, etc) or applying “foam latex” (these are used to create three-dimensional prosthetic effects).

Your job is to apply makeup to characters portrayed by actors to enhance their natural physical appearance. Other times you will be working with different characters that require heavy specialty makeup for that desired look (such as airbrushing, wigs, prosthetics, hairpieces and more). Not only will you be applying makeup, but your job might also require you to read scripts, and study the characters and background settings to create the sketches. 


The front-row audience (remotely from the stage) will be looking at the actors’ expressions so it is crucial to make the actors “look their best” by making their cheeks rosier and eyes look bigger. Lighting will also have an effect on their makeup as well

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