A huge congratulations to our very talented Christine Blundell and Lesa Warrener for their BAFTA nomination for their work on Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’. Well done!!

Christine has begun the preparation process for her next film ‘King Arthur’ directed by Guy Richie. The movie is a feature film version of the original Sir Lancelot story, and will be starring Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Djimon Hounsou.

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.

Open Day – Saturday 10th, October 2015 Click Here
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Weekend Taster Course: 17/18th, October 2015 Click Here

May? Seemed more like October! Still the rain clouds seem to have passed and we are looking forward to the summer, as our current Five Month students are put through their paces on our ‘Mini Boot Camp’. Today we’re championing ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’…what’s not to love! (Check our Instagram and Twitter feeds to see the results #cbmacademy)

Our new graduates are doing us proud out there.

Juliana reporting in:

“I am working, still as a trainee, on a period drama For BBC called ‘Dickensian’, a Victorian period Until October and I am very happy.”

Before that I was called for dailies in the crowd room Of Christine’s ‘King Arthur; Knights of the Roundtable’, my first time in one of her jobs, so I was quite happy for that too!

Sophie Daly hot from ‘The Huntsman’

“I’ve been on ‘The Huntsman’ film, the sequel to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ as the main crowd trainee for 4 months now. Being the main crowd trainee is super exciting, you’ve got to be fast, on the ball and make sure everything runs smoothly. I assist the crowd supervisor, Joe Hopker, who has worked on leading films such as ‘Warhorse’, the first ‘Snow White and the Huntsman and many more; she’s amazing! I’ve been lucky enough to not only work in the crowd room, but also have a few weeks working on the main bus with the hair and makeup designer Luca Vannella and the rest of his team, including another tutor at CBMA, Lizzie Lawson. It’s been great to experience both the crowd and main bus; I’ve been assisting the MUA’s with leading actors such as Chris Hemsworth and Rob Brydon, also doing hair and makeup on the background artists in the crowd room. I was lucky enough to get offered the trainee position from Luca after he taught us at CBMA, if I gave any advice to students now, it would be to have the right attitude not only when you start working but also when you’re learning as it gets noticed by the tutors and it can help in the long run for future employment. I have two months left on ‘The Huntsman’ and don’t want it to end!”

Don’t forget there’s also our Open Day to look forward to this month on Saturday 20th June, and the Weekend Taster Course on June 27th and 28th.


4 Month Makeup Course
  • Our 4 Month Makeup Course programme is our longest and is all about assessing and then developing your individual skills, introducing you to a whole range of essential techniques and providing you with adequate time to practice. It allows the students to go into more depth with each module and take the time to get comfortable with all of the elements of Hair and Makeup.The length of the 4-month makeup course allows you to delve deeper into each topic, including exploring more periods in history and the differing styles. You will be encouraged to undertake research outside of class, in order to fully understand how history and the economy affected fashions in hair and make-up. There is also opportunity to explore Theatre makeup and design your own well-known character from an Opera, Ballet or Musical.
  • The course starts 5th September 2015
  • 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 10th, October 2015 . 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 17/18th, October 2015. 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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