Design and apply remedial camouflage make-up

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to design and apply remedial camouflage make-up products and techniques to disguise the appearance of particular special skin conditions based on an assessment of the facial and body areas requiring remedial camouflage. This is a cosmetic response to a number of conditions that have caused a visible alteration to the texture, colour and tone of the skin in a specific area of the face or body.A cosmetic camouflage make-up treatment is custom designed and applied after client observation and consultation. It involves the use of specialised products and application techniques to cover and blend the treatment area to match the client's surrounding skin.


This unit applies to beauty therapists exercising judgement in planning and selecting appropriate products, services, equipment and techniques.



Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria

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.

1 Prepare client.

1.1 Gown and prepare client for service according to workplace procedures.

1.2 Identify suitable cleansing products for client’s skin type and different areas of face or body.

1.3 Thoroughly cleanse client’s skin.

2 Analyse camouflage area.

2.1 Identify and record client characteristics and facial or body conditions requiringremedial camouflage make-up.

2.2 Identify contraindications, explain to client and refer to appropriate professional where required.

2.3 Assess client’s skin type and condition to determine appropriate product application techniques.

2.4 Identify and record skin tone and maintain application of foundation or base to skin tone.

2.5 Identify, negotiate and confirm remedial camouflage make-up plan with client.

3 Select and apply remedial camouflage.

3.1 Select suitable products, tools and equipment to achieve remedial camouflage make-up plan.

3.2 Identify and apply correct usage and care of make-up tools and equipment according to manufacturer instructions.

3.3 Apply products sequentially according to manufacturer instructions and pre-determined plan.

3.4 Complete remedial camouflage treatments within workplace time frames and without product waste.

3.5 Evaluate remedial camouflage application against client expectations, treatment plan and specified outcomes where possible.

3.6 Record relevant outcomes of remedial camouflage treatment, and make recommendations for further treatments.

3.7 Advise source of referral of treatment outcomes where required.

3.8 Explain procedures for removal of camouflage make-up to client.

4 Advise on further product use.

4.1 Advise client of suitable home-care products and treatments.

4.2 Explain and demonstrate product use and application as required.

4.3 Explain possible product reactions to client.

Required Skills

Required skills

The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:

technical skills to:

analyse client requirements and design remedial camouflage make-up plans

safely apply products to achieve the remedial camouflage plans

respond to contraindications and adverse effects

literacy skills to:

read and apply product and treatment information

complete client treatment plan

read and apply relevant workplace documents

time-management skills to manage time throughout the treatment.

Required knowledge

The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:

relevant state and local government health and hygiene regulations and requirements

relevant occupational health and safety regulations and requirements

workplace policies and procedures in regard to provision of remedial camouflage make-up services

appearance of contraindications and adverse effects

face and body shapes and their relationship to the elements and principles of design

effect of changes created by specific make-up products and colour application techniques

workplace range of camouflage products, including underlying colour tones and pigmentation coverage

effects and benefits of defined range of workplace make-up products

remedial camouflage services:

effects of natural and artificial lighting on cosmetics

colour design principles

colour wheel

primary, secondary, complementary colours, and grey scale

tonal value, hue and shade

chemical ingredients and pigments in relevant make-up products and their effects on skin.

Evidence Required

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:

using effective questioning and active listening techniques to consult, reassure and negotiate with clients, while maintaining discretion and confidentiality

analysing the treatment area and surrounding skin and designing a remedial camouflage plan, including:

facial and body areas requiring camouflage

selected products

product application techniques

applying camouflage make-up products to face or body for a variety of contexts, including blemish covering, skin and blemish matching, birthmarks and scars

evaluating remedial camouflage service and advising on and demonstrating methods of self-application to client

using time effectively and controlling product waste

accurately and legibly recording relevant data and reporting to sources of referral.

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 or cover

apprppriate supply of small towels

disposable spatulas


professional skin care, camouflage make-up and general make-up range

retail skin care and camouflage make-up and general make-up range

relevant workplace documentation including:

manufacturer's equipment instructions

product instructions

manufacturer safety data sheets

workplace policies and procedures manuals

a range of clients with different camouflage make-up requirements.

For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

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:

observation of learners performing a range of tasks in an actual or simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate handling of a range of contingencies, including:

preparing and performing face cleansing procedures

developing a remedial camouflage plan with client

applying remedial camouflage products as identified in the client's make-up plan

evaluating outcomes and client satisfaction

demonstrating self-application to clients

written and oral questioning appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner, to assess knowledge and understanding of relevant remedial camouflage techniques, including relevant legislation regarding hygiene and safety

completion of workplace documentation relevant to the design and application of remedial camouflage make-up treatments

third-party reports from technical experts

completion of self-paced learning materials, including personal reflection and feedback from a trainer, coach or supervisor.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

SIBXFAS201A 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

female or male clients

people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities.

Workplace procedures may include:

health and hygiene

workplace product range and manufacturer instructions

environmental protection practices, such as:

waste minimisation



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

waste disposal

water efficiency.

Cleansing products may include:




Conditions requiring remedial camouflage make-up may include:

capillary naevus

strawberry naevus

spider naevus

moles or pigmented naevi

hypertrophic and keloid




quiescent scar tissue






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:









Remedial camouflage make-up plan may include:

camouflage techniques


tools and equipment

self-application techniques


blemish covering.

Products may include:

pre make-up products and stabilisers/waterproof product




water-based, with varying degrees of pigmentation and coverage






artificial lashes



Tools and equipment may include:





lash curlers


magnifying mirror

containers and trays

pencil sharpeners


make-up box.

Source of referral may include:



plastic or cosmetic surgeon

occupational therapist

social worker




Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.