Full Theatrical Makeup Course

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Theatrical/Special Effects/Media Hair and Makeup Course is becoming increasingly demanding within the makeup industry. New technologies like High definition cameras and high turnover of television productions for satellite stations make the need for an intensive course that covers all the key areas for you to gain work within this industry. Makeup artists who wish to complete their skill set will benefit from a full range of techniques to cater to a broader client base.

Course Content: Practical and theoretical
Time: 5 Weeks (10.00am – 4.30pm)
Price: £4995 (includes VAT)
Portfolio: Live Models

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“I can honestly say that I learnt SO, SO much on the course and my confidence grew in bucket loads. The atmosphere at the school is very relaxed and comfortable, not to mention well equipped. Looking at all the makeup they have for student use is like being a kid in a sweet shop. Once you complete your course/s you become a graduate of the school and are sent regular emails with offers of paid or unpaid jobs. I have no hesitation in recommending this school to anyone considering it and cannot wait to get back and study there again. Thank you so much for a literally life changing experience.” – Debbi Raymond
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Course Description

// Who is this course for?

Our Complete Theatrical Makeup Course course is suitable for artists at advanced level. Students must have completed our Beginners Professional Makeup Course and Professional Hair Styling Course before completing this course (alternative courses/experience will be considered). Students who have trained as a hairdresser and those who have previously trained in basic fashion makeup will find this perfect for extending their skill set.

// What will I learn during this course?

Tutors incorporate theory, demonstration and practical sessions to ensure students receive the highest and most thorough standard of training during this course.

This course covers full content from our Special Effects Makeup course, Media Hair and Makeup Course, Vintage/Retro/Period Hair and Makeup Course and extra Theatrical Character work exclusive to this course.

This course includes Special Effects Makeup techniques:

  • Introduction to products & specialist kit
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Research techniques
  • Skin diseases – Theory and reproduction
  • Burns – Reproduction
  • Dirtying down – Tramp looks including teeth
  • Casualty techniques 
  • Eye swelling and bruising
  • Cuts, scars and burns
  • Impalements, puncture wounds
  • Using latex, Artex, sculpt gel, wax and grease paints
  • Making bald caps 
  • Bald cap application
  • Basic prosthetics
  • SFX Character creation – Creating a range of characters to include all techniques from the SFX course

Media Hair and Makeup techniques:

  • Introduction to products and specialist kit
  • Health, safety and hygiene in the media industry
  • HD makeup – Techniques, capabilities
  • Straight / presenter look – Hair and makeup for TV and film
  • Male grooming – Hair and makeup for TV and film
  • Ageing with latex
  • Character ageing
  • Script breakdown and character design
  • Postiches – Selection, preparation, colouring, application and care
  • Laying on hair – Using hair to create temporary effects such as beards, eyebrows or on other areas of the body
  • Hair lace wigs – Preparation, application and care
  • Media Character creation

Vintage/Retro/Period Hair and Makeup techniques:

  • 18th Century – Marie Antoinette
  • 16th Century – Elizabeth I
  • 20th Century look
  • 1920’s / 1930’s – Flapper girl / Hollywood glamour
  • 1940’s / 1950’s – Pin up master class
  • 1960’s / 1970’s – Twiggy / hippy-chic
  • 1980’s / 1990’s – Neon
  • Health and safety
  • Product selection
  • Hair parting and sectioning
  • Different pin usage and techniques
  • Elements of hair styles including – retro waves, rolls and pin curls
  • Setting the hair – The secrets to long-lasting hold

Theatrical Character Creation techniques:

  • Eye brow blocking – Drag Makeup
  • Hair and Makeup – Geisha & Chinese opera
  • Use of grease paints – Clown / Pero
  • Exaggerating features – Dolls
  • Ageing with grease paints – Witch 
  • Character work – Alice in Wonderland

Students are welcome to bring in a camera to take photos during this course.

// What can I do with this course?

Students will be able to work in the Theatre, Film, TV and Media industry using their London Makeup School certificate.

// What courses can I progress onto?

Students can expand their skills further by completing our Avant Garde Hair and Makeup course, or explore other areas of hair and makeup such as our Beginners Hair Cutting course, Fashion and Photographic Makeup courseGlamour Makeup course and Diamond Makeup Artist Certificate.

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