Few Hollywood stars – old or new – are as well-known as Marilyn Monroe. “Blonde,” which was released on Netflix on September 29, is a fictionalized historical drama about her life and confirms that “everyone watched her” but “nobody saw her.”
Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film starring Ana de Armas in the role of Monroe, takes us from Norma Jeane Baker to the “blonde bombshell” the world has come to know.
As with any show or movie based on real-life characters (like “Pam & Tommy” and “Elvis”), the people who worked on the hair and makeup on “Blonde” were under a lot of pressure to get it just right the look of Marilyn Monroe.
“When you’re turning someone into a real person, your goal is to try to get as close as possible.”, the film’s head of makeup, Tina Roesler Kerwin, told POPSUGAR. Monroe was a much-photographed figure whose appearance is truly iconic, so the “beauty teams” had plenty of material to work with.
Her blonde bob haircut, the red lipstick, the beauty mark on her chin — all these details are essential when they wanted to copy her look. And judging by the first look at Ana de Armas’ character, it’s clear that they succeeded.
Ana de Armas had 5 wigs for the role of Marilyn Monroe
Armas’ real hair is not seen at all in the film. In all scenes she wears a wig. The hairdressers had to “work” even the texture of the hair so they can copy Marilyn Monroe’s hair.
The protagonist had a total of five wigs which were created by Rob Pickens. All three sported the classic Monroe hair style – two cream blonde and one platinum. The other two are from Norma Jeane’s character – one brown and one golden blonde.
Prosthetics had their due in Marilyn’s blonde bob
Because de Armas had very dark hair, the “beauty team” he had to invent ways so that they wouldn’t show at all under the wigs. So they added bits of silicone to the forehead and temples.
False eyelashes gave Ana de Armas the shape of Marilyn’s eyes
The eyes, the lips, the porcelain skin and the olive, were the four most characteristic elements in Marilyn Monroe’s makeup. To achieve the particular makeup on Ana de Armas, they used the classic techniques of contouring and shading. On the eyes, they applied false eyelashes to achieve the natural shape of the eyes of the legendary actress.
The collection of red lipsticks used in the shoot
Kerwin reshaped Armas’ lips to make them look rounder and fuller, just like Monroe’s. She used a range of lipsticks and pencils to achieve the bright, cherry color we all know. Because the film has color and black and white scenes, Kerwin had to change the color frequently to maintain the look. For the lips, products from Guerlain, Chanel, Julie Hewitt and Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in the shade So Red were used.
The foundation used to create Marilyn’s flawless look
Monroe was known for her porcelain, dewy skin. “She used to apply petroleum jelly on her face to make it look shiny”, Kerwin reported. However, applying any form of petroleum jelly to de Armas’ skin for hours on end was not the right choice. “After some trial and error, I found a foundation that was very luminous. This was the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter Foundation“.
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