10 World Most Notable Make-Up Artists of All Time

The list of the 10 World Most Notable Make-Up Artists of All Time:

Who is a Make-Up Artist?

A make-up artist or makeup artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying makeup and prosthetics on others for theatre, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry. Awards given for this profession in the entertainment industry include the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hair styling and even several entertainment industry awards such as the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes.

In the United States as well as the other parts of the globe, professional licenses are required by agencies in order for them to hire the MUA. Bigger production companies have in-house makeup artists on their payroll although most MUA's generally are freelance and their times remain flexible depending on the projects. The use of digital cameras may have made the use of bridal make up more popular.

10 Notable Make-Up Artists:

1- Rick Baker: Born: 8 December 1950
World Most Notable Make-Up Artists of All Time

Richard A. Baker is a retired American special make-up effects creator, mostly known for his creature effects and designs. Baker won the Academy Award for Best Makeup seven times from a record of eleven nominations, beginning when he won the inaugural award for An American Werewolf in London.

2- Way Bandy: Born: 9 August 1941, Died: 13 August 1986
World Most Notable Make-Up Artists of All Time

Way Bandy was an American make-up artist. During the 1970s, Bandy became one of the most well known and highest paid make-up artists in the fashion industry. Photographer and frequent collaborator Francesco Scavullo called Bandy "one of the great makeup artists of our time."

3- Bobbi Brown: Born: 14 April 1957, United States
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown is an American professional makeup artist and the founder and ex-CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Brown has written eight books about makeup and beauty. She is the Contributing Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Health magazine and Beauty & Lifestyle editor of the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show radio broadcast.

4- Nina Flowers: Born: 22 February 1974
nina flowers

Jorge Luis Flores Sanchez, better known as Nina Flowers, is a Puerto Rican drag queen, DJ, activist, professional make-up artist, and reality television personality who has been performing since 1993.

5- Joanne Gair: Born: 1958
Joanne Gair

Joanne "Kiwi Jo" or "Kiwi Joe" Gair is a New Zealand-born and raised make-up artist and body painter whose body paintings have been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue from 1999 to 2017.

6- Huda Kattan: Born: 2 October 1983
Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan is an Iraqi-American makeup artist, beauty blogger, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the cosmetics line Huda Beauty.

7- Jack Pierce: Born: 5 May 1889, Died: 19 July 1968
Jack Pierce

Jack Pierce was a Hollywood make-up artist best remembered for creating the iconic makeup worn by Boris Karloff in Frankenstein, along with various other classic monster make-ups for Universal Studios.

8- Pat McGrath: Born: 1970
Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath MBE is a British make-up artist. She has been called the most influential make-up artist in the world by Vogue magazine and other commentators. In 2019 she was included in Time's 100 most influential people list.

9- Ve Neill: Born: 1951
Ve Neill

Ve Neill is an American makeup artist. She has won three Academy Awards, for the films Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood. She has been nominated for eight Oscars in total.

10- Lisa Eldridge: Born: 26 October 1974
Lisa Eldridge

Lisa Eldridge is a make-up artist, creative director, and author. Raised in New Zealand and Liverpool, England. She had her first big break when she was booked by ELLE Magazine to work with model Cindy Crawford.

Makeup techniques


Fashion makeup is used in magazine photography as well as on the fashion runway. Avant-garde makeup is also an applicable technique used for projects that require experimental themes. Fashion makeup is also commonly used in television and film ranging for the natural prime look to more sophisticated applications such as color balance.

Theatrical makeup

Stage makeup is used as a method in conjunction with stage lighting to highlight the actors' faces in order to make expressions visible to the audience from moderate distances. This often includes defining the eyes and lips as well as the highlights and lowlights of the facial bones.

Special make-up effects (FX makeup)

The use of special effects techniques enhancing physical features to exhibit metaphysical characteristics as well as fantasy makeup. The use of prosthetics and plaster casting are also required for projects that entails non-human appearances. Accents such as theatrical blood and ooze are also techniques applicable to this type of makeup.


The use of an airbrush which is a small air-operated device that sprays various media some products and water-based makeup by a process of nebulization. The earliest record of this type of cosmetic application dates back to the 1925 film version of Ben-Hur, it has recently been re-popularized by the advent of HDTV and digital photography, where the camera focuses on higher depths of detail. Liquid foundations that are high in coverage but thin in consistency are applied with the airbrush for full coverage without a heavy build-up of product.

Bridal makeup

Bridal makeup is a new segment in a makeup artist's repertoire. From ethnic, to glamorous, to contemporary, makeup artists are now an important part of wedding planning in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

High definition

This is an art which involves the use of light reflectors and ingredients such as minerals to give the skin a flawless finish. This was developed due to the further development of high definition mediums and the cost implications of airbrush makeup.

Notable make-up artists Full List:
  • Rick Baker
  • Way Bandy
  • Bobbi Brown
  • John Chambers
  • Nina Flowers
  • Joanne Gair
  • Huda Kattan
  • Jack Pierce
  • Pat McGrath
  • Ve Neill
  • Dick Smith
  • Marco Castro
  • Lon Chaney
  • Lisa Eldridge
  • Jeffree Star
  • NikkieTutorials
  • James Charles
  • Kelly Hanna


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