Makeup Artist Karen Bradley resides in Northern California but she often travels all over the United States working on projects which include anything from national commercials to cabaret live productions. I had a chance to sit down and ask Karen what was a few of her favorite products she used during Woody Allen’s filming of Blue Jasmine. Most importantly how she came about creating those natural looks for the actors.
Karen explains” Any no makeup look requires a little makeup. "Blue Jasmine" is a perfect example of achieving a sheer no makeup look, while allowing the actors to shine through as they mold their characters. Woody Allen gave all the actors a trusting freedom to create their characters. This is a process that happens every day before our very eyes. Certainly his cast is visionary.
Karen continues “The juxtaposition of Cate Blanchett's posh unhinged "Jasmine" with the transparent "working class" innocence of Sally Hawkin's "Ginger" was always very important to keep in mind. Plus, wisdom and wit of supporting cast mates made for a mix of incredible characters for this rich dark comedy.
Makeup designer Gretchen Davis and I agreed that we wanted to keep our work as natural as possible, while allowing the characters to grow into a look all on their own. I found for my cast, using Proactiv, and Color Principal Concealers offered just enough color and pigment to mix with. Covering some areas and leaving minimal layering did the trick. Sometimes a base was just too much, especially in the film processing and treatment of "Blue Jasmine" itself. Sally's character "Ginger" had a sweet pink glow about her which I was able to pump up a PINK Gold blush and then added a whisper of Smith's Rosebud Lip Salve which has a pink tint.
We wanted the male actors to truly be natural. I chose Sheer Finish Mineral Pressed Foundation by Proactiv. A warm colored powder can act as a little base to add warmth plus kick the reflective parts of the any face. Also Reclaim Radiance offers such a wide palette of shades to choose from. There was a perfect shade for everyone.
Makeup Tip: A yellow based powder does wonders for toning down red skin tones. Also use a separate press powder for each of your actors. Just drop the chosen powder into an actor’s personal set bag for the duration of the shoot.