May 13th, 2014
As Angelina stuns all in her wake while promoting her new release Maleficent, with millimetre precise make-up and a MAC collaboration under her belt, here at Warpaint we round up our top ten favourite movie bad girls, and their make-up looks that are almost as famous as the characters.
Cruella de Vil – Jean-Luc Russier and Martial Corneville created Glenn Close’s 1996 look, in close collaboration with costume designer Anthony Powell. Designed for Glen to act evil (rather than look evil), it’s testament to actor, make-up and costume departments that the Cruella monochrome is evil personified.
Bellatrix Lestrange – Bellatrix first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, again sporting the black and white staple that screams villain. Amanda Knight, the HP make-up designer, worked on the eyes in particular, in a visual representation of the inner madness of Bellatrix.
Ravenna – Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsmen played the evil Queen to perfection. Wanting to be the ‘fairest in the land’, the character remained stunning throughout the majority of the movie thanks to the talents of Shane Paish, and who can forget the milk bath? Paish focused on the smoky eye, layering Dior shades of dove, charcoal and metallic grey with black liner “for hard contoured lines”.
Jadis, The White Witch – The snowbound world of Narnia is home to Tilda Swinton’s White Witch. From ice maiden to warrior queen, the minimal make-up of the character in palace and battle scenes belies the wickedness of the Witch. “She doesn’t have to do or say much, she has to be iconic,” according to Tilda, “we wanted to blow away the traditional image of a witch, that they are a) ugly and b) dark.”
Poison Ivy – Uma Thurman’s mutated scientist Poison Ivy allowed the make-up team on Batman and Robin, the full range of make up, prosthetics and body art to create the evil Ivy.
Queen Narissa – when the fairytale Enchanted brought drawings to life, the head villain, Queen Narissa played by Susan Sarandon is portrayed as both beautiful and haggard. Make-up artists Rick Baker and Nicki Ledermann were responsible for the transformation. Five hours in the chair for the hag was a challenge, but how worth it.
The Red Queen – one of the most iconic of villains is Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen, brought to life most recently by Helena Bonham Carter in her husband’s screen adaptation. The lips were stencilled, the blue eyes created using a myriad of blues from YSL and the whiteout from Le Maquillage crème stick #51. Make-up artists Valli O’Reilly and Paul Gooch worked with Terry Baliel, head of hair, to create this freakish villain.
Maleficent – Angelina Jolie is the vindictive fairy and the make-up artist who created her is Rick Baker. “Maleficent needed to be more relatable and not too creature like,” Baker explains, but it was Angelina herself who wanted prosthetics, in effect the cheekbones. But interestingly these cheek appliances were less than a quarter of an inch and their thickest and only about ½ inch wide.
Mystique – This X-Men evil mutant has been played by two actresses so far, but for us Jennifer Lawrence’s dastardly Mystique is a true make-up department success. After being previously marked by the prosthetics, this time Jen donned a body suit for her blue days. Norma Hill-Patton was the chief who dreamt up Mystique.
Nebula – Another blue lady in the form of Karen Gillen, who famously shaved off her trademark auburn locks rather than rely on bald cap for this character. There’s a lot of blue paint going on in Guardians of the Galaxy all applied under the watchful eyes of chiefs Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and Dave White.