Blanche Macdonald
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Global Makeup: Course Descriptions



When personal vision is combined with talent and opportunity, extraordinary things can happen.  This foundation course offers a comprehensive introduction to makeup art and design principles.  As a designer, you will be immersed in the process of planning, developing and creating with intention.  As an artist, you will explore the principles and concepts of perspective, composition and light.  Students will learn colour theory with specific reference to makeup:  it’s function, how it interacts with texture and light, and how these affect your work.  Analysis of shape, line and form are combined with techniques for blending, contouring, shading and highlighting.  Understanding how to choose and employ professional tools and product formulations is covered.  You will build a skill foundation while working with the fundamentals of natural, glamour, bridal and dramatic styles. 


  • Learning about commercial and professional equipment, tools, materials and products used in makeup application
  • Understanding the basics of skin structure, skin care and makeup subject preparation
  • Analyzing bone structure and face shapes correctly
  • Correcting various facial shapes with contouring, shading and highlighting
  • Selecting makeup products based on proper analysis of skin tones and undertones
  • Understanding colour theory, seasons and tonality
  • Labeling the colour wheel correctly
  • Knowing and demonstrating the sequence of basic makeup application
  • Reviewing the purpose, selection and application of foundation, correction, concealer and powder for different ethnic groups, ages, skin tones and skin types
  • Applying cheek colour application for day and evening looks correctly
  • Correctly shaping eyebrows, and selecting appropriate eyebrow makeup for application
  • Analyzing eye shapes correctly and applying makeup for correction
  • Assessing lip shapes and making necessary corrections
  • Selecting appropriate lip colours and applying various products and textures to meet clients’ individual needs
  • Understanding the basic rules of light and makeup
  • Applying practical application of daytime and evening makeup, classic looks, fashion looks, natural styles, subtle styles, glamourous and dramatic styles
  • Discussing makeup for mature women
  • Learning the practical application of wedding makeup

Level 2

Cosmetic Retailing

Learn how the cosmetic retail world works and how you can become part of the industry.  You will learn how to identify consumer types, behaviours and needs.  Emphasis is placed on building customer service skills and developing a repeat clientele.  Learn how to produce results that generate financial and networking opportunities.


  • Becoming familiar with the cosmetic industry structure and retail classifications
  • Reviewing the essentials of various cosmetic retailing merchandising techniques and inventory control systems
  • Being introduced to the cosmetic marketing concepts and the marketing cycle
  • Understanding consumer behaviour, identifying customer types, and analyzing customer and client needs are explored
  • Developing effective selling skills and presentation techniques through cosmetic consultations
  • Learning to provide excellent customer service and developing a clientele. Role playing exercises are an essential part of this course.
  • Understanding the seasonal fashion trends for cosmetics and fragrances
  • Using cosmetic retailing terminology correctly

Level 3

Hair For Bridal And Fashion

This module covers hair styling in relation to makeup and provides the opportunity to push your creative potential and create the total look. Incorporate basic styling techniques as you sculpt the hair. Roller sets, blow drying, backcombing and finishing, as well as “updos” including the French Twist, French roll, and knot tying, are all introduced. Expand your repertoire and market yourself as a professional makeup artist for weddings and the fashion industry.


  • Understanding the basic procedures of hair styling
  • Becoming familiar and comfortable with a wide variety of styling tools and products
  • Developing competency in basic styling techniques including roller sets, blow drying, backcombing and finishing
  • Gaining skills and confidence with simple updo’s including the French twist, French roll, back bun,
  • Spanish bun and knot tying


Blanche Macdonald Makeup and Hair for Bridal


Level 4

Introduction To Art & Technology

Blanche Macdonald makeup Program Art and Technology

In this module you will capture your work and project your talent in a digital format. With a professional photographer as your guide, you will learn how to maximize the features and settings on your digital camera to produce high quality results. Identify the key features of a great portfolio as you choose your personal design elements. Selecting backdrops and lighting that compliment your work is explained. You will experience a photoshoot as you photograph “before” and “after” shots of your model and have them professionally critiqued.


