Movie Beauty

Natalie Portman in 'Black Swan'


Make-up is an actors best friend, it helps their faces become alive on screen, banishing spots, dark circles and uneven pigmentation, allowing them to remain the gods and godesses that we idolise.  Marilyn Monroe famously had her own personal make-up artist, Whitey Synder, who she simply could not do without. She even asked him to do her make-up if she died before him, which of course he did. Without make-up artists, characters would not be as fully developed or as reknowned.  Can you imagine Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast ast Tiffany’s without her trusty eyeliner flicks? Or Helena Bonham Carter in ‘Fight Club’ without those smudged, slept in eyes? Make-up is the actors mask, without it they are not only flawed, but characterless.

This is a site that recognises the importance of make-up artists within films. I’ve always been fascinated by the make-up work that goes on behind the camera, what products were used, how it was applied and the designing process behind the look.  In recent years developments in technology has meant that characters are photo-shopped; lines, wrinkles, spots and under eye circles are a thing of the past. Although this new technology is obviously highly effective, (especially on films like ‘Sex and The City the Movie’ where they were all so airbrushed they looked like puppets),  for me the real mastery is the makeup, using products and brushes to develop a character. For this reason alone it is a highly important tool on a film set, and has turned unpolished novices into move idols.

Joan Crawford having her make-up expertly applied.


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