545 8th Ave, Ste 1015, NYC   |   (332) 334-8848
545 8th Ave, Ste 1015, NYC   |   (332) 334-8848

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.


SFX Makeup Program

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 20 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

Join our thousands of alumni working on fashion shows across the world like New York Fashion Week, capitalizing on the booming bridal industry on bridal teams and fueling their creative passions on editorial and commercial shoots with major brands!

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Weekday or Weekend Options
Includes Non-Refundable $200 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!
Simple to understand!

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 Makeup Academy campus 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

  • Bruising colors and stages timeline
  • Black eye and cut makeup
  • Blood Makeup
  • Tattoo Color Theory
  • Tattoo Cover Up
  • Take Tattoo Application
  • Aging Makeup
  • Hair aging makeup
  • Hand laying hair
  • Burned Skin Makeup
  • Liquid Latex Effects
  • Create Scars with varying degrees
  • Prosthetic intro/PTM zombie application
  • Foam latex bullet wound application
  • Encapsulated silicone cut application
  • Bald Cap theory
  • Prepping the hair
  • Rubber Bald Cap Application

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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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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    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!


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

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