Advanced Complete Make-up Artist -- 22 Week Course Learn theatrical, film, TV, and fashion make-up and hair to an advanced level

Designed especially for students who would like to spend longer than the 16 weeks of the Complete Make-up Artist Course learning to be a make-up artist but who don't want to - or simply cannot - commit to a whole year's study.

Ideal for anyone who doesn't have the qualifications for entry to the 1 year HE Certificate Course but still wants to learn theatrical, film, TV, and fashion make-up and hair to an advanced level.


A deposit of £3,450 and a completed enrolment form will secure you a place on the course. A full kit box is included.


The course trains you in all the make-up and hairdressing skills you will need to work as a make-up artist in the 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 Haircutting 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.

Best of all, 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.


The Programme lasts 23 weeks including a one week break after week 16. This week may be used for catch-up classes in some cases. The course consists of one and two week modules with four weeks of Advanced Beauty and Fashion make-up and Hair towards the end of the course.

In addition to the modules listed below, you will also attend industry masterclasses in order to guide you towards becoming a professional make-up artist, including business skills, set etiquette, and the role of the make-up artist within the industry.

Here are the individual modules that make up your course - You can find more detail about each module by following the link to the relevant section in the Complete Make-up Artist Course page.


In your first morning you will be introduced to your fellow students, the Delamar team and tutors. You will receive a kit bag full of materials for use on the course, as well as a copy of "The Complete Make-up Artist", written by Penny Delamar - the Principal of Delamar Academy. This is a well known and respected text book on all aspects of make-up and will become a vital reference as you progress through the course.


The first week introduces you to the fundamentals of make-up. In this module, you will 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 will 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 and period make-up for Film, TV, and Theatre. Periods covered will include the Eighteenth Century, the 1920s, the 1930s, the 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.


This module teaches you how to perfect techniques for Commercial, Editorial and Runway work. The key skills required for beauty and fashion looks will be broken down into masterclasses, ensuring you understand how to follow a brief and have a good understanding and knowledge of beauty products and how to use them.


Now you will move on to hair techniques for use in both period and fashion hair styling. This will include using electrical equipment such as tongs, heated rollers, conical wands, straighteners, and bendies. You will learn techniques such as styling long hair, French pleats, bridal styles, braiding, and plaiting, as well as gaining knowledge of a variety of hair products and how best to apply them.


This module involves working on real hair wigs with lace fronts, as used in Theatre, Film, and TV. The module takes you through blocking, dressing, cleaning, and washing wigs, as well as researching period styles, creating ringlets, spirals, pincurls, finger waves, and victory rolls, building up your skills to enable you to set and dress out a style to achieve the required period look.   


Further developing on your skills, you will now research 2 period looks of your own choice and combine period make-up and wig work to create individual projects. This will involve setting, dressing out, fitting, and applying wigs, as well as using costume to achieve the final finish for your required look.


You will 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. 


Focusing on the key skill of Airbrushing, you will learn how to use and clean the airbrush, including an understanding of the health and safety issues associated with the equipment. You will also learn techniques such as  free-hand painting, lighting, shading and blending, cutting and using stencils, and brush and sponge skills to use in conjunction with the airbrush.


One of the most popular modules of the course! You will learn 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 represent 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 - you will learn ageing techniques, and how to apply facial hair and stubble.


You will learn how to apply camouflage make-up for concealing tattoos, blemishes, and scars. 


Learn how to apply a vinyl Bald Cap, as well as designing, making, and applying a range of prosthetic pieces. The module also covers the theory of prosthetics and working procedures, health and safety practices, face casting, sculpting, silicone runs, preparing moulds, and the application of pieces with make-up to achieve a finished look.


Ever wondered how celebrity hairdressers create those red carpet looks? Discover their secrets on this 2 week course covering all aspects of hair styling - from bridal to Light Entertainment. Tutors Lisa Hilton ('Strictly Come Dancing', 'Over The Rainbow', NME music awards, numerous commercials, music videos and celebrities) and Paul Haskell (Hair Designer of 'Strictly Come Dancing' for 4 years, Hair Designer of 'Dancing on Ice ' for 3 years, Hair Designer of 'Pop Star to Opera Star' and personal hair stylist to numerous red carpet celebrities) will break down the hairstyles seen in fashion, music videos and dance shows and teach you the skills to achieve them. Whether you're a new make-up artist starting out or already working in the industry but lacking confidence in your hair ability, this is one course you cannot afford to miss.


This module teaches the basic principles and techniques of cutting hair, from long layers to short hair cuts, scissors over comb, clippering, blowdrying, cross checking, texturising, razoring, blending, and fashion blowdrying and styling. Please note: this module may not be required for qualified hairdressers.


Building on the skills covered in the initial fashion week of the Complete Make-up Artist course, these intensive 4 weeks will cover all aspects of fashion make-up and hair, finishing with a fashion shoot with professional models, and fashion photographer. 


Building on the skills taught in casualty and character weeks, these 2 weeks fully explore in further detail the building up of a character. Casualty skills are developed, using a wide variety of products, and master classes from top industry experts ensure a thorough understanding of blood work, wounds, bruises, zombies etc. to a high standard. Project work and practice in following the brief will help in combining all the techniques to produce the make-up result required.

In addition, there will be industry masterclasses on understanding and following Continuity, script and character breakdowns, understanding set etiquette, guidance on writing a CV and cover letter, speed tests and a lighting day with a professional cameraman with an HD camera and monitor.


The best way to utilise the skills and techniques you have been taught is to create a professional portfolio. Our new portfolio building course (offered as specialist add-on course) gives you an intensive grounding in creating a portfolio that displays your make-up and hairdressing skills in a structured but artistic way. Find out more about the portfolio building course.


The light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy are located within the world-famous Ealing Studios in West London. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on the Ealing Studios site.)

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 and is open for you to use. 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 the Met Film School, which offers a first step in studio experience for our own students when they work on graduate films.


Course Dates

24 April 2017 - 29 September 2017

25 August 2017 - 16 February 2018

If the dates you wish to attend Delamar Academy are not yet on our website please call us for expected course dates.

How To Apply

You'll be pleased to learn that there are only really 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).

Check out the dates of the next course in the course dates section located in the left sidebar.

Then, please call our Enrolment Advisor on 0208 579 9511 or email,to discuss your course needs, or to arrange an informal interview.

No make-up experience is required.

Following a successful interview a 25% (£3,450) deposit and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest 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.