Juliet has always been the picturesque beauty of Shakespearean lore, and Allure talked to the team behind Hailee Steinfeld's makeup look from the latest adaptation of this classic romance.
Ah, Romeo and Juliet, the classic tale of hormonal teenagers caught in the angsty throes of perfect, romantic, star-crossed love. And blah blah blah. It's a centuries-old story that's been told, retold, re-retold, and now, director Carlo Carlei offers the latest interpretation, in theaters this Friday. Hailee Steinfeld plays the stunning Juliet, whose luminous glow definitely "doth teach the torches to burn bright." We asked Laura Borzelli, the film's makeup designer, how she transformed the young actress into such a "fair sun."
Hailee looks flawless. How did you make her Juliet?
"More than anyone else, she couldn't look made up. It was just giving a bit of a cheekbone, not much. She was just so fresh and beautiful . . . she was the right age, so I didn't have to transform her."
All the characters look pretty natural.
"I had to combine the period look and the non-makeup look, so that was the most difficult thing of the whole film, giving the idea that everybody looked perfect, but not showing any makeup. Lately, this is the request that is asked by directors or actors or the story itself. I teach in a school here in Italy, and tell my students, 'Good makeup for film is when you don't see it.'"
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So what did that mean for Hailee's makeup?
"I used Clarins and Chanel skin care, but for makeup, basically I used MAC and RCMA foundation. They're very creamy and easy to blend. We were shooting digital, so I couldn't just use one color because that would have shown. She had something like four or five different foundations. And then she had a very natural shade of lip pencil that I blended with some Chapstick."
Were there any unexpected challenges during filming?
"We were shooting in really cold areas like museums or castles, in wintertime, so sometimes I needed to give flesh tone to a person who was really chilly. For example, [Hailee's] lips would have gone blue or her face would have gone white, so I had to bring her back to life somehow with the makeup. But not only with her face — hands, for example, get really red."
What about the guys?
"Oh, this is a very important thing. Most of them are teenagers, and of course they have trouble with spots, so that's another issue — the new spots that they get all the time. I use the camouflage palette from Kyrolan a lot."
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