“The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, depicting Hollywood in the late ’40s and early ’50s, was a great challenge and a delight to be a part of as a make-up artist,” says Jean A. Black, the film’s department head. “What could be more glamorous? Working with actor Scarlett Johansson was a pure pleasure and she is the epitome of an early Hollywood star, exuding intelligence, beauty and sexuality. Once in the chair, we started her transformation as follows.”
“Scarlett is very modern-looking,” Black says, “so the challenge was to alter that by creating changes to various aspects of her look, including brow shape; filling her lips to a ’50s shape with pencils and matte lipstick; using the very-full mink lashes to create a more open look and to really accentuate the eyes, since she is wearing a very large hat that required all of these aspects to be balanced. Also, we worked to create an ivory-matte skin tone without much blush, in order to finish the period look. I always use Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers at the finish, and then off Scarlett would go to the immensely talented hair designer Cydney Cornell to get her custom period wig applied.”
Editor's note: This breakdown originally appeared in Issue 119 of Make-Up Artist magazine.
“Scarlett Johansson arrives [in the morning] with skincare completed,” Black explains.
Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral Matte: cream/taupe, pink and taupe shades were used to contour; cream shade was applied to the eyelid; pink shade was applied to the brow bone with a small Artis brush.