Special Makeup Effects Course

This 227.5-hour avocational Special Makeup Effects Course was created for those who can think outside the box and have a passionate desire to work with special effects makeup. This course provides instruction in the lab and formulation techniques that are required to create film and television makeup effects. The student will learn injury simulation, creation of bald caps, hair application, age makeup, blood and wound techniques, teeth creation, tools and their uses, and painting techniques. Additionally, this course focuses on the fundamental elements in the lab and formulation techniques that are required to design and create extreme single piece character and creature makeups. The students achieve these looks through casting, molding, construction and application techniques. Students will create a life cast and learn prosthetic application with a focus on the details of prosthetic appliance development. The course takes students through the phases of project conceptualization and prosthetic application, including design, sculpting, molding, formulation of foam latex, as well as painting, seaming, and applying prosthetic pieces. As part of the course, students will be using all of their knowledge learned throughout the course to design and build different face and neck appliances complete with a set of teeth to create their own ultimate prosthetic character captured digitally in our photo studio for the student to use in his or her portfolio.

Courses Outline:

  • Theory – 6.5 hrs.
    Classroom policies, release forms, safety information, SFX kit inventory, tools and their uses, anatomy, SFX terms, character design.
  • Bald Caps – 13 hrs.
    Creation of bald caps using latex, application process, customizing your cap, introduction to PAX and painting bald caps.
  • Teeth Molding – 6.5 hrs.
    How to take impressions and sculpt teeth, mixing monomer and powder.
  • Hair Application – 6.5 hrs.
    Using a hair hackle, steaming hair, hair application, beard application.
  • Injury Simulation – 6.5 hrs.
    Burns, cuts, bruises, wounds, prosthetic application.
  • Life Casting – 6.5 hrs.
    How to create a life cast using alginate, creating positives and negatives, sculpting, running foam.
  • Sculpting and Molding – 78 hrs.
    How to create a realistic surface, pros aide transfers, various techniques on how to sculpt different looks with different tools, molding, cutting edges, flashing.
  • Application -26 hrs.
    Prepping for a prosthetic application, edge work, proper placement, proper removal, painting latex.
  • Character Creation – 78 hrs.
    Learn how to create different characters using the various techniques learned – old age, Zombies, Apes, and your own custom design creation and job education.




440 S. Rampart Blvd. B-130 • Las Vegas, NV 89145


Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

112 State Street, Suite 200 • Southlake, Texas 76092



TOP Alumni Stories

  • Tirza GrantTirza Grant

    A month before I graduated from L Makeup Institute, I was hired as a freelance makeup artist with Too Faced Cosmetics. Soon after, I auditioned with Makeup Forever and earned the opportunity to join their artist team.

    After several years of freelance work, I made the bold decision to start my own business and launch GetReady makeup agency, and truly thank L Makeup for everything they taught me!

  • Wendy Ryan SheltonWendy Ryan Shelton

    Wendy graduated from the L Makeup Institute in 2012. Since then, Wendy has been all over the world keeping her celebrity clientele looking fabulous, including The Backstreet Boys, The Killers, All 4 One, Amy Purdy, German superstar Capo Milano, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, local celebrity Jennifer Ramos and the Sexxy Show, Emily England, Israeli 'The Voice' winner Lina Makhoul, Stevie Boi, Cami Li, John Wackerman, among others.

    Her work has been featured in Playboy, AARP, Rolling Stone, Lifestyle Magazine, Mass Media Magazine, and many other magazines, as well as being the beauty director of TFW Magazine, sponsored by Xbox. You can find her published articles in Horse Power in Heels, New Face Magazine, and L'Vegue Vegas Magazine.

  • Adolfo BarretoAdolfo Barreto

    After I graduated from L Makeup Institute I started my career in entertainment, working in film, print, commercials, television, and red carpet events. The technical training I received really set me apart from the industry, helping me to achieve my dreams on Sci-Fi Channel’s hit show, Face Off.

    Currently Adolfo is Lead Makeup Technician for “O” by Cirque du Soleil” and is also a returning Guest Artist at the L Makeup Institute

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