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Media Make-up Diploma

International and National Make-up Knowledge

Make-up terminology and trends

History of make-up and its development

Different types of make-up

-Water colour –

-Cream colour

– Powders

-Mineral make-up

New technology

The make-up industry

Latest research including trends in the industry



  • Client psychology
  • Including working with models, artists, directors, consumers
  • Professional conduct
  • Professional development

Operations and Quality Control

  • Hygiene (personal and professional)
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  •  Make-up – environmental awareness


Theoretical Compulsory Training

  • Face and Body Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dermatology – common diseases and disorders
  • Basic Cosmetic Chemistry
  • Terminology used in the make-up industry
  • Product knowledge and skincare
  • Face and skin analysis for make-up
  • Colour and light studies 6 hours


Working with make-up artist’s tools

Make-up techniques

  • Base
  •  Cream and powder relation
  •  Contouring
  •  Blending
  •  Lips
  • Brows
  • Eyes
  • Make-up base / foundation (water colour, cream colour, mineral make-up)
  • Basic manicure for make-up (an outline)
  • Cleaning methods for make-up artist’s tools


Fashion History

  • Hair, make-up, costume (styling), photo, magazine, icons)


Practical Compulsory Training.

Product knowledge and skin care

Face and skin analysis for make-up

Colour and light studies


Make-up Techniques

  • Base / foundation application
  • Cream and powder relation
  • Contouring
  • Blending
  • Lips
  • Brows
  • Eyes
  • Material (water colour, cream and mineral make-up)
  • Cleaning the make-up artist’s tools
  • Basic manicure (for make-up: file – buff – paint – hand cream)


Working with the make-up artist’s tools (brush, sponge, puff, etc)


Classification and application of make-up techniques

  • Corrective make-up
  • Beauty and special occasion make-up
  • Black and white photographic make-up
  • Colour photographic make-up
  • Fashion editorial make-up
  • Film and video make-up
  • Catwalk fashion, make-up trends
  • High definition make-up
  • Creative / Fantasy make-up
  • Airbrush make-up



  • Hairstyles for photographic work
  • Art and design 2.7 PR and Marketing Customer service


Public Relations & Marketing

  • Social Media


Sales techniques

  •  Retail – Best Practices


 Commercial Studies / Business Studies

  • Forms of Business
  • Marketing
  • Considerations to be taken when looking for suitable premises for a make-up practice
  • Layout of the make-up practice
  • Financial consideration
  • Types of employment
  • Insurance
  • Legal considerations when setting up a business
  • Stock control
  • Promoting the business



Candidates are required to prepare a Portfolio which will assist with gaining employment. The Portfolio should be relevant to the study of make-up, film, photographic make-up and/or history of make-up. It must include two folders; the Professional Work Portfolio and the Supporting Evidence Folder.

  • Photo session
  • Mood board/Story board
  • Knowledge of Retouch



The CIDESCO examinations consist of 3 parts: a Portfolio, a practical examination including Mood/Story Board, and a written examination. Passing the Portfolio with a 70% minimum mark is pre-requisite to sit the CIDESCO Media Make-up examination.


Portfolio – pre-requisite

The Professional Work Portfolio must consist of 10 photographs (one for each category) of the candidate’s work assessed by the school according to the CIDESCO Portfolio Marking Sheet. The Supporting Evidence Folder supports the Professional Work Portfolio.

  • Practical Examination
  • Nude / straight make-up
  • Make-up for black and white photography including suitable/appropriate costume
  • Make-up for Runway/Catwalk to include adapting hair styling with ornamentation plus costume and body make-up (limbs and hands; nails if appropriate)