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BLACK SWAN MAKEUP TELL ALL: Make-up Artists Dish on Their Work

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 6:24 pm
  • December 2, 2010

Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film ‘Black Swan’ is set to open in theaters on Dec. 3 – and we here at PoshBeauty.com are waiting with baited breath.  Not only for the rumored breathtaking visuals and performances by lead actresses Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, but also for the one thing here that gets us all so excited: the make-up.

Our friends over at BeautyBloggingJunkie.com were lucky enough to score a Q&A courtesy of MAC Cosmetics’ Artist Relations team with the film’s makeup department head Margie Durand and makeup designer Judy Chin on the striking finale Black Swan look.   You can read the entire interview here… but we couldn’t resist picking out a few tidbits as preview below!  (Especially tips on recreating the look for ourselves!)

Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?

Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M•A•C Chromaline in Black Black.  Using M•A•C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M•A•C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M•A•C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M•A•C Chromaline in Red.

Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?

Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity – into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye.

Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!

Q: What is the one M•A•C product that you cannot go on set without? Why?

Margie: I use so many M•A•C products on every job, but the Blot Powders are a must for whatever seems to be going on with my makeup at any given moment!

Judy: That’s a really difficult question, but I guess I would have to say a Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I think I could make up anyone with just one Powerpoint Eye Pencil. Or at least enhance their features.

Now… if you’ll excuse me… I’m off to Sephora to score a MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil of my own.

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