Diploma of Makeup Artistry Course Outline

Module 1 Makeup Products & Equipment

Get to know the author, Rachel Dal Santo, before she introduces you to the colourful world of Makeup Artistry and all it entails. This module takes an extensive look at the broad range of products and equipment available, colour theory, and how to operate safely as a makeup artist.

Learning Outcomes Summary

Video Tutorials

Student Handbook



Ten Attributes of a Successful Makeup Artist

About the Author

Guest Makeup Artist

Tools And Products

An Introduction to the Makeup Artist's Kit

Equipment, Skincare, and WHS

Makeup Products

Makeup Brushes

Purchasing Your Kit

Work Health and Safety (WHS)

WHS Guidelines for the Makeup Artist

Cleaning Your Brushes, Sponges, and Powder Puffs

Colour Theory for the Makeup Artist

Understanding Colour

The Language of Colour

Face Charts

Makeup Designs

Makeup Application Basics

Skin Types and Skin Conditions

Skincare Products




Correcting Skin Problems and Covering Tattoos


Module 2 Face, Eyebrow, Eye, & Lip Shapes

Become familiar with the diversity of human facial features and learn the skills required to make up any face with confidence!

Learning Outcomes Summary

Face Shapes

Identifying Face Shapes

Contouring Highlight and Shade

Application Techniques for Contouring

Eye Shapes

Eye Shapes and Regions of The Eyelid

Classic Eye Makeup Design

Smoky Eye Makeup Design

Makeup for Asian Eyes

Eyebrow Shapes

Measuring the Eyebrow

Common Eyebrow Corrections

Lip Shapes

Lip Products

Common Lip Shape Problems and How to Fix Them


Module 3 Glamour Makeup for Photography

From the photography studio to the wedding aisle, delve into the depths of Glamour Makeup and learn about the various styles and techniques for making your clients feel beautiful!

Learning Outcomes Summary

Glamour Makeup for Photography

Makeover Studio Photography

Makeup Bloggers/Social Media Influencers

Wedding Photography

Fashion Photography

Beauty Photography

Other Commercial Photography

Model Release Form

Makeup Trends and Fashions

Staying on Trend

Fashion Makeup Demonstrations

Soft Natural Makeup

Classic Corporate Makeup

Red Carpet Glamour Makeup

Kim Kardashian/Instagram Inspired Makeup

Makeup for Black and White


Makeup Application and Capture

Bridal Makeup

Common Bridal Makeup

Mother of the Bride Makeup

Additional Wedding Makeup

Multicultural Weddings

Indian Wedding Makeup

Chinese Wedding Makeup

Glamour Makeup

For Dark Skin

Working with Dark Skin Tones

Bridal Makeup for Dark Skin


Module 4 High Fashion Makeup

Delve deeper into the Fashion Industry and explore the various styles and techniques of High Fashion Makeup Artistry. This fun module will have you exercising your artistic flair!

Learning Outcomes Summary

Photographic vs. Catwalk Makeup

Key Differences

How Lighting Effects Makeup

Understanding Lighting Types

Coloured Filters

Styles of Makeup for the Catwalk

Hollywood Glamour and Avant-Garde

Working with Fashion Designers

Collaborating with a Team

Designing for a Fashion Show

Creating Looks for the Catwalk

High Fashion Makeup Demonstrations

Various Styles Explained

Culture Inspired Makeup: Geisha

Culture Inspired Makeup: Wodaabe Tribe

Art Inspired Makeup: Birth of Venus

Theatre Inspired Makeup: Ballerina

Historical Period Inspired Makeup: 1960s

Historical Period Inspired Makeup: Rococo


Module 5 Makeup for Film and Television

Lights! Camera! Action! This module introduces you to the exciting world of Film and Television makeup! Become familiar with the many industry-specific standards and how they affect makeup design, and continuity, which is one of the most crucial elements of this field.

