Make-up artist

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Makeup artist backstage at the Lee Matthews show, Spring/Summer 2007 Australia Fashion Week
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Special effects makeup techniques

A make-up or makeup artist (MUA) is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics on others for theatre, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry. Awards given for this profession in the entertainment industry include the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, [1] and entertainment industry awards such as the Emmy Awards, [2] [3] and the Golden Globes. [4] In some countries professional licenses are required by agencies in order for them to hire the MUA. Bigger production companies [5] have in-house makeup artists on their payroll although most MUA's generally are freelance and their times remain flexible depending on the projects.


Makeup techniques

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A make-up artist's table.

Fashion makeup is used in magazine photography as well as on the fashion runway. Avant-garde makeup is also an applicable technique used for projects that require experimental themes. Fashion makeup is also commonly used in television and film ranging for the natural prime look to more sophisticated applications such as color balance.

Theatrical makeup

Stage makeup is used as a method in conjunction with stage lighting to highlight the actors' faces in order to make expressions visible to the audience from moderate distances. This often includes defining the eyes and lips as well as the highlights and lowlights of the facial bones.

Special make-up effects (FX makeup)

The use of special effects techniques enhancing physical features to exhibit metaphysical characteristics[ clarification needed ] as well as fantasy makeup. The use of prosthetics and plaster casting are also required for projects that entails non-human appearances. Accents such as theatrical blood and ooze are also techniques applicable to this type of makeup.


The use of an airbrush which is a small air-operated device that sprays various media some products and water-based makeup by a process of nebulization. The earliest record of this type of cosmetic application dates back to the 1925 [6] film version of Ben-Hur, it has recently been re-popularized by the advent of HDTV and digital photography, where the camera focuses on higher depths of detail. Liquid foundations that are high in coverage but thin in consistency are applied with the airbrush for full coverage without a heavy build-up of product.

Bridal makeup

Bridal makeup is a new segment in a makeup artist's repertoire. From ethnic, glamorous, to contemporary, makeup artists are now an important part of wedding planning in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

High definition

This is an art which involves the use of light [7] reflectors and ingredients such as minerals to give the skin a flawless finish. This was developed due to the further development of high definition [8] mediums and the cost implications of airbrush makeup.

Makeup artists in Bollywood

In 1955 the Bollywood group Cine Costume Make-Up Artist & Hair Dressers' Association (CCMAA) created a rule that did not allow women to obtain memberships as makeup artists. [9] However, in 2014 the Supreme Court of India ruled that this rule was in violation of the Indian constitutional guarantees granted under Article 14 (right to equality), 19(1)(g) (freedom to carry out any profession) and Article 21 (right to liberty). [9] The judges of the Supreme Court of India stated that the ban on women makeup artist members had no "rationale nexus" to the cause sought to be achieved and was "unacceptable, impermissible and inconsistent" with the constitutional rights guaranteed to the citizens. [9] The Court also found illegal the rule which mandated that for any artist, female or male, to work in the industry, they must have domicile status of five years in the state where they intend to work. [9] In 2015 it was announced that Charu Khurana had become the first woman to be registered by the Cine Costume Make-Up Artist & Hair Dressers' Association. [10]

In June 2014, the Cine Costume Make-Up Artist & Hair Dressers' Association (CCMAA) authorised an official protest on the movie set of Bang Bang! in protest of a foreign makeup artist, Daniel Bauer working on the movie for its lead actress, Katrina Kaif. The CCMAA and 15 of its members protested on the movie set as Daniel Bauer was not registered with the Union, despite the Union banning foreign artists working in Bollywood. The issue was resolved with the CCMAA granting Daniel Bauer full membership [11]

Notable make-up artists

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Airbrush Small, air-operated tool that sprays various media by a process of nebulization

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Manish Malhotra Couturier

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Michael George Westmore I is an American make-up artist best known for his work in various Star Trek productions, winning nine Emmy Awards, and is a member of the Westmore family. He won the Academy Award for Make-up in 1985 for his work on the film Mask. His career began at Universal Studios in 1961, and spanned four decades, including working for the CIA creating make-up kits for spies overseas.

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Cinema Makeup School

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Airbrush makeup

Airbrush makeup is makeup sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush machine instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods. A typical airbrush system uses a compressor to create airflow through a hose connected to a trigger-controlled spray painting gun. The airbrush pressure can be adjusted to apply various types of makeup, such as lighter, heavier, or more detailed styles. Airbrushes are used in film, theater, bridal makeup, and sunless tanning. Airbrush systems designed for personal, in-home use are usually smaller and work at a lower pressure than systems used in professional applications.

Crist Ballas is a make-up artist for film and television. Ballas owns and operates Metamorphosis Make-Up Arts; a make-up and prosthetic laboratory located in Minneapolis Minnesota.

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David Petruschin, best known as Raven, is an American drag queen, make-up artist, and reality television personality from Riverside, California. Raven was a fixture in the Southern California nightclub scene before gaining international prominence for appearing in both the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the first season of All Stars. Raven placed as the runner-up on both seasons. He also served as a "professor" during all three seasons of RuPaul's Drag U. Petruschin has been RuPaul's makeup artist since Drag Race's ninth season and has since become a creative producer of both installments, All Stars and Drag Race. For his make-up work on the show, Petruschin received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) in 2020.

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Christopher Allen Nelson is an American make-up artist, VFX artist, writer and actor. He is best known for his makeup and stylings for films such as Halloween, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Sin City, Thor: The Dark World, The Amazing Spider-Man, World War Z, Inherent Vice, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Suicide Squad (2016) has earned him numerous awards and nominations. He also played the groom of Beatrix "Black Mamba" Kiddo in Kill Bill: Volume 2 and the cop with brownies in Halloween.

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