A huge congratulations to our very talented Christine Blundell who has been asked to do the latest epic, “Wonder Woman” which starts filming soon.

Every student is offered work experience on Christine’s film. One student will be lucky enough to be chosen to work as a trainee on the film.

Committed to innovation – every student taking one of our courses will now be given their own iPad mini in which to store and showcase their work. We recently trailed this with our current four-month students and the results have been great.

Graduation Day

Click here to read about the exciting and sad last day at the academy.

“Meet the Make Up Artist who Turned Tom Hardy into a Legend”

Christine Blundell’s latest work to hit the screens is Brian Helgeland’s epic “Legend” about 1960’s notorious brothers, Ronnie and Reggie Kray who are played by Tom Hardy, who she re-created to play both roles.

How did she do that? Go and see for yourself when the film comes out in early September.

Open Day – Saturday 6th, February 2016 Click Here
Click here to Book a Studio Tour
Weekend Taster Course: 20th/21st, February 2016 Click Here

Remember, remember…It’s got to be November! And there’s always fireworks here at CBMA when the lovely Danny Defreitas and Gina Blondell come together in a glorious explosion of colour and sparkle for our Hair extensions and Fashion Make up module.

There’s only one place left now on our next Three Month Course starting January 4th 2016 so don’t hang about!

Graduate Roundup

Night at the Museum

Lucky Liv Ranger sends this;

I was asked by Digital Media Services (who I have previously worked with before) if I was available to do make up and hair for a promo they were doing for The Natural History Museum called “Dino Snores”. I was told a sleeping bag would be provided as it would be an all nighter and most importantly what size am I because I will get to wear a dinosaur onesie!

Worked with two brilliant and funny actors along with the team who made it most enjoyable. Started at roughly 5:30pm -until early hours of the morning and then up again to start at 7:30am-8:30am.

Make up and hair wise was natural for the both of them with touch ups in between- just making them camera ready but also real people.

I throughly enjoyed my experience of being Ben Stiller for the night and I loved working with this group of people. Can’t believe I get to call this a job.

Magic School

Our lovely Veronica Blanco had a fab job in a pop-up Magic School by King, which was set up in Soho to celebrate the launch of ‘Bubble Witch 2’ Saga’s new gameplay feature.

“Me and another makeup artist had to recreate on guests and the public Laura Jenkinson’s three Bubble Witch looks. (We had photos of the looks and we used makeup and face-paints. (The designs were very simple: skull, spider and web on the side of face, spider on the lips).

The set up was lovely: nice makeup stations with mirrors and high chairs. We had to wear a pink wig and a witches hat, so it was fun.
We took between 10 and 20 min to create the looks, which didn’t include hair, just makeup.
On the last day we did more Halloween stuff again with face-paint , glitters, eyeshadows..
It was very busy and fun.

Dr. Thorne – watch this space.

Very talented Emma Trachtenberg sends this from the front line;

I just had an absolute blast shooting a new Julian Fellowes 3 part Period Drama for ITV. I was the trainee for the wonderful designer My Alehammar, who created a dreamy look for this Victorian drama. So many flowers, so many ribbons – it’s extremely colourful and it looked stunning against the backdrop of English countryside and stately homes. The look of 1855 was very much – middle parting, curtains and a bun at the back, but My emphasised the Victorians love of flowers and tiaras to have the wealthy characters dripping in them. The makeup was very soft and pretty and we did lots and lots of sideburns for the boys.

I was lucky to be able to divide my time between set and the makeup bus. My and I spent a lot of time prepping for big crowd days, sewing ribbon hair accessories, making flower hair bands, tonging hair pieces and trying on tiaras!!! I did some of the lead men – laying on their sideburns and I did a lot of the extras – footmen and maids. I helped My with all the general admin, continuity and maintaining the bus and assisted the team in a very broad sense throughout the shoot, but spent a lot of time on set as well. It was a really nice balance.

The cast and crew were unbelievable and we all got along so well. The show has very talented, well known actors such as Tom Hollander, Rebecca Front, Ian McShane but the majority of the cast were very young unknowns. The casting was amazing and every face in the show was as captivating as the last. We all felt that major careers will be launched from this show.

Watch out for Dr Thorne…next spring – I think. x


3 Month Makeup Course
  • People need different things at different times. At our Make-up Academy, we offer a range of hair and make-up courses to suit your personal circumstances, each underpinned by the core skills that Christine Blundell states as essential. The intensive 3 month makeup course offers a comprehensive grounding in the most important aspects of film and TV make-up and hair design. It is intensive, hands on vocational training. Choosing this course will not put you at a disadvantage, as we ensure the entire core CB*MA modules are covered. It has been running since the beginning of CB*MA and has produced many successful graduates, going on to work on such films as The Hobbit, Skyfall and many more. Christine Blundell originally took a three month makeup course and look where she is now!
  • The course starts 4th January 2016
  • For more details, Call us on 0207 485 4000 for more details and to book Studio tour.


