Unit of competency details

WRBFS202B - Design and apply make-up (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SIBXFAS201A - Design and apply make-upE Updated and equivalent to WRBFS202B 08/Dec/2010
Supersedes and is equivalent to WRB21A - Design and apply make up 06/Jun/2004

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 07/Jun/2004


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110301 Beauty Therapy 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 110301 Beauty Therapy 07/Jun/2004 
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Modification History

Not applicable.

Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design and apply suitable make-up techniques for domestic street wear, business, pleasure, social and special occasions for various times of the day or night. This competency may apply to a range of roles in the workplace.

This unit is equivalent to and replaces WRB21A Design and Apply Make Up, as packaged in WRB99.

Application of the Unit

This unit requires the operator to analyse the clients skin type, facial shape and required context to design a make-up and apply appropriate products and techniques. The operator is also required to demonstrate the use of products, tools and techniques to the client. This unit requires knowledge and skill in the safe use of products and the application of legislation and policy, particularly in regard to hygiene.

In the context of an assessment-only and/or a training delivery and assessment pathway, units of competency which relate to this unit are identified in the Evidence Guide of this unit.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency

Performance criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, these are detailed in the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria 


Performance Criteria 


Prepare client


Client  is prepared for service.


Contra-indications  are identified, explained to client and referred to appropriate professional  where required.


Client's skin type/condition  is assessed to determine appropriate product application techniques.


Cleanse face


Suitable cleansing products  are identified for client's skin type/different areas of face.


Client's skin is thoroughly cleansed.


Analyse face and design make-up plan


Facial shapes and areas are assessed to determine correct product application.


Facial areas requiring corrective/camouflage make-up are identified and client advised accordingly.


Image is identified to design for occasion and wear suitability.


Colour design principles  are applied according to client requirements.


Make-up plan  is designed, noted and agreed with client.


Select products and equipment


Suitable make-up products  are selected and agreed with client.


Tools and equipment  are identified and selected according to product manufacturer recommendations and make-up plan.


Correct usage and care of make-up and equipment is identified and applied according to manufacturer recommendations, relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures.


Apply make-up


Products, tools and equipment are applied sequentially according to make-up plan, manufacturer recommendations, relevant legislation  and workplace policies and procedures .


Procedures and products are explained to client during application.


Make-up application is evaluated against client expectation/specified outcomes.


Apply false eyelashes


Patch test is performed and evaluated to determine adverse effects. 


Materials are applied sequentially according to manufacturer recommendations and workplace policies and procedures.


Service is evaluated against client's agreed treatment plan.


Advise on further product use


Client is advised of suitable homecare products/techniques to maintain application.


Products, tools and equipment used are clearly explained and application is demonstrated as required.


Possible contra-indications and adverse effects are explained to client.

Required Skills and Knowledge

Not applicable.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide describes the underpinning knowledge and skills that must be demonstrated to prove competence. It is essential for assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, the range statement and the assessment guidelines of the relevant Training Package.

Overview of assessment requirements 

A person who demonstrates competency in this standard must be able to communicate effectively with a range of clients to analyse skin types/conditions, facial shapes and required contexts and design and apply appropriate make-up. The evidence provided must demonstrate skill in skin cleansing and advising on and demonstrating products and application techniques to clients, including the application of false lashes. Knowledge and skill in applying relevant legislation and workplace policies and procedures must also be demonstrated.

Specific evidence requirements 

Critical aspects of evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Knowledge and consistent application of workplace policies and procedures and the application of safe work practices in regard to the design and application of make-up.

Knowledge and consistent application of relevant Federal, State and local health and hygiene regulations.

Recognising and managing contra-indications and adverse effects.

Knowledge of the transmission routes of infectious conditions and skills in the application of standard infection control precautions.

Reading, accurately interpreting and consistently applying manufacturer instructions for products, tools and equipment.

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

Analysing the client's face and the context, and designing and recording a make-up plan, including:

facial areas requiring highlighting/shading

product application techniques

areas requiring corrective make-up

recognition of client image and occasion

colour design principles

application to natural and artificial lighting.

Knowledge and skill in the application of a variety of make-up products.

Knowledge and skill in the application of make-up products for a variety of skin types/conditions.

Knowledge and skill in the application of make-up for a variety of contexts.

Consistently using time effectively and controlling product waste.

Evaluating a make-up and advising and demonstrating techniques of self application to the client.

Context of assessment 

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, competency should be consistently demonstrated over a period of time and observed by the assessor and/or the technical expert working in partnership with the assessor. The technical expert may include the beauty therapist and/or an experienced person at the workplace.

Competency should be demonstrated in the workplace or a simulated workplace environment in a range of situations which may include client interruptions and involvement in other related activities normally expected in the workplace. For further guidance on the use of an appropriate simulated environment, refer to page 32 of the Assessment Guidelines in this Training Package.

Relationship to other units 

In the context of an assessment-only and/or a training delivery and assessment pathway, all units which relate to a job function can be integrated for assessment purposes.

