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Introduction to Make-Up


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Make-up artistry is a creative career that can lead to many opportunities in beauty salons, events, film and television and even the opportunity to start your own business.

Introduction to Make-Up is a short online course that will introduce you to the exciting world of make-up design and application. You will learn the theory of make-up application, including the tools, materials and products make-up artists use in their craft. You will also discover skin structures and conditions, how to conduct a facial analysis and assess skin tones.

Throughout the course you will learn colour theory, highlighting and shading to enhance an individual’s face shape and structure and make-up techniques for evening and different looks. You will also learn how to plan and design make-up for photography and use corrective make-up styles for camouflage.

On conclusion of this make up course, you will have a solid foundation to build your career or plan a business in the make-up profession.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Design and apply make-up

  • Prepare the client for make-up
  • Consult with the client
  • Identify skin type and condition
  • Skin conditions
  • Cleansing procedures
  • Corrective procedures
  • Facial shapes and features
  • Identify a suitable image for the client
  • Make-up illusions
  • Colour design principles to make-up
  • Design a make-up plan
  • Select suitable products
  • Select tools and equipment
  • Make-up techniques
  • Health and hygiene requirements
  • Evaluate the make-up service
  • Select and apply false eyelashes
  • Evaluate the treatment
  • Advise on further product use
  • Suitable homecare products

Unit 2 - Design and apply make-up for photography

  • Prepare client
  • Contra-indications
  • Skin type, condition and colour
  • Skin colour, tone and undertones
  • Cleanse face and neck
  • Areas requiring special attention
  • Cleansing procedures
  • Facial shapes
  • Using corrective make-up
  • Make-up charts
  • Photographic contexts
  • Colour in photographic make-up
  • Photographic procedures
  • Techniques to make-up design
  • Lighting sources
  • Types of photographic shots
  • Make-up for black and white images
  • Make-up for colour images
  • Impact of lighting on make-up
  • Applying make-up
  • Develop a make-up plan
  • Make-up products and equipment
  • Application of base make-up

Unit 3 - Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up

  • Prepare the client for service
  • Cleanse the treatment area
  • Cleansing procedures
  • Identify client skin tone
  • Skin types
  • Skin conditions / disorders
  • Visual analysis
  • Assessment of treatment area
  • Client skin tone
  • Effects of coloured light on make-up
  • Design the camouflage make-up plan
  • Select products and equipment
  • Camouflage products
  • Apply camouflage make-up
  • Camouflaging body areas
  • Product removal
  • Evaluate the camouflage application
  • Advise on further product use
  • Provide homecare advice


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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