Chapter 13Makeup and Costumes

“For the makeup artist, the soft veil of film has given way to the uncompromising clarity of high definition. Images so sharp that even the most beautiful or handsome talent can have subtle imperfections visible for all to see.”

—Bradley M. Look, Emmy-Winning Makeup Artist


Character makeup: The emphasis is on the specific character or type that the actor is playing. By facial reshaping, remodeling, changes in hair, and similar effects, the subject can even be totally transformed.

Corrective makeup: Reduces less-pleasing facial characteristics while enhancing more attractive points.

Straight makeup: A basic compensatory treatment affecting the talent’s appearance to a minimum extent.

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