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Incredible Film Makeup Transformations

I’m not an actor, but I have to think that playing a real person is much more difficult that playing a fictional one.

In most cases , an actor can tap into the motivations and reactions of a character to create the way he speaks and moves.

In the case of a real person, he or she may be well-known enough that the audience for the project is familiar with the appearance and demeanor of the subject.

Makeup artists also have a tougher jobs working on biographical  films.  Below are a few examples of how well the makeup artist recreations can stand up to comparisons to a subjects actual appearance.


Lincoln Film Makeup

Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln
Makeup by Lois Burwell


Anthony-Hopkins-Alfred-Hitchcock FIlm Makeup

Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock
Makeup by Howard Berger



Jennifer Lopez as  Selena Quintanilla – Perez
Makeup by Jay Wejebe



Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf
Makeup by Didier Lavergne


salma-hayek-frida-kahlo-film- makeup

Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo
Makeup by Judy Chin and Team



Meryl Streep as Margret Thatcher
Makeup by J. Roy Helland



Val Kilmer @ Jim Morrison
Makeup by Ron Berkeley


  1. Jasmine @ themakeupfile says:

    The Selena transformation has always been one of my favorites! :)

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