Even if the name Rick Baker doesn’t immediately ring a bell, I can promise you that you’re quite familiar with his body of work. One of the top special makeup effects artists in the game, Baker got his start on a little film called The Exorcist, serving as legendary makeup master Dick Smith’s assistant. From there, Baker quickly rose to prominence as a master of the art in his own right, making history when he became the first makeup artist ever to win an Academy Award: it was in 1981 when the Makeup and Hairstyling category was added, and Baker took the statue home thanks to his incredible work on An American Werewolf in London. David Kessler’s transformation from human to wolf in that film is without a doubt the best the genre has ever seen, and it was Rick Baker who was responsible for pulling off that incredible magic trick.
Baker has worked on countless films since then – a laundry list of fan favorite titles that form one of the more impressive resumes you’ll find on IMDb. His stunning effects played a huge part in films like The Howling, The Funhouse, Videodrome and even Harry and the Hendersons, and in more recent years he’s worked on several big time projects like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Hellboy and the 2010 Wolfman reboot, to name just a few. [Fun Fact: Baker played King Kong himself in the 1976 remake!]
Needless to say, Baker is one of the best the makeup effects world has ever seen, and he’s got all the accolades to show for it. He currently holds not just one but seven Oscar statues, and he’s been nominated a total of twelve times throughout his career. He also received the Jack Pierce Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Chiller-Eyegore Awards, and in 2012 he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
I could go on and on about how important Baker’s contributions have been to the horror genre, and the movie business at large, but I think you get the idea. If you don’t know his name, you by all means should... and we’ll leave it at that!
So what’s next for Rick Baker? His effects work will next be seen in Disney’s Maleficent, which is set to hit theaters in May of 2014. In the meantime, Baker has linked up with M-A-C Cosmetics on a very special line of Halloween-inspired makeup, only available through the 31st of October.
In order to find the inspiration for the line, M-A-C commissioned Baker to give three models Halloween makeovers (seen above), and then the company used those makeup designs as inspiration to whip up various lipsticks, eye liners and powders, putting together everything needed to recreate the Zombie, Bride of Frankenstein and Dia De Los Muertos inspired looks that Baker created. Dubbed the "M-A-C X Rick Baker Collection," the line is a true collaboration between the makeup company and the makeup master – giving both men and women alike the chance to get their Rick Baker on this Halloween season.
Check out a full rundown of everything that’s available in the limited edition collection, which you’ll be able to find in stores on October 3rd!
SPIDER QUEEN PRO PALETTE ($44)
THE MONSTER’S BRIDE PRO PALETTE ($44)
BLACK EYELINER ($19.50)
WHITE, BLUE & BLACK CHROMAGRAPHIC PENCILS ($16 EACH)
CURRANT & BRICK LIP PENCILS ($15 EACH)
FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION ($35)
MONSTER FX MIXING MEDIUM ($22)
INVISIBLE SET POWDER ($30)
WHITE CHROMACAKE ($25)
DEEP PLUM LIPSTICK ($15)
WHITE & BLACK PAINTSTICKS ($21 EACH)
WHITE, RED, GREEN & BLACK ACRYLIC PAINTS ($21 EACH)