What Will This Course Ask Of You

Our No18 Makeup and Hair programme is the most comprehensive and in depth course that we teach. With the extra time we will introduce all of the finer elements of Hair and Makeup, to truly develop your individual skills. This makeup academy aims to nurture you as a professional and an individual. It will provide a rounded training programme that identifies your personal goals and strengths.

It is the ultimate Hair and Makeup course for Film , TV and Theatre. We are 100% committed to helping you start your career in makeup. Every CB*MA student is offered work experience on Christine Blundell’s latest film project. The No 18 has become slightly more condensed by omitting a mid term course testing, with a stronger emphasis of understanding the process of making a film and TV show and how the theatre works.

This is done with in depth script breakdown, becoming self employed and a clearer understanding of the extra period skills that you need. You will be taught by Christine Blundell’s team of handpicked, industry tutors (all of whom have a wealth of experience in film, TV and theatre). They will assess your progress and help you to develop into a well-rounded and confident graduate makeup trainee. Students leaving CB*MA are fully equipped to be industry trainees, but are never far from the nest. We keep in touch with all the graduates and do our best to coach them through their move into the world of Makeup and Hair. Become an independent, free-thinking makeup graduate ready for your new career in your chosen industry.

If you are wish to join our No 18 Week Hair and Makeup Course April 10th 2017 please fill in the Application Form below.

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Work Experience

Every CBMA student is offered film experience on Christine Blundell’s latest projects. She only employs her graduates from trainees to Juniors and many makeup artists.

Some of Christine’s films include:

  • “Life” starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • King Arthur Knights Of the Round Table.”with Charlie Hunnam
  • Genius (upcoming) – starring Jude Law & Nicole Kidman
  • She is about to begin filming this Autumn Paddington Bear 2. 


CBMA is the only makeup academy to offer genuine work experience on major film projects.

Your personal Ipad:

The concept of the ipad is an educational accessory to improve the experience of the student. It is to empower you and help you with your vision. With all the apps that are available they truly will inspire the student and assist jointly. You will be able to start your portfolio and show case your work.

Students can apply for a Career Development loanPCDL.

Read our modules…..

basic-img-bg-moduleUnderstanding Media Makeup.

Learn about skin tones, bases, powders concealers, eye shapes, eyebrows, lip shapes, facial contouring and Beauty make up.


Covering different looks for fashion, editorial and catwalk, emphasising speed and creativity alongside precision makeup skills. Knowing how to work on ageing skin and darker tones.

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img-periodHair Cutting and Styling.

Basic cutting and sectioning of hair, blow-drying, setting hair, using rollers, and laying the groundwork for period styles and looks.

Wig Skills

Learning how to prepare hair and how to wrap and measure for a wig. We teach wig blocking and application, using hairpieces and wefts, and general wig care.

Period Hair and Makeup

A period production has to have accurate, factual period makeup and hair true to its time, and we teach the skills in this module.

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Covers theatrical makeup and the differences between that and film. Creating a character through make up wigs, bald caps and other techniques.

Facial Hair

Laying on facial hair with loose hair. Measuring actors for making facial hair. Applying beards, moustaches, eyebrows and sideburns. Knotting facial hair.

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Wig Skills

Learning how to prepare hair and how to wrap and measure for a wig. We teach wig blocking and application, using hairpieces and wefts, and general wig care.

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Understanding how a Film or TV production works.

We have allocated two weeks for many varied and important skills; an understanding of how and what.

Script Breakdown and Breaking Down

We will breakdown from scene 20 to scene 50, all the juicy bits with Holmes fighting.

– Reading and understanding the script

– List of the characters involved in the scenes

– List of the supporting artist involved in the scenes

– Find out the most dangerous scenes and if we require stunt doubles or any picture doubles

– list of locations and day/night times

Hair Extensions

Learning the skills and application of real hair extensions, sectioning, styling and care.


Learning the techniques of airbrushing which can be used for HD films, fashion and beauty and prosthetic effects and colouring.


The course covers sculpting and moulding prosthetic pieces using silicone and gelatine and learning colouring and application techniques. Each student will complete a face cast on which to sculpt pieces, and learn how to apply them for a complete effects makeup look.


We teach the essential skills for making wounds, colouring and applying them to the skin. Effects like burns, diseases, skin conditions are also on this module. Bruising, black eyes, old scars, ageing and the associated products used are

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boot-camp-modules-img-2WEEK FOURTEEN  BOOT CAMP

Boot Camp

The purpose of these last two weeks of your time at CB*MA is to bring together all of the processes, techniques and skills of the entire course, to help you the student to leave the Academy as a rounded, confident and capable trainee make up artist. The student must be ready to accept any brief, time constraint or variation given to them and still produce work of a high standard. You will be treated in effect as our crew and pull together as a team. You will be expected to plan and prioritise to get their looks ‘Camera ready’ on time.

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The key differences between No16 and No18

Our No18 is the most comprehensive and in depth course that is taught at the Academy.

It is created to focus on detail and to begin forming your own style.

The difference between No16 and No18, is that we have time to fully delve into the script breakdown, understanding continuity and understanding what it takes to work in a Crowd Room. We have also added an understanding of Wig stunts, when are they used how they are attached.

We also have an extra week of Casualty and an extra week of Boot Camp to get the student to fully appreciate the intensity of TIMED makeup and hair.


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

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