Barney Nikolic

Branimir Nikolic, known as Barney, has been working successfully as a professional make-up artist for the past 20 years. He acted as head make-up artist at the State Theatre in Hanover, Germany for a period of 4 years and has since then been working within Europe as a freelance artist, creating special FX make-up and constructing masks for a wide range of projects. He lectures regularly at the international make-up artistry seminars held in Cologne, Germany demonstrating the skills of special FX make-up and has himself profited from numerous FX courses, in particular by Nick Dudman, UK (Star Wars, Harry Potter) in which he has participated.

  • Nominated for 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a series,limited series, movie or a special” “Penny Dreadful”
  • Nominated for 2015 International Emmy Award for “Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a series,limited series, movie or a special” “Penny Dreadful”


Barney Nikolic at the International Airbrush Days 2017


Realistic skin structure for Special Effects Make up and portrait
In this workshop you will learn the professional techniques of the special effects make up artists from Hollywood. Whether make up artist or illustrator – the shown speckle-techniques and precise color gradients are suitable for any presentation of skin structure.

Special Effects techniques on silicon masks
In this workshop you will learn professional techniques of Hollywood’s special effects make up artists. Like make up artists, participants will work on silicon masks in order to create realistic creatures.


Special Effects Make up –  Create a Monster
Watch how Barney Nikolic transforms a human being into a monster. Barney Nikolic uses silicon parts and his airbrush technique in order to create a Hollywood-like special effects make up

Behind the scenes of Harry Potter & Co.
Barney Nikolic provides an insight into his work for cinema and TV productions and reveals useful information.