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Great Gatsby Fashion, makeup and interior inspiration.

I'm a huge fan of director Baz Luhrmann, with his previous films being Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia! He always seem to combine an incredible combination of stunning visuals, music and fashion, so I knew I was in for a bit of a treat when I heard his new film was The Great Gatsby.  I love 1920s makeup, art deco design and fashion, my only wish is that I was part of the makeup team for the film!

I was watching the extras on the DVD and they spoke about some of the exciting collaborations they had to capture the decadence of the roaring 20s. Miuccia Prada was one of the masterminds behind the costumes, along with Miu Miu. They also worked with Tiffanys for the jewellery, creating some of the pieces from their original archives.
Prada fashion illustration great gatsby

Prada fashion illustration great gatsby

Carrie Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, prada dress

Carrie Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, prada dress

Carey Mulligan in the great gatsby wearing Tiffany and Co jewels

Carey Mulligan in the great gatsby wearing Tiffany and Co jewels

Grace Coddington placed Carey in an Alexander McQueen ostrich feather chiffon dress for the Gatsby-inspired shoot in US Vogue's May issue.

Grace Coddington placed Carey in an Alexander McQueen ostrich feather chiffon dress for the Gatsby-inspired shoot in US Vogue's May issue.

MAC facechart design for film The Great Gatsby

MAC facechart design for film The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan for US Vogue in a lime green Oscar de la Renta gown and Tiffany and Co jewels

Carey Mulligan for US Vogue in a lime green Oscar de la Renta gown and Tiffany and Co jewels

The makeup credits go to MAC and the film’s makeup designer Maurizio Silvi.

Here's what Silvi had to say on the makeup:

“Baz Luhrmann approaches directing his films like a painter, giving strong priority to the looks of each character. In his mind, makeup is one of the key elements used to depict love, struggle, pain and romance”

“When we started preparing for the film, my department and I had to choose which products to use for the two main parties: What we referred to as the Glam party and the Sad and Tawdry party.” In creating The Great Gatsby‘s cinematic look, Silvi employed these four key elements:

1. Foundation

“We based each character’s makeup looks around their costume and hair colour. For lighter skin shades we used Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in shades such as NW15 and NC20. For darker skin shades we used Matchmaster SPF 15 in shades such as 8 and 9.”

2. Eyes

“For the eye makeup, we always started with Prep + Prime Eye in Light to keep the shadows vibrant and last all day. A MAC custom eyeshadow palette was created with shades in Scene, Contrast, Nehru, and Club. A variation of colour combinations was used on the majority of the party looks. Pigments in Copper, Rose Gold and Antique Green were also used on the lids to pop the eyes. The colours chosen were inspired by the cars of the period. Eyes were lined with Eye Kohl in Smolder and Feline and always blended out to appear “smudgy.””

3. Lips

“For the lips, we used different lipstick colours depending on the character: Cremsheen Lipstick in Hang-Up, Lipstick in Film Noir, Media, Ruby Woo, and Desire. Lip Pencils included Cherry, Half-Red and Currant. Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20 was sometimes used to define the lip line and block out corners of the mouth to create the popular ’20s shape.”

4. Eyebrows

“The eyebrows were as important as the lip shapes to the makeup designs. Eyebrows were coloured and shaped in with MAC Brow Pencils.”

“Professionally I see how the use of makeup is so popular now and how the ‘20s look is predominant. All women can wear a look inspired by this film. Throughout the film you will see several different hair colour shades from blonde to red to black to brunette. I’m sure that everyone can adapt a Gatsby look that suits them best.”

MAC makeup for the great gatsby film

MAC makeup for the great gatsby film

The Great Gatsby Elizabeth Debicki

The Great Gatsby Elizabeth Debicki

The Great Gatsby film clip Interior inspiration

The Great Gatsby film clip Interior inspiration

Ranya Mordanova and Janice Seinen Alida by Phil Poynter for Vogue Turkey March 2012 Issue

Ranya Mordanova and Janice Seinen Alida by Phil Poynter for Vogue Turkey March 2012 Issue

I would also recommend getting the soundtrack, its so good.

If you like 1920s fashion and makeup please check out my blog post on Josephine Baker:

http://www.naomimckeever.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=368&action=edit

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