This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply airbrushed make-up for face or body.  It requires the ability to prepare the work area, consult with clients, select make-up products and equipment, and apply airbrushed make-up.

This unit applies to beauticians and make-up artists who work in beauty salons and make-up studios and as freelancers. In this environment they may work as part of a team or autonomously. They have knowledge and skills across a range of airbrush make-up products, application techniques, and airbrush equipment.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate, follow and adjust make-up plan to provide safe and appropriate airbrush make-up for at least five different clients suitable for the following established client make-up objectives: day; evening; mature skin; tattoo, or bruise coverage, and; fantasy make-up for face or body; - design and record make-up plan for each client specifying details of: areas requiring corrective make-up; client image and occasion; colour analysis and design; contraindications to make-up services; facial shape; highlighting and shading; products and application techniques, and; skin types and conditions; - operate airbrush gun and compressor to demonstrate the following airbrushing techniques and precautions: free-hand and stencils; circular movements; long brush stroke; avoid splatter; avoid excess product application; increase and decrease compressor pressure for optimal and safe make-up application, and; adjust spray patterns based on distance to client's skin; - maintain airbrush gun through cleaning and maintenance according to manufacturer instructions; - manage product quantities to avoid waste of consumables; - present self, according to organisational policy, and; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to make-up services; - organisational policies and procedures relevant to make-up services; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding make-up services; - scope of practice; - benefits and uses of airbrush make-up application; - contraindications, that prevent or restrict make-up services, and their relationship to make-up services; - appearance of the following common skin types and conditions and their relationship to make-up services; - factors which influence the application of make-up; - common ingredients in airbrush make-up products and their effects on skin; - effects created by application of specific make-up products and colour application techniques; - types of airbrushing equipment; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - aftercare advice and products to maintain and remove make-up applications.

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