  • Show and tell by an industry professional about the important features of a good portfolio
  • Explanation and demonstration of a typical photo-shoot setup given by a professional photographer.
  • This also covers the basic principles of portrait photography.
  • Students learn the features and settings needed to take good photos with their own digital cameras
  • Students also learn how to choose a suitable backdrop and how to use available lighting and simple reflectors to document makeup
  • Using their own cameras, a tripod and a standard lighting setup, students photograph a model without makeup and again with makeup. At the end of the class, the student photos are projected onto a screen and critiqued.
  • A screen demonstration of what Photoshop can and cannot do is reviewed

Level 5

Makeup For Fashion

Blanche Macdonald Fashion Shoot with Jon Hennessey

This level is dedicated solely to fashion. Students will explore historical, contemporary and futuristic fashion perspectives and integrate these influences within the makeup design process. Fashion show production with reference to makeup is introduced. Makeup skills are honed with a focus on fashion photography. You will create a makeup croquis as part of your design board, and then create the look. Learn how to collaborate with a hairstylist, fashion stylist and photographer to realize an artistic vision. Explore the contrasts between black and white; street and alternative; real and camouflage applications. By the end of this level you will expand your canvas and professional palette to include body makeup.


  • Increasing speed in makeup application
  • Identifying makeup fashions of specific decades of the 20th century with accuracy
  • Recognizing and identifying current makeup fashions
  • Gaining awareness of the continual changes in makeup, its trends and alternative looks
  • Acquiring skills to create a makeup croquis of face charts for fashion
  • Applying makeup with corrective and camouflage techniques
  • Leaning to coordinate the makeup look with the hairstylist’s, fashion stylist’s and photographer’s artistic visions
  • Working effectively with models, stylists and photographers
  • Learning the proper etiquette when working with a production team
  • Understanding the various positions and the respective responsibilities within a photo studio
  • Having a working knowledge of fashion photography with regards to makeup application
  • Using the appropriate etiquette and understanding various comfort levels with body makeup application
  • Discussing various career opportunities in fashion and photography makeup

Level 6

Resume Preparation & Job Search Skills

In this module you will create your personal marketing plan and strategy. What do you want to do? How do you build a network of industry contacts and community? You will begin by taking an inventory of your skills – artistic, technical, individual and interpersonal. Students will explore the limitless possibilities available within the industry and hone their communication skills in this dynamic and interactive workshop. You will create the business card and resume tools that will connect you with the opportunities you seek.


  • Gaining an overview of the Makeup Industry
  • Examining the hidden job market and learning how to access different career opportunities
  • Discussing the” Do’s and Don’ts” of a portfolio / website (virtual portfolio)
  • Taking an inventory of individual employment skills
  • Taking an inventory of individual transferable skills
  • Taking an inventory of individual occupational skills
  • Learning how to perform informational interviews as a networking tool
  • Creating and outlining a job search process
  • Learning how to prepare a professional and effective resumé & business card
  • Presenting a professional resume and business card
  • Preparing and practicing how to effectively and successfully handle interviews, various interview questions etc.
  • Reviewing proper business etiquette

Level 7

Advanced Resume Preparation & Job Search Skills

In so far as we’ve challenged you to explore and develop characters – now we invite you to explore and develop your own. Students will learn how to develop and project a professional image. You will practice informational, “one on one” and group interviews to build your confidence. Give yourself permission to step in the direction of your dreams as you take responsibility for your career and your results.


  • Presenting a professional appearance
  • Understanding appropriate business etiquette
  • Preparing and practicing how to effectively and successfully handle different types of interviews (i.e. Informational, one on one interviews or group interviews)
  • Learning how to confidently ask and answer various interview questions
  • Practicing interview role playing exercises

Level 8


Blanche Macdonald Makeup Program Airbrushing

This level introduces another artistic medium: liquid makeup combined with pressurized air. Beginning with a comprehensive overview of safety and mechanical considerations, students progress to efficiently cleaning, assembling and loading an airbrush unit. Working on paper as a primary canvas, you will move to face and body as you experiment with patterns and textures. The creation and application of airbrush tattoos is another tool added to your professional repertoire.


  • Becoming familiar with the history of airbrushing
  • Learning about the mechanics of airbrushing
  • Understanding the properties of the different types of airbrushing equipment
  • Being able to breakdown, clean and reassemble an airbrush correctly
  • Learning the skills required in the application of makeup with an airbrush
  • Having an awareness of the products available for beauty makeup and body makeup
  • Understanding the concept of masks, shields, templates and friskets
  • Acquiring the practical skills in airbrushing to do a complete beauty makeup
  • Acquiring the practical skills necessary to apply glamour and fashion makeup
  • Acquiring the practical skills necessary to apply fantasy makeup and body makeup
  • Utilizing the airbrush as a tool for covering tattoos and discolourations
  • Experimenting with patterns, textures and tattoos
  • Applying airbrush applications on hair using the correct procedures
  • Designing and creating a character chart for airbrush application
  • Developing time management skills

Level 9

Film Orientation & W.H.M.I.S. Seminars

A key component to your potential success in the film industry is following the etiquette and protocol expected on set. Learn to navigate the maze of trades, union and guild jurisdictions while discovering the language of set terminology, job classifications and descriptions that will guide you. This level focuses on the protocols and practices of professional communication required in the film production environment. The second element of this level is learning about health and safety measures for safe handling of hazardous products in the workplace. Students will identify the WHMIS symbol on product labels in order to use and store them safely, as well as learn how to read a Material Safety Data Sheet. Upon successful completion of this level, you will receive a certificate from the BC Institute of Film Professionals.


