By EW Staff
Updated June 25, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

NAMES Tom Burman, Bari Dreiband-Burman
AGES 63, 53
MUSTWORTHINESS They put the nip/tuck in ”Nip/Tuck!” The duo’s touches are why the plastic surgery on FX’s drama looks no different than the real deal on ”Extreme Makeover.”
ISN’T IT ROMANTIC Their two-decade-long business (and personal) partnership began on the 1982 film ”Cat People” when Tom — a veteran makeup man who worked on the original ”Planet of the Apes” — hired Bari to help with Nastassia Kinski’s transformation into a feisty feline. ”We knew immediately this was a lasting relationship,” says Tom.
WOULD THEY EVER CONSIDER SURGERY? Bari: ”It’s so matter-of-fact on ‘Nip/Tuck’ I can’t help but mull it over.” Tom: ”I don’t want it. I’m gonna decay at the rate I’ve been decaying.”
NEXT Season 2 of ‘Nip/Tuck’ airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.