Makeup Schools Focus on Specialized Skills

Many makeup artists want to expand their skills in order to work in a different genre. After looking at makeup schools, many choose Cosmixl for makeup artistry training in all the various medias. Students may enroll in a short individual class, like a 4-day Airbrushing Class or a longer 5-week Character Makeup Class.

Beauty or FX Makeup Classes

For individuals who want to expand their knowledge in a specific area or have a time or budgetary restraint, Cosmix allows students to enroll in individual makeup courses or a module like the BASIC BEAUTY MAKEUP or FX MAKEUP CLASSES. Some makeup courses may be taken without pre-requisites like Airbrushing, Character Makeup, or Special FX Prosthetics Makeup. Other courses need certain specialized skills to properly prepare students for more advanced work. Please be advised that individual makeup courses taken on a stand-alone basis are not accredited by ACCSC. In addition, students taking stand-alone makeup courses are not eligible for the career services that are offered to students and graduates of larger programs. For more information, contact our Admissions Department.


Fundamental Makeup Technique

105 clock hours M-F Days 3 Weeks or T/Th Eves 3 Months

This begins your evolution as an artist. We help you transform your image, develop the professional traits of a successful artist, and build a strong foundation in the essential techniques of beauty makeup artistry. Short lectures, video presentations, and live demonstrations are followed by guided practice emphasizing the individual elements of makeup application. This course is recommended for beginners and artists who have worked at a retail counter and lack technical training. It emphasizes the attention to detail necessary to work in every media. The course includes:

  • The Essential Principles of Application
  • Professional Dispositions
  • Artistic Color Theory
  • Sanitation & The Tools of the Trade
  • Facial Geometry & Corrective Techniques
  • Brow Shaping & Design
  • Problematic Lip Shapes & Correction
  • Skin Care & Primers
  • Corrective Technique on Different Eye Types
  • Current Looks & Trends
  • Reshaping with Highlighting & Contouring
  • Multi-Cultural Makeup

Tuition $2520 Material Fees $750

Airbrushing Makeup

28 clock hours M-F 4 Days or T/Th 7 Eves

Airbrushing makeup is the preferred technique for digital photography and HDTV (high definition television). Those specializing in print-work, fashion, and bridal makeup need to master this skill. Airbrushing provides a camera-ready velvety texture in a quarter of the time it takes to do traditional makeup application. This class covers basic application (including eye makeup, blush, and lip color).

Tuition $675 Makeup Kits & Supplies $450

Wedding & Event Makeup

42 clock hours M-F 3 Days or T/Th 5 Eves - pre-requisites Fundamental & Airbrushing

This course covers ‘camera ready’ makeup for bridal and special events. Airbrushing Makeup is a pre-requisite as both brides and photographers request it. Students learn current trends and classic looks for any occasion from a big-city black tie extravaganza to a simple oceanfront ceremony.

Students adapt makeup for in-studio photo shoots or outdoor events. They also learn how to market their services, create bridal contracts and develop a thriving bridal business.

Tuition $980 Material Fees $100


Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

14 hours M-F 2 Days

Production makeup artists must be able to style hair. This course teaches hair styling techniques for commercial, editorial, and fashion work. Fundamentals of hairstyling, from basic blow-drying to intricate up-dos prepare students for production work. Students also learn period-inspired hairstyles made famous by Hollywood celebrities. Their work is then captured in four photo shoots that follow in the course Makeup for Fashion including a Vintage Pinup Look.

Tuition $325 Material Fees $100

Makeup for Fashion

91 clock hours M-F Days 4 Weeks or T/Th Eves 4 Months - pre-requisites Fundamental, Airbrushing, Wedding & Event Makeup, Hairstyling for Makeup Artists

This course is staged in a different atmosphere. Students now comprise a creative team; they learn to work with designers, models, creative directors and photographers. Print advertising, catalog layouts, fashion editorial work, black & white and color photography, and runway shows are included. Students learn how to research, design, and execute successful advertising campaigns and magazine editorial spreads ranging from commercial ‘clean beauty’ to high fashion ‘glam’ and fantasy makeup.

Students’ work is captured in several photo shoots including a commercial headshot, a black & white photo, a high fashion editorial shot, and a vintage fashion shot. Artists’ responsibilities include research, design, makeup, hair and wardrobe styling. The work is evaluated on editorial style, beauty and makeup proficiency.

Students learn how to build a winning portfolio and plan their marketing strategy.

Tuition $2100 Material Fees $400

Retail & Marketing

20 clock hours M-F 3 Days

This course focuses on entreprenurial skills, professional dispositions, retail merchandising, sales, and customer relations. Students learn how to create their own freelance business and successfully work in a retail environment.

Tuition $440 Material Fees $100


Character Makeup

167 clock hours M-F Days 5 weeks

In film and television, a makeup artist’s job is to help create characters real and fantasy from all time periods. This course teaches the necessary skills to transform actors into whatever the script requires. Students learn many elements of character effects makeup and how to break down a script, plan the makeup prior to the shooting of scenes, and ensure accurate continuity. Topics covered:
  • Character Design & Execution
  • Injury Simulation: Scratches, Lacerations & Scars
  • Bullet Entrance & Exit Wounds
  • Bruises & 1st, 2nd, 3rd Degree Burns
  • Zombies and Dead Simulation
  • Ice FX
  • Character Aging with Highlight & Shadow
  • Stretch & Stipple Aging
  • Bald Cap Application & Coloring
  • Facial Hair Application
  • Tattoo Application
  • Tuition $3850 Material Fees $500


    Makeup for Film & TV

    84 clock hours M-F Days 3 Weeks - pre-requisite Fundamental Makeup Technique

    This course focuses on the fundamental skills necessary to work in television and film, including music videos, commercials, daytime television, sitcoms, reality shows, TV series, news broadcasts, and films. Breaking down a script, industry terminology & protocols, creating a continuity journal and morgue, high definition techniques and products, and pre-production responsibilities are all included. Students learn how to work with a cinematographer and actors in the production of a short film.

    Tuition $1800Material Fees $200

    Theatrical Makeup

    49 clock hours M-F Days 1 Week - pre-requisites Fundamental, Airbrushing, Character

    This course prepares students for work in the performing arts including musicals, operas, ballets and live concerts. Students learn the principles of stage makeup including technical terminology and lighting effects. This course teaches the different airbrushing and brush techniques used in body painting such as Clown, Kabuki, Geisha, Skull, Animal, Day of the Dead Masks, and Cirque du Soleil.

    Tuition $1288Material Fees $200


    Special FX Prosthetics Makeup

    210 clock hours

    M-F Days 6 Weeks

    This course equips students with makeup & lab techniques to create special effects for film, television, and theater. Students learn about silicone, gelatin, and foam latex materials. They design, create, and apply prosthetic and dental appliances. The process includes conceptualization, life casting, sculpting, molding and application techniques.

    Blood delivery methods are also included. Students learn and practice the art of application, utilizing proper placement, coloration and blending to create realistic characters. The final project for the special effects makeup artist school is captured in a photo shoot.

    Creature Design

    M-F Days 3 Weeks - pre-requisites Special FX Prosthetics Makeup

    90 clock hours- pre-requisite FX-2

    Students learn how to design, construct and mold an advanced three dimensional sculpted character. This course is ideal for artists interested in working in a special makeup effects lab building projects for film, television and theatrical productions, haunted houses, toy or video game productions and theme parks. Our FX Makeup students produce a completed creature from conceptual design to final application. Their final project is captured in a photo shoot.

    Both FX Courses-Tuition $6900 Makeup Kits & Supplies $1000

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