Method of assessment 

The following assessment methods are suggested:

observation of the learner performing a range of tasks in an actual or simulated work environment, over sufficient time to demonstrate his/her handling of a range of contingencies. Tasks may include:

preparing and performing a face cleansing procedure

selecting and applying the appropriate make-up according to the make-up plan

advising on aftercare products according to client needs

written and/or oral questioning to assess knowledge and understanding of relevant make-up techniques, including safe use of products and relevant legislation. Questions will be asked in a manner appropriate to the language and literacy level of the learner.

completing workplace documentation relevant to the design and application of make-up.

third party reports from experienced beauty professionals in the workplace.

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

Evidence required for demonstration of consistent performance 

For valid and reliable assessment of this unit, evidence should be gathered through a range of methods to indicate consistent performance.

It can be gathered from assessment of the unit of competency alone, through an integrated assessment activity or through a combination of both.

Evidence should be gathered as part of the learning process.

Required skills and knowledge to achieve the performance criteria 


Responding to contra-indications and adverse effects.

Determining the physical appearance of:

various skin types

abnormal skin conditions

minor skin blemishes.

Analysing the client's face and requirements and designing a make-up plan using the following information:

colour analysis

skin types and conditions


Applying a range of cleansing and make-up products.

Language, literacy and numeracy skills relevant to the role and workplace requirements.


The provisions of relevant health and hygiene regulations/requirements.

The provisions of relevant Occupational Health and Safety regulations/requirements.

Infection control procedures and the application of universal precautions.

Workplace policies and procedures in regard to the performance of a make-up service.

The appearance of contra-indications and adverse effects.

Facial shapes and their relationship to the elements and principles of design.

Anatomy and physiology of the skin and skin structures as it relates to make-up services, including a simplified cross-section of skin.

Body systems as listed below, in regard to their relationship to facial and body shapes and to the skin, muscles and nerves:


skeletal and muscular

nervous system and its relationship to skin sensations

circulatory systems and their relationship to skin function.

The following in regard to make-up services:

effects of lighting natural/artificial on cosmetics

colour design principles

colour wheel, primary, secondary, complementary colours, grey scale

tonal value

differences between tone, value, hue and shade.

Cosmetic chemistry/ingredients in relevant make-up products particularly in regard to their likely effects on the skin.

Colour physics and its use in make-up application.

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

The workplace product range.

The effects and benefits of a defined range of workplace make-up products.

Specific resources required for assessment 

Relevant documentation such as:

workplace policy and procedures manuals.

Access to a range of clients with different requirements.

A range of tools and products appropriate to the beauty workplace.

Product labels and sources of product information.

A qualified workplace assessor or assessment team.

Key competencies 

The seven key competencies represent generic skills considered for effective work participation. The numbering against each of the key competencies indicates the performance level required in this unit.

Level 1 represents the competence to undertake tasks effectively.

Level 2 represents the competence to manage tasks.

Level 3 represents the competence to use concepts for evaluating and reshaping tasks.

Key Competency 

Example of Application 

Performance Level 

How can communication of ideas and information  be applied?

Explaining possible contra-indications and adverse effects to clients will require the communication of ideas and information.


How can information be collected , analysed and organised ?

Determining a make-up plan will require information to be collected, analysed and organised.


How are activities planned and organised ?

Identifying and selecting suitable products and tools to complete a make-up plan will require activities to be planned and organised.


How can team work  be applied?

Maintaining knowledge of salon/store policies and procedures and relevant legislation will require the application of teamwork.


How can the use of mathematical ideas and techniques  be applied?

Minimising waste will require the use of mathematical ideas and techniques.


How can problem solving skills  be applied?

Identifying facial areas requiring corrective make-up will require problem solving skills.


How can the use of technology  be applied?

Using tools and equipment may require the use of technology.


Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that will affect performance.

The following variables may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the trainee, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts. Bold italicised  text from the performance criteria is detailed here.

Clients  may include but are not limited to:

new or regular clients with routine or special needs.

Contra -indications  may include but are not limited to:

bacterial, viral or fungal infections








sun burn


other visible non-normal skin.

Appropriate professional  may include but is not limited to:

medical practitioner

complementary therapist.

Skin type /condition  may include but is not limited to:










Cleansing products  may include but are not limited to




Colour design principles  may include but are not limited to:

tonal values

colour wheel.

Make -up plan  may include but is not limited to:

client's facial shape

highlighting/shading techniques

areas requiring correction/camouflage





special occasion.

Make -up products  may include but are not limited to:

oil based, water based, solid or fluid with varying degrees of coverage and pigmentation

pre-make-up products and stabilisers


foundation (liquid/solid)






false lashes



Tools and equipment  may include but are not limited to:





lash curlers


magnifying mirror


pencil sharpeners


make-up box.

Relevant legislation  may include but is not limited to

Federal, State and local health and hygiene regulations

Occupational Health and Safety regulations

industry Codes of Practice.

Workplace policies and procedures  may include but are not limited to:

health and hygiene

workplace time frame allocated for the performance of the service

product range and manufacturer instructions

waste disposal

waste minimisation.

Adverse effects  may include but are not limited to:

product reactions.

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Competency Field