Leading the Fine Art of MakeUp into the new Millennium™

Vincent J-R Kehoe

This is his 15th book on the art of make-up, the first being published in 1958. His career started in 1940 with the Lowell Light Opera Guild when he designed the make-up for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and The Gondoliers. Shortly after he joined the U.S. Signal Corps, he then transferred to the Mountain Troops as a ski instructor, another of his civilian professions. After being discharged in 1945, he went back to the city of his birth, New York City, and by 1948 became the first make-up artist for the CBS-TV network, designing all the Ford Theatre and Studio One productions. The following year, he commenced doing make-up for films and then moved back to television, where he became Head of Make-up for all the original Hallmark Hall of Fame productions for two years. He then worked on the following films: Giant, The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Thomas Crown Affair, and finally, Charly, which won its star, Cliff Robertson, the Academy Award. In 1962 he started the Research Council of Make-up Artists, a firm that produces specialized make-up for the studios, and he has been both Director of Research and President ever since. His further biography can be found in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Entertainment.


With a BFA in motion picture and television production from Columbia University in 1957, he went on to become the pioneer of make-up artistry instruction through his historic first book, The Technique of Professional Film and Make-up. For five years, from 1962 through 1966, he directed all make-up for the International Beauty Show in New York City. In the film On the Waterfront, Mr. Kehoe researched the make-up which was done for Marlon Brando and worked on two motion pictures with Steve McQueen on location in Boston and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania film was none other than the historic The Blob! Mr. Kehoe designed and applied all of the make-up for the film and worked closely with the special visual effects artists by providing them his learned input.


Aside from his many triumphs in make-up artistry, Mr. Kehoe has written two award-winning books on the art of Los Toros, as well as six books on American Revolutionary War history.


Now with all of these accomplishments behind him, both he and Joe Blasco have joined forces to create what they feel will be the most definitive book on the art of make-up – in full color – ever written.