Two-time BAFTA-winning make-up artist Morag Ross has teamed up again with Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett to create the title character for the new film Carol. This movie tells of a relationship between a female department-store worker and a married woman.
“Both [director] Todd Haynes and Cate Blanchett are perfectionists,” Ross explains. “Together with the costumes by Sandy Powell, we put together an authentic period 1950s America look. The character of Carol Aird was a sophisticated, wealthy woman, so the make-up and hair had to reflect that. As was the norm of the period, she was always made up and lipsticked, always put together and elegant when in public. When the two women go on their road trip the look became more relaxed and free.
“Cate’s look really came together with the immaculate and stunning hairdressing by Kay Georgiou. We took our inspiration from period photos of Grace Kelly who, of course, always seemed effortlessly elegant and beautiful, and we made our aim to channel that kind of look and feeling.” Read on to find out what it took to create Blanchett’s look.
Editor's note: This breakdown first appeared in Issue 117 of Make-Up Artist magazine