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I am not going to pretend that the movie The Black Swan (or the image below) does not terrify me.
As I am pretty much afraid of my own shadow, this is one movie that I will not be seeing though it looks spectacular.
Looks, as in the scenery, costume and of course, the makeup.
It is no surprise that much of the creativity came from the M Cosmetics team and the M makeup used in the film.
In particular, what went in to the finale Black Swan look.
To get a full run down and an interesting look at what went into the look as well as working on a movie, read on for a little Q A with department head Margie Durand and makeup designer Judy Chin.
Q: How does a makeup artist prepare to work on a film?
Do you receive guidance from the director or collaborate with the costume designer/art director/key hair stylist on the makeup look?
Margie: When I begin working on a film I speak to the director and all of the creative team if possible.
The directors inspiration and vision really drives the process and I try to deliver that vision in makeup.
Judy: As I read the script, I try to envision the characters, taking into account their background (age, personal history, affluence, profession).
As I see the plot develop in the story, I make note of how these events might affect their appearance.
When I designing the looks for a film, it very important to consider the director visual style and tastes.
Occasionally, I get to collaborate with the costume or production designers.
I always try to find out how the actors will be dressed, as that can have a significant influence on the makeup look.
While our designs are often created independently at first, I find that the hair stylist and I work very closely to be sure that our looks fit together and bring the characters to life.
Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?
Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests.
Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.
Q: How does a makeup design contribute to building a movie character?
Judy: What I always loved about makeup design is its contribution to the actor performance.
Makeup helps to create the character visually.
I feel that I done my job well when an actor can walk onto the set feeling like the embodiment of the character that he or he is portraying.
Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?
Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones.
To create the swan eyes, we used M Chromaline in Black Black.
Using M Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan eyes.
The lips were lined with M Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M lipstick in Dubonnet.
We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M Chromaline in Red.
Q: Does the makeup have any relation to the makeup in the traditional version of the Swan Lake ballet?
Judy: Not really.
The ensemble dancers wear what might be considered a traditional theatrical eye makeup, but our rendition is more dramatic.
It practically an opera makeup.
Besides that, the only other relation might be that we did portray the Black Swan as a sinister dark foil to the more angelic and innocent Swan Queen.
Q: The ballerinas performance makeup in the movie is especially dramatic and visually arresting.
What inspired the dark romantic makeup look?
Judy: The look was inspired by the story, and by the director, Darren Aronofsky I felt that he was looking for something dramatic and visually striking, so all of the intensity was focused in the eyes.
Margie Durand realized that there were elements of our beautiful set design that should play a role in our makeup.
Thus, the delicate silver branches that played across the swan faces came to be.
The ensemble swans and the Swan Queen are delicate and romantic with a soft pink lip color, whereas the Black Swan is dark, sharp, and, angular.
Q: A ballerina has an incredibly active job, and in Black Swan, the characters wear both body and face makeup.
What products did you use in the film that you were certain would hold up to the lights, movement and perspiration?
Judy: We used pancake makeup with a spray sealant to ensure that it wouldn rub off on the costumes.
We also used M Paint Pots, M Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and M Pigments.
In addition, we applied some alcohol based pigments that are virtually water proof and rub proof.
Q: What challenges did you face when designing and applying the makeup?
Margie: It was a challenge to makeup the Black Swan as the White Swan and then switch back to Black Swan during the long filming days.
http://www.elegantsuites.com/images/ had to be retouched because of the strenuous dancing for the close up shots.
Judy: It would have been a huge problem if any of the makeup rubbed off onto the costumes, so we had to do many tests before we came up with the right combination of products especially for the hands.