The use of cosmetics on actors to improve their appearance on camera or as special effects to modify their appearance to suit their characters.

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What did they do to David Schwimmer to simulate the tan?

In "The One with Ross's Tan" Ross gets too much spray-on tan. What was actually done to the actor to simulate the tan. (I assume he did not actually do the thing which happened to the character.)
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

I have seen tons of make-up tutorials on cuts, bruises, bullet wounds etc., but could not find much information on how bloodshot eyes are made in movies.
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Do movie stars need regular teeth whitening?

I don't think everyone's teeth is naturally white. I know mine aren't, no matter how many times I brush, my teeth don't appear white in the mirror. They do appear shiny, like pearls, but never white. ...
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

I've recently watched Point Break, and I was astonished by the number of tattoos worn by the principal characters, as well their thickness... How do they manage to do this? But in general, what ...
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Extensive makeup and pay rates

How are actors who have to do extensive makeup sequences paid? Are the 4+ hours of makeup prep work paid? Do they make allowances for how long it takes to remove the makeup? I am talking about any ...
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How did they do the Andorians' skin effects in Star Trek: Enterprise?

Most species of alien in Star Trek have some feature on their face that makes them visually distinct from humans, and it's usually very smooth-looking, because the actor is wearing a prosthetic made ...
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Why didn't Lily James dye her eyebrows to match her hair?

I just saw Disney's 2015 Cinderella. Not a cheaply made movie, but the lead actress (naturally a brunette), whose character is supposed to be blonde, did not have her eyebrows dyed like she did her ...
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How are Michonnes Zombies made?

During some episodes of The Walking Dead Michone has 2 zombies (Mike and Terry) without arms and jaw, which she uses as mules and for protection. I saw images of the actors of the zombies, they have ...
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How was Michael Douglas' apparent facelift achieved in “Behind the Candelabra”?

Michael Douglas, playing Liberace, has a facelift partway through the HBO movie. His skin is noticeably tighter and smoother afterwards. How was the effect achieved?
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What are Walker guts made of?

What are people in The Walking Dead really using to make it seem like they are rubbing Walker guts on themselves to stay hidden from Walkers? Are they using like BBQ sauce or something?
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How was the dwarf character in Apporva sagothargal Appu depicted?

In the 1989 Indian film, Apporva sagothargal actor kamal hassan plays a double role - one of a normal man and another one of a dwarf. How was kamal Hassan displayed as a dwarf in the movie ?
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What is the most time-consuming makeup to apply to a single actor in film or television?

There have been some famously elaborate make-up in film and television which take enormous amounts of times to apply to the actors, for example Michael Scofield's full-torso tattoo in Prison Break ...
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How did they create The Shadow's disguise?

In his 1994 movie The Shadow uses his psychic abilities to somehow alter his face to look like another person as part of his disguise. I've often wondered how this was actually done in the movie. It ...
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Are those movie masks for real where A impersonates B? [duplicate]

You know the kind I mean. At the intro of Mission Impossible, we see Tom Cruise, who suddenly hooks a hand beneath his jaw and tears of his face, which turns out to be one of those vinyl masks. ...
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Did Kevin Spacey use to look…different?

The Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy Hear no Evil, See no Evil features a young Kevin Spacey, who has some kind of growth on his face: It doesn't serve any plot function, nor is it mentioned or ...
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The Invisible Man (TV Series) Eye Special Effect

In the 2000-2002 Sci-Fi channel TV Series, "The Invisible Man": The central character Darien has a side-effect of invisibility called "Quicksilver Madness." In this state he becomes dangerous verging ...
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Total Recall (1990) nail color change effect

In the first Total Recall, there's an unimportant shot where the receptioninst at Recall is changing the color of her nails. She taps one with a stylus, and it "wipes" to a different color. (I can't ...
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Amazing makeup effect in Cocoon

There's a scene in Cocoon with the female alien, Brian Denehy, and Steve Gutenberg. The female alien has just put her fake human skin back on. There is a wrinkle on her cheek. Brian Denehy pulls ...
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How did they film Patsey being whipped?

A Sequence in 12 Years A Slave shows Patsey, a plantation worker, being tied to a pole and whipped. The shot is horrifying, and shows her flesh being torn and rendered open by the whip as it makes ...
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Why do actors in old movies look old?

Actors in the movies and TV shows from the 50s and the 60s often look old to me, probably way older than their actual age, or older than than you would expect their roles to be. First of all, am I ...
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Is it easier to make an older actor look younger than a younger actor older?

Considering how well 42-year old Matt Damon carried off the role of 17-year old Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, I'm curious to know if it is easier, in terms of make-up, to make an older ...