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Health and Beauty
05 February 2018

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.



Prerequisite units



Employability Skills Information

Employability skills

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

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.


Analyse face

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.


Analyse context

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.


Apply make-up.


Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.


Required skills


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.


Required knowledge


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

colour wheel

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

normal skin

abnormal skin

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.


Evidence Guide


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.


Evidence Guide


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


magnifying mirror

client gown

apprppriate supply of small towels

disposable spatulas


professional skin care and make-up range

relevant workplace documentation, such as:

manufacturer's equipment instructions

product 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.


Range Statement


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:


medical practitioner

complementary therapist.


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






special occasion



Product outcomes may include:

black and white images

colour 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

colour design

single appearance


dramatic considerations


camera angles and shots

continuity issues

face shape

highlighting and shading techniques

known allergies

location, such as:




make-up products and equipment

product application procedures

testing arrangements.


Make-up products may include:

pre-make-up products and stabilisers




eye shadows (matte/frosted)


foundation (liquid/solid)

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:


artificial lashes

containers and trays

cotton buds

hairclips and bands

lash curlers

magnifying mirror

make-up box

make-up remover pads

moist towelettes

pallets or tiles

pencil sharpeners

powder puffs

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:

waste minimisation



energy efficiency, e.g. electricity saving devices and practices

waste disposal

resource management

water efficiency.


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