Next 4 Month Hair & Makeup course

23rd April 2018 – Course fee £12280 (incl. VAT)

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Why join our intensive 4 month Hair & Makeup course

Our next 4 month Hair & Makeup course was designed by our Principal , Christine Blundell, an Oscar & BAFTA winning Makeup designer.  Christine has made sure that your course Tutors are leading UK TV , Film & Theatre Makeup Artists and Designers, who are all actively working in the industry.  In addition, CB*MA only runs one Hair & Makeup course at any one time, with the maximum class size of 14 students, with each student receiving much needed care and attention from the course Tutor and the school.  After completion of their course, every CB*MA graduate is offered guaranteed onset experience on one of Christine’s latest projects.

What you will learn

The course will give you all the makeup and hairdressing skills you need to become a Makeup trainee, enabling you to pursue a career in TV, Film & Theatre industries.  No previous makeup and hairdressing experience is necessary, although some hairdressing skills can often give you an advantage at the beginning.  Please see below a list of Makeup and Hair modules you will be taught during the 16 weeks of the course, from Basic and Fashion make up, through Theatre and Wigs, Casualty and Prosthetics and many, many more.

How do I apply

To apply, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.  Should you wish to visit us beforehand, please click on Studio Tour button above to arrange your visit or alternatively email us on or give us a call on 020 7485 4000.  In order to have a successful application, you must be at least 18 years old, with good command of English and a recognised student / UK viza, in case you come from a country that requires you to have one.

Included in the price is a professional kit as well as access to our stock of leading brand products such as MAC, Chanel and Illamasqua. All materials at the school are at your disposal, remember: this will be your home for the duration of the course.

Following a successful interview, a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 is required to secure your place. The full balance of the course fee must be settled at least 5 weeks before the course commencement date.

Help with paying for your course

The majority of students wishing to study hair and makeup will be searching for financial assistance. There are many potential possibilities:

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.
You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
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This is an interesting site that may help you with regards to grants. It will at the very least inspire you to continue expand the net to help get finance for the makeup course you wish to do.
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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:

  • Peterloo
  • Wonder Woman
  • Paddington 2
  • King Arthur Knights Of the Round Table.
  • Legend – starring Tom Hardy
  • Genius (upcoming) – starring Jude Law & Nicole Kidman

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

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4 Month Hair & Makeup Course 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 SIXTEEN BOOT CAMP

Boot Camp

The purpose of the last week 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 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

Read more on our Testimonials page.

If you wish to join our 4 Month Hair and Makeup Course starting on 23rd April 2018 please fill in the Application Form opposite.

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