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7/13/2020 12:55:03 AM

24 Greatest Special Effects Makeup Transformations That Took The Movie To Another Level

While makeup is often used in film to beautify the appearance of actors and actresses, it is also used to transform them into fantasy characters. Even with computer-generated imagery (CGI), special effects makeup is still critical in helping live actors and actresses look authentic in the CGI world surrounding them; imagine Frodo with perfectly rounded ears and normal, hairless feet, and you understand how important the special effects makeup artist’s tiniest jobs can sometimes be. Not only must the artist be well-versed in conventional makeup, he or she must also be knowledgeable when it comes to the use of prosthetics, often made of latex, silicone, rubber, fake blood, and other materials

As the audience, we tend to overlook the important job of the special effects makeup artist. Today, we pay homage to these unsung heroes by checking out the most incredible makeup transformations ever seen in movies and television. Seriously, what sorcery is this?

Melissa Cowan as Bicycle Girl Zombie in The Walking Dead (2010)
Melissa Cowan The Walking Dead

Bicycle Girl The Walking Dead

Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence X Men Days of Future Past

Jim Carrey as The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey How The Grinch Stole Christmas

John Travolta as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (1997)
John Travolta

John Travolta Hairspray

Johnny Depp, Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp Edward Scissorhands

Linda Blair as Possessed Child, Regan, in The Exorcist (1973)
Linda Blair

Linda Blair The Exorcist

Michael Keaton, Beetlejuice (1988)
Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton Beetlejuice

Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002)
Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman The Hours

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter series (2001-11)
Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes As Lord Voldemort In Harry Potter

Ray Park as Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Ray Park

Ray Park Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Ron Perlman as Hellboy in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman Hellboy II The Golden Army

Doug Jones as Abe Sapien in Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Doug Jones

Doug Jones Hellboy II The Golden Army

Danny DeVito as The Penguin in Batman Returns (1992)
Danny DeVito

Doug Jones Hellboy II The Golden Army

Doug Jones as Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Doug Jones Pans Labyrinth

Dustin Hoffman, Hook (1991)
Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman Hook

Eddie Murphy, Norbit (2007)
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy Norbit

Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee (2005)
Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson Nanny McPhee

Eric Stoltz as Roy L. ‘Rocky’ Dennis in Mask (1985)
Eric Stoltz

Eric Stoltz Mask

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight (2012)
Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger The Dark Knight

Hugh Grant, Cloud Atlas (2012)
Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant Cloud Atlas

Jeff Goldblum as Seth Brundle in The Fly (1986)
Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum The Fly

Eric Bana as Nero in Star Trek (2009)
Eric Bana

Eric Bana Star Trek

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines

Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003)
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron Monster
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