Special FX Makeup

Become a Certified International
Special FX Makeup Professional

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Diversify Your Makeup Portfolio
with Special FX Makeup!

  • Expand your makeup skills to become a more competitive makeup artist

  • Turn your passion for special FX into a rewarding career

  • Get plenty of hands-on training through practical assignments

  • Age characters, create realistics injuries and apply prosthetics like hair pieces and wounds

  • Launch your own successful makeup artistry business

  • Gain the skills you need to work in theatre, television, or film

  • Expand your makeup skills to become a more competitive makeup artist
  • Turn your passion for special FX into a rewarding career
  • Get plenty of hands-on training through practical assignments
  • Age characters, create realistic injuries and apply prosthetics like hair pieces and wounds
  • Launch your own successful makeup artistry business
  • Gain the skills you need to work in theatre, television, or film

Tuition

For a limited time only, receive the Special FX Course at 60% off when you enroll in QC’s Master Makeup Artistry Course.

 

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Here’s What’s Included in Your Special FX Makeup Course

10

Course Books

420

Minutes of Instructional Video

30

Fun and Challenging Assignments
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“I am taking master makeup artistry as well as special FX. I just submitted my first unit last night and got my grade this morning. It was an A and it was so nice to hear Nathan through. I have not felt this motivated and inspired in a long time. What an excellent program!”

Tiffany Lynn HendrixSpecial FX Makeup Student
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“I am taking master makeup artistry as well as special FX. I just submitted my first unit last night and got my grade this morning. It was an A and it was so nice to hear Nathan through. I have not felt this motivated and inspired in a long time. What an excellent program!”

Tiffany Lynn HendrixSpecial FX Makeup Student
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Special FX Makeup Course Outline

With help from celebrity makeup artist Nathan Johnson, special FX makeup artist Michele Mulkey will walk you through every step of the special FX makeup application process. You will learn a variety of techniques from the basics of applying bald caps to creating raised scars. Put your knowledge to the test by completing numerous hands-on assignments.

UNIT A: Introduction to Special FX

  • Safe and sanitary makeup application
  • Identifying common skin disorders
  • Bald cap application
  • Aging makeup
  • Setting up your kit
  • Starting your own business

UNIT B: Hair Techniques

  • Working with hair
  • Stippling techniques
  • Your role in the production process
  • Creating a character from a script
  • Marketing and promotion

UNIT C: Special FX Makeup for Trauma

  • Understanding wounds
  • Creating a bruise
  • Scrapes, scratches, and scars
  • Creating frostbite effects
  • Decomposition effects
  • Burn types
  • Working with clients

UNIT D: Working with Blood

  • Prosthetics and blood effects
  • Pros-Aide® transfers
  • Combining techniques
  • Special topics in business
  • Career development

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  • Review a complete course curriculum
  • Learn about the student/tutor connection
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Your Special FX Makeup Kit

You’ll receive a FREE starter kit with a variety of special FX products, prosthetics, and tools to help you complete your training and become a professional special FX makeup artist!

Your Special FX
Makeup Kit

You’ll receive a FREE starter kit with a variety of special FX products, prosthetics, and tools to help you complete your training and become a professional special FX makeup artist!

Set of 5 latex prosthetics
Bald cap
Crepe wool in brown and medium brown
Stipple sponge
Liquid and gel blood
Red and black cream makeup
RMG bald cap wheel
Injury wheel
Set of 5 latex prosthetics
Bald cap
Crepe wool in brown and medium brown
Stipple sponge
Liquid and gel blood
Red and black cream makeup
RMG bald cap wheel
Injury wheel
The M.A.C Pro Student Program

Learn From a MAC Eligible School!

QC Makeup Academy is a MAC Pro Eligible School! Students in the Special FX Makeup course are eligible to apply for the MAC Pro Student Membership to receive discounts on MAC products, in-store and online!

The M.A.C Pro Student Program

Learn From a MAC Eligible School!

QC Makeup Academy is a MAC Pro Eligible School! Students in the Special FX Makeup course are eligible to apply for the MAC Pro Student Membership to receive discounts on MAC products, in-store and online!

Want to work at MAC? Receiving your certification from a MAC Pro Eligible School can help! Find out more

QC Makeup Academy Product Discounts 

QC students and graduates can take advantage of the exclusive product discounts offered by QC’s preferred makeup partners. Product quality is an important part of becoming a successful makeup artist!

Purchase superior quality foam gelatin and Pros-Aide prosthetics by taking advantage of an exclusive Buy One Get One Free offer!

Special FX Makeup students and graduates receive 10-40% off nearly 50,000 products from the Frends Beauty online store!

From airbrush makeup machines to special FX body paints to fashion makeup products, they have it all. QC students and graduates can take advantage of their generous 20% off discount!

Purchase superior quality foam gelatin and Pros-Aide prosthetics by taking advantage of an exclusive Buy One Get One Free offer!

