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Stealing Beauty: Behind The Scenes Makeup Secrets From The Bling Ring’s Roz Music


Emma-Watson-Bling-RingGatsby buzz aside, there is another movie premiering at Cannes this week that’s making us wish we were sipping cocktails on La Croisette, the torrential downpours that have been plaguing the Côte d’Azur not withstanding. That’d be The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola’s new film about a group of celebrity-obsessed teenagers living in Los Angeles who decide, for kicks, to burglarize the homes of Hollywood stars. After raiding the million-dollar designer closets of their victims—including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan—and soaking up fame along the way, the gang is eventually nabbed and brought to justice, sort of. Here’s the most scintillating part: It’s a true story, reported in an article Nancy Jo Sales wrote for Vanity Fair in 2010, and starring Emma Watson in the big-screen adaptation. For more on the ridiculous vanity captured in every scene, caught up with the film’s lead makeup artist, Roz Music, to talk about tramp stamps, weekly spray tans, and the discontinued Chanel lipstick that Coppola flew in from Paris in order to get the perfect pink for a single scene.


How did you get involved with The Bling Ring?
Sofia and I are old friends, I had heard she was doing this movie, and I hoped—and suspected—she would ask me to do the makeup. Especially since it was shot in my hometown [Los Angeles].


How much of the makeup look was inspired by the actual teenagers who the film is based on?
Very little. There are a million kids out here in L.A. that look like the main characters. It’s a very particular style. I just took my camera out and Instagrammed for days, taking pictures of kids in their natural environment. I didn’t want Teen Vogue‘s version of how their closet would look. I wanted to see real kids doing their own thing. So I took a million pictures and that was my research.


So how, exactly, would you describe that rich-kid-L.A. look?
It’s like kids who are trying to look older than they are. They’re sixteen, but with the hairstyles and shoes of a 30-year-old. They’ve got short shorts and high, high heels. Some of the stuff was outrageous. I mean, they’re indulgent, bratty teenagers.


Considering her previous reputation as a do-gooding wizard, how did you go about turning Emma Watson into an “indulgent, bratty teenager”?
Well, we gave her a tramp-stamp tattoo! Emma’s character is one of those spiritual people who wants to express it on the outside—as in, she does yoga and talks about it all the time. She’s an eye-roll-y character. We wanted the tattoo to be an expression of that, so we went with a lotus flower.


What else was key to her transformation?
We had to lengthen her hair—she used extensions, and hours went into that hair every day. Then we focused on her lashes, since that’s the trick to making her look well made-up without having to invest a lot of time. I used L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara for everyone on set; all of the actresses had their own tube with their name on it. Emma’s skin is flawless, so I just used primer, instead of foundation, to moisturize her skin and get her camera-ready.


Seriously? No foundation? And her skin clarity still resonated on camera? How did you manage that?
I used Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths on her in the morning and to take her makeup off. They’re great because if someone comes in late for work, you can just clean the face without any water. She uses Jurlique Calendula Cream every morning. I put a little box with her makeup basics by her chair to use when she was getting her hair done. She would actually do prep work on herself, like curling her lashes and putting on her mascara. Even that ten minutes of work would save us time.


How did you prep the rest of the cast?
Katie [Chang] has the best skin I’ve seen in my life. It’s absolutely pore-less. But we had to tan everyone, since all the actresses were pretty pale. We made them spray-tan appointments with Fiona Locke from St. Tropez every week.


In one scene, Emma’s character is tempted by some lip gloss, right?
Yes, she’s applying Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Mirth while robbing one of the houses. We had so many hot-pink lipsticks on set. Emma later wears a Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss in Chrome Candy that is insane. It’s a really metallic pink gloss, and she wears it in the interview scene at the end of the film.


How much did Sofia weigh in on the makeup decisions?
She had some specific things in mind at times. For example, she was in love with this particular Chanel lipstick called Kensington that was discontinued. It was the hottest pink, the most obvious Barbie bubblegum pink, and it was absolutely gorgeous. Sofia called her friend in France and tracked down the last remaining tubes for us. That’s the color that Katie puts on at Paris’ house.


What was it like working with such a young cast?
It’s kinda heaven because their skin is so tight and beautiful, and they’re not worried about wrinkles or the texture of their skin. But they’re teenagers, so they can be distracted easily, and there was a lot of horsing around in the trailer. It was like Dance Party USA in there sometimes, when they would be playing rap music, while we were following them around trying to glue on an eyelash or apply eye glitter. But we never shut it down. We had a lot of fun.

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