Special Effects Makeup Program

Are you a passionate makeup artist looking to elevate your skills and stand out from the competition? The SFX Program from The Makeup Academy will unlock a whole new world of possibilities for you! In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving industry, being a well-rounded makeup artist is crucial.  Basic special effects techniques are the secret weapons that can take your artistry to the next level. Whether you aspire to work in film, television, beauty and editorial campaigns, or even on special occasions like Halloween, mastering special effects can open doors to endless opportunities.

Special effects are constantly evolving, with new materials, tools and techniques emerging regularly. By taking our program, curated by top FX artists and educators, you will stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and gain a competition edge over other artists. 

Learn the fundamentals of creating realistic wounds, bruises, scars, aging effects, and more.  By mastering these techniques, you’ll be able to create captivating characters and bring your artistic vision to life.



Want to expand your makeup knowledge and bring your fantasy characters to life? The SFX Program from The Makeup Academy gives you hands-on demos daily and 40 hours of hands-on practice. We’re an international school of makeup located in NY, and we have been licensed by NYSED to provide an unbeatable educational experience. Whether you’re just learning about SFX or want to revisit your SFX skills this program is for you. From learning how to create bruises and swelling to creating characters. Working alongside instructors that are working in the industry for 10+ years.

In this program, you’ll be equipped with a SFX kit that will allow you to learn the fundamentals and techniques of SFX while also focusing on crucial skills such as color theory, blood application, and prosthetics. You’ll receive practice hours, photoshoots, and various opportunities to extend your portfolio, such as collaborating with photographers and expanding your professional network.


Program Essentials

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Tuition & Financing

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your skill set and revolutionize your career as a makeup artist.  Enroll in our Level 1 and Level 2 Special Effects program today and embark on a transformative journey of creativity and success.  Unleash your full potential and become an even more sought-after makeup artist.

Let nothing stand in your way — CALL US NOW & take the first step to leveling up your potential.

$1200 per level

Students could enroll in level one or both. If only enrolling in level one, student can come back at a later time for level two. 
Includes Non-Refundable $100 Registration Fee


Education Now and payment later!

We have partnered with MiaShare to offer customizable payment plans to work for any student!  We aim to provide students with the financial freedom to begin their makeup career today and make payments over time!

Payment plans have 0% interest
NO credit check is required!
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We understand that as you grow as a makeup artist, building and adding on to your collection is a vital part of your success. We also know how important it is for you to have a professional and inspiring space to practice your artistry, work one-on-one with clients, and stay connected to an industry leading academy. All of our alumni gain Forever Family access to our well-lit classroom space, professional photoshoot studio, and even our amazing rooftop for epic pictures with the NYC skyline in the backdrop!

From graduate organized photoshoots shot right in our studio and published on magazine covers to a major Vogue100 designer, Lisa Von Tang, who completed her entire test shoot in our studio with Vogue photographers, our studio is in high demand and our grads get first access! This is priceless in a competitive and expensive global industry.

Your dream of becoming a professional makeup artist is within your reach. By enrolling in our master makeup class in New York City, you can receive all the instruction and inspiration you need to have a successful career doing what you love most: enhancing each person’s natural beauty.

Schedule a campus visit/tour at our New York City or Philadelphia Makeup Academy campuses to learn more about our master program and why it’s so heavily sought-after among national and international students. While you’re visiting, you can also gather more insight into our beginnings as a premier makeup artist school, potential MUA industries you could work in, and our other programs and classes, including:


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What's Included

Special FX Program Kits

To ensure that your SFX career gets started on the right track, included in your tuition are
curated professional SFX makeup and sanitation kits. Not only will you be prepared with proper training in our SFX Program in New York City, you’ll also have the tools to be successful.

We partnered with Mehron to bring you a fully stocked kit for all your SFX needs.
  • 3D FX & Adhesives:
    • Liquid Latex in Clear
    • 3D Gel in Clear
    • Rigid Collodion
    • Spirit Gum Adhesive
    • Modeling Putty/Wax™️
    • Extra Flesh™️
    • Crepe Hair
    • 2 Prosthetic Bullet Holes
    • 1 Prosthetic Wound
  • SFX Colors:
    • 8-Color Cream Makeup Palette
    • Tooth FX™️ in Blood Red and Nicotine
    • Hair White
    • Bruise ProColoRing™️
  • Bloods:
    • Squirt Blood
    • Stage Blood
    • Coagulated Blood
  • Set, Seal, & Remove:
    • Barrier Spray™️
    • Fixative “A”™️ Sealer
    • Colorset Powder
    • Makeup Remover Lotion
    • Spirit Gum
    • Spirit Gum Remover
    • Latex Liquid
  • Tools:
    • 3 Stageline Makeup Brushes
    • Brush Cleaner
    • Stipple Sponge
    • Non-Latex Sponges
    • Triangular Foam Wedge
    • Cotton Swabs
    • Large Powder Puff
    • A full size, life-like practice head
    • Step-by-step pictorial instructions for special effects looks and aging effects
    • Step-by-Step Pictorial Instructions for Latex Bald Cap
  • Step-by-Step Pictorial Instructions
  • Latex Bald Cap
  • 5-Color Mask Cover Palette
  • Colorset Powder Puff,
  • Spirit Gum & Spirit Gum Remover
  • Non-Latex Triangular
    Foam Wedge
  • Latex Liquid
  • Cotton Tip Applicators 
  • Makeup Remover Cloth

