A Beginner's Guide to Special Makeup Effects: Monsters, Maniacs and More is an introduction to special effects makeup using cost-effective tools and materials that can be found in local stores.
The book is divided into three sections – Simple Makeup, Advanced Materials and Techniques and Advanced Makeup – and features tutorials to create characters such as a pirate, vampire, ghost, robot, burn victim, witch, zombie and goblin. Each character is introduced with a full-page photograph of the finished makeup and illustrated with full-color, step-by-step photographs. The book also includes instructions on how to make fake teeth, apply bald caps, create gory wounds and injuries and make simple prosthetics. Each makeup tutorial is designed to progressively build on the techniques outlined in the preceding tutorial, guiding readers from the basics of foundation, highlight and shadow to creating advanced creature makeups.
This is a beginner makeup book suited for students of Stage Makeup courses, as well as for the theatre technician working and training on their own.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Simple Makeup 1. Pirate 2. Highlight and Shadow 3. Vampire 4. Ghost 5. Robot 6. Basic Burn 7. Basic Zombie 8. Plague Victim 9. Witch Section 2: Advanced Techniques & Materials 10. Fangs and Claws 11. Fake Teeth 12. Blood 13. Bald Caps 14. Blocking Out Hair 15. Skin Textures 16. Cotton and Latex Buildups 17. Wounds and Injuries 18. Laying Hair and Stubble 19. Making Simple Prosthetics 20. Character Design Section 3: Advanced Makeup 21. The Champ 22. Skull 23. Giggles 24. Severe Burn 25. Goblin 26. The Creature 27. Advanced Zombie 28. Pirate…again
Christopher Payne has been a professional makeup artist for more than 15 years and an enthusiastic amateur for most of his life before that. He has an MFA in Makeup and Wig Design from the University of Cincinnati and has worked on theatrical productions, television shows and films across the country. He has also taught makeup at a number of schools, trade shows and theaters. This is Payne’s second book project, having previously contributed to Makeup Artistry for Film and Television (Sciortino, 2021).