  • Learning on set job classifications and descriptions
  • Knowing set terminology and language
  • Understanding and practicing the etiquette and protocol expected on set
  • Understanding the importance of interpersonal skills
  • Having awareness of the demands and challenges of working in film
  • Identifying the WHMIS symbols and knowing their meaning
  • Learning the labels on products
  • Learning the information to be included on a Material Safety Data Sheet

Level 10

Makeup For Stage, TV & Film

Makeup for Stage, TV and Film - Edward Scissorhands

The next significant creative experience transpires in this level. Students will progress from enhancing the aesthetically pleasing elements of their work in previous levels to producing realistic manifestations of aging. You will hone your technical abilities and attention to detail as you create wrinkles, veins, liver spots, and broken capillaries. You will also learn techniques to camouflage these as well as additional pigmentation and surface irregularities. Students will acquire an appreciation for speed, accuracy, lighting and product formulations while producing results that can withstand close scrutiny. 

Combining the sensibilities of designer, artist and trade guild artisan are discussed in this module. Students will acquire an understanding of the required skill proficiencies, makeup kits and maintenance, as well as the application process for membership in I.A.T.S.E. Union Local 891. Roles and responsibilities on the production set are discussed, as well as the importance of projecting a professional image of confidence and competence. You will learn how to read a call sheet as well as work within time and budget restraints. Following a script breakdown to create character makeup while maintaining continuity of work are essential to your success as you are prepared to work within this specialized area of the makeup profession.


  • Increasing speed in makeup application
  • Analyzing and comparing commercial and professional products
  • Knowing the current standards of Makeup Unions with regards to makeup kits and their minimum care requirements
  • Knowing the minimum standard of expertise for union application
  • Discussing the lighting for Stage, T.V. and Film and their effect on makeup
  • Learning and understanding the makeup artist’s role on the production set
  • Gaining knowledge of what is expected of the makeup artist with regards to personal presentation and professionalism
  • Following and reading a call sheet correctly
  • Following a script, breakdown and list the makeup requirements for various characters
  • Developing and applying the appropriate makeup for a scripted character
  • Preparing and executing a continuity chart
  • Understanding budget and time limitations for makeup application on a set
  • Having a working knowledge of the procedures for basic, corrective and concealing makeup for various styles of T.V. characters and personalities which include the newscaster and character makeups
  • Acquiring a working knowledge of the different makeup applications when applying makeup for video, T.V., film and stage
  • Applying a structural makeup using crèmes, highlights and shadows to depict aging of the face and hands
  • Applying a structural makeup using highlights and shadows to depict beard shadow and beard growth
  • Applying a structural makeup to depict wrinkles, veins, liver spots and broken capillaries
  • Creating and applying makeup which depicts a character’s breakdown by creating effects such as dirt, tears and perspiration.
  • Discussing various career opportunities in the T.V. and film industry for makeup artists

Level 11

Hair for Stage, TV & Film

Continue your integration of makeup and hairstyling techniques as you learn about wigs, facial pieces and accessories. Students will learn how to wrap hair for precision bald cap application. Developing and executing character hairstyles will be introduced. Understanding the proper etiquette expected of a stylist on set and behind the curtain is an essential component of this module.


  • Wrapping hair for bald cap application
  • Demonstrating the application of wigs, facial pieces and accessories
  • Reviewing and discussing the cleaning and blocking of wigs and pieces
  • Understanding the importance of maintaining continuity of work
  • Learning the responsibilities of a stylist on set

Level 12

Makeup For Special Makeup Effects

Building on the momentum of stage and screen, this level challenges you to tap even further into your creative resources and focus your vision. You will experiment with the mediums of latex, waxes and gel to create texture, colour and contour. Techniques for the application of bald caps, beards, mustaches and sideburns are covered. Students are encouraged to refine their technical prowess as they produce realistic manifestations of trauma: scars, bullet holes, lacerations, bruises, scabs, cuts, blisters and burns. You will develop and apply a special effect makeup for a scripted character at this intersection of illusion and reality.


