Make-up Artist

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

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

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 five different styles of make-up and techniques used within the film and fashion industries that will provide the foundation for a broad range of contemporary or stylised looks. If you wish to be a successful professional make-up artist, as well as a good understanding of skin types, basic make-up application, manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and eyebrow shaping, it is a distinct advantage to offer the additional skills that enable you to work on music videos or commercials, films, television productions, magazine editorials or photographic shoots. You will also be able to take on individual clients who require makeup for bridal photography, special occasions and parties.


  • Lesson One – The History of Make-up
    • Introduction
    • The Ancient Egyptians to the Elizabethans
    • The Orient
    • The Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
    • The Victorians
    • The Twenties and Thirties
    • The Forties and Fifties
    • The Sixties and Seventies
    • Punk and the New Romantics
    • The Twenty-First Century
  • Lesson Two – Training to be a Make-up Artist 
    • Film and Television Work
    • Music Video
    • Fashion – Catwalk/Editorial
    • Theatre
    • Working from Home
    • Further Opportunities
    • Marketing Your Skills
    • Questions on Lesson One
  • Lesson Three – Make-up Application 
    • Preparation of Skin for Make-up
    • Primer and Foundation
    • Make-up Kits and Products
    • Hygiene
    • Mirrors and Lighting
    • Contouring and Highlighting
    • General Points to Remember for Good Make-up Application
    • Questions on Lesson Two
  • Lesson Four – Creating Specific Looks 
    • High Definition Bridal Make-up for Photography
    • Black and White Photography
    • Contouring and Highlighting
    • The 1950s Marilyn Monroe Look
    • The 1960s Brigitte Bardot Look
    • The Catwalk and High Fashion
    • Questions on Lesson Three

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.