Valuable Skills for Special Effects Makeup Artists

March 15, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Make-Up

Special Effects Makeup Artists

Special effects makeup is a very specialized but popular field for makeup artists. Special FX makeup artists have the chance to help create creatures and designs that are seen by millions of people in film and television production. For anyone who made detailed drawing of fantastical creatures as a kid, becoming a special effects makeup artist is a dream come true.

The best way to become a special effects makeup artist is to get makeup training in a program specifically designed for this career path. Attending a special effects makeup school gives students the skills they need to excel in the industry as well as the credibility and portfolio to get their first job.

Here are some of the valuable skills that students learn in special effects makeup schools:

Basic Makeup Techniques: You need to crawl before you can walk, and it’s important for any special effects makeup artist to have a firm grasp of the basics of makeup before moving on to more specialized training. Along with giving students a firm base of knowledge, this can also provide students with skills if they need to take on freelance gigs doing regular makeup.

Prosthetic Makeup: Applying prosthetics is a hallmark of practical special effects. This can be as complex as transforming an actor into a vampire or other monster, or as simple as doing some aging or giving an actor a larger nose.

Creature Creation: The final step in a student’s progress is to design, construct and finalize an entirely new creature look that would be appropriate for film and television productions. Doing this proves that students have the skills needed to work in the industry and give them a great piece for their portfolio.