Sarah Dorsey
Rates: $500.00 - 800
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Special Effects Artist / Prosthetics / Makeup Artist / Hair Stylist
Union:LOCAL 706
Willing to Assist
Experience Level:Department Head

Sarah Dorsey is a multi talented  makeup and special effects artist practicing beauty, body art, airbrush, and prosthetics for film, commercials, print, and special events. Sarah has worked for a number of companies including NYLIFE, Universal Studios Hollywood, NCAA, and is currently the makeup artist in residence for Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Sarah has gained a reputation for overcoming obstacles, exceeding expectations, and working efficiently. Her diverse work experiences have helped her to gain a sense of responsibility, a willingness to learn, and the ability to multitask under the most hectic of conditions. Sarah's extensive background enables her to accentuate the most striking features of any talent, whether the script calls for beauty or fright. One unique aspect of Sarah's beautiful work is that she pays special attention to all areas including makeup, special effects and hair. Her work can be seen in over twenty feature-length films and on a number of music videos, print photography, commercials, and much more! Her wonderful character and personality is infectious! For Sarah, makeup has become not only a way of life but also her full-time profession!

Phone: 314.703.8173 | E-Mail:

Colleague Testimonials

"Sarah has been part of my team on both Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and the Grinchmas celebration over the past few years. She is a valuable asset in both Makeup and Airbrush applications. She is well versed in all aspects of professional makeup artistry and can handle any task set before her. I always look forward to having Sarah as part of my crew!"

        Larry Bones

      Special Effects Artist
      Owner of Bone Yard Effects, Inc.

"I have worked with Sarah now for several years. I am always impressed by her talent and professionalism. She is able to handle any makeup challenge I give her. It is always such a pleasure to have her as part of the make up and hair team."

        Laurie Carter

      Professional Make-up Artist
      Commercial and Beauty

"Sarah is a talented and dedicated artist who can do it all. She has a bright personality and is great to work with. Hire her before someone else does."

        Michael S. Pack

      Two-Time Emmy-Nominated Make-up Arist
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 300, The Wolfman

Actor's Notes

"Sarah was a huge asset to me on the set. I have worked with a lot of industry professionals, and Sarah is ranked among the best. Not only was her make-up superb, but her support and being were a vital part of my good experience. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

        Dee Wallace

      Actress / Producer / Author
      Cujo, The Howling, The Frighteners, E.T.

"Sarah is a true professional, a delight to work with and a real team player. She is talented, creative and has a great eye for detail. I felt so taken care of by Sarah. We worked long hours and Sarah was there every step of the way making sure I looked my best - even at 1am for my close-ups! I was able to focus on what really mattered, my acting, because I knew Sarah would take care of the rest."

        Pamela Heffler Hella Hershson

      Lead Actress on Tringled


"Though a civilian, I’ve often needed professional makeup for public speaking and published photographs. Over the past few years, Sarah has done an extraordinary job of making me feel that I truely look my best,  giving me the confidence & ability to concentrate on my speeches rather than my appearance. She brings her artist’s eye and technique and really knows how to minimize all my flaws and she highlights all my good points. Moreover, she has a calming, lovely personality in the midst of backstage nerves and chaos which is appreciated by everyone."

        Hella Hershson

President                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Women’s Guild-Cedars-Sinai

Director's Thoughts

"Sarah is a must-have asset on set and in pre-production. She is easy-going and incredibly talented. On set, if she has 5 minutes she will give you something great. If you give her 10 minutes, she will make you something spectacular.

"Sarah Dorsey is an artist. As a director, it is great to work with Sarah who vibes with your creative decisions and take them to directions you did not think about. Sarah will take character descriptions and externalize them in the make-up. This is true from simple black eyes to lacerations on the face! Working with her on Project 420 was a god-send. She is easy going and incredibly fun to have on set. I would recommend her without a blink. Unless our projects conflict time-wise, in which case she is awful and you should give her to me."

        Lin Qiu

      Director / Producer
      Project 420

"Sarah Dorsey is impossibly talented and a blast to have on set. Whether she's turning a 20-something into an intergalactic space creature, flawlessly replicating the makeup style of a 1920s monster movie, or simply touching up actors for camera, Sarah does it faster, nicer, quieter and better than anyone you've worked with. Hiring her is a no-brainer, so do it already!"

        Justin Michael

      Director / Producer

  • spray tanning
  • sculpting
  • on-air talent
  • light hair
  • character makeup
  • bridal makeup
  • bridal hair
  • body makeup
  • beard laying
  • avant guarde makeup
  • avant guarde hair styling
  • airbrush makeup


August 2008 - October 2008
Van Nuys, CA

February 2007 - May 2007
Burbank, CA

August 2004 - December 2006
Show Low, AZ
Jordu Schell's Sculpture Studios
Creature Design, Mask Making, Sculpture

Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts
Makeup for Motion Pictures and Television

Northland Pioneer College
Photography, Sculpture, Art