Often considered the most advanced form of makeup, prosthetic makeup is in constant demand from producers and directors wanting to scare, fool, and impress an increasingly sophisticated movie-goer. Taking a life-cast of the actor's body part that requires augmentation is the first stage in creating any three dimensional makeup object. Next, incredibly detailed sculpting of the new features occurs, and finally, the molding of the sculpture and the pouring of the final pieces completes the fabrication process. Once created with materials such as foam latex, gelatin, or the most recently introduced and highly sought-after silicone, the prosthetic is then attached to the performer's skin and seamlessly painted so that the audience can't see where the prosthetic ends and the actor's body begins.
Head of VFS Makeup Design for Film & Television Stan Edmonds discusses silicone prosthetic makeup and VFS's unmatched silicone curriculum with Oscar winners Howard Berger and Tami Lane at IMATS Vancouver 2010.
Makeup Design Grad Wins 1st Place at IMATS
Wei-Ying (Zoe) Cheng takes home top prize in international prosthetics/character makeup competition in Vancouver. more
Makeup on Urban Rush
Take a look at the complete process of a 3D Appliance Makeup created for our Halloween feature on Shaw TV. more
In this incredible timelapse video, VFS Makeup Design graduate Michael Nickiforek demonstrates the creative possibilities of overlapping gel-filled silicone appliances at IMATS Los Angeles. See how he creates an unforgettable Bond villain in just over four hours.
3D Appliance Makeup
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