This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to respond to a client brief to design and apply make-up for specialised looks that use creative design and application of make-up. It requires the ability to refine a brief with a client and then research, design, trial and apply a creative make-up. This unit applies to make-up artists who work in make-up studios and as freelancers. In this environment they may work as part of a team or autonomously but they make independent creative decisions. They have knowledge and skills of a range of make-up products and specialised make-up application techniques.

Unit details

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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: - develop a portfolio of visual images that provide creative ideas for each of the following make-up designs: fashion or catwalk, period, fantasy and entertainment; - follow client briefs to design and trial three creative make-up plans and then apply finalised make-up for three of the following themes: avant-garde, fashion, period or decade, fantasy and entertainment; - design and record make-up plan for each client above specifying details of: make-up theme or occasion; areas requiring corrective make-up; contraindications; desired client image; colour analysis and design; contraindications to make-up services; facial shape; highlighting and shading; products and application techniques, and; skin types and conditions; - manage product quantities to avoid waste of consumables, 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; - contemporary creative make-up products, equipment and application techniques; - sources of visual images to inform creative design; - the role of make-up in completing image and looks; - colour wheel theory; - colour value and tone; - skin tones and undertones; - products used for creative make-up; - light and its effects on make-up; - skin types; - facial shapes and their relationship to the make-up design; - body shapes and their relationship to make-up design; - effects created with make-up products; - contraindications to make-up services; - symptoms of allergies to products; - 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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