Online Course

About the Course

The cutting-edge Makeup Artistry Courses are written and directed by some of the best working Makeup Artists in their field. The aim of the courses is to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional Makeup Artist or an exciting new hobby. The version of our course, the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services) - CUA51015, is up-to-date and comprehensive, covering every aspect of makeup artistry.

The Makeup Artistry Course is delivered online and consist of 12 modules and 12 interactive assignments. You can study in your own time and at your own pace. Students studying the Diploma Course are provided up to 18 months to complete their studies. During this time you will be educated in all aspects of Makeup Artistry by Rachel Dal Santo; a highly experienced Professional Makeup Artist and Makeup Artistry Educator.

The Institute of Makeup Artistry is owned and operated by Online Education Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), enabling us to offer you the Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Makeup Services) - CUA51015

Below are some of the key components of our Diploma course:

Accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
ASQA accreditation requires an extensive and thorough process to verify accredited courses are compliant with current government standards.

More In-depth
The Diploma modules and their corresponding assignments meet ASQA criteria, are more in-depth (30-40% larger in volume) and will better prepare you for entering the workforce at the end of the course.

Approved Assessors
All of the Diploma tutors are ASQA approved assessors.

Units are integrated through a 12 module course
The author has covered the knowledge and performance evidence for all of the units required to be covered by ASQA.  These units have been integrated into our 12 module course in a unique and interactive way that allows the student a cohesive and enjoyable journey.

How to Study this Course Online

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 have access to your learning material in the form of PDF modules and high-quality video tutorials.


Each module is approximately 100 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 high-quality video tutorials.


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 your submission onto your student 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 and help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way.


What makes The Institute of Makeup Artistry so unique is that throughout our courses you have access to the safety net and guidance of the team here at Student Support, who you can contact 24/7. It is not simply a case of giving you a textbook and off you go - far from it.


You also have direct contact with your personal tutor who guides you closely through each step of the course, offering personalised and specific constructive criticism on your submitted work. If you ever have any questions in relation to your course or assignments, all you need to do is send your tutor a quick message and they will reply with an answer as soon as they can.


With this close tutor mentorship, you will feel like your tutor is in the same room as you, and all this can be achieved from the comfort of your own home. That is the beauty of our courses, you can study when you like and at your own pace.


The tutors who work for us are not just teachers, but the best working professionals in their field. By drawing on their knowledge you will gain an edge that will help you realise your true potential.

Course Fee

Flexible payment options available

Course Features


International Certificate in Makeup


Course Content


Module 1

Makeup Products & Equipment

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAPPR505 - Establish and Maintain Safe Creative Practice
CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
BSBWHS504 - Manage WHS Risks


• Get to know the author, Rachel Dal Santo, before she introduces you to the world of Makeup Artistry.
• Become familiar with the broad range of products and equipment available and become an expert in their use.
• Learn how to apply colour theory principles to makeup application.
• Understand skin types and conditions and their relationship to makeup artistry.
• Understand how to operate safely as a makeup artist in accordance with Australian standards

Learning Outcomes Summary

Video Tutorials



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

Australian WHS Legislation and Requirements

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




Correcting Skin Problems & Covering Tattoos



Module 2

Face, Eyebrow, Eye, & Lip Shapes

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup


• Become familiar with the diversity of human facial features.
• Use makeup application techniques, like contouring, to balance facial features.

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



Module 3

Glamour Makeup for Photography

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup


• Explore the world of Glamour Makeup, specifically in the contexts of bridal and fashion.
• Learn about the relationship between makeup and photography.

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



Module 4

High Fashion Makeup

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
BSBDES501 - Implement Design Solutions
BSBCRT402 - Collaborate in A Creative Process


• A deeper look at the fashion industry, this module will see you exploring the various styles and techniques of High Fashion Makeup Artistry.
• Understand the effects of lighting on makeup.
• Become familiar with what it means to collaborate with fashion designers.
• Learn how to incorporate the influence of art, culture, and history into fashion makeup design.

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



Module 5

Makeup for Film and Television

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
CUAIND502 - Maintain and Apply Creative Arts Industry Knowledge
CUAMUP402 - Maintain Makeup and Hair Continuity


• 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.
• Learn how to apply a news presenter makeup to both men and women!
• Become confident in one of the most crucial elements of film and television makeup - continuity!

Learning Outcomes Summary


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

How to Maintain and Apply Creative Arts Industry Knowledge

Professional Development and Networking

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



Module 6

Theatre Stage Makeup

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
CUAMUP502 - Design and Apply Specialised Makeup
BSBCRT402 - Collaborate in A Creative Process
BSBDES501 - Implement Design Solutions


• This module will take you back in time to provide you with an in-depth insight into the fascinating history of makeup.
• Learn the key differences between makeup for camera and makeup for stage.
• See how to create common theatre characters, like a traditional white-faced clown!

Learning Outcomes Summary


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



Module 7

Old Age Makeup

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
BSBDES501 - Implement Design Solutions
CUAMUP503 - Design and Apply Special Makeup Effects


• Your first taste of Special Effects Makeup; this module explores the various techniques available for adding years to a person with makeup!
• Learn how to implement design solutions.
• Become familiar with the topic of copyright.

