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.

Coming soon to a Cinema near you….

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 10th, October 2015 Click Here
Click here to Book a Studio Tour
Weekend Taster Course: 17/18th, October 2015 Click Here

We are so lucky this past fortnight to have the lovely, calm and statuesque presence of Stephen Rose teaching wigs to the Four Month course. We are lucky to nab him as he is hot off the set of the latest ‘Star Wars’ film and hopefully will impart some of his knowledge before setting off on his next job. Pins, rollers and wit have been flying!!

Our Open Day is on Saturday 10th October from 11.00am to 4.00pm where anyone is invited to visit to meet us and see around the academy. The following weekend, on 17th and 18th October is our Weekend Taster course – a real chance to have a go and see what the job really entails.


‘The Crown’ a TV series based on the early years of Queen Elizabeth has been a meeting place for lots of our girls too; Emma and Steph to name a few…

Natalie earlier in the year was working on the new Tim Burton’s latest – ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, filming in wonderful locations like Cornwall, Antwerp and…Blackpool! It was Malta in the summer on ‘Assassins Creed’ and shortly off to Spain for filming. What a life!

Kari hasn’t stopped work (she was on ‘Assassin’s Creed with a plethora of CBMA graduates and friends – Liz, Ria, Daniele, etc) and is now filming ‘The Promise’, a Spanish/American production again in Malta.

Lori is on…wait for it…‘999, Killer on the Line”. It’s not a Rom Com but she is using her Special Effects skills!

Polly, as well as being Hair and Wig Assistant at the National, is also working as trainee on ‘Horrible Science’ and on BBC’s ‘Royal Wives at War’.

Claudia has been working on the new series of ‘Hoff the Record’, and been in and out with other CBMA alumni; Helen, Aggie and Steph – a right old reunion!


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 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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