Behind Natalie Portman's Transformation Into Celeste
When it came to sourcing the goods, Sullivan knew the makeup team had to stock up on sparkle. "Shopping was a lot of fun to create all these distinctive looks," she said. "It entailed many trips to the garment district, art supply stores, and makeup shops. I bought strips of iron-on studs and rhinestones, glitter, and Swarovski crystals. We would cut them up and strip them apart to use on Natalie, the backup dancers, and Raffey Cassidy [young Celeste]. Our hair department had a stock of gems to add to the loot. We had so much to play and create with."
"I bought strips of iron-on studs and rhinestones, glitter, and Swarovski crystals. We had so much to play and create with."
As you might imagine, taking all those materials and bringing them to life took some time. "When Natalie transformed into Celeste, the makeup was just a piece of the puzzle that helped her get there," said Sullivan. "Natalie was super easy going and a pleasure to work with. She was very patient with us while in the chair, as it took almost four hours each day to get her ready for the performance look. We told jokes and laughed a lot throughout, which made it all the more fun."