Written by Staff Writer, CNN
As the aesthetic of the superhero comic books make their mark on the mainstream, special effects makeup is evolving accordingly.
“Images that took hours to create are now done in a couple of hours,” said Gino Pixiso, the U.S.-based makeup artist who won an Academy Award for his work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Following a series of “bleach-out to blonde” transformations in 2018’s “Justice League,” Pixiso has released a 12-minute look at the process, which he describes as “Euphoria.”
“Makeup is evolving,” said Pixiso, who has worked on such movies as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Deadpool.”
Olivia Munn stars in the new blockbuster film “Gone Girl.” Credit: Getty Images
Pixiso said the first big change in the makeup’s tactics comes down to budgetary constraints. In the 1980s and 90s, when CGI was expensive, Pixiso said, he had to test his makeup on whole sets to make sure it was believable.
“Nowadays, you don’t have to test it on actual sets — you can just test it on a green screen, and an illusion is made,” he said.
Pixiso’s transformation this week included a 35-step process, in which his hand was painted on — like tattooed — in white. To achieve the effect, only a little ink is actually applied.
Olivia Munn plays Erin Brockovich. Credit: Warner Bros. via AP
In another part of the process, Pixiso created a compound to alter the skin’s tone, caused by bleaching and resulting in the “Euphoria” color.
The transformation this week included a 35-step process, in which his hand was painted on — like tattooed — in white. Credit: Universal
“If you do it yourself, there’s a lot of makeup. There’s a lot of balming, a lot of giving feedback, and that’s why you have people working on the original days,” he said.
“You want to make sure everything’s right, and you don’t want anyone to see that you are wrong,” he added.