COS710 - Make-Up Basics

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Subject Title
Make-Up Basics

Subject Description
Students study basics of special effects makeup and learn to apply glamour makeup for day and evening. An understanding of facial structure, colour theory, as well as the tools, materials and techniques for skillful application are studied and put into practice.

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. Explain colour theory as it applies to makeup.

2. Evaluate facial construction.

3. Demonstrate facial corrections.

4. Apply makeup for a day and evening look.

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
- Foundations
- Face shapes
- Contouring
- Lips and cheeks
- Eye shapes corrections
- Eyeliner and eye shadow
- Eye brows and lashes
- Day makeup
- Evening makeup

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, practical applications

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Students are required to supply the following:
  Makeup brushes (Professional quality)  Colour Correctors
False eyelashes and glue  Powder puffs (2)
Mascara - not waterproof
Eye shadows: warm and cool colours
Eyelash curlers  Lip pencils: warm and cool colours
Sponges  Lipstick: warm and cool colours
Towel and soap   Blush: warm and cool colours
Skin cleansers  Makeup cape
Notebook, pen and sketching material   Cotton pads
Powder - Translucent, no colour
Cotton buds
Pencil sharpener  Bowl
Palette knife   Brush cleaner
Place mats  Gel Liner - Black and Brown
Palette  Makeup case
Foundations: Cream
Eyeliner: Black, brown and white
99% Alcohol  Tweezers
Mascara wands

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:
  #  Project Description  Value
1  Colour Wheel  20%
2  5 Face Shapes  15%
3  Make up Application 20%
4  Incorrect makeup analysis  15%
5  Final Examination
- Written  10%
- Practical  20%

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

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.

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Approved by: Lisa Somers