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Special Effects Makeup: Creating a Bald Cap

Manufacture your own custom bald cap. A Special Effects Makeup Masterclass by Shannon McKean and AACM
Creating a Bald Cap
Making a Head Template
Creating Bondo
Applying the Bald Cap
Painting the Bald Cap
Removing the Bald Cap
Special Effects Makeup
Cinemagraphic Makeup
Movie Makeup

Manufacture your own custom made bald cap!

Shannon McKean, makeup artist and trainer at the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup, will guide you with tips and tricks from her 30 years of experience in the industry.  Watch and learn how to make a head template, manufacturing the bald cap, preparing your model, applying the bald cap, painting the bald cap and removing the bald cap. This course is ideal for anybody interested in special effects makeup.

This extended version contains an extra hour of additional information and resources; including product information, where to get products, tricks and tips and more demonstration time.



This is a trailer for the Creating a Bald Cap course.  It is an introduction to Shannon and what is covered over the duration of the lectures.

The Head Template

Making a head template

To create your own custom made bald cap, you require exact measurements so it can fit.  This lecture will teach you how to create a template of your actor's head.

Removing the head template from the Red Head

This lecture will show you how to remove the template from the actor's head, safely.

Transferring your template

In this lecture, Shannon will show you how to transfer the template and dimensions onto the red head.

Manufacturing the Bald Cap

What you need for the bald cap

In this section, we will show you what you will require over the next few lectures to create your bald cap.

Manufacturing the bald cap

Creating a custom bald cap from scratch has many steps.  This lecture goes over the process of different layers of latex and powder to make the bald cap.

Removing the bald cap from the red head

Once you have manufactured the bald cap, it can be easy to damage it while removing it from the red head.  Shannon will show you in this lecture how to gently and easily do so.

Creating bondo

Bondo is a useful product to help improve your application of the bald cap.  Shannon will show you how to safely mix it together.

Applying the bald cap

Flattening the hairline

If the hairline is not flat prior to application, your bald cap may have a "step" or an imperfect silhouette.  In this lecture, learn how to cleanly flatten the hair.

Applying the bald cap

This lecture will teach you how to glue down the bald cap in the first step of application.

Using bondo as gap filler

Learn how Shannon uses bondo to create a seamless edge to her bald caps.

Painting the bald cap

In this final step of application, learn how to paint the bald cap in realistic skin tones.

Removing the Bald Cap

Removing the bald cap

This lecture will teach you how to remove the bald cap safely from the skin of your actor.

Bonus Lecture

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