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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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