  • Family

    When you join the Make-up academy, you will be with us for life. There is no time scale. We are acutely aware that your life after the course is just as important as during. Together we are stronger.

    Families are like Fudge- mostly sweet but with the occasional nut!

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  • Aftercare

    This is why we are the only school to offer true aftercare; an unlimited level of support. Click here

  • Tutors

    We believe, that no other Academy offers the level and stature of tutors than the likes of: Jeremy Woodhead, Jules WIlson, Daniel Philips and Paul Gooch, to name but a few. Click here


  • Open Day

    Our next Open Day will be on 6th, February 2016 . All welcome. Click here.

  • Studio Tour

    Remember, if you are unable to attend the Open Day please do book a Personal Studio Tour of the academy. Seeing the makeup school in action is perfect way to help you decide if it is right for you. Click here to book Studio Tour

  • Weekend Taster Course

    Finally the date has arrived, our next date Weekend Taster Course is 20th/21st, February 2016. We have the amazing double act of Farida and Jessie coming in to teach. First come first served, and we have an amazing offer, which we will tell you about. Click here


Our professional London makeup academy is unique in the UK, in being founded by an Oscar and BAFTA Award-winning Hair and Makeup Designer, Christine Blundell. When you join the CB*MA family you will benefit not only from Christine Blundell’s years of top flight experience in theatre and films, including Casino Royal and Sherlock Holmes, but also from the vast network of media and entertainment contacts she has nurtured, many of whom will be your teachers!

Beyond the glamour of Hollywood and award ceremonies, Chris remains a dedicated Makeup Designer, committed to the furtherance of her profession. The establishment of the Christine Blundell Make-Up Academy in 2006, was the natural progression in her mission to enhance industry standards and provide the gold standard for hair and makeup skills in the film, TV and theatre industries. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, developing an unrivalled reputation for producing highly skilled professionals. There is a real buzz of excitement at our lively academy, where film, TV and Theatre jobs are planned and prepped. What better way to learn, than to work alongside an Academy Award winner and other notable hair and makeup professionals?

All Graduating students are given the opportunity to join Christine on set, to gain valuable film experience immediately after completing their course. This is offered as part of our aftercare system, where we work with you to support your new career.

Christine is currently finishing up the new Matthew Vaughn film The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. Last year Christine worked on Mike Leigh’s film about 18th Century artist William Turner, Mr. Turner, starring Timothy Spall and The Fifth Estate, about WikiLeaks Julian Assange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. About Time directed by Richard Curtis, starring Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy, Danny Boyle’s Trance and Dan Mazer’s I Give It a Year, which Christine also designed were all released last year as well.



This film & theatrical make up course is our most intensive programme we offer. Apart from being a very popular one, we have been running this hair & make up training module since the inception of CB*MA. Christine has designed all our courses to include the core skills you will need to become an excellent hair & make up trainee.

More about our 3 Month Make up Course


The reason why we extended the three month syllabus is to allow the student more time to develop their period hair and make up skills; this is indispensible knowledge for any makeup artist. You will be entering the world of period films and TV dramas, learning the importance of research and historical knowledge, not to mention continuity.

More about our 4 Month Make up Course


As the longest hair & makeup course at the Academy, it allows time to develop your own style and understand that the devil is in the detail; giving you time to establish your confidence and build characters yourself. Only here, at CB*MA, will you find award-winning experts in the theatre, film & TV industry, not just to teach but advise and help throughout your time here. And remember, this care and guidance does not end when your course ends…

More about our 5 Month Make up Course

To succeed in your career as a film and TV makeup artist you will need real drive and commitment, and at the Chistine Blundell Academy for Film & Television in London (CB*MA) we promise to reward that commitment by offering our industry-leading training courses and the support needed to realise your goals.

The Film & TV industry is an exacting and demanding one, but there are few industries that are ultimately as rewarding and fun as a life spent behind the scenes on a film and TV set helping to bring stories to life on the silver screen (or indeed the plasma screen!).

As long as there have been movie stars, there have have been make up artists making them look good. From the ability to make an actor appear ‘natural’ while on camera, to the ability to transform an actor completely with special effects makeup, the Film & TV makeup artist has long been a treasured part of the entertainment industry as a whole. Part art, part science, the discipline of Film & TV makeup is a wondrous craft where gifted individuals use the infinitely malleable palette of the human face and body to bring dreams into reality.


Annabelle McMahon

I graduated from CB*MA in December 2011 around 9 months ago now. The first few months were quite slow, however

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Karen Wagner

Just thought I would drop you a line to let you know what I am doing.Nik Buck emailed me offering me work on Guardians of the

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Alice Jones

Hello to all the CBMA team. Hope you’re all well and festive.

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