Specialty Make Up

The use of specialty make-up can be found in all possible areas of make-up and includes all blood and gore make-up techniques. More and more the use of prosthetics has increased for character, fantasy, and special effects. This area often becomes a much more complicated process as plaster casting and other crafts are needed to complete the make-up. A specialty make-up artist is an artist who creates makeup and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film and other similar productions including the modeling world. In some cases, the title of specialty artist can also include the responsibilities of hair and wig design as well. Awards given for this job include the Academy Award for Makeup and several Emmy awards.

All the photos on this website are actual works of Doris Lew. Specialty makeup is a creative art, which enables the person to take on the appearance of almost any type of character. For more info or in regards to services please contact Doris.

body painting cat headBody painting can camouflage, enhance features, create the illusion of other textures and more. Theatrical or costume body painting often uses makeup or liquid latex. Each has its own effects and length of duration. Body paint can involve just the face or it can be a full-body design and usually falls into two schools of thoughts. The first, small designs are painted all over, leaving an effect like stickers on a bumper or window, or just common tattooing. The second involves the body as a flexible canvas, where the model is transformed into something other than a human being as Doris did with the model Mariah Nelson for cat women as seen on the left. By using water-based makeup, a wide range of colors should be readily available, most people should be able to tolerate it without adverse skin reaction, and it showers off at the end of the day.

Character Make UpWhen it comes to character makeup, Jack Pierce was Hollywood most famous artist. He is credited for creating the grotesque and often painful horror make-ups worn by Boris Karloff and Lon Chany adaptation of Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein and Bela Lugosi for his vampire character. Makeup must always be applied skillfully, delicately, and subtly so that facial expression will have natural freedom. On the screen, particularly in close-ups, the face may be magnified many times larger than life size, so that every complexion flaw or crudely applied makeup artifice is clearly discernible. In many cases, the makeup artists has to research to get the realistic look for a client, as Doris did for Encad, a division of the Kodak Company, where she made up an model as a Papua tribal person from New Guinea.

Special Effects MakeupAn artist who combines knowledge of makeup and hair work, with technologies of mold-making and synthetic skin materials (such as foam latex, gelatine and silicone) have an art or sculpture background and familiarity with puppeteer, animatronics and CGI. One of the best examples of special effects was the movie F/X, where the use of prosthetics, latex and animatronics was part of the plot. Special makeup devices can supply the performer with any desired facial feature, from the weird effects of science fictions – to the realistic effects of burns, wounds, and scars of war films – to that of a gruesome vampire bite as shown.

fantasy makeupFantasy for the makeup artist has an array of products and accessories that have to produce a weird and different appearance. Their character have to represent a world of non-humans. Besides the typical Halloween parties, fantasy characters play an important role in today’s television and movies where makeup is applied instead of the rubber mast to give a more realistic appearance. There is a thin line between fantasy and special effects often found confusing like alien characters portrayed in the various television shows and movies such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien Nation and The Fifth Element.

The expertise with fantasy (shown on the left) can be focus on just a particular part of the body, such as the eyes, where the look can become real and fairy-tailish and yet not scary.