In this comprehensive handbook author, makeup artist, and educator Christine Sciortino offers a detailed introduction to the conceptual foundations, techniques, and on-set practices of the makeup design process, going beyond technique-centered makeup education to provide an in-depth look at the workings of the film and television world.
Through personal stories, interviews, demonstrations, and insights from Sciortino and her colleagues, this book explores the business of makeup artistry, including tailoring a resume, building a kit, self-marketing, breaking down a script, researching and creating makeup looks, working as part of a production team, and different ways to get paid. It further delves into on-set procedures and theory such as anatomy, skin science, color theory, and lighting design. With high-quality step-by-step photo tutorials, this book will help readers to learn and hone techniques for beauty makeup, character makeup, and light special effects including aging and dirtying, grooming, bruises and prosthetics, tattoos, and more. An emphasis is placed on working with actors of all ages, skin tones, and gender identities.
This approachable and engaging blend of practical techniques and professional practice is ideal for both introductory-level and established artists.
An online resource also offers downloadable templates and sample paperwork for on-set use and practice.
Table of Contents
Section I: Behind the Scenes
2. Getting the Job
Section II: Theory
6. Color Theory
with Katie Middleton
by Tony Santiago
by Tom Ciciura and Tony Santiago
Section III: Technique
11. HD "No-Makeup" Makeup
13. Beauty Makeup
14. "Out-of-Kit" Special Effects
by Christopher Payne and Christine Sciortino
16. Applying Pre-Made Prosthetics
by Christopher Payne
17. Age Makeup
by Rochelle Uribe-Davila, Dina Cimarusti, and Christopher Payne
18. Applying Facial Hair
19. Dirt and Sweat
20. Additional Character Design Techniques
22. Appendix A: Note on Harassment
23. Appendix B: Glossary of Common On-Set Terminology and Slang
24. Appendix C: Other Positions on Set and What They Do
25. Appendix D: Where to Buy Products
27. Works Cited
Christine Sciortino is a Chicago-based makeup artist and visual storyteller with recent projects including Come As You Are, Captive State, Proven Innocent (Fox), and Fargo (FX). As a member of the IATSE Local #476 Studio Mechanics Union, she designed and leads the local’s first Sexual Harassment training program, making our film sets safer spaces. She also created and instructs the Cinema Makeup curriculum in the school of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago where she has the joy of educating the next generation of filmmakers.
The wealth of information that Christine Sciortino shares is invaluable and can equip any aspiring Makeup Artist with the knowledge required to navigate their way around the set of any film or television production with confidence.
Ken Diaz – Two-time Academy Award Nominee and three-time Emmy Award Winning Makeup Artist.