Have you ever been to a funeral and thought the person actually looked better in the casket than they did in real life? That's all thanks to the skill of the mortician who prepped the deceased person's body at the mortuary right up to the final touch of makeup. Although in some cases special makeup artists are on hand to prepare the dead, more often than not the person who does the makeup is also the embalmer. The embalmer not only chemically prepares a person's body for a funeral but typically finishes with a cosmetic makeover that creates a warm, peaceful, and nearly lifelike appearance.
Doing mortuary makeup can be a thankless job. After all, a mortuary makeup artist's client is, well, dead - and it's no easy feat to make a dead body look alive. There are all kinds of characteristics in a bloodless body that make it more challenging to beautify than a living, breathing human. But by all accounts, many embalmers love what they do: the work combines science with art and for some, that's the perfect balance.
Applying makeup to dead people is pretty much nothing like applying makeup on yourself and these creepy mortician beauty secrets prove it. Read on to discover everything you never wanted to know about makeup for the dead.
First Comes Embalming, Then Comes MakeupPhoto: Neon Demon/Amazon Studios
They Replace Blood With Embalming Fluids
Embalmers Are Trained In Embalming, Not Necessarily Cosmetics
Embalmers Have Their Own Special Cosmetics For The Deceased, Including A Product To Give Them A 'Lifelike Glow'Photo: YouTube
Embalmers Can't Make 'Improvements' To The Corpse, Even If The Family Requests It
Airbrushing Works BestPhoto: YouTube