True to the script! Thanks to a ton of prosthetics and hours upon hours in the make-up chair, Jessica Chastain fully reworked her look for her new movie, The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
But the 44-year-old actress didn’t merely channel the evangelists’ vivid and daring model of glam. Instead, her make-up artist, Linda Dowds, made positive that her eyeshadow, lashes and lipsticks have been precise recreations (proper all the way down to the shade) of appears all through Faye’s life.
“It was actually essential for us to be as genuine as doable,” Dowds completely informed Us Weekly. And to realize that finish, she poured over interviews, photographs and TV segments by way of the years to pinpoint particular “colours and tones” worn by the preacher. She added: “We needed to match it as a lot as we presumably may.”
Recreating these particular snapshots didn’t simply assist in the visible recreation of Faye, it additionally helped Chastain, who been working with Dowds for years, get in the correct body of thoughts.
“Working with Linda Dowds on my film initiatives helps me discover the characters I play,” Chastain informed Us. “Her consideration to element and her specificity in phrases of the character’s emotional state from every second inform her make-up decisions. Nothing makes me happier when individuals don’t acknowledge me in the character I’m enjoying.”
Creating such a life-like re-imagination of the character wouldn’t have been doable without Dowds’ intense analysis and dedication to “honoring” Faye. In reality, she went as far as utilizing the precise drugstore merchandise the preacher used on herself.
“I do know individuals speak about her in phrases of, ‘She wore a masks,’ however I don’t consider that of her. I feel that she liked make-up. She says it herself, ‘You don’t need to be dowdy to be a Christian. Who says you possibly can’t put mascara on pretend lashes.’,” Dowds defined. “She stated she spent about $25 a month going to Target or swap meets to brighten her make-up equipment each month and if she was feeling slightly low, she added extra.”
That in thoughts, Dowds paid a go to to the pharmacy. She scooped up a dupe of the discontinued mascara Faye used. She ordered since-expired merchandise that the speak present host used in her each day life on Ebay. (They have been positioned in Chastain’s bag and on her dressing desk.) She even consulted the Revlon Bible, a catalog of lipstick shades from yearly, to seek out the precise hue that Faye wore all through completely different a long time of her life.
Dowds poured over dozens of shades of L’Oréal and Revlon eyeshadow quads, which have been some of Faye’s favorites. “Those have been my go-to. I had loads of these pinks, purples and blues. I additionally used — which I haven’t used in my actual make-up work in a very long time — however these little spongy wands. Those shadows are so frosted they usually are typically loads flakier. Those little sponges maintain it a bit higher and provide you with an actual depth shade. We needed it to be that genuine,” Dowds stated.
Thankfully, these merchandise have an inexpensive price ticket, which was good given the sheer quantity of make-up they used on set. With anyplace from 4 to seven hours in a glam chair every single day, they ran by way of almost six tubes of mascara, 5 tubes of eyelash glue and extra falsies that they may rely.
Even although there was no scarcity of make-up ripe for grabs, Dowds stated that putting a stability between the “tattooed lip liner” look and verging on a caricature, one thing they labored onerous to keep away from, was a tough stability.
“It was such a giant look. Going to the road was so essential. Not crossing it was extra essential. And if you’re in it, generally you possibly can’t see the forest by way of the timber. Sometimes we take a step again or simply be tremendous collaborative. I really like working together with her [Jessica] for that cause,” Dowds stated. “We speak by way of it. There’d be occasions the place I’d be like, ‘What do you suppose? And that was very useful.”
She went onto clarify that as a make-up artist, her position is to help in bringing Chastain’s character to life. “Jess at all times was listening to Tammy Faye, she spoke Tammy Faye, she sang Tammy Faye, so she was so immersed in it the entire time we have been working in the trailer,” Dowds informed Stylish. “One of the explanations that she needed to do that venture was she noticed a facet the place she needed to honor Tammy and for individuals to see a special facet of her … There was such a united effort and produce this character to an entire new era of individuals which are simply discovering who Tammy Faye is.”
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