Special Effects Makeup Program

Transform Your Career With Advanced Makeup Techniques in Special FX

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.

Two Level Special FX Program–Taking Your from the Basics to Advanced

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.

$1200 per level


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

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

Special FX Program Kit

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.

Sanitation Kit

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 MUA Sanitation Specialist portal — great for any future clients or hiring managers to see

Special FX All-Pro Makeup Kit & Practice Head
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™️
  • 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
  • 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
  • Comfortable Makeup Bag


Bald Cap – Premium Character Makeup Kit

  • 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

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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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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).

The Scenes

Classes are designed for stylists of all levels, and highlights quick and powerful ways to Jumpstart your makeup artist career.

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Class Demo Model

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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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