With Little Money & Even Less Time, ‘Border’ Makeup Designers Transform European Talents Into Trolls
Called upon to design makeup for Ali Abbasi's Border—a singularly dark and clever fantasy, which won Cannes' Un Certain Regard prize and has been selected as Sweden's entry for Best Foreign Language Film—Göran Lundström would do some of the most transformative work he'd ever done, turning two European talents into trolls.
Demonstrating the highest degree of artistic commitment, Eva Melander put on weight and lost herself inside of many prosthetic pieces to become Tina, a… Read
For ‘Suspiria’, Makeup Designer Mark Coulier Transformed Tilda Swinton Into A Hideous Witch And An Old German Man
Approached for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria—an homage to Dario Argento's giallo classic—makeup designer Mark Coulier was put to one specific test. Could he transform Tilda Swinton, one of the industry's most notable shapeshifters, into a man? A prosthetics wizard, Coulier had, over the years, taken on the vast, fantastical worlds of Harry Potter, The Mummy Returns and Fantastic Beasts. He'd turned Robert De Niro into Frankenstein's monster, and Meryl Streep into Margaret… Read
‘The Favourite’ Hair & Makeup Designer Nadia Stacey Filled A Trailer Top To Bottom With 18th Century Wigs
When makeup and hair designer Nadia Stacey met with Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos about The Favourite—a black comedy of the 18thcentury, centered on Queen Anne and two rivals for her affections—she came prepared with ample historical research and her usual bag of tricks, and would have to throw much of it out.
"There’s a very specific hairstyle just for that little pocket of time. I started to talk to him about it and he said, 'I don’t care about that,'" Stacey recalls… Read
‘GLOW’ Hair And Makeup Designers Discuss Crafting “Homemade” Looks For The Wrestling Ring
An iconic women’s wrestling series of the ’80s, GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is remembered for its big, frizzy hair, glittery eye makeup and a charmingly scrappy aesthetic—the colorful visual choices it made with its characters. Bringing the Ladies into the comedy arena with Netflix’s GLOW, series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch were always going to bump up against the legacy of the original series, with the need for hair and makeup that would do it… Read
How ‘Wonder’ Makeup Designer Conquered The Unprecedented, Devising Full Prosthetics For A Child Actor
Faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges on Stephen Chbosky's Wonder, what makeup designer Arjen Tuiten was able to pull off was as wondrous as the story he was working to tell, landing him his first Oscar nomination last month.
An adaptation of R.J. Palacio's beloved children's novel, Wonder centers on Auggie, a young boy growing up with a genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome, which results in deformities of the facial features.
Going on to become an… Read
Makeup Maestro Kazuhiro Tsuji On Gary Oldman’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Transformation & ‘Shape Of Water’ Creature Eyes
In Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman puts in one of his remarkable transformations yet, living so confidently behind his pounds of prosthetics that you forget he’s wearing any at all. While Churchill would be a challenging and rewarding role for the British actor, he wasn’t necessarily the role the actor was born to play—after all, Oldman bore little resemblance to the former Prime Minister, and had turned down the role once before. But it was this lack of… Read