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A Glimpse Inside the Mind—and Makeup—of Charles Swan III

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Writer and director Roman Coppola’s new film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, tells the story of an extravagant and reckless artist who sets himself out on a path of destruction—both imagined and real—after his girlfriend breaks up with him. In an interesting casting choice, Charlie Sheen stars in the title role, which would have been reason enough for us to go see the film that co-stars Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, and Aubrey Plaza, with a cameo from model Angela Lindvall. But there is something else that will likely draw us to the theater when the movie opens tomorrow night, predicted blizzard not withstanding: Set in the seventies, with occasional costuming nods to the thirties, the film’s beauty look is something worth putting on snow boots for. Citing the era’s icons, like Anjelica Huston and Marisa Berenson, as inspiration, as well as the photography of legendary lensmen like Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, lead makeup artist Roz Music stocked her kit with six-plus different red lipsticks, one purposefully thick mascara, and a few blue eye shadows to keep things interesting. Here, Music talks on-set application tips, color choices, and what it was like working with Sheen—who, she notes, was a consummate professional. Winning.

So how do you even begin researching the makeup for something like this?
The director didn’t want it to be from a set period, so it’s a bit vague. But when we were doing all our reference photos, we were going 1973 or 1974. That was the main period, but it wasn’t strict.

What kind of direction did you get from Roman?
I have worked with Roman before, worked on music videos and commercials, and we’re also friends. He hires people that he thinks can do a job, and then he lets you do your job, lets you express your thing. He expects a lot and is very collaborative. Roman showed me reference pictures of Anjelica Huston, Marisa Berenson, Faye Dunaway—iconic sexy women, and also supermodels of the day. I looked at French and Italian Vogue from the mid-seventies and early seventies. At times, especially in the party scene, we did a seventies interpretation of the thirties. Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin were reference points; we were obsessed with those books. Roman owns Guy pictures, he’s crazy for him—that very juicy red lip and lots of blush was so Guy Bourdin. Most male directors don’t like makeup, but Roman really likes red lipstick, and every woman practically has on red lipstick at one point in the film. He loves that look—the red lipstick and blush—the typical fantasy woman from when he was a kid.

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