• Announcing our Spring 2022 FX Program Instructor!

    • January 25, 2022
    • Author | Celena Rubin

    Alexander McPherson, Founder and President of Prestige Makeup Effects, is traveling all the way from Virginia to teach the Character & Special FX Makeup program at The Art of Makeup School! We are very excited to have him teach this upcoming spring session.

    Alexander McPherson

    Alexander gained experience in the makeup industry from a young age, as his father, Alistair McPherson, worked as a Special Effects Technician at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios in London, England. Pinewood Studios produces some of the world’s most-loved films and TV shows, such as Black Widow, Maleficent, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Needless to say, Alexander grew up learning the ins & outs of beauty and special effects, and did his first apprenticeship with his father at 14 years old. By the age of 19 he was department head on a feature film.

    Character makeup by Alexander McPherson

    Alexander now works as a full-time makeup artist on the east coast, spending much of his time on film productions in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of IATSE Local 798, Hair and Makeup Union, and is a writer, actor, and film producer too.

    Some of his commercial clients include Snapchat, Goodwill, Lowe’s, and General Electric. Alexander’s film credits are many! He has worked on over 30 films and TV shows, the majority as Head of the Makeup Dept, and the remainder as Key Makeup Artist. Recent film credits include Scorn, Dead of Night Season 2, The Warrant, and Overcomer. You can see more of his film credits listed on IMDB here.

    His makeup skills cover everything from beauty, character, special fx, hair laying, bald caps, aging, trauma, prosthetic makeup and fabrication, and more. We can’t wait to have him as our next Character & Special FX instructor at The Art of Makeup!

    Sculpt by Alexander McPherson
    Alexander McPherson creating a character
    Makeup by Alexander McPherson