Course Details:

This program is a study of Professional Makeup Artistry in 240 hours of both practical and theoretical studies leading to a final written and practical exam for industry standard certification. The focus of this program is beauty and special events makeup.

The successful certificate holder will be able to seek employment as a Professional Makeup Artist.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to Orane International College programs is based on merit and interest in the program of study. The following minimum requirements must be met or exceeded to gain entry into Orane International College:

  • Proof of successful completion of BC Grade 12 or equivalent OR 19 years of age or older
  • Letter of Intent
  • Admissions interview
  • Proof of minimum level of English language proficiency (if English is not your first language):
    • IELTS 4.5 or higher
    • TOEFL 65 or higher

Learning Objectives:

  • To comprehend the fundamentals needed for beauty makeup applications for a variety of events and situations
  • To project a positive attitude and a sense of personal integrity and self confidence
  • To practice effective communication skills, visual poise and proper grooming
  • To use critical thinking to determine application process, products and techniques for specific client needs
  • To respect the need to deliver worthy service for value

At the end of this program students will be able to apply theory, technical information and related knowledge to assure sound judgements and decisions, along with demonstrating a knowledge of management operations in the beauty industry including methods for career development.

Methods of Evaluation

Students are assigned lesson studies and given a number of practical score sheets (rubrics) for program tasks development. Theory is evaluated after each unit of study. Practical are evaluated as completed through rubrics evaluation sheets, textbook procedures and performance standards established by industry standards competency. Students must maintain a standard of 70% and pass a final written and practical exam to meet the requirements for graduation. Students must makeup failed or missed tests and incomplete assignments.

Program Duration

240 hours = 20 hours per week for a total of 12 weeks (approximately 3 months) of in-class and combined instruction. This program is considered full-time.

Professional Makeup Artistry – Level One

Course Outline

Day Subject Lesson
1 Kit introduction, sanitization, disinfection, sterilization, skin cleansing, preparation Kit introduction
Skin cleansing
Different stages of sanitization, bacteriology
2 Service set-up and procedure, introductory brush techniques How to set up your tools for makeup
Introduce brushes and their uses
Procedures of application
Colour wheel / colour choices (complimentary and opposite)
How to choose complimentary / enhancing colours for shadows, lip colours, etc.
Choosing palette colour selections (warm/cool)
3 Face shapes Different face shapes
Determining face shapes
4 Basic makeup
Different complexions and types of foundation (cream vs. powder)

Practice applying foundation


5 Face shapes Basic corrections/contouring
6 Contouring Contouring face shapes, chest, stomach
7 Eyebrow shaping Different types of eyebrows for different faces and occasions

Different colours and shapes, liquid eyeliner

Eyebrow cover-up using glue, concealer, foundation

8 Cheeks – day and evening looks Blush and contouring on different face shapes, appropriate colours

Day vs. evening

Adding shimmer to cheeks

9 Eye shapes, eyeliner, artificial lashes Review different eye shapes, appropriate  applications for each shape

Identify and correct eye makeup

Apply  band lashes and mascara

10 Basic day and evening makeup Day makeup- accentuating lips, eyes OR cheeks

Evening makeup- triadic application – accentuating two of lips and eyes, eyes and cheeks, cheeks and lips

11 Basic glamour makeup Difference between evening and glamour

Accentuating lips, eyes, and cheeks

Glitter, rhinestones, airbrushing

12 Lips Day, evening and glamour

Different colours for different skin types

Eyeliner, lipstick, gloss

Different shapes of lips

Corrective applications

13 Wedding foundations

Classic looks

Bridal makeup

Keeping the bride looking natural

Perfecting foundations for photography

14 Full Glamour Full face of glamour

Creative applications

15 Tinting Tinting eyebrows and eyelashes
16 Portfolio Development How to build a portfolio
17 Makeup for photo shoots Outdoor, indoor, video, stage makeup

Matte vs. shimmer

18 Client practice Client day – book clients for various applications
19 Product specialty

Techniques for film

Drag queen application

Contouring and highlighting focus

20 Special effects basics Zombie makeup

Scar applications

21 Practical Project and portfolio
22 Practical Project and portfolio
23 Practical Project and portfolio
24 Practical Project and portfolio
25 Practical Project and portfolio
26 Practical Project and portfolio
27 Practical Project and portfolio
28 Practical Project and portfolio
29 Practical Project and portfolio
30 Final exam preparations

Critiquing your model

Makeup project due (portfolio) –

6 before and after photos:

Day, evening, glamour, bridal, era (ex.1960’s), fantasy

31 Final exam Written exam

Practical exam (day, evening, glamour)

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

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