Make-up Artist (Creating the right look for the occasion)

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Make-up Artistry to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)
  • Complete further studies via our bespoke Beauty & Make-up Professional pathways and specialise in Make Up

This course is available on our unique online platform with access to accompanying videos and interactive media to support your theory work. There are 6 case studies to complete as part of your course.

Course overview

This course is designed for qualified beauty specialists who would like to expand their knowledge of make-up application and styles and advance their skills in editorial, fashion and high definition make-up. The course covers various styles of make-up and techniques used within the film and fashion industries that will provide the foundation for a wide range of looks.

Case Studies

As part of your course you will be required to submit six case studies which will be assessed by your tutor. These will demonstrate your ability to put your studies into practice.


  • Unit One – The Origins of Make-up
    • Introduction
    • Make-up in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome
    • The Oriental Style of Make-up
    • Western Make-up Styles pre the Nineteenth Century
    • Developments during the Twentieth Century
    • The Present and the Future
  • Unit Two –Becoming a Make-up Artist
    • Working in Films and Television
    • Working on Music Videos
    • Make-up for the Catwalk and Fashion Magazines
    • Theatrical Make-up
    • Working from Home
    • Further Opportunities
    • Marketing Your Skills
  • Unit Three Make-up Application
    • Preparing the Skin for Make-up
    • Make-up Products- Assembling your Kit
    • Hygiene
    • Mirrors and Lighting
    • Primers and Bases
    • Contouring and Highlighting
    • General Points to Remember for Good Make-up Application
  • Unit Four Creating Specific Looks
    • High-definition and Bridal Make-up for Colour Photography
    • Make-up for Black and White Photography
    • Looks Through the Decades
    • A ‘No Make-up’ Look
    • Suggestions for Resources When Creating a Specific Look

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.