Makeup is an essential aspect of film and video production that helps bring characters to life and enhance the visual storytelling. It involves applying cosmetics, prosthetics, and special effects to actors and extras to create a desired look or effect.
The Makeup Department works closely with the director, costume designer, and hair stylist to achieve the desired look for each character. Makeup artists use their creativity, technical skills, and attention to detail to transform actors into characters, and to create realistic wounds, scars, and other special effects. They use a wide range of materials, including makeup, prosthetics, hairpieces, and special effects makeup, to achieve the desired look.
In pre-production, the Makeup Department creates a makeup plan and works with the director to determine the look of each character. They also test different makeup techniques and products to ensure that they are safe and effective for use on camera. During production, the Makeup Department is responsible for applying makeup to actors and extras, maintaining their look throughout the day, and making any necessary touch-ups or changes.