Donald Mowat – Makeup Designer

Episode 21: We speak with the highly sought after Makeup Designer Donald Mowat, we chat about some of the incredible films he has designed, the important lessons we learn through our experiences coming up in the industry,  how he is a mentor to many and the importance of passing on your knowledge to those who follow…


Donald Mowat is one of the industry’s most sought-after makeup artists. As makeup department head/designer on such films as Blade Runner 2049, Stronger, Sicario, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, The Fighter and 8 Mile and as personal makeup artist for Daniel Craig on Spectre and Skyfall, Donald’s skill and professionalism have kept him in constant demand for the last thirty years.

Accomplished in every genre of film and television – straight and corrective beauty, character makeup, period drama, out of kit special effects/casualty – his awards include a Primetime Emmy, a Saturn award, two Hollywood Makeup Artists Guild awards and two Gemini awards. Donald has two British Academy film awards nominations for Nocturnal Animals and Blade Runner 2049.

Recent releases include Damien Chazelle’s First Man starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy and the Netflix original Velvet Buzzsaw, written and directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

Upcoming releases include Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated adaptation of the Frank Herbert classic science fiction novel, Dune, for which Donald was Makeup Department Head/Makeup Hair and Prosthetics Designer.

To see other projects Donald has worked on visit:  IMDB or Instagram