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In the bustling atmosphere of the IMATS LA 2024 show, amidst a crowd of aspiring makeup artists and industry professionals, a notable interview unfolded that offered a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Michael Key, a figure synonymous with makeup artistry excellence, sat down with two towering talents in the film makeup industry: Luisa Abel, renowned for her work as a makeup department head on Christopher Nolan’s epic narratives, and Jason Hamer, a master of makeup effects with a storied career that blends artistic vision with technical prowess. This conversation was not just a dialogue but a masterclass in the nuances of film makeup artistry, from the challenges of historical accuracy to the cutting-edge of makeup effects technology.