Welcome to the Hair and Makeup Artist Handbook

We write about the world of media makeup – from considering makeup as a career and being a trainee, through to what to think about when creating vintage looks. 

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What is Prosthetic Makeup?

Prosthetic makeup is a specialist field of makeup artistry that is used to create a variety of enhanced three-dimensional character looks and effects, from ageing and injuries to all sorts…

Skin Compatibility Test

A skin compatibility test is also known as a patch test. It is an essential step to take when working with special effects makeup and hair colouring products. Ultimately, it…

How a Hair Lace Wig is Handmade

Here we look at how a hair lace wig is custom made to order. It all starts with a consultation to understand the client’s requirements, and ends up with a…

1960s Makeup Colour Charts

Makeup Colours of the 1960s A selection of makeup colour charts and makeup application guides from the 1960s, showing the popular colours and fashionable looks of the era. 1961 The…



Looking at hairstyles and makeup fashions through the ages.


Guides to the basics, from colour theory to products.


What to think about when creating different makeup looks.

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