Sanitation standards are the mark of a professional makeup artist. We have partnered with the only hospital-grade and globally recognized sanitation training and certification company for makeup artists. This sanitation training is included with all our professional makeup classes and is required before classes begin. After training, you can be assured that you will always keep yourself and your clients safe.

You will also receive a sanitation kit that includes all the disposable products you need to maintain a hygenic environment, including mascara wands, sponges, lip brushes, etc.

  • Brush shampoo & cleaner, hospital grade disinfectant, hand sanitizer & alcohol
  • Disposable spatulas and wax palette sheets
  • Sanitation Specialist Training & Certification
  • Digital Badge and paper certificate
  • Sanitation Specialist Pin
  • Recognition in the Nina MUA Sanitation Specialist portal — great for any future clients or hiring managers to see

elite instructors & personalized courses

The Most Comprehensive Classes
For SFX Makeup Artists in NYC

what you'll learn

Our Curriculum

Level One: Out of the Kit

  • Bruising colors and stages timeline
  • Black eye and cut makeup
  • Blood Makeup
  • Tattoo Color Theory
  • Tattoo Cover Up
  • Fake Tattoo Application
  • Aging Makeup
  • Hair aging makeup
  • Hand laying hair

Level Two: Film and TV

  • Burned Skin Makeup
  • Liquid Latex Effects
  • Create Scars with varying degrees
  • Prosthetic intro/Prosthetic Transfer Material (PTM) zombie application
  • Foam latex bullet wound application
  • Encapsulated silicone cut application
  • Bald Cap theory
  • Prepping the hair
  • Rubber Bald Cap Application

Meet Our SFX Instructors

Krystle Feher-Wetzel​

SFX Instructor

Linda Thao

SFX and Makeup Instructor

portfolio building


Your looks will cover hands, arms, chest and face. Day starts at 8:30am and ends at 2:30pm. You will be timed on your looks and have an instructor working alongside you for any questions you may have. There will be a photographer taking BTS photos and you’ll be receiving 4-5 photos from each look.

You’ll get to work on two professional agency models to create two of your very own
bruised and bloodied looks. You have 2.5 hours for each look.

You’ll get to work with one professional agency model to create your very own
fantasy character. You have a full 5 hours to finish your look.

student benefits

Pro Cards & Discounts

Upon graduation we provide guidance with PRO Card Applications as well as enable students to obtain memberships at our partners, Frends Beauty and Nigels Beauty Emporium. Just these two online companies will provide up to 40% off in brands such as Make Up For Ever, L’Oreal, Stila, Naked Cosmetics, Becca, Beauty Blender, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Morphe, Zuca, NYX, Smashbox, Too Faced, Temptu and much more. 

We understand that as you grow as a makeup artist, building and adding on to your collection is a vital part of your success.

The average woman spends around $225,360 on enhancing their appearance over their lifetime with $56,340 spent on their face alone. This amount can be hard to swallow, but with your PRO Cards, you can help yourself and others by receiving up to 40% off the leading brands. Overall, you could save more than $20,000. It definitely pays to be a PRO!

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Professional Model
Class Demo Model

Are you a Professional Model looking to add new photos to your portfolio? Please complete this form.

As part of our student’s curriculum, they participate in portfolio photoshoots working with professional models to showcase their makeup! If you are selected to join us, you will get 2-3 looks and 4-6 retouched photos and lunch is provided! These opportunities are unpaid, however, you will network with photographers, artist and other models and have a great experience on campus with us! Looks are at the discretion of our artists based on what they are looking to add to their portfolios. You will be on campus from 8:30 – 3 for a typical shoot and we have both weekday and weekend shoot dates.

