Eat, Pray, Love, Make-up
The highly anticipated film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ starring Julia Roberts, was based on the best-selling novel by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book itself is a memoir, following Gilbert’s story after her painful divorce and her subsequent search for herself as she travels through Italy, India and Indonesia. The massive popularity of the book led a series of perfumes and a fashion line. The fragrances were developed by the company ‘Fresh’. The three scents ‘Eat’, ‘Pray’ and ‘Love’ feature perfume notes that capture the essence of each country Gilbert visited.
Eat (Italy) – featuring lemon, basil, bergamot, plum, red currant, rose, caramel, meringue and vanilla.
Pray (India) – with notes of elemi, pink pepper, juniper berry, incense, peony, rose, patchouli, amber and musk.
Love (Indonesia) – bergamot, red currant, mango blossom, tiare, dewy jasmine, sandalwood, vetiver and velvet amber.
Fashion designers were also inspired by the story; Sue Wong released a ready-to-wear line reflecting the Indian and Indonesian locals in the film. Wong is renowned for her gowns, making the collection the first separates that she has ever done. In a recent press release Wong explained, “I was able to create a collection that was striking, exotic, and timeless, and organic to the journey in the book and forthcoming film.”
Julia Roberts’ make-up in the film evolves over the course of her characters journey. Amazingly, the looks were created using only one bag of make-up, using each product differently to reflect Gilbert’s emotions in each country. In Italy, Gilbert finds a new lease of life and begins to have fun, the make-up followed suit. As make-up artist Richard Dean explained, “The blush moves from the outer cheekbone toward the apple of the cheek, more like a natural, warm flush. The soft rose lipstick is replaced with a more fleshy, nude colour, more childlike,”
When Gilbert reached India within the story, she begins a new phase of her journey attempting to purify herself and become more spiritual. At this point in the film, her skin is golden and glowing, reflecting the colours of the Indian sun. The make-up is very minimal, except for one particular scene where she attends a wedding and wears traditional Indian eye Kohl to represent femininity.
Within the scenes set in Bali, Roberts eyes are noticeably smoked out using eyeliner, the complexion is highlighted using a bronzer instead of a blush to achieve a tanned effect. “Her lips are moistened rather than lipsticked. A naturally sensual woman has emerged,” revealed Dean.
Here’s a breakdown of the products used: