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Exciting News! Kristyan Mallett’s Prosthetics Studio Experts

Now Teaching @ CB*MA. Learn From The Best

Next 4 Month Course 2nd September 2019

Wig Making & Repair 1 week course, starts Mon 19th August

Now Eligible for ScreenSkills Training Bursaries of up to £1,000

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The Christine Blundell Make-up Academy is the only Make-up school in the UK 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 11th 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.

Screen Skills

ScreenSkills Training Bursaries Now Available For Both Established & Beginner Makeup Artists
Apply for a Bursary Now & Let ScreenSkills Pay For Your Course!


ScreenSkills now provides training bursaries for both established and beginner Makeup Artists of up to £1,000 towards the cost of all courses that carry Skills Passport quality mark – for more information about the bursaries and your eligibility Click Here

You can apply for a bursary if you can confirm that all the following statements are accurate:

– I am eligible to work in the UK
– I have a UK bank account
– I am 18 years old or above
– I currently work in the UK screen industries or I can demonstrate my intention to work in the UK screen industries

Christine Blundell Makeup Academy is proud to announce that we now have 6 of our own short courses listed under Skills Passport courses & eligible for their bursaries – if you apply for a bursary now, it can go towards the cost of our next 4 Month Hair & Makeup course. For more information Click Here


Next Makeup Course 2nd September 2019

Exciting News! – The KM Effects Ltd Prosthetics Studio is now in partnership with our Academy and its Expert Prosthetics Artists, including Kristyan Mallett himself, will be teaching @ our next 4 Month course, starting 2nd September! What an amazing training opportunity @ CB*MA, especially if you are passionate about SFX & Prosthetics art!

And as always, linked to other course modules, you will be taught by Christine Blundell’s team of industry leading tutors, who have a wealth of experience of Film, TV and Theatre Hair & Make up.  We promise you not just a superb technical grounding but also an insight into the industry, based on the experiences of those who have felt the pressures of real deadlines and developed the tricks for managing the day-to-day realities of applying make-up and styling hair backstage, or on a bustling, often chaotic film set. Christine has extensive knowledge of the industry and will assist in many ways to help the students; from offering on set experience, excellent tutors and networking opportunities, to helping you grasp budget breakdown skills and so much more…

CB*MA Update June 2019

Our April class just started their 1st week of Prosthetics module, under the expert guidance of Satinder Chumber, one of “KM Effects”, Kristyan Mallett’s Studio Prosthetic Artists. Kristyan himself will be teaching during this week and our students cannot wait to meet him! Check our Facebook & Instagram page for video updates of KM Effects Experts’s CBM Academy work.

Christine Blundell started prepping for her new project, HBO’s TV Series “Nevers”, where a number of our recent graduates will be invited for their onset Trainee work experience. A great number of our Junior Makeup artists & Dailies will also be working alongside Christine on this project. Watch this space for more stories behind the scenes.

And we had a full house here at our May Open evening & loads of fun! Click here to view 3 Open evening Interviews with our ex graduates & current students, who are now Makeup Juniors & Makeup Trainees.

Upcoming CB*MA Events

Attending our  Wig Making & Repair  5 day Course starting on Monday 19th August is the best way of getting a feel of our Academy and practice the skills you will be taught at our Hair & Make up courses.  Your Tutor will be Rebecca Silveira, who trained and worked at Ray Marston Wig Studio making wigs for many well-known TV dramas, Theatre productions and Feature films, prior to becoming a Freelance Wig Maker.

This course has recently been added to the ScreenSkills Skills Passport courses, which means that it is eligible for their Training bursaries of up to £1,000 . For more information on how to apply for the training bursary Click Here


Come to our next Open Evening, Thursday 3rd October, 6-9pm and immerse yourself in hands-on Film, TV & Theatre Makeup and Special effects?  Our Expert Tutors,  who are leading UK Makeup Artists and Designers, joined by our ex Graduates and current Students, will show you basic Makeup & Casualty skills. And all that with a complimentary glass of wine – what’s not to like!

100% of our Graduates get paid on set experience.

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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.

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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.

Christine Blundell’s Amazing Film Biography

Mena Massoud talks about working with Christine Blundell on “Aladdin

Christine 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 T.V. 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, Vera Drake, Happy-Go- Lucky, Another Year and Mr. Turner, for which she received a BAFTA nomination. Christine won both an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Topsy Turvy and in 2004 received BAFTA nominations for both Vera Drake and Finding Neverland. Christine’s other varied film credits include The Full Monty, Closer, The Constant Gardener, Casino Royale, Eastern Promises, Sherlock Holmes, Trance, About Time and The Fifth Estate.

More recently, Christine has worked on Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, Brian Helgeland’s Legend, Michael Grandage’s Genius, Paddington 2 Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur and Wonder Woman.

In addition, Christine finished working on Mike Leigh’s new film Peterloo at the end of August last year, a period drama with a cast of over 100 actors, based on events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester.  She then started working on Guy Ritchie’s new project “Aladdin” in September 2018, a live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name, which finished filming in January 2018. After a short break, Christine begun filming with Bill Condon on The Good Liar in July 2018, with a stellar cast headed by Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Ian McKellen.  August 2018 was all about working on “Aladdin” pick-ups, where Christine was joined on set by a number of our recent CBMA graduates, who were completing their onset work experience.


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