This class is comprised of techniques for injury simulation, facial hair application, bald caps and old-age makeup. It covers everything needed to create realistic simulated effects and characters. Students will learn both two-dimensional (using only makeup) and three-dimensional (using gelatin and silicone) character techniques.

Character Makeup Tuition

Character Makeup Tuition

Lab Fee




*CMS Materials (suggested)




Materials are required for class. Students are welcome to purchase pre-packaged makeup kits from Cinema Makeup School or may choose to put together a makeup kit on their own.

Click through the makeup kits below to see required materials.
Character Kit / Supplemental Character Kit+

+ required without purchase of beauty kit

Character Makeup Book
99% Alcohol 8oz (2)
Pros-Aide 6oz. (2)
Isopropyl Myristate 6oz. (2)
Bald Cap Latex 6 oz (2)
Bald Cap Sponges
Medicine Cups
Wool Crepe Hair (6)
Vinyl Bald Cap
KY Jelly
Large Cape
Ivory Hair Color
PPI Spirit Gum Adhesive
Bruises Color Wheel
Rigid Collodian 1 oz
Telesis 8s Adhesive
Telesis 8 Thinner
PPI Tooth Color
Chip Brushes (5)
CMS Canvas Bag
Rubber Grease Paint Palette (2)
Acetone 2 oz
3D Gelatin 2oz
Skin Saver Lotion
Castor Oil 1 oz
PPI Hi-Def Matting Spray
Black Sponge (2)
Old Age Stipple
Orange Sponge
Hair Scissors
Small Scissors
Large Tweezers
Liquid Blood 2 oz
Gel Blood
Synthetic Brush Set
Powder Puffs (4)
Makeup Sponges (2)
PPI Skin Illustrator Palettes (2)
3rd Degree Silicone 1 oz.

For students who choose to take Character Makeup without purchasing a Beauty Makeup kit, the following supplemental materials are required.

Flat Spatula
Eyebrow Pencils (4)
Translucent Powder
Cream Foundation (8)
Metal Cups
Metal Palette

Character Makeup Class Duration



4 Weeks140 Clock HoursMon – Fri



There are no prerequisites. “Daytime” and “Evening” classes are the same number of total instructional hours.


Click here for schedule of dates and cost breakdown.



January 7, 2020 – August 2, 2020

January 28, 2020 – August 23, 2020


Students enrolled in the Master Makeup Program will complete courses in Character Makeup.


As well as the following 5 classes Beauty MakeupAirbrush MakeupPhotographic HairstylingProsthetic Makeup, and Special Makeup Effects for a well-rounded education.


While materials are required for class, students are welcome to purchase makeup kits directly from Cinema Makeup School or may choose to put together a makeup kit on their own. Below are the makeup kits and supplies needed for this program.

Character Kit  |  Supplemental Character Kit


Cinema Makeup School has over 10,000 sq. ft. of space including classrooms, labs, computer lab, library and resource center. With a kitchen as well, it’s the perfect space for you to settle in and learn the skills you’ll need for the rest of your career. As a graduate of CMS, you’re always welcome back to use our work space for your personal projects – a Hollywood studio equipped with many of the tools you’ll need to succeed.



The CMS campus is located in the epicenter of the entertainment world. With close ties to the industry, our graduates have a world of opportunity at their fingertips. Our honors programs are designed to get grads connected to the top Makeup Department Heads in the industry.

Industry Mentorship Program  |  Protege Lab Internship  |  CMS Apprenticeship


The path you take is up to you – are you ready to take the first step? We’re happy to help you with the entire admissions process. To see more details, visit our Admissions Page.