These are a selection of my personal favourites. Why? I guess there’s no simple answer: the makeup itself (eg Planet Of The Apes); the blend of performance and makeup (eg Miss Jane Pittman); or they’ve just stuck in my mind for over twenty years (eg Elizabeth R).
The balance is probably tilted more than a little unfairly towards more recent movies; this is not just because I happen to remember them better but also because for so many older movies I’ve failed to fine quality images.
As to the future there are so many recent movies with outstanding makeups that are currently backlogged but some of which will appear here (eventually): La piel que habito; Barney’s Version; K-11; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters; Malificent; etc. Then there are all those promising forthcoming movies (eg The Moon and the Sun, De Helleveeg, About Ray & Zoolander 2), and those movies that have been announced (eg Body Art etc) which we may or may not ever see. We’ll see how many materialise.
These include makeups by John Chambers, Greg Cannom, Stan Winston, Rick Baker and other makeup superstars but you’ll also find some by lesser-known, but not necessarily lesser-talented, makeup artists.