Special FX Make-Up Training Course

Our Special FX Make-Up training course will teach you an extensive range of creative make-up processes over a duration of two days, including techniques to create casualty / wound effects such as eye swelling and bruising, scars, burns, impalements & puncture wounds. You will learn to put together techniques to create a zombie make up look. During the course you will also the skills to create body art using airbrushing and how to put together techniques to produce a sugar skill make up look.

This exciting, practical-based course is ideal for those who have a personal interest in creative make up and want to learn the skills to be able to create make up designs on friends and family for special occasions such as Halloween. It is also ideal for those who wish to further their existing make up knowledge and skills in order to embark on a career within make-up industries such as film, television and editorial/creative magazine work.

*This course replaces our course titled the Media & Special Effects Make-Up course from August 2017

  • Health, safety & hygiene
  • Consultation techniques
  • Contraindications
  • Creating a range of casualty effects incorporating objects
  • Creating a zombie character make-up using special effects products
  • Airbrush body-art (creating a sleeve design)
  • Designing & creating a sugar skull make up look
  • Aftercare advice

This course is structured over two days and runs from 10.00am – approximately 4.00pm. We ask students to arrive at 9.45am to ensure a prompt start. You will learn the theory of the treatment firstly, and spend the majority of the day acquiring and demonstrating your practical techniques & skills, with a short break for lunch.

Our friendly, expert Advisors are on hand to answer any questions & assist you in booking your place over the telephone*. Call on Freephone 0800 9992277

Alternatively, most of our courses can be booked online 24/7, using our secure payment system.

  1. Simply choose your venue and date
  2. Click the add to basket button
  3. Then complete the secure, online checkout

*Payment in full at time of booking online or by telephone allows you to select your training days at your preferred training centre in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Enquire about a Deko Finance (Payment Plan) by clicking ‘Apply for Payment Plan’ option or call us about Easy Pay plans.

1. Payment in full using Credit / Debit by telephone or pay securely online using PayPal or Worldpay

By making payment in full, you can secure your course place and enjoy the greatest flexibility to book all of your training days at your preferred training centre, in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Book securely online 24/7, or call our friendly Advisors by book by phone.


2. Deko Finance (Payment Plan) – Courses over £500

Our Deko Finance option is available on all courses, diploma course packages and VTCT qualifications totaling over £500. You have three options – to make repayments either over 12 months interest free or 24 months / 36 months, at only 9.9% interest.

The Deko finance option allows you book and attend your chosen courses with us while making affordable, monthly repayments to spread the cost. You don’t need to wait to book training sessions, you can complete all training as you wish, selecting from our available scheduled dates without delay. This is a great payment choice for those who desire the flexibility to manage studying around work commitments / childcare or even wish to complete their award as soon as possible; but who need the option to spread the cost into more affordable payments, over a longer term.

You can increase your deposit to reduce your payments and you can pay off early if you wish. No hidden fees or charges. The scheme is subject to the usual credit checks etc.

If you have a passion for make up and wish to learn creative techniques for personal interest or you may even be seeking a career in film, TV or commercial sectors of the make-up industry, this course is designed to expose you to a range of creative make-up looks and special-effect techniques to get you started. Our Special FX Effects training is undoubtedly one of the most exciting courses that we offer; you will be using special effects products to create a zombie character using a range of techniques, putting together a body art design on the arm using airbrushing; right through to creating a sugar skull make up look. The casualty effects that you will create, using cuts, wounds and incorporating an object for extra drama, are not for the faint-hearted and is an especially popular part of the course with our students. Our experienced tutors will ensure that, by the end of the two days, you have the skills required to create these exciting make-up looks with confidence.

The course is suitable as a standalone course for those who already have an interest in make up and may have some experience of providing make up treatments to friends or family previously. To get the most from the course and for those who are looking to go into working as a freelance make up artist, it is recommended to have completed some practical training within make up prior to booking this course. We welcome students of all abilities, genders, ages and backgrounds; whether you are looking to learn a new skill from scratch or currently working as a make up artist and wish to refresh your knowledge with advanced skills to get ahead in this competitive industry.

We are so proud at The Beauty Academy to work with such a professional, passionate and friendly team of tutors, all of which hold a Level 2 and Level 3 qualification in their specialised sector. Our tutors are also all qualified with either Level 4 PTTLS or equivalent teaching awards in education, with years of experience in beauty-related professional industries. Furthermore, our tutors who are involved in the assessment process all hold an Assessors Award.

We pride ourselves on the welcoming nature of our tutors and their ability to engage, educate and enrich students from all ages and backgrounds. All of our tutors are dedicated to maintaining their knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest treatments and techniques in the ever-changing industry.

If you would like to read more about our fantastic tutors individually, please have a look at our Meet the Tutors page.

When you have successfully completed your training course(s), you will receive a diploma certificate issued by The Beauty Academy and accredited by ABT. This not only demonstrates your commitment to the training, but also allows you to obtain Public Liability insurance so you can start offering treatments to paying clients from home or mobile.

Once you have completed your practical training day with us, there is no additional work to be completed. Your diploma certificate will be emailed to you within 1-2 working days and you can then begin working from home and/or mobile, once insurance has been obtained.

All courses completed with The Beauty Academy are accredited by ABT allowing you receive a 10% discount off your policy with ABT Insurance when you quote ACADEMY99

The Beauty Academy also offer a discounted insurance scheme with Balens; a Specialist Insurance Brokers aimed at Health and Well-Being Professionals, offering both Therapist and Student Therapist insurance for those who train with us. To learn more about the Balens insurance scheme, please click here.

All of our diploma courses enable you to work from both home and mobile offering the specialised treatment(s) that you have completed. You can start earning by offering treatments to paying clients as soon as you have obtained your insurance. If you wish to work as a successful freelance make-up artist, it is usually recommended to undertake on our standard make-up courses such as the Make-Up Specialist course to ensure you have all the skills required to provide the make-up services your clients require and create the most aesthetically pleasing and creative make-up results in this competitive industry.

We offer high-quality ABT accredited training with experienced tutors, professional equipment and a great atmosphere to train in. Our training centres are well-equipped, within easy reach of public transport and regularly inspected by the awarding body (VTCT) which we provide qualifications through; to ensure we are giving you the best service for your money. We pride ourselves on working with only qualified and industry experienced tutors who are friendly, welcoming and happy to go the extra mile to deliver the very best student experience possible. 

All courses are run as smaller groups than most other providers, allowing plenty of opportunity to ask questions or seek further support if required. Our training centres are permanent and exclusive to us and they are always set-up ready to begin your training. All centres have the very latest equipment and products required to adhere to industry standards. We also provide free and unlimited on-going access to our Support Team who are available to answer queries or provide guidance within any aspect of your course with us, contactable on either email or telephone.

It is recommended that you undertake some training in standard make-up either before or following this course to ensure you are able to offer a full range of make-up services to meet the needs of clients in this competitive industry. You may like to take a look out our other Make-Up training courses

You may consider completing a qualification in make-up to further your career opportunities within this industry. To learn more about the qualifications that we offer, please click here.

Some freelance make-up artists will also complete training in Eyelash Extensions and/or Highly Defined Brow treatments to ensure they can give the best possible results to their make-up clients.

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