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    Krystle Feher-Wetzel

    Krystle Feher-Wetzel is a multi award winning makeup artist who has worked on acclaimed TV, film, music videos, and commercials. From realistic special effects, to other worldly characters, and stunning red carpet looks, her experience spans genres and streaming services.

    As a visual storyteller, she uses her artistic talents to create eye-catching looks to bring a character to life. Most notably, her work can be seen in the Emmy award winning programs Allen v. Farrow and Dick Johnson is Dead; as well as in Gotham, Supernanny, and Snatchers.

    As a resident of Nashville, she also works very closely with musicians defining their personal style for tours, music videos, and appearances. Krystle is a member of IATSE local 798, and when not working behind the brush she can be found designing for her greeting card company, traveling, and teaching makeup courses to budding artists.


    Linda Thao

    Linda has worked in the beauty industry for over 12 years, specializing in hair and makeup for TV, film, and weddings. She has worked with over 200 brides to bring their dream hair and makeup to life. Linda has also worked with multiple makeup brands such as MAC and MAKE UP FOR EVER as well as Bloomberg TV and NYFW. Linda’s love for makeup started in high school during her time as an exchange student in Japan. That led her to the Aveda Institute where she learned about hair, skin, and nails. Shortly after graduating beauty school, she moved to NY from OR where she started her journey as a Makeup Artist. Her professionalism and expertise are unparalleled and push our students to excel in the classroom!

    Professional Hairstyling Kit

    • Black Tote Bag
    • Notebook
    • Black Elastic Bands – 250 Pack
    • 3.5″ Brown Small Hair Donut
    • 1.75″ Black Hair Pin – 100/Card
    • Black Heat Safe Gloves
    • 2″ Black Bob Pin – 60/Card
    • Double Prong Slide/Curl Clip – 80 Pack
    • Duckbill Clips – 12 Pack
    • Black Ponytails – 12 Pack
    • 4.5″ Gator Clips – 6 Pack
    • 3 Row teasing Brush w/Tail
    • 100% Boar Med Firm 5 Row
    • Styling Brush
    • Aqua Cushion Brush
    • 9.25″ Carbon Rat Tail Comb
    • Clipper-mate Hard Rubber
    • 816cm Comb
    • Bone/Black Shampoo Comb
    • 1.75″ Elite Ceramic Round Brush
    • Wig Block Holder
    • Fromm Flat Iron
    • 1″ Ceramic Curling Wand
    • 3/4″ Hot Tools Spring
    • Curling Iron
    • Blowdryer
    • Eva Brown Human Hair
    • Mannequin

    Professional Makeup Kit

    • Makeup Forever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation – 4 Shades
    • Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Cream Concealer – 3 Shades
    • Makeup Forever Brow Gel
    • Makeup Forever Step 1 Hydrating Primer
    • Makeup Forever Lash Arresting Volume Mascara
    • Inglot Translucent Loose Powder
    • Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77
    • Inglot Duraline
    • Lorac Pro Palette – 25 Shade Lip Palette
    • Imagic Camouflage Cream Palette
    • BH Classic Blush – 10 Color Palette
    • LA Girl Contour Palette – 2 palettes
    • 24-Piece Set: Professional Makeup Brush Kit
    • Metal Plate with Spatula
    • Inglot Makeup Brush 31T
    • Zuca Artist Backpack
    • Ardel Demi Whispies Strip Lash
    • Individual Lashes – Small, Medium and Large
    • Duo Lash Glue
    • Waterproof Makeup Remover
    • Micellar Water
    • Carmex Lip Balm

    Sanitation Class and Certificate


    Sanitation Standards online training teaches sanitation at a health-grade level. A health grade level means we mirror protocols that hospitals use to prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses, and blood-borne pathogens. This training supersedes any state mandates or cosmetology licensing. Unlike most sanitation programs or protocols, the training was created in partnership with a microbiologist. Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow, and interact with their environments. The training was designed for all learning styles, with interactions and videos as content delivery compositions.




    *Digital Certification Badge—After successfully completing the training and the course feedback, your customized digital badge will be available once you exit the training.

    *Certificate of Completion and Prestige Pin – Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and Prestige Pin.

    Schedule Tour

    There is no better way to feel the excitement of a graduation photoshoot, see our teachers as they complete a makeup demo in class, or get a real feel for the environment of our programs! Schedule a campus visit today! Learn more about our programs, see our makeup kit, meet the instructors and students, and tell us all about your makeup goals! We look forward to meeting you!


    From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

    Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).


    From the basics to advanced techniques, insider secrets, importance of the consultation, expert techniques, insider tips, and how to market your services to brides and others.

    Please note: Photos sitewide reflect student work from their in-class photoshoot(s).

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