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List of famous makeup artists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top makeup artists in the world? This includes the most prominent makeup artists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable makeup artists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic makeup artists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned makeup artists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known makeup artists to the lesser known makeup artists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the makeup artist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous makeup artists ever?" and "What are the names of famous makeup artists?" then you're in the right place. 

Rick Baker

Rick Baker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Makeup Artists
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Dick Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Makeup Artists
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Richard Emerson "Dick" Smith was an American special make-up effects artist, known for his work on such films as Little Big Man, The Godfather, The Exorcist, Taxi Driver, and Scanners. He won a 1985 Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for his work on Amadeus and received a 2012 Academy Honorary Award for his career's work. ...more

Birthplace: Larchmont, New York, United States of America

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John Chambers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Makeup Artists
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John Chambers

John Chambers was an American make-up artist and veteran prosthetic makeup expert in both television and film. He was a recipient of an Academy Honorary Award by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1968. He is best known for creating the pointy ears of the character Spock on the television series Star Trek, and for his make-up work on the Planet of the Apes film franchise. Chambers was awarded CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit for his involvement in the Canadian Caper, in which six American hostages escaped, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis; the incident was the basis of the film Argo, which won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Picture, where he was played by John Goodman. ...more

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Michael Westmore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Makeup Artists
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Michael George Westmore I is an American make-up artist best known for his work in various Star Trek productions, winning nine Emmy Awards, and is a member of the Westmore family. He won the Academy Award for Make-up in 1985 for his work on the film Mask. His career began at Universal Studios in 1961, and spanned four decades, including working for the CIA creating make-up kits for spies overseas. ...more

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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