Course Overview


Autumn 2020


10 Monday evenings 6-9pm


Claire Hefford



This very practical course will develop your understanding of the different products, materials and application processes used within the performance, film, theatre and television industry.

Whether you are considering pursuing Make-up for Media and Performance in greater depth in the future, or are simply interested in experimenting with a wide variety of looks and styles, appropriate for all types of media make-up, the course is ideal to explore the role of the professional make-up artist.

Course participants will work on each other, experiencing working with different face and eye shapes, skin types and textures, developing practical application techniques. Topics covered over the ten weeks will include historical make-up styles, ageing for stage and screen using highlighting and shading and theatrical make-up with glitter.

Additionally, you will be introduced to special effects make-up: basic prosthetics and accurate casualty effects using wax, latex and gelatine to create realistic cuts and burns.

Taught in our state-of-the-art Make-up Studios by Claire Hefford, who has also worked as a professional member of the ‘Make-up for Media and Performance’ team at AUB, this course will give you the opportunity to work in a realistic, comfortable and professional working environment.


  • Working in a professional make-up environment
  • The importance of good health and safety practice, and techniques to safeguard yourself and your model
  • Period make-up from the 20th century, including application of false eyelashes and basic eyebrow blocking.
  • Products to create casualty effects, including wax, putty, greasepaints, and fake blood
  • Wound effects including cuts and bruises
  • Burn effects using direct application of gelatine
  • Ageing make-up using 2D shading and highlighting
  • Theatrical make-up designs using colour and glitter
  • Recreation of iconic make-up designs from the world of performance