The general public has labeled themselves enamoured by the works created from the diligence of Hollywood makeup artists for years, and that doesn’t seem likely to fade anytime soon. We love to watch the progression of the character, whether it be an actor/actress, a pop star, or even some of our favorite star athletes.
If you haven’t had the time to dig deeper, and see who’s really behind the mask (the creation of the mask, that is), then you should. The makeup artists that keep our happy Hollywood facade afloat should absolutely be recognized for their craft. Here is a quick synopsis of a few of the top makeup artists responsible for some of our most beloved characters.
John Caglione, Jr
This guy is definitely cool! If you’re a Batman, or more appropriately, a Joker fan, then you’ve seen his work in action. His most well known work was done on Heath Ledger when he played the Joker in The Dark Knight. He is also the man behind the makeup in the movie Dick Tracy. The man’s got skills, for sure, but they haven’t come easy. He has been working to perfect his craft since the 1970s. Years of education and experience is bound to progress your abilities in some way. This man has been a shining example of the concept.
This guy is the cream of the crop, and practices an amazing array of versatility in his craft. You may not know his name, but it’s a certainty that you have seen his work. Famous for his work on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Titanic, and more recently “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. It would be to your detribute to forget about Greg Cannom. You will be seeing him in the future, for sure.
Sam Fine is famous for a book he wrote on makeup artistry, but even more for the fact that he has regularly worked makeup for celebrities like Tyra Banks, Beyonce, and Halle Berry. He knows his craft well, and has put himself through many educational experiences to build his repertoire. Adopted shortly after being born, Sam has worked for every achievement he has acquired.
The only female on the list (surprisingly), Michele Burke is an all inclusive sort of artist. She will work on expensive Hollywood productions just as often and easily as she will a B rated movie. She’s an equal opportunity makeup artist, for sure! Best known for her work in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” Burke has experienced the joy of an Oscar nomination as well.
For the excellent “throwback”, we have Mr. William Tuttle. If you’re not familiar with his creations, let me enlighten you. As a pioneer in the field of movie makeup, William Tuttle worked on the never forgotten “Wizard of Oz”. This wasn’t his only success, but you should know his name.