  • Refining the application of structural makeup cremes, highlights and shadows to depict aging of the face and hands
  • Analyzing and comparing professional products and their uses
  • Testing products for allergic reactions on human skin
  • Knowing the current standards of I.A.T.S.E. Local 891 with regards to makeup kits and their minimum care requirements
  • Identifying and correctly labeling the anatomical structure of the face with regards to bones & muscles
  • Applying latex correctly for depicting scars, warts and aging
  • Applying wax correctly to depict bullet holes, scars, cuts, lacerations & road rash
  • Interpreting wounds from photos and recreating through correct application (or techniques)
  • Recreating blisters and boils through application of special makeup products
  • Applying a structural makeup using carrying techniques to depict bruises, old and new
  • Using makeup effects to depict cuts, scratches, black eyes, dirt and blister damage, scabs and drawn cuts
  • Discussing characteristics of first, second, and third degree burns
  • Depicting second and third degree burns with gel effects
  • Discussing the different types of bald caps and their respective application
  • Applying a bald cap correctly and colour to models skin tones accurately
  • Discussing hair work with wool crepe hair
  • Preparing crepe hair correctly for application
  • Laying beards, mustaches and sideburns using crepe hair
  • Trimming and styling beards, mustaches & sideburns
  • Reviewing the application and cleaning of a ventilated mustache
  • Developing and applying the appropriate special makeup requirements for a scripted character
  • Preparing and executing continuity charts
  • Understanding budget and time limitations for special makeup effects applications
  • Discussing resources for researching visual examples of trauma

Level 13

Art & Technology Portfolio Presentations

This level provides the opportunity to interface technique with technology. Using digital graphic design tools, you will learn to optimize your images by manipulating, formatting, retouching and synthesizing your work with other digital content. Students will produce a dynamic PowerPoint presentation and compile a professional portfolio that represents each one’s unique artistic and design talents. Applying these contemporary marketing tools will create impact and results as you begin your career as a professional global makeup designer.


  • Understanding the planning process to design a successful digital portfolio
  • Gaining knowledge of the use of the Macintosh computer using the Mac operating system
  • Learning how to acquire digital content & images from various sources (camera or CDROM)
  • Learning how to scan printed images
  • Gaining a knowledge of how to optimize images for different media (print, Web, CD)
  • Having a working knowledge of image handling using Photoshop
  • Understanding how to perform various photo retouching techniques
  • Creating and producing a personalized business card
  • Producing 6 (or more) retouched images using Photoshop skills
  • Producing a dynamic PowerPoint slide presentation using finished images and music
  • Formatting digital files for CD backup and prepare for professional outputting to print
  • Printing a finished business card design and 2 retouched images

Level 14

Makeup For Prosthetics

Blanche Macdonald Makeup Program Prosthetics

Truly a unity of all visual artistic disciplines, this level provides the opportunity to explore casting, painting and sculpting. You will evolve your creative processes as you blend the anatomical study of musculature and structure with lifecasting techniques. By exaggerating elements of the human form, students will focus on manipulating and constructing within a three dimensional realm. A comprehensive study of texture and shape is integrated with innovative materials and creative designs to fabricate unique gelatin prosthetic appliances.


  • Learning about the materials and tools required for life casting and prosthetic application
  • Understanding the anatomy of the human face for character design
  • Having knowledge of the safety and health factors when working with prosthetics
  • Doing a comprehensive life cast of the face to the neck
  • Correctly preparing the model for prosthetic application
  • Preparing detailed character charts
  • Learning and applying the techniques used in pouring the gelatin molds
  • Making gelatin prosthetics correctly
  • Applying gelatin appliances to the model correctly
  • Properly painting the appliance once it is attached to the model to create a flesh tone character
  • Removing the appliance with proper techniques
  • Preparing and executing a final character for a photo shoot

Level 15

Final Projects

Global Makeup Artistry Final projects student work

In this level, you will continue to hone your creative aptitude and refine your technical abilities as you integrate all you have learned so far. Students will design and execute an independent final project – from conception to realization. Working with a script breakdown and drawing from a palette of inspiration, you will develop a character board that incorporates artistic images with design sensibilities. At the completion of this level, you will have experienced the power of applied imagination as you bring your designs to life.


  • Reviewing makeup applications from each module within the Makeup Diploma Program
  • Creating, executing and documenting a makeup concept of a specific industry discipline for a photo shoot
  • Including reference material, visuals and makeup breakdown of the independent final project


Once you have successfully completed all the levels of the program, including attendance requirements and financial obligations with the Centre, you will graduate with a Blanche Macdonald Centre Diploma in Global Makeup Artistry.


Note: The college reserves the right to change course offerings, course content, kit contents, facilities, faculty, tuition fees, and course schedules without notice.

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