|Poster of Ever After and a scene from the film|
So, I'm in the South of France prepping for the film Ever After. I was hired as Drew Barrymore's personal makeup artist.
We all know the story of Cinderella. Poor girl, mistreated by her step mother & step sisters, meets a boy, falls in love, finds out he's the prince, freaks out, goes to Leonardo De Vinci to do her makeup for the ball. WAIT!!!! WHAT?!! Did I read that correctly?
THE Leonardo de Vinci paints her face in the script??!!
Ok, well, better pack up my stuff and head on back to America. I'm a good artist but I'm suppose to do makeup as if I'm one of the world's most celebrated Masters? The dude who painted The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, carved David?!
|Drawing of Leonardo De Vinci, The Last Supper, Mona Lisa|
Ok, after a few deep breaths & a good hearty glass of red wine I pulled myself together.
Drew loves butterflies and wanted me to paint a butterfly on her face to go with the butterfly wings on her dress made by Leonardo in the script. I remember my first go at the "butterfly makeup" perfectly. We were in the kitchen of the 13th century house that Drew, Barbara Olvera (her hair dresser), Gwen Stroman (her assistant) and I shared. We had so much fun in that house and I have wonderful memories of those days. Here is a shot of that first makeup test along with a swatch of the fabric from her dress that wardrobe gave me for reference. You'll notice that both sides of her face are different. I was trying 2 different color options in this test.
|Preliminary "Butterfly wings" makeup test and swatch from ball gown.|
Turns out, however, according to the film's research department that the real Leonardo never drew a butterfly. He did draw birds and for accuracy sake the dress would have bird wings.
|Leonardo De Vinci drawings of wings and flying machine|
Well, that changed things for me. The producers said "No butterfly makeup. You can't do a butterfly makeup with a bird wing dress."
Back to the drawing board.
I had to design a makeup that would make sense with the costume and look like it was made from natural products from the time period (like gold dust, oil paint and fruits) I decided Leonardo was going for a sheer, golden, shimmery "mask" in the shape of non specific wings for Cinderella that night. With crystals added for some 16th Century bling.
|Drew Barrymore final makeup for the Ball|
You can't really see it in these photos but I used bronzes, silvers and golds around her eyes starting with deeper tones in the inner corners of her upper and lower lids, graduating up to lighter and lighter tones toward her temples and down over her cheek bones. I matched the shape of her dresses' wings and added Swarovski crystals following the shape of the upper wings. I used a sheer tint on her lips to look like crushed raspberries.
Painting like De Vinci is a ridiculously tall order and shows you some of the crazy stuff that gets thrown at us when we sign up for a film. But you do your best and keep moving forward. Did I pull it off? Well, I'm no Leo but Drew told me she felt like a princess that night, so for me, it was a job well done.