Stylized/ Fantasy Makeup Design

Essential Questions:

How does an individual transform a face into something completely new?
How can we take a character from the imagination to real life?
Educational Objective: Students will show their ability to design for stylized makeup by creating a makeup map of their own design.



• Mirrors
• 6 Pictures of stylized makeup
• Sponges
• Baby wipes
• Brushes
• Foundation
• Note card
• Computer lab
• Various color makeup
• Colored pencils
• Blank makeup maps  Lesson 3.Stylized Makeup Design Sheet
• 2 completed makeup maps with inspiration photos  Lesson 3.Stylized Makeup Examples  Lesson 3.Stylized Makeup Design Sheet



Have the students divide into 6 groups. There will be 6 stations throughout the room that have pictures of stylized makeup. Have each of the groups go to a station and have them discuss what they think the inspiration was behind each of the photos and what is the makeup designer trying to convey. After about 3 minutes have the groups rotate and they are to do the same thing at their new station. Then have the students rotate for a third time so that each of the students get an opportunity to go to each of the stations.



Step 1) After all of the students have gone to each of the stations, have the students share with the class their thoughts on what they felt the inspiration was behind each of the images. Ask the following questions: What clues in the design led you to your choice of inspiration? What is the designer trying to conveying in their design? What role did creativity play in their design? How does our inspiration help inform our design? These pictures are all examples of stylized makeup. Stylized makeup takes us from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Each of these designs were inspired by an idea, images, objects, you name it!


Step 2) Now it’s your opportunity to be a makeup artist as well. There is a big movie maker that is looking for a new makeup artist in his upcoming film. Your assignment will be to come up with a makeup design that will wow this director and hire you on for his film. Not only will you do the makeup, but you will provide inspiration photos (3), a makeup map that explains your design and a model to present your design.


Step 3) So to start the process we have to go to the drawing board. Have all of the students take out the images that they brought from home. As they are doing so, pass out the blank makeup map. Explain to the students that a makeup designer uses a makeup map to create the image 2D before applying it to a person’s face. The map also asks them to provide information on which colors they will use and where it will be placed.


Step 4) Show the students examples of stylized makeup up maps. Show them how the artist incorporated their inspiration photos into their design. Notice how they identify what makeup items were used in their design. Ask the students, “Why is it important to write down the names of the makeup that we use?” Ex. answers: so that someone else can do our design; so that we can remember ourselves how to do it; so that a makeup artist knows what items they need to do the makeup; etc


Step 5) Head to the library and give students time to find pictures if they didn’t have any and put their design onto the makeup map. They need to have a basic idea of what they want to do by the end of the day. Inform the students that they will be doing this makeup in partnerships as well but it must be a different partner from last time.


Step 6)
After giving the students time to work on their makeup map, have the students begin brainstorming why their design is a great design. Remind the students that they are trying to convince the director that they are the makeup designer for the job. Have them write down on a note card some key things that they think makes their design unique and amazing. Questions to think about: What inspired you to create this design? What makes it so unique and special? What is your favorite part of the design?


Step 7)
Have the students turn in their makeup map and notecard prep before they leave class.
Assessment: The students will turn in their stylized make-up design and note card with notes for their pitch.