Makeup course - MONDEL – L’Atelier du Cinéma – Training Center for Technical Cinema and Television Professions


The makeup artist is responsible for the makeup of the performers, etc., participating in the production. They work according to the director’s directives and, if applicable, under the supervision of the chief makeup artist, or, in the absence of a chief makeup artist, that of the producer or one of his representatives.

More specifically (but without limiting the foregoing), the makeup artist performs most or all of the following tasks:

  • applies makeup to performers, etc.;
  • applies, as needed, facial prosthetics (i.e. mustaches, beards, etc.);
  • makes touch-ups on set to ensure continuity.

*Please note that the use of the masculine gender has been adopted for ease of reading and is not intended to be discriminatory.

Course plan

  • What is a film makeup artist?
  • Beauty makeup techniques
  • Reading a script
  • Touch-up techniques
  • Period makeups (late 1800s to 2000)
  • Special effects makeup and techniques
  • How to create burns, skin diseases, and sting effects?
  • Tattoos: how to cover them?
  • Tattoo transfers: how to apply them?
  • Introduction to hair and prosthetic application
  • The portfolio and self-promotion
  • Q&A with a special guest
  • Essential apps for the job
  • 2D aging and rejuvenation
  • Research tools and creating a character
  • Real-life scenarios

Mandatory basic general course

Here is the content of the mandatory basic general course for all training:

  • “Masterclass” type conference for everyone
  • History of Quebec cinema
  • First aid course
  • Teamwork / Interaction with other departments / Hierarchy
  • Understanding of hazardous products (WHMIS)
  • Occupational health and safety. Ergonomics advice/Thermal control (cold and hot). Fire zone (fires, propane, gas). Fire line-corridor
  • Criminal and penal responsibilities
  • New sanitary measures (COVID).
  • Physical and psychological harassment
  • Stowing (general), SAAQ road code.
  • Transportation Policies-Drugs, Alcohol, tickets, fines. ATV-Golf cart
  • Awareness of residents and the unpredictables of locations-Impact on shooting locations-living environment
  • Understanding of direction and production documents
  • Understand the chain of all departments associated with a production
  • Application of green sets
  • Equipment responsibilities
  • Thorough knowledge of the AQTIS-514-IATSE union agreement
  • Introduction to associative life – AQTIS 514 IATSE
  • What is a producer? Role in production and interaction with the technical team
  • Relationship between the actor’s profession and technicians
  • Personal finance