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30 Amazing before and after pictures that reveal the art of Hollywood special effects makeup

Making movies requires massive amounts of time, effort and resources. If you’re in doubt, check out the complexities involved in applying makeup on Hollywood actors on movie sets. You’d be surprised at how much time it takes to get even the simplest-looking makeup done, likewise what is required to create realistic fantasy and sci-fi characters.

To illustrate the sheer amount of work required to carry out Hollywood standard makeup, we’ve gathered some mind-blowing before and after, as well as step-by-step makeup pictures. Who would have thought making Ian Mckellen into Gandalf required more than wearing a beard wig and a hat?

1. Eddie Murphy – Coming To America

2. Naomi Grossman – American Horror Story Series


Hollywood makeup artists lead difficult, yet exciting and intense lives. However, their work isn’t all that straightforward.

Movie makeup artists can be broadly divided into 4 based on their roles. Foremost are the vital makeup artists who create the makeup worn by lead actors.In essence, they are responsible for the stars.

Their duties also include creation of complex and elaborate makeup designs and supervision of other makeup staff, hence ensuring continuity and consistency in the appearance of makeup throughout the movie shoot.

4. Richard Brake – Game Of Thrones

5. Doug Jones – Crimson Peak

Furthermore, we have the regular makeup artists whose jobs are to make the supporting actors look good. They work following strict instructions from lead makeup artists.

Equally important are the makeup assistants who organize makeup kits. In addition, they carry out little tasks essential for smooth running of the operation. They’re the unsung heroes of every movie.

7. Karen Gillan – Avengers

8. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Terminator

9. Danny DeVito – Batman Returns

10. Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

12. Bill Skarsgård – It

13. Gary Oldman – Hannibal

14. Michael Keaton – Beetlejuice

Finally, there are the special effects makeup artists. These people probably have one of the coolest jobs in the movie industry. They are tasked to create special makeup effects, such as prosthetics.

15. Ron Perlman – Hellboy

16. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

17. John Rhys-Davies – Lord Of The Rings

18. Ian Mckellen – Lord Of The Rings

19. Tim Curry – Legend

20. Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool 2

21. Jim Carrey – How The Grinch Stole Christmas

22. Emma Thompson – Nanny Mcphee

23. Jacob Tremblay – Wonder

24. Eddie Redmayne – The Theory Of Everything

25. Richard Armitage – The Hobbit

26. Tilda Swinton – Grand Budapest Hotel

27. Angelina Jolie – Maleficent

28. Josh Brolin – Deadpool 2

29. Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

30. Kae Alexander – Game Of Thrones

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