Christine Blundell’s Amazing Career
Oscar & BAFTA winning Film Hair & Makeup Designer Christine Blundell first got involved in hair and make up when styling bands in the late ‘70s and working in a salon in Kensington Market. She went on to open her own hairdressing salon, which she ran successfully for 4 years and then embarked on an intensive three-month make-up course. After completing the course, Christine worked on Phantom of the Opera doing prosthetics and went on to work for LWT, gaining invaluable experience on sketch shows and TV films.
Her first feature with Mike Leigh was Life is Sweet, which marked the beginning of a long and successful working relationship that has spanned more than 20 years and produced 10 features including Secrets and Lies, Topsy Turvy, for which Christine was awarded an Oscar & BAFTA in 2000, Vera Drake, to name just a few…Christine also worked with Guy Ritchie and other famous Directors on films like Aladdin, Casino Royale, Wonder Woman, Sherlock Holmes and many more…
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Small Classes / One Unique Course / Family Spirit & True Aftercare
The Christine Blundell Make-up Academy is the leading UK Make-up school run by an Oscar & BAFTA winning Make-up Designer actively working in the industry. All our Tutors currently work as professional Film, TV & Theatre Make-up Artists & Designers. Now in its 14th year, our Academy nurtures a true Family spirit & Aftercare and we only run one Make-up course at any one time, with the maximum class size of 14 students. In addition, all our graduates are given the opportunity to join Christine on set, gaining valuable experience after completing their course.
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Joining our Family
When you join our family you benefit not only from Christine Blundell’s years of experience in theatre and films, but also from the vast network of media and entertainment contacts she has nurtured, many of whom will be teaching you.
In addition, all our courses are run in small groups, allowing us to focus well on each individual student. All our graduates are given the opportunity to join Christine on set, thus allowing them to gain valuable experience after completing their course.
Most Popular Courses
Afro & Curly Hair Skills course
Start Date: 28th June
Casualty makeup course
Start Date: 12th July
Day Taster course
Start Date: July 17th Saturday
Film & TV Hair, Makeup & SFX course
Start Date: 31st August 2021 & 3rd Jan 2022
Complete Media Makeup Course
Start Date: 31st August
Facial Hair course
Start Date: 4th October
Special Effects course
Start Date: 11th October
Wigs Dressing & Styling course
Start Date: 8th November
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5 Star Reviews & High Praises From Our Students & Graduates
I hope this email finds you well? I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know what I’ve been up to lately as it’s been a little while since we have spoken. I’ve recently just finished as the crowd hair and makeup supervisor for “Bridgerton”, a new period drama for Netflix which I’ve been on since May last year. I absolutely loved it and the challenges it brought. I’m definitely looking to do more crowd supervising or supervising on large scale productions like this.
Earlier in the year last year I was an Assistant Designer for a film also, which I enjoyed so much. It made me realise that I definitely aspire to design in the future. Read More
Working on Cruella with Nadia Stacey and the rest of the team was a dream job for me. It drew upon my background in fashion whilst also putting in to practice many of the skills I learned and honed during my time at CBMA.
I had never imagined that my second job after leaving would be something as large as a Disney production but every day was an opportunity to learn and practise and I loved every minute!
Hi, my name is Lisa and I graduated from Christine Blundell Makeup Academy in December 2018.
I live in a little village in the middle of nowhere in Nottinghamshire, I have two girls, horses, dogs and cats! Certainly a far cry from the London lifestyle. I began my career many years ago working mainly in customer relations and also studying and practising holistic therapies.
I have never really felt satisfied in my career choices but could not put my finger on exactly what I wanted to do, I’ve always had a love for make up which has intensified as I’ve got older and had to adapt to my skin changes. I’ve also enjoyed hair for many years which started with plating my pony when I was young to doing my daughter’s hair. Read More
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We are extremely proud to announce that Alissa Harvey, who currently works as a Glow Guide for BECCA Cosmetics, has received this year’s BAFTA REUBEN Scholarship for a place at our January 2021 Four Month Film & TV Hair & Makeup course.Alissa said:...
If you have missed Christine's Live chat with "Darkest Hour" & "The Crown" Designer Ivana Primorac, you can now watch it in full here. Thank you so much to Ivana for sharing her time with us!
If you have missed the live online chat, you can watch the whole interview here again & find out everything about research & prep & what it was like to design & work on the latest Disney film “Mulan”, due to be released in the UK later this...