August 21 2014

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Mirror, Mirror: Reflecting On The Makeup In Snow White And The Huntsman


The best fairy tales often expose our darkest fears, and if there ever was a cautionary tale against being obsessed with youth, beauty, and staring in the mirror a bit too much, Snow White would be it. The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about the fairest of them has been given an update with Snow White and the Huntsman, which opens this weekend and features a few new twists and turns along the way: the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) dispatches a swarthy hunter (Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White (Kristen Stewart). But instead of axing the young girl, the hunter becomes her mentor, teaching her to wield swords and shields to vanquish the queen—all the while maintaining ethereal, dewy skin and red lips in the dark forest. Some of the most envy-inspiring looks were supplied with products from Benefit, which released a limited-edition Rare Beauty makeup kit containing the same primers and stains head makeup artist Sharon Martin used on set. Here, caught up with Martin to talk about innocent complexions, wickedly evil dark eyes, and adding just enough grit to the classic narrative.

How did you research the makeup for the film?
I started my research after reading the script. I consulted old fairy-tale illustrations, and at the time, there was an exhibition on the “Cult of Beauty” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which was also very interesting. I was inspired by the fact that we wanted to make a dark, gritty fairy tale.

You worked with over 50 makeup artists to execute the looks for hundreds of cast members. What was a typical day like on set?
A typical day would start at 5 a.m. with the background being made to look right for the particular scenes we were shooting. The makeup might be applying broken veins or dirt under nails, coloring in teeth or applying facial hair, so that the characters looked as if they belonged to the world we were creating.

Ew. There were fair maidens too, though, of course…

Yes. At the same time, we also created pretty maidens with beautiful, glowing skin, which is where Benefit products came in handy. I wanted a very soft beauty that would appear to come from within.

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The Legend Of The Tomboy Beauty Queen Grows


Kristen Stewart just might be the world’s most unlikely fashion and beauty icon. That the newly named face of Parfums Balenciaga is gorgeous, talented, and frequently well styled has somehow managed to trump the fact that she seems way happier in those signature low-top Converse, skinny jeans, and a leather jacket. But no matter: She puts on mascara and a red-carpet gown with the best of them—and often better than the rest of them, which was the case last night at the London premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman. K-Stew matched a silver, smoked-out eye and a nude lip with an insane lace Marchesa dress that boasted almost skeletal-like embroidery in the back. And while the gold-link chain she strung up in her texturized updo struck us as a little haphazard, it worked because of Stewart’s overriding “I don’t care” attitude, which, of course, makes her that much cooler. Can you dig it?

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MAC Announces New Viva Glam Lineup; Anja, Abbey Lee, And Karmen Dance Until The World Ends For Fendi; And More…


Move Over, Gaga. MAC has just named its new Viva Glam campaign stars, which include Nicki Minaj and—wait for it—Ricky Martin! With Johnny Weir’s upcoming holiday collection for the brand also in the mix, the makeup giant has quite the trifecta on its hands. [MAC]

Fendi’s Fan di Fendi fragrance doesn’t hit shelves until next month, but to tide you over until then, the brand has released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the commercial for the perfume starring Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karmen Pedaru, and Anja Rubik writhing around and whipping their hair for the camera. [Grazia]

Nail File addicts, get psyched. There are around 20 new fashion- and beauty-related reality shows scheduled for TV premieres this fall. [WWD]

The first images from the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman have hit the Web, and the lasting impression we got from the preview pics can be summed up in one word: braids. Co-stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron are both rocking impressive plaits in the press photos. [Daily Mail]