Behind The Makeup: Cinderella

 We are swooning about the upcoming Cinderella movie after having watched the utterly epic trailer quite a few times. Lily James (best known as Lady Rose on Downton Abbey) looks absolutely dreamy as the curfew-breaking, shoe-fetishist heroine in the live-action update of everyone’s favorite childhood fairy tale. (Never mind that James’ red carpet game leading up to the March 13 release makes us want to cry with joy. It’s all just so good.) The film looks absolutely magical — from the mind-blowing backdrops to the fantastical dresses. But, we're here to focus on the sublime hair and makeup. 

Makeup designer Naomi Donne (who’s working on the new Bond movie right now, by the way) and hair pro Carol Hemming worked with Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell for a thoughtful and retro-influenced refresh on the celebrated Cinderella concept. The trio reimagined Old Hollywood’s vision of the Victorian era, the way 1939’s Gone with the Wind interpreted the look of the Civil War-era South. “They would keep that glamorous 1940s makeup going even though [the actresses] have got [Victorian] ringlets and crinolines on,” Donne told us. “We also wanted to reflect the feeling of the original animated Cinderella film.”

Think Vivien Leigh or Bette Davis plopped into Grimms' Fairy Tales, but with a luxe, 21st-century update (HD-brilliant body glitter and Swarovski crystals everywhere). Donne and Hemming were more than happy to walk us through it all.      


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Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.