Hollywood's Old Age Makeup Versus How Actors Actually Look When They're Older

Hollywood makeup artists have perfected the art of transforming actors into any character imaginable, and yet old age makeup remains one of the hardest transformations to pull off.

Between the subtle ways our facial features change as we age, to the fact that applying too many prosthetics makes the actor look like they're wearing a Halloween mask, old age makeup is still the pinnacle of the practical fx industry.

But how many times have Hollywood makeup artists correctly guessed how an actor will look when they grow old?

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As this video by YouTuber filminick shows they're usually pretty far off, but that's because they have to exaggerate for the screen, or they're doing a Benjamin Button style character who isn't necessarily supposed to look like the actor.

Still, who could have foreseen this transformation?

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-Via GeekTyrant


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Plus, it doesn't take into account, the actual "old" stars' use of plastic surgery, et al. Who knows what Lea Thompson would look like if she aged naturally?
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This is interesting, but not necessarily valid. For example, Lea Thompson was supposed to look boated and out of shape in BTF2. If her role was supposed to be "Hot Yoga Mom" instead of "Faded High School Trophy", the makeup might have been more true to life.
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