Complete Make-up Artist -- 16 Week Course An intensive and in-depth practical course covering the essential skills of make-up and hair

The Complete Make-up Artist Course covers all the essential skills of make-up and hair, from Beauty and Fashion to Casualty and Prosthetics. 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 fundamental core skills up to an advanced level. The two weeks for haircutting and barbering will be at the end of the course and so the 14 week for hairdressers will end two weeks earlier than the 16 week course.


£9,960 / £10,320
A deposit of £2,490 / £2,580 and a completed enrolment form will secure you a place on the course. A full kit box is included.


The course gives you all the make-up and hairdressing skills you'll need to work in the media 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 and 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 14 or 16 weeks, with various 1 & 2 week modules throughout, ending with the 2 week Haircutting and Barbering module. If you're already a trained and qualified hairdresser, you may prefer to sign up for 14 weeks rather than the full 16.

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.


On your first day you will be introduced to your fellow students, the Delamar team and tutors. All full-time students 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.


In this module, you will study the fundamentals of make-up, including 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, 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 learning 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 and the use of 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 focuses on 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.


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.


One of the most popular modules of the course! You will learn how 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 how to create 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 how to apply facial hair and stubble.


You will 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 is a stand alone day and needs to be fitted into the schedule around Bank holidays or public holidays, and taking into consideration the needs of the students.


Learn how to make and apply a 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.


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 on the Ealing Studios site.)

In our spacious classrooms, you'll have your own personal workstation - including professional lighting and equipment. We also have a large ground floor prosthetics workshop. 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 a 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 - 11 August 2017

25 August 2017 - 15 December 2017

The fees for the 16 week course are:


A deposit of £2580.00 secures your place.
Full kit box included


24 April 2017 - 28 July 2017

25 August 2017 - 01 December 2017

The fees for the 14 week course are:


A deposit of £2490.00 secures your place.
Full kit box included

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% (£2,580) 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.