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Published: October 6th 2011
Artist at Work
Eric, my personal stylist for the day.
After getting the call that I am indeed going to be in a movie, it's time for the stylists to create the look! The film takes place in the 1950's, so this means poofed-up, flipped-out hair and dramatic, yet classic, make-up. For me, this means so much fun! I showed up to Eurocostumes at noon, and Patricia, the make-up artist working on me, was happy to welcome me. We chatted a bit while waiting for the hair team to get back from lunch, as they had first dibs on me today. As soon as they came in, Eric ushered me to his station.
The people are all professionals, and sitting there while Eric teased and frizzed and attached extra hair pieces I had the feeling of being a canvass or piece of marble upon which the master works. He was not big on conversation, such was his concentration on the masterpiece he was creating on my head. For my character, I will be wearing a wig with my own natural hair filling out the front, as the color is an almost exact match (Eric said they will put a grease in my hair the day of the shooting to hold
In case you can't read it, it says "Romain Duris". He's kind of a big deal in France.
it in place and darken my hair to exactly the shade of the wig). He tried many different styles, of which I only have pictures from the last 2. The first one reminded me a bit of Mars Attacks! when the alien disguises itself as a woman. All styles were large and teased, Bouffant, I guess would be the word. Very retro.
Sitting under the lights, as Eric teased and fussed, I couldn't help but think that there were women who would do this EVERY DAY. I mean, it took over an hour before Eric was satisfied with the final style, yes, he tried a few over the course of the hour, but still... There's no way I would ever be able to recreate these looks on my own, let alone everyday before work. You would have to be a housewife to have the time to put these looks together everyday!
After Eric released me, I headed to Patricia for my make-up. I was back in the green spotted dress they had chosen for the character last time, and she did her best to match my colors to those in the costume. Again, I was a canvass, holding
Can you imagine, people SLEPT like this?!?
as still as possible while the master painted away. I especially loved the lipstick color, a bright red-orange that isn't made anymore. The reds now-a-days are more blue-toned, darker, less sunny. Everything was applied with brushes and when it was done I was absolutely thrilled. This is why movie stars are so gorgeous, they have a whole team of professionals supporting them! Man, if I had a team of people like Patricia and Eric to help me every time I had a function to attend, people would think I was Helen of Troy! (or at least her dark-haired sister)
As Patricia finished up, the director came in, so I got back in full costume and hair to get ok'd by him. Eric wanted to show him all the different styles he'd worked out, so back to the lights and mirror while he fussed and styled and sculpted the creation on my head.
All in all, I was there for 4 hours, over and hour of hair, chatting with another actress while waiting for my turn in make-up, and hour of make-up, costumes and re-fitting the dress, and back to hair. But I loved every moment of it. Perhaps
Patricia in the mirror, admiring her work
Patricia was right when, after I told her I was born in LA, she said "donc, tu es née pour ça!" "Well then, you were born for this!"
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