Learning Outcomes Summary


Industry Overview

Film/TV Crews and Their Duties

Film/Television Crew Members and Their Duties

Studio Protocol and on Set Expectations

On Set Procedures and What to Expect

Television Makeup

High-Definition/Digital Television

Floor Duty/On Set Maintenance for Television

Male News Presenter Makeup

Makeup for Men

Makeup for Excellent Complexion

Makeup for Average Complexion

Unusual Problems and How to Fix Them

Female News Presenter Makeup

Applications for Female News Presenters

Makeup for Female News Presenter

Film Makeup

Makeup for Film and the Differences

Between Film and TV

'No Makeup' Makeup - Male

'No Makeup' Makeup - Female

Script Continuity Analysis

Steps to Set Up a Continuity System

Script Analysis

Continuity Considerations

Example of a Call Sheet

Creating a Roster for the Makeup Department

Creating a Makeup Budget


Module 6 Theatre Stage Makeup

As well as teaching you about the key differences between camera makeup and stage makeup, this module will take you back in time to provide you with in-depth insight into the fascinating history of makeup!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Theatre Stage Makeup

Designing the Makeup

Lighting and Makeup

Employment in the Theatre

How to Collaborate in a Creative Process

Basic Male Makeup Techniques for Theatre

Historical Period Makeup

Period-Based Productions

Authentic Makeup vs. Interpretations

Ancient Egyptian Period

Ancient Roman Period

Ancient Greek Period

Medieval and Renaissance Periods

Tudor and Elizabethan Periods

Stuart and Restoration Periods

Georgian Period

Regency Period

Victorian Period

Edwardian and George V Periods

1920s Period

1930s Period

1940s Period

1950s Period

1960s Period

1970s Period

1980s Period

Period Makeup Demonstrations

Ancient Egyptian Makeup

Georgian Makeup

Victorian Makeup

1920s Makeup

1980s Makeup

Common Theatrical Characters

Geisha Makeup

Clown Makeup

Traditional White-Faced Clown


Module 7 Old-Age Makeup

This module is your first taste of Special Effects Makeup, exploring the various techniques available for adding years to your clients!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Designing Old-Age Makeup

Approaches to Aging Makeup

Highlight and Shade

Latex or Stipple

Green Marble


Old-Age Makeup Demonstration


Module 8 Character Makeup

Attain the skills commonly used in the fantastical world of character makeup. This module will have you recreating your favourite characters in no time!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Designing for Film and Television

Designing for a Character

Designing for Theatre

Video Demonstrations

Witch: Traditional Theatre Makeup

Fagin (Oliver Twist): Traditional Theatre Makeup


Module 9 Special Effects Makeup

This module officially welcomes you into the attention-grabbing and jaw-dropping world of special effects makeup. With a focus on injury and disease simulation, your creations are sure to give people chills!

Learning Outcomes Summary


SFX Injury and Disease Simulation




Tears and Perspiration

Artificial Dirt

Cuts and Lacerations


Bullet Wounds



Chicken Pox (Varicella) Simulation

Small Pox


Injury and Disease SFX for Fantasy Characters

Creating a Zombie Character

Zombie Character Technique

Character Contact Lenses


Burns Makeup Demonstration

Assault Makeup Demonstration


Module 10 Simple Prosthetics

A final look into the depths of special effects makeup, this module will give you the skills required for creating simple prosthetics!

Learning Outcomes Summary


History of Prosthetic Makeup

The Modern SFX Makeup Artist

Prosthetic Manufacture Techniques

Simple Prosthetic Techniques

Out-of-kit Prosthetic for Theatre

Create Your Own Scar Plate


Module 11 Wigs and Artificial Facial Hair

Become acquainted with the basics of artificial hair application, which is a sought-after skill for the professional makeup artist, making you stand out from the crowd!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Wig Types

Measuring a Client

How to Measure a Client for a Handmade Natural Hair Wig

Preparing a Client

Preparing a Client for Wig Application

Wig Maintenance

Care, Cleaning and Storage: Synthetic Wigs

Care, Cleaning and Storage: Natural Hair Wigs

Wig Application

Application of a Medium- and High-Grade Wig: Synthetic (Regular Front)

Application of a Lace Front Wig: Synthetic or Natural Hair

Apply False Moustache

Apply an Artificial Hand Knotted Moustache


Module 12 Working as a Freelance MUA

The refining touch to your newly acquired skills can be foung in this module, which will equip you with the knowledge required to put your skills into professional use!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Establishing a Successful Makeup Business

Setting up Your Business

How to Get Clients

Tips for Working in Specific Industry Sectors





Working as an Assistant



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