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Facts You Should Know When Choosing Makeup Artist For Funerals

The job of mortuary makeup artists requires a high level of expertise. The best in the field are the ones who are able to perform all the duties of the position. This is an individual with a great deal of artistic skill as well as a high level of integrity and ethics. We have all often heard people exclaim how the deceased looked "better than ever" or "just as they remembered". This is not a fortunate coincidence, but rather the work of a well trained artist.

It is remarkable that a person can be made to look "life like" even in death. It is even more so that they can be made to look the way they did before their death, by someone who never knew them. Most often families will submit a favorite photo to the funeral home and the "beautician" will use this as a template of sorts in order to recreate the person's looks.

Many loved ones prefer to see their departed family member on friend one last time before they are laid to rest. It is especially so when the person is young, or has died unexpectedly. Often this means they have been in a serious accident or experienced a lengthy illness. Needless to say, no one needs to be exposed to such tragedy first hand. This is where the artist comes in.

People may be surprised by some of the materials used to create a pleasant look for the final farewell. At times a bit of reconstruction may be required. Plaster of Paris, wire mesh, and even cardboard are a few of the materials that may be used. There are many others as well.

The type of makeup women use every day can not be used on a deceased person. This requires the warmth of living skin in order to spread evenly and look natural. Instead a special blend is used that will not lump and cake up. Non-thermogenic makeup is a bit more like a paint of sorts.

What a wonderful gift mortuary beauticians give to our loved ones. It is the final care these people will receive on this earth, and their families very much appreciate it.


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