This 4-week class teaches the creation and application of multi-piece prosthetics, blood tubing, lifecasting, teeth and airbrush techniques. All students will have the opportunity to design and build a full face and neck appliance complete with a set of teeth. Students will create multi-piece molds and learn about advanced special effects lab technique, materials and processes. The Special Effects Makeup class is a must for those who want to have a career in creature and special makeup effects.

Special Effects Makeup Tuition

Special Effects 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.


While taking the prosthetic’s course you will need the materials from either of the following makeup kits below. Depending on whether you have received another prior overlapping kit you may only need supplemental materials.

Special Effects Kit / Supplemental Special Effects Kit+

+ required without purchase of character kit

Kemper Loop Tool #D9
Kemper Tool #B3
Kemper Double Ball Stylus Large
Kemper Double Ball Stylus Medium
Kemper Tool #21
Kemper Fettling Knife #97
Kens Tool ST4 X-Heavy Guitar Tool
Kens Tool #ST6 Rake
Yellow Sponge
Small Dental Spatula
Large Dental Spatula
Wax Spatula
Flat Kidney Tool
Tooth Kidney Tool
Wire Clay Cutter
Dust Mask
CMS Prosthetic Book
Safety Glasses
PTM Material
Blue Bucket 5 quart

For students who choose to take Prosthetic and/or Special Effects Makeup without purchasing a Character Makeup kit, the following supplemental materials are required.

Black Sponge (2)
Orange Sponge (2)
Metal Cups
Synthetic Brush Set
Large Tweezer
Iris Curved Scissors
Makeup Sponges (2)
Sopropyl Myristate 6oz (2)
KY Jelly
ProsAide 6 oz (2)
PPI Telesis 8 Adhesive
PPI Telesis 8 Thinner
Rubber Grease Paint Palette (2)
99% Alcohol 8ox (2)
Vinyl Bald Cap
Powder Puffs (4)
Translucent Powder
PPI Skin Illustrator Palettes (2)

Special Effects Makeup Class Duration



4 Weeks140 Clock HoursMon – Fri



Topics Include: Correction & sculpting, designing an appliance, dental appliances, finishing techniques, bloodwork, bladders & bidding.

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 Special Effects Makeup.


As well as the following 5 classes Beauty MakeupAirbrush MakeupPhotographic HairstylingCharacter Makeup, and Prosthetic Makeup 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.

Special Effects Kit  |  Supplemental Special Effects 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.