Self Paced Online Makeup Course

This is a course of very high standards, that is very competitively priced. The course materials are used internationally, and the delivery and format are identical to the Diploma version of the course. The only difference is that the Certificate course is about 30-40% less in the volume of learning and there is no additional impost of Self Directed Study.

Tutors do not have to be Government accredited but have all been handpicked for their industry expertise and ability to impart knowledge to students.

This is a non accredited course in Australia although the course is recognised globally by the following bodies:

– IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre)
– BAC (British Accreditation Council)
– UKRLP (United Kingdom Register of Learning Providers)
– BBB (Better Business Bureau)

You need a great portfolio, not necessarily a degree in makeup artistry to become a professional makeup artist. This is exactly what our Certificate Course focuses on – providing you with the practical skills and technical knowledge to build a professional portfolio and launch a rewarding freelance makeup career or an exciting new hobby.

Course Fee

Flexible Payment Options

Module 1

Makeup Products & Equipment

Get to know the author, Rachel Dal Santo, before she introduces you to the colorful world of Makeup Artistry, and all it entails. This module takes an extensive look at the broad range of products and equipment available, color theory and how to operate safely, as a makeup artist.

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Video Tutorials
  • Introduction
  • Welcome!
  • 10 Attributes of A Successful Makeup Artist
  • About the Author
  • Guest Makeup Artist
  • Tools and Products
  • An Introduction to The Makeup Artist’s Kit
  • Equipment, Skincare & WHS
  • Makeup Products
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purchasing Your Kit
  • Work Health and Safety (WHS)
  • WHS Guidelines for The Makeup Artist
  • Cleaning Your Brushes, Sponges & Powder Puffs
  • Colour Theory for The Makeup Artist
  • Understanding Colour
  • The Language of Colour
  • Face Charts
  • Makeup Designs
  • Makeup Application Basics
  • Skin Types and Skin Conditions
  • Skincare Products
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Correcting Skin Problems & Covering Tattoos
  • Assignment

Module 2

Face, Eyebrow, Eye, & Lip Shapes

Become familiar with the diversity of human facial features and learn the skills required to make up any face, with confidence!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Face Shapes
  • Identifying Face Shapes
  • Contouring Highlight & Shade
  • Application Techniques for Contouring
  • Eye Shapes
  • Eye Shapes & Regions of The Eyelid
  • Classic Eye Makeup Design
  • Smoky Eye Makeup Design
  • Makeup for Asian Eyes
  • Eyebrow Shapes
  • Measuring the Eyebrow
  • Common Eyebrow Corrections
  • Lip Shapes
  • Lip Products
  • Common Lip Shape Problems & How to Fix Them
  • Assignment

Module 3

Glamour Makeup for Photography

From the photography studio to the wedding aisle, delve into the depths of Glamour Makeup and learn about the various styles and techniques for making your clients feel beautiful!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Glamour Makeup for Photography
  • Make-Over Studio Photography
  • Makeup Bloggers/Social Media Influencers
  • Wedding Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Beauty Photography
  • Other Commercial Photography
  • Model Release Form
  • Makeup Trends and Fashions
  • Staying On-Trend
  • Fashion Makeup Demonstrations
  • Soft Natural Makeup
  • Classic Corporate Makeup
  • Red Carpet Glamour Makeup
  • Instagram Makeup
  • Makeup for Black and White Photography
  • Makeup Application & Capture
  • Bridal Makeup
  • Common Bridal Makeup
  • Mother of The Bride Makeup
  • Additional Wedding Makeup
  • Multicultural Weddings
  • Indian Wedding Makeup
  • Chinese Wedding Makeup
  • Glamour Makeup for Dark Skin
  • Working with Dark Skin Tones
  • Bridal Makeup for Dark Skin
  • Assignment

Module 4

High Fashion Makeup

Delve deeper into the Fashion Industry and explore the various styles and techniques of High Fashion Makeup Artistry. This fun module will have you exercising your artistic flair!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Photographic vs. Catwalk Makeup
  • Key Differences
  • How Lighting Effects Makeup
  • Understanding Lighting Types
  • Coloured Filters
  • Styles of Makeup for The Catwalk
  • Hollywood Glamour & Avant-Garde
  • Working with Fashion Designers
  • Collaborating with A Team
  • Designing for A Fashion Show
  • Creating Looks for The Catwalk
  • High Fashion Makeup Demonstrations
  • Various Styles Explained
  • Culture Inspired Makeup: Geisha
  • Culture Inspired Makeup: Wodaabe Tribe
  • Art Inspired Makeup: Birth of Venus
  • Theatre Inspired Makeup: Ballerina
  • Historical Period Inspired Makeup: 1960s
  • Historical Period Inspired Makeup: Rococo Era
  • Assignment

