Certificate in Advanced Colour Cosmetic Formulation

Making colour cosmetics is harder than making regular skincare and hair care formulas. Not only does the colour cosmetic formula need to spread evenly over the skin and deposit just the right amount of required colour, but it also needs to wear well throughout the day and feel great. You'll also need to know the types of machinery and quality control checks required to ensure every batch of colour cosmetics turns out just right. If you've been looking for a course on how to make make-up, then this is the program for you. 

Now more than ever, the ability to formulate colour cosmetics to suit the fast-changing trends of the fashion industry is an art form within science, and a particularly interesting challenge for the Cosmetic Chemist. This Colour Cosmetic course teaches how to make colour cosmetics that are both natural and/or synthetic based, with good stability and performance built in, to create innovative colour cosmetic products of the future.

The Certificate in Advanced Colour Cosmetics Formulation course has been developed to provide the skills and knowledge to enable learners to confidently formulate colour cosmetic products in response to this increased demand.







  • Start Date: Can be started at any time.
  • Mode of delivery: On-Line/Distance - a practical kit to complete all practical activities needs to be purchased separately.
  • Entry Requirements: 
  • Duration: 150 study hours.
    • Normal duration: 2 months (flexible study plan up to 6 months).





10+ hours online lectures

(full course: 150 study hours)

Learn through over 11 cosmetic science videos where our qualified and experienced Cosmetic Chemists walk you through the 150 study hours of course content in detail.

Full cosmetic science textbook


Download our comprehensive and detailed textbook. With more than 150 pages, this professional manual will be your guide during and your reference after your studies.

Guided learning materials

Effectively study online with a comprehensive guided study checklist to plan and track your study progress. See an example of how our study is laid out step-by-step. 

1-on-1 training support

Don't wait to get your questions answered on a forum. Get support directly from your trainer - a qualified Cosmetic Chemist - when you need help. Meet our trainer here

Detailed study feedback

Understand and learn with detailed feedback for every assessment from your trainer, an experienced Cosmetic Chemist. Learn more about your future trainer

Real-life work scenarios 

No quizzes or games - get ready to work in the cosmetic industry with several real-life work scenarios throughout your studies. See an example of assessments here.

Raw materials database

Get lifetime access to our database containing information on thousands of cosmetic raw materials and suppliers contacts. 

Professional  community

Join a professional community online with hundreds of qualified Cosmetic Chemists from over 75 countries in the world. Build your network! 


Study options

Study Only:

Online Lectures + Text
Get the learning with - no assessment commitment.

* No due dates

* Unlimited access to online lectures - over 11 full training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again.

* Full electronic text - over 150 pages of Professional training text

* Lifelong access to our database containing 100's raw materials information

* A practical kit is recommended, please purchase here.






Pay with EURO from €550

 Pay with USD from $610   

 Pay with AUD from $825  

Full Program:

Full Certificate Program
Get the learning, trainer support and Certificate.

* Up to 6 months to complete full qualification

* Unlimited access to online lectures - over 11 full training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again.

* Full electronic text - over 150 pages of Professional training text

* Lifelong access to our database containing 100's raw materials information

* Access Students & Graduates Facebook group

* 1-on1 trainer support 

* 1 written assessment

* 1 practical assessment 

* Hard copy Certificate

* A practical kit is required to complete practical activities, please purchase here.

Pay with EURO from €1105

 Pay with USD from $1220  

 Pay with AUD from $1650  


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Course structure and learning outcomes


Integrate colour principles into personal care development Covers the investigation of colour and how it is used in personal care products. Learn how to:
  • effectively investigate and evaluate the use of colour and colour ingredients in a variety of personal care products in different countries.
  • determine the principles of colour as used in personal care products
  • investigate the regulatory requirements of various colouring agents
  • prepare colour blends
Select appropriate ingredients for colour cosmetic products Covers the evaluation and selection of appropriate ingredients for use in a variety of colour cosmetic formulations. Learn how to:
  • investigate and identify suitable ingredients to be used in colour cosmetic products
  • select appropriate ingredients for use in colour cosmetic products
  • integrate colour cosmetic manufacturing principles into the workplace
Apply colour principles to formulate colour cosmetic products Covers the development of coloured cosmetic products utilising appropriate principles and manufacturing techniques. Learn how to:
  • identify the aesthetic and performance requirements of various colour cosmetic products
  • investigate and resolve issues relevant to the formulation and colour principles
  • formulate safe, stable and effective colour cosmetic formulations    Integrate formulations with appropriate manufacturing techniques



  • On-line lectures to support learning and activities within the texts
  • Electronic text for 3 units
  • Box of raw materials and packaging to work through various practical activities and prepare assessment samples - please purchase here
  • Written assessment comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios 
  • Submission of practical samples


On completion of Full certificate program, learners will be able to:

  • formulate a variety of colour cosmetic products including foundations, powders, eye shadows, mascaras, lipsticks, eye and lip pencils
  • meet manufacturing and quality control requirements of colour cosmetics
  • source and recognize various chemicals used within colour cosmetics
  • source and recognize various packaging components used for colour cosmetics
  • meet regulatory requirements for colour cosmetic products
  • incorporate the latest trends into colour cosmetic formulations

On successful completion, learners will be competent in formulating, colour matching and the manufacture of colour cosmetics including ensuring multi-country compliance and suitability of the colourants used. In addition, a variety of colour cosmetic product base formulas are provided with the learning materials to help boost learner’s confidence in this area and give them an immediate start with products and raw material trials.



  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Formulating Chemists
  • Production/Compounding Managers and assistants


Full certificate program is ideal for:

  • Research and Development staff required to formulate colour cosmetic products
  • Companies wanting to formulate their own colour cosmetic products
  • Regulatory staff wanting to know how to check, collate and present paperwork for colour cosmetic compliance



In order to study this course, you will need to purchase or have access to standard laboratory equipment; or the following equipment if studying from home:

  • Scales that measure up to at least 1.2kg in 0.01g increments
  • Scales that measure up to 500g in 0.001g increments
  • 3 x 1.1L stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 1 x 8 wire whisk (250 – 300mm)
  • 2 hot plates (or normal stovetop)
  • Grinder



  • This course consists of 3 units of training
  • Full-time study = 36-38 hours per week to complete in 4 weeks
  • Part-time study = 15-20 hours per week to complete in 2 months
  • Flexible study = 5-10 hours per week to complete in 6 months
  • Study load consists of:
    • guided training and practical work = 120 hours
    • extension research and practical activities = up to 30 hours