The Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre Paperback – Feb 14 2008
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"This full-color and amply illustrated book is written for film, television, theatre makeup artists who need to know the basics on how to accomplish flawless makeup applications. Written by two expert authors who have experience doing makeup for television, commercials and blockbuster films, readers will learn about beauty, time periods, black and white film as well as cutting edge techniques such as air brushing makeup for computer-generated moves and makeup effects."--Sacramento Book Review
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From makeup effects to high definition, this full-color guide for Film & TV Makeup Artists shows you how it's done!
. Gorgeous full color book shows how makeup artists make Hollywood stars look as good as they do, even in HD!
. Get the inside track about how to work with the pros and all about set etiquette
. Contains tips and techniques from a number of professional Hollywood makeup artists
. Includes a full reference section with useful websites, business listings, and contacts
This full-color and amply illustrated book was written for film, television, and theatre makeup artists who need to know the basics on how to accomplish flawless makeup applications. It begins with fundamental practices and continues through more complex techniques that are usually known only by Hollywood makeup artists. Written by two expert authors who have experience doing makeup for television, commercials, and huge film blockbusters like Pearl Harbor, Rent, Stuart Little, and the Nanny Diaries and for actors like Hilary Swank, Laura Linney, and Josh Hartnett, readers will learn about beauty, time periods, and black & white film, as well as cutting edge techniques such as air brushing, makeup for computer-generated movies, and makeup effects.
High definition technology has revolutionized the techniques needed by makeup artists-you need to know more, have more talent, and be more detailed than ever before. Because HD emphasizes every detail on screen, it is essential for makeup artists to know how to achieve a desired "look that fits the director's requirements, and this book will help professional or aspiring makeup artists to hone their craft in both conventional and HD techniques.
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While it does talk about HD, airbrush makeup, Tinsley Transfers, and silicone prosthetics, there is very little useful information for anyone who has not already used these products. Much of the information from these chapters can even be found online (in more detail) through a simple web search (including two articles reprinted directly from the free webzine airbrushtalk.com).
As a reference book, this book deserves 3 stars for compiling a lot of useful information into one place.
As an instruction book, I would give this book 0-1 Stars. If you are looking to learn the techniques of the makeup artist, you best choice is still Richard Corson's Stage Makeup (9th Edition)
I just got my BFA in sculpture and do makeup and prosthetics. I spent a lot of years and money learning the basics in college. I can't emphasize how important those basics are, like shapes, colors, and anatomy. It's a big part of my makeup and designs. I'm just surprised how well it's covered in this book and it's got all the info you need laid out in a way that's easy to take in. I've bought 4-5 books easy just to begin covering all these topics they covered, and even then it would still take more books, magazines, and all my web surfing to add up to this. I wish this book was out when I first started makeup. The authors DO encourage you to go out and build your resources and references, you know, like on the specific areas you like, but this is a strong first book for a beginner as well as something I'm recommending to all my friends who've already got a lot of books and experience. They have the makeup classics, but this one is probably going to be the most useful. I love my book so much, I had it spiral bound so I can open it a majillion times.
It really does a great job of preparing you for the realities and responsibilities of being on set. Some of that info I had to find out on my own, step by step. It would have been great to have a book like this years ago! Great lessons in every chapter and great references and resources throughout the entire book, and in the back. There's a great basis for makeup: starting with art and explaining light, shadow, and how they work. Great tips on the proportions of the face as well as drawing lessons that culminate in a simple yet thorough lesson on more familiar studies of the face, eye, and lid shapes. Then it transitions to makeup and how to mix the art with makeup techniques. I realize I'm writing more than I usually do, but let me add that all the sections on makeups, hair, and especially the "How to Be a Pro" section are really informative and eye-opening.
Overall, the book delivers everything it promises. It does a great job covering color, lighting, HD setups, controlling your image, skin color and skin care, basic/beauty/effects makeups, hair, blood, tattoos, character design, breakdowns. It's all here, plus all the resources.
Now that I'm done, I wish I could find another book this great!
As another reviewer mentioned, the section on color theory is also confusing. I feel this is due to the poor wording and order in which the information appears, but not due to incorrect or conflicting information. Sometimes the photos don't match the explanations that are given (for example, figure 6-1 should have red at the top of the color wheel). Oversights like this could be easily corrected and the book would be much better!
Once you get past those several chapters the writing is smoother. Most of the content is general knowledge of a professional artist, and this book would be best for a student or very new makeup artist.
This book could greatly benefit from further editing, but it is still worth the purchase. No book will take the place of practice and training with a well-seasoned artist, but you will find some tips and guidelines to help you on the way.
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