The Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre

Author(s): Gretchen Davis


Get professional techniques usually known only by Hollywood makeup artists in this full-color, comprehensive book from accomplished makeup pros Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall. The two come to you with impressive backgrounds in film and television industries--their projects have included Pearl Harbor, Rent, Stuart Little, and The Nanny Diaries, and Mindy Hall is fresh off her Academy Award win for her work on 2009's Star Trek. This new edition of The Makeup Artist Handbook offers even more illustrations to demonstrate techniques visually; fundamentals on topics such as beauty, time periods, black and white film; and up-to-date information on cutting-edge techniques like air brushing makeup for computer-generated movies, makeup effects, mold-making, lighting, and lots of information on how to work effectively in HD. Learn from the pros and hone your craft with this comprehensive book.


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Gretchen Davis resides in San Francisco working as a freelance Makeup Artist, and writer for the entertainment industry. She is highly sought after to work with high profile clients in film, television, and digital media as a personal or department head. Some of her clients include Sony, Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Universal, Electronic Arts, Pixar and ILM. She has keyed projects like Feature Film Milk, On the Road, and NBC's Trauma. Department Headed Films like Hemingway &Gellhorn with HBO, and political drama Knife Fight. Gretchen Co Authored "The Makeup Artist Handbook" distributed World Wide by Focal Press and published by Elsevier in March 2008. The book is critical acclaimed as a must have for the working Makeup Artist. She is a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 706, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists, Hollywood. As an Instructor, she creatively designed a makeup program for The Academy of Art University in SF. Today she continues to enjoy a successful career as a freelance Makeup Artist, Instructor, and writer. Her blog is an educational web site for anybody working in the entertainment industry. Mindy Hall's over 26 years of professional experience as a makeup artist, and her career spans film, television, photography, and theatre. She won an Academy Award for her work on 2009 film Star Trek.

Chapter 1 SHAPES Chapter 2 THE BODY Chapter 3 COLOR Chapter 4 LIGHTING Chapter 5 TECH STUFF Blue, Green ,White Screens, Monitors, Camera, Script Breakdown Chapter 6 FOUNDATIONS Color Theory & Mixing, Skin Tones, Foundations, Concealers, High Lights & Contour, Blending Chapter 7 BEAUTY & BASICS Natural, Spot Painting, Beauty, Brow Shaping, Glam, Eye Lashes, Men & Children, Covering Tattoo's, 5 o'clock Shadow, Body Makeup, Sun Protection Chapter 8 DESIGN Designing Looks, Blocking out Eye Brows, Face Lifts, Old Age Stipple, Temp. Tattoo's, Contact Lens, Teeth, Bald Caps Chapter 9 HAIR Lace pieces, Hand Laying Chapter 10 AIR BRUSH Chapter 11 EFFECTS PROSTHETICS, TRANSFERS, MOLD MAKING, BLOOD Chapter 12 HOW TO BE A PRO

General Fields

  • : 9780240818948
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Focal Press
  • : November 2011
  • : 235mm X 191mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gretchen Davis
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd edition
  • : 792.027
  • : 320
  • : Approx. 200 illustrations (200 in full color)