Following the recent death of Michael Jackson, Make-Up Artist magazine’s next issue will feature a retrospective of the King of Pop,
featuring interviews with a number of make-up artists who worked with
Jackson over the past three decades, as well as some exclusive,
The story—‘The Many Faces
of Michael Jackson’—goes back to 1978 when the then-19 year-old singer
appeared as the Scarecrow in a big-screen version of The Wiz.
“He was very quiet and shy,” remembered Michael Thomas, who worked as
Jackson’s make-up artist on the film for two and a half months, “and
very much to himself but he seemed to be a happy kid. He used to say
that whatever he was working on at the time, that was the most
important thing in his life, and he would devote all of his energy and
concentration to whatever project he was working on.”
most celebrated Jackson video of all time may well be the 1983
horror-music extravaganza “Thriller,” which permanently transformed the
music-video format. It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the
young make-up artists who worked on the project, some of them still new
to the business.
“It’s so energizing to see it again,”
said Tony Gardner, who joined the crew as a runner before working on
his own characters and ultimately appearing as a featured zombie. “I
have nothing but positive memories of that time. I was only 19 at the
time, but ‘Thriller’ helped me decide what I wanted to do with my life.”
Another major project was Ghosts, a half-hour haunted house epic directed by Stan Winston, who had designed the special make-ups for The Wiztwo decades earlier. “He was one of the best actors I’ve ever had in
the make-up chair,” said Mike Smithson, who transformed Jackson into
two different characters for the project. “He let me do whatever I
needed to do and never complained, so it was a really good experience.”
For exclusive Jackson material, see the full story in Make-Up Artist magazine #79, on sale July 15.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.