Special Make-up Effects 201: Character Make-up Artistry - Los Angeles and New York | Make-up Schools - Make-up Designory Make-up Artist Classes & Training

Special Make-up Effects 201: Character Makeup Artistry - Los Angeles and New York

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This course focuses on character development, with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of prosthetic application and special make-up effects. Students will learn the techniques of professional make-up artists and will gain familiarity with traditional make-up, as well as new materials and tools. Students will also learn a variety of special make-up effects skills, including the creation of simulated injuries and age make-ups and the application of effects like bald caps and facial hair. At the end of this course students will design and create a character, which will be captured in a photo shoot.



Aging Unit

  • Define highlight and shadow and be able to apply those concepts in a film and television situation.
  • Properly light and shade the basic shapes and define the terms associated with the process.
  • Highlight and shade the nasal-labial folds.
  • Highlight and shade the forehead and temples with cream make-up.
  • Apply general highlight and shading for the eyes.
  • Highlight and shadow the three possible types of cheekbones.
  • Highlight and shadow the jaw-line.
  • Apply highlight and shadow the neck.
  • Create wrinkles on the human face, and be able to identify the best locations for creating wrinkles.
  • Properly add age spots and vein work to enhance and complete the aging process.
  • Properly use stippling to enhance the aging application.
  • Apply hair white to create a graying effect for hair to enhance the aging application.
  • Create and complete an “old age” character make-up, bringing together all of the techniques learned in class so far in 30 minutes.

Hair Preparation and Application Unit

  • Properly prepare, straighten, and save crepe wool for use in the creation of beards and other facial hair.
  • Hackle hair for preparation of use
  • Color match and blend hair materials.
  • Properly apply hair to the Tuffie head and will be able to lay the hair at an angel using the bevel cut.
  • Apply a mustache and eyebrows with crepe wool.
  • Apply sideburns to a Tuffie head and a model.

Aging Stipple Unit

  • Apply an “Age Stipple” application.

Beard Unit

  • Lay a beard in the proper growth direction.
  • Hand-lay goatees and beards.
  • Ventilate a hair piece and apply a ventilated piece to a model.

Bald Cap Unit

  • Decide which type of bald cap is best suited for a given project and to communicate to production the strengths and weaknesses of each of the different types of caps available.
  • Apply a vinyl bald cap.

Prosthetic Unit

  • Apply a gelatin prosthetic appliance.
  • Apply a silicone prosthetic appliance.
  • Apply a Pros-aide Transfer prosthetic
  • appliance.
  • Make a reliable bald cap using Pliatex molding rubber.
  • Apply a foam latex prosthetic appliance
  • Apply a rubber bald cap.
  • Apply multiple prosthetic appliances to create an individual “character” appearance utilizing an airbrush.

Tattoo Unit

Create and apply realistic temporary tattoos.

Injury Unit

  • Create bruises with proper stippling technique.
  • Create two-dimensional scrapes and scratches with the use of a black stipple sponge or brush.
  • Apply indented scars and raised keloid scars.
  • Create cuts and lacerations using a silicone compound.
  • Create wax bullet holes, both entrance and exit wounds.
  • Apply foam latex and gelatin prosthetic appliances to create an injured appearance.
  • Create a first, second and third degree burns; as well as, put them together for a gruesome look.
  • Create ice and snow effects using Ultra Ice and Ice Powder.
  • Photo Assignment
  • Complete a character suitable for the portfolio.


Please note this course is an advanced level course with prerquisites. Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete an individual course. Individual courses taken on a stand-alone basis are not accredited by ACCSC. In addition, students taking stand-alone courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid and some other services that are offered to students and graduates of larger programs. Please contact us for more information.