Great Makeup Books & DVDs

If you want to start collecting some good reference materials, this list gives you some idea of where to start looking- it covers a small selection of the books and DVDs in my Makeup & FX Library.

I currently have over  300 books in my collection, not including filmmaking books.  I have books on ‘straight’ makeup as well plus other pictorial period and general references, hairstyling books, medical and forensic books, magazines, etc etc. They are in no particular order but I would start with the first two as they both contain information on the latest industry standard materials and techniques.



Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics (Paperback with DVD)

by Todd Debreceni


The Monstrous Makeup Manual Book #1 (Paperback with CD)

By Mike Spatola

The Technique of the Professional Make-Up Artist (Paperback)

by Vincent Kehoe

Stage Makeup (10th Edition) (Hardcover)

by Richard Corson

Special Effects Make-Up (Paperback)

by Janus Vinther

Hurt ‘Em Reel Good: A Quick Reference For Out Of Kit Make-up Effects (Paperback)

by Randy Daudlin

Wigs and Make-up for Theatre, TV and Film (Paperback)

by Patricia Baker

Wig Making and Styling: A Complete Guide for Theatre & Film (Paperback)

by Martha Ruskai

The Complete Make-Up Artist : Working in Film, Television, and Theatre (Paperback)

by Penny Delamar

The Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre (Paperback)

by Gretchen Dav

Designing Movie Creatures and Characters: Behind the Scenes with the Movie Masters (Paperback)

by Richard Rickitt

A Complete Guide to Special Effects Makeup: Conceptual Artwork by Japanese Makeup Artists (Paperback)

by Graphic-Sha

Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects (Hardcover)

by Robert McCarthy

Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects from the Films of Tom Savini (Paperback)

By Tom Savini

Grande Illusions: Book II (Paperback)

by Tom Savini

Costume Craftwork on a Budget: Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories (Paperback)

by Tan Huaixiang (Author)

The Prop Builder’s Molding & Casting Handbook (Paperback)

by Thurston James


Lifecasting with Silicones and Alginates

Neill Gorton

The Art Of Silicone Prosthetics 

Neill Gorton teaches flat mould and transfer appliances, and multi piece appliances.

Complete Creating Character Prosthetics in Silicone

Award Winning Make up Artist Neill Gorton, takes you through the process involved in creating large Scale Silicone Prosthetic make-ups.

Movie FX Magazine Presents:

Special Effects Masterclass Volumes I – V


 Makeup Artist Magazine

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