Learning Outcomes Summary


Designing ‘Old Age’ Makeup

Approaches to Aging Makeup

Highlight and Shade

Latex or Stipple

‘Green Marble’


Old Age Makeup Demonstration

How to Implement A Design Solution

Copyright, Moral Right and Intellectual Property



Module 8

Character Makeup

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
CUAMUP502 - Design and Apply Specialised Makeup
BSBDES402 - Interpret and Respond to A Design Brief
CUAMUP503 - Design and Apply Special Makeup Effects


• This module will see you delving into the fantastical world of Character Makeup!
• Learn how to interpret and respond to a design brief.
• Use makeup to create common characters, like a traditional witch and Oliver Twist’s ‘Fagin’!

Learning Outcomes Summary


Designing for Film and Television

Designing for A Character

Designing for Theatre

How to Interpret and Respond to A Design Brief

Video Demonstrations

Witch: Traditional Theatre Makeup

Fagin (Oliver Twist): Traditional Theatre Makeup



Module 9

Special Effects Makeup

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
CUAMUP502 - Design and Apply Specialised Makeup
CUAMUP503 - Design and Apply Special Makeup Effects


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

Learning Outcomes Summary


SFX Injury and Disease Simulation




Tears and Perspiration

Artificial Dirt

Cuts and Lacerations


Bullet Wounds



Chicken Pox (Varicella) Simulation



Injury and Disease SFX for Fantasy Characters

Creating a Zombie Character

Zombie Character Technique

Character Contact Lenses

SFX Makeup Demonstrations

Injury Simulation Makeup: Burns

Injury Simulation Makeup: Assault Victim Makeup



Module 10

Simple Prosthetics

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP401 - Design, Apply and Remove Makeup
CUAMUP502 - Design and Apply Specialised Makeup
BSBCRT501 - Originate and Develop Concepts
CUAMUP504 - Create Prosthetics for Special Makeup Effects


• A deeper look into special effects makeup, this module will take you the world of special effects prosthetics!
• Learn how to originate and develop concepts.
• Gain the skills required for creating simple out-of-kit prosthetics as well as more advanced prosthetics, like a partial ‘face cast’!

Learning Outcomes Summary


History of Prosthetic Makeup

The Modern SFX Makeup Artist

How to Originate and Develop Concepts

How to Develop Creative Thinking

How to Make A Presentation

Further Considerations

Prosthetic Manufacture Techniques

Simple Prosthetic Techniques

’Out of Kit’ Prosthetic for Theatre

Create Your Own Scar Plate



Module 11

Wigs and Artificial Facial Hair

Unit/s covered in this module:

CUAMUP404 - Style Wigs and Hairpieces for Performances or Productions
CUAMUP403 - Style Hair for Performances or Productions


• This module will introduce you to the world of hair styling and wig application.
• Become familiar with the broad range of hair styling products and equipment available.
• Learn the theory behind hair styling, like contouring with hair and identifying common hair ‘problems’ plus how to fix them.
• Learn how to style hair and apply wigs; highly sought-after skills for any professional makeup artist which will make you stand out from the crowd, especially in the bridal and media industries!

Learning Outcomes Summary

Style Hair for Performances or Productions


Hair Styling Tools and Products

Advantages and Disadvantages of Common Hair Products

Required Skills and Differences Between Hairstyling for The General Public and The Media Industries

Design Elements and Principles



Documenting Hair Designs

Types of Curls

Face Shapes and Contouring with Hair

Contouring with Hair

Hairstyles for Balancing Facial Features

Common Hair Problems and How to Solve Them

Hair Growth Patterns

Common Hair Problems Encountered in The Media Industries

How to Style Hair

Newsreader Blow Dry Bob Style

Long Wavy Style Using Curling Tongs

Contemporary Style – Messy Bun with Side Braid

Victorian Period Hairstyle

1920’s Finger Wave Hairstyle

Men’s Hairstyle

Wigs and Artificial Facial Hair

Wig Types

Suggested Wig Suppliers

Measuring A Client

How to Measure A Client For

A Hand Made Natural Hair Wig

Preparing A Client

Preparing A Client for Wig Application

Wig Preparation and Care





Wig Application

Application of A Medium and High-Grade Wig: Synthetic (Regular Front)

Application of A Lace Front Wig: Synthetic or Natural Hair

Wig Styling

Wig Styling Example: Lace Front Synthetic Wig Styling

Apply False Moustache

Apply an Artificial Hand Knotted Moustache



Module 12

Working as a Freelance MUA

Unit/s covered in this module:

BSBSMB401 - Establish Legal and Risk Management Requirements of Small Business
BSBSMB404 - Undertake Small Business Planning


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

Learning Outcomes Summary


Establishing A Successful Makeup Business

Setting Up Your Business

Requirements for Working from A Business Premises and Employing Workers in Australia

How to Get Clients

Checklist for Establishing A Makeup Artistry Business

Tips for Working in Specific Industry Sectors





Working as An Assistant


the author

Know more about the author.

Rachel Dal Santo

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.

Our tutors

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

Rachel Dal Santo

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.

Emer Hawkins

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.

Eryn Shannon

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 Farren-Price

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

Connect With Other Makeup Artistry Students

We have a Facebook Group that we have exclusively designed for our students. This group provides a great opportunity for students to meet fellow students from all over the world, ask questions, share knowledge and experience, upload work, give and receive feedback, make new friends and talk everything makeup!


On successful completion of either of the Professional Makeup Artistry Course you will have the skills and knowledge required to become a freelance Makeup Artist either as a full or part-time career, as a profitable sideline or just as an exciting new hobby.

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Frequently asked Questions

For answers to our most commonly asked questions, read our FAQs.

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.

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.


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