Special FX Makeup students and graduates receive 10-40% off nearly 50,000 products from the Frends Beauty online store!

From airbrush makeup machines to special FX body paints to fashion makeup products, they have it all. QC students and graduates can take advantage of their generous 20% off discount!

Your Special FX Makeup Instructors:

Michele Mulkey

Michele Mulkey has 14 years of experience as a special FX makeup artist and prop maker in New York City and Los Angeles. Demonstrating professional special FX makeup artistry techniques, she will take you through step-by-step tutorials to create gory blood effects and realistic wounds.

She’s transformed various celebrities and worked behind-the-scenes for many film and television productions:

  • Denzel Washington
  • Vin Diesel
  • Thora Birch
  • Brittany Snow
  • The Last Samurai
  • Sin City
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Constantine
  • CSI Miami
  • Firefly
  • Law and Order
  • Charmed
  • Denzel Washington
  • Vin Diesel
  • Thora Birch
  • Brittany Snow
  • The Last Samurai
  • Sin City
  • Seed of Chucky
  • Constantine
  • CSI Miami
  • Firefly
  • Law and Order
  • Charmed

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson, a New York City-based celebrity makeup artist with over 18 years of industry experience, is featured in all instructional videos for QC makeup courses. He works with Michele Mulkey in QC’s Special FX course to deliver high-quality education in this specialization.

Nathan has worked on over 300 famous faces and has been featured in numerous high-profile publications:

  • Paula Abdul
  • Jessica Alba
  • Alicia Keys
  • Lea Michele
  • Glamour
  • Elle
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Access Hollywood
  • Project Runway Season 4 & 5
  • Paula Abdul
  • Jessica Alba
  • Alicia Keys
  • Lea Michele
  • Glamour
  • Elle
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Access Hollywood
  • Project Runway Season 4 & 5

Your Personal
Makeup Tutor

When you enroll in a QC makeup course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide you with individualized assignment feedback and helpful career advice. Benefit from a one-on-one learning experience unmatched by any online or in-class makeup school.

Your Personal
Makeup Tutor

When enrolling in a QC makeup course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide you with individual feedback on everything; from assignments to career advice. Benefit from a one-on-one learning experience unmatched by any online or in-class makeup school.

“Being a busy mother of 4, having the option to do the course over 3 years and on my own time has been a blessing. I enrolled in the SFX course, and because I’m already a student in two courses, I got a 50% discount that greatly cut the cost of the course. That's an amazing bonus. I’m really looking forward to getting into the SFX stuff and finishing off everything. Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to do something I otherwise would never have gotten the option to do.”

Ash HawksworthSpecial FX Makeup Student
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QC’s Professional Makeup Certification

Upon graduation, you will receive your International Special FX Makeup Professional certificate. Exclusive to QC, this trademarked certification allows you to use the ISMP designation after your name to prove to top industry clients that you are an educated, trained professional.

The ISMP certificate is recognized as an official certificate to work in the following top makeup industries:

  • Freelance
  • Television
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • Special FX makeup shops

As with any job, a certificate alone will not guarantee your success. However, it is a testament to your professional education. Employers and clients are more likely to regard you as a well-rounded and highly knowledgeable makeup artist. QC graduates of the Special FX Makeup course have gone on to run their own successful freelance makeup businesses.

“I've had such a good time starting my Master Makeup Artistry and Special Effects Makeup courses. I completed my first assignment for MMA and was absolutely thrilled with the personalized feedback. I'm super nervous about my work, but the feedback Nathan gave me was both honest and encouraging.”

Toni SullivanSpecial FX Makeup Student
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“I've had such a good time starting my Master Makeup Artistry and Special Effects Makeup courses. I completed my first assignment for MMA and was absolutely thrilled with the personalized feedback. I'm super nervous about my work, but the feedback Nathan gave me was both honest and encouraging.”

Toni SullivanSpecial FX Makeup Student
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Start Your Makeup Career Today!

Step 1:

Enroll
Today

& Access Your
Course Materials

  • Receive your course materials and FREE starter special FX makeup kit in the mail
  • Access all course texts and videos through QC’s Online Student Centre
  • Start your training right away!

Step 2:

Complete Your
Makeup Training

Submit Your Assignments &
Review Your Feedback

  • Watch video tutorials
  • Read and highlight course books
  • Upload  assignments to the Online Student Centre
  • Receive feedback on each assignment from your personal tutor

Step 3:

Become a Certified
Special FX Makeup Artist

Graduate from QC &
Start Your Career

  • Receive your certification from a recognized and accredited online school
  • Get lifetime access to course materials and updated content
  • Enjoy 50% off any additional course
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It’s never too late to start a career you’ll love

Enroll in QC’s Special FX Makeup course and begin learning advanced techniques for special FX makeup application!

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