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Frends Beauty to Beast Artist Spotlight: Matthew Mungle

Frends Beauty to Beast Artist Spotlight: Matthew Mungle

Because half of our Frends Beauty To Beast shoot is special fx, we simply had to ask our friend Matthew Mungle to come on board. And we are so happy he agreed to! You know how to tell someone is a very humble master of his craft? Ask him to tell us about a staple in his special fx makeup kit, and he doesn't say anything about his own line of special fx makeup. We asked him lots of questions actually...check them out below!



Who are you?
Matthew Mungle – Prosthetic Make-up Artist

How would the audience know you?
Film, Television & Stage work on “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Bedazzled”, “Blast from the Past”, “Shindler’s List”, “Albert Nobbs”, “Six Feet Under” the Final Episode, “The X-Files” TV Show, “CSI”, “NCIS”, “Salem” and “Wicked” the Musical. See my work at  

What got you interested in the makeup business?
Growing up on Monster Movies in the 60’s as a kid. All the Universal Monster Films, “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao” and the original “Planet of the Apes” films.

Did you attend school for makeup artistry, if so where?
Yes. The Joe Blasco Make-up Center in 1978 and it was the best training in the Art of Make-up.

What would you say is your specialty in this field?
Prosthetic Make-ups including Character and Aging Make-ups.

What area of the makeup industry is your favorite and why?
Character Make-up because it’s really hard to apply a nose to an Actor and make it believable. I enjoy people saying “Oh, I didn’t realize her or she was even wearing a nose for the character”.

What is some advice and tips you can give someone that is starting out?
Practice as much as you can. Read as many books, articles, etc. about all type of Make-ups and Prosthetics. Keep up with new techniques and materials.

What is your favorite makeup look to create?
A character Make-up

Specializing in beauty/character/FX what are some products that you can’t live without in your kit? Why?
Skin-Tite by Smooth-On. It’s an all-around great platinum silicone that’s skin safe, very flexible and fast setting.

What would you say is the most challenging part of this business?
Dealing with the lower budget shows. Sometimes they just don’t respect the art of Make-up, etc.

Who as an artist has inspired you most in this industry? Why?
Joe Blasco as a mentor and friend. His work in the industry is very wide and sometimes over looked. He taught me a lot about Make-up and the Industry. Also Dick Smith & John Chambers.

Artists in this business tend to travel a lot; do you have a favorite place you've been to?
Dublin, Ireland

Least favorite?
Any Desert locations I’ve had to shoot in.

When you're not working, what other things do you like to do?
Just relaxing and sometime creating Music with Synthesizers.

Tell our readers something about yourself that would surprise them.
I Love Music

What are some of your goals and dreams as an artist?
Just to continue working.


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