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What will this Four Month course ask from you?

As with all our courses, you need to have passion, motivation and good old fashion “hard work.”

The essence of the Four Month Course is, apart from understanding the core skills, to focus on Period hair and Makeup.

You will be pushed to your limits in your boot camp. You will be asked to recreate a period look; maybe the 30s. 1931 and 1939, the looks differed, will you be able to differentiate. A good student will pin point a particular year and then a country. Does the character live in the city or the countryside? What class are they? All these questions matter for the end result. Research is key.

Free Ipad for All Students.

Every student taking the makeup course will receive their own mini iPad in which to store and showcase their work. Absolutely FREE.

We believe that it is vital for you to document your work, through notes and pictures, in the safest, securest way possible – No other makeup academy provides each student with an iPad.

Four Month Course start date:
28th August – 16th December
Monday – Friday
10.00 – 16.00

The cost of the Four Month Course: £9,900
VAT at 20% £1,980
Total cost £11,880

Modules Featured in this Makeup Course


Basic Make-up

Working on your primary canvas, the face, to determine the skin type, colour and tone and the products suitable.


Basic Hair

In this module you will learn basic sectioning, cutting and layering, styling (as well as styling for period features) and application of treatments.



During Wig work you gain a thorough historical, technical and practical grounding so that you can deal confidently with wigs and hair pieces.


Casualty Make-up

You will learn everything from understanding the cause of a wound and how that impacts on its appearance, to creating wounds, scars, skin break-outs, tears and sweat, dirtying down, bruises, and other special effects.


Period Hair & Make-up

Working through key historical time periods, this module covers the hair styles and key makeup looks necessary to then expand on them and develop your character’s appearance, reflecting their social standings.


Facial Hair

You’ll cover laying on facial hair with loose hair, full chin and moustache, application of beards, moustaches, eyebrows and sideburns, knotting facial hair to mend pieces and create your own.


Theatre Make-up

During the course of this week you will learn to use pan sticks and grease pallets, facial shaping, eye shaping, ageing, theatre and character work using make-up, wigs, bald caps, old age stipple (latex) and facial hair.



We will teach you about the various prosthetic materials out there, sculpting basic prosthetics (including wounds and a nose), silicone moulding and facial casting, application of gelatine prosthetics, eye bags, ageing with prosthetics and making and applying bald caps.


Boot Camp

A little taste of real life from the safety of the Academy. From research and advance preparations, to selecting your kit and setting up on the day, you will be shown all of the practical ‘on-the-job’ skills you will need to put your new found technical expertise to the test.

Limited places! Our next course starts: 4th January 2016

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Past Student Testimonials

The amount I learnt in the course was unbelievable.

All the teachers were so passionate about their work and seeing them do what they love in the demonstrations every morning was such a great experience. They had so much to offer to us – They really wanted to help.

Going to CB*MA has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

Grayson Galway
Grayson Galway
To be a makeup artist on a movie set was always my dream.

I learned more skills in 5 months than I ever imagine, my personality grew immensely, I learned that it’s not just about makeup it is so much more.

I worked… on set of Disney’s Cinderella, where I started as a trainee and finished as a junior makeup artist second unit.

Nadine Sennhauser
Nadine Sennhauser
Petar and the girls at CBMA were also extremely supportive in those early days.

I was given the chance to tour Europe with Bill Kenwright Ltd’s Evita. I have had the privilege of working for the English National Opera and at The National Theatre, and just recently on Mama Mia.

If you think optimistically about your future and you work hard at finding work then you will make progress!

Polly Avison
Polly Avison