NAMES Tom Burman, Bari Dreiband-Burman
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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.