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Oscar and BAFTA Make-up Nominations

With the National Television Awards screening on Wednesday night, we began the day today by browsing the nominees for the Oscars and BAFTA’s, which are both coming up very soon. We were keen to see who the nominee’s for the make-up awards are and find out a little more about how the make-up was created in these films.


Starting with the Oscars there were 3 films nominated for best make-up and hairstyling. These were Dallas Buyers Club, Bad Grandpa and the Lone Ranger. All three films featured some very dramatic make-up where we saw well-known stars such as Johnny Depp and Matthew McConaughey transformed into almost unrecognizable characters.

These nominations are the first for make-up artists Robin Matthews and Steve Prouty, who headed up the make-up team on Dallas Buyers Club and Bad Grandpa respectively.  However make-up artist on the set of Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow, has had a previous nomination, and win, for his work on Star Trek (2010). Below are some images of the film make-up and artists in action on set…

dallas lone ranger bad grandpa

Moving onto the BAFTA’s, there were a total of 5 nominations in the make-up and hair category. These include American Hustle, Behind the Candelabra, The Butler, The Great Gatsby and The Hobbit. We love how the nominations vary in time periods where they are set, with the make-up reflecting this!

The Great Gatsby and The Butler, see us step back to the 1920’s where make-up is based around fair skin, smoky eyes and an exaggerated cupids bow lip. Did you see our post a while ago on how to get the Great Gatsby look? If not click here

great gatsby

It then moves on to the 1970’s where American Hustle and Behind the Candelabra are set! Make-up in this period was super glam, with glitter and sparkle being a key theme in female make-up and fashion. We also love how American Hustle features some male grooming!

american hustle

The Hobbit takes a fictional time period of its own and the special effects and prosthetics in this film make it no wonder it has received a BAFTA nomination. The make-up techniques used in the film give characters an almost cartoon look with their exaggerated features!


We can’t wait to see who wins best make-up in both the Oscars and BAFTA’s! The Oscars take place on March 2nd and the BAFTA’s on 16th February. Let us know what you think about the make-up in the nominated films by mentioning us (@Illamasqua) on Twitter.

Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert