Special Effects (fx) Makeup Level 2 - The Academy of Film, Fashion & Design

Special Effects (fx) Makeup Level 2

Do you lay awake at night creating the most interesting stories?
Do you often wake up from your dreams with such vivid memories feeling like you just watched a feature film movie that you created?
Do you have a burning desire to share your imagination with the World?
Does the concept of getting paid to make monsters and zombies appeal to you?
Are you fascinated about how makeup can transform an actor?
Do you have the urge to play Halloween “dress up” year-round?
Would you like to learn how to create illusions and visual tricks that are essential to many films and productions today?

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Course Information

Special Effects Makeup can be defined as the use of prosthetic sculpting, molding, casting and painting to create advanced cosmetic effects. Special Effects Makeup can be seen in most popular TV shows and movies and even at conventions and Halloween. It can go from scary movie monsters like werewolves, aliens and zombies to changing someone appearance to look younger, older, and different facial features or weight. In this Level 2 Special Effects Makeup course, you will be led by Hendrickje (pronounced Hen-Dree-Ka) Matthews, a professional makeup artist, who has been in the industry for over 20 years. Level 2 features 4 sections of more advanced special effects applications that Hendrickje will give step by step instructions. The first section will be a bald cap application with fantasy makeup. Second section will be feminine and masculine skull makeup. The next section will show a tattoo cover-up and animal makeup. The last section will be a casualty special effects makeup demonstration and removal.

This course will teach the exciting and creative intricacies of creating Special Effects Makeup and get you started on your career as an FX artist!

During this course, you will learn:

  • Aging using latex
  • Aging using greasepaint makeup
  • Bald cap application
  • High editorial makeup (including bald cap) with hand painting and airbrush
  • Trauma / casualty makeup (incl. applying a range of adhesive & prosthetics )
  • Fantasy makeup (animal themed)
  • Day of the Dead looks
  • Sugar skull using Stencils and hand paint
  • Skeleton makeup using hand paint / airbrush and Stencils

Meet our expert

  • Hendrickje (pronounced Hen-Dree-Ka) Matthews

    A native of England, Hendrickje has been in the industry for over 20 years, with professional training at the UK’s premier makeup school, Brushstroke, Shepperton Film Studios studying FILM, TV, STAGE and SPECIAL EFFECTS — under the instruction of Neill Gorton (Millenium FX).   Hendrickje worked at MAC Cosmetics for over 10 years.   Currently , Hendrickje resides in Tampa,FL, is  head makeup designer for Busch Gardens , and works for HSN, Mac Cosmetics, and Hendrickje Makeup,FX and Design.  Hendrickje specializes in all aspects in makeup, body art, FX, beauty, editorial and more!

    Some of her clients include:   Busch Gardens, MAC Cosmetics, Home Shopping Network, E!Entertainment- WWE Total Divas,  Event Show Productions,  Tori Spelling, Candy Spelling, ESPN and Disney just to name a few!


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