For as long as films have been created, actors have always undergone visual transformations to become their character. Astonishing makeup artists have enabled Hollywood stars to become mythical creatures, animals and people completely different to themselves, and it is thanks to them that so many films are believable and visually impressive. They are often the unsung heroes who work crazy hours, and today we are showcasing some of the most talented artists’ work with these 10 stunning movie makeup transformations. Thanks to the talent and creativity of these artists, many brilliant movies are full of magic and wonder.
10. Charlize Theron – Monster
We are used to seeing Charlize Theron look stunning on the big screen, so it was quite the shock to see her playing a rough and beaten down character in the 2003 drama Monster. She starred as the lead character, Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute and serial killer who was executed in 2002. For the role, Theron put on 30 pounds and dried her hair out. Her commitment to the role must be commended, but the makeup team also deserves a tremendous amount of praise for their exceptional work. Through hand painting or air brush they managed to create damaged and blotchy skin, and they also partially shaved her eyebrows and bleached the remainder. Prosthetics were used on her eyelids, and she wore dentures that were painted to create Wuornos’s distinctive teeth. Theron won an Academy Award for her brilliant performance, but the makeup team deserves a huge amount of credit too.