Notorious bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow inspire another cinematic tribute this winter in the Lifetime miniseries Bonnie & Clyde. Here, make-up artist Karri Farris explains what it took to transform actress Holliday Grainger into Parker.
“The research for the film was intense, and we developed about six to eight looks for Bonnie Parker,” she said. “The department head, Trefor Proud, asked me to get inside Bonnie’s head and really understand her character. In trying to do that, I attempted to locate the color of lipstick that was in Bonnie’s bag upon her death. I wrote to historians, a forensic lipstick specialist, auction houses and Berlin’s lipstick museum, Lippenstiftmuseum. The brilliant Three Custom Color Specialists and their vast database of period-specific colors sent me five shades [that they recreated] that would have been accessible to the general public from 1928-1934, which were the six years we were showing.
“Throughout the research, I was snatching up packaging of compacts and lipsticks of the period. However, at 65-plus years old, they were a bit tarnished looking; Bésame Cosmetics’ period-specific packaging and colors were used for onscreen applications by Holliday.
“Holliday’s skin is absolutely stunning, and she moisturized heavily on her own before work. My main concern was keeping her from burning in the summer Louisiana sun—thank you, Shiseido.
“The progression of Bonnie’s look was shown through her lips with the colors and finishes we chose.
“There were many long days and nights filming what was essentially two movies in the time it takes to film one. I feel extremely lucky to have had such an amazing team to work with.
“This breakdown is for [what I call] the early crime-spree look, which took place from 1932 to 1934.”
Editor's note: This breakdown originally appeared in Issue 105 of Make-Up Artist magazine.
“The Nars Kabuki lip brush [available only in special-edition sets] was an essential tool; mine bit the dust by the end of the show. Nails are Finger Paints in Signed in Wine, tattoo by Tinsley Transfers.”
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