old-age makeups: Neill Gorton at IMATS 2009

Neill Gorton demo at IMATS (2009)

Neill Gorton is the proprietor of MillenniumFX (Doctor Who etc) and of the Neill Gorton Prosthetics Studio. He is a strong supporter of the International Makeup Artists Trade Show (IMATS) and his annual prosthetic makeup demonstrations at IMATS London always attract a full house.

In a highlight demonstration on the Saturday at IMATS UK 2009 Neill and Rob Mayer transformed Karen Spencer into an middle-aged air hostess.

She was also his model in 2008 when she was transformed into an elderly Chinese woman; on the Sunday she was also transformed into a Native-American chief on the MillenniumFX stand.

The makeup

Neill, assisted by Rob Mayor, applied a multi-piece silicone prosthetic middle-age makeup on Karen. The neck piece was a generic piece (from a new range of generic prosthetic appliances by Millennium FX); the cheek and chin prosthetics were purpose-made. The eye area was stippled. Karen also wore contact lenses (supplied by the Reel Eye Company) and transparent veneers to discolour her teeth (made for the demo by FangsFX); Karen’s contact lenses were not purpose-made for the demonstration and Neill commented that the effect was probably too-ageing compared with the rest of the makeup.

I’m sure Neill would want me to point out that magnificient as it is this is a demonstration makeup performed against the clock while delivering a running commentary to a live audience. As such it should not be taken as an indication of the quality of his movie work.