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Pandora FX is a company of special makeup effects artists run by Margaret Caragan.  We serve productions throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, providing services for a broad spectrum of special makeup effects, practical effects, and makeup artistry. We can work individually as specialists and in teams to scale up to the staffing necessary to meet your project’s specific needs.

Life on set ranges from horror, medical conditions, body-painting, beauty, creatures, wig and hair work, to specialty costumes, concept art and everything it takes to bring characters to life. Work in the studio includes lifecasts, sculptures, molds and custom prosthetics.

Necessity is the mother of invention and Pandora FX came into existence to fill the significant need for skilled makeup effects in the local film industry. Our professional mission is to create quality makeups, professional service, and intelligent designs. Great makeups tell a story, whether it is for narrative or commercial work. We can open up a world of options or filter down into a simple plan. And we have a formula: a process of gauging your artistic, budgetary, and timeline needs and creating a plan that fits.

Our personal mission is to always evolve and grow as artists. That includes taking a hand in evolving the state of makeup effects locally by connecting, growing and contributing to the makeup and film community.

Our list of credits include Sundance world-premiered films, international productions, video game commercials, viral YouTube videos with over 73 million hits, top names and commercial clients, and when we’re not slaving over HD perfection, several team members have been featured as contestants on SyFy Channel’s Face Off, a lively competition of improvisational makeups. In October 2015 we collaborated with Lyft to churn out a load of zombies for ZOMBIE LYFT MODE! A one-of-a-kind zombie delivery service.

Explore our credits and client list, see who we are on the team page, and contact us to get the ball rolling on your project.

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FACE OFF -- "Sexy Beasts" Episode 601 -- Pictured: Margaret Caragan -- (Photo by: Nicole Wilder/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

FACE OFF — “Sexy Beasts” Episode — Pictured: Margaret Caragan — (Photo by: Nicole Wilder/Syfy/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)


Margaret Caragan is the founder and owner of Pandora FX. She has worked in the Bay Area as a special makeup effects artist for 14 years. Caragan studied Fine Art at the Academy of Art University, earning a Bachelor’s in Sculpture. She spends the majority of her time managing teams as a department head, creating highly detailed designs and executing them for commercial and independent film clients. She specializes in casualty and character makeups, creating custom prosthetics for creatures, likeness, old age, injuries and extreme transformations.

“I love my job, my team, and working hard to bring stories to life with makeup. Most of all, I love meeting a challenge head on.”

Click to view Margaret’s portfolio

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