Makeup artist Harry Blake, who headed the NBC makeup department for 20 years, died July 16 of kidney failure at his son’s home in Northridge. He was 78.

During his 40-year career, Blake applied his makeup to some of the biggest names in show business, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope and Ann-Margret.

While at NBC, Blake was makeup artist to Johnny Carson. When Blake retired, he was asked to stay on for Carson, which he did, until Carson retired from “The Tonight Show” in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret; a son, Tyler; a daughter, Cindy Blake Palazzo, who is a makeup artist; and five grandchildren.

Family suggests donations in Blake’s name be made to the Autism Society of Los Angeles, 3975 Landmark St., Culver City, CA 90232.