Our period hair and makeup course covers essential skills in styling techniques on live heads, wigs and assorted hairpieces. The aim is to develop an eye for period makeup detail and to create a selection of the most commonly-used period looks portrayed in the industry. You will explore different eras, and learn how to assess methods of styling for your own projects in the future.
By the end of the period hair and makeup module you will have learnt how to prepare and apply period wigs, how to integrate hairpieces, how to wave and set hair and how to produce pin-curls, plaits and twists. You will also be taught how to use a variety of styling tools to produce period makeup, including a natural no-makeup look, to a high standard which is suitable for TV, film and theatre.
16th March 2020– 24th July 2020 – £8,500 (dates include three weeks of school holidays).
21th September 2020– 29th January 2021 – £8,500 (dates include three weeks of school holidays).
" The British Film Industry is renowned for its high standard of work in Period Films. Being able to dress and apply wigs and hair pieces, complemented by a beautiful or character correct period hair & make up will make you very employable. From the Elizabethan heart shaped Frizz in “Shakespeare in Love” to the 1940’s rolls in “Charlotte Grey” this module will consolidate all the skills learnt in the previous modules. "
The British Film Industry is renowned for its high standard of work in period films. Being able to dress and apply period wigs and hair pieces, complemented by a beautiful or character-correct makeup will make you very employable. From the Elizabethan heart-shaped Frizz in “Shakespeare in Love” to the 1940s rolls in “Charlotte Grey”, this course will consolidate all the skills gained in the previous modules. See the Gallery for photos of period wigs and makeup created by students.
You will learn an overview of the transition of hair and makeup from the 16th Century to the 1980s, together with how and where to start your research into a particular era. You will find out how to Marcel Wave with irons and traditional finger waving, and the application of various period styling techniques such as dowling, bendies, rollers and tongs in order to achieve a period style.
You will be taught popular period hair and makeup styles, including Elizabethan and Victorian and the appropriate use of hair pieces for different periods. You will discover how to prepare a head of hair for the application of switches, clusters, wefts, back-pieces, toupees and wigs and how to pad, block, set, style and maintain period style wigs. Furthermore, you will learn how to apply hair-lace wigs to a high standard for use in TV, film and theatre.
Some students prove to be a natural at 1920s finger waves and pin curls, while others become adept at the Flapper Girl’s smoky eye. With Veronica’s support and guidance, the students perfect the flat crown and their application of a bowed lip, which is typical of the 1940s. For the classic 1960s feel, the class learn how to backcomb up a stunning beehive, wing eyeliner like a professional and hone the perfect pale lip.
As part of the course you will create one of the most-used period makeup styles – a natural no-makeup look. You will enhance your professional portfolio with images of your work throughout the module. The students love learning these specialist techniques, plus Veronica’s personal hints, tips and golden rules.
Be ready to start work as a film makeup artist in 16 weeks! Find out more here.