Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up -- 12 Week Course Covers all the essential skills of fashion make-up and hair

The Complete Beauty and Fashion Make-up Course covers all the essential skills of fashion make-up and hair, from Beauty and Fashion to period wigs and Hollywood hair.

It is an intensive and in-depth practical course, particularly suitable for those wishing to change their career or for those passionate about using make-up in a creative environment.

No previous make-up experience is necessary because the course takes you from the basics to advanced skills. All we ask is dedication and determination.


A deposit of £2,400 and a completed enrolment form will secure you a place on the course. A full kit box is included.


The twelve weeks of the Complete Beauty and fashion make-up course will take you from an introduction to fashion make-up through to a full understanding of every aspect of the profession. You'll experience an incredible advanced capsule training system, which offers you hands-on practical creativity combined with business knowledge. At the end of the course you'll have the skills and insight necessary to seek – and find – work in this extremely competitive but fabulous industry.


You'll work alongside top artists in the industry for twelve weeks and will finish with a fashion shoot involving professional models and a photographer.

The Programme lasts 12 weeks comprising of one and two week modules; with a three weeks of Advanced Beauty and Fashion make-up and Hair towards the end of the course.

In addition to the modules listed below, we'll also be coaching you during the course in topics to help you take the next step as a make-up professional. That means that you'll learn things like professional business skills, the ins and out of how to behave on set, 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 students will meet eachother, the Delamar team and tutors for the first week. You will receive a kit box 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.


Your first week introduces you to the fundamentals of make-up. In this module you'll 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'll also cover bridal make-up, corrective make-up contouring and face shaping, and the make-up techniques required for HD TV and Film.


Then you'll 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, and the 1960s.


This module teaches you how to perfect techniques for lips, eyes, cheeks, and eyebrows. You'll look particularly at applying these techniques for fashion photography and the catwalk. You’ll also learn how to follow a fashion brief and acquire knowledge of fashion products and how best to use them.


Now you'll 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, straighteners, and bendies. You'll learn techniques such as styling long hair, French pleats, bridal styles, braiding, and plaiting, as well gaining knowledge of a variety of hair products and how best to apply them.


You'll have fun 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. By the end, you will understand and be able to apply the correct styling for a particular period setting. 


Here you'll learn to research and develop designs and apply various bodypainting products. You'll be using sponge and brush work, as well as learning airbrush techniques - including the necessary health and safety issues associated with an airbrush. There will be free-hand painting, shading and blending, cutting and using stencils, and you'll complete the module with an individual bodypainting project.


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.


You'll learn how to apply camouflage make-up for concealing tattoos, blemishes, and scars. The camouflage day will vary in terms of where it is on your course. This is because it’s a standalone day and so we’ll see where we can fit it in depending on the needs of the students and bank holidays on the course.


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, celebrity stylists, and photographer. In addition to fashion techniques, you will be advised on working in the industry, building a portfolio, and how to follow a brief. Master classes with top industry experts ensure you will be taught the most current looks. 


There's simply no better place to learn make-up than in the light and airy classrooms of Delamar Academy, surrounded by the world-famous Ealing Studios. (You can learn more about Ealing Studios itself on the Ealing Studios site.)


Course Dates

24 April 2017 - 14 July 2017

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% (£2,400) deposit and a completed enrolment form will guarantee your place on the course. The rest is due a month before the course starts.