This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and apply make-up for photographic shoots. The make-up artist must establish whether natural or artificial lighting is being used; if the planned photography is in colour, black and white, or both; and select and apply products that are appropriate to these in achieving the make-up design that will ensure optimum make-up photographic outcomes under these conditions.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
Application of the unit
Photographic make-ups are designed in response to a brief from an individual who will be photographed at a special event or from a stylist supporting an event or photo shoot. Depending on the nature of the job the operator may work alone or as part of a make-up design team.
The unit applies to beauty operators and freelance make-up artists and involves known routines, methods and procedures where some level of discretion and judgement is required.
Employability Skills Information
This unit contains employability skills.
Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content
Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency
Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.
Elements and Performance Criteria
Prepare client for service.
Identify and explain contraindications to client and refer to an appropriate professional where required.
Assess client's skin type and condition to determine appropriate product application techniques.
Cleanse face and neck.
Identify suitable cleansing products for client's skin type and different areas of face and neck.
Thoroughly cleanse client's skin on face and neck area.
Identify and note client's facial shape.
Identify, note and advise client, photographer or stylist regarding facial areas requiring corrective or camouflage make-up.
Assess facial areas requiring highlighting and shading and determine correct product application.
Determine and confirm required context with client, photographer or stylist.
Identify colour physics and apply to lighting techniques, wardrobe, background, artificial and natural light, studio or location and time of day.
Identify chemical reactions under given conditions for relevant products.
Identify an image for black and white and colour photography.
Identify digital photography product outcomes and their relationship to make-up design.
Identify lighting type, position, reflectors and absorbers.
Identify print procedures.
Develop make-up plan and confirm with client, photographer or stylist.
Select make-up products, tools and equipment.
Apply make-up products, tools and equipment sequentially and according to make-up plan, manufacturer recommendations, relevant legislation and codes and workplace policies and procedures.
Check that final effect meets client and production requiremes.
Required Skills and Knowledge
This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.
The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:
technical skills to:
respond to contraindications and adverse effects
analyse client's face and create and refine make-up design concepts
select make-up according to the film stock to be used
apply a range of cleansing and make-up products and techniques
communication and teamwork skills to:
deal with clients tactfully and respectfully
consult with clients and other production personnel to ensure that creative and technical requirements are met
relate to people from diverse backgrounds
literacy skills to:
prepare and update make-up plans
interpret workplace documentation
numeracy skills to:
estimate quantity of products required
use time effectively in the provision of service.
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:
well-developed understanding of the interrelationship between face and body shapes and the elements and principles of make-up application
well-developed understanding of:
effects of natural and artificial lighting on make-up appearance
colour design principles
primary, secondary, complementary colours, and grey scale
tonal value, hue and shade
cosmetic ingredients in relevant make-up products, particularly in regard to:
their likely effects on the skin
their appearance under different light sources and with digital photography
techniques for determining the physical appearance of:
various skin types
Required Skills And Knowledge
minor skin blemishes
effect of changes created by:
specific make-up products and colour application techniques
lighting and how make-up colours appear on the screen
OHS requirements when applying make-up.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the following is essential:
developing make-up plans that demonstrate an ability to:
identify and deal with requirements of clients and colleagues
select appropriate products and application techniques
incorporate colour design principles into make-up designs
take production environment into account when designing make-up
meet production requirements
applying occupational health and safety practices in regard to the provision of make-up services
demonstrating correct make-up product application and removal techniques
demonstrating a collaborative approach to work where required
communicating effectively with clients, photographers and stylists in relation to make-up application.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
that competency is consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor as described in the Assessment Guidelines
that competency is demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of real work situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace.
Assessment must ensure access to:
an environment, which includes as a minimum:
individual client workstation
adjustable make-up chair
make-up lighting at each workstation
apprppriate supply of small towels
professional skin care and make-up range
relevant workplace documentation, such as:
manufacturer's equipment instructions
manufacturer safety data sheets
workplace policies and procedures manuals
a range of clients with different make-up requirements.
Methods of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess
practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance
evaluation of make-up plans prepared by the candidate to determine whether client or production requirements have been met, and correct procedures and make-up products have been identified and applied
observation of the candidate applying make-up in a production context
written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner, to assess the required skills and knowledge of this unit.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
Design and apply make-up.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.
Clients may include:
new or regular clients with routine or special needs
people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic
backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities
male or female clients.
Contraindications may include:
bacterial, viral or fungal infections
boils and carbuncles
other visible non-normal skin.
Appropriate professional may include:
Skin types and conditions may include:
normal, dry, oily or combination
colour and tone.
Cleansing products may include:
Context may include:
business or social
day or evening
Product outcomes may include:
black and white images
Lighting type may include:
Print procedures may include:
types of print
types of glass.
Make-up plan may include:
areas requiring correction or camouflage
camera angles and shots
highlighting and shading techniques
location, such as:
make-up products and equipment
product application procedures
Make-up products may include:
pre-make-up products and stabilisers
eye shadows (matte/frosted)
lipsticks and lip glosses
mascaras (powder, liquid, wand or block)
pre make-up products and stabilisers
protective gels and creams
Tools and equipment may include:
containers and trays
hairclips and bands
make-up remover pads
pallets or tiles
protective bibs and smocks
sponges, brushes and applicators
Relevant legislation and codes may include:
federal, state or territory, and local health and hygiene regulations
occupational health and safety regulations
industry codes of practice/
Workplace policies and procedures may include:
health and hygiene procedures in a cosmetic environment
protective clothing and substances
environmental protection practices, such as:
energy efficiency, e.g. electricity saving devices and practices