Prosthetic makeup is the process of using prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting techniques to create advanced cosmetic effects. Prosthetic makeup was revolutionized by John Chambers in films such as Planet of the Apes and Dick Smith in Little Big Man. While the use of prosthetics is not such a recent phenomenon, we are totally in love with the results that we see on-screen. But this realistic looking prosthetics procedure not just takes hours, but also cost a lot of money. Most of the times in crores! The time and cost are very subjective, depending upon which body part the prosthetic piece is created for. Prosthetics can be anything from a character make-up or an extensive makeover to make the person look like someone else.

Let’s look at a few makeup artists who did wonders with the prosthetic looks:

Mark Troy D’Souza

Mark is the co-founder of  ‘Da MakeUp Lab’ and one of the most renowned makeup and prosthetics artists in Bollywood. From transforming Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out to making Nawazuddin Siddiqui look completely unrecognizable in MOM, it took a lot of hard work and detailing to create their realistic looks.


Subhash Shinde

This is the wonderful man behind  Priyanka Chopra’s look in Mary Kom, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s realistic makeover in Sarbjit and Shraddha Kapoor’s look in and as Haseena

Zuby Johal

Zuby Johal came into limelight after she along with a team from Los Angeles made actor Rajkumar Rao look like a 324-year old in Raabta. After spending 5-6 hours daily on Rajkumar’s look, the prosthetics work made everyone’s eyes pop out.

Stephan Dupuis

The credit for Amitabh Bachchan’s look in Paa goes to none other than international makeup artist Stephan Dupuis. You may not know this, but Big B wore over eight pieces of specially crafted prosthetics clay mask to look like Auro.