1st Edition

Makeup Artistry for Film and Television Your Tools for Success On-Set and Behind-the-Scenes

By Christine Sciortino Copyright 2021
    344 Pages 350 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 350 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction

    Section I: Behind the Scenes

    2. Getting the Job

    3. Pre-Production

    4. Production

    5. Wrap

    Section II: Theory

    6. Color Theory

    with Katie Middleton

    7. Lighting

    by Tony Santiago

    8. Camera

    by Tom Ciciura and Tony Santiago

    9. Anatomy

    10. Skin

    Section III: Technique

    11. HD "No-Makeup" Makeup

    12. Grooming

    13. Beauty Makeup

    14. "Out-of-Kit" Special Effects

    15. Burns

    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

    21. Conclusion

    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

    26. Contributors

    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.