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An Impromptu Chat with the Brainchild of RBFX

This post is going to be a little different than most I’ve created on The Makeup Refinery so far. Yep, for the first time, I’ll actually be sharing some makeup applications that I’ve done over the years. Makeups that I have applied all using the wonderful foam latex appliances from RBFX. If you’re not familiar, …

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To Sculpt in Makeup FX – Not Entirely a Man’s World

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Canadian-born Savannah Koningen, a sculptor and makeup effects artist in her own right. Her passion and enthusiasm for her craft are nothing short of infectious. Together we explore art history, her favorite sculptors – past and present, and all things in the technical realm that is to …

Makeup from Pinocchio movie

Interview With A Movie Makeup Artist: Duncan Jarman

We have just celebrated the 2021 Academy Awards, and I wanted to take a minute to lavish in the work of Matteo Garrone’s folkloric and rustic re-telling of the classic Pinocchio. This movie has single-handedly re-ignited my love for movie-makeup and fantasy characters, after what seems like the longest of times. It is nominated for …

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Thomas Kuebler: The Man and Mind Behind the Curiosities

There’s a good chance you may have seen one of Tom’s works online somewhere. Taken a quick double-take at the eccentric character on your screen and continued with your day. Yes, the chances are, you saw an unusual-looking character and thought nothing more of it. Except for the fact that it wasn’t a person at …

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The Sensational Art of a Turkey Merck

I’m fortunate enough to be able to call Kevin Merck a friend. I wish I were also fortunate enough to share the incredible natural sculpting gift that he possesses! These days, however, Kevin is more frequently known as his business persona, “Turkey Merck.” Turkey Merck is not only a catchy and intriguing brand name, but …