Theatrical, Specialty and Special Effects Makeup


During this comprehensive hands-on course, discover an exciting variety of theatrical makeup techniques, tips and tricks from a team of specialty makeup professionals. 

Practice basic male and female stage makeup and explore a variety of character looks, applying aging and bruising, bald caps and facial hair. 

Build reusable 3-D prosthetics, such as noses, forehead shapes and chins, and learn to paint them for a finished look. Construct fake teeth to fit over your own. Create and apply makeup to disposable prosthetics for an assortment of special effects, including wounds, scars, lacerations and bullet holes.

Observe how receding hairlines and lace-backed mustaches, beards and mutton chops are created for professional theatre, and practice a low-cost alternative, laying your own crepe wool facial hair. 

Observe and practice body- and face-painting techniques; in particular, apply white-face specialty makeup used for cirque, mime, Geisha, sugar skull or zombie looks. Explore the ever-expanding and colourful world of face and body art.

Discover theatrical and special-event makeup, such as male and female drag, painted alcohol-based tattoos, glitter and henna tattoos, crystal tattoos incorporating gemstones, and learn eyelash application techniques.

In this makeup intensive, students will:

  • Become familiar with makeup history, trends and careers;

  • Learn hygienic procedures for applying makeup to others;

  • Use a variety of application tools – brushes, sponges, air brushes, stencils and fingers; 

  • Create reusable and disposable prosthetics for face and body, applying makeup to them;

  • Work with a variety of sealers, adhesives and removers;

  • Apply special effects products such as liquid latex, nose and scar wax, gelatin flesh effects, rigid collodion, and different fake-blood products.


The low student-to-teacher ratio ensures instruction is geared to the participant's skill level and experience. Please indicate your related experience when you register.

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Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Factory163,

163 King Street,

Stratford N5A 4S2

Target enrollment: 16 students

For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor

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