Module 5

Makeup for Film and Television

Lights! Camera! Action! This module introduces you to the exciting world of Film and Television makeup! Become familiar with the many industry-specific standards and how they affect makeup design. Also learn about one of the most crucial elements of this field, continuity!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Industry Overview
  • TV/Film Crew and Their Duties
  • Television/Film Crew Members and Their Duties
  • Studio Protocol and ‘On Set’ Expectations
  • On Set Procedures and What to Expect
  • Television Makeup
  • High Definition/Digital Television
  • Floor Duty/On Set Maintenance for Television
  • Male News Presenter Makeup
  • Makeup for Men
  • Makeup for Excellent Complexion
  • Makeup for Average Complexion
  • Unusual Problems and How to Fix Them
  • Female News Presenter Makeup
  • Applications for Women News Presenters
  • Makeup for Female News Presenter
  • Film Makeup
  • Makeup for Film and The Differences
  • Between Film and TV
  • ‘No Makeup’ Makeup – Male
  • ‘No Makeup’ Makeup – Female
  • Script Continuity Analysis
  • Steps to Set Up A Continuity System
  • Script Analysis
  • Continuity Considerations
  • Example of A Call Sheet
  • Creating A Roster for The Makeup Department
  • Creating A Makeup Budget
  • Assignment

Module 6

Theatre Stage Makeup

As well as teaching you about the key differences between makeup for camera and makeup for stage, this module will take you back in time to provide you with in-depth insight into the fascinating history of makeup!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Theatre Stage Makeup
  • Designing the Makeup
  • Lighting & Makeup
  • Employment in The Theatre
  • How to Collaborate in A Creative Process
  • Basic Male Makeup Technique for Theatre
  • Historical Period Makeup
  • Period Based Productions
  • Authentic Makeup vs. Interpretations
  • Ancient Egyptian Period
  • Ancient Roman Period
  • Ancient Greek Period
  • Medieval & Renaissance Period
  • Tudor & Elizabethan Period
  • Stuart & Restoration Period
  • Georgian Period
  • Regency Period
  • Victorian Period
  • Edwardian & George V Period
  • 1920’s Period
  • 1930’s Period
  • 1940’s Period
  • 1950’s Period
  • 1960’s Period
  • 1970’s Period
  • 1980’s Period
  • Period Makeup Demonstrations
  • Ancient Egyptian Makeup
  • Georgian Makeup
  • Victorian Makeup
  • 1920’s Makeup
  • 1980’s Makeup
  • Common Theatrical Characters
  • Geisha Makeup
  • Clown Makeup
  • Traditional White-Faced Clown
  • Assignment

Module 7

Old Age Makeup

Your first taste of Special Effects Makeup; this module explores the various techniques available for adding years to your clients!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Designing ‘Old Age’ Makeup
  • Approaches to Aging Makeup
  • Highlight and Shade
  • Latex or Stipple
  • ‘Green Marble’
  • Prosthetics
  • Old Age Makeup Demonstration
  • Assignment

Module 8

Character Makeup

Attain the skills commonly used in the fantastical world of character makeup. This module will have you re-creating your favourite characters in no time!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Designing for Film and Television
  • Designing for a Character
  • Designing for Theatre
  • Theatre Makeup Techniques
  • Witch: Traditional Theatre Makeup
  • Fagin (Oliver Twist): Traditional Theatre Makeup
  • Assignment

Module 9

Special Effects Makeup

This module officially welcomes you into the attention-grabbing and jaw-dropping world of special effects makeup. With a focus on injury and disease simulation, your creations are sure to give people chills!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • SFX Injury and Disease Simulation
  • Bruises
  • Abrasions
  • Scabs
  • Tears and Perspiration
  • Artificial Dirt
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Sutures/Stitches
  • Bullet Wounds
  • Scars
  • Tattoos
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella) Simulation
  • Smallpox
  • SFX Techniques in More Detail
  • Zombie SFX Makeup Design
  • Character Contact Lenses
  • SFX Makeup Demonstrations
  • Injury Simulation Makeup: Burns
  • Injury Simulation Makeup: Assault Victim Makeup
  • Assignment

Module 10

Simple Prosthetics

A final look into the depths of special effects makeup, this module will give you the skills required for creating simple prosthetics!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • History of Prosthetic Makeup
  • The Modern SFX Makeup Artist
  • Prosthetic Manufacture Techniques
  • Simple Prosthetic Techniques
  • ’Out of The Kit’ Prosthetic for Theatre
  • Create Your Own Scar Plate
  • Assignment

Module 11

Wigs and Artificial Facial Hair

Become acquainted with the basics of artificial hair application; a sought-after skill for the professional makeup artist which will make you stand out from the crowd!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Wig Types
  • Measuring A Client
  • How to Measure A Client for A Handmade Natural Hair Wig
  • Preparing A Client
  • Preparing A Client for Wig Application
  • Wig Maintenance
  • Care, Cleaning and Storage: Synthetic Wigs
  • Care, Cleaning and Storage: Natural Hair Wigs
  • Wig Application
  • Medium and High-Grade Wig: Synthetic (Regular Front)
  • Application of A Lace Front Wig: Synthetic or Natural Hair
  • Apply A False Moustache
  • Apply an Artificial Hand Knotted Moustache
  • Assignment

Module 12

Working as a Freelance MUA

The refining touch to your newly acquired skills, this module will equip you with the knowledge required to put your skills into professional use!

