Top 10 Makeup Transformations of All Time

Top 10 Makeup Transformations of All Time

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Movie makeup can do more than hide imperfections and beautify actors. Well-designed makeup can play a major role in creating a character. These are our top 10 makeup transformations of all time. Subscribe:

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Mystique from X-Men (2000)
Makeup Artist: Gordon Smith
Rebecca Romijn spent over 8 hours in the chair for her total-body makeup transformation. And the result is truly transformative.

Tootsie (1982)
Makeup Artist: Allen Weisinger
This man-to-woman transformation was so good, Dustin Hoffman could pass for a woman on the streets of New York.

The Fly (1986)
Makeup Artist: Chris Walas
The transition from man to monstrous fly was a multi-stage makeup endeavor, encompassing 5 hours and 5 pounds of prosthetics.

The Elephant Man (1980)
Makeup Artist: Christopher Tucker
The Elephant Man’s transformation was compiled in 15 sections, and involved the actual skeleton of the actual elephant man.

Frankenstein (1931)
Makeup Artist: Jack Pierce
This iconic makeup invented the bolts-in-the-neck look that’s not an integral part of the character.

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Makeup Artist: John Chambers
The human-to-animal transformation from Planet of the Apes made the movie work.

The Godfather (1972)
Makeup Artist: Dick Smith
Making Marlon Brando into the aged, jowly, Don Corleone is one of the most convincing works of age makeup to this day.

Monster (2003)
Makeup Artist: Toni G
Turning the beautiful Charlize Theron into the plain, scarred Aileen Wuornos is one of the most unbelievable tricks of makeup ever.

21 Jump Street (2012)

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Makeup Artist: David Martí
The Faun makeup was an achievement in makeup as well as technology.