When you talk about special fx makeup, most people think of zombies, vampires, aliens and the like. The words conjure up images of makeup that is outrageous, bloody and over the top. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good monster makeup as much as the next guy. However, sometimes great special fx makeups are ones that you don’t even notice, like an age makeup.
A good age makeup is easily accepted as part of the change in the character for that scene. Creating a believable age makeup can be a difficult task. With monster makeup you have some artistic license, but everyone knows what an older person looks like. Especially when that older person is a well-known public figure, like Margaret Thatcher.
Take the character/age makeup in The Iron Lady. In the clip below Meryl Streep talks about renown prosthetics designer, Mark Coulier, and how sometime less is better when it comes to prosthetics.
YouTube clip – The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher make-up secrets
From The Showbiz 411 Channel
In the next clip you can see the beautiful work that was done for this Oscar nominated movie.
The Iron Lady – Clip #1 What we think, we become
From The Meryl Streep Channel
I will definitely put Mark Coulier down as someone I would like to shadow for a day on set. I wonder if he would let me buy him a cup of coffee, so I could pick his brains? (not literally of course, I am not a zombie yet)
Bravo to a great makeup team that helped bring this movie to life! Here is a listing of the makeup/hair department, copied from imdb.com.
|Kay Bilk||….||makeup artist|
|Mark Coulier||….||prosthetics designer|
|Richard Glass||….||contact lens optician|
|Barrie Gower||….||prosthetic makeup artist|
|J. Roy Helland||….||hair stylist: Ms. Streep|
|J. Roy Helland||….||makeup artist: Ms. Streep|
|Marese Langan||….||hair designer|
|Marese Langan||….||makeup designer|
|Chris Lyons||….||special effects teeth|
|Zoe Marsden||….||prosthetics painter|
|Kirsty Mcqueen||….||crowd hair & makeup junior|
|Eva Miller||….||prosthetics coordinator|
|Stephen Murphy||….||prosthetics make up artist|
|Liz Phillips||….||dailies hair stylist|
|Emma Sheffield||….||prosthetics makeup assistant|
|Leon Smikle||….||special makeup effects artist|
|Malwina Suwinska||….||junior makeup artist|
|Caroline Greenough||….||makeup artist (uncredited)|
|Emma Slater||….||silicon technician (uncredited)|
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