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Q&A with Black Swan Makeup Artists

Black Swan!

So I saw "Black Swan" this past Sunday and like most I was is AWE of the makeup looks! (If you haven't seen it yet, don't worry this won't spoil anything.) So you can imagine when I got sent a Q&A from the Black Swan Makeup Department Head Margie Durand and Makeup Designer Judy Chin, my little ears perked up. Naturally, I pulled the best bits to share with you all (INCLUDING a tutorial on how to accomplish the amazing "mask" Portman wears as she dances as the Black Swan): 


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·A·C Chromaline in Black Black.  Using M·A·C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M·A·C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M·A·C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M·A·C 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’s 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’s 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: Did you use any products in a non-traditional way?

 

Judy: We mixed the M·A·C Pigment in Silver with a sealant to create a waterproof liquid. We then used this metallic liquid to paint our delicate silver branches across the little swan faces.

 

 

Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?

 

Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity - into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye. 

Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!

 

 

 

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OMG, this is so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Anna! I can't wait to see the movie either. The trailer looks great.

by CeeNee888 3 years, 4 months ago Report as inappropriate | Remove Comment

Can't wait to see this movie, though I won't lie I'm a little scared.

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