COS710 - Make-Up Basics

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Subject Title
Make-Up Basics

Subject Description
Students study basics of special effects make-up and learn to apply beauty make-up for day, evening and black and white photgraphy.  An understanding of facial structure, colour theory, as well as the tools, materials and techniques ofr skillful application are studied and put into practice.  Students will be required to bring a live model for the practical exam.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the Special Effects Makeup Artistry Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Use colour theory as it applies to make-up.

2.  Evaluate facial construction.

3.  Demonstrate facial corrections

4.  Explain the difference and apply make-up for a Day, Evening and Black and White Photography.

5.  Break down a make-up look and replicate.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Students should consult the Program Information Package each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Packages are available from the Faculty of Continuing Education Office. 

Topic Outline
- Colour theory
- Facial structure
- Undertones & corrections
- Concealers and Camouflage
- Foundations:  Cream and Wet / Dry
- Face shapes
- Contouring
- Lips and cheeks
- Eye shapes corrections
- Eyeliner and eye shadow
- Eye brows
- Eye Lashes and Adhesives
- Day and Evening makeups
- Black and White Photography Make-up
- How to break down a make-up look and replicate

** A detailed weekly addendum with due dated will be posted on Blackboard

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, practical applications in class.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to supply the following:

- Brush Holder
- Camera
- Cotton Buds
- Cotton Pads
- Disposable Mascara Wands
- Eyelash curler
- Make-up brushes (Professional quality) 
- Make-up Cape
- Make-up case
- Metal Bowl
- Notebook, pen and Sketching material
- Palette Knife and Palette
- Pencil Sharpener
- Place mats 
- Powder Puffs (2)
- Sponges / Wedges
- Tissues
- Towel and Soap
- Tweezers
- Water Colour paints:  Primary Blue, Red, Yellow
- Watercolor Paper; 70 -90 lbs


- 99% Alcohol
- Blush: Warm and Cool Colours
- Brush Cleaner
- Colour Corrections and Concealers
- Eye Shadows: Warm and Cool Colours (Matte)
- Eyeliners:  Gel and Pencil - Black and Brown
- False Eyelashes and Glue
- Foundations Creams or Liquids
- Foundations Wet  and Dry
- Gel Liner - Black and Brown
- HD Loose Powder - No Colour
- Lip Pencils: Warm and Cool Colours
- Lipstick: Warm and Cool Colours
- Loose Translucent Powder
- Mascara - Not Waterproof
- Primer
- Skin Cleanser (Personal)
- Water Spray Bottle

** Students are required to have all their tools and products for the Second Class**

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50% to 54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
As stated in Academic Policy, a student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade. Students who have not passed the term work may not be permitted to write the final examination. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of Academic Policy, available at Seneca registration offices.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Class # Project Description Value
1 Colour Wheel 20%
2 5 Face Shapes 15%
3 MidTerm Exam (Practical) 10%
4 Incorrect Make-up Analysis 15%
5 Make-up Replication 10%
6 Final Examination - Written 10%
7 Final Examination - Practical 20%
  Total 100%


Late projects will NOT be accepted for marking.  All homework is to be completed before class time.

Due to the nature of this course, attendance in all classes in MANDATORY in order to achieve the learning outcomes.  Any Absences must be supported by a Doctor's note or a legal document, within one week.  Any student who fails to attend more than 2 three classes of 1 six hour class will not pass this subject

No student will be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if, in more than 30% of the subjects required for graduation, the student has received a "D" grade.

** Please retain this document for future educational / employment use.

Approved by: Lisa Harfield