Christina Aguilera as Ali in Burlesque
Make-up by Kristofer Buckle
Christina Aguilera
Photo:Stephen Vaughan
Updated:Monday, July 25th, 2011

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Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil
M.A.C. Fluidline
Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour
La Femme Blush-On Rouge
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Powder
Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme
RCMA Foundation
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
M.A.C. Lipstick
Prestige Cosmetics Classic Lip Liner
Paris Berlin La Poudre Lumière
NYC New York Color Eyelashes
For Christina Aguilera’s sexy, over-the-top looks in the movie Burlesque, make-up artist Kristofer Buckle wanted everything to feel theatrical and extravagant. “I think there is something beautiful about seeing the truth behind the magic of theater,” he said.

When it came to Aguilera’s “Guy What Takes His Time” number for the film, Buckle envisioned his client in large, pearl-like lashes that would create continuity between her make-up and wardrobe. His challenge was to create lashes that were ultra-light so that they wouldn’t bounce and sag with every blink. Buckle recalls the moment when it all came together. “Stopped at a light in the back of a taxi, I watched as a crew was unloading a truck of packages,” he said. “There was a large chunk of broken Styrofoam and little tiny Styrofoam balls had broken off and were blowing down the street. A light bulb went off. I told the taxi driver to wait and I jumped right out and grabbed that chunk of Styrofoam. And then I got to work.”

When Buckle showed director Steven Antin the sketches of his concept, Antin thought the lashes might be too distracting. “After standing in my kitchen with tweezers and lashes and glue, and jumping out of taxicabs, those damn lashes were going on her face,” Buckle said. “So I put the lashes on Christina and we had Steven come to the trailer. We blasted the song and Christina performed to the song and got those lashes into the movie.”

Buckle also has a bit of hard-won wisdom regarding the importance of using durable products: “When you read about all of the waterproof make-up I used, it may seem excessive or unnecessary, but you never know what's going to happen during 18 hours of shooting.”

For example, there is a moment in the scene where Aguilera takes a quick swig from a glass of water. A prop glass that had been empty for every rehearsal was unexpectedly filled with water on the first day of shooting. “Christina threw the entire glass of water directly onto her face,” Buckle said. “This could have been a disaster which would have cost production a lot of money to redo that make-up, but it remained unharmed.”

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè massaged onto the face and neck
RCMA Color Process Foundation in Shinto II, applied with a damp sponge over the entire face and neck for medium coverage, concealing freckles and neutralizing any redness
Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme in D2 around the eyes, applied with a nylon brush and blended with fingers as highlighter on the cheekbones and brushed through the brows to lighten them
Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Powder set the make-up and made it waterproof for all of the extreme heat, perspiration and long shooting days on set.
Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs in Light Glow was used over the entire body.
La Femme Blush-On Rouge in Coral Spice to create a retro yet “glowy” cheek
Eye Shadow
Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Twilight Grey to deepen the crease of the eyes and create a 1930s-like smokiness to the under-eye area
Eye Liner
M.A.C. Fluidline in Blacktrack applied in a thin, liquid line on the upper lash line
Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Ash/Medium Brown to arch the brows and create a retro feel to the eyes
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black on the top and bottom lashes
False Lashes
Custom-made false lashes on the top lashes. (See “Additional Information” for details.)
M.A.C. Lipstick in Neon Orange and a Prestige Cosmetics Classic Lip Liner in a matching tone to give an intense pop of color
Highlights / Countour
Paris Berlin Poudre Lumière (a pearlized loose powder) in LU 2, to mimic the texture and sheen of the pearls on Aguilera’s costume. The powder was applied under brows, across the lids, and on the high points of the cheekbones.
Additional Information
To create the lashes, Buckle took a pair of spiky lashes (NYC New York Color Eyelashes, #314 ) and cut every other spike off to create room for each ball. He coated the lashes in Elmer's glue to stiffen them. Then, holding each ball carefully with tweezers, he cut a slit in each one. With a dot of glue, he slid a ball onto each spike. Once they dried, he painted the lashes black with acrylic paint and dusted them lightly with a pearlized white eye shadow to augment their spherical shape.

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