Module Content:

  • Learning Outcomes Summary
  • Introduction
  • Establishing A Successful Makeup Business
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • How to Get Clients
  • Tips for Working in Specific Industry Sectors
  • Wedding
  • Fashion
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Working as An Assistant
  • Assignment

Course Fees

Flexible Payment Options

Weekly Plan
24 Weekly Payments
Now Only For
INR 50,000
Pay In Full
Save INR 5,000
Now Only For
INR 45,000
Monthly Plan
6 Monthly Payments
Now Only For
INR 50,000

The Institute of Makeup Artistry offers you the most advanced and comprehensive online solution to learning available today. We offer the most thorough home study courses in makeup artistry using the very latest online learning techniques. Our commitment to providing the highest quality training program has resulted in unique teaching and student support systems, which produce unparalleled results.



Know more about the authors.

Tutor - Online Makeup Course


Rachel Dal Santo, the author of the Professional Makeup Artistry course, is a makeup artist with over 30 years’ experience in and has worked in all facets of the Makeup Industry. The opportunity to teach her craft and pass on her knowledge and passion for makeup artistry is now Rachel’s main focus and she is passionate about passing her knowledge onto you.

Guest Makeup Artist

Learn from industry expert.

Tatiana Stutz studied as a student under Rachel, with a strong curiosity, passion and desire to step outside the boundaries of conventional makeup. Tatiana has utilised Instagram and her passion for photography to share her more experimental, Avant Garde creations. She is now a successful makeup influencer with a substantial social media following; what started as a side project became the doorway to countless opportunities such as working with major makeup brands like Kat Von D Beauty. Throughout the course, Tatiana will appear as a guest makeup artist to demonstrate various makeup designs. To see more of Tatiana's work, visit her Instagram page.

Key Contributor

Know more about the key contributor.

Jonas Leriche is an Art Director and Fine Art Photographer, that works with a highly skilled set of Makeup Artists to create breathtaking Art pieces. Jonas with his work aims to transform individual models into dramatic, iconic figures that tap into a deeper level of experience, melancholy and mortality. Jonas and his team are excited to be involved in the creation of The Institute of Makeup Artistry. "Transforming emotions, intentional or unconscious ideas into gripping images: this is what matters to me..." - Jonas Leriche


Our handpicked tutors are not only great teachers, but experts in their fields.



Emer Hawkins is a makeup and hair artist with over 10 years of experience working across beauty, editorial, TV and more recently the bridal industry.

Tutor - Online Makeup Course


Rachel Dal Santo, the author of the Professional Makeup Artistry course, is a makeup artist with over 30 years’ experience in many sectors of the makeup industry



Eryn Shannon is a hair and makeup artist with over 15 years of experience with a unique range of experience within the beauty, fashion and wedding industries.



Catherine has taught art, makeup and special effects extensively over the past 30 years


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Online Makeup Course

The courses are designed to be self-paced. For the Certificate Course, you would expect to be dedicating on average about 6-8 hours per week for 24 weeks. For the Diploma Course, you would expect to dedicate, as per AQF standards, approximately 16 hours per week of structured and non-structured training over an 18 month period. Students studying the Certificate Course are provided up to 12 months to complete their studies. Students studying the Diploma Course are provided up to 18 months to complete their studies.

The course is completed online. This means there are no classes to attend. You can study in your own time and at your own pace

All you need for our professional makeup artistry courses is a computer and access to the internet, a video camera (a smartphone camera is acceptable) and a makeup kit. As a student of The Institute of Makeup Artistry, you will receive exclusive discounts to leading makeup suppliers.

Our courses are compatible with both PC and MAC computers, tablet and smartphone devices.

Models are required for the completion of the course assignments. Models can be anyone over the age of 10! We recommend having 2 male and 2 female models on standby throughout the course. Students are advised to allow sufficient time to organise a model/s for each assignment.

You can contact your tutor at any time through our secure student site, which you will gain access to once you enrol. Your tutor’s role is to assess your assignments and provide you with feedback. They are also available to answer any questions you may have about the course.

No. The courses are designed to allow for students who have had little or no experience in Makeup Artistry.

As the courses are provided online, you have the flexibility to start when and where suits you. If you enrolled today, for example, you could start straight away.


All the learning is done online in that when you enrol, you receive a username and password, which enables you to log onto our secure student site. From there, you can download your first module, which you could liken to your textbook as it contains all the information you will need to complete assignment one. Each module is approximately 90 pages in length and is full of detailed, technical information delivered in a friendly, conversational manner that is easy to understand. The concepts are further explained by way of diagrams, images and examples. Once you have completed your assignment (some are just theoretical, but the majority of assignments combine both theory and fun practical tasks), you then upload it onto our site for your tutor to mark. The tutors will give you a grade (out of 10) and a comprehensive evaluation of your work and ideas. Their feedback will help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way.-

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